Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Festival Of Quilts 2017

Finally, I have had time to look at the pictures I took during our pilgrimage to the Festival Of Quilts. I don't really take too many photos because I want to enjoy being there and really look at the wonderful things with my very own eyes. I find if the camera takes the front seat I miss too much detail. I might not remember everything I see, but the moment was wonderful at the time... and I remember that I saw wonderful things... that's enough to get me back there every year!
So, here are some I did want to remember so the camera came out of my bag...

Not a quilt but information I want to follow up on.
The coach is already booked for next year!! yeeeeeha!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Stitching News

This will be a bit brief because it's Festival Of Quilts, Pilgrimage day!!! 
The coach will be picking us up at 9am (with a few ladies already on it as they got on at the coach's source in The Meir!! 

The first sandwich of the day was my very own, it's a shop sample. I made this quilt to show all the fabrics that are included in our new 6" square packs. 6 x 7 block setting will make a very good sized lap quilt/ sofa throw with the addition of a 1" cut inner border and 4 1/2" cut outer border. The quilt will need 1.30m WOF length for the backing. I only have 3 packs of this colour way left already (I will cut more though) as customers were ordering them as I was cutting the squares. I've also got 6" square packs in blues and creamy lovelies, well I will have on Monday as I didn't quite get them finished yesterday...  because I had to look after customers... hoooray!

Margo will hand quilt her huge sampler quilt.

Norma will machine quilt her beautiful Batik, Hidden Wells 

Sporty Sue needed one more fabric strip of fabric for her inner border treatment and we got to see how it's coming along... Thank you Mr. Knott for being so helpful!

Just Edna has started to join her melons... the first few were tricky but Edna soon 'Got It' and each one took a little less time, and more pins! We are all watching Edna's process...

Alison popped in to show us her two Handy Tote bags. She attended Sue's workshop a couple of weeks ago and is so please that she's going for a third Tote! Toot toot toot Alison, fabulous and finished times two!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Last Minute Treat??

Have you been pondering whether or not to go to the this year?

Fortunately, I have 3 show entrance tickets available for the Festival Of Quilts.
They are £12.00 and each is good for any day.

Need transport to get there on Sunday 13th?
I have seats on our coach too for £15.00... good when parking is £12.00 per car!

Want to go with us on Sunday 13th?
You could come on our coach and include an entrance ticket ... £25.00 per person.
Email Angie 
Call Angie 07807530441...

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Stitching News

All Day Di had a few tricky junctions joining the first two rows of HST's
(Half Square Triangles) and had to a bit of fudging... Then, much to her disbelief, all of the other rows were perfect and needed no fudgery at all...
She was amazed! It's looking lovely Di.
Fiona Too stiched her last two beautiful Batik borders in place then spied the empty table... a perfect opportunity to get her sandwich made ready for the quilting. The beauty of a small project is that sandwiches are easy on space and quick to pin.

Luna Lena 'invented' this little Gym Bag with matching wallet for pennies... It's going to be gifted. The main reason she made the project was to play with her fancy, decorative stitches and the  alphabets and numerous fonts... Toot toot toot Lena, a fabulous finish.

Sporty Sue arrived with all four quarters of her Trip Around The World quilt stitched together with the addition of a single row of squares to tie the 'Trips' to the world! ha ha ha. The border will be needing a few more trips and we had to figure out which way to go... It was easy, and obvious, once we got started.

AnnBacan came to make this fabulous sandwich... as did quite a few others but I forgot to take pictures because none of the fabrics were from my shop!!! ha ha ha This is only the centre of a huge quilt Ann is making. It will be quilted as is and the borders will be added later. Don't worry, we know what we are doing! 

2 More Beginners... Hooked!

Our next beginners basics workshop will be on Saturday 2nd September.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Stitching News

Starting with a fabulous and finished project made by our Rose... She's thoroughly enjoyed making this gifting quilt and you know... we have all enjoyed watching it come together. The little black Prairie points are such a great idea... baby will love playing with those I bet...

What a fabulous way to back a quilt...
I know we could buy extra wide backing fabric ...
but where is the fun in that?... Gone!
Toot toot toot Rose, it's a truly fabulous, fun finish.

