Friday, 3 July 2015

Preparation? Preparation... Preparation!

It's been a little bit hectic this week... not all shop stuff... though that's been a bit of a marathon too... home stuff got a little bit action packed... Tell me... why is it that Mothers always pick up the slack? so, this poor blog had to suffer the lack of time! It's only a blog though eh... Now then,
This coming weekend, starting today, is a special one... I hope. It's our three day quilting retreat! wooohooo. I can't decide what to take to stitch... I have probably prepared way too many projects... This box has my long term scrappy project, Ocean Waves A La Bonnie Hunter and a Christmas Stocking applique... so that's why there are so many threads and bobbins...
This pile of 1 1/2" stips will be made into a Pineapple Blossom block or two, hopefully... it's another from the fabulously generous Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville I wanted to make it with smaller blocks this time... I have made several Pineapple Blossom quilts!!! Let's hope my math-emisms are correct because it is all cut and 'kitted' up!
Then there are the absolute funnest little bags to be made... Bendy Bags... I want to make at least 4 with these fabrics... then I have selected four more to take in my bag!!
The 10 ladies coming with me want to make them too so it might be like a little Bendy Bag factory for an hour or two! Of course I am taking my camera!!
Some ladies said that they would be taking hand sewing and knitting for the evenings, and wine, gin and tonic!!! I shall wrap more cord for making pots... no more hats!!! It's a good little time filler that doesn't need any concentrating... just a glue stick, which I have remembered to pack along with a couple of refills...
There are threads to take for My Mum Gwynneth's applique project... oh, and another applique project for a cushion that I've planned to start... how long are we going for??? Do you think I might have packed too many things, too many projects maybe... Hang on... there's more...
This project is half done on my design wall...
so I will take this too, ha ha ha
I would rather take too many things, a choice of projects is easier...
oh yes, then there are the two bag patterns... I could take the fabric for those as well!!!
Obviously I will be too busy... waaaaaay too busy to blog so...
I will be back... when I am back to normal... though that might be next Wednesday!!


The fabulous Jenny Barlaston is keeping everything ticking over in my little, yet fabulous and very well stocked, quilt shop... so we are open as normal...
It might be quieter that usual... without me there chattering away!!
I wonder whether anyone will miss me?
Oooo-errrr I hope so!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Coiled Fabric Pot?... Fun

The Coiled Fabric Pot workshop went ever so well on Saturday. It's one of my favourite workshops actually and we will be doing another one in the Autumn. As almost always happens, someone said that their pot looked like a hat... and they do... see what I spent my time doing yesterday!



Friday, 26 June 2015

They Made Bendy Bags!

It was a quiet day in my lovely little, but extremely well stocked, quilt shop. It was a very quiet day in my very own classroom too...
It was a great opportunity for me to teach a few ladies how to make the fabulous Bendy Bags...

Start by choosing two Fat Quarters, one for the inside and one for the main, outside.
Then purchase one of my very expensive (NOT, at 40 pence!!) zips to co-ordinate, a Fat Quarter of fusible wadding and some matching thread... that's it...
Licketty-Split, now three more ladies love making Bendy Bags too!

10% Off Bolt Ends, Thank You!

Thank you to all of you who came to  help me make space on my shelves!! 
I couldn't have done it without you... 
10% off fabric that finished a bolt was a brilliant idea, wasn't it?
Almost all of the trolleys have been emptied so I am duty bound to end the offer 
BUT... just in case you planned a visit this weekend, to take good advantage of my predicament (too much fabric?), I will end the offer at close of shop on Saturday, that's the 27th June.  
So... for two more whole days you can empty a bolt and take 10% of the cost of that piece of fabric.
Remember also... there are two more days left to purchase Christmas themed fabrics at 10 % discount... this is for cuts from bolts only... 
Finish a Christmas theme fabric bolt with 10% discount and take off a further 10%... 
Oh yes... a fabulous offer!!
See you later?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Stitching News

PM Pam was supposed to be making this project whilst on our upcoming quilt retreat... she was having so much fun choosing the fabrics and with the preparation... hmmm, it looks like this quilt top will be finished before we go to our retreat! ha ha
These strippy Hexagons are popular... They are very easy to make and, now that Christabelle and my very good self got our heads together to make it even easier... I'm guessing even more will have a go... these are Chris's made from a Moda Jelly Roll

Annbacan had this great idea to use up the Crumbs and Mile-A-Minute blocks she made on our recent workshop... the blocks have been adhered to a strong, lidded box... oh look what's happened there... now we need to purchase new shoes!!

Christabelle's made another round table place mat using the Dresden Ruler. It's fabulous and finished too so... toot toot toot. I have raised these closer to the top of my 'To Do' list, in yummy Festive fabrics... might even be today!!

Denise came back for more!! ha ha. She came to play last week and we must have passed the test... she says she's had lovely days so will be changing her diary to fit more classes in... these are some of Denise's Churndash blocks...  quite lovely!

Jean Bean came to play with all good intentions...  she's to make hundreds of Flying Geese with this No Waste method... but we still have the "Empty a bolt for 10% discount" promotion running so she was kept very busy folding fabrics in my little, yet very well stocked, shop so not much was achieved... ooops

Giggly Gillian continued making 9-Patch blocks. These are sort of 'filler' blocks for the quilt top with the Economy Patch and Ohio Star blocks scattered throughout... not many left to make now so next time they might be stitched together.
Fanfare time... another fabulous and finished quilt made by Princess Jackie... our top prize winning quilter! Jackie's own design too. Between you and I now, shhhhhh.... This beautiful quilt had a little face lift surgery last week... but you would never have known eh... don't let on that I told you... our little secret! ha ha, toot toot toot

Monday, 22 June 2015

Bendy Bags, My New Love...

Oh my goodness...
I have a new obsession...
Bendy Bags!
I've made loads...
One hour each now...
not that I was rushing...
that's all the time they take...
Really... One Hour!
The pattern recommends no quilting, I have no idea why and soon I will make at least one with quilting, well.... if only to discover why they advise us not to quilt! ha I love quilted things so, why would't I try it?
The pattern has us finishing the inside seams with zig-zag stitching... I tried that and I don't really like the way it looks so I am covering my seams... doesn't take any longer really. I have also started to add a little light interfacing... PMS... Pleasing My Self!!!

Can you guess who I made this one for?
One perfectly topical Bendy Bag for the aeroplane obsessed Helpful Hubby to keep his Sat Nav in... I gifted it to him, then took it back two minutes later because I want to show it to everyone who comes to my lovely little, yet very well stocked, Patchwork and Quilting shop!!!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Fabric Covered Books Workshop... The Results

Another relaxed, happy and creative day with our Jenny Barlaston. The ladies were shown two different ways to cover their books with all the mathemism skills needed to make covers for any size of book, even for folders! A fabulous and very useful workshop... here's the results from today...