Out of this world fabric!

An Easter break can only mean one thing in our household…. a trip to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum!!

This time the main attraction was, quite literally, out of this world as we got up close to Tim Peake’s space capsule!

As always, the folks at National Museums Northern Ireland (nmni.com) have put on an absolutely fabulous display and we found ourselves staying much longer than we had expected. A big ‘shout out’ must go to our amazing volunteer guide, Catherine, who took the girls ‘under her wing’ and made sure that there was NOTHING they didn’t know about all the mesmerising exhibits which were on display!

Unsurprisingly, my attention was immediately drawn to learning more about how a VERY large piece of fabric (pictured, left) made Tim’s return to earth possible.

I will not spoil it for any one who has yet to visit but lets just say that being able to use a sewing machine, whether it’s making quilts or parachutes, is a very valuable skill to have indeed!

The space craft is on display in the Folk Museum until May 12th, admission is FREE and I would HIGHLY recommend that you visit!

While it may seem as if this blog post is being sponsored by NMNI, it’s not – I’m just a ‘super fan’ of the museum and would genuinely love as many people as possible to see this extra special exhibit!

I certainly plan to be back again before it blasts off….. maybe I will see you there!

Lynn x


Exhibitions Galore!

Hello everyone!

If exhibitions are your thing, there are plenty happening in the vicinity of Love Stitching!

Firstly, the good folks at Lagan Valley Patchwork Guild are currently exhibiting a display of their work in the Hillsborough Village Centre in Hillsborough Co Down.  Further details available at:

Secondly, the fabulous quilters of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles, Region 17  have a quilt exhibition on display in Cregagh Library, Belfast.

Although I haven’t got visiting this exhibition yet, I do have a piece of my own on display  so I know that there is  at least one humourous quilt on the theme ‘Behind Closed Doors’!

Further details re: opening times can be got by contacting –

Branch Manager  Alison Earley
409-413 Cregagh Road Belfast BT6 0LF

t:028 9040 1365


Finally, the fabulous work of Northern Ireland’s finest GCSE and A-level art students is on display in the True Colours Exhibition which is showing in the Ulster Museum, Botanic Avenue, Belfast.

The standard of work is really quite extraordinary and I would absolutely recommend a visit! Better be quick with this one though as it finishes before the end of February.

Again, further information is available at http://www.nmni.com


This stunning 3D piece is the work of an exceptionally talented GCSE student from Methodist College, Belfast. WOW!


Thanks for reading folks, and I hope you get a chance to visit at least one of these wonderful exhibitions!


Lynn x

The door has finally been unhinged!

Hello Everyone!

I trust you are all enjoying the fabulous sunshine which we have been having here recently!

As you will already know, the shop is currently CLOSED for our summer break although we have been busy working away behind the scenes and finding that there is always something to be done…..

Regular visitors to Love Stitching will know that our door can be just a little bit reluctant to open at times….

Well, yesterday evening the sun was shining and, as we didn’t have the ‘bad weather’ excuse, we decided it was time to ‘SORT OUT THE DOOR!’  Out came the plane, out came the electric drill and off came the door!

I am happy to report that our efforts seem to have been successful! We look forward to welcoming you all back when we re-open through our now-much-more-easy-to-open-door!

Full details of our holiday closure are available on our website www.lovestitching.co.uk

See you soon, thanks for reading,


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FREE Christmas Heart Pattern – Part Two!

Wow! I really can’t believe that it’s been almost a year since I posted the first part of my FREE Christmas Heart pattern….. Eventually I’m now getting to share ‘Part Two’ with you but, as the saying goes, ‘better late than never!’

I’m sure you remember this gorgeous quilt! I know that many of you have been inspired after seeing it ‘in the flesh’ here at Love Stitching and, although I have used Christmas fabrics, this design will look fabulous in lots of different colour combinations…..

FREE Christmas Heart Pattern – Part One:

Please see my Blog dated June 1st, 2017

FREE Christmas Heart Pattern – Part Two:

Inner Border (cream)     ½m fabric required – cut x 6 Widths of Fabric (WOF) at 2¼”

Outer Border (grey)        ¾m fabric required – cut x 7 WOF at 4″

Backing Fabric                 3.5m fabric required – cut into two pieces at 1.75m each

Wadding                            1.7m length required*

Binding  (red)                   ½m fabric required – cut x 7 WOF at 2½”

*I use Hobbs Heirloom Premium wadding which is 2.4m wide


Making up:

Join short ends of border strips then sew onto quilt edges.

Join the two pieces of backing fabric together along the longest edge.

