Pre-cut bags from Studioapatchshe

Pre-cut bags from Studioapatchshe
Cottage Garden pre-cut bag

Cottage Garden

Friday, 29 August 2014


This is the first summer that I have worked through.  August has seemed a very odd month.  Our weather collapsed here in England and Autumn arrived before the 2nd week of August, when it usually arrives during the last week. Much of my spare time has been pushing a certain little guy around in his buggy and walking holding one hand because he is nearly one year old! and is almost off on his own.
Health issues have laid me away from the computer & the shop.  Jobs I usually do in the evenings, but have not been able to.  I have many images and things to do so please bear with me whilst I sort stuff out, Im sure Ill be bouncing back to normality soon. x

Friday, 15 August 2014


Hurrah.  Ive fixed everything, the computer, the camera, the phone & Ive found the lead.
Then I remembered that Im on Goggle+ & I could upload directly from my phone camera. Duh!  One day I will be up to date with technology.

These are some of my photos.  I know there are loads, but there are loads that I dont remember even seeing!  So maybe you will enjoy these
Ive not put names or links, sorry but little stories might be interesting.  If I found the maker nearby I asked permission. These are my opinions!
This is the winning quilt & the winner.  Very elegant lady.  who spoke a little English.  SHe was showing everyone that the threads she used were all metallic.  She had a little torch & was shining it on the quilt.  I guess she finds metallic thread a challenge!  The quilting was was close and even.  The backgroundis  pieced and then quilted, I did wonder if it was a painted wholecloth but she said no its pieced.  I have seen alot of quilts over the years and many of African women.  Yes the quilt was beautifully made.  But the woman looked like they were floating.  Look at the group on the right hand side.  Okay being critical when I had not entered but this is the winner.  Sorry I didnt think it should have been.
Nice lady though, very excited. PICTORIAL QUILTS WINNER
Sorry on the side
Showing the applique, which was all turned edge not raw edge.  I guess thats why it won.  One of the crowd said she had won before.  But I didnt go FOQ last year, as I had my eye operation and had a pink sticky plaster over half my face and eye, not a good look, looked like a wonky cyclops!
I had decided not to take any pictures this year.  As Ive thousands, in the early days I would rush home with my book. All marked & get the photos printed out, then I write on the back of each one all the details, put them in albums and we used them for inspiration in my classes.  It is interesting to look back & see the changes over 30 odd years of quilt shows. Malvern is still my favourite show. ANy how I round the top corner of the contemporary category and was stunned by this beauty.  Huge crowd and a quilt angel.  The crowd were buzzing about, why this had not won anything.  The applique was stunning and so was the tiny tiny machine quilting, around the outside edge the binding was tiny half circles.
The quilt angel said that the maker was Canadian & had entered it in the wrong category, should have been in traditional.  Would any of us like to vote for it as visitors choice.  Again I dont usually do this.  I got most upset a few years back about the daft quilt that one with the fat ladies doing the Olympics.  I was incensed.  There is a huge post on my blog about it I think its 2011 FOQ.
Look at that edge.
Now since Ive been back & discussing the show with my students, Ive heard other stories, this is second hand and may not actually be correct.  But it seems that this quilt has been in other shows and a winner.  In which case the maker must have known what category to put it in!  It is still so lovely

So the phone was out and I sauntered along taking whatever I fancied, Ive no idea why some of them!
Nice foundation pieced rose
I dont know why, just looked jolly
I dont like wonky quilts or wallhangings, its the mathematic in me!
But I liked this and still do, a jolly garden
More gardens, nice busy arrangement
Somehow reminds me of my childhood with my beloved Dad.  The shadowy people say past times to me
Pretty cutwork pansys.  I love Pansys.  We have lots in our garden & winter ones too, lovely faces.
I remember why I took this.  I have a Bernina Spanish foot.  Or as Sally calls it the Ole foot (love that)  It does machine faggoting,  I have a City & Guilds piece that is cut up, but not faggoted.  In Affinity (the creative group I belong to) our theme from September is Transitions & I rather fancied revisting old pieces of my work & reworking in a transitioned way.  Good what others pieces say to you isnt it.


Isnt that wonderful.  Years ago I saw a piece by Tracey Emin.  It is a tiny bird on a brass pole.  I thought it was stunning.  This reminds me of that.  A bird used to be unlucky in textiles a few years back, but now they are everywhere & one is my logo
This quilt is balanced and beautiful.
The air conditioning was waffting this about.  Yes it was 3 layers, no they were not attached.  Yes it was pretty, no it was not stunning & why it had won beats me but here it is.
This was the traditional winner, too much white I think.  The motifs look 'plonked' I hate 'plonked'  I can hear my current & ex students giggling. :-)

I think Ill return with the others once Ive pondered them a bit more.

For those of you that do visit my website, Ive changed the postage rates
upto £15 is £2.  Upto £30 is £3 and over £30 is F R E E

That should make things very simple when comparing prices

I shall send out second class for these rates, although knowing me Ill probably forget and send first class!

Please have a look, there are many fabrics that can be used for much more than patchwork
Here is the link

Bag precut kits are selling well.  The feedback is that its lovely just to sit down and stitch and not have to find fabrics and then cut them out.

If you are local, my shop is open every Tuesday 10.30 to 3.30 at Cransley Village Hall, Northamptonshire, you are very welcome to come and browse, have a cup of tea or coffee & a biscuit & chat to the stitchers.
If you are coming any distance, please let me know  or

Notice the new email, ooh Ive had trouble with that.  I am very hopeful that between Fasthosts, Weebly and Google with little old me thrown in that its been sorted.

Its my sons engagements party tomorrow, I am so very very happy, congratulations to them both, super people. x

Thanks for reading x

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


Another fantastic evening in Zurich. Gold for Mo Farah, Gold for Tiffany Porter & Gold for Dasoliu (sorry about spelling)
Congratulations to our British athletes on such stunning performances.

New in the shop today are FAIRY FROST fabrics by Michael Miller
 £10 per metre, very good prices.  Above is Twilight Light grey with Silver designs
 This one is Twinkle, white / cream with gold glitter
This is Holly Berry Red with gold metallic glitter

I didnt like the greens, blue green and lime green, not what I would call a true Christmas green

Now to design some lovely things, ooooh

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


WOW - astonishing - Jo Pavey at the age of 40 with an 11 month old child has won the 10 K in Zurich.  I am in complete awe.  Congratulations to an amazing woman, a role model for mothers & middle aged women everywhere.

Back to the Festival of Quilts - Ive not forgotten, by now there are pictures everywhere around the Internet & I cant get mine off my phone, sorry, will try again tomorrow.

In the meantime
Ive  at last posted my PRECUT bag & cushion kits to my website



All Limited Edition, exclusive to Studioapatchshe, all details on the website, size, prices etc & a buy button!

In addition just in some beautiful New fabric by Red Rooster, I love Red Rooster cloth.  Favourite things in beautiful blues, creams & brown
Here is the stripe, newsletter is due out soon with a way of using the stripe as a freebie.  At a very  special price of £7.75 per metre

Back to the Gelli Deli play time.  Ive sold out of Deli paper & Im not sure if I will restock.  Im cross with the post cost of a few sheets of yummy paper.  If I can solve this then I will sell it again
Gelli Deli supreme, yummy.  More to come..

Sunday, 10 August 2014


FESTIVAL OF QUILTS - I went, I saw, I took photos & my technology has deserted me.  I will send a report, I will, I promise when I can get my tablet, camera & phone to give me the **** photos that I took to post on here, grrrrr
And now there is an error trying to post this, that it Im off to eat & bed

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Mega excitement

Yesterday was so exciting. It seems the very best news arrives on the veranda at cransley village hall!
My son proposed yo his long yime girl friend in a hot air balloon above Brugges in Belgium, having whisked her away at 3am in the morning for a secret romantic weekend. A stunningly beautiful rin, that fitted perfectly was produced and she said yes.
Yey for us, a wedding hopefully next year. Huge congrats to them both. He has such style, the weather was perfect, they were the only passengrrs and the pilot captured her moment of suprise.  Sometimes life is just wonderful isnt it.
I was at the hall teaching my Lally bag class
Hopefully the pictures will appear below, as im on my tablet. The black bag is a student bag from my precut kits.
The others are my samples which have been finished today. I was much too excited to remember to photograoh the lovely bags the girls made
Back to the commonwealth games and the badminton for the last day.
Loved the events, hated the rubbish bbc coverage chopping from red button to bbc1 to bbc2 to bbc3 and back again, appallingband I really want to punch the piper and kathetine merry! Sorry to offend but she was a dreadful commentator and the bagpipes went on for too long. Outfits were ace and Glasgow put on a great games. Bbc get your act together or let sky do it in future grr
Well done to all the competitors except the cheats, if it was up to me a drug ban would be for life. My dh is an athlete,  he has to be careful even as a master. They have no exvuses as the great Michael Johnson says, each perdon is solely responsible for what they put in their bodies and mouths, hear hear.
Off the soap box now, need to go marinate my lamb!
Thanks for reading x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Strawberries, cherries & an angels kiss in spring.........................

