Sunday, 1 August 2021

Back To Normal-ish

Tomorrow, Monday 2nd August, will be as close to normal as possible.
Classes are starting up!
Only a small number of folk each day to see how we go, but what this means is....
There might be interesting things to blog about, finally!! woop woop woop-ity-woop!
You know I only have a shop and classroom to keep my blog interesting don't you.

I've not planned any workshops just yet but I'd love to know which workshops you would like me try to schedule, no promises mind... ha!

I hope to see you all soon. now.... Where did I put the perfect purple camera?

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Stitching News

Farmer Lynda came to make her Dinosaur sandwich. Isn't it fabulous with it's lovely bright colours. We talked a bit about quilting options, I think Lynda went home with her head spinning a bit so we will have to wait and see what she decides to do.

Truth be known, I don't have much other news really. There should be more interesting blog posts soon though as weekday classes are planned to commence in August, limited numbers and, of course, Government and Covid permitting... I should be able to take a few more photos to show you.

My shop is just about ticking along. I've had a bit of a Christmas Fabric rush, funny how that happens in the hottest weather isn't it. This hot weather doesn't help as the gardens call most of my stitchers to go and play. Thank you for the help making a bit of shelf space during my Bitty Bolt Bonanza, my shop looks a bit tidier again now. 

New fabrics arrived, not the best picture but they are on display with all Fat Quarters ready for picking! Like strawberries!
Enough waffling...
I'll be back later with a little Quilty Quarters update. I'm playing with scraps again... I drive my very own self nuts with the inability to waste fabric scraps!!!

Monday, 12 July 2021

Stitching News

 

Princess Jackie came to make her duckie sandwich. She made a lovely backing to complement the front. You will be seeing that pretty soon I expect. This is such a cute quilt design with quite a few little personalised details for the cricketer it will be gifted to.

Hilary Hat wanted to make an easy-ish baby gifting quilt. The recipients like cats and Hilary loves bright colours so that was a simple sort out. The rail fence design for the top was ready lick-etty-split so Hilary came back to choose some border fabric.

Our Pam finished the second gifting pillow with more fabulous zig-zaggy quilting, which is perfect for the dinosaur design, me thinks. Both of Pam's cushions have now been gifted and the new Granny is super chuffed with them.

Shirley came to make her quilt sandwich. This is her first quilt sized quilt...  a table runner and a couple of cushions were great practice pieces. But Shirley also has a new Juki DX 7 so it shouldn't be too much of a tricky task.

In my shop.
The Bitty Bolt Bonanza will continue this week. Empty a bolt to receive 10% discount off the whole fabric piece price.
The Kids Quilts patterns will still have 25% off the marked price and I'm happy to help you choose the fabrics if you would like to kit up your project.

I have made a final decision on the Annual Pilgrimage trip to the Festival Of Quilts for this year.
The coach has been cancelled and re-booked for 2022. I'm sorry for those few who will be disappointed. There was no hope of filling the coach with enough people. The tickets are non-refundable. You need to have had 2 vaccinations and a negative Covid test on top...  All adding up to too much financial risk.
I've waited and pondered the whole thing but it's too close now and I still don't know whether I, me, my very own self, will go.

The Sunday Funday Sewday booked for Sunday 22nd of August is now fully booked and I have a waiting list in place, so it looks like we are all eager to get back to safe social sewing.


Monday, 5 July 2021

Bitty Bolt Bonanza

Apparently, "I have too much fabric for you to choose from." 
It's said so many times whilst you're pondering your projects, ha!
I am trying to get to grips with my stock. 
Every year I promise to try, but it never works.
I have quite a few bitty bolts with not much fabric left on them. Each bolt that you choose to empty gives me at least one inch of space on a shelf.
So...
Starting tomorrow, until panic sets in (and you know I panic when I sell too much fabric!!)  
When you Empty a fabric bolt, I will take off 10% from the cost of your fabric piece. 
While I'm being brave... I have an abundance of patterns on special offer too.


Lots of Kids Quilts Patterns, many different designs, with a saving of 25% each.
I have a few 'Sew Me Something' dressmaking patterns left with 10% off.
I'll give 10% off of my quilt hangers. Sizes ranging from a very cute 3" to about 12"

Would you like to buy a little (or large) piece of fabric? or a pattern? 
Something lovely that you had no idea you might need?
You might find something perfect for your projects or for your stash cupboard or fabric drawer, or just because!
I will wait for you to come.

