Sunday, 24 January 2021

Stitching News

Last year in March, the week after our Quilting retreat at Alison House, while we were still free-ish and my shop was still open but were all expecting the lockdown to be announced, Angela brought in a pattern that she wanted to make. 'Gossip In The Garden', I've helped a few customers with their own versions of this very popular pattern but Angela just asked me to please kit up all the fabrics she would need to make the quilt top and left it to me... Oooh heck, It's all very well choosing fabrics for folk when they are in the shop to agree or not... but this time I was on my own! Angela left saying that there was no rush and to contact her when the Kit was all ready... which I did... but it was quite a few weeks later as the Lockdown was a very strict "Stay At Home" and I am a rule follower!!! Angela eventually was able to collect her fabrics... 

Recently she sent me this picture... It's finished all ready!!! She does most of her piecing and quilting by hand so I am very surprised to see it all done... I guess she has had a lot of time though, with nowhere to go!! I think the fabrics are wonderful, of course I do. I suspect there were a few added from Angela's very own stash to0... Raise your trumpets please... we need a good loud Toot toot toot fanfare for this fabulous finish.

Norma sent a few pictures too. She's been working on the blocks for this project for over a year... I remember she was making them during the March Quilting retreat too. Each block made and quilted then joined together, apartment-ly.... During Lockdown Norma has been sitting on grandchildren and home schooling them... goodness me, my mind boggles!! ha ha ha
You can see the sashing strips used to do the joining better from the back... It's a huge quilt so Quilting each block was the only way Norma could proceed. It's a very popular method with my customers. Toot toot toot Our Norma, you have done a grand job, its a fabulous and finished, rather huge quilt.

All Day Di (Also known as Lady Lidl) Is cracking on with her PhD pile... you know the one... A box or pile of those Projects Half Done! She had forgotten all about this lovely cushion. Started only about 5 years ago, it is now fabulous and finished so... toot toot toot Di, better later than never eh.

Just Edna came to my shop for her pre-booked shopping slot, in September, with a very important project in mind. There's a baby coming, how lovely. The first block always takes a bit longer to make when you are not familiar with the making... traditional piecing usually needs a few more brain cells, don't you think?
 The second block took a while too though... a little bit of unpicking was involved... but the units are the right way up now. 4 blocks done so far, you can see there will be a fabulous secondary pattern when the blocks are joined together too.

Farmer Lynda finished her beautiful Table Topper.... She really enjoys all the preparation for sticky stuff , machine stitched applique. From all the tracing to the cutting out and sticking... like play school!!! Lynda has never done curved edges before so the Bias Binding had her worried. A little reassurance from my very own self helped a lot, so she says, I'll take that!! Toot toot toot Lynda, a fabulous finish and a new method learned.

 Thank you for sending me the pictures Ladies...

Friday, 8 January 2021

Online Shopping?

Happy New Year everyone!
If you don't mind, and even if you do, I would like to talk about Online Shopping...
Love it?  Loath it? We have very little choice at the moment.
Personally, I'm not a fan and I know that I am not the only one. Choosing fabrics, colour and design, is very tricky online. I've spoken to a lot of disappointed customers lately.

I have a Patchwork and Quilting shop, did you notice that? My shop doesn't have online shopping options. I know... I know, I am probably a dinosaur... I like to think that I give/gave excellent customer service to my lovely customers, who mostly return because of that, not to mention the amount of stock I have for you to choose from!!
With all the Covid restrictions and lockdown months, my shop has barely been worth keeping. I have been very strict in only allowing shopping by appointment to keep us all safe and that has been very good, though it really restricted numbers.
Without online sales, my shop may not be able to survive. The fabric suppliers are on my case, they keep telling me to get online. I really don't want to. It's no secret that I struggle enough with Facebook, Messenger and Blogger, I'm such a computer numptie!!! Let's not even get on to how I can't even understand the TV stuff!

It is a fun addiction though, this Patchwork and Quilting malarkey. 
My shop was never about selling as much fabric as I could... It was always about enabling the addiction! Giving you as much choice as I possibly could for your projects.

So, after a few experimental calls, which have proven to be quite amusing and successful. I've decided to have a bash at helping you choose fabrics for your projects, and you would be able to help me by purchasing from my shop.
Video call Personal Shopping, by appointment! Excellent Customer Service!!! ??
Genius? Stupid? Fun? Whatever... I've already started!
I've had WhatsApp Video calls with customers, as recently as yesterday which were very successful. As I have to be in my shop to make this work, we need to do it by appointment, to make sure I am there for your Personal Shopping experience.