Got to be a title for a piece of work, cant get it out of my head
How about this for starters?
This is better, now to do more experimenting

Lalala  summer wine....

Sunday, 20 July 2014


Well what a few days with the weather, stunning lightening & horrid thunder.  Hardly any sleep, gosh I hate it so much.  Resorted to watching Sleepless in Seattle & Youve got mail cause Im not allowed to sit in it even with my factor 50 hat on.
Ive got to have another op on my eye, seems its too tight, huh, I knew that, Ive a mini face lift on my right eye and the left is still baggy.  How do people do cosmetic surgery is beyond my comprehension.
Ive been busy stitching, Perpetual calendars for November & December, figure would keep me cool, heehee, now swollen ankles from standing nearly all day.
Got very upset at the accident at the German F1 grand prix & for all the relatives and friends of the aeroplane.
Here is a bag I have just made
Called Sienna.  It is a PRE-CUT kit, that means that everything is cut to size, just ready to sew.  They are limited edition.  Ive not put them on the website as they are going very fast.  If you would like one then please email me

My new range of Guttermann fabric called Veros world arrived, 58 inches wide.  So I am only selling it in half metres at £7 per half metre, thats the equivalent of 3 fat quarters.  Its selling at £18 / £19 per metre on other sites & mine is £14 so a huge bargain.  Here is a zippered bag called MEADOW again it is totally pre-cut with instructions of how to make it.  Pre-cut bags cannot be made in alternative fabrics as they are copyrighted to studioapatchshe.  They do not come with a pattern, they come with all the fabric pre-cut & instructions without measurements.  These have been designed & made by myself.
These are the lovely Veros world fabrics that Meadow is made from.
Im into teaching zips at the moment.  But sliding on the zip pulls onto continuous zip is soooo boring.
Again if you would like a bag kit please do get in touch.

We have also been away alot at our daughters on nana duty, with a little man who is crawling about, standing and walking around the furniture, he is not 10 months yet.  Such a lovely little lad, very happy and bright, but not a sleepy child!
He is keeping me on my toes and the weight off.  Ive still lost 3 stone and all last summers clothes are falling off me.  Ive had trips to Oxfam & to M & S to replace everything & I mean everything, only downside is the huge bingo wings & withered boobs, but I love wearing uplift bras, gosh stuff has changed so much since I became fat!  I even treat myself now to giant chocolate buttons & the dreaded D, without the pills seems to be okay.  Except this morning where I was parading around in a new pair of cargo trousers size 16 (bit tight round the tummy roll), having just pricked my finger, I ended up with what looked like a gallon of blood (yep exaggeration) all over my cream trousers.  Took ten minutes of saliva to get it all off, by then I was so hot that I had to sit by the fan.  WHen they dried I lasted an hour before they had to be removed.  Still I could get them on & do the button up! Result.
Enough of the waffle.  Time to try & sleep, before teaching feather & whip stitch tomorrow, Ive some great ideas, well I think they are great, dont know what my masterclass will think
Thanks for reading x

Tuesday, 1 July 2014


I cant believe that its nearly a month since I posted.  It seems that Facebook has taken over from blogs.  Mywe bsite posts directly to Facebook, I widh I could get it to post here as well.
Ive been busy Nanaring again.  Its so wonderful being a Nana, I never ever thought I would be this smitten.
Ive had no time to make art or textiles, except for a prototype of a zippered bag, that needs defining.
Today Ive had a large shipment of fabric arrive.
Just released is Veros world, by Gutermann fabrics called Country Chic Cottage

These are small patterns, suitable for any project.
I am selling a metre for £11.75, which may be the cheapest on the web for just released fabric.  They are extra wide too at 54 inches so it really good value.

Now Ive to design some pre-cut items.  Ive such a long list.

Oh by the way, ezine 5 has just been released with my links & connections workshop in.  It has a challenge and also Ive done a guru.
A fabulous magazine with lots of articles & workshops.
Thanks for reading x

Monday, 9 June 2014


A good day stitching today, my mentored class was very inspiring, a terrific group with lots of very good ideas.
Yesterday was creating a new pattern to kit for later on this year.

On Saturday a stall had a good idea of cutting the cardboard bolts in half & I am busy getting my husband to do this for me, this evening Ill be wrapping them up again.  I shall do around 20 and see what I think.  Such a good idea & will enable me to take my lovely fabrics on the bolt to class, so Id better get oof here and get folding!
Thethreadstudio EZINE will be out soon, my series of Links & Connections will begin.  Sign up now.

