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
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
I have been having a lot of fun with this template and I’m really glad I bought it. It makes the most wonderful shapes so quickly and easily.
To use it cut 5 inch strips of fabric or sew two jelly roll strips together with a very small seam. Then fold the fabric in half or along the seam line.
When the fabric is folded place the template along the fold line as shown in the picture above. Cut around the shape and then open up. In the picture above a heart has been produced. In the picture below pentagons have been cut. The pentagon can be cut as a large shape or the inner pentagon can be cut out and used as a small pentagon or the large pentagon can be used with a hole in the centre. This could be most useful for picturing images!
As well as pentagons and hearts different sizes of ovals can be cut. These can be used singly or a flower could be made out of them. There are so many different uses for all these shapes.
The star is the least easy shape to use. I found that instead of using my rotary cutter I marked around the shape with chalk and then used scissors to cut it out. It made a lovely star but was not as quick as the other shapes to do. The picture below shows all the shapes that can be cut with this template.
The folder that the template comes in gives full instructions for use as well as lots of ideas for usage! With Christmas now in view I think these shapes will be most useful for table mats and runners. The heart is my favourite shape and I shall try cutting it out in glittery fabrics to add to stockings and even to sew two together to hang on the tree. With beads sewn to the edges it would make a most eye catching tree decoration!
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
Isn’t it wonderful to have such a lovely hot and sunny July. The weather has been remarkable and now it is so hot! This is the time to turn one’s thoughts to Christmas! To frosty patterns on the windows, ice encrusted puddles, snow on the trees and crisp frosty air. Doesn’t that make you feel cooler! Here at the Sewing Studio we have some lovely Christmas fabrics which have just come in. Some lovely designs to get you inspired for making goodies for Christmas present giving and for general use at Christmas. Now is the time to start, to make sure that everything you want to make is finished in time. Make one item a week and you will soon have a sack full of goodies ranging from Christmas stockings and tree decorations to Christmas table runners and table mats. Scroll down to see some of the delicious fabrics in store.
These fabrics will mix and match beautifully while some of the more ornate patterns will make fabulous quilted stockings and table mats.
This is a gorgeous fabric as it is covered with glitter and really sparkles. The pictures don’t do it justice! I feel cool just looking at it! 🙂
This panel caught my eye immediately. I love height charts and have recently made one for a new addition to our family. I wish this had been available then as I love owls. If my daughter in law ever presents us with a grandchild then this will be the one I’ll choose for her as she loves owls!
Written by Val