Friday 17 July 2015

Stitching News

Fran Cupcake needed a little help 'mathemising' to join her different sized blocks together. She had acquired a very old book about drafting blocks then purchased a book with 'inch-y squares' (yes I sell books of inch square graph paper too!) and set about drafting her very own blocks. Now I know that they are not original blocks but Fran didn't use a pattern book... so really, I guess we could say that she re-invented them! I think we cracked the mathemisms in the end.
New Sue needs a toot toot toot fanfare for her fabulous and finished cushion made with the help of Jen Kingwell's book, Quilt Lovely. Sue did Big Stitch Quilting... can you see it... it is lovely!
This is the back of Sue's cushion... Under that colourful flap of Gardenvale fabric is a beautifully positioned cushion zip perfectly executed with top tips shared by me, my very own self... who would have thought that zips could be so exciting?
Gail arrived suspecting that she had almost made the 42 blocks she requires for this gifting project. I set about counting them for her then, unfortunately, had to announce that she was only 20 short! ha ha ha... but then the count went down, she was only 14 short by the end of class.
Rose's elephant quilt is ready for sandwiching... all the applique stitching has been done and those strips have had a little fancy stitching added to their edges, they are meant to be a little frayed, according to the Jen Kingwell pattern... We all love this quilt, it has everyones creative juices flowing!
Maggie popped in to purchase a little grey fabric as she's decided to add a 'flange'  before her binding, to give a 'woooomph' to her quilt. This picture isn't showing the green very well, it's much more beautiful and bright... it shows off the fabulous long arm quilt design though eh!
Milly's made her quilt sandwich and brought it to class to get help choosing the right colour thread... Yes, the customer service is excellent in my very own shop, we can help you choose threads too!! ha ha ha. She chose a lovely variegated pink-y toned thread
This is the back of Milly's quilt, the variegated pink-y toned thread will be great for the back too! There have been lots of scrap strips used up for both sides of this great quilt. On to the quilting then Milly...
Sister Sue and Fiona Too had done lots of stitching at home so arrived for class ready for binding. See how neat they work in the confined space of one table each... most of us spread all over the place when it's crust trimming time eh!
Steph on the other hand, spread... as we mostly do! She's making a garden inspired lap quilt for a special friend. Ohooooo those Beautiful Batik fabrics look great together... I have an amazing selection of Batik fabrics, did you know that?... I know they are not everyone's cup-o-tea but I love them!
Dilly continued choosing perfect fabrics, drawing pattern shapes on freezer paper and cutting all the little pieces for more of the wheels on her Jen Kingwell quilt. There's a lot of very accurate cutting that needs to be done, and even more accurate stitching is necessary.. It will be worth it!
Milly has enough blocks now so she's going to start stitching the rows together. There is sashing in the original pattern but Milly is going to please her very own self and not use it... it will create a fabulous secondary zig-zaggy pattern between the main blocks, can you see it?
Fran Cupcake made this lovely little lady Angel as a prototype for an upcoming workshop. She can be made as a Garden Fairy or a Gypsy... the doll not Fran! The workshop will be in November, I'll update the workshop list page details soon!

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