Friday, 27 February 2015

Civil War Quilts

Ive been a fan of so called Civil War Quilts since I first became interested in quilting history whilst studying for the City & Guilds diploma in textiles.  Although I studied British history, I couldn't avoid the rich American history & the colours & dyes of the American fabrics.
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.
http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.co.uk/

Reproduction star in madder-style prints by Becky Brown
 
Reproduction star in double pink prints
by Becky Brown
 
Ed's Threads of Memory quilt.
 
These images are taken from her blog.  To give you an idea .
 
Ive always loved stars & I feel very inspired to actually start making them again.
Here in England the weather has been very topsy turvy of late, cold, warm, wind, rain, ice... but today its beautiful.  I sat in the grounds of the town parish church this morning, eating a banana (Id just had a blood test, a fasting one) looking at the wonderful colours of the stone work in the sunshine, a fleeting thought that I should take a picture entered my head, but, I actually wanted to commit it to memory, no picture ever conveys the depth & the 3D effect & along with the birds having a lovely sing song, I very much enjoyed my moment in the sunshine.  Years ago our local town would be full of people and a thriving market, but this morning it was nearly empty at 10am, a few closed down shops in prominent positions was worrying, but there was a new shop a Marie Curie Cancer care shop.  Beautifully turned out shop, bright, airy and happy staff, but one downside of no changing room, however the manager said keep your receipt we will exchange if doesnt fit, I was astonished.  A very happy chatting man arrived along with a swag bag & engaged us all in his reveal from the bag, buzz lightyear.... and a story,  a doll and a story and two eggs which had something in them but no one could open, made me stifle a gleeful laugh.
I trotted onto Morrissons to meet my DH who was busy shopping, Ive managed to rick my back moving heavy bags of fabric after first doing it in (what an awful phrase) lifting wet washing, oh I do live an exciting life!
We bumped into 2 people who were our neighbours for about 20 years.  They are 20 years older than us and really never did actually chat to us, a half hour and their life story and ours later, we now have two very good friends!  The magic of a supermarket, a dodgy back & musak!
So Im sitting down resting, still playing about with my website, still wondering if to spend out more money each month on an improved website, still dithering.
 
Have a happy weekend, thanks for reading.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Apliquick tools evaluation

I've had chance to use my new Apliquick tools and sundries.
Two rods
Wash away applique sheets
Sewline glue pen
Domestic iron
Sharp scissors.

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

New Page



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
In the last few years there has been a resurgence in quilting  with the advent of the Modern Quilting movement.  Any stitching is terrific be it traditional, modern, vintage or eclectic. In half an hour the new series of The Great British Sewing Bee, here is the link to their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/greatbritishsewingbee

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

Free Mega Hexi Tutorial

Hi Just a quickie, as promised yesterday, newsletter has been sent with the full free workshop on the Mega Hexi Cushion. 
There are also some hints on making it out of creative textiles.
I hope you enjoy it
Regards
Shelagh

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Mega hexi

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

An eye and a tail

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

Apliquick

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
X

Friday, 16 January 2015

Im a Quilter Blogger


Im really pleased to be part of the Quilter blogger blog!
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12 inch quilt blocks by Tanya
A couple of Stack n Whack blocks
Makower Mosaic, designed & made by Shelagh Folate for Makower UK using Spraytime fabrics.

10% Sale off all fabrics and Free UK & NI postage until 20th January 2015 www.studioapatchshe.co.uk

Saturday, 10 January 2015

PUSEY UPDATE

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

Cheer up

So its a new year. Wish my teeth realised. Here we go again, antibiotics and pain. So to cheer me up along came this elephant. Bit of fun.x

Monday, 29 December 2014

HOLIDAY SEASON GREETING

Hi
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 poppy

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

JUST FLOWN IN

Some fabric patterns just lift my soul.
Look at what has just flown into my shop
Int he mist (yes mist) of Christmas fabrics, and a sea of red and green, these lovely calming fabrics are just the thing.  Julia's Notes by Newcastle Fabrics.
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


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

OOOOH LOOK

Arrived home to find a box with these in...




In the Beginning by Michele Hill, just released Called Arts & Crafts Collection.

I am ecstatic!  Ive been a William Morris Strawberry Thief fan since 1996 when I visited the Victoria & Albert museum (V & A) in London for the centenary exhibition of the great mans passing.  I actually stood in front of a Hammersmith weaving & cried (okay Im a wuss I dont care)  Now I have my sticky little mitts on WHOLE BOLTS of these fabrics.  I actually feel like unrolling them and wrapping them round me (oh dear!)  Could be because I feel out of the car this morning & tore my best trousers and damaged myself (how dramatic it was) until my husband after picking me up burst out laughing saying you were there and then you disappeared, highly hilarious.  Ive eaten 3 chocolates, 2 cakes & a penguin, I figure they are all good for shock, oh and two coffees so I am really bouncing now.  I want to cut my fabrics and start stitching
But Id better get them up on my website first.  www.patchworkfabricuk.co.uk
They will be launched at a discount of £10 per metre.  Beautiful....lalalala

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