Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Feels like Spring Time...

.. well not quite! It may be cold and gloomy outside, and I have to switch the lights on by 2pm but there can always be a little bit of spring in my studio. So as I was finding it a miserable the other night I decided to get creative and create my own bit of sunshine!

So some felt, scraps of fabric, a few buttons and some beads and the sun came out! The quilting was fun, but it would have been easier if I had bought home any of my feet when I brought home my sewing machine but alas... so this was quilted with a zipper foot! Who knew that was even possible?

I am still on the hunt for a bee button to put at the top, so I will be paying Etsy a visit, but apart from that it is all done!

It has proved so popular that I will be teaching it in the shop on 21st January next year and hope it makes some other people remember those spring days that seem so far away!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Getting into the Christmas Spirit!

Well it's not long now - and we are all gearing up for the onslaught! I am feeling a little festive now that I have finished my designs for the Christmas Beaded Baubles class.

I finished the black one last night whilst listening to an internet radio station that plays Christmas songs constantly, just to get me in the mood!

If you fancy coming along, just let Bee Crafty know and I will see you there!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Clearing out and clearing up!

If you are anything like me, you probably collect scraps of fabric like it is going out of fashion! Rather than throwing them out, I have started collecting them in boxes - all colour coordinated and organised. So now I have them, and the collection is growing, the next question is what do I do with them?

Well, the answer came to me last weekend - and here it is. A bed coverlet using scraps as small as 2.5 inches and I am thrilled. The ladies in the shop liked it so much that I will be teaching it next year as a 'stash-tastic' quilt.

I like it so much because when I look at it, I can see bits of every quilt and gift I have made over the last two years, as there is a part of all of them somewhere. It shows my own quilting history.

I hope everyone has as much fun making it as I did!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Busy Busy Busy!

Well I have been busy with work and life, but I have finally got around to making some bits and pieces. But before I share, here is a quick picture of myself, Julie & the fabulous Jennie Rayment who joined us in the shop on Friday.

She was brilliant! She said some lovely things about our little shop and enjoyed herself so much she is going to come back 3 times next year to teach some more yumminess! I really do have the best job in the world!

Well on my last post I teased you with a picture of a few bits of twisted bargello, but now we have some (almost) finished ones (just borders to go)! It took some doing but I eventually finished the twist part. I still have to choose a border but I am getting used to it before I steam into that decision! I was a bit worried that my usually bright colour palette would be too much this time... but I love it!
This one belongs to Barbara - though she blinked as I took the picture!

And this one is Jean's
Vicki had planned to finish hers too - but baby Logan arrived 3 weeks early and put paid to that!