Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Stocking News

Of course I meant Stitching News... but we are awash with Festive Stocking making in my very own quilt shop... I heard one lady declare that she was wishing that she hadn't attended the Double Day, Stocking and Bauble workshop recently... not that is wasn't a most fabulous fun day, oh no... it's that she's finding herself consumed with the urge and desire to make stockings for everyone! ho ho ho

The two on the right were made by our very own Jean Bean, two from the long list of people who will be receiving stocking gifts this year.
The stocking on the left, an up a bit, is only one of PM Pam's... see the doggie bone fabric... that's a clue... even the pets will be receiving festive goodies!
Ho ho ho indeed... one giant Festive Stocking... it's almost as tall an our Annbacan!...
 that's her standing by the side holding the stocking for the photograph...
what a hoot it was when the stocking appeared from Ann's bag!!
Plenty of room for Monkey Nuts and Satsumas!!
PM Pam has a Fabulous and Finished toot toot toot fanfare due...
It might well be a simple design, but it's been perfectly pieced
 and quilted with this very popular design of ours.
Just Jan has another tick on her long list of festive gifting things to make.
A fabulous and finished 3D folded cushion... with zip!
Toot toot toot Jan, another fabulous finish!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Sandwich Saturday

Lady Judith's most beautiful Love Star quilt is so huge, two and a half metres square-ish, that it really needed more tables. The problem there though, is that none of us, even the taller ladies, can reach the centre to put the pins in...
We've another option... pin the quilt in two uneven halves! It works ever so well and saves any of us from having to get stuck after climbing up onto a table!!
Judith needs this quilt ready for festive gifting...
but there are 8 advent panel calendars to be finished first!
Fay came to show us her super Stack-n-Whack Kaleidoscope quit progress. This is Fay's first ever project, she's done an amazing job... it's tricky learning to rotary cut through 8 layers!! She went home with binding fabric and will use the Binding tutorials, found on the tabs at the top of my blog.
A very simple quilt.. for PM Pam it is anyway. She's making it for a special little four legged family member... even dogs need quilts to snuggle up to!
A Snowman table runner, also belongs to PM Pam. She was choosing backing fabric and binding so that she could get this lovely quilt top sandwiched and finished.
I pressed the wrong button yesterday and these pictures appeared without my words... though some might think "Yippeeee" about that... I decided to write it all again... how very kind of me eh!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Stitching News

Melissa Bump's Railfence design, kiddy play mat.... like a quilt really but hey ho.
Once the sandwich was made, Melissa met the wonderful walking foot and started shadow quilting the zig-zag pattern.
Lorna had seen the forest of fabric trees on the classroom wall and wanted one for her very own self... a few fabric strips later and the very useful 60 degree line on the ruler...
There was almost a tree... 
Farmer Lynda added borders to her second Railfence table runner... not that she had finished the first one I might add... and right at the end of the day we managed to squeeze is a little sandwich making so there will be shadow quilting next time.
Brenda Duck didn't make our beginner Railfence table runner when she first joined us... I think she must have been feeling left out so she's making one for her very own self now, so it's like a Back to basics project.
Our Rebel Josie is smitten with a teddy trend... she's loving the Teddy Bear patterns from Kids Quilts... who can blame her, they are quite lovely and a very decent size! 
If you dare, click on this link to see some of the 27 fabulous new fabrics that arrived on Thursday.... thank goodness for my extra trolleys!!! Beautiful fabrics that make you want to sew sew sew sew sew sew sew

Friday, 21 November 2014

Fabulous And Finished

Morning Judith popped in to show off her latest fabulous and finished quilt.
It's the Split 9-Patch design and will be gifted very soon
Brenda Duck also finished her Split 9-Patch quilt... it will be adorning her table as a topper...  of course it could be used as a cosy lap quilt too, how very versatile!
Our quilt rebel, Josie, finally finished her jolly Jack Russell quilt. It's a pattern that she purchased at the Uttoxeter Quilt Show in April this year... who would have thought that William Morris fabric would look so good with bright orange Batik?
Lorna did her homework...
the binding's all stitched in place so she proudly held up her Railfence Table Runner, the first fabulous and finished project on her road to deep addiction!
Sheila also has a fabulous finish... beautiful Batik fabric for a lovely little, hand stitched, wall hanging, lovely!
Toot toot toot ladies, your work is wonderful and very, very inspiring... and so say all of us, boom boom!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Stitching News

Gail finished her beautiful Batik Bargello quilt top. It's made with two and a half inch strips... not a Jelly Roll though, Gail carefully chose all of the fabrics. The idea was to match the colours in her lounge... now all she needs is a new carpet!! ha ha ha
Princess Jackie purchased these fabrics last Tuesday (from my very own quilt shop)... I kid you not! The quilt needs to be donated for auction next week so Jackie used top gear to get this fabulous top ready to be sandwiched before class this week. A few hours of quilting is all that's needed now... and the binding of course!
Jolly Jo came to play. She had the beginnings of this Square Dance Wreath all screwed up in her bag as she had forgotten how to continue with it... a little expert advice soon got her sorted out and by the end of the day she was quilting it.
Giggly Gillian purchased this kit at the NEC Festival of Quilts in August. The instructions were not quite right so we had to fudge a bit to get the borders sorted out. Here Gillian is being a star using her appliqué pressing sheet so as not to gunk up the iron or the board... I love it when people take care with my equipment!!!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Fabulous And Finished

Fran Cupcake was the the first up on the photo step with her Fabulous Finish for a tooting fanfare... this is one of my favourite designs made with a Jelly Roll.
 Fran is quite delighted with her handy work... and rightly so
Here's the back of Fran's Hexagon quilt, all little bits got used up!
My photo step was catching the wonderful winter sunshine yesterday, that's why you can see through to the hexagons on the other side...
not to mention the fabulous quilting!
Gail's up next with her fabulous and finished bug quilt... toot toot toot Gail
She's going to give the quilt away one day, but for now she's loving it too much to say goodbye to it... ha ha ha, I have those issues too!
Jean Bean finished her totally terrific and super-splendid 3D folded cushion... with a zip!! She used our delicious Art Gallery fabrics so it feels lovely and luxurious too.
Toot toot toot Jean Bean
Not technically finished as there's still hand stitching to be done on the binding but there's a chance we might not see this beautiful Jelly Roll quilt again. Sue was commissioned to make it for a special friend... she has 2 you know!!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Stitching News

Fabulous and Finished... toot toot toot
PM Pam is anticipating a baby boom in her life so she's getting ahead...
Hugs and Kisses are perfect for any new arrival
This is the back of Pam's quilt... great quilting!
This quilt has been made for a little fellow so, next on Pam's agenda must be a little lady quilt me thinks... you never know what colour baby is coming until it arrives do you... best be prepared!

PM Pam, like many others, has continued with the stocking making. This one will have a few little bits and bobs added but Pam wanted to experiment using only two fabrics... obviously... anything goes!
Christabelle has a fabulous finish too... toot toot toot...
a large and luxurious cushion...
I'm quite sure it's been made using a Moda Charm pack and a little PMS
We love it... Pleasing My Self is such fun

Oooooh Just Edna joined some of the new blocks together so we could preview the secondary pattern... I have to say that we were all delighted with the curvaceous thing (adjective... having an attractively curved shape..... but usually used for women!) ha ha ha
It might look lilke a messy set of tables to you but production was up
Monday Sheila produced many baubles and all these stockings...
 They are actually dog stockings for doggie treats...
she made them to donate for a charity stall

Just Jan's making a 3D folded cushion for a Christmas gift...
fabulous colours!

Monday, 17 November 2014

More Stitching News

Jo has her binding on... it will be stitched at home because there's another project bursting with excitement to be started
Sheila has her binding machined on and the hand stitching will be done at home. See the lovely hanger Sheila chose... we have loads to choose from in my very own shop
Josie has a super duper machine that does lovely embroidery...
She made this for gifting as a dressing table runner.
Joan The Shop is really enjoying her Stack-n-Whack Kaleidoscope blocks. She's getting each one ready to be individually quilted then joined together with the method in her Lyn Edwards book
New Sue stayed after class to make her sandwich...
all hands on deck for this process!
Gail finished stitching her circles for the commission quilt.
It's for an Iron Man fan apparently. There are borders to be added yet.