Sunday, 23 July 2017

I Got This Far...

In between offering fabulous customer service all day yesterday, I managed to work on the brilliant idea... 4 Blocks done. 
I doubt it is going to be finished today though... It's going to be a huge quilt, with 22" blocks... well, that's if I decide to use up all the fabric I cut... I cut way too blooming much background fabric... ha!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

What On Earth Am I doing?

It's not like I don't have enough projects on the go at the moment.
There are the two large quilts that I decided to give applique borders for a start! The Hidden Wells one and the small, scrappy quilt that morphed into a giant. Applique is a slow process for me too...
But I found a very interesting Jelly Strip Roll tutorial on YouTube, it looked very easy and rather stunning so I wanted to have a go, as you do...
Friday Quilt Club was quiet this week with only 2 ladies booked for the day and all the Fat Quarters are sorted out so I thought, as I was at the shop by 8am (early birding!)
"Hey, maybe I could have a look at this Youtube project..."
The tutorial called for 36 of the 42 strips of a Jelly Strip Roll to be sorted out into 3 sets of 12 strips. I don't have a Jelly Strip Roll... so I decided to make my own... I chose the fabrics from the shelves in my fabulous, and very well stocked, quilt shop.... To make this project fabric economical, I cut three strips from each fabric so that's 20 cm of each of 12... total 39?
 I obviously can't count to 12 as I chose and cut 13 fabrics (unlucky?) hey ho. Each set of three has to be sub-cut into certain sizes so I started that too. I only got one strip set prepared though as I was playing shop at the very same time... and chatting with Sporty Sue who was helping and encouraging and... interfering! Maybe she counted to 13? ha ha ha


I needed a background and an accent fabric, which was black in my original plan... The tutorial called for a light, plain background fabric... You know me... This very patterned green was a perfect co-ordinator and the Plum? I decided I didn't want black! So then the shop got even busier, I pride my very own self on customer service so I stopped playing with my very own fabrics to help those wonderful ladies choose their very own fabrics. 

It's looking like a quiet day in the classroom today too and hasn't everyone gone on holiday? According to the news they all went yesterday! ha ha ha... and tomorrow is a Sunday Sewing Patchwork Party so, I might just do a little stitching on this great new project. Sporty Sue wants to see a picture of the finished quilt top on Sunday night? Let's see... though it is doubtful eh.

This is what Sporty Sue is playing with, Trip Around The World. Wow did she choose great fabrics... mostly beautiful Batiks... Two quarters done and two more well on the way to completion. Sue's going to put strips up the middles too. I wonder whether she will finish stripping and tripping by Sunday night and send me a photo? Sue?


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Stitching News

PM Pam used some of her left over beautiful Batik fabrics to make this fabulous and finished... and co-ordinating... cushion, toot toot toot... Actually it turned into a very good idea as Pam was able to practice how she thought she wanted to quilt the main quilt before committing to it....  it was a perfect design.

As we always encourage, a lovely cushion backing with the very simple method of putting in a hidden zip. It stops the cushion stuffer from popping out like a toddlers tummy when the pajamas are too small! ha ha ha

And this is PM Pam, on the very hot Tuesday, sitting at a table with the sun filled widow behind her as she slowly melted whilst quilting the main, and quite large, quilt... nothing like a large quilt to help you melt on a super hot and sticky day!
This 150 year old lady has stamina!!

Now, don't tell Princess Jackie that I showed you these next two pictures.
Are they just fabulous or what?
The pattern is Spring Bouquet by Laundry Basket Quilts

I thought it amusing when Jackie said that she was doing all the green thread applique first because she wanted to save all the bright colours to last... and that she reeeeeaalllly wants to stitch the pinks! ha ha ha

Krafty Karen, soon to be passing the 100 year age hurdle!!! Has decided to dable in applique. She's starting with one of our hot bargain patterns from Kids Quilts. First job was to decide which sticky stuff she wanted to use.... dilemma time.

Our Rose was also quilting... but not being perched in the window she didn't quite melt as well as our Pam. What a fabulous, bright and fun design this quilt is... I bet we will be tooting it very soon. Don't you love those extremely tactile little black Prairie Pointy bits?

New Sue also started a new project... I think the book is called Eye Catching Quilts and it's full of great quilt ideas. Sue made quite a pile of these luscious leaves with their super slender stalks... These are the easiest leaves of the three different designs she says.

Now then... Gail is making just a few more blocks...
Is that a total of 200? she's getting a little bit of stick from her colleagues over the length of time Gail has been making them, but it doesn't really matter does it?
It will be done, when it is done.
This quilt will be amazing, soon... very soon!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Stitching News

Starting off with a loud tooting fanfare for this fabulous and finished quilt made by Norma... She made it for gifting to a lady who loves green... and it is green... lovely and fresh with the addition of the white fabric. toot toot toot Norma.

Lou Lou saw Queen Jacqui's Advent Quilt at our Sunday Sewing Patchwork Party last month and couldn't wait to get the book to make one for her very own self... she's made a great start and is learning lots as she goes.

Norma is working on her Hidden Wells quilt in between all the other things she is sewing... and that is a long list! You know how exciting it is to start a new project don't you! Poor Norma can't sew fast enough for all of her ideas

Lots of customers are waiting for the workshop list to be updated.
I must apologise for the delay with that... I can't get my head around all the planning.
A few workshops have been added and I will be putting a few more very soon.
So, one workshop added is Cathedral Windows. but The Monday ladies don't want to wait until September so they are learning how to make Cathedral Windows in Monday Class... this is Sheila's so far... good eh!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Zipped Cushion Back

Finally...
I wrote the tutorial that you have all been asking me for...
Click on the tab at the top of my blog and you will see how to get from...
3 pieces of fabric and a zip...
To this...
Have a go... it's easy!!

