Thursday, 25 May 2017

It's Not All Going To Plan

Someone, or something... is trying to stop me from going to my quilting retreat...
First thing... and this is why you haven't heard much from me... last week, I started with a dreadful lurgy... without going into too much detail, whole body experience firing on all cylinders... the lurgy will not leave me alone...
It's been quite terrible but I am on the right side of it now... At least I am still alive! And I am able to go to the retreat!
Then my brand new Juki overlocker cutting knife broke and had to have bits sent to me for replacement...Trivia? no, very important.... I need it for my retreat Kate Tunic making. 
Then... as of Tuesday morning... the bloody car broke down!!
It can't be mended in time for my epic journey, so... Now we had to hire a car for the weekend... 
The hire car has gears... I have not used gears since I gave my Clio to Lilly about 3 or 4 years ago. So, Helpful Hubby had to take me for a refresher driving lesson... ha ha ha... 
My lesson took me over to Tesco... shopping for beer! 
There can't be 'Beer O'Clock' at Westhope if there's no beer!!!
Anyway... I am all packed up and almost ready to go... after a lovely day in my very own shop, I'll do a little fabric shopping and then leave , Westhope bound... So you might not hear from me for another few days...
Oh yes, the picture? It's what I have been playing with in Quilty Quarters.. All packed up now ready for my retreat.... I AM GOING!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Friday, 19 May 2017

Stitching News

Princess Jackie is doing it again...
We look at the exquisite detail in her applique...
 We are usually. almost always, lost for words
Can you see why?
Oh... oh... oh... and ohhhh

As you know... we are going on our annual sewing retreat very very soon...
PM Pam is going to work on this project... well,
That's if she hasn't already finished it before we actually go!!!
This lady couldn't wait to get started on those flowers!!! ha ha ha

Coincidentally, Queen Jacqui is also making a floral beauty... see how she stitched the blanket stitch in bright green thread... we love that... there's a bright green inner border to make all the colours scrummy-up together...

Farmer Lynda was able to make her lap quilt sandwich...
This lovely project is being made for gifting and Lynda is already wondering whether she will be able to part with it! 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Almost Time To Retreat...


Yesterday, Jean Bean and my very good self decided to write this little ditty to inform our customers of the upcoming shop closing dates for the next Bank Holiday weekend... a very looooong weekend!!!
When you own a shop, even a fabulous and very well stocked little shop, as I do... the only way you can go on holiday to refresh your batteries... is to close the doors on your very own shop and run!! 
And run I will... to long, relaxing and fun time away from all the hustle and bustle of normal life... 
No sun, sand or Sangria for me though...
I'm going away to sunny Shropshire, to the most wonderful Westhope Craft College to stitch and snip and create!! 
More sewing?... oh yes, just a little!!

Monday, 15 May 2017

A Mixed Bag...

Alison's first quilt.. Not only does it qualify for a fabulous and finished fanfare... it is just massive... my picture doesn't give you any idea of how large the quilt is, you will have to take it from me... Toot toot toot Alison.. an amazing, giant-or-mouse  job.

And this is the back of Alison's quilt...
with a  ladder of loveliness!

It's fabric in-trolley time again... all the companies gang up and send delivery after delivery of things I forgot about ordering, all at the very same time.... These, from Makower UK are fabulous... I ordered extra of the top fabric.... I don't want to ever, ever, ever run out of it!!!

Beautiful Batiks from Moda
And they play so well with the Makower animals

We had a Kate Tunic making day on Saturday. Now that was a fun day!!!
Overlockers are great for finishing off all the seams so, as my customer service has a wonderful reputation, I figure I should have a new overlocker for the Tunic makers to use!!! There you go, my new toy purchase excused!!! I did it for my reputation!!!

Not many pictures have been taken by the perfectly purple camera this week.
We've had a lot of fun and there's been a lot of creativity in my very own shop...
This is a what I have been up to in  My Quilty Quarters....
doesn't look much but it is such fun playing!!!