Make your ‘quilt sandwich’ by layering up your backing fabric, wadding and patchwork Christmas Heart top – tack or use 505 spray to keep all three layers together.

Quilt either by hand or machine – I used my absolute favourite ‘wavy’ machine stitch!

Attach binding.


Quilt finishes at 64″ x 57″ (approx)  which is the perfect size for snuggling up on the sofa to watch a wee bit of TV!

Please feel free to share your versions of this beautiful quilt with us here at Love Stitching.

Happy sewing!! xx


Fabulous Embroidery!

Embroidery picJust a wee update on what’s on my cutting board today….

My fabulous Husqvarna Topaz 25 embroidery machine has been very busy!

Although the white and purple colour combo initially looks quite stark, I know that the finished item will look amazing once it’s all pieced together….

Will keep you posted!

Happy sewing meantime,

Lynn x



Easter Break!

The Love Stitching cutting board is quiet this week as we take a break for Easter but even behind the scenes there are quilts everywhere!

I absolutely LOVE visiting the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum where lots of vintage quilting inspiration awaits!  (The Ballycultra Tea Room is also a treat!)

imageThis beautiful appliquéd quilt has really put me in the mood for some hand sewing but I know that I still have my William Morris piece from last time to be getting on with…..

We re-open next Wednesday (11th April) so there is still plenty of time for me to get the sewing machine threaded up yet!  Meantime I would whole heartedly recommend a visit to see all that this fabulous museum has to offer!

Until next time,

Lynn x

OK, so maybe I should have followed the pattern after all…..!

Hello Everyone,

I trust you have all had a lovely Christmas and are managing to squeeze in some sewing time!

I’m delighted to say that I am still really enjoying sewing with the stunning William Morris Charm Pack even if things have gone ever so slightly “off plan”!


As the thought of having 336 quarter square triangles piled on my cutting board waiting to be stitched together was enough to bring me out in a cold sweat, I simply ignored the pattern’s instruction to cut 84 Charm Pack squares into 4 triangles.

Instead, I placed a patterned square and a ‘Grunge’ (plain) square face to face and stitched them together on all four sides using a quarter inch seam.


I then cut the squares into four triangles. Afterall, it would work out the same, wouldn’t it?


Errr, NO!

My improvising actually gave me HALF square triangles instead of the QUARTER square triangles which are used in the pattern.

As it is, this is a happy mistake in my opinion as my finished piece will not look as ‘busy’ as the piece in the pattern.


The question now is – which block do I make with my half square triangles?

Hummm…. Time to get the thinking cap (and kettle!) on!

‘Til next time,

Lynn x



I’m back!

After a somewhat unexpected break, I’m back blogging and sharing what’s going on behind the scenes at Love Stitching!

Well, I don’t know about you, but I absolutely LOVE these stunning fabrics which have just arrived in from Moda!


In fact, I went home last night, sat in front of the fire after tea (dishes can wait, can’t they!) and got started…!

With the ‘table topper’ FREE pattern from Moda in mind (details below), I set about my evenings ‘work’!


Although the pattern told me to cut each charm Pack square twice diagonally to make a total of 336 quarter square triangles, I thought I would do things a little bit differently!

Instead, I opened up both of the Charm Packs (above) and carefully pinned each William Morris patterned piece right sides together with a piece of the very lovely ‘Grunge’ fabrics (below).


This evening I very much plan to get the sewing machine threaded up and get moving on to the next stage…

The plan is to sew a quarter inch seam around ALL FOUR edges and then I will cut my now-stitched-together-squares twice diagonally…..

Will keep you posted with my progress!

Click here for FREE Moda William Morris Table Topper Pattern



Snowfall in June!

A brand new Moda Mini Charm has arrived at Love Stitching!

(and I simply couldn’t resist….)


At the end of last week, I welcomed these stunning ‘Snowfall’ Mini Charm packs into the shop and got a wee chance to set the machine up in the shop.

It took me no time at all to piece together what will be a gorgeous Christmas table runner!

Now that the 42 Mini Charm squares have (almost) been pieced in 14 rows of 3, all that needs to be done is a wee bit of quilting, the binding attached and, there you have it, one table decoration worthy of conversation and admiration is complete!

Of course, this super simple and super quick table runner can be made using any of our Mini Charms – just follow the link below for yet more choice and selection!

Click here for more Moda Mini Charms

TOP TIP: When you view our pre-cut goods online, hover the mouse over the images to reveal a second image containing the entire fabric selection. What a clever hubby!

Happy sewing!

Lynn x