Rhombus Stars from Nowhere

It’s like this little quilt just magically appeared in my hands:

Isn’t it pretty? I say it magically appeared because it wasn’t on the list of things I’m either making (you can see those @cuckooblue on Instagram) or things I’ve been planning to make; it wasn’t on the radar at all. I haven’t even seen a quilt like it that I had in my head. Well I kind of had. Have you seen the Missouri Star Quilt Company Rhombus Star Quilt Tutorial? You can find it here:


They use a 10″ rhombus (diamond) template that they make themselves, and they end up with fewer, much bigger, stars which are all one colour. This is a picture of their lovely quilt.

It’s the same method, but it looks quite different!

Anyway I watched the tutorial and on a total whim looked online and found both the 10″ template and the 5″ template online at http://www.thequiltshop.co.uk, and, hoping that 5″ meant it would fit charm packs (it does), I bought that one. You guys know my weakness for charm packs don’t you? Well, anything that fits those babies is a winner in my mind.

So the next day it came, and without any real idea of how it would look or how many diamonds I needed to cut or if I was making a quilt or what size it would be or really anything, I picked out charm packs of Tuppence and Acreage by Shannon Gillman Orr (I only just realised they were by the same designer! Talented lady), Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique and Bread & Butter by American Jane all for Moda – and cut a whole heap of diamonds. Followed by a bunch of white triangles. I know, vague. Then I made half-stars as directed by the video until I got bored. So I had a load of diamonds left over and three half star blocks, because yes, I totally cut with joyous abandon and no plan. I’ll tell you what you need to cut later so you don’t make that mistake!

This is it in the process of laying out the half stars. Can you see what I mean by half stars? You sew each diamond to 2 white triangles, then sew three of those units together to make one “half star hexagon” shape. Then you sew them in rows, alternating whether they are up or down.

Seriously, I maybe was distracted and didn’t notice I was sewing hard, but it all seemed to go together really fast. From zero to the above picture in a few hours, from that to the picture below in a few more the next day.

Of course you’re left with funky edges in reality. This is what that really looked like:

If you look at the edges you’ll see I added 8″ equilateral (60 degree) triangles to the end of each row. I then trimmed the sides down to make them straight and added 5″ white borders. Et voila:

Of course in these pictures it’s been quilted too! I used Bosal Katahdin 100% scrimless batting in Autumn weight which I bought a roll of and I’m playing with. I like it a lot, great quality, can quilt up to 8″ apart. I’m going to say I still prefer Quilters Dream, but it is cheaper, so there’s a very good reason to keep some of this on hand too!

Quilting pics! I quilted a loopy meander punctuated by little stars. I love those stars; they’re sweet, they’re fun, they reflect the quilt and they give you a great place to stop and turn around in your quilting!

And that’s the back. Almost my last piece of IKEA’s nummer fabric. It’s now discontinued, and that’s a tragedy for modern quilters as it’s a brilliant backing! £3 a metre, 60″ wide, great quality, goes with everything. We should run a campaign to bring it back!

Oh yes, I said I’d tell you how to make the quilt with a 5″ rhombus template. I’m sorry I didn’t think to take process pictures at the time, I was just idly sewing. It’s not a real tutorial; perhaps I’ll do it properly if I make another of these quilts:

Brief instructions on making my scrappy rhombus star quilt (size 55″ x 58″”):

1. Get the Missouri star quilt company 5″ rhombus template.

2. Choose 96 5″ printed charm squares. Lay your rhombus template diagonally across the charm square and rotary cut out the rhombus shape. You can stack 4 or 5 charm squares at a time for faster cutting.

3. Cut 192 white triangles from white cotton yardage.

I think I used 4″ strips for these, but you could make the strips smaller and conserve fabric (the right height of the triangle whatever that is, 3.5″ maybe, I’d measure it if I was close by!)

*Make sure you cut out the bigger triangle shape on the template and not the smaller one like Jenny does in the video tutorial – she makes a mistake!*

4. Cut sixteen 8″ equilateral triangles.

5. Sew each diamond to two white triangles as shown in the Missouri star quilt company tutorial above, to make a triangle unit. Use up all the diamonds and triangles to make 96 triangle units.

