Well, just as I got into the flow of remembering to take quilty photos daily and blogging about them for you more regularly.... Today, I fail!
Yesterday was Friday Quilt Club.
A quiet day was expected in my shop, with it being half term for the kiddos... a week when parents seem to work extra hard with sitting on children and grandparents have grandchild minding duties... that and a couple of regular ladies (they regularly come to Friday Quilt Club... not the other regular! ha) were poorly and unable to come to play... the day was all set to be quiet and calm.
I got out my duster and polish good and early to tinker and move a little dust, before Quilt Club ladies arrived...
The shop was quite busy from early doors.... fabric parcels arrived with the jolly delivery guys... one complaining about the weight of the boxes of fabric!
My phone was red hot ringing all day, for one reason and another. I had fun conversations like... how to do something quilty... tricky when I can't see the project. A wholesaler checking I meant to order two 27m rolls of Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 at 120" wide not 96" wide... "Yes, 120" and "Yes, I want two rolls."
Helpful Hubby Dave called from Sudan to tell me he was about to embark on a cruise down the River Nile... all hard work of course!
Woooooosh... the day was done!
No time for thinking about other things, other than "oh heck... is that more fabric?"
Anyway, enough good excuses...
"There are no pictures"... that's all I was trying to tell you.
As I said, new fabrics have been delivered... I haven't found places for them all yet but I'm working on it. Not all new fabrics were Christmas-sy, there are some beautiful 'basics'... some folk call them tone-on-tone but that sounds a little flat for how gorgeous the designs are... very good additions to the already fabulous selection of beauties already availabubble in My Very Own Quilt Shop... did you know I had a little quilt shop?
SPQ that's Staffordshire Patchworkers and Quilters, have updated their web information, click here to see what's coming up and remember... next week will contain a first Thursday in a month so there's a talk/meeting... see you there?
Friday, 30 May 2014
|Josie purchased these purple fabrics last week... she's also been playing at home and brought in her Half Square Triangles already chopped up! By the end of her afternoon, all these blocks and more were ready to be stitched together. The pattern for this quilt can be found by clicking here|
|Stephanie Iceland popped in to my very own quilt shop... she had a very smart bag to show to us and was wearing a rather dashing purple coat to complete the combo. Fabulous and finished... I think she deserves a Toot toot toot!|
Thursday, 29 May 2014
All of the other fabrics are silk... (Internet Silk, have you heard of it?) I know the quilt top looks lovely in my photograph but, in real life, standing right next to it.... I cannot begin to tell you how gorgeous the flowers are. The silk fabric catches the light in a fabulous way... oh I'm gushing, gushing and more gushing... I don't know the right words to describe how lovely these flowers are... When the quilt is finished, I'll try to take a few closer pictures for you, there's a lot of tiny detail to drool over too!
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
It's Tooting time!
|New Sue finished her wedding gift quilt...|
Made with a Jelly Roll and Sue's precision piecing skills. See the quilting... thank goodness for a good walking foot!... a simple design that looks sooooo good,
|You can see the quilting looks great on the back too. Those blocks Sue used for the back each have a wedding/marriage theme like 'Steps To The Alter'. Another fabulous and finished quilt by New Sue ready and waiting for a toot toot toot|
|Princess Jackie finished her fabulous Feathered Star quilt, toot toot toot|
Jackie decided to make hers as a wall hanging. What a stunning feature on any wall! I bet she looks at it every day with a smile of satisfaction... I know I would.
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Sunday, 25 May 2014
|Toot toot toot, Brenda Barbara finished her two heart cushions...|
made with the Twister Template... for the tutorial 'how to' click here
It's very satisfying to make cushions with zips you know, Ask Brenda!
|Dotty has always enjoyed making bags... this one has a lot of foldy-fun involved. It's a strange shape not looking too practical really but we decided it would be good to keep an umbrella in the bottom... but you might not be able to get it out!|
|This is Dotty's appliqué Witch, remember I was telling you about it last week... |
I said it was beautiful but the witch was not beautiful... now you can see what I mean...
|Sporty Sue spent her Friday Quilt Club day making June... the very last month of the twelve needed to complete her quilted calendar... such a smarty pants, I've been making my months for two years and still have 5 months to go!|
We learned how to make a quilt from a photograph. It's ever so easy really and the results are rather stunning. For this workshop we provided a kit for everyone to make the same picture...
Thank you Sheila, for a great workshop, once again.
Thank you Sheila, for a great workshop, once again.
Saturday, 24 May 2014
|New Sue also proudly announced that her quilting was now finished. Beautiful! |
Sue's making this as a wedding gift using a Jelly Roll. The idea came from a book called 'Seamingly Scrappy' .. a great book with lovely ideas, evidently!
Friday, 23 May 2014
|Not only a beautiful front but a fabulous backing to boot. All finished of an extremely posh border and binding treatment. Gillian plans to keep this quilt, all for her very own self, and who could blame her!|
|Toot toot toot time for Gail too. She's been working on this quilt after a lady requested it as a commission! How very fabulous for someone to ask you to make a gorgeous and very special quilt because they have seen your lovely work?|
|Another beautiful backing was made. Gail used up all of her left over Pin-Wheel blocks, lovely eh? You can see the quilting too...|
I shall toot toot toot again for this lovely backing Gail. Love it!
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Monday, 19 May 2014
Friday Quilt Club is a little different from our other classroom days, with hours from 10am to 3pm. You don't have to be a member to come but you do have to book in advance. It's a very relaxed day of stitching, usually working on your own project and we can help, should you need assistance.
You won't believe the subjects of conversation that crop up... jam and bread making, vet bills, weather... of course, we are mostly British... so we discuss the weather! Then there's the subject that I must call 'the joys of ageing'... what a hoot that always turns out to be!
|Joan The Shop continues to work on her Snowman Collector blocks. She's decided to add a little wadding under lots of the appliquéd pieces now... Joan had started off putting wadding only under the white snow bits...|
|This is block number 12, it was made a little out of sequence because Joan wanted the last pattern in the set of 12 as it had the instructions for sewing the blocks together with the sashing squares... aren't they cute blocks!|
My Mum Gwynneth finished her little Christmas Stocking bunting so she'll start making one of our new Advent Calendar panels next, at the same time quilting for Linus and making her diamond quilt... busy eh!
It was Malvern Quilt Show this weekend, did you go?
My very own shop was ever so quiet. I had time to think and ponder, sort and move. There are lot's of new fabrics due in this coming week... I noticed that all my trolleys are full, all of my shelves are space free (that means FULL) so I took up my pen and reduced a lot of fabrics, mostly Christmas fabrics really... but they have to go... more new festive stuff is on it's way and I need the shelves to display them on!
Sunday, 18 May 2014
|Jeanette Milly continues to make up 18" blocks with her sewing machine. |
She says there's no real planning for colour placement, she picks the fabrics from her pile, randomly... it's working well eh! Jeanette only needs 12 blocks for this project.
|This, Josie's Cat Quilt... has Broderie Anglais for one of the borders just because she has loads and thought it would be perfect... Josie is working on both quilts at the very same time and she's adding lovely little details as she sews.|