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 28 February 2013

More on that quilt...

I have spent every evening this week working on my quilt.

Cutting out squares, re arranging them into a pattern I liked, sewing them together into long strips and then ironing all the seams the same way. Last night I started to sew the strips together into a bigger rectangle.

I only had to unpick two squares of one seam, which I think is pretty good going by 11 pm at night!

I spent a fair bit of time making sure all the seams were lined up and smooth

 I have three more of the strips to sew on and then I need to add a double width plain boarder all around in a slightly darker pale green.

The backing will be a plain pale green fabric ( old sheet) and I will bind the front with that as well - still not decided what to use as the wadding, whether to go for the cotton wadding I have in store, or use an old fleece blanket. As the fabric is polycotton I think I might go with the fleece - makes it easier to wash if the cats get on to it ( as they will, they get everywhere!)

Having only ever made a basic tiny square quilt for my dolls and a pot holder for my Mum when I was little (40 plus odd years ago now), made of scraps and with an old bit of blanket as wadding,  I *am* really pleased with how I am getting on and how it is progressing :-)

And it is such fun to do - and it must be the first time I have EVER got the iron out without feeling utterly miserable -  actually enjoyed ironing my seams flat :-)


  1. Quilting is addictive, but I guess you already know that! I'm enjoying seeing this project progressing.

  2. That quilt is looking good and if you really are enjoying ironing, then come and see me, I think I might have a few blouses you might have some fun with!! :-)

  3. Kath - see the next post lol

    Kay G errm I don't think so - I normally hate ironing :-)


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