6. Sew three triangle units together to make a “half star hexagon” shape. Repeat to use up all the triangle unit until you have 32 “half star hexagon” unit shapes.

7. Lay these units out in 8 rows, 4 in each row. You’ll need to lay them one facing up then one facing down, alternately to make them for together. Place an 8″ equilateral triangle at the beginning and end of each row.

8. Sew these units together in rows. Then sew the rows together.

9. Trim the end equilateral triangles about 3/8ths inch away from the star unit seams to make the left and right edges straight.

10. Cut 5″ strips of white fabric, join until they’re long enough and add as borders. And you’ve finished your top!

Here is a picture of my scrappy notes that I made to remind myself how I did it. Working this out beforehand would have saved a lot of time and fabric!

No, it’s not pretty. But it works. And yes I made mistakes. Ugh. Feel privileged that I let you see this. It’s like letting your friends come over without tidying up. Now they’re real friends.

Quick back to another pretty picture of the quilt that just magically appeared in a few hours from nothing! I’m actually considering giving this to my son’s teacher. I only once gave quilts because those teachers literally turned out lives around ( https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/cuckooblue.co.uk/2014/07/07/quilts-of-gratitude/amp/) . But he’s had the same teacher for 2 years, I like her, she’s been great, and this quilt has appeared just at the right time. Maybe it’s meant to be.

Let me know if you have questions about making this quilt if you want to, I’m aware the tutorial isn’t as comprehensive as normal!

Till the next time,



A finally finished postage stamp quilt!

This quilt has been a LONG time in the making!

64″ x 80″ of 2″ scrappy fabric goodness. Worth the wait?

I started it as a Leaders and Enders project. You know, when you have a big box of small pieces next to your sewing machine and you start and end long seams and chain piecing by sewing them together and always leaving a piece under the needle?

Like this above. It stops your machine eating the fabric when you start sewing something together, especially like an HST or corner. And then at some point you realise you have a heap of blocks sewn together – a quilt with hardly any effort!

That was my box of squares – those pictures came from my original blog post when I was making the quilt top and I described that process and Leaders and Enders in more detail. The post is here if you want to see it.


Hee hee, patchwork craziness! It’s not staying on this bed… But it is the first quilt I’ve made that actually covers my king sized bed! The top anyway.

Anyway, 2 years ago I found I had all these 8 patches and I spent a happy relaxing weekend sewing them all together. There’s something so restorative about mindless sewing, especially when vast quantities of interesting fabrics are involved!

But then, gosh, I dunno. 64″ x 80″ is a big quilt and I got put off by the basting. I’m a terrible basting procrastinator. Anyway, I finally plucked up the courage, and guess what? Yep, totally fine. I never learn!

This time I used a new batting by Bosal – called Katahdin Autumn weight. It’s needlepunched 100 % cotton batting, crucially with no scrim. I say crucially because I dislike the polypropylene scrim binder that you get in many battings. It can range from 5% (eg Sew Simple cotton) to 12.5% (Warm & Natural “cotton”). This is a conversation for another day, but suffice to say I almost exclusively now use Quilters Dream battings for this reason, although it’s very expensive in the UK. However this new Katahdin batting came on the market, and I’m impressed! It’s maybe a smidge heavier and less silky than Quilters Dream Cotton (Select weight) but really very good. I will definitely keep using it. Although Quilters Dream Orient will be reserved for my special quilts obviously!

How sweet is this backing? I got it from The Fabric Guild UK at an amazing price. I wish I’d bought the whole roll. I love it. Oh and I did some loopy free motion quilting to soften all those lines of course.

I’ll leave you with my “quilt in the wild” shot – not really so wild; it’s the entrance to the forest next to our house; we were literally opposite our house! But I love the way that firstly my husband looks like he’s been pixelated, and secondly how those majestically tall trees can make an 80″ quilt look like a handkerchief! ❤

Till the next time,

Poppy xx

I think I’m a Scrappy Bag Lady.

