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Linda’s Shopping Bag

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Linda’s Shopping Bag

Hi everyone, I hope you are you all snuggled up by the fire on this cold, dark, rainy evening.

Here is our newest creation ready for Kirstie Allsopp’s Christmas Handmade Fair at Manchester Central this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, ‘Linda’s shopping Bag’ designed to help you avoid having to buy plastic bags. I couldn’t decide which colourway I liked the best so I’ve pictured two. Thank you Vicky Black for your suggestions for the acorns, the vibrant colours work really well. If you want to buy the pattern or kit you can by visiting my website www.quiltingantics.co.uk

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I added this pattern and kit to the website today. Which made me think about all the ones that I haven’t shared lately, we have been very busy creating new designs throughout the autumn show season and I haven’t shown off our goodies for a while so this is a purely bragging post.

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The pattern for these scrumptious pumpkins has been a free give away to people who join our mailing list or buy things from us online. (Newsletter going out any day now if you’ve been waiting for your pattern.)

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Michaela Smith came up with this brilliant design for a sewing case. I have plenty of kits available  in a variety of colours;  if you need an idea for Christmas prezzies for your sewing buddies these are brilliant

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Bunny in the Brambles was an idea born whilst my daughter and I were at Sandown quilt show. The leaves were inspired by the ones that Michaela Smith
used on her awesome Holly and the Ivy wreath and the bunny is modelled on our very own French Lop Bruce. Bunny in the Brambles arrived as a fully completed project but when I came home and described it to Sue she got to work and tweaked it into what we have today. The blackberries were made using advice from Michaela  on simple stumpwork so the whole thing is a real team collaboration. Each person who contributed has added a little bit of magic to this wall hanging including my mother in law who disposed of the tatty old sticks I left by my back door thinking they were rubbish as it meant I had to source a new stick and I love the new one I found.

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Do you remember that I shared my lovely kingfisher a while back? Well since then I’ve created the heron; they are made to go as a pair, which is your favourite?

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Last but not least here are my Doorstop Diva’s. A great bit of fun that can be jazzed up with handbag jewellery, beads and bells.

If you want to purchase any of the designs that I have bragged about tonight go to www.quiltingantics.co.uk and you will find these plus loads more other things as well.

For your info I seem to be posting much more on Facebook than here lately; so if you don’t want to miss a thing you can ‘like’ my Facebook page and you will get all the goss’. This week on Facebook I’m doing a giveaway of tickets to Kirstie Allsopps Christmas Handmade Fair so don’t miss out.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, thank you for indulging me 🙂

Door stop pattern giveaway

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Door stop pattern giveaway

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As promised last week, here is a free pattern giveaway; its a simple one to get us started but a good one.

You will need

  • A piece of fabric (mine was narrow so I’ve used a long length) 60″ x 8.5″ (1.5m x 22cm.)
  • An A4 sheet of paper.
  • An ugly fat quarter.
  • Cat litter, bird seed or rice.
  • Toy stuffing or the inside of an old pillow.
  • Scraps of brown and green fabric, tweed or felt for leaves and stem.

On an A4 sheet of paper draw a pear shape. I’ve tried to attach one here but if you can’t get the image it’s easy enough to draw yourself by drawing the pear as big as you can on the paper, fold the paper in half and cut out, doing it this way, your pear will be the same on both sides. Cut out 4 pear shapes in fabric. Insert a pin to mark the top and bottom middles.

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Sew  two pear shapes together from the pin at the top middle almost down to the bottom middle. Repeat for the other pair of pears. (Couldn’t resist saying that.) Because wool is a looser weave than cotton I sewed my seams twice to reinforce them by pivoting with the needle down at the end and sewing back to the start point, I did a few reverse stitches too.

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Sew the two halves together, from top middle almost to the bottom on each side, you will now have a saggy looking old pear

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Using some scrap fabric, or that ugly fat quarter you bought and now wonder what on earth possessed you. Cut two rough circles, mine were a bit small with an 8″ diameter so make yours a bit bigger. Sew almost all the way round, leave a gap to fill.

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I used cat litter to weight one pear down and bird seed in the other. Fill the cushion with the heavy stuff and then sew the hole closed. Stuff the top half of your pear with toy stuffing or the inside of an old pillow and then feed the heavy stuff in last. It will be difficult to sew the hole closed in the bottom of the pear, so with the last piece of your fabric cut a circle to cover the hole, turn under the edge and slip stitch in place.


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We used tweed for the leaves and stem but you can use whatever you have to hand at the time. Cut a 1.5″ strip  of brown fabric and roll it up to form the stem. Slip stitch the loose end in place and then stitching through all layers of the stem and top of the pear, attach it to the top of the pear. Put two layers of green fabric wrong sides together and sew two leaf shapes on the fabric (no need to free machine) if you begin at the point that will be stitched onto the pear once you get back to the start you can then sew some veins on with a continuous row of stitching. Cut around the outside edge of the stitching to free the leaf from the scrap. Stitch the leaves in place on the pear. Next find a door to prop open and show off your posh new doorstop.
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