Looking at all the lovely new fabrics from Moda in the shop I thought this Regent Street Lawn would make up into quilts very similar to the one I made below. This one was based on the Drunkard’d Path block and was very easy to do. I used hand-dyed fabrics in plain and multi colours with featured Liberty Lawn fabric but the lovely Regent Street lawns, which one could be forgiven for thinking are Liberty Lawns,would be ideal for something along the same lines!
The Drunkard’s Path block isn’t difficult and by altering the size of the patches one can have fun creating a stunning quilt which has an updated modern look about it!
Using an attractive print like this gives the viewer the idea that the circle is complete with no joins but in actuality it is in four quarters thought the seams don’t stand out!
By varying the size of the blocks and using plain squares between them helps the pattern of the quilt to stand out and stipple quilting on the plain squares makes a strong statement. The circle idea has been continued on the drunkard’s path blocks with quilted petals in each patch.
Using the Regent Street lawns and toning plains and batiks one could make a stunning quilt with lots of character. A new project for 2015 perhaps?
Written by Val
This booklet from Traplet publications is full of good ideas for making patchwork projects for Christmas.
There are twenty five projects which will provide something for all abilities. In fact they are so good that you will want to make them all. My favourites are in order; the Christmas cards, the Christmas Bunting, the Snow Angel and the Christmas Stars throw. And with all the lovely Christmas fabric it will be hard to know which one to make first and what fabric to use. I love the glitter fabrics as they make any project look good and used in conjunction with Christmas prints they are a sure winner.
These fabrics will make your mouths water!
Have fun mixing and matching whether you are making Christmas sacks or stockings, table runners, card holders or tree skirts. And don’t forget all the trimmings that one can add such as beads, lace and ric rac! There is still plenty of time to get them finished. Have fun!
Written by Val
This is proving to be a wonderful Autumn with lots of sun and thoughts of Christmas seem far off. However time is rushing by and now is the time to think of Christmas sewing and gift making.
At the Sewing Studio we have a new table of Christmas goodies. They are so lovely that they make one’s mouth water and how to choose one over another is very difficult.
There are bundles of hession and linen fat quarters for £12 which would make lovely bags for giving presents in or table mats or runners. With four lovely designs to choose from the options are legion!
Lots of bundles of stiffened ribbon. The colours are just right for Christmas but could also be used for immediate projects and being on the tough side would make wonderful bag handles or hanging cords for wall hangings and pictures.
This stiffened cotton lace is 6 inches wide and there are 1.8 metres on a roll. It costs just £6.95. A bargain! I can imagine this lace made into napkin holders or flower pot coverings for the flower arrangement on the Christmas dinner table!
These fancy laces are so lovely. The stars are just gorgeous and the snowflakes could even be draped over the Christmas tree. And I love the old fashioned wooden reels that they come on! I would buy them just for the reels!
And if you are short of gift tags these innovative tags will be just the job! Lots of designs to choose from and not expensive at 85p each. They look like wooden tags with a hession tie and have button decorations. I love them!
Lots of Christmas ribbons in various sizes and designs. Lovely for using as braid. Why not sew some on the top of Christmas stockings or around a tree skirt!
And why not add some Christms shapes to the stockings or tree skirt or make a Christmas picture to hang on the wall. Choice of reindeers or snowman with robins. The hard work has been done for you. Just pull off the backing paper and iron onto your chosen fabric. Such fun!
And don’t forget the Christmas felt. Extra thick and some with stars. So useful!
And if you are like me you will be starting to think of gift ideas. These work boxes make ideal gifts and not just at Christmas. Why not put some essential sewing equpment in one and give it to a child to start them on their sewing adventure! There are so many to choose from that there is sure to be a design for everyone!
Or even a work box stool to keep you company while you watch television!
Visit the Sewing Studio to see all these wonderful things and start on your Christmas sewing early!
Written by Val
As I wrote in my last post there are some lovely new fabrics at the Sewing Studio including the Moda range called Avant Garden which I gave you a sneak peak of last week. This is a lovely range with a wide selection of patterns and colours.
As well as buying the fabric by the metre it is also available in jelly rolls, layer cakes and charm packs which makes it very desirable for patchwork projects.
The range includes abstracts and flowery and fruity patterns as well as large all over patterns of landscape vistas! The larger florals as shown in the first picture would cut out to be appliqued onto fabric to create fabric pictures or cards. In fact this selection of fabrics from Moda lends itself to avant garde designing and will turn every patchworker into an artist!
