Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Brief Update...

My shop is allowed to open next week.
From Thursday 3rd December I will continue with the appointment booking system that was so successful before Lockdown.

You can call (or WhatsApp) to book your shopping slot 07807530441

You can email

Obviously, some of you use Facebook and Messenger... I'm not too fond of those but I'll do my best.

If you want to send your favourite messenger pigeon, that would be so cool! ha ha ha

A large box of new Batik fabrics has been delivered while we were on holiday enduring the lockdown... They were ordered in February!!!

Onward and upward... hope to see you soon.

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Here We Go Again

Today is my last shop opening day... unless you've been hiding under a rock, you must have known that.
Once again we go into a lockdown but, thankfully, not quite as locked up as last time.
I've been very frustrated.... seen with my very own eyes many people not adhering to the Covid prevention advice. 
So many people wearing masks only covering their mouth, not the nose. Constantly touching the centre, most breathed on area, and therefore the worst area to touch.
I have walked out into the road to avoid closeness with pedestrians who carry on chatting without consideration. I've had a teenager step into my path to amuse his friends as I rapidly moved out of his path. I've been tutted at, had people say unkind things to me and some even be plain rude about what they consider my ridiculous actions, while I desperately try to keep to the advice to help stop the spread of the virus.
I've been to hospital with my dad and seen members of the NHS staff not adhering to the restrictions. I pointed it out to the staff, they looked at me blankly. I've collected prescriptions from the Chemist with the actual Chemist wearing his mask under his nose, some staff too and constantly touching the nose/mouth area of their masks.
I'm not going to rant about the stupid people who are gathering in large groups, though my goodness, I could.
I think most people are doing, or trying at least, to do their best, evidently we are not doing enough.

I can only know that I have done everything I could, what a goodie two shoes!!!
A clear conscience is a good thing. My hands are washed to death. I have so many masks I have a dedicated drawer! and I have kept my distance as much as I possibly could.
I've restricted my customers to one or an occasional bubble and had them all wash hands before being locked in my shop, stuff of dreams, ha ha ha!! 

Our Sunday Sewing at Checkley has been cancelled, obviously.
Most of us have cancelled our last Alison House retreat for December... May and September were cancelled for most of us too.
So with all this time on your hands, and not a lot of gardening to do, let's just be happy that we can quilt or sew.
Even I, my very good self, might unpack a sewing machine. 
I hope there will be inspiring pictures for us.

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Stitching News, Hooray!

This is Shirley's first ever finished quilt. She's made a Beginner cushion and a table topper or two but never a full quilt. Just as we were going into the first lock down back in March, she quickly purchased a book and some fabrics so she would have something to play with...

This is the back, it co-ordinates perfectly with the front. Well done Shirley here's your fanfare for the fabulous, faux piped, finish, toot toot toot.

Pam was asked to make a quilt with shirts of a friend's husband... it's such a lovely way to remember people. The shirts were much loved and therefore very well washed and worn, making it a tricky job for Pam. It turned out really well... thanks to Pam's great skill. Toot toot toot Pam, a fabulous finish and a lovely memory.

This is Jenna's first ever sewing project. She's been infected with a sewing bug now... The fabric was purchased a while ago, just because she loved it...

This is the back... Covered buttons and button holes! wow!! Toot toot toot Jenna, it's a fabulous finish and we can't wait to see the other cushions on your sewing agenda... Beware though... it's a slippery slope, Di will have you quilting soon!

Just Edna made a bit of a mess of the first part of lockdown as she fell and broke her flipper, making it impossible to cut and sew. She's back at it now and to help her bones she decided to make a Quilt-As-You-Go project... she's all ready to start joining the blocks together now, apartment-ly of course.

All Day Di made this Llama cushion, isn't it smart! 
She's done it all by her very own self too... woop woop

I'm guessing it will be gifted to Georgina!  There's a zip under that there pretty flap.The Moda Grunge is an excellent choice. Toot toot toot Di, a fabulous finish and another ticked from your long list.


Monday, 26 October 2020

Shopping Information/Rules

I really wish I did not have to write this, but I feel I must... 

I truly value all of you as my customers, thank you so much for being a customer. Please know that I am trying to ensure that we are all safe.

