Sunday, 23 October 2011


I know that I haven't posted in a while, but we have been so busy in the shop that there just hasn't been time to make anything, let alone blog about it. But yesterday we had Jill Adamson in the shop teaching the second part of her bargello twist quilt course and I was lucky enough to take part (while poor Julie was left to man the shop! But don't worry, the tables will soon turn....)

We had lots of fun, lots of laughs and Anita didn't let us down with her cinnamon and pecan cake (yummy!). But there was lots of concentration today, as we had to start piecing our strips together and a bargello twist is quite a challenging pattern. However, once we got started it all became clear, and, apart from the occasional 'dammit' we all ran away with it! There were 7 of us today, and here are the fabulous results....

Mine is the one with the black twist (I just HAVE to be different!) They are all brilliant and I can't wait to see what they all look like when they are finished!

I was so inspired after finally getting a chance to get sewing that I carried on once I got home! It wont be finished by next weekend... but I am determined that it wont become another UFO!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

All done

Just a quick post tonight as I am banjaxed after a long day followed by a visit to the cinema to catch the last instalment of the Harry Potter story (such beautiful and atmospheric music!).

So my Gift of Quilts is finished, and hanging up in Bee Crafty until I post it off in a couple of weeks so at least I get to enjoy it for a while. It was great fun but I am glad it is all done! I already have the next quilt making a noise in my head so will be ready to get on with that soon. I always try to finish one before I start the next one!!!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Some help and a little excitement

I have finally got the binding stitched onto the outside of my quilt for the Gift of Quilts project for the Olympics (where 500 quilts are given out to all competing countries) so I thought I would post a quick pic... but someone had other ideas!
 I had to shoo her off so I could start on the finishing touches before the quilt goes off later this month. I am quite excited as all the quilts are going to be photographed and published in a commemorative book, as well as being displayed at the Stitch & Craft Show at Olympia ll, London, 15-18 March 2012. That is definitely a trip to London book!

Another item happened today when I bought this month's addition of the Embroiderers Guild Stitch magazine - one of the ladies who will be teaching in our shop has a project published! Kathleen Laurel Sage will be showing us all how to make fabulous jewellery and it is quite exciting to have a 'published' teacher pay us a visit! It's cool having a 'stitching celebrity' pay us a visit!

If anyone is interested in joining me on her class, she is teaching Machine Embroidered Jewellery at Bee Crafty on Saturday 5th November. These are the samples she sent, and I am really excited!