When I was asked by Sylvia to write about Bluebells, I was intrigued and so set about finding as much information as I could. As most people in the UK who are Gardeners will tell you – the UK has been inundated with…
Wow your piece is really interesting and now I know why I am puzzled by some blue bells looking different! Thank you Sue. The piece is really lovely. Hope you are well and safe over in sunny Spain.
Thank you Ruth, I learned new things about them too, and I enjoyed making the wall hanging. Was going to give it away – but somehow it has found its way on to my workshop wall….. xx
Last time I told you about my visit to the Art Couture exhibition.
Of course a Textile artist needs some new fabrics!
I love to participate in the Cherrywood Challenge. In 2018 in the Prince…
The new Library of Birmingham replaced the Central Library and was opened in September 2013. Situated on the west side of the city centre at Centenary Square, beside the Birmingham Rep and Baskerville House.
The building is fascinating. We hated it when it appeared with its ‘old bicycle wheels’ struck on the outside but when it is lit up in the evenings it is stunning. The inside, and the roof terraces, are clean and inviting with lots of comfy seating places to read your books or just contemplate the world or view the exhibitions. Rumour had it that they had run out of money to stock new books so it isn’t rammed to the rooftops – but technology plays a part in that, this is a fab design and looks lovely in the picture frame Sue. The frame reinforces the clean lines seen on this modern building. Well done – it is a lovely representation! .
What lovely quilting! It certainly complements your accurate design. Angles and curves all in one place. I really enjoyed reading this blog. It brought back many memories, as I used both the lovely old Reference Library ( when I was a student) and the Central Library. This was new then (when taking my Finals in 1974). I was rather shocked that it was being replaced after only 40 years and very amused to see that the upside-down ziggurat has been replaced by a another, right-side-up ziggurat!
Twelve Days of Christmas [and yes we know its Christmas Eve, but we like to get things off to a fun start.
Merry Christmas all our members .. from now until 6th January we are running the Twelve Days of Christmas…
1969 was ‘My’ year.
‘Lay Lady Lay’ was written by Bob Dylan and recorded on Valentines Day, 14th February 1969. It hit the Charts in the July and reached No 5 in the UK. In the September I was 21 and a couple…
Brilliant, what a great idea. You’ve set the bar high. Well done. Look forward to the rest .
Great song and lovely quilt.
You haven’t half made me laugh Sue! Not sure Bob Dylon in his wildest dreams could every have predicted this . Wonderful!
Excellent play on words!!!! Glad I’ve submitted mine already or I’d have real angst.
i like your use of intense. i have the pencils and aloe gel, I need to be brave an go for it. very cute take on the song!
The title is quite intriguing. I didn’t quite know what to expect.
I am somebody who is inspired by fabrics, so I would love to know what this book is about
When I received this lovely book for review, the f…
I have been fascinated by the story of the American Underground Railway since reading Colson Whitehead’s book ‘The Underground Railway’, in which he tells of a young slave, Cora, and her treacherous journey North…
This is really interesting. I had seen the contrasting versions so it is really great to be able to read someone’s in-depth research. Thank you Sue!
Thank you Maggie – glad you liked the piece. I have more to go with the future blocks, so please do read on….
Comment received via PM to me regarding this piece…….That is really interesting I am taken in with it, well done Sue. Really thinking about getting the books, and will do your first block. I love reading about anything like this, very impressed.xx
Fascinating – love the history.
Thank you Carol Lightburn. It is nice to know that people are interested
Thursday November 8th was the first day of Houston Quilt Festival. I started out of my hotel early to pick up my official show guide and pin. I saw the large queues outside the Hall entrances and decided to wait a…
PART TWO – ASSEMBLY…..
SEWING CAN BEGIN….
The lid brim is covered on the outside with the 28inch x 2inch strip set aside earlier. Fold in half inch turnings on one long side and press with an iron. Once ironed…
Expanding Sewing Workbox (Etui)
This is the second Workbox I have made and, boy, do I wish I had taken photos and made a record of what did last time!
The Workbox will take you several hours to make, cutting…
A technique I like to use is Crazy Quilting. I made several jackets in this technique. First I sort my scraps in the desired colours, see an earlier post in these series.
Start on a base of fusible interfacing…
Fascinating and it makes a lot of things very clear. One question. Why wash before finishing? Thank you
When you wash the separate pieces they might shrink a bit.
