Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Stitching News

All Day Di, more locally known as Lady Lidl, has been busy sewing. Her woodland theme blocks are keeping her busy, and very happy. 
Two Foxes with perfectly coloured fabrics...

An Owl, very co-ordinated and smart looking

A Fire Fly, hot and fire-y. Isn't Lady Lidl clever! 
The Elizabeth Harman patterns can be a little daunting at the cutting out stage, especially with all the little bits and labels, but if you just follow the instructions and do as your are told, it all works out really well. I wonder what's coming next?

This is an update on Sporty Sue's Quilt Along, block of the month project 'Colour My World' such a lot of work has gone into this and Sue will keep us updated on her progress as it happens. Good job Sue!

Dora wanted to make a baby quilt. She keeps saying that she doesn't know much about patchwork and sewing but I think she's done a splendid job. The back is made too using up the left over fabrics, so I expect we might need our tooting trumpets soon.


Monday, 14 June 2021

Fabulous & Finished

Does this photo help you remember the way we used to share our projects?
It's been taken by me, my very good self, with our Princess Jackie holding it up on the Photo Step! You can do that now you know, bring in your quilts for me to see and take pictures of. You should really know by now that I only have a shop to make my blog more interesting, ha!
What a stunning quilt it is too. Jackie had made the same design before but this time she wanted a slightly smaller quilt so had all the applique pattern pieces shrunk, clever people know how to do that, so Jackie asked one!! ha ha ha (sorry Jackie!) It's so lovely isn't it. Bright, fun and cheerful. Toot toot toot Jackie

Jackie had to stay up on the photo step as this too is one of her works of art. I'm starting to wonder whether people close to Jackie have babies just so they get to be gifted one of these amazing quilts? I suspect this rather cute bunny quilt will be gifted to a little girl

Ever so pink on the back too. We love to incorporate left over fabrics to make great quilt backs and you can see all the excellent quilting too. Free Motion style done with the walking foot... it takes patience though. Toot toot toot Jackie, yet another Fabulous and finished quilt. 

This is a quilt Nuttie has been making for several years. She had made a sandwich in readiness for her to hand quilt it over time, at least that was the original plan. You can just make out that she gave up on plan A and took it to a Long Arm quilting service, plan B. Toot toot toot Nuttie, it's a fabulous and finished quilt!

I have actually missed quite a few phot opportunities, I'm out of the habit you see. When folk call in for a bit of inspiration, or technical advice for getting their projects made, I mostly don't think about taking pictures until they've already left! I'm working on that going forward.

Sunday, 13 June 2021

Lovely Yellow Daisies

Back in the earlier days of this last (?) lockdown, I set out to use up some of my older fabrics. I called them My Uglies, They weren't really all that ugly... many of you wrote to explained that to me, I had a few funny messages actually. Hey ho 

Bright Yellow daisies on Turquoise? 
I think it works. It's all about the contrast, don't you think?
We are not going to talk about that flippin soft toy... 
I still roll my eyes at it every time I see it, ha!

Lots of decisions on placement and, while I was at it...
 How come they are all different sizes. Using up odd bits of fabric, that's how.

Borders on and by now, I like it

Sandwiched with yet another piece of wadding that was really not big enough but I risked it anyway. I'm living a daring life!!! I could always trim a bit off the edge when it was quilted.

Do you remember me making this quilt top back in February Lockdown?
This is the link to that blog post if you would like to read it.
I used this as the backing, Very turquoise!

I got it all quilted up and the binding machine stitched on. 
The idea was to hand sew the binding between customers in my shop... 
that worked well until I broke my very own wrist. 
But now, it's Fabulous and finished, except for the label which is in progress, I promise
Toot toot toot for my very own self...
Another pile of my fabrics have been used up, that's progress!

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Stitching News

 Eye Spy Six Packs.
There' are 30 x 6 inch squares in each pack, every square a different fabric design... I actually put 31 so that if there is one design you don't really like, you can leave it out. There are lots of ways to piece the packs to make larger quilts but joining them together as they are makes a great size for a playmat.
Toot toot toot Anji Nuttie, a fabulous and finished quilt.

Our Pam has been working away on her mask making production line. 
We think we will be needing masks for quite a while yet so
 why not make them really summery and pretty... 
like Pam's... Toot toot toot toot toot toot toot... 
one toot for each fabulous and finished mask!!

Farmer Lynda has  finished her dinosaurs quilt top, it's such a lovely project, perfect for the fast growing grandson... with the light shining through all those colours are extra vibrant, well done Lynda, we knew you could do it, even with all that huffing and puffing!

Pam was so inspired by Lynda's work that she is making this dinosaur cushions for gifting, but it's a secret who she is making it for. There was no huffing and no puffing from Pam though, she just got on with it! 

Lady Lidl (All Day Di) Is also making a quilt using an Elizabeth Hartman pattern, This one is called Fancy Forrest. Obviously this is the fox, Fancy Fox?

Here's a rabbit, which I'm guessing is a Fancy Rabbit, ha ha ha
The pieces have gone together perfectly, Di is very impressed with her very own self.

I showed you Sporty Sue's Mariner's Compass centre a bit back. I had several people contact me about it, quite stunning and very accurate. This is Sue's progress as of a week or so ago... gosh she's been busy! This is a link to a YouTube video if you would like more information about the project.

 Hope you had a great weekend, the sunshine certainly helps doesn't it.
I could do without the blooming flies though!

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Happy Sunny Weekend

We have magnificent and rather perfect weather in the forecast for our long Bank Holiday weekend. I hope you have a good one. You will no doubt be pleased to hear that I will NOT be tackling any more hedges or doing any more gardening. I will try a little bit of sewing, safely!
Nothing quite like pegging your washing out.
Farmer Lynda already started!!!
What a beautiful picture.

 I have quite a few photos now so I will write another post very soon.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Bank Holiday Shop Hours

My shop will be closed :-
May... Sunday 30th, Monday 31st.
June... Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd . 

My Shop will be Open.... 
Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th from 10am - 4pm
Saturday 5th May, 10am - 2pm
Pre Booked appointments are available outside of these hours.

I'm trying to keep it all as simple as possible but, my goodness, life gets tricky at times!

I'll be back with a few project pictures soon.... I hope!

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Oh Dear!!!

 Just as things were improving!!!

Gardening is dangerous! On Sunday I fell backwards while wrestling with a tough branch. I have to revert back to shopping appointments this week. Everything is battered and bruised. Wrist is broken and in plaster.

I'm really sorry, both for my very good self and for my shop.  

Just call me if you need anything. I have backup if I can't get to my shop.  No driving for 6 weeks!!! Good job I can walk everywhere, once my back allows. 

Monday, 10 May 2021

Shop Information

Slowly does it...
My shop is now open most days and you can come without an appointment.
I am still booking appointments though. If you want my shop all to your very own self, that's the best way.

I'll be there Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am to 4pm Except this coming Thursday 13th, I can't open in the afternoon. I'm going for my final (fingers tightly crossed) medical check up.

I highly recommend that you call me 07807530441, ahead of your visit to my wonderful, and very fully stocked, shop.
You know things can change at the click of your fingers in real life!

See you soon x