Sunday, 26 June 2016

Housey Housey Workshop

We should have called this workshop Housey Housey Play Day!!
What fun the ladies had designing, choosing, snipping, gluing and stitching...






The beauty of me having my very own classroom is that we can, and we will, have another day to finish off the door-stops...
The creation of bespoke designs took longer than we expected!!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Stitching News

Di Butterfly decided to stay with a sunny theme...
She's quilting Ice Cream Cones in her borders...
what a great idea...
I wonder what flavour they are... I do love an ice cream in a cone.
Another sunny and summery theme...
Josie's cushion covers 
with big stitch hand quilting... 
Ready for toot toot tooting as they are fabulous and finished 
Margaret's Noah's Ark quilt is probable more on theme for our summer...
It has been rather wet so far in these here parts!
The binding will be stitched as homework
Boom!!!!
Brenda Barbara is starting Christmas stitching!!!
It's time you know...
 If you want to gift your very own stitched projects ...
you probably need to get cracking!!! 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Free Motion Quilting

There are loads of ways to learn how to do free motion quilting... Classes, workshops, books, videos and tutorials... 
We had a free motion quilting morning on Tuesday... 
These are some of the fun results




Personally, I like to teach with exercises... just like we did when we learned to write... you get good basic how to's ... get used to dabling, get your machine and you 'in sync' then get on to the fun stuff... if you still want to that is... free motion quilting... .it's not compulsory.

It's Time To Book...

It's time to book your seat on our coach for the annual pilgrimage to The Festival Of Quilts. Angie's Patchwork and Quilting Shop organises this trip every year... and boy do we have a great day... We love it!! £25.00 in total gets you there, including your entrance ticket. We will be going on Sunday 14th August. A £15.00 deposit will be required when you book. Picking you up in either Meir, Cheadle, Tean and Uttoxeter.


Monday, 20 June 2016

Hanging Pods

Aren't they a wonderful idea... they look so lovely hanging three in a row... like in the picture.
But I made only one... you see, it took me soooo many hours to complete... I might very well not make three to hang in a row!...
Not the size I made anyway...
I decided I needed my 'Pod' to be taller, to hold the Baking Paper we use to iron our applique sticky stuff in my classroom, to keep it from escaping from the ironing station, like the poor meatball! ha ha ha
Making it taller... and using In R Form instead of wadding to keep it standing to attention, made it rather fiddly... so... Actually, I might well make three to hang in a row... if only I could only stick to the original pattern!
But I do love the taller one I made with my beautiful Batik fabric. Have you made a Hanging Pod? Was it  from this magazine... Sew, Style & Home

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Block Of The Month 2

I know I always say this but... some of the workshops we have are so much like a day at a spa!!! The ladies have such a wonderful relaxing day!! 
Some choose to stitch my hand, others by machine... some daring folk mix up the two methods!!... Whichever method is used, it only makes a difference to how much is achieved in the one day but, as Teacher Miss Angela says... 
"It's a block of the MONTH, not a block in a day!!!"
 A few pictures from our workshop today...






Special Delivery...

I couldn't resist...
I have cracked...
Having taken delivery of the beautiful Scarlet Brick Art Gallery Denim a few weeks ago... and having used it and sewn with it and stroked it... A LOT... I now have more colours and more of their wonderful Denim fabrics... in my very own shop
Take a looky here for more information about Art Gallery Denim...
Then you could pop along to my very own shop to stroke it!!

Friday, 17 June 2016

Stitching News

A moment with clear tables was spotted so Our Sheila was able to get a super sandwich made... Almost all, and I really do mean almost all, of these fabrics were left over from a huge quilt-as-you-go project Sheila finished recently. She asked me for an idea of what she could make with so many different sized strips...
Looky what we came up with!!! I love it.
Di Butterfly encouraged the hand sewers to tidy their table so that she too could make a little sandwich with her lovely, 'About A Girl' panel quilt. We are mostly very obliging... if we can fit a sandwich in during class, we do it but then... if it's not really possible, I do offer the very convenient, Sandwich Saturdays for you. 
And Margaret finished quilting her Noah's Ark quilt... doesn't it look fabulous!
Margaret made the binding, lots of binding because this quilt is larger than it looks,
but she ran out of time to get it stitched on...
 I'm sure the sewing machine would be coming out at home!