Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Stitching News

A Party of Princesses? Gail is working on the borders now so this will soon become a Princess sandwich with flower garnish... sounds delicious! oh dear... I must be hungry as I write... ha ha ha

Pam's used a beautiful King Tut, variegated thread and a fancy stitch to embellish the mane on this next Unicorn, making it very magical indeedy. Stars will be quilted on the starry background next.

Christabelle had warm knees... with this method of Apartment Quilting you can choose whether to machine stitch or to do it by hand... most people choose hand stitching, I thought that was to be more accurate and to give fudging space but now I think it's to keep warm!

Princess Jackie decided to make up her own patterns for two Advent Calendars. We had a bit of a brainstorming session which involved making a practice pocket or two... I don't know where the storm went but we ended up with single pockets and a completely different plan ha!

Hilary Hat has been playing with applique... what a cute little puddle duck who only needs a couple of little embellishments, like an eye maybe? This block will be made into a cushion for a special gift... Hilary has plans for many more applique cushions

At the very same time, Hilary Hat is working on this Twister Wreath. She had no idea how it was made but had decided it looked really complicated... now she knows just how easy the Twister method really is.

Enid's table looked like a play school crafting morning.... Lots of tracing and gluing and cutting out. She has seen Farmer Lynda working on her Birds On A Wire quilt and just wanted one for her very own self... and so she will.

Sister Susie continued blanket stitching her applique letters with metallic thread. It's beginning to look a lot like a fabulous festively Christmassy cushion now eh!

And Fiona Too was stitching with metallic thread... it makes the cushions look  much more festive... If you can't add bling for Christmas... when can you?

Monday, 19 November 2018

Sunday Fun Days

Today I will have to confirm numbers for our next Sunday Fun Day
Sunday 25th November 9:30 to 4:30
You don't have to sit doing patchwork or quilting to enjoy a mini retreat.
We have folk who knit, crochet, make felt birds and animals, curtains, dressmaking and a few Teepees have been worked on too.
Sunday Sewing, Patchwork Parties ...
Sunday Fun Days  the next ( after this one) will be January 27th 2019


Every time we meet for our Sunday Sewing Patchwork Parties, we encourage folk, if they want to, to bring along toiletries, towels and anything that could help support a fleeing family... Given that they arrive at a refuge with only the clothes on their backs, everything is needed and appreciated. We had a great collection of useful things at our last Sunday sewing day. Everything including many toiletries and potions, toothpastes and brushes, shopping vouchers, slippers and teddies. It feels good to help!

Friday, 16 November 2018

An Amazing Advent Calendar

Luna Twearly finished her a m a z i n g Advent Panel!!! 
Such a lot of work...
Now this was one, long term project, but that's not how it started. Way back in August Luna purchased the panel and a few threads with the intention of stitching it all together during her summer holiday in France. She usually has very creative thoughts while making... and this was no exception. She returned from France with it unfinished... Since august she has continually worked on the detail. Millions of tiny French Knots on every leaf. Metallic thread embellishment on every snowflake and...

Each of the 24 pockets has been layered with wadding and backing fabric before they too were  embellished and quilted with metallic thread and more French Knots! The background panel was quilted some before the pockets were stitched in place so that made it a bit easier... Luna has left her Advent Calendar with me in my shop so, if you would like to see it, it's hanging there for your visit. You will be amazed just how many French Knots there are!!! Toot toot toot-etty-toot Luna Twearly... It's a fabulous and finished, new Family Heirloom for the future.

Fabulous And Finished

I can't even begin to tell you how happy Carol is with this extremely festive project.  She purchased the pattern during our Pilgrimage to the Festival Of Quilts in August, from Dandelion Designs, It's been fun choosing and gathering all the fabrics and felt and little things she needed and it's been even fun to make... that's what Carol says...

Just look at all the little details.  Carol started on this at our September Sewing Retreat and Finished it on Monday this week. Hours and Hours and hours. It's an absolutely fabulous and finished wall hanging... toot toot-etty-toot Carol.

This is what Princess Jackie calls something quick to make for gifting!!! As always with Jackie's beautiful quilts, lots of bright colours and expertly appliqued. Toot toot toot for a fabulous finish that will be gifted... not sure I would be able to part with it!!

New Sue was inspired by the reading pillows some ladies have been making... great gifts!! There's a lot of work in these Unicorns and every one made has been so very different... I'm sure it will be a great hit with the little lady who will receive it.

A little pocket on the back of a cushion and we get to call it a reading pillow, it sounds so much more luxurious, don't you think? ha! Toot toot toot New Sue, it's yet  another totally fabulous and beautifully finished project... I'm wondering... Do you actually sleep??




Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Stitching News

Merrily brought in a big bag full of favourite, well worn T-Shirts, not hers though, they belong a family member, they are extremely precious! they will be a quilt... but the owner doesn't know!!! Making a loose starting plan... this is only the start!

New Sue finished her lovely and quite 'girly' Unicorn cushion top. 
Each one of the Unicorns is so different...
Elizabeth Hartman's top selling pattern in my little shop!

Gail continues with her Princess block production. All the little cuties are having their characters put on now, with the smiles and eyes... Hand Stitching I think. Gail has been making 4-Patch units and flower applique blocks to be used in her borders.


Luna Twerly has a little neighbour who's company she enjoys immensely. She helped out his Mummy during Half Term by offering to mind Little Neighbour. To entertain him one day, they baked... A LOT ! Luna made him this little cooking apron. How Cute is that!! 

Lots of stitchers, including Sister Sue and Fiona Too, are realising that it's almost sewing prevention season...   YES...   Just now, only now....  realising that time is running out! Tisk!!! This smart and festive Bunting Cushion has been a popular make during the year

It's quite a quick make really as the applique stitching is done through the wadding/sandwich so no need to go round the letters twice... nifty plan eh! Not only that... there's no need to finish off all those ends too neatly as they will be hidden inside the cushion.

Enid loves to stitch applique with Blanket Stitch. She's happily-happy with her improvement of accuracy and is really getting to grips with fabric and colour selection... it's great stitching with a group as seeing other folk's choosings can be very inspiring.

All Day Di started yet another project... Look at those fussy-fun-faffing Holly leaves... having cut the leaf pattern through the middle, Di was able to get a great effect with the fabric's printed stripes.

Beryl is stitching the last few quilting lines on her almost 2 mile long, Festive gifting table runner. She's used quite a lot of metalic thread so the stitching shouts out Happy Holidays!!! well... it does to me... If you can't Bling-Up at Christmas... When can you?