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First Quilt {Sew Along}

You know that feeling … when you’ve finished sewing a dress and you get that little skip of disbelief in your chest and you think, “Wow I can’t believe I made that!” … that’s the feeling that got me hooked on sewing.  It was so different to how I usually felt at the end of a working day.  

People who aren’t into sewing don’t really get how much the word sewing covers.  They think because you love to sew that you can sew anything (oh and want to take up their pants, because that’s sewing … right?).  I think I could fill notebooks and bookshelves and rooms, with all I want to know and discover about sewing.  Even with an aspiration to be a passionate life-long sewing learner, I’m sure I won’t ever know it all.  

Which brings me to my point … quilting.  

Nanny Fox's Quilt for Kt

When Kt was a baby, Nanny Fox made her a quilt.  That quilt has been just about everywhere.  It’s been the comfy spot to sit while out in the garden having fairy teaparties.  It’s been the curtain that drops dramatically at magic shows in our kitchen, to reveal *gasp* no Kt (dun-dun-duuuun).  It’s been a rowboat in her imaginings and it spends each night on her bed. I’ve always imagined that “someday” I’d make a quilt like that too.  In fact I’ve been collecting snippets of my favourite fabrics for my “someday quilt” since I started sewing.  But someday has always been so far away and there have been so many other things to sew and learn first.

But suddenly someday has arrived!

I’ve rearranged my sewing space and now have a cosy reading/drafting nook.  I was telling Rachael (from Sew today, Clean Tomorrow) that it looks … whatever the opposite of Pintrest-able is, when she offered to walk me through making my first quilt to jazz that space right up!  One idea led to another and she’s agreed to run a “first quilt sew along” in the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts group on facebook.

It’s one of those “Leap and grow your wings on the way down”, moments (quote by Les Brown).  To be honest, I’ve got butterflies wondering whether attempting something epic, like my first quilt, in front of people is a good idea.  Surely I should wait till I know if I can do it before I tell anyone about it! Do I have the time right now?  There’s always going to be excuses to put off making my first quilt if I think about it too much – so here’s me leaping …

Join us for the Oasis Quilt Sew Along

If you’ve been planning a “someday quilt”, or always wanted to make a quilt but needed a little hand-holding I would absolutely LOVE to have you join me!  We can learn together!

If you’re a quilting aficionado who gets excited about mentoring newbies through their first quilt, we’d love to have you along too!


How will it work?
1) Join the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts group on facebook.
2) Get your copy of the Oasis Quilt as a stand alone here or in Issue 8 here.
3) Drop by the group each day to see which steps we’re doing, read Rachael’s extra tips/explanation for beginners, ask questions and share your WIP.  Search the #oasisquiltsewalong

When is it?
Things will kick off “officially” on Monday 24th August, but there’ll be some preparatory information over the weekend to help you with choosing and preparing your fabrics.


If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask – either comment below or send me an email.  I’m a big fan of questions because they help me learn too!

Hope to see you there.

Happy Sewing





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