When the Covid restrictions lightened up, was that about September? I forget now... anyway, around that time... a few ladies had been requesting the use of my tables for making their quilt sandwiches. The job can be done individually so I agreed to book them in. One hour each is usually plenty. Gail sandwiched her Noah's Ark quilt... all by her very own self to be socially compliant. Isn't it lovely....
Thursday, 31 December 2020
Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Tuesday, 29 December 2020
With my shop not being able to have classes or workshops within the rules of Covid, some people have been catching up on their PhD's (projects Half Done) which is a great idea, no matter how old they are, they need to be completed...
Thank you for the pictures ladies.
I hope you are all finding time to sew something.
Thursday, 17 December 2020
Taadaaaaa!!! Our Jean Bean sent pictures of her fabulous and finished gifting quilt so we now have evidence that she's really, and truly, been sewing, ha! What a lovely quilt it is too. Those delicate little flowers take ages to applique with Blanket Stitch and she's changed thread colour for each one, great dedication!
Friday, 11 December 2020
You know how it is... a new baby arrives for someone you know and you think... Yes!! I love making quilts for babies, they are cute and small and fast to make... the quilt not the baby. So I asked whether I could make a baby play mat sort of quilt. Of course I can, that would be lovely. Not too bright though, new mummy and daddy like neutral colours, pffft. They obviously don't know me!! ha ha ha
There were panels of Alphabet fabric in my shop quite a while ago. My Mum made one of those panels into bunting to show customers a good making idea. Needless to say we sold out of the panels quite quickly so the bunting became surplus to requirements. I've unpicked all the bunting, It was very well made with a backing and stabilizer to make it firm, so it was a bit of a job, a blooming messy bitty job actually.
Sunday, 6 December 2020
Some of the sewing projects my lovely customers are, and have been, working on...
A Glory and Marvel of Unicorns
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
I'm so happy to have gifted this quilt yesterday. I've sooooo wanted to show you what I have been doing with my Covid Lockdown holiday in between garage sorting, floor painting, chores and walking. I took a few photos as I went along and it was so frustrating not to be able to blog about the progress, especially with my blog being so boring of late! You MUST have noticed that?
Here we go.... My Scandinavian Tomte Quilt. My pattern was in a Simply Moderne Quilting magazine but you could purchase it from the link.
If you have ever followed an Elizabeth Hartman pattern you will find this method very similar and quite simple. Not difficult at all, just do as you are told! I recommend that you carefully label every piece as you cut it, that's great advice for free!
I didn't have enough of any one white fabric so I used a few throughout... Each tree has a different white fabric. I know some of you wouldn't do that but this quilt will not stay white for long once it's gifted, ha ha ha
Ahhh... these triangles were left over from making the trees and you know me, I will not waste fabric! I also don't want a load of red and white Half Square Triangles. I decided I might try to use them to make up a border...
I don't really have a space for making quilt sandwiches so I had to make do with half rug and half floor. It worked out ok. I was lovely and warm in that fabulous sunshine, not to mention that the under floor heating was on!!! I was flushing well.
I decided to Stitch In The ditch... more like Ditch Hopping, as usual. I went round all three trees and Tomte himself. All the lovely size pieces to stitch around, I take the pins out as I go as it's a great way to see the progress.
It was soon done. I quilt on my Juki TL 98 so I had loads of throat space. I pushed the table up to another table to give a good deep work space and put a table at the side to help with the weight drape (of the quilt not mine!!) Looks very professional doesn't it.
Free motion quilting is such fun but it does use a lot of thread. 4 bobbins in total for this quilt and about 12 hours of free motion sewing. I did Holly and Berries and curly-whirly-squircles!
The trees and the red border triangles had round-ish baubles stitched, in red thread as circles are tricksy!
Binding. Sewn on very carefully! Remember all those Bias edges? I got my ruler out and made sure the triangles were 45 degrees and not stretched. Some were a little bit out so I eased the extra with a gentle tug on the binding as I stitched on my Juki. Very successful. Hand stitching the binding took exactly 4 hours.
And off to Macclesfield he went.
Gifted from a socially safe distance to live with the other one...
Do you remember last years gifting project? Click here for a re-view.
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.