Monday, 16 January 2017

Stitching News

All Day Di's almost finished the applique on her calendar quilts, the numbers are only needing a few blanket stitches now... it's tricky sewing with a broken flipper... but Di is a trooper... All of these cuties will need to be sandwiched soon... 

Have you heard of this tradition, Ashbourne.. Shrovetide Football? 
PM Pam is making a baby play mat for a Up'ard family's new member...
Those larger squares have little footballs in many colours so it was a perfect fabric...
The top is ready to be sandwiched. 

Sometimes... often actually, the first class back after sewing prevention season leaves folk in a bit of a daze... Happy to be 'home' but out of sorts... our little stitching routines all upset! It's a great idea to make something simple... a Charm Pack from Moda will make a great lap size quilt... easing you back to your happy place... Enid chose Janet Clare's Wordsmith fabric... cute eh.

A fabulous and finished fanfare please... Toot toot toot for Judy...
It's her second cushion... she wanted to make a second one to make sure she could remember everything... she's working her very own self up to make a quilt but might try another cushion first...

Here's Judys cushion back... complete with covered zip...
My method is still amazing people...
It's really too easy to be true and Yes, I will do a tutorial for you, soon!
Evidently the classroom has been busy this week and this all my little purple camera had to offer when I downloaded so that I could upload for you... 
I will try harder... but I am not promising anything... I've tried that and it doesn't work!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

More Beginners...






Sad News

Our Internationally know... Molly
Born in 2001 in Mexico City...
Abandoned to the streets in Huixquilucan and rescued by the Whiston family.
After 2 years she moved with us to Cascais in Portugal, where we stayed for almost 6 years... She moved again with us to Staffordshire, UK where we have lived ever since.
She had epilepsy all of her life but it was controlled by drugs so not a problem really.
In later years she lost her hearing (curiously, this stopped her well known barking!) Her eyesight gradually failed but there was no problem with her sense of smell!!
During the last year, Dementia settled in with all it's complications, at times rather amusing but gradually it became tricky to live with.

Being lame in three legs didn't help at all...
So, we made the very tough decision this week, to let her go...
 Aged 15 years and 3 months
Missed muchly already, our Molly xx

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Finally!!!! Stitching News...

It's always a bit manic in the first week back to 'normal'... You would think a month had passed by since the last class... the ladies have so much missed coming to play and they all seem to be in a very productive phase. Babies have been born! Birthdays are coming up and home decorating is planned... Seems all these happenings will need new quilts!
There's been much project planning, colour deciding and fabric choosing (which takes a bit longer now that I moved everything!!) and a lot of mathemisms have been done, some ladies are even learning how to do their own mathemisms, which is just wonderful!!!
I did find a bit of time to snap a just few pictures for you, here goes...
PM Pam started this one in 2016... it sounds such a long time ago when you say it doesn't it. All the stabilising quilting was done and the binding is on, as you can see... but Pam has decided to add a little more stitching in each block... she's pondering the idea of quilting around the Crafty Cats.

Another started last year, ha ha ha
Lady Judith's 'Little Black Dress' Moda Jelly Roll quilt. Judith is ready to start the borders next but we're not going to stick to the pattern for those... Judith (with a little help of course) is Pleasing her very own self and making up a different plan... PMS continues in 2017, whoop whoop!!!!

Monday Sheila has had a beautiful Batik Jelly Roll in her stash for a very long time.. waiting for inspiration to strike... It Strook!!! Oh what a wonderful idea... Sheila actually made this waistcoat for gifting but confessed that it fit her very own self... it might just have to be a keeper!!!

Free from Cabin Fever, where she says she was going 'stir crazy' without her frequent visits to my very own shop and classroom... Carol has a plan... an Ohio Star block which will be made into a pretty cushion, made in lovely Moda fabrics

and a co-ordinating table runner... The very popular, Quick Table Topper ...this link will take you to the pattern... it's not in the same place we used to click to... I searched it out though... it is exactly the same pattern. Fast, easy and fabulous.

Jean Bean is on a baby quilt roll.... This one is already sandwiched... You could call it cheating, using one large piece of extremely cute Makower animal fabric for the centre, but it will go directly over Jean's head... she needs three baby quilts, Licketty-Split... there's a lot of work in the Piano Key border...

PM Pam spied opportunity to make a quilt sandwich too, as a couple of ladies left class a little bit early... These are some of the lovely new fabrics that arrived Christmas week, last year!...I posted about them on my shop's Facebook page! I do that a lot these days... now that I know how to work it! ha ha ha

There's a workshop coming up soon for the Hidden Wells design but some of the ladies wanted to make the quilt as a class project. They were able to cut all the strips over Sewing Prevention Season so the strip sets could be sewn in class... we will be chopping these up again next week.

Rose started a new project too. Hares.
She had purchased a beautiful Fat Quarter Bundle and a pattern at the Festival Of Quilts last year (Yes the coach is already booked for our trip there in August 2017, and 2018 actualy) She's added a few of my beautiful Batiks into the lovely mix and this is the progress so far... Loving it!!!

Monday, 9 January 2017

It's 'Back To Normal Day'... 
Classes resume This Week
Sewing prevention season should be in 
your rear view mirror.... 
Right now... 
Just what are going to sew this year??

Thursday, 5 January 2017

It's TIME...

Yooooo Hooooo....
Sewing Prevention Season has finished (really?)

My wonderful little Patchwork and Quilting shop... 
so very full of amazing and inspiring fabric and notions (and new shelves) is back to normal!

Open today from 9:30 until 4:30... hope to see you soooooooon
Happy New Year Everyone!!!
x

Sunday, 1 January 2017

 A New Year, All aboard....
Will we enjoy the new ride?
Best fasten your seatbelts!

Thursday, 29 December 2016

I thought You Might Be Interested....

In seeing exactly what's been going on in your favourite Quilt Shop

I discovered recently, on being allowed into the neighbours garden, that the wall, this wall, at the back of the classroom, is actually completely underground... no wonder it is freezing cold over there... even with the heating on, it's still chilly in the corner... ask those who sit over there!! Some ladies choose to sit there because it isn't too warm actually... those are the Hot Mama's! ha ha ha. The Cold Nellies sit over in the window side with rosy cheeks.
I had to move everything from one side of the classroom to the other. It's always a bit of a shock seeing exactly how much fabric stock is actually on those shelves! It looks lots more laid out in piles... oh and they are achy-shoulder-y heavy to move round!!! but I am a trooper, I do this for you!!
I've had a plan to change my Ikea Billy shelving for a long time... I wanted it to match all of the other shelves in my lovely shop... I can fit more fabric and Fat Quarter baskets on these Ivar shelves as they are taller. So... I called in an expert, Graham. I asked him to help me sort out the shelving and asked how could I insulate the wall... Yesterday we got it sorted. 
Today I will spent the day in my lovely shop putting all the stock back in place... or in a new place... of course I reserve the right to move the colours round... Christmas fabric doesn't need to be right there at the front of the shop any more... It is done and dusted.... How many of you declared that you would start making Christmas things for 2017 Sewing Prevention Season early next year? I am guilty... I say it every year... maybe this time I might just do it, how about you?