“Working with your hands brings sanity and bliss.”

“Anything worth doing is worth over-doing.  Always go to extremes.
If in doubt, add twenty more colours.”

Kaffe Fassett

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My next PhD – a Christmas Log Cabin

I like to change my quilts round the house a few times a year and hence rather like seasonal quilts.  I’ve wanted to make a Christmas quilt for a while and having some Moda honey buns (1.5 inch pre cut strips) in modern Christmas fabrics, a log cabin design seems just the ticket.

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I’ve been taking this project to sit & sew evenings but have decided it needs a bit more focus if we’re to enjoy it this Christmas!  So while when the heat and the sun get too much, I am cooling myself down with my log cabin blocks.

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New swing seat canopy

Last summer the canopy on our swing seat finally got to the stage when it needed replacing.  So in the expectation of some lovely sunny days, I took advantage of a rather wet weekend to use up some of my scraps and make new one.

It was all rather iterative – ie I made it up as I went along! which was very relaxing and then lightly quilted it with leaves and flowers.

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After the rain stopped yesterday afternoon, I was able to sit back and enjoy the garden.

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Quilt therapy in Hamburg

We’ve recently been on holiday in Germany and spent a couple of days in Hamburg. I took the opportunity to search the Internet and found a quilt shop to visit!

The Quilt House (www.quilthouse.de) is located quite close to the centre of Hamburg and while there isn’t a great deal of fabric to fondle, there were some super quilts on display.  Both the owner, Andreas,  and his mother are long arm quilters so we found much in common!

He also designs templates and patterns – the day we called in they had had a delivery of plastic templates and were busy making up the instruction packs.  Needless to say I bought one together with some fabric and a magazine to give me a fix after two weeks of patchwork abstinence!