Wednesday 27 December 2023

Stitching News

 On the last day of my shop being open I pushed the tables together for a bit of sandwich making. Excellent customer service, as always.

Cheryl Cheryl was first up with this Batik beauty. I think the pattern is in the book 'Organic Applique' and she's thoroughly enjoyed making the top. There will be free-motion quilting involved over the festive break. 
Next up was me!! 
Finally, my Hidden Wells sandwich is made ready for quilting. I can't decide how I want to quilt it yet but once I do, I'll crack on

Even from this angle I can't decide, ha!
All I know is that it's way larger as a quilt sandwich than it was as a top!

Trumpet time. Christabelle made these cushion pads for her Granddaughters. They each have a cat that looks exactly like the chair backs and the chair pads for the bottoms have cats made with the fabrics the girls chose. How cool would a real cat be with fur in zig-zaggy stripes!! Toot toot toot Chris, fabulous and finished for the fur babies.

Friday 22 December 2023

Sewing Prevention Season

It's here!!
We were all laughing about how disruptive this festive malarky can be. From piling stuff up in your sewing area to shoving stuff in your loft space to keep it safe and to make your home look tidy. It's a messy old game this crafting isn't it. 
It's my last day with an open shop. That's 9:30am  to 2pm today.

I hope you have a joyous Sewing Prevention Season, try at least to stitch a little bit won't you? I'm hoping to play in Quilty Quarters.

See you on the other side xx

Sunday 17 December 2023

Stitching Catch Up

Oh dear, what a time I've had in the last few weeks. I caught a dreadful lurgy from somewhere. Very little energy so not many pictures. After thoroughly enjoying a few days away on our retreat too. Hope mother nature wasn't trying to tell me not to go having fun! How rude would that be! I'm still not up to full health but, as I am a trooper, we will crack on.  

Christabelle finished her huge and beautiful floral quilt. It's a totally toot toot toot-a-bubble design that's perfect for those Layer cake squares that you can't bare to cut up. Chris is keeping this quilt for her very own self, and I can't blame her!!! Fabulous and finished!  

Now Christabelle can concentrate on her next gifting project. Tumbling Blocks. It's so clever how the 3D design shows up already, just three different shades of fabric, light, medium and darker-ish, none of them are really dark.

Shirley was very happy to bring in her fabulous and finished Dogs In Sweaters quilt. This lovely project will be gifted very soon, it's that time of year!!  Toot toot toot Shirley, finished just in time!

Mary's first ever quilt, hooray! She says that she learned so much making this one. It's the brilliant Railfence design which is very forgiving and just right for learning all the tricks of the trade. Another finished quilt, just in time for gifting, toot toot toot Mary, your first fanfare!

Our PM Pam has been working on the Boho Heart blocks for quite a while. Sewing a few blocks here and there, in between other projects. Recently, she found a perfect backing fabric for the finished quilt in my very own shop so she's really cracking on with the blocks with renewed excitement. 

We are well into Sewing Prevention Season now. 
My shop, next week as follows
Closed Monday
Tuesday 9.30am - 4pm
Closed Wednesday
Thursday 9:30 - 5pm
Friday 9:30 - 2pm
I'm not planning to open on Saturday 23rd. If you need a shopping appointment on Saturday, just email or call and I'll do my best to help you.

After that I'll be closed until Tuesday 9th January.

Sunday 3 December 2023

Stitching News

A little note to start with, Thank you for the messages about the fabulous quilt top that I made on the wonderful retreat. You are kind! It is a super easy design made with 14 Fat Quarters (or more if you want a longer quilt)

The strips were cut before I went galivanting and this is the order I had planned to sew them together.   All are cut cut 5" wide. I did, obviously on purpose, change the order of the strips a bit, ha! It didn't matter in the end as the finished top is rather splendid. It's been placed on my PIP pile, that's "Project In Progress", have you got a PIP Pile?

Christabelle has been intrigued by the patchwork designs that give a 3D effect for a while now and has made a gifting quilt plan. Basically the quilt will be only grey fabrics and the density of the colours will hopefully work the 3D effect. Easier to see when your carpet gives it's helping hand!!

After placing the diamonds onto her carpet, Chris was very happy and able to continue with the new plan. That beautiful Batik was purchased to be the tops of the blocks, it really does look 3D don't you think? Obviously the units are all spread over the floor for this picture so Chris will have to pick them all up in the right sewing order, fingers are crossed.

We have need of shiny trumpets now. Deb finished her very own Lap Quilt made in festive fabrics. Half Square Triangles made with a Moda Charm Pack, very effective. Toot toot toot Deb this is your fabulous and finished quilt fanfare!

Di just about finished her second Scandinavian Tomte quilt top with time to spare for sandwich making. Both of her Tomte quilts need to be ready for gifting soon so this is what Di worked on at our retreat. She took her fantastic Juki UX8 which made it super easy,  quilting can be a bit of a work out on a smaller machine, but we do it!

Again those trumpets need to be shining and ready for a Fabulous and finished, gifting quilt fanfare. A Toot toot toot for our Jean Beano please.  This quilt has had a facing added rather than binding, it's Beano's new favourite thing to do.

I've added most of the retreat and Sunday Sewday dates to the Fun tab for you. 
I have to say there are lots of names on the retreat lists. March is full up already, with a waiting list. 
I can't confirm prices until nearer the time, obviously.

Saturday 2 December 2023

We're Back!

Just a quick post today. We had a great time on our retreat. Arriving in rain and blustering winds, not fun driving on the motorway! But day 2 treated us to beautiful sunshine. Dry and crisp every day, not that the weather is all that important on a sewing retreat. The sewing room was huge with hundreds of tables and we all made really good use of those! "Have tables, will spread!" like all quilters/crafters.

I took three projects with me, that's the two I had planned and one last minute 'just in case' I needed a third one. ha! Why do we do that? I started the 'just in case' project first as it was on top of everything else. 3 days later I had a completed top. I love it.

I have booked 5 further retreats, The dates will be posted on my blog as soon as I am able.

My shop is open again as normal from today. There's a full class booked in too today, so I better get going.