The #GreatBritishQuilter Instagram Challenge

Are you a quilter? Are you in the UK and/or appreciate all things British and quilting related? Then you’re in the right place! If you’re on Instagram, you need to join in the #GreatBritishQuilter Instagram Challenge run by Sarah Ashford Studio and I for the whole of September! If you’re not on Instagram… hurry up and join to get in on the fun!

The #GreatBritishQuilter is a month long instagram challenge to celebrate all things British and quilty. Each day of the challenge, post a photo relating to the prompt including the hashtag #GreatBritishQuilter and then go and find new quilty friends! Feel free to dip in and out if you don’t want to do every day, it’s supposed to be fun! We’ll be having weekly giveaways from some of our favourite British quilters, designers and fabric stores. We really hope you’ll join us and make some new quilty friends along the way.

You can download an A4 printable PDF of the prompts here to help you plan your month in advance!

Are you planning on joining in? Make sure you say hello!

Neon pink and natural fabric pouch Accessories

New Plans

I’ve been slowly, very slowly working on some new things recently, if you follow me over on social media then you will have seen some sneak peeks. I’m up to my eyeballs with everything at the moment. When did running 2 businesses plus freelance working plus trying to have a life get so time consuming? OK, I lie, I don’t have a life, or much of one!

Neon pink and natural fabric pouch

I just wanted to say, hello! And new things are coming…. I promise!
P.S. The pink on this is even more neon in the flesh! <3

Chic Country Quilt Yellow Sofa Quilts

Rainbow Chic Country Quilt

I’m sat here at my parent’s house in the beautiful Netherlands with this quilt right next to me and I realised I haven’t told you about it!

Chic Country Quilt Yellow Sofa

I made it last year for my Mum’s 70th birthday, as I mentioned before I seem to like making quilts for big family events! I started with plenty of time to go but then a few weeks before mum’s birthday I was driven into by a car when crossing the road, luckily I wasn’t badly hurt but managed to damage the tendons in my shoulder which made everything, particularly quilting this beast, a LOT harder!

Chic Country rainbow Quilt Progress

But I managed it and she loved it! She particularly loved the backing and binding which my brother (the graphic designer) created and we had printed by the lovely guys over at Woven Monkey.

I particularly liked the rounded corners, this is becoming a favourite feature in my quilts!

Rather than chat lots about it, I’ll just show you! We were lucky enough to spend a few nights for Mum’s birthday at the incredible Burgh Island Hotel in Devon, it’s the most awesome art deco hotel. This was the perfect excuse for a photo shoot!

Rainbow Chic Country Quilt Burgh Island  Hotel

Quilt: Rainbow Chic Country Quilt pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful
Size: 72″ x 72″
Pieced and Quilted by: Me
Fabric: Kona solids and various low volume prints
Lives: In the Netherlands on the lovely yellow sofa with my parents!


Sail Away – Boat Quilt

I had no idea what to give my Dad for his 70th birthday. Last year I had made a quilt for my Mum’s 70th so it made sense to make him a quilt too… there was nothing else he wants, he’s one of those people who when you ask them what they would like, they say ‘nothing’!

But what do I make?

Then a little shopping trip with a friend in a local town gave me the perfect inspiration (read as ‘loony tune stupid idea). I found this card, “Shadow Racers” designed by Andrew Pavitt.

All of a sudden the idiot voice in my head said, ‘That would make a great quilt! So I spend the next few weeks working out how the hell I would recreate this in quilt form.

I had never really done curves before, other than on Mum’s quilt so I tried out the porthole method I learned from Sarah Ashford. A few practices with some scraps helped me work out the curved water at the bottom of the image.

Once I was happy with how I was going to do it, I ordered my fabric and got going!

Once the bottom curved border was made, I stopped and realised, I had no idea how the hell I was going to do the rest of the thing! I was so focused on the curves, I hadn’t considered all the other parts! I had a few weeks break to get my head round it and then one weekend I just put my head down and started ‘hacking and sewing’ my very precise way of bodging it quilting!

Slowly but surely it came together. Quilted in straight lines in a pale grey and bound in white. I want to say this was a labour of love, but by the end I was ready to throw it in the ocean and see if it really would sail away!

We took it with us to Cornwall where we celebrated Dad’s birthday, it was the perfect location for photos!

Safe to say, Dad loved it!

Quilt: Sail Away – Boat Quilt
Size: 117cm x 181cm
Pieced and Quilted by: Me
Fabric: Kona cottons, backed with pieces Kona cotton and bits and bobs in blue and finished with white kona binding
Lives: At my parents house


Black & White Mini Quilt Swap

I love a good mini quilt swap! I took part in the black and white mini quilt swap on Instagram earlier this year and it was so much fun. The black and white quilt swap was a swap where you can only use black and white (well, duh!) and one other colour specified by your partner.

I am NOT a green person, anyone who knows me will know that. So, guess what colour my partner chose as her additional colour? GREEN!

I love how quilt swaps help push you out of your comfort zone!

I chose the ‘Rainbow Rotary’ foundation piecing pattern by Cassandra Beaver on Craftsy, although it turned out very different than her rainbow version. I love how fabric choice can make two of the same patterns completely unrecognisable from one another!

I decided to ‘quilt the crap out of it’ yes, that’s a technical term! The curved matchstick quilting took forever but it was SO worth it, I was really pleased with how it turned out. What do you think?

Quilt: Black & White Mini Quilt Swap
Size: 16″ x 16″
Pieced and Quilted by: Me
Fabric: Kona black, 3 random kona greens from my stash and various low volume prints
Lives: With Maree in New Zealand!