Rachel started our newest sampler quilt course in January, it has definitely been bonkers! But the 11 ladies are well on their way to completing their first sampler quilts. We have had 6 sessions so far, it is a great group and we have loads of fun. Today everyone has been very challenged with Foundation piecing. Have a look at the slideshow and look at the results. Then what a treat, Sharron has already made her first 10 blocks into a quilt! I was flabbergasted when she brought it in to show us. Well done Sharron you should be very pleased with yourself.
If you are interested in joining our next beginners course or even one of our improver’s courses you can put your name down either by leaving me a message on here or by phoning the shop on 01729 824708. Our next courses start in September and run once a month, we will run both weekday and weekend courses.
Muriel, not my mother in law the other Muriel, came in the shop today. Muriel is a very good friend of the shop and has made these wonderful Christmas bits and bobs. The fabric really sets off the duck doorstep as it has a feathered effect and just look at the eyes…they are courtesy of my Grandma’s button box; I love it when Grandma’s buttons get used because it means that she is still with us. Awwwww.
And as if that isn’t enough look at the oh so cute snowmen…Merry Christmas everyone. You can send me your pics of Christmas bits and bobs if you like, so that I can show them off for you and share ideas with other people in our community.
Today Denise has done her Stack and Whack course. I wasn’t sure how the day would be as I’ve never done a stack and whack myself. Anyhow after popping into town and buying an all singing all dancing air cooling machine to try and cool us down in this scorching heat everyone got cracking. There has been lots of drinking juice, ice lollies and choc ice to try and keep cool.
I hope you enjoy the slideshow of our day, the quilts turned out beautifully and much to several people’s surprise it really was a quilt in a day. I love how the quilts have all turned out so differently because of the fabric choices, it is hard to choose a favourite.
Also today we have filled another 4 places on our beginners and improvers quilt courses which are due to start in September so if you are interested you’d best get cracking and book soon. There are weekend and weekday classes available.
Oh my goodness we have had a brilliant day today making Twidley tracy’s Windy day quilt. All the girls had different fabrics and once they had got their templates traced were off…! They have free machined their little hearts out. We welcomed Cathy who is new to us and to Yorkshire as she has just emigrated from Ipswich and we also welcomed Lizzy, welcome and I hope that you had a good day as it was lovely to have you with us.
I hope that you enjoy the slideshow even if some of our students did manage to sneek away without their final pieces being photographed…you know who you are, I will get you next time lol!
Another very productive class today, Michaela Smith from One Ginger Tom was with us teaching the principles of bag making. It was a brilliant class where every student was empowered to design and make their own basic bag. The ladies were shown how to make their bags bigger, smaller, fatter or thinner; armed with these tools they then designed, fiddled and diddled a range of stunning bags of all shapes and sizes. I managed to snap 2 pics of nearly finished bags and I hope more completed ones will find their way into my shop soon to be photographed. See how different they look even though they are the same basic pattern.
Is there a Humphrey about?
Don’t be shy Liz
Liz was also on our Convergence class a couple of weeks ago and brought in her finished wall hanging. She has really gone to town decorating it with Shishi mirrors and beads, it looks amazing and really twinkles in the light.
Liz’s Convergence Quilt
Last but not least a wonderful surprise, Lynne has been collecting hungry caterpillar bits and bobs for a while now and look what she has designed and made herself…
I’m so sorry Susanne, I should have posted a picture of your beautiful quilt following the last class but you know what it’s like when your busy, you blink three times and you’ve forgotten your own name anyhow I think it looks fantastic I really love how the pink pops out giving gorgeous highlights. I can’t wait to see what you will produce next as you have a great creative eye.
This class was taught by Denise Maguire who has started her own blog off today, it is called Quilting All Over The World, Denise takes on commissions and I am really looking forward to seeing her work appear over the coming weeks and months (no pressure Denise) if you would like to follow Denise’s blog click on the link
Anyhow, its off to bed for me just now as I’m off on tour ‘down south’ to Sandown racecourse tomorrow. Na night x
A couple of weeks ago we had the last session of Michaela’s Beginners Sampler Quilt class until we start again in September. In order to show the students many different ways to quilt your quilt, the girls each made a wall hanging where much of the design is created by different methods of quilt stitching, such as free machining, hand quilting, stitch in the ditch. Liz has finished hers and brought it in to the shop for us to have a look at, we were all very impressed. Elaine also called in with hers but I let the little tinker get away without photographing it…I’ll nobble her another time!
We have run a workshop on convergence quilts today, we had a few last minute cancellations which meant that this was a really lovely small class. My daughter Gemma came along and made her first ever quilt which turned out brilliantly; this was especially poignant because my younger daughter Natalie made her first ever quilt last November in another Convergence class that we ran with the exact same teacher Denise.
Even I had a bash, although the fabrics I chose were too busy and don’t really work that well. Hey ho, I hope you see in the slideshow how Gemma, Liz and Yvettes quilt tops progressed. Well done to all of you.
Look what Carol Helm has done, well done! Carol bought the plain fabric from me a mere 2 weeks ago and as you can see she hasn’t hung around. I was so impressed I think that I will buy the book and make some for myself. The book is called, Mariner’s Compass Quilts: Setting a New Course – New Process, New Patterns, New Projects by Judy Mathieson. If in 12 months time I haven’t produced anything please don’t say I told you so.
We have had a cancellation for tomorrows box making class which means that if you want to learn how to make fancy boxes there is room for one person to come along at the last minute. If you want to be that person message me on here and I will confirm that it is you.