Monday, 28 June 2021

Buzzin Around Quilt

 
Lots of fabric companies offer free patterns on their websites. I often go to have a look but I'm afraid I rarely make up any of the quilts. They are not usually my 'cup of tea'. This one, however, I love!! I had cut the fabrics and made up kits, including the panels, for my shop, and they sold well for a while. I had one left, teasing me... So, eventually, I set about making it... trying not to change anything or go off on one of my creative rabbit holes, ha!

As with all of the printed panels, there was squaring up to do. The pictures almost never print perfectly straight. I love the black and white fabrics, some of the stripes even lined up!  That made me happy when it happened but I wasn't about to try to do that on purpose, even I have my limits on matching up!

It didn't take long to get all the blocks framed and I just needed to play about with how I wanted to place the bugs... not a line you will hear me say often... I'm a catch em in a glass and throw 'em back outside kind of gal, normally!

A big skip foreword and the top was complete, with no photos but, trust me, it was finished. It's about 62 inches square. Huge backing fabric piece required. I used up lots of the left over bits to piece it and make it more interesting... that really means that there wasn't enough of the yellow fabric!

Quilting was tricky as I had broken my wrist by this point. I couldn't sew straight lines. Give me a problem... I'll make lemonade... is that how it goes? Ha! I just zig-zagged all over it. Not turning the quilt for each direction but using my reverse button, genius!

It's hanging in my shop now, finished and fabulous
Toot toot tooting for my very own self? Why ever not, ha!


Friday, 25 June 2021

Stitching News

We had rain and wind yesterday so the gardeners came fabric shopping, I got a good lot of exercise for my flipper, ha!
A few customers are ready and waiting with their quilt tops completed so I've pushed my tables together and started to take bookings for sandwich making.

Lorna purchased this kit a while back. She says it was advertised in a magazine. She's keen to get it finished so booked a sandwich session. As the shop was a bit busy, Lorna got on with the sandwich making, all by her very own self. Alas, Just as she finished I noticed that the tape hadn't quite done it's job holding the backing in place so all the pins had to be taken out and the process was repeated. Eventually Lorna left quite content with her perfect sandwich.

Our Pam came to show us her totally toot-toot toot-able, fabulous and finished gifting cushion... isn't it just perfect for a little fellow... Bright and fun. 

I took this closer shot to show you Pam's fabulous quilting. 
Spikey stitching is spot on perfect for a dinosaur. 
Pam's changed her thread colours to match the patchwork too. 
Toot toot toot Pam.

If you need to make a sandwich, please call to book a good time and I'll see what I can do, you know I try to give excellent customer service!!!
I've added a few Sunday Funday Sewday events to my diary... the details can be found in the tab at the top of this blog. Obviously they are all subject to the Covid situation though.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Stitching News

 I'm happy to see some of us are still sewing and not staying all the time out in the garden. You know how I worry about gardening accidents now, HA!

Our Pam has been luxuriating on her lovely patio with a bit of Big Stitch Hand Quilting. This project has been in the quilting stage for a while, couple of years or so actually, but there's no rush so long as Pam is enjoying it, which she is.

Dora has moved on to another baby project. 3D teddies ears are so clever. 
I imagine baby will play with them, when it comes, fiddley-diddlies.

Another long term project belonging to Our Pam. 
Hexagons... lots of folk stitch hexagons... not always with a particular plan, just because they can. Now Pam is making lots of quilt plans, 2 or 3 quilts worth of hexagons have been made so it's time!

Farmer Lynda made a knitting bag for gifting.
 A lovely idea and in beautiful poppy fabric.
It's a toot toot toot-able, fabulous finish

Dora has worked fast. All the applique complete and the quilt top is ready to be sandwiched, I think. We will see whether any border treatment happens, she's a dark horse is that Dora!

I'm sure you can tell this post has been written in rather a hurry...
I'm off to my shop now. I'm expecting a huge Delivery of 27 metre rolls of wadding.

Friday, 18 June 2021

Fracture Clinic Day

My fingers are crossed, on one hand at least! 

Today, Friday, IF all is mended, I will be free of the plaster.

Please take note that if you need to come to my shop you will need to call me first and I'll arrange an appointment with you.
Beano will be my taxi, she's dropping me off at the fracture clinic then she's available to pop to my shop if you have fabric or thread emergencies.

More news, hopefully great news, later.

Angie 07807530441