Good thing I have been making my mini stockings as this has become my first ever Tutorial, which you can find posted here:
So a bit of background - I started blogging in June 2012 after attending the inaugural Fat Quarterly Retreat in London and discovering that I was just about the only person without a blog. I had always been a bit wary of sharing too much online, and so I had just avoided having a blog altogether. After chatting to many lovely ladies at the Retreat, I realised that you can have a blog and share one aspect of your life whilst keeping the rest of it offline. So here I am!
This then led to me joining the London Modern Quilting Guild, which formed in February this year but which is already a lively and diverse group with lots of happy stitchy chat.
Now, where is my list of questions? Here we go...
(1) How long have you been quilting?
I bought a quilt kit whilst on honeymoon in 2004, purely because I thought it was pretty in the shop. My choice of kit clearly demonstrates that I had no clue as to what constitutes a nice beginner's quilt and what might turn out to be a little more challenging:
(2) Favourite quilting tip
Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilts mentioned using starch on fabric before you cut it, so that any shrinkage it causes is done before the cutting stage. I think starched fabric is so much easier to handle and is less liable to be pulled out of shape. I pick up this starch at CostCo and it is cheap as chips but makes a big difference to my piecing.
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(4) Favourite fabric
There really are too many to list ... but past favourites have been Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket (WHY did I not buy this when it was out...?) ; Curio by BasicGrey (see this post where I got hold of some layer cakes at the last minute) ; Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt ... I could go on ... and on ...
(5) Favourite craft book
I love Schnibbles Times Two by Carrie Nelson ... excellent for pre-cuts and nice clear instructions.
I love reading and generally I like books that are thoughtfully written and that either make me laugh occasionally or make me think "that's very clever". My favourite books are those that manage to do both! I love these books:
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
This post is already getting very long, and I am in danger of sending readers to sleep, so I will sign off very soon ... but not before a little
I have bought a brand spanking new copy of Mollie Makes Christmas, from the fine folks who publish the lovely crafty magazine Mollie Makes: