Friday, 13 March 2015
I went to church to find it locked, very odd, so I thought I would meander into the graveyard and sit on the bench in the sunshine.
There was a man varnishing the bench and I gave him such a fright when I shouted hello, with my monk like brown corduroy coat on with the hood up. I know why I was sent there today. He is 86 years old and lost his son of 53 last year. He started to tell me about him and sobbed. He talked for 45 mins about his sons life, I dont know this man, but I felt a sense of relief in him whilst talking to a stranger about him.
Life is so precious.
Feels contrite to write about anything else, so I wont. x
Friday, 27 February 2015
Barbara Brackman is a world renown authoress & has a superb blog, which at the moment is showcasing stars in a time warp. Ive put a button on the side bar & I really recommend a visit with a coffee as the information is very interesting no matter what your hobby is. Studying colour and pattern is always fascinating.
Reproduction star in madder-style prints by Becky Brown
Friday, 13 February 2015
I've had chance to use my new Apliquick tools and sundries.
Wash away applique sheets
Sewline glue pen
I printed designs through my normal Epsom printer onto the matt side of the wash away sheets. These are US sizes so wider and shorter than A4.
They fed through my printer extremely well. I am impressed.
I cut out each design. I chose difficult designs from my Stitching year spring design.
I used a dry iron and as the design was already reversed ironed the glue side of the wash away sheet onto the reverse of the freshly pressed fabric.
Using very sharp scissors I cut around the shape with under a quarter inch allowance.
I snipped the seam allowance nearly to the paper all round.
Then following Lynette Anderson advice, I ran the sew line glue just about 3 inches at a time.
Holding the forked rod in my left hand and the iron tip in my right. I held the fork onto the applique and turned the edge of the seam allowance with the iron tip.
It was excellent, terrific in fact.
Tools are around 25 gbp. Paper for 25 sheets around 9 gbp. Glue pen under 7 gbp. So not cheap to set up and alternatives could be the following.
Interfacing whose edge is not as thick as the paper, does not print well through my printer
Tacking by hand
Pitt stick type paper glue
Wooden skewers or lolly sticks.
But the tools feel lovely in the hand
I recommend all of it. I don't sell these products but if you love neat edged applique they are terrific.
I'll pop this all under a page tab later. Please pass it on, I'm very glad that I bought them. Now I need to make a little bag to keep them in.
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Eagle eyed readers will notice the new page above with a full free workshop.
I the image above is huge but Im leaving it for now.
Ive had a busy time with orders from my website, considering its just February, Im very pleased. Thnly beef is that every order had a query and what should be a very pleasurable time, plastic bags & gorgeous pink bags became a bit of a nightmare! Gosh that sounds like whinging, and I suppose it is, but its not...really I am very grateful to those of you who buy from me. There are so many websites selling fabric now, but I bet not many of them have been quilting since the 1970's
Lets hope for some machine embroidery, patchwork, quilting, applique or creative stitch this series as was lacking last series except for Chinelo
Back with my verdict soon!
Monday, 26 January 2015
Sunday, 25 January 2015
A frustrating few days making a bag which is lovely and once I've trialled it out ill post it. So I needed a quick patchwork fix, lol and what better than a hexie cushion. Using my Julian notes range of super fabrics from www.patchworkfabricuk.co.uk
I'm going to write up the instructions for my next newsletter. It's free, sign up on this blog or on my website. Www studioapatchshe.co.uk.
I'd like to add more pictures but I've yet to find out how to do it via my tablet. If one more appears then I've succeeded.
Friday, 23 January 2015
Big pink elephant is at last finished, with a plaited tail and stitched eyes. I'm toying, hehe, with her being a huge pin cushion but that seems so cruel
Tooth is out, that's number six now. Let's hope for at least a year pain free. Yay
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
At the Festival of Quilts. I watched an Apliquick demo and told myself no way. I'll continue using tweezers and a cocktail stick. Then the dreaded tooth trouble arrived. You know how it goes. A few clicks and here they are. Five quid off from the fat quarters shop. I've yet to use them. Shall try after class and give an evaluation
They are displayed on Berties year cushion from Fons and Porter. I've only 2 patterns as our royal mail added over eleven pounds to the cost, each month. Shame. They are brushed cotton. The first kit block of the month Ive ever wanted to do.
