Woodland Alphabet Quilt wip

by Helen on March 5, 2014

Sometimes it feels so easy ….  I’m sure you know what I mean …. those rare occasions that you have an idea and translating it into fabric and thread just flows, everything happens right the first time.  It’s such a magic, wonderful feeling that for me at least, happens only rarely – usually I can be found muttering, unpicking, tweaking and re-stitching!  But there was no unpicking at all while I was stitching this project – my Woodland Alphabet Quilt …

It’s destined to be a gift for some friends who have been waiting for adoption for some time.  They’ve recently heard that they’ll be bringing home a little boy aged seven months in just a few weeks time.  I do hope they’ll like my gift…

It’s still very much a work in progress, but I finished piecing the top late this afternoon – just some borders around the edges and it’s onto the quilting.  I was inspired by the clean lines and appliqued text of the Baby Life Quilt design by V and Co that I found in the Moda Bakeshop

I love the uncluttered feel of this quilt and wanted to try to give my Woodland Alphabet Quilt the same feeling of simplicity and space – as well as including lots of  forest friends ….


I followed Vanessa Christenson’s tip of zig-zagging around my applique shapes with clear thread.  All my shapes were quite simple so there wasn’t too much huffing and puffing while pivoting around corners.  My favourite block is R for Rabbit (of course!) …. 

Though the hedgehog and mouse are cute too.  I’m considering whether to add a narrow patchwork border around all the squares before the final wider borders – if anybody has any thoughts or suggestions I’d love to hear them.  This project will be included in the April issue of the Bustle & Sew eMagazine and then I’ll be wrapping it up ready to send to my friends in time for their baby boy’s arrival.  



What’s in the October e-zine

by Helen on September 23, 2012

Yes, it’s getting towards that time of the month again …. the next issue of the Bustle & Sew e-zine is out on Thursday.  I’m still in the process of bringing everything together, and it’s going to be a cracker!!  Last year the October issue was all about Christmas, but this year I’ve decided to spread the festivities over two issues, so there are some other projects in this month’s issue too….

Projects for Bustle & Sew ezine

 There’s the Blackbird Cushion Cover, “Star of Wonder” Rosie & Bear embroidery, Baby Owls Advent Calendar, Swan Softie pattern, “Halloween Fun” from SewFlapdoodle and “I Saw Three Ships” Christmas Table Runner.  I do hope you’ll enjoy them.  And of course, if you’re not already a subscriber, now is a brilliant time to join as you’ll receive the current issue (September 2012) immediately, followed by the October issue on Thursday 27th……

September Mag Montage for web That’s all these projects as well – for just $5.50!!  And of course, there are features, articles, interviews (this month I’m talking to Pipany, an amazingly talented lady from Cornwall, England, about her work and inspiration), and Rosie’s recipes too!  If you’d like to subscribe, then please CLICK HERE to learn more.  

And remember .. you’re not tied in to a lengthy subscription – if you decide my e-zine isn’t for you, then you can unsubscribe at any time without penalty.