How much do I love my new bag? THIS much! (You’ll have to use your imagination a little, but I’m stretching till it hurts over here).

I have to tell you it is extremely heavily influenced by the Happy Scrappy Purse Pattern by Crazy Mom Quilts. Crazy mom? Crazy talented I say. She’s the absolute queen of scrappy projects, having written a couple of great books on organising and using your scraps. So I was doing just that:

And I was amazed and touched when she saw the middle picture on Instagram and sent me the pattern for her Happy Scrappy Purse. Just like that! What a lovely lady. Here’s a picture of her pattern.

Gorgeous huh? You can read her blog post about it here, with a link to buy the pattern. http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/scrap-happy-purse-pattern.html?m=1

It’s a great pattern as you’d expect from her, clear and straightforward. The only thing is that I really needed a GIGANTONORMOUS bag. I had struggled to contain all my guitar equipment at the last wee gig I did (a pickup and lead, music stand, guitar stand and A4 size music, water bottle etc) and I ended up taking a giant shopping bag – fine but disappointing for a sewist whose first love is bag making!

So to rectify my lack-of-giant-bag-ness, I changed the dimensions to 19″ wide, 5″ deep, and added some sparkly linen at the bottom just to stretch the scraps out. Speaking of sparkly linen…

Look at this! This is metallic Essex linen by Robert Kaufmann. It really does sparkle, and added a fun element to my already fun bag. I can’t believe that it’s so smooth and comfortable, not prickly or stiff like I thought it might be. I used fusible bosal-in-r-form interfacing for firm structure, and had no problems ironing the linen with a high heat and plenty of steam/ water. I rather love this stuff. Ha, both the Bosal and the sparkly linen – modern fabrics are remarkable!

The back – more scrappy goodness!

I was extremely indulgent; being a woman in a male dominant household, I went pink. Pink for the lining (Heather Ross’ Swim Sisters from Mendocino) and pink floss with which to sew on the handles. I think of pink as a secret and delicious bit of self-indulgence; not that my family mind pink, but I tend to limit it in our family makes. This one is mine!

Leather-like handles were suggested by Crazy Mom Quilts, and I’m glad I took that suggestion, although of course you can make them or buy strapping. I definitely love my bag even more because of them! It seems… more substantial.

You know the best thing about scraps? You throw them all together and they look great. No wait, it’s because they bring back memories of old projects. Hang on, no, actually, it’s that they’re free. Um, or maybe because they’re so interesting to look at? Sheesh. Just use your scraps people. 😁😜😚💕

Till the next time,

Poppy xx

Toutes Les Étoiles/ All the Stars; a French-Inspired Quilt and tutorial

So my dad informed me I hadn’t written a blog post in 6 months. My dad! Who knew. So to appease his apparent need for some sewing chat and to kickstart my blogging this year, here’s Toutes Les Étoiles, the only quilt I ever named:

My friend got married in a beautiful château in France 2 years ago and invited us, starting us off on the most wonderful holiday near Bordeaux. When we got to the château, this was my room:

Isn’t it gorgeous? Authentic antique furniture – and check out that quilt! I examined it carefully and it’s certainly seemed to be a handmade quilt, just the right amount of wobbles and mistakes to feel authentic. Ahhhh. The wedding party had the château to ourselves for 4 days and it was truly heavenly; we all got on well in idyllic romantic surroundings with beautiful weather and the happy couple were truly happy. Great memories.

Anyway, a few months ago they bought a house in the country together (fairly near us) and since this year is their 2 year and aptly-named “cotton” anniversary, I thought a quilt reminiscent of their French wedding might be a good housewarming present.

I used a Moda layer cake of French General’s Rural Jardin which I’ve been hoarding for far too many years and is now out of print, but they bring out beautiful, authentic-looking French inspired fabric collections regularly if you like the look of this one. Check out the back:

Do you like it? I do. It’s some Toile de Jouy quilting weight fabric I bought years ago from a French importing shop, which sadly didn’t survive the recession. I pieced it together with some leftover charm squares cut in half.

It’s not difficult to see how you make this quilt top, but here are instructions if you need; at least the maths is all done!


*Stitch everything right sides together with a 1/4″ seam allowance, the more accurate the better! *

Quilt top measures 56″ x 64″

Fabric Requirements:

  • 3 – 4 charm packs* (or 1 layer cake cut into 5″ squares)
  • 1 yard of printed fabric for outer border and binding
  • 2.5 yards of white background fabric 44″ wide

*Note: you can make this quilt with 3 charm packs but 4 gives more options for removing fabrics with low contrast with the background fabric. You can cut 42 5″ squares from stash instead of a charm pack if you prefer. Leftovers can be used in the pieced backing.


Cutting the Printed Charm Squares:

1. You will need 100 printed fabric charm squares, for the patchwork and the inner border.

Remove any charm squares which have poor contrast with the white background, although one or two could be used for the star centres.

2.Choose 15 printed charms for the star centres. Cut these down to 4.5″ squares.

3. Take 60 printed charm squares and cut into quarters, yielding 240 2.5″ squares. Keep them in sets of 60.

4. The remaining 25 charm squares are for the inner border. Cut these in half yielding 50 5″x2.5″ rectangles. set these aside for the inner border.

Cutting the White Fabric:

1. Cut four 2.5″ x Width of fabric (WOF) strips. Subcut these into 60 2.5″ squares.

2. Cut 14 more 2.5″ x WOF white strips and subcut these into 120 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles.

3. For the two borders, cut 11 more 2.5″ x WOF strips. Join these together end to end to make one long strip and then leave aside until you are ready for the borders.

Making the Star blocks:

1. Take 120 2.5″ printed squares and on the back of each one draw a diagonal line in pencil from one point to the opposite point.

2. Now make your first flying geese unit. Lay one of your squares, right sides together (RST) onto on of the white 4.5″ x 2.5″ rectangle so that the pencil diagonal line goes from the top right corner of the rectangle into the bottom middle.

3. Sew along that pencil line

4. Cut off the triangle (both the printed and white bits) below the pencil line, cutting about 1/4″ away from the sewn diagonal line. Discard the cut off triangle.

5. Fold back the printed fabric to reveal your flying, um, goose.

6. Take another 2.5″ square, lay it onto the white rectangle with the pencil line going from top left to the bottom middle then sew along that pencil line.

7. Again cut off and discard the excess triangle fabric.

8. Fold back the printed triangle and press – you now have one flying geese unit, which will be one side of your star.

9. Make some more of these flying geese units. You will need 60 all together.

10. To assemble one star block, you need one 4.5″ square centre, 4 flying geese units and 4 white 2.5″ squares. Lay these out as below.

11. Sew a flying geese unit to each side of the centre square.

12. Next sew the 2.5″ white squares to the ends of the top and bottom flying geese units as shown below,

13. Sew all the rows together to make a sawtooth star block. It should measure 8.5″ (if your 1/4″ seam allowance is accurate).

14. Make 15 of these star blocks and press.

Making the Chain blocks:

Okay, this is where I confess that I lost some photos and can’t show you quite as step by step, but they are really easy. I’ve done a mock-up with some other fabrics below.

1. Take 60 of your remaining printed 2.5″ squares, sew them into pairs and then sew the pairs into little 4 patches, like the middle of the above picture. You will need 15 4-patches.

2. Next sew a white 2.5″x4.5″rectangle to either side of each 4 patch.

3. Now take the remaining 60 4.5×2.5″ white rectangles and sew a printed 2.5″ square to each side of each white rectangle.

4. Finally sew the rows all together. you should end up with a block that looks like this below! (excuse the blurriness, it’s cut from a bigger picture!) It should also measure 8.5″ square, if your 1/4″ seam allowance is accurate). You need 15 of these blocks. Press.

Assembling the Quilt:

Lay out your star blocks and chain blocks in an alternating pattern, starting with a chain block. Make a 5 by 6 grid as shown below….

2. …and sew it all together.

