Tuesday, 29 December 2015
Thursday, 15 May 2014
|Windmills by Martin|
What I'm really looking forward to this summer are family days out and about in this wonderful God's Own County and just relaxing at home - whatever the weather.
Monday, 14 April 2014
Recently I've managed to catch up on some UFOs including the cushion above which has been sitting in a cupboard since who knows when! I had cut the feather shapes on my Go cutter, fused them in place and machine blanket stitched then obviously put it to one side. When I found it again I just had to quilt it and make up the cushion. I used it as FMQ practice and it was fun to complete. I felt very
satisfied to get it finished and very pleased with the result. I think I should make more using this
Later this week I'm teaching a workshop based on Ricky Tims technique in his the Convergence
Quilts book. I made two miniature samples when I did City and Guilds - here's one of them.
Monday, 3 March 2014
Last week I hardly had chance to draw breath but it was full of fun and very satisfying. It was the beginning of a new session of classes and this term students are working on a choice of projects. Some are finishing quilts started last half term like Chris's Storm at Sea above. She pieced all the 169 blocks with foundation piecing on Freezer Paper! She'll be adding borders before it's quilted and bound.
Some students are making cushions in raw edge appliqué or pieced like the ones below:
|My sample bunting cushion|
|Quick charm square cushion|
|Linda S make this lovely cushion with ribbon and fabric scraps|
Some classes were a little quieter than usual because several people are on holiday but as usual the atmosphere was fun and friendly. It doesn't feel like work for me!
During the week I was also getting ready for my Pop-Up Shop day on Saturday - cutting fabrics, sorting and labelling notions and packing up all the fabric bolts ready to transport to the community centre. Luckily Saturday dawned sunny and turned into a beautiful Spring day and we had our most successful event so far! I managed to take a few photos of the fabrics before we opened the doors:
We had a steady stream of visitors keeping me and the helpers busy nearly all day. In the room next door the local quilt group served refreshments with home baked cakes and quiches and did a roaring trade too.
Thank you to everyone who came to shop and a special thanks to all my helpers, especially the cutting ladies and my other half who had to lug all the big bags of fabric bolts around, set up the shelving and serve on the till. I'm already planning for the next Pop-Up Shop day on April 26th with exciting new ranges of fabric due soon. Please follow my Facebook page 'Cotton Cocktails' for updates and photos.
There's no time to rest this week as my classes continue and I'm also visiting two quilt groups to teach workshops on Saturday and next Monday which will be great fun! I'll be back soon with more news.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
I used Riley Blake's Summer Breeze range of fabrics cut into 5" squares in a pack of 4 each of 12 different fabrics. I use the June Tailor Shape Cut Pro to make fast work of cutting the squares to make charm packs for my shop. This time I used a different wadding to my usual Hobbs Heirloom. A student asked about a white wadding so I got some Hobbs Polydown to try. It's just a bit bouncier than Heirloom and although it was fine for quilting with the walking foot I still prefer Heirloom, especially for free motion work when you really do need a flat wadding.
Next week I'll be demonstrating mock piped binding, which is stitched completely by machine, to my local quilt group:
I'm in the process of adding a new page to my website called 'Freebies!' with free downloadable patterns including the tumbling charms and I'll add the mock piped binding instruction too when I've checked them through. Keep checking back regularly for new patterns!
Monday, 20 January 2014
Hello! After a long absence I'm ready to start blogging again. I went to our Yorkshire Modern Quilters sew day on Saturday and we were discussing blogging, Facebook, Pinterest etc and it made me feel quite guilty that I'd not been keeping up with this blog. I do spend many hours each week browsing Pinterest so should be able to find time to post on here more often!
Nearly all of my sewing time now is taken up with preparing for my classes and organising the fabrics I buy for my portable shop. It's great fun and my classes are very sociable and friendly. Most of the ladies attend regularly and quite a few have been coming right from the start nearly two and a half years ago and several come to two classes each week!
The photo above is one of the latest projects which a couple of the classes are working on. It's an easy Bargello quilt made of 2 1/2 inch wide strips. The finished quilt is about 40 by 50 inches so it's a good size for trying out the strip piecing technique. It does need to be carefully stitched with a consistent quarter inch seam because there is a lot of matching of seams:
I'm really pleased with how this is going and definitely would like to make another Bargello in the future. This one is made using a new line of batik blenders from Sew Simple. I have the whole range of 112 colours for my shop and there are some stunning variegated colours as well as some almost solids in a soft and supple fabric. They are so tempting to dip into!
Friday, 2 August 2013
|Yummy King Tut Threads ready for my shop!|
Here are some of the fabrics I have in stock:
See my website for more details. It's going to be fun!