Monday, 24 April 2017

I'm back at last.

It has been a long time since I worked on this 
blog, I've almost forgotten how. I had a big birthday
at the beginning of the year and haven't been well 
since. The dreaded lurgy took over my whole system
and continued until this week. I'm back to my sewing
and still trying to finish projects, far too many for
comfort. We visited Uttoxeter show in April, not
 the roaring success it should have been maybe
because of the weather or the timing. Needless to 
say money was spent and new projects started
resulting in another pile of ufo's.

These are the beginnings of a wall hanging
by arty Beryl, stitched onto velvet samples.
Using many techniques as per usual for Beryl.

As these pics have been taken over quite a period
this cushion could well be finished by now.
Margaret has been working on this, a prototype
cushion from a previous flag quilt made by Annie pie.

Joey has just started to quilt with us, this is a cushion for
one of her grand children.

The ladies have been knitting Innocence hats, till last week they
had made 200. Also 200 at Christmas. each one gets 25p
for the charity.

This vintage twin pram has been renovated by Marion,
her great grand daughter was so proud to show us all,
especially as she had arrived in grannies special car.
Marion rides a bike so the car has a hoist in the back.
This day it contained a special pram, the quilts below were
in the pram also.

This doll will possibly be finished by now, another gift
for a little girl in the far east. Chris was on a mission
to complete before her next visit some time now.

Paper pieced ie:-stitch and flip onto a4 portrait way. Cut in 2
length ways and the plain colour stitched to form a tube.
Then cut into triangles. Magic.

Uttoxeter charm purchase  Kaffe Fasset, this will
be a charity quilt.

and again this time a Robert Kaufman set, really

This was a small plastic bag of scraps from Linus stand.
The cost £3-00. As you must know by now, some one
elses scraps are always desirable( as if we haven't
enough of our own)

A variation from a recent quilt book, using all scraps.
I empted a draw to make this. Mostly the fabrics left
from previous quilts.

Another lap quilt made from scraps from other quilts, almost
finished just the hand sewing to do. That means the last
6 quilts are all mine to finish.(besides all the others that are
hanging on the bedroom door.)

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Charity projects are up and running.

As a group, we ladies at the hall love a 
challenge. Mine for this year (and should be 
fore ever) to use up scraps. This doesn't
always work well for me. I start with a 
bag of scraps, cut up and use some, then
 there seems to be a bigger pile. Some of 
the ladies are knitting hats, for the smoothies.
Others are playing with the Accuquilt we 
have bought. Lovely flying geese and hearts
dies.  Charity play mats  and quilts being made
and any left overs we donate to a recycling
group in  Fenton. The days start with lots 
of chatter and new ideas, then we start to
play. Such a privilege to sew with friends.

Jenny has made this play mat for charity.
The fabric is so colourful any kiddie
will love it.

This is one of 2 quilts made by Annette.
They are to be sent to USA for a niece.
They have been quilted at the
Trading post at Woore, So beautiful
and reasonably priced for a special

Another of Annette's quilts, so cute with
 the dollies and  cakes, typical 50's prints.
I remember having a doll like these,
 I think they were called Cupie dolls.

With another visit to the far east due Chris
 is busy sewing a size chart for Baby Thea.
She quickly pinned and bagged it. Then
started to quilt it. a very "in" print with
the lovely Foxes and Owls.

Irene has made this raw edge quilt. It was
 cut on her new Accuquilt machine. All the
edges are about a 1/4 in tiny cuts, when
washed they will become Chenille type fabric.

More of the hats, Beryl and Marissabel were
 making these, Then Marissabel continued to
quilt her lovely fishy quilt. Sorry I didn't get
a pic , I will this week.

This is one of Beryls journals, the
reason she does these "just because"
These contain so much technical
art work. Also they reflect how you
cope with everyday and get things
into respective. The cover is layered
fabrics and threads, over stitched and
secured with voiles. The paintings
are multi media too.

Iv'e read that many celebrities hang
upside down to relieve stress, not one I
will attempt .