The other new range of fabric which I have found to be very exciting is the range of cotton flannels. These are small geometric patterns and also flowery patterns to mix and match. Lovely autumn colours mixed with sugary brights!
These cotton flannels would make delightful dresses for little girls or warm winter shirts and blouses for bigger girls as well as being ideal for cosy and warm lap quilts and throws. Especially quilts made with the raw edges on the outside which are frayed to give a soft feel to the quilt. The above photos are only a small selection of the flannels available. Go and have a look and be as inspired as I was! With winter coming soft cotton flannels are just the thing!
Written by Val
The summer is nearly over and the kids are back at school. Now is the time to think of doing a class or two. The Sewing Studio offers a variety of classes to suit all. With Christmas on the horizon why not sign up for a workshop making Christmas items.
Mary Bradley is offering a workshop on a Christmas wall hanging or a Celtic cushion. This is on the 2nd October from 10 – 1 and is £11 per person. It will be great fun and focuses on a stained glass effect using narrow bias binding. The finished results are amazing!
Or there is a Christmas Workshop on the 4th October from 10-4 costing £15 per person. In this workshop you can make an Advent Calendar or a Christmas Stocking. Or perhaps a table runner with matching table mats, napkins and napkin rings. There will be Christmas fabrics available in the shop including Christmas panels. There are samples to view in the shop!
And here is a sneak preview of some fabric just in from Moda called Avant Garden. It isn’t on the website yet but it will be soon. I thought it was quite delicious and this piece especially was reminiscent of the work of Clarice Cliffe.
This link will take you to the Moda Bakeshop where you can see a finished quilt using the Avant Garden fabrics complete with quilt pattern,
Have fun and enjoy!
Written by Val
There are so many lovely new fabrics in the Sewing Studio that I am awash with ideas as to how to use them. And what to do first? The pictures below don’t do these lovely fabrics justice. They are so soft and flowery and just look so right for a light and airy quilt to finish off the summer.
And then with thoughts of Autumn in the air these fabrics also are inspiring me to do something autumnal. The thing is what?
Such lovely autumn leaf colours. And the range will mix and match so well.
And as if the fabrics weren’t making my mouth water I thought this dear little bunny would make a delightful present for a child or even a new baby!
Isn’t she cute! A small girl would really love her!
And more delicious Christmas fabrics. I’ve already started on making Christmas things and these lovely leafy prints will be a good addition to my stash. The pre-cuts are so useful and come in handy when one wants just a few fabric prints at a time!
I then treated myself to the template below. This template is used specifically with jelly rolls or strips of fabric. It makes the most delightful cut out shapes and I can’t wait to use it. However I will have to wait as we are off to Harrogate tomorrow for the Northern Quilt Show where we are exhibiting. However when we come back I shall play and I will put up pictures of the things that one can do with this template. So watch this space! There is no shortage of jelly rolls at the Sewing Studio so it will just be a matter of making a choice. Now what could be easier! 🙂
And last but not least can I tell you about Falmouth Progressive Quilters first exhibition. This will be held on Friday 5th September and Saturday 6th September at the Bosvale Community Centre off Hillside Road which is off Boslowick Road, Falmouth. There will be lots to see and tea and buns! Do come!
Written by Val
Pre-cut fabrics are a boon for busy quilters as they save so much time and are also very economical as there is no wastage. The quilt in the picture above is made from a Moda batik layer cake. A Layer Cake consists of 42 ten inch squares which make up into a useful sized quilt. Enough for a single bed quilt or a throw.
Most of the Moda ranges of fabric come in layer cake selections as well as charm packs (5 inch squares) and jelly rolls (2.5 inch strips) and are so useful for traditional quilts as well as strip quilts and more intricate pieces of work.
Why not try a Layer Cake if you haven’t used one before. You’ll be surprised at how versatile they are!
Written by Val
We have some lovely new fabrics at the Sewing Studio. Among them are these lovely Moda Marbles. Plain fabrics with an interesting textured look. They will be absolutely ideal for mixing with other patterned fabrics from Moda and the colour range is amazing. There are literally hundreds of colours so you will be spoilt for choice!
This is a close up of one of the blues. A really useful blue which could be used for skies or sea scenes.
Here is a close up of the turquoise which is just as lovely!
Just the right colours for summer quilts! And they handle beautifully and will sew well both by hand and by machine. As well as the blues here is a close up of a gorgeous rust colour!
You can find these Moda Marbles at the back on the first floor where all the fabric is. And as well as these beauties there are lots more new fabrics to be prerused! One can never have too much fabric!
Written by Val