Shopping appointments are for one person at a time. I continue to provide hot water and soap for your hand washing before coming in to my shop and mask wearing is obviously necessary too.
Please use your very own loo before coming shopping as you are not able to use my facilities.

IF you are in a bubble with someone, or from the same household, you could both come in at the same time if you have informed me ahead of time. It is best if you do that when booking your shopping appointment. 
I must request that if you are not coming in to shop for supplies, please do not come in. It is/was much fun to accompany your friends, it's all part of the Quilting addiction, but while we have this virus, that fun has to wait.
The fewer people that enter my shop the safer it will be for all of us, myself and my family included.

I know this is not good for business but it is a small price to pay for your safety and for my and my family's safety.
Other shops and businesses are not being so restrictive with their customers, that's fine... 

I am truly sorry if you come to my shop without an appointment and you can't come in because someone else is inside shopping... If no-one is in my shop, or due to come shopping, when you arrive without an appointment, of course I can let you in to browse. 
Pre-booked appointments will always get priority... All you need to do is call me 07807530441 before heading over to check the situation.

Sometimes I can't be in my shop. I will always honour appointments though. 
Last time.... Please call before coming to my shop... 

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Thank You Ladies...

Thank you ever so much to all of you who have sent project pictures or have popped in to my shop, with an appointment of course, to have photos taken.
My blog is quite monotonous without project pictures... I might have to take a few pictures of my meals soon!!! ha ha, don't worry... I promise I won't. Lentil soup is not that interesting anyway.

So here we go... I still can't quite get to grips with the way they changed how to do blogger posts, very irritating!

Rose made her sandwich at home, all by her very own self. 
She made a shopping appointment to choose threads and binding fabrics. 
We had a good chat about quilting possibilities too and Rose left all excited to get on with it.
Lick-etty-Split, a few days later, I received the finished quilt picture. 
Of course we can all raise our trumpets to give Rose a fabulous and finished fanfare toot toot toot. This is an original Rose design from her "Wing It" company! A gifting quilt for a very special new addition to the Fish family. 

Jean Bean is back to her sewing after months and months of neglecting it... She's one of the dedicated gardeners you've heard me grumble about, it's just not on to put sunshine and gardening before your stitching, ha! There's another baby coming in the future so Jean has to crack on. It takes ages to applique each delicate flower.

Luna Twearly is a gardener too. She was happy to get a little stitching done. She sent this picture to me a while ago. Lots and lots of Flying Geese units have been made so I suspect there could be be a border soon?

Sister Susie has enjoyed a few shopping appointments. Like all of the ladies who used to come to my very own classroom, Susie is missing the great advice and funny banter but has surprised her very own self with how much she has been able to sew without a safety net. This will be a baby quilt.

Farmer Lynda has been sewing for fun and also making face masks for her family. 
This Batik beauty though, is all for her very own self as it is Lynda's favourite fabric.

Princess Jackie finished this spectacularly cute baby quilt. There have been many French Knots to stitch and there was plenty of Faux Trapunto to quilt around

You can see all the quilting from the back which, as always, is a quilt in it's very own right. Toot toot toot Jackie, another fabulous and finished project, ready for gifting, which can't be easy after all that work!!

Ta daaaaa... Farmer Lynda has been making this beauty for over 2 years and now it's all done, she is questioning why? There have been many projects made by Lynda over those 2 years so I know why... Clue? New Grandchildren, 2 of them ha ha ha. It's a fabulous finish... toot toot toot-etty-toot.

Christabelle has been so busy. A friend is having a first grandbaby soon so Chris was commissioned to make this fabulous Baby Bag, complete with changing mat and a plethora of different handles and pockets and gismos

Look how fabulous the inside is with all those useful pockets, some with zips!! There's a lot of hours of work in this project with such great colours and fabrics... all from my very own shop I should add! It's all made with a printed pattern from ByAnnie.
Toot toot toot Chris, a fabulous and very useful finish.

Our Pam has been swamped with family Face Mask requests. These were made for a Joiner! Perfect and quite quirky don't you think?
Toot toot toot Pam, they are fabulous and, of course, finished.

That's all I have for this post. Now that the days are darking themselves earlier and earlier, maybe more sewing will be done. I'll post more piccies, if I get any.