Adding the Borders

1. Measure the sides of your quilt. If seam allowances were entirely accurate the sides should measure 48.5″, but they never are totally accurate. Measure the sides and then cut white border strips to that length – this helps prevent warping of your borders that can happen if you over stretch the borders as you sew. Pin on the border at both ends and in the middle and then sew on the side borders.

2. Next measure the top and bottom borders (theoretically 44.5″), cut a length of white 2.5″ strip to that measurement. Pin and sew on your top and bottom white inner borders.

3. To make the scrappy inner border, sew together twelve 2.5″x5″ printed rectangles that you made at the beginning by halving the charm squares. Sew this to one of the sides of the quilt and trim off the excess. I figure it’s scrappy so it really doesn”t matter if it’s perfectly symmetrical.

4. With the remaining white strips, make a second white border in the same way as described above.

5. Finally, cut and join 2.5″ strips from your printed yardage fabric and add as the final outer border. I used the same fabric as my binding too.

…and you’re done!

I used Quilters Dream Orient, my all-time-favourite batting and free motion quilted it with a loop and leaf design. It’s my favourite quilting, it looks classy but somehow fairly modern and leaves enough areas unquilted to keep the quilt snuggly. Quilters Dream Orient can be quilted up to 8″ apart despite having no scrim, which is a real bonus for snuggly quilts!

Oh and I forgot to say, you can use halved leftover charm squares sewn together and bordered with 2.5″ white strips to piece the backing if you like!

Well, I’m pooped after writing all that. seriously, no wonder it takes me 6 months to get to a computer! I’ll resolve to do this a bit more often, hear that Dad? After all I’m on Instagram (as Cuckooblue) most weeks, even every few days… hmmm I think I might see a connection!

Off to admire my, I mean, my friend’s, new quilt.

If you make it, I hope you like yours too!

Until the next time,

Poppy xx

Disappearing 9 patches reappear! 

Reappear in my life anyway, however briefly.

It’s such a simple pattern but I think it’s so pretty! Of course you can mix up a disappearing 9 patch block (D9P) to look haphazard and interesting, but I think my eyes like order.

The last time I made one of these (2014!) I did a tutorial on how to make it using 2 charm packs, and also showed different layouts that you could do. Here is the link to the tutorial:


I used Fig Tree fabrics for that too, slightly less “summery” ones maybe. Here’s a picture of that one if you’re interested:

Can you see the difference? Apart from the colours, I literally used eighty 5″ squares (2 charm packs) and had none left to make a couple of borders to make it symmetrical. This time I did, as I used leftovers from various recent projects, including my Fig Tree Twirl quilt.

It makes a difference doesn’t it? You can see I just made a strip of 2.5″ print squares joined alternately to 2.5″ x 5″ white rectanglesand joined it to the side of the quilt top I’d made (from the tutorial). And then made another and joined it to the bottom. You need 15 2.5″ print squares and 16 2.5″x 5″ white rectangles. And then I put a 2.5″ wide wide border round the outside. The quilt then finished at 58.5″ rather than 52″ which is a nice size. When I was putting the binding on I reflected that adding another 2.5″ print border next to the white border would be lovely – if I make another that’s what I’ll do!

I used a charm pack of Coney Island by Fig Tree & Co for Moda, and leftover charm squares, mainly from Strawberry Fields Revisited and “Fig and Plum” – now a very old line. It all works though.

Oops, I nearly forgot about the back. It’s a charity quilt, and I wanted to keep it simple, and not too expensive. It’s brighter and less “classic” than the front, but I thought the recipients might appreciate a change, depending on their tastes and decor:

I don’t know if you can see the quilting well, but I did loops, leaves and flowers, fairly loosely (because my batting lets me and I’m on a deadline, so needed to be quick). I’ve been waiting for 3 months for a batting roll – I knew it would take that long as it’s quilters dream orient which needs ordering – I think it’s so expensive that it’s not that popular here. But it is glorious stuff and my favourite. Anyway it arrived – yay! And I’m ready to quilt ALL the things!

