Sunday, 21 September 2014

I'm A Star!!!

British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine article


Thank You Tuesday Ladies, boy do I feel special!!!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Stitching News

Giggly Gillian had added piano key borders to her alphabet panel last week. With reflection, this week she decided that they made the quilt a little too big... so she chopped them off! PMS (Pleasing My Self) is very much encouraged in y classroom... Licketty - split there was a sandwich... by the end of Gillian's day she had almost all of the quilting done too. 
Princess Jackie has now completed her wonderful Quilt top. Class was at full capacity this week so she wasn't able to make a sandwich... thank goodness we have Saturday Sandwich days in my very own shop... Jackie booked her sandwich slot and then moved on to another project for the rest of her class.
Inspired by one of Christabelle's cushions, PM Pam made this little quilt. She had hand stitched the Hexagons whilst away on a recent trip, they make a perfectly portable project... Pam's little quilt will also be made in to a fabulous cushion...
 isn't it wonderful to be able to inspire someone!!

Gail had been busy... she not only finished her lovely quilt top but she had sandwiched it too! Gail has decided to quilt diagonal lines and got a lot stitched during her day, looking fabulous... pattern from a magazine.

New Sue's latest project. It's going to be a wall hanging to be gifted.
There's a very quirky and fun reason for all those beautifully appliquéd mugs...
Have you got a favourite?
Brenda came for her second class. She's been busy at home making more Disappearing 9-Patch blocks. They were originally to be made into a Mat and Ruler bag but there's a good chance it will become a lap quilt now.
Jean, along with Brenda, is making the Disappearing 9-Patch blocks. It is different fabric to her first class as she jolly well changed her mind on her choice last time... she's gone Bright!

Lovely Lyn cut lots of Piano Key pieces from her left over fabrics. She wanted a good random layout for the colours so decided not to sew longer strips...  there should just about be enough.

Gail, at the same time she's quilting the quilt above, started her next fun project. She wants to make a Bug Quilt. Ladybirds are always popular aren't they... so that's a good place to start. Lovely fabric choices eh...

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Stitching News...

PM Pam had the inspired idea of using 4 little 3 inch festive picture blocks from the strips that flood the market at this time of year, my shop included!! to make a superb seasonal cushion. It may look simple but there's a lot of accurate cutting and stitching involved... Fabulous and finished... toot toot toot Pam
Princess Jackie needs a Fabulous and finished fanfare next...
Toot toot-e-tty toot toot
A most beautiful girl-y-grl quilt...
ready to be displayed for the charity auction.
My Rebel Josie flicks from one project to the next... sometimes I can't keep up!! During her class, she noticed one of our panel quilts, we have them displayed on the wall. She liked it, purchased the panel, dug in her stash bag then... Lick-e-tty-Split... had it stitched and sandwiched!
Sheila came to play... Hip operation almost a thing of the past!!
She's doing a little hand stitching as it's still a little tricky to sew by machine... such a beautiful block... beautiful Batiks too!!! I have loads of Batiks for you to choose from.... and 30 more bolts will be here soon!
Brenda Barbara is making a festive wall hanging for her grand children.
It's a lot of fun building up little appliqué pictures and the Art To Heart book patterns in particular are just toooo cute!
Dotty Maureen is making an appliqué project too.
This is the Fairy Tales pattern from Kids Quilts
Dotty had fun rooting through a bag of scraps to find just the fabrics she needed. We have lots of the Kids Quilts patterns for sale... just in case you feel tempted!
Kate finished two of her extra wide borders and was able to find space for sandwiching them... thank goodness for apartment quilting!
Kate's beautiful quilt is growing fast now.
Sporty Sue finished her latest quilt top. When she declared that she wanted a red fabric for her inner border we all thought.... ooooo not sure about that!
But lookey!!! it is totally fabulous
Lady Judith's Lone Star... WoWeeeee!
It's just amazing what all the ladies have done with their Lone Star centres... most were started at Dotty's workshop but I think every one had a different finishing job... as you would expect, Lady Judith's quilt will be huge!
This is another of Annbacan's seat cushions... Loving the colours here!!!
We all love the Dresden Plates, I, personally, think that they are particularly fabulous as cushions...

Another seat cushion, Ann used up lot's of left over strips for this one...
It's rather amazing what can come out of a bag of scraps isn't it?

That's it for today, I have many more pictures... I don't seem able to catch up. We have a lot of family birthdays this month so there's a lot of party-ing to be done... time management goes out of the window!!











Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Fabulous Finishes

Jeannette Dilly finished her perfectly purple quilt.
The pattern, called 
Raspberry Swirl, is from a magazine, they made it in ice-cream-pink and chocolatey colours and it's been a very popular pattern.
Jeannette's quilt is larger as she added a few extra borders... 
Here's the back... we love pieced backings!!
It's fabulous and finished toot toot toot
Morning Judith finished her toot-a-bubbly fabulous Skeleton quilt
Isn't he a smart fellow. He's about to be gifted to a lucky young lad.
Morning Judith found this carrier bag saver pattern on-line and saved it in her head... clever that! The pattern stated that it could be made within an hour so Judith put it to the test! 3 hours later it was finished...
Maybe the first one takes a little longer then?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Stitching News

Princess Jackie does the most beautiful appliqué.... you've probably noticed already. This pattern was inspired by a piece of fabric... Jackie traced the little design elements then took them to  the library to be blown up. What a lovely quilt centre! what a great idea... The beautiful quilt will be part of a fundraising auction, we can bid too!
Rose spent her day quilting... She is stitching in the ditch and for Rose, 'steady eddy' is the only way... it might take quite a bit longer but the results are worth it. Rose is making this quilt to be raffled as a fundraiser, so we get to purchase tickets if we would like the chance to win.
Gail had a tricky job putting her strips together... those little white sashings had to line up you see, they can cause a little stress but Gail wasn't phased at all... well.. just a little maybe... again, it will be worth all the effort... what a lovely quilt!
Lovely Lyn joined us after a short dressmaking course absence, he he he
See, the beauty of quilt making is that they don't have waists and bust measurements to be fitted to!!! ha ha ha This poor neglected quilt came back to life... taa daaaa
Just Jan's carpet quilt is coming along a treat.
On the floor here for auditioning what happens next...
What a great, fun way to invent your very own design!

Mara had been watching 'how to make triangles' on YouTube but decided to come along to class to pick up a few top tips for success before tackling them.
She went home well educated and very inspired.
These HST's will be turned into a Nappy holder (Diapers)
This is another of Princess Jackie's works of art...
 These absolutely fabulous fun fish will be used for the borders of...
This quilt centre... oooo's and ahhhhh's are quite commonplace in my little classroom when Jackie shows us what she's working on. This gorgeous quilt will also be part of Jackie's fundraising Auction... I'm not sure when it is, Maybe I will get more details soon.
It's cute-e-tty cute... don't you think?

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Fabulous And Finished

New Sue finally finished her Stargazy Daisiez quilt. Sue attended my workshop, I think it was over a year ago... she's made so many other projects... this one got set to one side... not that it matters now... it's ready for a fanfare of tooting....
This is the back of Sue's Daisiez quilt.... like a fabulous lawned garden!
I hope you noticed the free motion quilting.
Giggly Gillian finished her delightful daisy cushion. I'm actually thinking that my photo doesn't really show you how truly beautiful this work is...
Toot toot toot Gillian, it is... Fabulous and Finished
Lady Judith's turn now... Toot toot toot for her enormous, fabulous and finished quilt... Judith quilted it on her standard size Janome, domestic sewing machine and she's recently had surgery on her shoulder... you see... with a little stamina and determination, it can be done
Annbacan is making fifteen patchwork seat cushions and every one will be different. Her daughter will be opening a lovely new shop as she expands Crafty Urchins. It will look amazing with all the colours Ann chose. for now, this one is fabulous and finished... toot toot toot
Jeannette Dilly was so proud of her very own self... she's decided to tackle Free-Motion quilting and is loving it.... Toot toot toot for this fabulous and finished cushion t'will look great alongside the amazing quilt you can see there being sandwiched.
Every project gets a fanfare if it gets finished... This is a second tooting today for Jeannette Dilly... A very handy bag... the pattern features in the recent Fabrications magazine, we have quite a few ladies making it... 
That's us getting back to normal here. Phones are on and the internet is back, though dreadfully slow. I have lots of pictures in my bank so I will try to show you a few each day... so what's different there eh! ha

Friday, 12 September 2014

It's All About ME

It would take a lot of emails to tell all of my lovely followers and friends about this so... I'm going to shout it out very publicly... 
I have an announcement!!
Last evening I had an appointment with my Oncologist, a guy I/we have been calling The Cancer Man. 
After more than one loooong year of all kinds of emotions, four operations and enough other treatments... he told me that I am good.... I am clear. I am free to go!!! 
He doesn't want to see me again until December, and that's going to be just a routine check up.

Isn't life wonderful!

Thursday, 11 September 2014