Sandwiches




Stitching News

 This applique design is one of the Kids Quilts patterns... The quilt was small so Monday Sheila had a great idea... She used one of our pre-cut square packs to make an Eye-Spy border... what a super idea... I wish I had thought of that!

Fran Cupcake finished her machine quilting so it was time to trim the crusts off ready for the binding to be done. Once that job is done, Fran will be adding more quilting and hand stitching and some wonderful embellishing... Fran loves to embellish

Princess Jackie, our First Prize winning applique-er, is at it again...
The most wonderful quilt blocks using mostly beautiful, bright Batik fabrics....
She's loving the new Hover foot in her new Juki DX7

Morning Josie held up her fabulous Hexagon quilt... It was a pattern in one of the British quilting magazines, I don't know which one though. This is the largest quilt Josie has tackled so far, she's doing a great job! Border decisions have been made.

Almost done... The binding needs to be hand stitched to the back, apparently, by the seaside in a caravan! but appart from that, totally toot-able.., All Day Di absolutely loves this project... It's been made for a very special little girl

A very special and very lucky little girl
It's fabulous on the back too.

Brenda Barbara finished her Pineapple Blossom Cushion.
It's a 24 inch work of art!! Brenda has inspired lots of ladies to make a 24" Pineapple Blossom cushion, all for their very own selves... and as this cushion was made for gifting, Brenda will be making another for her very own self! ha ha ha

Not a scrap of fabric left over
Such a fabulous cushion back...
Toot toot toot Brenda Barbara, it's a fabulous finish!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Festival Of Quilts 2017

I thought I should remind you that it's time to book, and pay, for your seats for our coach trip to the NEC this year, if you haven't already done so that is. It's the same price, £25.00 and this includes your Quilt show entrance ticket. We are going with Copelands Tours on Sunday 13th August and there are several pick up points along the way... Meir, Cheadle, Tean and Uttoxeter.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Stitching News

Lady Judith is back... and she means business!
Hidden Wells progress... Hot and spicey colours coming together beautifully.
Remember she told us she would never make another large quilt...
Update... this one will be Kingsize!

Jean Bean started her day with a nifty-crafty sandwich... What a beautiful quilt this is... I must apologize for the dull picture, all my own work! ha ha ha... Jean has thoroughly enjoyed stitching this quilt top and spent the day quilting it, and... it could be a record breaking speed quilt for Jean Bean

Speaking of speed piecing... see the link! ha ha ha
PM Pam purchased these fabrics last thing in the afternoon on Tuesday last week.
This week she was making up matching cushions with the leftover Batik strips!

Our Carol is ever so pleased with her new cushion...
Made with the same method we use for the beginner cushions but cutting wider strip sets... It's a fabulous and finished cushion and therefore we shall give a toot toot toot fanfare

Our Carol invented a Faux-Piped cushion flap!!
How cool is that!
She is such a smarty pants... ha ha ha
Last evening I went to visit the next Sunday Sewing, Patchwork Party location to count up the tables and electric sockets, check on facilities, parking and access... all these things are important for our fun days... I can safely report that all was fabulous, there is a lot of space and there are loads of tables so we can open up a few more places if you were unsuccessful last time.
For more information about our Patchwork Party and to know the secret location, please email me angiequilts@gmail.com 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Monday Blues?

Well, that's the weekend over and done with... she sighs!
Do Sunday clock fingers go around faster than other days? It certainly feels like that to me.
I escaped to Quilty Quarters for an hour or two during the afternoon, applique is a slow process isn't it... all the thread colour changes! but always worth it in the long run.
I am not 'blue' because it is Monday though...
Just incase you didn't read my other 'Blue' post I will repeat the Blue thing...
Only 2 days left now... for Today and tomorrow, there will be £1.00 off the metre price of Blue fabrics to celebrate the arrival of my new Beautiful Blue car... even though the blooming weather and the pesky fly-by-birds have decided to stop it looking new!!
The 10% off any fabric in the shop for finishing a bolt for me has now finished... Thank you for helping me make shelf space! I promise not to get in such a pickle again... ooooh... my nose is growing, ha ha ha!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Stitching News

Fran Cupcake came to make her lovely quilt sandwich.
Each applique has been stitched to my wonderful Moda Mochi Linen blend...
Fran says it's her favourite fabric to work with...
I thought that might interest you?

Norma came on time to make her gifting quilt sandwich... actually... Norma came twice because she forgot to prepare her backing so she popped home to sort that out. Because we offer excellent customer service... we dealt with it... our Annbacan was able to come in early to make her Hand sandwich (ha ha ha) so she switched table slot with Norma But I forgot to take a picture of Ann's hand sandwich.

Janet Le Vet booked a long Sandwich making slot... several hours!! She had quite a few quilts to pin. For one reason and another I can't show you all of them, nor can I show all of this one but here's a taster... now you all know where that wonderful black thread-ribbon-y fabric went!

Janet Le Vet made two Fairy sandwiches, there were 3 on the list but we ran out of time and pins ... and back muscles for the third one!

Merrily has almost finished her very special quilt. This is one block.... to tease! I talked Merrily into doing a bit of Faux Piped Binding so the end of this fabulous project is a little hour or two further away! ha ha ha I can't show it to you because it needs to be seen by Special people first.
There are a few secret project being worked on in my very own classroom so I can't show you... Just know that we are having a wonderful stitchy time... all will be revealed soon enough though.