If you need fabrics or other Patchwork and Quilting paraphernalia that I stock, call me 07807530441 or email me  or send a WhatsApp message 07807530441 and we can take it from there.  We can decide on a time to 'meet' in my shop for your Personal Shopper Video Experience.

Stitching News

 Thank you for sending your pictures ladies x

Gail made this stocking for Jude, I could be a detective you know! 
Evidence is evidence.
It's one of quite a few stockings that Gail has made using this pattern from Kids Quilts.
Toot toot toot Gail, it qualifies as a fabulous finish.

Farmer Lynda is a real Farmer, who would have thought that?
She was gifted these fabrics for Christmas and having decided she did not want to cut them up she made two new quilted cushions, and yes, they have hidden zips in the back. Toot toot toot Farmer Lynda, 2 fabulous and finished projects.

This is Farmer Lynda's current project. An extremely cute applique pattern purchased a couple of years ago from a quilt show. This lockdown is helping lots of people to dig into their "why did I buy that" stash!! Have you done it too? I know I have.

2 Baby Gifting Quilts

Both baby gifting quilts are finished. Both made with pre-printed panels with both alphabet and numbers, they will be smart kids!!! Fully machine washable and machine dryable, as most cotton is, they can now, hopefully be used to death!! There's nothing quite like seeing a worn out, from good use, quilt a few years down the line is there.

One requested not to be too bright...

Beige bubbles fabric for the back.
For me that covers the 'neutral tone' requirement, ha!

This one turned out a bit longer so I could use up the picture squares.

Improvised piecing, but baby will notice neither my skill nor my cunning!

Balloon fabric squares? Well now, this was on the back of the Bunting I pulled apart to make the first quilt. So, both quilts are related, as are the dads and the little lads.
I'm quite please with how they turned out.
Toot toot toot to me for my fabulous and finished, cunningly thrifty, Gifting Quilts.
Let the wearing out begin!

Thursday, 31 December 2020

Gail's Gifting Quilt

When the Covid restrictions lightened up, was that about September? I forget now... anyway, around that time... a few ladies had been requesting the use of my tables for making their quilt sandwiches. The job can be done individually so I agreed to book them in. One hour each is usually plenty. Gail sandwiched her Noah's Ark quilt... all by her very own self to be socially compliant. Isn't it lovely....

There's a lot of cute detail...

All of these purple-y colours are cut from one piece of fabric.
Ombre fabrics are great for applique.

And not too long after that day, the quilting was completed.
 Gail popped by so I could take the pictures for you. 
Toot toot toot Gail, it is a fabulous and finished gifting quilt.

Animal fabric on the back, perfect!

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Another Baby Gifting Project

So, the brother of the lad with my last baby gifting quilt also had a baby, woop woop. Of course I will make another one. Luckily I have some more alphabet squares in my home stash, though I have no idea how they got here!
I had to improvise a bit on the design. These playmats are better a bit larger for when babies start moving a bit. I added a bit of sashing...
Last night I made a sandwich and today, at some point, I will crack on with the quilting. I still have a few binding stitches to do on the other one. They will be gifted and the same time, two big brother have two baby cousins, how sweet.

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Stitching News

With my shop not being able to have classes or workshops within the rules of Covid, some people have been catching up on their PhD's (projects Half Done) which is a great idea, no matter how old they are, they need to be completed...

Chris is very happy with her Beautiful Batik, Bargello Wall Hanging... 
It deserves a toot toot toot fanfare... as all fabulous finishes do.

A stocking with embelishment using her embroidery sewing machin... which Chris loves playing with.

And the Foundation Paper Pieced Christmas Tree wall hanging which isn't quilted yet. Chris was shopping for the perfect binding and this is the next quilt that will be completed, she promised! ha ha

This belongs to Farmer Lynda. I think it is a mask ready for springtime but I could be mistaken, maybe it is her new bikini top? Either way, it's a lovely reminder that daffodils will be with us soon! Toot toot toot.

And a further PhD now. Farmer Lynda found the top whilst tidying something, she had forgotten all about it. She came for a shopping appointment to choose backing and binding fabrics and a sandwich was made... quilting has commenced too.

Thank you for the pictures ladies.
I hope you are all finding time to sew something.

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Jean Bean's Stitching News

 Taadaaaaa!!! Our Jean Bean sent pictures of her fabulous and finished gifting quilt so we now have evidence that she's really, and truly, been sewing, ha! What a lovely quilt it is too. Those delicate little flowers take ages to applique with Blanket Stitch and she's changed thread colour for each one, great dedication!

Beano loves to make quilts with an On-Point setting and the tiny little border addition in the sashing fabric ties it all together perfectly.

Lots more applique on the back with all those hearts... doesn't it look splendid.
Toot toot toot Beano, a fabulous and finished triumph!