Saturday, 7 June 2014


Lovely day today at Nene Quilters, the speaker was Sandra Meech.
 Here she is in front of her lovely quilts from 1995.  I do love this quilt

Machine applique.  I have known Sandra for many years & her presentation was excellent.  Very interesting.

Had a bit of a discussion about blogs.  A couple of ladies were a bit scoffy about  blogs, well each to their own.  I love them. What do you think?

Tuesday, 3 June 2014


Hellooo again, Im so sorry I promised to blog more and then didnt.

Ive had a fabulous time.  Moving my daughter & 8 1/2 month old grandson (yep he really is that old already) from a third floor flat with no lift to a spacious 4 bedroomed house, which is terrific.  Oh what fun we had, removal men, cleaners who didnt speak English.  Who didnt clean the carpets UNTIL we were moving in, duh duh duh.  A screaming baby who could be heard from what seemed like miles away (but wasnt), very early morning park walking lol

I ache, oh boy do I ache.  I found myself cleaning windowsills and using a funny object with a pole and a fuzzy thing at one end, which I heard whispered was a sweeping brush......
No sewing has taken place, except in the very middle of all of this was a dash home to deliver a workshop and take the fabric shop to Desborough Patchwork & QUilters monthly meeting.  That was lovely too seeing people Ive not seen for yonks and meeting new people.
We used the Accuquilt & made flowers to applique, as my wrists are still very sore my samples were either machined or just pinned but they are a smashing group & didnt mind at all.

Then it was back to box city, I swear my daughter has shares in a plastic box company as they seem to multiply each time I entered a room.
We had been bought a brand new fabo bed, duvet, pillows, covers, curtains & cupboards full of our favourite foods, so very thoughtful and much appreciated.
My job was to play, feed, change, walk and generally be a nana.
When he reached out and touched my face and looked at me opened his mouth and kissed me, I felt like I owned the world & everyone was happy.  I cried.
Magical.  I never thought I would ever feel the same feelings as I did for my two children as babies again, but oh I am soooo grateful.

In between all of this wonderful time, I am tinged with a huge amount of sadness for a good friend of mine who has tragically lost her husband.

This evening I saw another good friend whom Ive not seen since I shifted, what seems like overnight, three stone in weight. She was amazed.  IM still amazed.  All my shorts and cut offs fall off, its hysterical like those transformation ads in the paper that I always think are airbrushed lol

Onto the stitching front.  I previously worked very hard making 2 new bags and kits and a few other bits and bobs.  Im still trying to find the best way of stacking, sorting & carting around boxes of heavy fabrics.  Mark about 10 is being trialled!

Ive been designing for new quilts for my students and have welcomed two new students who share very fond memories of my first patchwork tutor Pauline Rumbold.

Ive a Guru to write and a new workshop for Dale Rollersons Ezine (, quick smart, so its stopathome for me for a few days.

Ive been travelling around on the tube (underground) and observing people.  In the carriage last week were I suppose 30 people EVERYONE, (except me) was on a phone, tablet or had earphones in.  No one looked up.  You know people on the tube wear really scuffy shoes, I was fascinated with that & had to giggle to myself.  I had this overwhelming bubble inside to blurt that nugget out, but thought better of it cause I would be seen as a nutcase.  I managed to travel with no incidences this time, way hey thats a first.  Had to go into Paperchase, what is it with that shop, it draws me in & its so small, especially with all the travellers with enormous suitcases trying to get in, hilarious.  I only bought a pen.  Cause I only have like a million but this one was so pretty.  Two pounds for a biro is ridiculous. £2.50 for a hot chocolate is scandalous but very yummy.
Oh at Liverpool street I was sitting waiting for the right tube (Ive learnt, not to jump on a tube and shout is this the tube for Epping any more) when this young lady dumped her holdall next to me, removed her earphones and took off her top, revealing to all a very skimpy white see through thin strapped top, no bra, then put her earphones back on, I was all astonishment to quote Caroline Bingley (Ive been reading Pride & prejuice again whilst sitting in the park with the buggy) Well I never, no I never lol

WHoops I was talking textiles & now Im going to hunt for some images.  You know one day I might just post a never know.  Oh there are lots of reduced fabrics  The rep has been, oh dear.....
There was a huge spike yesterday in blog views, how odd, I wonder why?
Thanks for reading, Im not making promises lol, but  you never know.... my deli gelli is on the worktable, not soso as is all over the web but my ideas!!



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