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.