Friday, 23 August 2019

Bank Holiday Monday

Just to let you know that my shop will be open today, Saturday.
but closed only on
Monday 26th August as it's a Bank Holiday.
Open as normal for all other days.

What are you planning for the long weekend?
I'm afraid good weather has been forecast so we might feel the need to do garden chores but the plan in my mind... is to play in Quilty Quarters, I have a retreat to get ready for.

If you wouldn't mind, I'd like you to take note please...
My shop will be closed on and from
Wednesday 25th September until we return to normal from Monday 30th September.
I'm not going to apologise either, ha ha ha

Quilty pictures should be appearing here over the log weekend... But no promises!

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Fabulous And Finished

Lynda and Nuttie have been busy, not one fabulous and finished project, but two. Each one made with the same method the yet they look completely different. They have been made with the thinnest of fabric strips and Quilt-As-You-Go onto foam interfacing, (Bosal's In R Form, but any would work) Toot toot toot etty-Toot ladies

Sporty Sue wanted bright and wooowha did do she achieve bright!! A Layer cake of Kaffe Fassett fabrics started this whole thing off. Sue didn't want to cut the bits too small so decided to make Giant Pinwheel blocks. The project was a bit long and skinny and Sue decided she needed 20 inch bordes... step up the scrumptious Art Gallery Solids, co-ordinated with black and white dots...

This is the back, so completely different, isn't it fun!! Apartment joining is pleasing a lot of my customers. You are going to see lots more large quilts made this way... it is so do-a-bubble. Toot toot toot Sporty Sue, It is a splendid example of a fabulous and finished quilt.

It doesn't get any more unique than Pleasing Your Very Own Self.
Start with an idea for a lovely young person and fly!!! This quilt has been made without a pattern and with each step being decided along the way. Gail has really enjoyed making it, even the hand pieced hexagons for the balls, which have been stuffed (Trapunto style) for added WOW

The back has been personalised too. Quilted by stitching around the balls and adding little bounce lines... very arty farty. There are squiggles of grass to anchor any open areas without spoiling the match, ha! Toot toot toot Gail, it's a truly fabulous finish... and this quilt has not been near Gail's garage quarantine area!!

Friday, 16 August 2019

Sandwiches & Advertising!

This is Christabelle's Bear sandwich. From the book Happy Quilts, which I can't recommend enough... it's not often that you get a book that has a quilt you want to make on almost every page! I have a few copies in my shop. Christabelle has added a lot of extra, quite beautiful details too.

For a quick finish this panel fits the bill, available in my shop of course... It's 90cm wide, most pre-printed panels are 60cm wide so we usually need to add some kinds of borders to get them wide enough. It's sandwiched and ready for quilting, rather licketty-split-ly!

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Sunday Funday Stitching News

I don't know where all the time is going... 
Actually, I do... but it's not blog worthy, ha! This is a quilty blog after all.
Here are a few pictures taken at the last Sunday Funday Sewday at Checkley Village Hall... 28th July, for goodness sakes!!
Lots of inspiration... projects in progress PIPs.... I like that... here are some pics of PIPs

Monday, 12 August 2019

August Sunday Sewday

Sunday Funday Sewday 18th August... 
A lovely long and rather luxurious day to work on your very own project in the company of like-minded crafters... A Motley Crew!!!
It's time to book and pay for your place please.

I need to confirm catering numbers today, Monday 12th...
On the menu this time...
Hot Chocolate with an optional Rum splash
Breakfast Bars 
Tea and Coffee (all day)
Oregano Chicken with Roast Squash
New Potatoes, Peas, Broad Beans
Served with a Light Summer Gravy.
Followed by
Strawberry Pavlova

I always forget (neglect) to tell you... We can book this menu to Take-Away too. No need to cook for anyone when you get home!
I did say it was a luxury day!
Please feel free to bring any items that would be suitable for The Women's Refuge.
The ladies recently gave enough money to take all the refuge kiddos to the cinema.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Make A Date?

I hope those of you who went, have all recovered from your trip to the Festival Of Quilts. 40 ladies joined me on Sunday and, it's fair to say, they had a fabulous day. The show was so much better set out this year.... very user friendly and no-one got lost!

Just so you know.... 
The coach for Festival Of Quilts 2020 has been booked, for Sunday 2nd August, unfortunately there's been a small price increase so, unless the ticket company raises their prices too, the cost of the coach return journey to include your entrance ticket will be £26.00. 
Bookings are now being taken!!!

Before that though, we have another Sunday Funday Sewday or two to enjoy.
The next one is on Sunday 18th August. 9:30am to 4:30pm at Checkley Village Hall, as usual.
Catered lunch by Feast With Friends with our favourite chef, Chris Cohen.
Time is running out so if you plan to come on Sunday 18th August, please call 07807530441or email to book your space and lunch.

The next Funday Sewday after this August one will feel like will be ages away.... Sunday 3rd November followed by Sunday 1st December. Reason?? We have a full week sewing retreat to fit in!!! yeeeeha...

Thursday, 1 August 2019

The first of our Sock Knitting Workshops.

Angie Nuttie is an expert Sock Knitter so there will be Top Tips!
This first workshop will be on a Saturday 24th August 10am  - 3pm 
Cost will be £35.00... Which include your Sock Knitting Kit... 
Kaffe Fassett Sock Yarn... in a choice of wonderful colours and 
4 High Quality, and rather beautiful, Knit Pro Pins.
You will need to book.

Monday, 29 July 2019

Stitching News

It's finished!!! Longport Lynda has done a fabulous job with this apartment joined quilt. It's so large I really couldn't get all of it in one picture (though that might be because of all the stock in the shop!!) 

Here's a different angle so you can see the other side... as it is chopped off in the first picture. Each block made then sandwiched and individually quilted before being joined with sashing strips. 

The back.... randomly placed and joined with strips of all the left over fabrics from the piecing of the main, front blocks. Toot toot toot Longport Lynda a fabulous and finished masterpiece!

Monday Sheila wanted to make another gifting quilt. This will be a pram quilt and is one of two that are needed, the next being a bed quilt, floor play mat size. Aren't Log Cabin Blocks fabulous!!!

Rose has just finished a large quilt so she's having a little rest while making useful little doodads. This first one will be used as a bread basket, Rose made it from one of the Debbie Shaw books. It's fabulous and finished too, toot toot toot

Made with a remnant of Scottish Tweed that Rose purchased on a recent trip 'up there'. A spectacle case... very smart it is too. Also fabulous and finished Toot toot toot

Sporty Sue purchased this kit and pattern from the Sewing Quarter. Not the greatest quality of fabrics but the pattern is cute... and Sue loves it so that's all that matters. Balloons made with Foundation Paper Piecing

This is a toot toot toot opportunity for Princess Jackie's Quilt... It's a phone photo so not a brilliant quality picture... The quilt is most definitely brilliant quality though, as we expect from Jackie... perfectly appliqued and with lovely quilting. A fabulous finish, toot toot toot.

I have organised Sock Knitting Workshops.
Whatever next?? Angie Nuttie is an expert Sock Knitter!
The first workshop will be on Saturday 24th August and will include an optional Sock Knitting Kit which will consist of Kaffe Fassett Sock Yarn and 4 High Quality, Knit Pro Pins.
I'm excited already! Aren't you?