Monday, 14 September 2020

Stitching News

I have a few wonderful projects to share with you...
A few months ago Shirley attended one of the Beginner Cushion workshops. She thoroughly enjoyed. A few Thursday classes later she had made a table runner. She was hooked! We heard we were going to be shut down so she purchased a book and a few Fat Quarters to keep her going for a few weeks! ha ha ha, well none of us expected this situation to last this long did we.

Months later... Shirley has finished her first ever quilt top, woop woop... She is a gardener too so, like many others, time has been used outside... tisk! Didn't she do well!! She has purchased the backing ready to make her first ever sandwich... watch this space.

Princess Jackie made an appointment and came shopping. She brought this quilt to choose borders and backing fabrics, of course I had to take pictures... the cutest bees!!! Some little details have had the faux Trapunto treatment and the embroidery detail is beautiful.

Jackie also brought in this absolutely amazing project. The colours are so bright and cheery. Jackie had started to make pieced blocks ages ago, with no real plan... during lock down  she was inspired to work on it. It is a fabulous and finished, absolutely beautiful quilt so... toot toot toot Jackie
Of course the back is fabulous and you can see all the quilting Jackie did. Just wonderful, thank you so much for bringing your quilt in to visit my photo step Jackie.

You surely can't have missed the latest news about Covid-19. 
I will continue to offer shopping appointments, it's all worked out well so far, good and safe!
Thank you for shopping in my wonderful, very well stocked and now Quite Tidy little Quilt Shop. 
You just need to call me 07807530441 
You can book appointments in advance and most of you are doing that, or just call me before setting off to come shopping and if I can help you, if I can let you in, I will.
Remember to use you very own loo before coming as my facilities are strictly NOT available for you... Where do you think I put all the stuff to make the shop look tidy!!! ha ha ha

Sunday, 6 September 2020

I Spy Six Packs

In between offering excellent customer service in my shop, I've been cutting lots and lots of six inch strips of fabric to sub-cut them into 6 inch novelty squares. Each of the Six Packs contains 31 different fabrics making them perfect to play "I Spy". You only need 30 squares really but I like to put in one extra just so that you can have a spare. £15.95 per pack. With two packs you could make a pairs game! One pack for the quilt and one pack to make little quilted counters... that idea just came to me, genius?

 My Mum Gwynneth helped me sort them out ready to put in packets for you. Thank you Mum. 

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Stitching News

A couple of projects to show you. I'm finding the new Blogger system tricky to use. I'm hopeless with changes to computer stuff... could be an age thing? My head is rather full of fabric, projects waiting and colour choosing... so there's no room for learning technology, ha! I can't even get the writing to be the same size... there's no hope!

Linda succeeded with her quilt making marathon. As a teacher, she knew she only had her summer holiday do get it done and boy did she work hard on it. It's a Jelly Roll pattern, from one of the many books, but no Jelly Roll was used, Linda used yardage and cut up the 2 1/2" strips, all by her very own self. She was able to choose every fabrics and it worked out way more economical too.

And the back.... Taa daa Beautifully co-ordinated. So we can raise those trumpets, this is a fabulous finish so here we go... a toot toot toot fanfare for Linda... good luck with the getting back to school too. 

Farmer Lynda made a second Elizabeth Hartman Llama pattern project. This one is going to be a grand baby pushchair quilt. Lynda is going to add a lime green grunge strip to the top and the bottom before sandwiching and quilting... She will be keeping this one for her very own self!
There you go, I can only find these few pictures. I know I have taken more. They must be here in my computer somewhere, ha ha ha ... I''ll have to ask my Lilly to help me find them....

I have been trying to sort out the new Quilty Quarters... what a job!
A total pleasure and a blooming chore, both at the very same time.
These are a few of my hand dyed fabrics. It's ridiculous to have dyed so many fabrics when I avoid using them... so I am going to, use them all up that is... don't hold your breath though, I never said WHEN!!

If you are still here... Just to clarify about my shop... 
I am continuing to operate my appointments system with hand washing on arrival.
It is working very well. 
I am truly sorry if you have turned up without an appointment and you couldn't come in because someone else was shopping... We have to be safe. This is all I can do to keep us ALL safe. 
If no-one is in my shop, or due to come shopping, when you arrive without an appointment, of course I can let you in to browse. But pre-booked appointments will always get priority.
All you need to do is call me 07807530441 before heading over to check the situation.
Hope to see you all soon.