Thursday, 24 January 2019

Stitching News

We have another Jean!!! She came to play with a Jelly Roll from her very own stash. After browsing through two books of inspiring ideas, a decision was soon made. She chopped up the Jelly strips as per the pattern and proceeded to get a few blocks made up. 

Nuttie wanted to make a Bargello Quilt, like the one hanging on my shop wall.... she chose the fabrics months ago and every week since, she's asked me what size to cut the strips... yes, I really mean EVERY week. It's great to see she has now not only cut them into 1 1/2" strips but she's carried on and made very good progress too.

Longport Lynda makes so many things for charity. In fact She and Monday Sheila are almost full time charity stitchers for one cause and another... how very kind they are. Just at the moment, Lynda is making blocks ready for quilting individually, all for her very own self... We're going to be doing Apartment Joining...

Norma is using up her rather large collection of Batik fabrics. The blocks started off being in the style of Courthouse Steps, but now Norma has invented a new and quite different idea... When the quilt is finished it could quite easily be called Liberated Lanterns... She's having fun and really... that's all that matters.

Lesley had started piecing these diamonds units into rows but  stopped for a while.... she decided something was not quite jelling for her... she came to class for inspiration (and fun) and after choosing four or so new fabrics to add to the diamonds, she was much happier.

Kate had a lot of strangely shaped fabrics left over after making her Giant Orange Peel Quilt. She's decided to crazy piece them together, quite randomly, so not an inch will be wasted... and a new quilt will be made... fabulous, I love to see leftovers being used up.

Ugly fabrics, collected over 20+ years. I've always saved bits of fabric... especially those from the waste that other people didn't want to keep, some rescued from the fabric bins. Most of these squares are rescues. My mum Gwynneth needed a project so she got given a box of 3½” pre-cuts to make into 9-Patches. We have added Snowball blocks... more on this soon.

Karen arrived with a lovely bunch of fabrics. She wanted to make 6 cushions, big ones... but she had no plan. How about we do this for one, a Bargello style?... If you like it you can repeat for another cushion... if you don't, you make another design... a very liberated approach and Karen was game!
This quilt's story could be classed as a rescued mystery... Someone had left it in Gail's Garage. It's all sandwiched and even has most of the stabilising stitching done around all of the blocks, Stitched In The Ditch... so there's not a lot left to be done, well.... about half as much again... Anyway Gail has rescued it and can't quite remember why she didn't finish it in the first place... wooops, I let the cat out of the bag, now you know it was Gail, her very on self, who she put it in the garage a few years ago no less! ha ha ha

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