Thursday, 17 October 2019

Mammoth Kit Production and a Handmade Christmas

This week I have been buried in cutting, folding and packing fabric into kits for upcoming shows. It seems since moving into my new unit, I just haven't stopped, not that I'm complaining of course, it's all great, but rather stressful!



My next show is next week's Autumn Quilt Festival in Duxford, one of the more interesting venues of the year as it's held in one of the hangars at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford Airfield. So once visitors have had their fix of fabric retail therapy and inspiring quilts, they can have a wander around the huge aircraft on show, read about aviation history and may even see a Spitfire taking off, it really is a great day out! The Duxford Quilt Show runs from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October - you can out more details here.



I have also released a new Christmas Wreath Table Mats kit, this time in Merry Christmas prints from Makower. This design features curved English paper-piecing to make up the wreath, which is then appliqu├ęd onto the background, add the borders and side panel, and then machine quilt to finish. Each kit includes fabric, pre-cut papers and full instructions to make two mats.
There is also a new Scandi version which you can see below. 



If you are making a start on your Handmade Christmas, I also have my Picture This Table Runner kits to match the mats - you can see the whole collection here.



One last word on Christmas, one of my lovely Newsletter subscribers sent me a pic of her version of my Strippy Circles Table Runner, isn't it lovely, and I'm sure will take pride of place on her festive table, thanks so much for sharing Maureen :)


Don't forget, you can receive your own free patterns every month, including this one, by subscribing to my Newsletter - click here to find out more.

Wishing you all a happy and creative week, linking up with Midweek Makers and Brag About Your Beauties

Thursday, 3 October 2019

My latest free pattern - Strippy Circles Table Runner

Well, I think we're finally settled into our new home and my new workshop. There are obviously things we'd like to do to the house, but nothing's urgent, although the boiler does make some very loud bangs now and again! We've also had fun with some very cute mice who decided to bed down in a house plant my in-laws were looking after during the move, they got the shock of their lives when they were moved into our kitchen and given a good water - the mice that is, not the in-laws... Thankfully we've moved them into the warmth and safety of the garage now.

After a mad month, I am now back on track with my free Newsletter patterns - if you are new to Sewmotion, I send out a free pattern every month to my subscribers, generally based on the use of fabric pre-cuts, but to be honest, it is anything that inspires me at the time! You can find out more and sign up here.



This month, I have returned to the jelly roll strip to make up this very easy and fast table runner project, in which I have used strips from my Royal Blue strip set, an Edyta Sitar favourite.



I have also being frantic trying to get my projects done for my next shows on Sewing Quarter, this Monday (7th Oct), which include this improv-ish Strong Ties quilt. You can catch these shows on Sewing Quarter channel in the UK on Freeview 73, Sky 687, and worldwide online and on their YouTube channel.

Wishing you all a happy and creative week, linking up with Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday

Thursday, 19 September 2019

It's been all go!!

Well, it has been a while since my last blog, but I do have a very good excuse... we have moved house!! What's more I have also moved Sewmotion into a nearby unit - though it's only 4mins walk away, so not too far :)



We have moved to the beautiful seaside town of Marske-by-the-Sea on the Northeast coast. We have lived near the sea before in nearby Redcar, but 10 years on I think we're now more likely to appreciate being so close to the beach for long evening walks and strolls to nearby Saltburn. This was the first move (and we've done a few) when we have used a removal firm, and my word, what a difference that made! 



Mind you, we still moved all my fabric and 'stuff' the week before into my new workshop - so exciting. As you can see, I've just about got all the fabric off the floor and onto shelves, I just need some more shelving for the kits and stash, hopefully a trip to Ikea this weekend should sort that out, and then I can get back to doing some sewing...



Last Sunday I was also on Sewing Quarter again - I had to be ultra organised to get these quilts prepped before moving! This was also the first time I have worked with presenter Natasha, who was very lovely indeed. In my first show I made the Stonehenge quilt using gorgeous Anna Maria Horner fabrics - this quilt was a joy to make, once you have labelled all the cut pieces, the blocks come together really quickly, and even better, there were very few seams to match up. In my second show, I demoed Lynne Goldsworthy's Patriotic Log Cabin quilt, as featured in the current issue of Today's Quilter. This was another quilt that came together really quickly thanks to good sized pieces and liberal labelling. If you missed these shows, or would like to see them again, you can catch them on Sewing Quarter's YouTube channel here - the Stonehenge quilt is in the second hour, and the log cabin in the fourth.

Right, I'm off to unpack some more boxes... wishing you all a lovely and creative week, linking up with Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday.