Sunday, 4 December 2016

Stitching News

PM Pam had blocks left over from making her huge and beautiful Batik quilt so we played with them. It's great to make a cushion or two to give with your gifting quilt, so that's what she decided to do... and there will be more Batik beauties made as there were more blocks and larger pieces of fabric left over too.

For quite a long time now, Princess Jackie has had a bit of bother with her quilting... It's been really tricky trying to get it perfect enough... we have tried everything, absolutely everything, in an effort to sort it out... Would you believe it?... We now found the problem.... Even though the Walking Foot looked like it was doing it's job and working well... it was not. Jackie now has a shiny new one which works perfectly... I wanted to tell you so that, if you are despairing about your walking foot quilting... maybe, just maybe your Walking Foot might not be doing it's job... check out that tool!!

Gail decided on the fabric placement for her Crown Of Thorns blocks... so she started to stitch block units together... We are not going to ask you to spot the mistake... the problem was the conversation... Those Tuesday ladies laugh A LOT and it obviously throws Gail off a bit!!! It's just one row turned about... and it was spotted in good time.

Jeannette Dilly is doing the latest Bonnie Hunter Mystery "En Provence"
The weekly task was to make 221 neutral 4-Patch units. Jeannette arrived for class with strips of assorted neutral fabrics already cut and went home with exactly 221 4-Patch units... and an achy achy back!!! 

Fiona Too wanted to make a table runner with this Charm Pack from Moda... it's a very easy and relatively fast table runner to make but choosing the fabric placement? My goodness, that takes AGES!!!

Brenda Duck is making a gifting cushion. She had purchased a Nautical Charm Pack from somewhere... but like many ladies, she can't remember either 'where' or 'when'... but it was a little bit dull once sewn together... we sorted that out with a Moda Colour Weave fabric border and this fabulous anchor applique!! 

There won't be any prizes for guessing who's making this Quick Table Topper... It's a little obvious eh... It's Farmer Lynda! She's making it to gift to another Cow fan! I'm betting it will look great on Farmer Lynda's, farming friend's table.

All Day Di is making some wonderful colour and fabric choices for her Calendar blocks... we watch her scooting around my shop, choosing and auditioning Fat Quarters... there's a sort of buzzing noise and we think it's from her creative cogs turning a great speed!

It happens every year... once one person starts to make a Quick Table Topper everyone wants to make one!! or two or three in fact. Steph has a festive fabric Jelly Roll so she's making hers with a slightly different method...

Sister Suzie made one too and she wanted to add the Faux Piped Binding to give a fabulous finish... that tiny pop of bright green looks so good... it is a little tricky to do, this Faux Piping... but well worth that fiddle!

Barbie had been asked to make a grey kiddie quilt.
It's not easy to choose fabric with only one allowed colour, Barbie was a bit stumped....
Is grey even a colour?
Why yes it is... a delicate tone or two of grey can look great!
Barbie is happy now... very happy indeed with her quilt.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Pineapple Blossom Cushions

Rose finished her Pineapple Blossom Cushion. Toot toot toot, it's fabulous!
It's one of the methods I learned, a long, long time ago, over at with Bonnie Hunter. I very often get asked to do workshops for Pineapple Blossom blocks for my customers... They can get the tutorial over at Quiltville but it's still a lot of fun doing a project with others. This 24" cushion is made using 6" finished blocks, I did the mathemisms to make the smaller blocks because not everyone wants to make a larger quilt... Large, and this is large, cushions are fabulous though!!!
Bonnie has already done the mathemisms for you for  9" and 12" blocks 

So here's an interesting thing... 
Rose used a lot of the same beautiful Batik fabrics that I used for my Pineapple Blossom cushion... the difference is that she used the darker fabric where I used the light. Look in this picture... we put them side by side... it's amazing how different they look.
The exact same design. 
The same size blocks and finished cushion.
A lot of the same fabulous fabrics...
Different colour placement and a different quilting design
Different effect.. very interesting?

