Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Stitching News... Long

Just Edna was stripping!!
With all the Gypsy Wife blocks completed it's the only thing left to do...
Strip! Add a strip... and a strip and another strip.

Christabelle is quilting another of her very own designs...
Tailor made with much thought and ponderment...
 It's going to be perfect for it's recipient

We're conjuring up a fabulous design for Lady Judith's King sized quilt...
We're adding inner border stips in yellow,
Then there'll be green, red and purple added... and maybe more!
You may well need sunglasses for this one!

Fruity Rose chose perfect fabric and added her binding strips. The hand stitching is a perfect watching TV distraction for evenings at home so Rose packed it away and soon moved on to another project

Barbara BEW is making these blocks with the help (?) of a free pattern in a magazine... (why we think they are free when we buy the magazines, I don't know) anyway... don't the blocks look fabulous made in the Batik beauties from my very own shop!

Some customers are happy to be teaching their very own selves how to make quilts... and why not... you know we promote PMS (Pleasing My Self) I bet you can't guess who this lovely, customers own design quilt is being made for?? ha ha ha

Fran Cupcake is possibly the most generous person in the world that I ever met.
Fran wanted to make cushions for gifting using these lovely little bird fabrics.
We came up with this great design to incorporate all of them...
Toot toot toot Fran... fabulous and finished... I'm sure there were two!!

PM Pam spent her day stripping too... strip quilting that is, on her Gypsy Wife quilt... she's got lots of quilting to do having decided to Stitch In The Ditch... of course we know it's Ditch Hopping... but Pam's really good at it!

Gail needs a toot toot toot fanfare for her fabulous and finished Twister Heart cushion... Gail made two of them, the other one in ravishing red fabrics, and it's in my shop for you to visit with... if you would like to!
Here's the link to the Twister Valentine Heart Cushion tutorial

AnnBacan has been working on this project for ever!
Finally, the blocks are ready and she was able to start joining then into rows with a lovely cream on cream fabric. More on this as/if it happens.

Princess Jackie made a project without applique! Wow.
She was careful to fussily cut the large squares of main focus fabric and then alternated them with delightful pinwheels.. tricky centres... but worth it!

New Sue is preoccupied with life at the moment so... she needed to stitch... and stitch she did... this quilt is one Licketty-Split project... started only on Saturday this last weekend!!! The sandwich will be made on Saturday too, even though the back wasn't ready at time of booking the table... speedy piecing, great to temporarily settle your mind... I promise you, it works!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sandwich Saturday

My New Shop Sign

Do you think it is big enough?

How about the colours?... bright enough?

I know it's tricky to find my shop on your first visit...
I know this because you tell me so.
I don't think you can miss my shop now... 
Would you like to know what I'm thinking?
I'm thinking... "Boom... here I am!!!"
I'd love to know what you think... 

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Upcoming Workshops And Saturday Plans

Saturday 30th January  That's today!!! 
Sandwich Saturday. £5.00 plus wadding
Sessions between 10am - 2pm, booking is required... AM  slots are full, for an afternoon booking today, you would have to call me 07807530441
You can also use the tables to lay out the blocks you've made to decide on settings, or to see how many more blocks you need or... even better... to help you choose fabulous fabrics!

Saturday 6th February... Two Little Dickie Birds with Our Sheila, 10am - 4pm
£35.00 which includes the stuffing, covered wire legs and feet, eyes... and home baked cake.
An adorable 3D project that involves cutting pattern pieces, hand and machine stitching and embellishment 

Saturday 13th February with Angie 10am - 3pm £30.00

This small project is good an introduction to:-

Accurate cutting using a mat, ruler and rotary cutter.

Sewing an accurate quarter inch seam allowance with, hopefully, straight lines.

Good general piecing skills with top tips to help with seam matching.

Good pressing technique… a very important skill

How to make and a small quilt sandwich.

How to quilt and, if there’s still time left we can turn your project into a lovely 18” cushion with my fabulously easy zip inserting method. 

The workshop starts at 10am and we should be finished by 3pm... 

What a lovely way to spend a day... then if you find you are hooked... and that happens a lot... you can start thinking about what to make next

Saturday 20th February Sandwich Saturday. £5.00 plus wadding
Sessions between 10am - 2pm, booking required.
Remember... You can also use the tables to lay out the blocks you've made to decide on settings, or to see how many more blocks you need or... even better... to help you choose fabrics!

Saturday 27th February... Housey Housey... A Delightful Door Stop
 £35.00 with Sue. 10am - 4pm
This 3D project involves machine piecing, rotary cutting, applique and embellishment

Friday, 29 January 2016

Stitching News

Longport Lynda had been gifted a Tapestry Kit... 
It was to be made into draught excluder (a door snake in my house!) She loved the colours and didn't want to use this beautiful Tapestry for it's proposed purpose... 
so we figured out how to make this  fabulous bag, Lynda loves it!

Gail is making two Twister Heart cushions for gifting to two different ladies... 
She's got on very well in the making, they look great don't they... 
can you guess for when she needs them to be finished... 
hearts... a clue!

Jeannette Dilly treated herself to a stitching day. Amongst other things, she made up this cushion front and prepared all the bits for three more. Her lucky mother will have a full set of four cushions, with zips! gifted to her, what a wonderful daughter!
I chose not to crop this photo... doesn't my shop look well stocked!!

