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

Monday, 3 May 2021

Lynda's Stitching News

Farmer Lynda is making great progress with her Dinosaurs Quilt, a pattern from Elizabeth Hartman

She does exactly as the pattern suggests, cuts all the pieces and carefully labels them, she frightens herself when she gets to this stage, what with there being so many bits....

It's a means to an end and every dinosaur makes Lynda so happy once it's complete

All different shapes and sizes... This is my favourite so far

This tall one is so cute...

All laid out for a peep at the progress so far. 
Dinosaurs and tasty, leafy things
Isn't she doing well!!

Stitching News

 Thank you for the pictures once again.....

Wowsers!!! Sporty Sue made this.... It's foundation paper piecing, the freezer paper method. Such accurate pointy points!!! well done Our Sue. She's doing the Quilt Along with The Quilt Show. 

These cushions were made by Sister Susie. She had started making the Quilt-As-You-Go blocks for a quilt a while ago and during the Covid year without classes in my shop, she decided to make the blocks into cushions. Toot toot toot Susie... you are so kind to have gifted them too.

Brenda Barbara finished her quilt top before the end of last year, It's a great design for using up scraps. She had been waiting for my shop to open so she could make a sandwich... Oooops, then we went into lockdown... It was going on too long so I offered to make the sandwich for Brenda... I do need to keep my customer sewing!! 

Our Pam had the pleasure of my special sandwich making service too. These little Teddies have 3D ears, very cute indeedy. Now Pam can get on with the quilting.

During the very dry and sunny couple of weeks we've just enjoyed, Pam was able to use her lawn as a cutting table, ha ha ha, needs must... this will be the back of her next quilt, a huuuuuuge sandwich will need to be made!

Friday, 16 April 2021

Stitching News

 Thank you for the pictures once again ladies. I took some pictures with my perfect purple camera, which thought it had retired, ha ha ha

Another turtle sandwich, this belongs to Our Pam. We've seen this quilt made in a few different colourways now and, I have to say, they are all fab-u-lous!  The beautiful Moda Grunge background is perfect for a turtle pond.

This sandwich also belongs to Our Pam. She works on the 9-Patch units in between other projects... a great idea, it keeps a tiny-teeny-weeny bit of control of those scraps and gives a little break between the more "concentration needed" designs.

"concentration needed" designs... 
Like this one that Farmer Lynda is working on

There's a dinosaur... which wasn't easy at all... but then it wasn't tricky either! 
depended on which part Lynda was sewing when you asked her... 
She sent the photo with this 
"OMG, I did it!" ha ha ha

There are leaves that were also "tricky... not too tricky".
Great hoots of pleasure with each block finished!
We will watch the progress as it happens.

Fiona Too is now designing her very own projects. 
You can't beat a personalized gift and it's toot toot toot time 
A fabulous Unique and finished project

The back of the cushion perfectly co-ordinated and very clever indeedy...  the design carried through from the front with a fabulous hidden zip in the bush! toot toot toot

This was the last kit left in my very own shop for the Bugs quilt, called 'Buzzin' Around'
 I'm making it. A free pattern from the Andover fabric folk, how very kind, thank you very much.
I need a gifting quilt... watch this space, work has already started!

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Cats On The Fence

I've had A LOT of fabric delivered during this last week or so. It all got ordered when the government gave me the grant payment. I went a bit mad, spent the lot on ordering threads and fabrics ready for the normal life to come back.
This range is Katie's Cats, a Makower collection. It's a lovely, bright and colourful range... I'm hoping you agree that it's very want-able-need-able! I decided to make a quilt knowing exactly the right design. Licketty-Split, I had cut just enough of each fabric and left my shop for a sewing spell in my Quilty Quarters. 
After a bit of paper and pencil calculating, I got it all beautifully pressed using Best Press (a highly recommended potion that I have just been introduced to) and all the strips were accurately cut. 6 strips of the larger cats and 10 of each of the other 5 fabrics. 
Strip sets, 10 of each... that's a lot of accurate stitching in straight lines!
A good firm pressing of all the seams to one side... 
and then cut into blocks ready for the Railfence design
which way would the blocks look best on my rails?
Hearty rails?
Stripe-y rails?
I actually liked the hearty rails better but...
The stripe-y rails won this time. I should have cut the heart fabric wider to have hearty rails, too late now! And it still looks great, even if I do say so myself! The Railfence design is a really easy one so I was done with the top quite quickly.
 The sandwich was made in my shop on tables pushed together... like in the good old days! See that join in the strips? That's me being thrifty! It won't be noticed in the grand scheme.
Quilting with bright and colourful thread. I used my walking foot for the stripy Railfence design then put the darning foot on, dropped those feed-dogs and free motioned quilted the rest with hearts and curly-whirly loops 
You should be able to see the quilting if you zoom in a bit.
The larger cats fabric had one big heart, all slightly different shaped hearts as I didn't want to be faffing with drawing them first!
Back to my shop to choose the binding, Pink with purple dots was perfect.

A rubbish photo but it's finished. toot toot toot  I've called it "Cats On The Fence"
How so? Cat fabric and a Railfence quilt design? Genius, ha ha ha
Measuring 49" x 70"  that's 1.25m x 1.80m
I'll try to take a better photo when I can find someone to hold the quilt up for me.
Needless to say, I had to write up the instructions for a few customers, very simple notes though. Pattern writing can be too wordy for me. I will be cutting kits next week for the ladies to make their very own Cat's On The Rails quilts. I hope they will share photos with us when the quilts are done.