This quilt is destined for one of the survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London a few weeks ago. I’m going to try not to write about it here (as I get so angry about how politics and cost-cutting is costing lives, you can read about the tragedy online if you like) but most people in the UK have been in deep shock about it. Quilters, being generally kind people, being no exception. Mx Ruby Rouge on Instagram started a quilt drive to try and provide quilts for people who have lost everything – sending a physical hug, telling people that we care. There is now a hard working team of people who have organised drop off points, couriers, wadding and fabric donations, long arm quilters working for free, all kinds of things across the country. The number of shops who have donated is amazing. It makes my head explode at the logistics and the kindness, but it looks as though 1000 quilts have been donated or pledged. Including my small offering. You can see more on Instagram under the hashtag #quiltsforgrenfell but the whole thing has been organised through a closed Facebook group. It’s heartwarming. And devastatingly tragic.

Anyway enough! It’s the school summer holidays so I must leave my online hideaway of creative folk and prettiness.

Until the next time,

Poppy xx

Magic Paintbox Quilt – Curved Piecing (and Drunkard’s Path tutorial)

Omigosh. I’ve wanted to make this quilt for years. Then I started and had doubts. Then I continued and had doubts. Then I sewed it together and I LOOOOVE it!

It’s a drunkards path quilt. I’ve loved these pieced circles for so long, but I firstly I was concerned about cutting all those curves and secondly about sewing all those curves! Turns out there was really no need to worry.

This was the first set of blocks I sewed. The template is great; I got it from Amazon but it’s made by Silesian Quilt and fits 5″ charm squares. You can get both pieces out of one charm square, or two of the convex pieces, which is very useful if you only want circles from your printed charm squares like I did! The individual block is 4.5″ when made up (4″ when sewn into the quilt). I got myself a 28″ rotary cutter to cut the curves – really easy. A normal 45″ wouldn’t fit into the curves and I didn’t want to use scissors (although you can of course!).

I got lots of advice on Instagram about how to sew these without pins but having tried I personally prefer using 2-3 pins. A lot better than the 5 pins I started with! It’s not as difficult or as slow as you’d think. These are the few tips I have:

1. Mark the centres of the convex and concave curves by folding the shapes in half and finger pressing to make a mark.

2. Like this:

3. Line up the marks, wrong sides together and put a pin in the centre:

4. Line up the top edge of the curve. Unlike any of the tutorials I’ve seen, I found my curves fitted better and lay flat when I matched the first part of the curve and not the top straight edges. This means there is a little triangle of background fabric showing as below. It looks weird, but works for me – the two edges look straight in the end.

5. Pin the top and bottom. You might not need to bother with three (or any) pins, I just like it better this way.

6. Sew curve, matching edges and sweeping any bunched-up fabric out of the way. I made a video of me doing one, it’s not brilliant, I know you’ll find better on the web, but it might help reassure you that these curves are not a problem. You might think it’s slow going, but this video is 36 seconds. That means, including pinning, you can do each block in about a minute, once you get into your stride. Not bad for a “difficult” block!

These were my first nine and I wasn’t sure. They seemed garish, too low contrast… Just not as beautiful as I’d envisaged. The ever-supportive Instagram crowd, however, said they were the bees knees, so I persisted. I tried to create better contrast thereafter – at the time I was a lot happier with them, although now I think I was probably fussing over nothing!

That’s my box of “uncut scraps” – i.e. not cut into strips or squares, which I do with some of my scraps. I used scraps because I wanted to test out whether I liked sewing curves and didn’t want to cut up fat quarters in case I abandoned it. I adore the scrappiness though… I wasn’t sure at first – but I think all the low volume fabrics calm down the crazy brights.

Well a bit.

I didn’t need to use any pattern, I made the blocks with the templates, sewed them together and trimmed them to 7.5″ square.

After that I just joined them together, made an inner and outer border of 2.5″ wide low volume scraps and middle border of 2.5″ wide bright prints and that was really that. The quilt finished at 58″ square.

