Thursday, 21 August 2014

A move!

If you read my blog regularly you may remember I turned one of my smaller bedrooms into my sewing room. Well! A few Sundays ago I decided to move from the smaller room to the second double room at the front of the house.

I didn't move in here in the first place as the light isn't so good but as half my stuff was in here anyway it finally made sense. I'd decorated it at the same time as my other sewing room as it had been DD & Gromit's room.

I've bought a rug so little Gromit can play on the floor whilst I putter in here.

You can see how much stuff I've got. It isn't all quilting materials as I also make cards, scrapbook, knit, cross stitch and anything else takes my fancy.

I am having difficulties with the light and the way it hits my sewing machines' needle plate that I haven't fully overcome but the space is great!

Little Gromit, enjoying his rug!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

My offering from the Festival of Quilts part 2

Looking at my photos I can see I tend to go for the more traditional quilt and scrappy too!

These 2 were young quilters quilts and I thought they were a lot of fun!

Miniature quilts with a seaside theme, again I am drawn to this type of quilt 

Monday, 18 August 2014

My offering from the Festival of Quilts Part 1

These photos show the quilts I was taken with.

See part 2 tomorrow!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

How I ....... making Advent calender bunting!

At the Festival of Quilts I bought a 2014 Makower advent calendar bunting panel. A lady on Facebooks' Sewing UK had also bought it and was asking for tips on how to put the little stockings together. I said I would show how I was doing mine (although I haven't been able to download the photos to FB as it seems to be playing silly beggers this afternoon)

I roughly cut each stocking out along with the backing fabric (you need 3/4 meter of backing fabric). I turned and pressed in a 1/4 inch seam.

I then positioned 3 inches of very narrow ribbon in a loop in the corner of the stocking-up against the stitching line. 

I pinned the ribbon in place and then stitched it down as I topped stitched both the stocking and its' backing fabric

I then stitched along the stitching line.

The stocking was cut out along the cutting line and the corners & curve clipped.

The stocking was then turned through to the right side and pressed.

I am mounting these stockings on ribbon with buttons stitched 3 inches apart (I saw this idea in my LQS & thought it a good idea as it enables each stocking to be taken off to be filled and emptied).  

Friday, 15 August 2014


I hadn't decided whether I was joining in FNSI or not as I've signed up for both this and FNWF and failed miserably so I have waited until last minute.