Monday, 28 November 2016

Stitching News

Josie decided to use her Serpentine stitch for the borders... She enjoyed doing it and decided to stitch three rounds... It's time to trim the crusts off and make binding in Josie's next class. This is a great Charm pack... it's Moda's French General collection.

Kate came to class a few weeks ago asking that question "What design could I make with this fabric?" It's a popular question in my very own shop and classroom. All we have to do it mathemise! We decided on this design... it's easy and looks great... It must have been fun to make as Kate started another quilt top using the very same design.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

News From Quilty Quarters

I decided to tidy up... 
Quilty Quarters was in such a state of confusion.... real 'crushing the creative urge' mess.
There were piles of fabrics, other people's scraps, classroom and commission quilt leftovers and must haves so I'll take a bit home and It's the end of the bolt so I need it fabrics on every surface. There were unfinished workshop samples and 'How To's... I have many... "Oh that is clever... I will make a sample to see if it works' and so on... absolutely ridiculous. 
Piles of unread magazines, printed off internet patterns and general scribbled ideas on paper... just piles of it all... My fabric cupboard, when I last opened it, threatened to avalanche, so I had shut the door very quickly and jammed a box against it to stop the drift! How silly was that... It left me afraid to open the blooming doors!
So, I started with the basket cupboard... I've shown you that before... It's tidy now.
I tackled the surfaces, I sorted the avalanche cupboard. I made a huge pile of fabrics that I don't want to save any longer... they are going to be used up as soon as possible!! I made a huge pile of started projects and quilts to be quilted and then colour co-ordinated the scraps and bigger bits of 'other peoples fabric bits... and then... a few weeks later, because all this activity actually has taken about two months!! ha ha ha... not just the one day as it might be understood at this point...

On Sunday afternoon I quilted this cushion top...
Batik blocks made for the  Pineapple Blossom workshop

I quilted the two halves of this cushion back, made with the left over Bonus Half Square Triangles and 'cut too many strips' strips and put in the zip.
Is't it fabulous... you can toot if you want to! It is finished!

 This project made from workshop samples and how to's for Stargazy Daisiez.. I was hand quilting it with Big Stitch style, but I wanted it done so I free-motion finished it. Now I just need to make the back, with a zip  and that will be another cushion complete

I quilted this cushion front... Good old Railfence design...
I took a picture of the back so you would be able to see the cute quilting...

No accuracy here... every boat different
But It is DONE!!!
I know it's ugly but it will be inside the cushion.

I quilted this too... four pineapple blocks
Not very exciting but left overs used up and cushion front done.
I'm eating the Elephant, one bite at a time!!!
oh yes... I cancelled every single magazine subscription too!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Stitching News

Technically, this is not a tooting quilt... it is though, fabulous and almost finished... Rose just needs to watch her TV... so that she can stitch the binding to the back... It looks like she's been very clever... making a blurred quilt takes great skill, ha ha ha Sorry about the picture folks!

OK... now, toot toot toot.... Just Edna's festive lap warmer is Fabulous and finished!!
Edna was going to hand stitch her binding at home. She wanted to make more twiddle mats really, but it's tricky finding somewhere that would love out twiddle mats now... there are so many rules and regulations preventing us from giving them to people, what a shame!... So, she stitched her binding in class instead... toot toot toot for Edna's quilt.

Don't tell Monday Sheila I told you this... it's a blunder secret! OK? just between you and I eh? Sheila's binding is a little wider than we normally use, can you see it? Silly girl was chatting away and didn't notice that she was stitching on a second round of the same border fabric... Sheila is not easily phased... she just made a different kind of binding... Oh yes... good old PMS (Pleasing My Self)

Just Edna made this wreath at home... she's done a lovely job... lots of fabrics stuffed into a polystyrene hoop, a sort of Polo. It feels so luxurious! and you know what... it is finished and fabulous! toot toot toot... this is a great idea for using up little scraps.

