Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Thursday 31 January 2013

Quilting - update!

I have been cutting up lots of saved up cotton clothes  - mostly from Compostgirl - not good enough to gift or charity shop but too good for rags, so ideal for quilting.

I now have a rotary cutter, a much larger self healing cutting mat ( I only has an A4 one, before - now I have an A2 mat) and a really useful cutting template ruler, as well as a really nice quilting book

All courtesy of my lovely Husband Compostman - who gave me these as a Christmas gift :-)

Added to the existing metal rule I already had, plus the sewing machine and assorted stuff I use on a regular basis and I am all ready to go.

Now - what project shall I do, first :-)

A quilt, a cushion, a table runner?

Any ideas?

I am a confident machine and hand sewer. (I think)


  1. Hi Compostwoman

    I saw a link to this earlier on and I thought I would quite like to have a go at this one at some point although a king sized version. Think it would be very cozy.


    Hope you are keeping well


  2. Hi Pattypan :-)

    That looks interesting and thank you for the link.

    I think I will probably make a single quilt for Compost girl - as it is mainly her old clothes I am using - lol!

    Might make a bubble one though - I have enought fabric in stock to do it

    Thanks, again

  3. definitely something small. I think we all get excited and fall into the trap of starting a big quilt and fail to complete it.
    Either a table runner or cushion to begin with. You can make something bigger as you get your confidence.

    Can't wait to see what you make!

  4. Hi Kath :-)

    I have made a few very simple quilts before - with blanket backing and no wadding. I have not tried the tiny bits of fabric quilts though - yet!

    I think I will make a cushion for Compostgirl , as the fabrics are her old clothes it seems suitable!

    Also I am making a crochet patchwork design quilt for her room, so a cusion would be good as well :-)


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