Dilly also made this little Ballerina Bag inspired by the one my Mum Gwynneth made on Saturday which is hanging front and centre in my shop. Dilly used slightly different fabrics and it looks just as loveabubble, don't you think?
Oh no... I forgot to crop the photo again... What a lot of patterns I have on my wall! They have 10% off, it's true, but only until the end of the day tomorrow as February starts on Monday.

These next two pictures are little quilt tops that Peggy is working on stitching.
I finally made up the new I Spy packs, there's a lot of cutting involved.... I'd barely finished bagging and labelling them before they started to leave the shop...

Peggy purchased one pack of 30 different fabric squares, all 6" cut... but instead of making one play mat she's making the two... they will be lovely little treasures for any toddler that receives them. Peggy almost always gives her work to the Donna Louise Foundation... what a lovely lady! what lovely quilts they will be.

Our Sheila is so enthused with her new Batik Quilt-As-You -Go blocks... she can barely leave them alone. Lots of stitching has been done at home and the pace in class continued... binding has been selected too... more as it happens!

Margaret needed a quilt sandwich making with her dinosaur quilt... my beautiful Batik fabrics make perfect co-ordinating 4-Patches for the dinosaur print main fabric, even though it wasn't purchased from my very own shop... time to get quilting!
The green chair looks great too!

Steph came to make a sandwich... now she's a lady that loves Batik fabric... This quilt would surely get anyones heart leap-itty-leaping as they wrapped up in it on the sofa... happy bright colours will do that eh!

It's mean pickings for you this week... quantity of course not quality!.. It's a whole week's pictures in one post... I'm sort of sorry about that... but I'm not really sorry to have been way too busy to think about taking blog-a-bubble pictures...
My lovely little quilt shop has welcomed many new visitors so far this year... It's great to have new people coming to visit... yeeeha.... we never can have too many crafty stitchers, can we?
So, I make no promises, but I will at least try to take more pictures next week.... I will leave my little Purple Camera everywhere in the Classroom and maybe someone will snap a photo or two for us... if I forget, and we all know that I do!

Changing The Plan Lady Judith?

Lady Judith attended one of the first Stack-n-Whack Kaleidoscope workshops... about three and a half years ago? She made a few blocks at the time but, as she was a beginner, she found they were a little tricky to stitch accurately, so set them to one side... and then, sure enough, Judith forgot about them... as we do. 
Now, I think I've mentioned before, Judith is now the proud owner of a brand new Juki sewing machine. She's finding accuracy much easier to achieve with her new toy. She dug out her Stack-n-Whack blocks, brought them to me for a little reminder and proceded to finish them all. 16 lovely and brightly coloured blocks.You can see one in the top right of this picture. 

Of course, Judith being Lady Judith... doesn't make small quilts and, even though she has 16 lovely 12" blocks... she wanted more. Left with only 4 pattern repeats worth of the fabric (Ricky Timms from Moda) though, we couldn't really make more of the same blocks so I had to come up with a cunning plan... Oh My goodness.... 4-Patch Posies!! very bright and happy posies they are too. They only need four pattern repeats and they are so much fun to put together! Who knows what layout we will use once all the blocks are complete... watch this space as I'm sure the quilt will be fabulous and... enormous!! Judith loves enormous...

Monday, 25 January 2016

Stitching News

Just Jan's paper doodle, the one I showed you last week, is almost a quilt top... and you know what... it looks just like the paper doodle. Jan brings her project carefully pinned to a sheet, what a very clever idea... she spreads it out and carries on stitching where she last stopped.

Fruity Rose decided to do free-motion, curly-whirly, sheepish, woo-lish doodles to make her sheep look more sheep-y. After a very short practice on a drawn sheep shape she did it, she did them and all three sheep looked great! I bet Rose will free motion a bit more often now...

AnnBacan has a little girl to make a gifting quilt for.... There must be pink and there must be grey... and it must use the two Fat Quarters Ann won in the Christmas Party Daft Game... Licketty-split... we designed a pink and grey quilt! I tell you, the customer service we provide is top notch!!

Oooooh Brenda Barbara's still Goosing... they look great don't they.... and now she makes them look easy, which they are! I asked Brenda how many more Geese and how many blocks she planned... lots! that's all she knows, she needs lots!

Our Sheila had laid out her fabrics at home then numbered them to keep the right order, it works for some but not for others... I am hopeless at following numbers!! Hopefully, the quilt will have shading from light to dark, diagonally... or dark to light if you stand at the other end!! he he

Farmer Lynda also continues with her Goosing... Quilting the blocks as she goes so that they can be joined apartment-ly... Lynda is going off on an exciting, sideways journey with her colour scheme... not shown here though... I'll try to snap a piccy next time.

Great progress has been made by All Day Di... lot's of people are watching how this lovey and colourful project is coming along... fabric books make great gifts don't they... 

Sister Susie had finished her quilting at home so there was just the binding to be sorted out. This is a double sided quilt so the colour was extra important... I had the perfect shade, how about that!!!
It was all machined on with lovely mitred corners, ready for hand stitching.

Fiona Too played with applique. She's making a nappy bag and this cute little rocking horse is on the panel at the top... it's ready for stitching... which I think will be done with blanket stitch...

Friday, 22 January 2016

Wow Pam!!!

I hope you can promise me that you won't tell PM Pam about this....
I snook-icated this photo of her Gypsy Wife quilt top...
Boy, oh boy, oh boy do I EVER LOVE IT!!!!
Now remember... it's just between you and I... she'll never know!!! ha ha ha