You will have to cut off fraying edges, you might have to repair a hole here and there by just sewing a patch or a piece of lace etc. over it or adding more stitching.
Then you pin your paper pattern pieces on and cut with the desired seam.
You can add lining fabric now and stitch the sandwich together. Just to secure , about 2 inch apart, follow lines you already stitched. Zig-zag all edges or use an overlocker. Assemble the jacket.
Or you can assemble the jacket , assemble the lining jacket and put together. ( for advanced sewers).
Next time : Finishing of sleeve and seam edges.
Brilliant thank you. So clear.
I have made several Thread Catchers over the past years and non of them have been that successful.
When I saw this idea on the main Facebook page, I just had to make one….. it is really cheap, and easy to make and…
Not idea as I said but it is clever…
That would be great to hang over the arm of the chair in the evenings, hopefully I’ll then walk around with less thread hanging from my clothes and most of it on one of these. Also to keep one in my bag for back and forth to groups. The smallest of things………………………………………Thanks Sue.
Great idea. What size is it, please?
What eversize you like really, My fabric was A4 size and I folded it over the sides and ends by about 1.5inches each…..to encose the wadding….say 8 x 5 finished. Hope this helps….
What a simple-genius-idea! I keep a thread jar (I also embroider) but the pesky things want to go anywhere but in: and it is always on the wring side because I need my pincushion, my scissors etc. I shall be doing this NOW!
Whilst making the circles for my Sample Block Quilt – I was having trouble needle turning the edge of my central circles.
I was trawling through the ‘net’ and came across this suggestion. I thought it was clever…
I think that is an excellent idea! No need to burn fingertips, mess with glue or thread a needle -all of which leave to chaos for the butterfingers amongst us.
Thank you Maggie. I thought it was a good idea too! x
Definitely going to try this Sue. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Carol – that is kind of you to comment x
As some of you may already know – I live in Granada Province, Andalucia, in Spain. Our village here is very small with just over 1000 inhabitants, both Spanish and incomers from other parts of the world.
Due to l…
This is a brilliant idea Sue! I’ll definitely be making some for our Linus fundraising sale table xx
Thanks Gini. They are really simple to do (as you can see) and look good. 🙂
Excellent cause Sue and what a great idea. Will make some of these for our group exhibition next year. A good way to use up some old CDs but will have to find a vegan alternative to the tuna tin 🙂
Thanks Ruth – gosh never thought of the tin!!!! What on earth can you get that is Vegan and the same size as a Universal Tuna tin? 🙂
Maybe a little tin of vegan spread from the Health food store – will check it out and let you know Sue. 🙂
Might be a bit too tall. Will go searching in a health food store and see what I come up with. Thanks Heather. 🙂
These are so cute! And for such a great cause!
Thank you Melissa. They are so easy to make, and so effective.x
Upcycling at its best. I would never think of using a scoured! Lovely -and so well explained.
Thank you Maggie.
This may just encourage me to clear out some CD’s, your explanation is really clear. So good to hear that you are part of that little village and helping to keep it vibrant, Andalusians are such lovely people in my experience.
What a brilliant idea, thanks for sharing
That’s so lovely Sue. I’m adding it to my extremely long to-do list 🙂
Thank you Alison. That is very kind of you.
My coat There are snakes lurking in the grass won 1st place Wearable Art at Sandown 2018.
“Things are not always what they appear to be. A lovely path through the shrubs can be deceiving.”
I made this coa…
Congratulations!! What a stunning piece of art. Will it also be at FOQ? and do you get to wear your creations?
I intend to send this to FOQ.
I wear easier to wash pieces. These are still for exhibition.
Excellent,I’ll keep an eye to for it! Very sensible to only wear he washables 🙂
Unfortunately something went wrong with my FOQ entry. Hopefully you can see it or another one in the future.
Congratulations!! What a gorgeous coat and I love the detail on the collar.
A great way of using all those narrow pieces of wadding that you have left over when you are sandwiching a quilt.
My Bowl has a circular base with a diameter of 7inches. But you can make it smaller…
Have you ever started sewing together your quilt only to get cracking and then run out of thread on the bobbin? Then you have to unthread the machine to load another bobbin, rethread the machine and off you g…
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