Monday Sheila got back to her Pineapple Blossom blocks, I am sure she had made three thousand or so of these blocks... I wonder what she's going to do with them all? I know some were made into cushions... I'll ask her next week and let you know.

Margaret forgot to bring her walking foot to class so decided not to start the Deer quilt quilting. Instead she opted for an quick little job... Makower  Festive Stocking panels are great for just that purpose... fast and easy! Especially just before embarking on the quilting on a much larger project.

Norma needs a toot toot toot fanfare... she finished her three little wall hanging quilts... Norma stitches in a Liberated style and loves every bit of it... from the designing and choosing of fabrics right through to the finish... PMS strikes again!!

Annbacan is making cushions with this, most delicious, Martha Negley fabric... Oh how I love Martha's fabrics... especially this one! But Ann and Monday Sheila purchased every last bit of it... How very mean... anyone would think that was allowed in my very own shop!!!

Monday, 21 November 2016

Just To Remind You...

Happy Happy Monday.... 
There are only 2 weeks to enjoy before Sewing Prevention Season really starts to bite... 
In 10 days time, you'll need your Advent Calendar finished! There's really and truthfully, still time to make one, especially with a pre-printed pane? ... yes! I have some in stock...
Less than 4 weeks to finish those gifting projects... 
Just to remind you...
When you come to my shop today and if you empty a bolt of Christmas Themed fabric... I will take 10% off the piece price for you... Boom!!! 

Aren't I a bundle of joy!!! ha ha ha

Here are a few links you might enjoy...

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Stitching News

My Mum Gwynneth made this, most beautiful cushion.
This design could make a lovely wall hanging too.
Can you see the little colour detail in those border strips?
It's fabulous and finished, so you know what to do... toot toot toot!

All Day Di is having so much fun making her calendar blocks.
She says she could sit stitching applique all day, every day...
Yup... she's called All Day Di for many reasons! ha ha ha 

Sally Snow braved snowy weather to join us for Friday Quilt Club... she knew the snow would be gone by hometime and she really wanted to finish her quilt top... which is lovely. Sally purchased a kit to make it, quite a long time ago.

Margaret purchased these picture panels online somewhere, I think they were bedding as the fabric weave is very tight, tricky to pin too! One 'bang on trend', Deer sandwich made and ready for quilting, no salad though haha ha

I know... I was only just showing you that 1st prize winning quilter, Princess Jackie had started another lovely applique project and on Sandwich Saturday she came to make her sandwich... Burning Midnight oil??? she must be drinking it!!
So now...
I would like to say "THANK YOU very much". Thank you for coming to shop with me.
I have actually managed to find a space for all the new fabrics having had you visit and empty lots of Bitty Bolts... I've had to have a bit of a 'move round' though, so you probably won't be able to find anything next time you come... ha ha ha.
Christmas themed fabric is now right there... by the door... almost the first thing you might see... very very easy to find and that seems to be what folk are looking for at the moment... oh... hang on for just one minute... go on then... if you empty a bolt of Christmas Themed fabric... I will take 10% off the piece price for you... Boom!!!

It's not a SALE... it's an OPPORTUNITY!!!

Friday, 18 November 2016

It's A Disaster!!

I have absolutely no choice... My hands are tied... There's just no way out... I have to ask for help...

That is... ask you to help me... 
I do hope you won't mind...
Will you buy a little piece of fabric?... 
Something lovely you had no idea that you needed???
Let me help you while you think about that...

If you empty a bolt of fabric today there's a 10% discount on offer... 
I hate to do it, you know that... but needs must!!
I have loads of bitty bolts... not much more than a metre on some of them. Each bolt emptied will give me approximately an inch of space on my shelf... making room for my new fabrics, which are sitting in trolleys waiting to be found a space... 
oh, I know it doesn't look good to have fabric stuffed trolleys lurking around... there's just too much choice in my shop... and I've heard you saying it!! ha ha ha Too much phooey!!!

So I will wait for you to come during the day...
I know, just to take a look... No pressure to purchase AT ALL...
BUT... You might find something wonderful... he he he