Ahhh time for class
Friday, 16 January 2015
Im really pleased to be part of the Quilter blogger blog!
10% Sale off all fabrics and Free UK & NI postage until 20th January 2015 www.studioapatchshe.co.uk
Saturday, 10 January 2015
It's ages since I've posted our cat with 9 names.
This piccy looks cruel, but she won't come in. So she sits out side the patio windows close to us. So daft. But she is very happy.
I love the way she curls her tail round her paws.
The fabric baskets are being sorted.
The sale is still on www.patchworkfabricuk.co.uk
Today I've stacks of strips to cut for 1 inch squares. Seems like zillions.
Warm and wet here, roll on spring x
Thursday, 8 January 2015
Monday, 29 December 2014
Its a bit late for Christmas greetings,but I wish them to you. Here in the UK the weather has turned seasonal. Heavy frost & some snow, but beautiful blue skies.
Im having a break from stitching, it has been a very busy term, thankfully. A very successful Saturday freebie class in early December.
The new year sees a new set of work called The Stitching Year. 4 panels on each season using a variety of techniques. Spring is done in component form.
Im trying to post pictures, but my phone wont let me
Starting 1st Jan to 31st Jan 2015 - the studioapatchshe & patchworkfabricuk websites are having a S A L E
For the whole month, postage to UK & NI will be FREE
There will be daily deals starting on 1st Jan with a 24 hour flash 20% off ALL fabrics on the website.
Pay for the fabrics (getting free postage)and the discount will be REFUNDED via Paypal. My software does not do the discount any other way.
Grab a bargain, a real SALE not a bought in especially one. The discount is off every fabric.
There are no digital download files available at the moment, due to the European directive about VAT on the origin of the purchaser, coming into force on 1st Jan. I am suspending selling my E files until I fully understand what I need to do.
Ive just watched FROZEN the Disney movie, to see what the fuss is about, very cute, a bit of an updated Sleeping Beauty I thought.
Monday, 24 November 2014
Our family poppy from the Tower of London arrived today. It is simply beautiful. Much bigger than I thought. The packaging is excellent. It is for my beloved grandson with the hope he never experiences the pain of war. That in his lifetime there will be peace. We will remember all who have been lost or injured keeping us safe. I am proud to be British. I am proud of those who gave everything so I can be free.
Friday, 21 November 2014
Look at what has just flown into my shop
There is a one pound (UK) coin showing the size of the birds and flowers. The pattern repeat would make a beautiful Stack & Whack, which perhaps I should be making instead of blogging.
Ive been so absent from here, when I had a fixed computer on my desk which was on all day, it was great to blog. I spend more time on my tablet and phone, neither of which are easy to connect to blogger.
I forget to photograph what Im up to as well. My life has changed so much this past year with the birth of my wonderful grandson, as we visit regularly, not leaving much time to be creative. My new business venture, selling fabric, has a lot of downs and a few ups, but Im not giving up & a promise from a friend of some marketing help has cheered me up. I wish I could gain some feedback on the website, fabric choices, prices, layout, if you feel like giving me a bit, I would really appreciate it.
My blog has changed too, from showing all my embroidery, machine embroidery, felt work, into my patchwork side. I guess as things settle down after Christmas madness that it may return to normal. Im long overdue a newsletter with a special offer, I hate to make promises and not keep them.
Someone mentioned that giveaways work well, what do you think. No point if only 2 people enter is there.
I do have a facebook page or several really, studioapatchshe, patchworkfabricuk, shelaghfolgate, I wish I knew how to amalgamate them but I dont lol.
The cardboard cat is eating a huge amount, seems she is putting on fat for the cold ahead, we still cant get her to come indoors & she has 3 different cat kennels all with quilts and furry baskets to choose from. She must be around 7 or 8 now and I shall be really sad to lose her, a real one off character with such a sweet face & loving eyes.
Better sign off before my wrists give out, a laptop is not good for bad wrists.
Hope to be back soon x