I used my favourite Quilters Dream Orient batting. I’ve been using Sew Simple light 100% cotton for a while, as I’d bought a half board of it, and whilst I liked it, I’d forgotten how soft and silky Dream Orient is, and how lovely it is to quilt with. And Quilters Dream Select cotton is not far behind the Orient. It is heavier than the Sew Simple light though and is heavier than my leaves quilt which is bigger. That suits me, but it pays to pick your batting to match your needs. The quilting shows up nicely too and it’s a huge bonus that you can quilt 8″ apart.

See that middle block? With the glasses and dresses? That’s my favourite of the whole quilt. It’s somehow really delicious. I quilted it with loops/”bubbles” to mimic the circles theme.

Ahhh. I’ve no idea what to do with this quilt as I kind of accidentally fell into making it, but I do really like it. Thanks to the cheerleaders on Instagram for making me stick with it when I was ready to make it into a cushion! I need to remember that the final quilt is always much nicer than the individual blocks.

And on that note I’ll love you and leave you.

Till the next time,




P.s. If you fancy making your own or even a few blocks for a pillow and didn’t want to buy an acrylic template, this Moda Bakeshop tutorial has a template for 5″ charm squares that you can cut it in cardboard or template plastic! The pictures are not working for me on the site, but at the bottom it says “printer friendly version” – click it and it opens a PDF showing all the pictures and the template. Have fun!


Figgy Leafy Twirling Goodness!

It’s late spring here in Scotland – daisies, birdsong, yellow fields full of rapeseed flowers and even sunshine. No place for Autumn leaves? Oh, I think we could make allowances.

I can’t tell you how much I love this quilt! The pattern is Twirl by Fig Tree and Co. It’s charm pack and jelly roll friendly and I’ve never seen one I didn’t like. I think it’s the curling twirling stems which make it. For such a simple quilt pattern, it’s really pretty!

This is made with a variety of Fig Tree & Co fabrics from different collections including Honeysweet, Tapestry, Somerset, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Farmhouse, Strawberry Fields Revisited, Butterscotch and Rose and my new favourite, Chestnut Street. Many were charms and mini charms left over from my Fig Tree EPP hexagon quilt top (which is finished by the very way! Another story for another day) –  but this quilt looks equally as good using just one collection or other fabrics. In fact it was seeing the beautiful version made by my friend @sewbernice on Instagram which made me finally move this quilt to the top of the “To Make” list!

I did add a few extra yellows from Riley Blake’s Vintage Daydream collection as in the picture above. I love a bit of yellow in quilts – in this particular quilt it makes me think of Autumn sun on these softly falling leaves.

I borrowed my mum’s spare bed to see what it looks like on a double bed as mine’s a king sized. And my room’s much messier! I shortened this quilt from the original pattern – it should be 4 leaves across by 5 leaves down, which would have made it fit the bed nicely. I had wanted it as a lap quilt (it’s approx 64″ ) but I think I’ll sleep under it in the summer. I probably shouldn’t have shortened the pattern after all. I’m a titch though, so it’s all good.

I used one of my favourite ever fabrics on the back – Budquette in Nightfall by Bari J. I had 4 metres stashed away, and much as it was painful to use it all up, I love that I will get to see it all the time. I love the back just as much as the front! It’s difficult to use precious fabrics, and expensive to make backs from designer fabrics, but when it’s a quilt you are going to use, it’s worth it – you pretty much end up with a reversible quilt.

I used Sew Simple light 100% cotton batting, which is scrimless – you have to quilt it at least 4″ apart which means fairly dense quilting, but even so it is snuggly and drapes really well. Batting matters! I did an allover loopy leafy pattern with Superior Threads So Fine! Thread in the top and Bottom Line in the bobbin, which gives a nice fine quilting line on both sides. I’m certainly into this thread combination at the moment, and my machine likes it, but I’m not done with experimenting. No wonder quilting is an expensive hobby. So many options!

Right, I’m off to snuggle a new quilt. Hope Spring is bringing you all much joy and creativity, my friends.

Till the next time, Poppy xxx

P.S. you can buy the downloadable Twirl pattern here if you like: