Friday 28 July 2023

Stitching News

I've met a lot of lovely people this week. Many who came for the first time having taken a detour on their route to somewhere else, there's a fun idea.
In my shop it's "Bitty Bolt" time again. There's 10% of the price of a piece of fabric if it empties a bolt centre and I have a lot of bolts with very little fabric on them, so tempting!

Cheryl came to make her New York Beauty sandwich and what a beauty it is.

This is another angle. My photos don't show you how beautiful the quilt is really. All made with Batik fabrics and foundation Paper Piecing. Cheryl's first time sewing curves too, and there are a lot of curves!! We will need those trumpets soon.

Judy started to join her blocks together. 
See the secondary pattern forming, I love a secondary pattern.

Bev got the quilting all finished, 60 degree angles work to quilt almost every line without stopping, which is very much fun! Then binding made and stitched on. She is very pleased with her Ugly Cabinet Topper. I am reliably informed that it's all finished and in place now. We will need a photo so we can toot Bev!

Shirly has now finished her Autumnal Lap Quilt top. Those squares in the border look great don't they. It's been set one one side, before sandwiching, for a little while as Shirley's pins are being used in another project, remember the dogs in coats?

Farmer Lynda's Lick-etty-Split baby gifting quilt is finished, toot toot toot Lynda.

And Pam made one too, she does love a lick-etty-Split project. Toot toot toot Pam

Yes, this was all written Lick-etty-Split!
I better run to open up my lovely shop, there's fabric due in this morning, ooooooh no! 

Saturday 22 July 2023

Stitching News

 Projects are coming together very nicely in the classroom

Beano finished another quilt top. Bright Wonky Stars galore. Jean has two other quilts all pinned up and ready to be quilted but she decided to get this one ready then have a quilting marathon to stitch all three ready for gifting. 

Rose found a quilt in a book and decided to make it. She didn't stick religiously to the pattern but used it as inspiration. This is/was the centre of the huge quilt, but it is now the quilt, Pleasing her very own self, Rose will make a round play mat. Fun huh.

It's tooting time for Princess Jackie's Flower Garden wall hanging. Fabulous and finished and totally gorgeous. Jackie is mid decorating her room so I am honoured to have the quilt hanging in my classroom for a short while if you would like a closer peep, It really needs to be seen in real life, I promise! toot toot toot Jackie, it's amazing work womanship
This is the back of Jackie's wall hanging. Just lovely, a hanging sleeve already in place ready and waiting to be hung in a prime location.

Monday 17 July 2023

Stitching News

Well, how very rude am I? Don't answer that. I'm seeing all the wonderful projects and helping them grow and not sharing them with you. On top of plain forgetting to take any pictures, I declare that I hate my computer, we are just no longer friends!  So I don't turn it on. We can do so much on the old Mobile phone these days that I don't even turn my computer on, for days. But here I am now, with a few inspiring photos.

Shirley carefully measured through the centre of her top for her border strips, always a good move!  three border rounds later, she set about cutting all the squares for the pieced outer border. Shirley had decided on the order that the squares would be sewn together in advance then proceeded to get them mixed up so now, they will be randomly stitched together. Hooray!!

Christabelle's Hidden Wells, absolutely fabulous and now finished. toot toot toot. 
What a beautiful gifting quilt it is too. An easy to make design but it does need accurate cutting and pinning, that's if you want all the strips lining up to make the lovely secondary patterns.

Bev is so chuffed with her table topper. It all started with a picture in a book that had no pattern and was too large anyway. A piece of paper, a tape measure and a calculator for the mathemisms, oh my goodness, lot's of diamond-y 60 degree angle mathemisms! and it's done! Pins are the secret, you ask Bev.
In no time at all the sandwich was made and the quilting will commence ASAP

Norma is making another gifting quilt. Applique is her favourite thing to do, especially if it's large shapes, these are 12 inch blocks with big flowers. She has so many small pieces of fabric to use up that a sashing of 3 inch squares seemed like a good idea, I think you will agree that it's looking really good already.

Wow, wow, wow... That's what everyone said when Cheryl held up this top.
Foundation Paper Piecing, long slender point-y points, just beautiful! There will be borders added over the next few days and a sandwich making session is booked for Friday, this week, blimey!

Jan purchased one of the last few Tilda Scrap Bundles. After making a few rather intricate quilt tops, she wanted a slightly less complicated project to make. Isn't it lovely, it's a very easy make from one of the pre-cut books, should you fancy a go.

