How not to quilt – quilt along with Froogs

Hello Dear Reader,

Someone very very lovely, sent me a quilt to finish. It is made by hand and I’ve spent many evenings unpicking the tacking stitches, removing the paper templates and machine sewing block together. I’ve been given enough blocks that I’m using them to make three small quilts. One will be a throw for our arm chair, one will be for mum and one for DB’s mum. I think they will love the traditional designs and I am in awe of the tiny hand stitches. Today, I backed and quilted the first of the three. To back and quilt a quilt, you will need fabric for the backing. I have used a length of cotton flannel, its lovely and soft. I had to cut and sew it to the right size. I bought it from the jumble sale I went to. I stick my backing to the floor (right side facing the floor) with duct tape! I know this is not the ‘trad’ way but it works for me!

I give the backing a light spray with 505 spray, it’s a temporary adhesive which disappears when the quilt is washed. I buy this locally from the craft shop in Liskeard, called Painters – Here’s the link to them.

I then lay the batting on top of the backing. You can flip it back and relay it flat if there’s any wrinkles as the adhesive just make it tacky. I buy the wadding or batting from Painters in Liskeard too! Np-spend-vember was well and truly broken today as I went there and bought batting and adhesive spray to finish some quilts.
They are not paying me to advertise, I just think they are brilliant and sell everything I need for quilting and the people who work there are lovely.

I then lay my quilt top on to the two layer, with the right side up and position is where I want it. I kneel on the quilt itself and peel half of it back, spray with 505 spray and then position the quilt as I want it. I then do that with the other half of the quilt.

The whole process takes about half an hour for a small quilt. I king size quilt requires furniture removal and the use of the dining room for the day! I then put my hand onto the side of the quilt and pull the duct tape carefully and slowly away. I’ve not ripped a quilt yet!

You can see I have a ‘bubble’ so I pulled the quilt top partly off and laid it down again but I’m never exact or perfect and usually other people don’t notice it. I then trim it and iron it which takes away any wrinkles or bubbles that I don’t want to sew into my quilt.

I’m simply sewing along the edge of each individual block of fabric in a simple series of sewing up and down, side to side and then all the diagonal lines. I stopped when I lost the light this afternoon as it’s easy to make mistakes in dim light. I’ll get another one done tomorrow and I can start ticking UFOs off my list. 

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx


From a spark to a flame

Liskeard started welcoming the flame with a street party, live music, hog roast and generally had a really good time! Hello Dear Reader, We waited, along with everyone else for the flame to arrive. It had been held up through Cornwall and was slightly delayed. The Olympic bus pulled up and Helen stepped off to applause and adulation. She shared her moment with local people and then the flame arrived. It was carried by Duncan Goodhew, a hero of my childhood, who won gold at the Moscow Olympics……we did really well by America boycotting the games, team GB got a lot of gold medals that year. The flame was lit and Helen took the flame on its way. Helen is a local outdoor education teacher, who leads teenagers on expeditions to Nepal and Africa, she has trained students for Ten Tors for many years and students have achieved the Duke of Edinburgh awards because of Helen. It was an honour to be part of her moment. Thanks to everyone who left such kind and encouraging words for my daughter. We’ve had a text today telling us she painted loads of faces and had a good day. Today, I felt proud to be Cornish, English and British. Liskeard was thronging with people and I have watched the live relay on the BBC site, dedicated to the coverage of the relay. It has been truly magical. You can hear me, being very excited on the video……….apologies, it was truly moving and Helen, you absolutely deserved to carry the flame! This is the best example of why Helen carried the flame!

Enjoy Helen’s moment. A magical moment………….Love Froogs xxxx