So, I decided to add a Cathedral Window Workshop to my quite neglected workshop list... (which has now been updated, finally... so no more reminders please! ha ha ha) 
The Monday ladies didn't want to wait for the workshop date so we made Cathedral Windows in class... 

This is Norma's, she couldn't decide what colour fabric she wanted to use for the centres so, I sent her home to search in her scraps.... she came up trumps! (what a funny thing we say... I wonder why or where it came from?) Doesn't Norma's cushion front look great with lots of different fabrics.

AnnBacan made her Cathedral Window cushion front twice. The first time she tried the 'completely made by machine' method.... but it didn't work for Ann, she wanted more accuracy, so.... she un-machine-stitched and hand stitched much more accurately... just those little join-y-centre bits... it didn't take long and it was worth it. The binding really finishes off the cushion too. 

Lady Judith put her Hidden Wells blocks to one side again because there's another baby coming... My goodness those babies are coming from every direction! I think we must go looking for them so that we can make small and very cute little projects... They (baby quilts and play mats) are the only ones Judith doesn't make into massive quilts too! ha ha ha. I absolutely love the spotty black and white background fabric Judith chose.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Stitching News

Fiona's new table runner... Beautiful Batik Hour Glass blocks surrounded by beautiful Batik Flying Geese and the half inch finished inner border of... beautiful Batik fabric... It's going to be a totally Batik Beauty... so it is!

A few weeks ago, when this Art Gallery fabric was delivered (the border print) Enid was with us in class. She declared that just she had to have some of it as she thought it 'Truly Beautiful'  (I've been watching Poldark so I have! ha ha ha) The sandwich was made and the quilting began, so it did!

Brenda Barbara loved her Pineapple Blossom cushion so much... it had been made for gifting, and gift it she did, so she did. Now, Brenda decided the loss was too great, so it was... So she has now embarked on another Pineapple mission... 3 blocks done, 21 to go.

Everyone seems to have gone off on their Jolly Holidays... or doing grand-parent duties with the schools on summer break. Did I say summer? Yes, and it's a pretty darn, cold and wet one so far!
I do hope you are finding a little time to stitch in between all the kiddo chores!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Sue's Tote Bag Workshop

Terrific Tote Bags... 
Don't you love seeing all the different fabric choices?

Another great and very successful workshop.  Thank You Sue.
There will be another Terrific Tote Workshop on Saturday November 11th.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Stitching News

Norma's Hidden Wells quilt progress... once she had finished sewing all the blocks together she laid her lovely quilt top on her bed to see how it looked, good plan... She thought it looked a bit long but loved the way it went up, over the pillow, good... Then decided she wanted to make it quite a bit wider by adding borders only to the longer sides... which she did on Monday afternoon.. and was happy with the result.

So, the funny thing is... Lady Judith had done the very same thing! Both ladies had continued to join their blocks together without watching the shape they were making. The blocks would have made a slightly wider and shorter quilt top if they had 'used their noggin' but you know what... it doesn't matter now, we had a good laugh about it then got on with it... Judith is going to make another 'long' quilt then join the two together to make another "Never Again" large quilt.

Julia's first quilt top made with a Jelly Roll from Moda. She booked a class to see "What to do next"? This is allowed in my very own classroom. Some people love to sew at home and just occasionally need a little guidance... We do that, 'Guidance', if we can! Julia went home with a quilt sandwich and top tips on walking foot quilting.

Rose has been quilting away on this lovely project for weeks and hours... the last stitch was done in Tuesday class. Crusts  were trimmed off and the binding stitched to the front. So, time to sew in all of her thread ends... A great surprise was discovered when Rose looked to the back, she saw the quilted dogs had carefully landed their very own selves right in the middle of squares on the back... She couldnt have planned it!!

Jean Bean finished this fabulous quilt and as a finish we can give out a toot toot toot fanfare! It's one of the fastest finished ever for Jean Bean. There's a reason for that... This beautiful quilt will be given to the London Modern Quilters who have been making and collecting quilts for the Grenfell Tower survivors... such a tragedy...

The label Jean stitched on says it all really... 
and now...
Just a few pictures of some of the new fabrics that have been flooding through my shop door during the last few days...
Just when I had found a place for every bolt which arrived with the last avalaunch of fabric, the delivery men did it again....
Who is ordering all this fabric???