Judy is making a bed runner come bed scarf. Both are the same thing really. She very much enjoys the mathemisms and different techniques we can use to achieve a perfect block. Once these blocks are all joined together there will be a magnificent applique border made, I kid you not!

Now, if you use Facebook, you will know that occasionally it throws up a photo of something you posted years before, as a memory to look back on. A photo of this quilt popped up on my feed. It said it was made by Our Pam. I asked Pam about it and she was adamant that it was not hers. 
A few days later, Our Pam sent me this picture. 
She had found the unfinished quilt in a pile. I can see pins so it is a sandwich.

This is the back, how amazing it is. 
Pam still doesn't remember making it. 
The quilting was actually almost finished too!
 Pam is on a mission now and we will see it finished very soon.

Farmer Lynda wanted to make a baby gifting quilt. This is one of Lynda's favourite fast  to finish projects and she uses the design as her "Go To". It was all going so well, lick-etty-split it WAS all coming together like a dream. Can you spot why the progress had to be revised?

Our tickets have been ordered and paid for now for the Pilgrimage to Festival Of Quilts, 6th August. There are still a few coach seats avail-a-bubble should you want to be chauffeured to the show and back for £20.00 but you will need to sort out your own entrance pass.

Last but not least, Sunday Sewday is coming up too. 

Sunday 30th July 9.30am - 3-30pm £20.00 (£25.00 to pay on the day) that includes all refreshments and a light lunch. Places are limited so you do need to book and pay, in advance is much easier please.

Monday 10 July 2023

Secret Sandwiches

I used to have Sandwich Saturdays, on Saturdays 😉 but now that we have patchwork and quilting classes every (almost every) Saturday, I've had to switch my Sandwich Saturdays, especially for larger quilts, to Fridays. How confusing is that? Sandwich Saturdays are on Fridays! You still have to book a slot so I can get my tables ready for you.

Beano booked a double dose of sandwich making with these two baby gifting projects. 
They look the same but they are a little different. The backs are not the same either.

You could play that old game "Spot The Difference" couldn't you? I think they still have those in the Puzzler books. There is another quilt top in the making and Beano wants to get that finished before the quilting rally for these two projects commences. 
While Jean was pinning away, Pam heard that one lady had had to cancel her sandwich making appointment at the last minute so she jumper in her car, (now there's an image!) and popped along to make her very own sandwich.
 Pam must have been listening to Gail's strategy about making tops and backings then hiding them unfinished, in her garage because she was rooting in her storage room and found this top and backing folded together. It is enormous, about 2 metres wide by 2.30 long (80" x 94" -ish) and made in beautiful Batiks. It was made in about 2016. The backing is pieced with big chunks of more Batiks. Quilting has already started, go Our Pam!

I will be ordering the entrance tickets for our pilgrimage to Festival Of Quilts on Friday 14th, so if you want your bargain price ticket you will need to book and pay by Thursday.
There will be plenty of seats on our coach for last minute rides, but you will need to sort out your own entrance ticket after Thursday.

Wednesday 5 July 2023

Stitching News

How very selfish am I? I have used every spare minute to get the Grow Free Wild Flowers quilt top finished. That's the one I showed you in the last post, just over a week ago. It is now a top measuring 85 inches square and I don't have a picture of it. It got folded up and put away so I could tidy Quilty Quarters AGAIN ready to quilt my Garden Retreat quilt. Which I have now started, pictures will come soon, it's looking fabulous!
Meanwhile, back in my shop

Rose finished all of the machine stitching on her gorgeous cushion front. There will be embellished bits added next, buttons and beads and a little hand stitching detail.

Shirley finished piecing the centre of her autumnal quilt, and very smart it is too. There's a 3D thing going on here if you look at the design for a moment or two. Borders will be added, I think there will be 3, according to the book.
Di was merrily quilting away knowing that she had missed her quilt gifting deadline. It didn't really matter, the quilt was gifted anyway and the lovely recipient thought it was wonderful and found it all very amusing as she handed the project back to Di to be finished. A good, understanding friend indeedy.

I know it's a bit rushed, but it is here. A blogpost takes me ages to write, cropping pictures, if I can actually find them, ha!.

I have plenty of seats left for our pilgrimage to The Festival Of Quilts on Sunday 6th August.
There's just one week left to book your place including your show ticket.
After that you can book a coach seat but I won't be able to provide a show entrance ticket, that will be up to you to sort out. 
Angie, 07807530441 for any further queries.