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Spring is here!

Hopefully the bad weather has ended , now we are 
seeing the beautiful Daffs in the gardens. We are
doing well at the hall, the ladies are making all sorts
of beautiful things,knitting,  crochet, bag making ,
we now have an Accuquilt to play with, we are looking 

forward to lots of hearts and flying geese projects.

Jenny's cat quilt now completed, a very good design for
 a guy.  

Another of Beryl's arty bits, everyone's selvages , collected
over months, these will be 2 cushions.

Foxy,s variation on the Chequered Dresden, these have
proved very popular since Xmas.

Maggie was making a costume for the book day
at her granddaughters school.

2 orphan blocks found by Irene, these will be made
into Zimmer frame bag for a frame, beautiful fabrics.

Cathy has been making smoothie hats, along with the other ladies
The last count was about 200 by Beryl and Kate. These are
 towards the next donation. The ladies are also having fun
making the tiny bobbles, using a plastic fork!

This pretty bag has been made by Marrilla, a gift for

Chris, back from her far eastern travels has made this
lovely bunting. A kit from the show at Uttoxeter last
year. a lovely and different type of bunting.

Another bag by Val, this was a variation on the carryall
bag made a few weeks ago. This one has extra pockets
and is  a bit larger.

An other beautiful designer shop sample bag made
by Kate, really heavy chenille in this plum
colour. Unique is becoming the byword for
the work being done in the hall.

Lynda has been sewing these lovely prints with
a beautiful batik fabric from Angies shop, it
just shows how a backing fabric can enhance
a motif , making a stunning quilt.

Do you remember Buzby? We all did, I just thought
that the design would make a great quilt. Marisabell
thinks that it is 30  years old, from when she lived
in London.

At last, my Hunters star completed. I,m really pleased,
Its taken longer than normal for me but I have been offside
for 5 weeks. Now to finish something else thats waiting.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017


This beautiful quilt by Marissabell is now finished,
the ducklings are so cute, notice the little odd one?

he is the ugly duckling. ahh!

Last week in February.

Well, this is the last week in February and as you may
well have notice not a great deal of input from me.
On the last day of January I had a big!!!!!! birthday,
since then I haven't been well. We all joke about 
7 year itch. Well I've had  70 th year cough. I've
 never had a cough like this ever. I'm in the 4th week
and it now seems to be going.
Irene has invested in a new die cutting machine,
 this quilt is her first of many using a chenille
We at the class have bought her earlier model.
It cuts multiples of 2 1/2 in strips . so quick
and easy, also flying geese.

Foxy has been making table toppers, this will be a
chequered Dresden.

This is my charity quilt from scraps again, so quick
and simple, all I could manage at the moment.

This is another luxury shopper from Kate.
The fabric is from the designer shop freebies
again.One day we may use the stash .....
we hope.

Saturday, 11 February 2017


The past 2 weeks have been so hectic in the hall,
new projects, new ideas, some of us (me)
promising to finish what I've started. Gifts for
new babies and charity work all taking off. 

This is another of Marions gifting quilts.
it will be raffled by her sister for charity.

This is the front. a lovely 50's type print like
 Mabel Lucy Attwell.(for those of a certain age)

Kate's butterfly quilt made with a charm pack
and quilted beautifully merrygo round style.

A group of the ladies have been making beenie
hats for the Innocence fruit drinks. The tables were
 loaded with wools of all colours, and sharing began.
also the Twiddle muffs are being made with all sorts
of additions. This week Beryl demonstrated
her new method of making multiple bobbles at
once. So very quick and cleaver.

Val brought her bag to complete it was to be gifted
but may now be kept for herself. Val made a quilty thing
( her sons description) completed and dispatched
along with pillow shams. I did take pics but some how
they must be floating in the ether some where.
When they land on earth I will retrieve them!

My promise to try to complete thing took a turn for
 the better my Hunters star no 2 almost completed.
t the last border and then the binding. Hip Hooray.