Monday 24 August 2015
But the highlight has been my sons long awaited wedding. What an outstanding day we had, my hystronics with an outfit were mega. Having lost such a lot of weight, for some inexplicable reason I have started to whack it on again, out of control, a whole stone in 6 weeks, meant it was very hard to find a dress in my size, again, thank goodness I didnt buy my dress in March, size 16, June became size 20.
The honeymoon was in a sea hut in the Maldives, as you do...well maybe you but not me! Looked idyllic.
Hopefully I will ge4t back to blogging now and sort out a newsletter too.
Watching the World athletic championships at the moment.
Sunday 24 May 2015
Saturday 2 May 2015
Friday 10 April 2015
Ive been using my facebook page, studioapatchshe & shelagh folgate a lot recently. My laptop has expired and Im having to put up with my DH laptop which has no photos and no programs. Im off work this week, yipeee I thought and then as usual what happens, the dreaded lurgy strikes. Still much better today even with a wavery voice. A Skype with my grandson has cheered me up
Ive updated my website with new fabrics
Then I had this one, so very cute, do have a looksee.
The weather here is warm and sunny but with a kind of smog, which doesn't help my chest at all so Im staying out of it today.
Im hopeful of picking up again on my blog, I do miss it.
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