Friday 27 June 2014

Stitch Gathering

How cool is this - it's a bag which is a ticket!  The idea is to embellish it for your secret partner at the retreat.  

Apparently there are only a handful of tickets left and I can highly recommend it.  Last year was such a great day and I learned to make this

and this

so I am really looking forward to this year's event.  If you get your ticket now you will just be in time to choose your own classes.

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Siblings Together Quilts and Labels

If you grew up with siblings, as I did, the thought of being separated from them is awful. The charity Siblings Together makes it possible for siblings who have been separated from each other by the care system to share some quality time together in the summer camps it organises along with other activities throughout the year.

I originally read about it in Lynne's post here - she was inspired to ask for donations of quilts for children taking part in the summer camps so that they would have something to call their own and to bring them happy memories. You can admire the quilts that have been made in the flickr group, and on Siblings Together twitter feed.

Lynne's post was the incentive I needed to make my first full size quilt.  This year I'm helping out by sending out labels for the quilts.  As before, these have been generously printed for us free of charge by Spoonflower - our contact Becca has written a lovely post about it on the Spoonflower blog and is already planning to make a quilt with her friend for next year's camps.

If you have made, are making, or can be persuaded :-) to make a quilt for this great cause and would like a label please let me know in the comments or by email to catherine [at] knottedcotton [dot] com.  Postage will cost 62p in the UK - if you are overseas I can let you know accordingly.  And if you plan to deliver it at FQR, you will also be able to collect a label from Lynne there - just let us know so that we can be sure to have them available.

Tuesday 17 June 2014

Fabric Tuesday - yet more quilt photos...

Humble apologies to any regular readers for the overkill but if you live in Scotland and get two fine days in a row you have to make the most of them, so me and the current favourite quilt went off to play on the beach for a bit before it finally goes off to its new home in Mexico City.   (If you are visiting from Fabric Tuesday and want to you can read a bit more about this quilt and the charity it is for here.)

We are so lucky to have this beach a mile down the coast.  We hung around for a bit:

and wondered what the "2" stands for.

Then we found a garden where the grass was as green as the binding:

Chartreuse kona - (Kermit green:-)

The novice satin stitch writing on the quilt reads "Soy amada" (I am loved) and is for the girl that this quilt will go to.  It is in lovely variegated Aurifil, which I also used to quilt the pink, and though it doesn't show up so clearly in photos the writing is all right in real life.

I never thought I would become so fond of pink though somehow I had accumulated enough of it in my stash to make this quilt.  Now I promise not to go on about it any more:-)

Fresh Poppy Design

Monday 16 June 2014

A finish: More is More

The More is More quilt for Alison's Soy Amada/o project is finished.  If you are not familiar with this project these quilts are going off to a children's home in Mexico City.

I loved the in-your-face pinkness of it so much that I had planned to throw everything at this quilt including applique and perle hand quilting in the white border but it turned out that less is more after all.  I tried out both and they just looked fussy rather than full on, so I unpicked!

Instead, for the pieced sections I did very simple quilting to echo the lines of the rows using a pink/orange/red/yellow variegated thread from Aurifil (No 4657) which went happily with all the fabrics - it's so pretty I would use a heavier weight next time to show it off more.

I used the same Aurifil in my sewing machine to free-motion satin stitch the words Soy amada (Spanish for "I am loved") in the corner of the quilt.  I don't have a fancy sewing machine but I can do this using a medium zig zag stitch on the tightest setting, just don't be too critical:-)

In the white border sections I used the star stitch on my machine to tie the quilt with white thread at regular (2 inch or so) intervals.  At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious I use the auto thread lock function to finish off one stitch at a time, pulling the quilt through the machine to the next section as you can see in this not very attractive photograph which shows the stitching from the back.

Once all the joining threads are snipped you end up with these little star shaped ties, and once you have got the hang of it you can actually be snipping the joining threads of one row of stitches while stitching the next.  I have already used this method of quilting for a whole quilt and as decoration in the border of another.  It is very forgiving of poor basting skills...

The stripey binding that I was going to use didn't work as the effect was totally lost, but I am so happy with this fantastically bright chartreuse kona which contrasts with the pink and satisfied my need for something with drama.

I love this quilt and have to confess to a sneaky regret that it's leaving!  It was fun to have a chance to play with colours so out of my normal comfort zone - I hope it makes someone happy and keeps them warm.

Quilt details:

Fabric - every single piece of pink in my stash, bar one.
Binding - kona in chartreuse
Batting - warm and natural
Thread - Aurifil 50 variegated No 4657, white Gutermann Sew All

Fresh Poppy Design

Sunday 15 June 2014

Slow Blog Linky

Calling Slow Bloggers - you can find the linky over at one of my favourite blogs!

Visit and link up a post - looking forward to hearing what you've been up to:-)

Knotted Cotton

Saturday 7 June 2014

Carpe Diem

I don't usually write about very personal things on my blog as I think of it as a space for sharing things that make me happy and connecting with people who feel the same.

But obviously I have a life of ups and downs like everyone else and today I received awful news about a friend.  The reason that I am writing is that obviously I have learned the hard way that there are times when everything is TOO LATE and there is nothing you can do about it.   If you have been thinking of making contact with someone, or have something you have always wanted to say don't let life get in the way.  Do it now.

I have turned off comments for this post.

Tuesday 3 June 2014


I am enjoying working on the madly pink quilt so much that I have been finding inspiration in colours all around this week.

Sunday 1 June 2014


Seen at the city farm yesterday.

It's quite possible that that is what I look like on a Sunday morning.


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