Friday, 21 December 2018

Oh my such a long time since I was here! As the photo suggests I have a big sale on at the moment with 40 % off many collections.

These Lewis and Irene collections have 35% off only £1.63 for a fat quarter!  Only limited amount so get in quick.

Since last I was here I have completed my City and Guilds in P and Q but I shall tell you all about that in another blog. This is just a quick hello and to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.  A little eye candy follows!

Happy Patchwork Dreams

Friday, 25 September 2015

Blogging in a different direction! My Patchwork Life.

Well hello long time no see.  I have decided to take this blog in a slightly different direction not just talking about the shop but about all the patchwork things going on in my life.  There are quite a few (I am sure you understand that) I of course have the on line shop but I also belong to my local Patchwork group, Beacon quilters.  We have a very full programme coming up this year so hopefully I will be able to share some of this with you.  We are going to be doing the Crafsty BOM 2012 which should be fun as we all like such different fabrics and we can all learn somthing new.  I have done the first two for our September blocks.  I am using Kona Paprica as the back ground fabric and the Meadow fabric range from Penny Rose.  I like the one on the left but the one on the right just is not sitting right for me I think the stripes of plain are too thick.  Any way if you would like to join in and show me you blocks as we go that would be fun.

I am also doing a city and guilds in Patchwork and quilting, this is a distance course and so I am struggling with getting motivation sometimes.  I am only on Mod 3 (there are 12) but need to get my head down and get on with this.
This is a  picture of one of my samples in progress. Reverse applique.
This is a hand needle turn sample, not my fav technique it has to be said.

Finaly I have the online shop which temps me with lots of fabrics and my head goes into a bit of a spin with it sometimes but the fabrics are soo pretty.  These arrived today only £10 a meter and they are lovely.

I know I should not have favs but I do love this one.

Well thats it from me for now let me know what you think of my Patchwork life.  Lots of patchy hugs Mary x

Monday, 6 January 2014

Patchwork Dreamer Let the year begin!

Happy New Year! I have started well my first row is complete for the row along patterns taken from Lori Holts lovely book find it here

 I have used the boarder from this cute little quilt.
And added her Chubby Chevrons.
And it looks like this!
I have also made a label which I will ask everyone who adds a row to write their name on and I will stitch it all at the end.
And I have started to finish these place mats, only two more to bind.  Lessons about not being mean with backing fabric have been learnt on these.....
And healthy eating has started a little earlier than I intended as a further 7 pounds have landed on my hips over the Holidays :( so it is now more like 3 stone to loose.  No point moaning just stop eating all that yummy stuff and get on ith playing with yummy fabric instead.  News of Patchwork Dreamer, later in the week I will be looking at Christmas fabric for this year!  Mad but fun.  Take a look at my facebook page and see Jo has been busy with her new shaped yo yo makers they look fab.  And you know where you can get the yo yo makers don't you?
Would love to here from you, please leave any coments below and I always answer (unless it is spam!) Lots of Love Mary
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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Goodbye 2013 Hello 2014 Patchwork Streamlined!

It's the time of year when my mind turns to making changes.  Sooo with this in mind I have decided my key word  for 2014 is going to be STREAMLINE!  I need to streamline me to the tune of about 2.5 stone, that is not going to be started until the new year is not so new..... However streamlining my time is going to start straight away.  Social media is the big one I can lose myself for hours looking at Facebook, Twitter and Pintrest.  Blogger is under control, I look regularly at the ones on this page and move on.  So I have decided to have a set time to look at and write on social media each day, I will use the time functions which I have yet to figure out on Twitter but have nailed it on Blogger and Facebook.  I am hoping that by sorting out my time my City and Guilds will be back on track and my bucket list will stop growing quite so quickly and I will actually get on and do some sewing! My plans for blogger are to start to do some tutorials and see how you all like them.  I am about to sit down and do a one page business plan for 2014 (got from the sewing directory to focus my mind on the business for this year and pin it next to the computer to remind me of my goals each and every day.  Now I know this is not going to be easy as I am a natural procrastinator which is one of the reasons I am writing this blog and boring you all with it, it is something for me to look back on and remind myself of.  Maybe you could remind me from time to time too?
Phew that was a bit heavy for me lets get on to some fun stuff, have you looked at the web site lately?  Well I have a clearance section here with designer fabrics for just £8 per meter, only a few at the moment will see how it goes.
And then just before Christmas we got in these fun yo yo makers they make the most darling little yo yos. More can be found here
Sewing wise not a lot has been done :(  however the group I go to are doing a row along.  The rules are simple we start with a row which we have made and a note book where we wright what we would like or not like we pass the row on and get someone elses do a row wright in the book why we have done the row that we have and pass it on, and so on we don't get to see our own finished quilt (well top) until about July!
This is the start of my first row.
This now has two more trees and I am thinking of adding a row of chubby chevrons.  I have followed Lori Holts instructions and have to say I love how it all works, check out her blog where you can also get her book, quite pricey to post to the UK but worth it.  I will put up picures when I have completed this first row but that may be the last you hear until July as my fellow row alongs may read my blog and see how their quilt looks!  We will see.  
I love to hear your comments and always respond (unless its spam!) What are your new years plans? Sew until next time have fun and Happy New Year.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The Hex bug!

Good afternoon blog land and welcome to new and not so new readers.  As you will see I have a button! Eyes right, this is because I did a button swap with Maybush Studio Blog see her button now?  Clare has a fun blog with all sorts on there a lifestyle blog is I am sure is the correct wording.  Off course there is Patchwork with some very pretty quilts and also an adventure about to be started in the form of remodeling their home.  We built this house back in 1999 and so I am intrested to see how it all works out the plans look super.
Now as you can see our remodeling of the fabric cupboard is almost complete just some hooks to put on the bi fold doors to hold the little nik nak things, on hold as Hubby has man flu and I dare not put the hooks in myself!

The christmas monster is almost complete just hand sewing in the back of the binding.  Please excuse the cat you put a quilt down in this house and a cat lays claim!  Whilst I was machine quilting this another was sitting on it watching my every move.  We only have two cats I am not the mad cat lady, I wonted a dog but got out voted.
I have noticed a bit of a renewed intrest in Hexies on the social network sites.  No not these Hexies...
Check out my Hexi page on Pintrest
My first try at Patchwork was with my granny making hexis. She did it slightley differently from the paper piecing way everyone seems to do now she used cereal boxes and cut out her hexies!  Now this worked really well and she made lots of quilts and all of the curtains in her house were made in this way (yes she had scrappy hexi curtains, she would have made them in the late 60's!) Now her tacking method was a little quicker than our current paper piecing method and so I decided to check this out and found in American some plastic type pieces with a little hole in the middle, and so, I had a chat with a friend who has a laser cutter and he has made some hexies for me so now I am trying them out.  First I chose some fabrics three from Pat Bravo's Carnaby Street one from Amanda Murphy's Bonjour mon Ami and a couple of Kona solids Salmon and Ice Frappe
The hole in the middle is to hold a pin which is great. I put a 1/4" seam allowance around this and cut. Looking back I should have cut a strip and that would have made the marking and cutting a bit quicker.
Now I use any old cotton for the tacking I seem to have a selection of cottons almost as old as I am which I would not trust for piecing but for tacking is fine.  My only thing would be don't use a dark with a light as it may bleed or show through on the finished item.
Now all you have to do is tack in the corners.
And take the pins out.
And repeat.....lots.... Hexies are not for quick results but they travel well so can be made anywhere without having to carry a sewing room with you.  I will let you know how I get on with this and if they work you will find them on the web site not sure how small we will be able to go with this these are 2cm (3/4" ish) my friend has questioned the 1/4" request, giggle, the hexi bug has not bitten him.
On another note we have had some new items in since the last time we spoke take a look with the Enchant range coming in this Friday so many of you have been waiting for this one.  Please leave a comment, have you tried this way with hexies before? I love to read your comments and always answer.  Have a good week. Mary

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Cupboard re-build

This week has mostley been about re-building the space where I keep all the fabrics and things for Lucky for me my dear husband is a carpenter so he started off with this which used to house totes of toys for the children I looked after (I was a childminder)
 He moved things around and put folding doors on, now two bolts side by side and stacked on top of one another will fit in.  It is quite big my hubby is 6 foot 6.  I need to do a little sanding and start painting before I can put all the lovely fabric away.
 The fabric is currentley in the front room in a bay door way.  I can get to it, just, but it is nice and safe away from the dust. I have a throw over it just to be sure.

Some lovely new fabrics in this week click the links below each picture and it will take you straight to them.
Yesterday I went to see the quilt show at Rock which is very lovely, last day tomorrow if you get chance in the sailing club.  
This one is so simple yet very effective, all squares and triangles perfect for a newbe at this patchwork lark.
And the quilting was sew pretty little flowers all over.
Finally I have put together the christmas quilt, and I am not to sure I like it very much!  Never mind I tried out the technique will quilt it and may try to sell it at a few christmas craft fairs I am booked in to.
That's it for me this week, may not make next week and the children are on half term so if I don't speak to you before have a good couple of weeks crafting and Happy Hallowen!
Mary x

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Twisted Christmas!

Agghh that moment you realise you are a fat quarter short of a quilt! I ran out of the little beach hut fabric for my snails trail, went to the shop where I got it and they had sold out quick panic but soon found it on line and it has just dropped onto the mat phew.

So what do you do if this happens?  Start a new project?  Yep I did!!  Remember those books I got at the quilt show well I decided to have a go at the Stack a new Deck by Karla Alexander one.

 So I have more or less followed the instructions.
 And in just one evening I had cut all the blocks.
My deck all stacked!
 And yesterday I managed to put some together and wow how quick, this was from a sneeky 45 mins of sewing!  This is not my ususal thing at all I normally hand sew everything and am slow, this could be the one to turn me ha ha we will see.
I had a request for paper Hexagons for English paper piecing which I have managed to find and the first pack arrived yesterday.  I am having a tecky problem loading them onto the web site at the moment but that should all be sorted out soon.  The first lot are 2cm (3/4")  and look small to me but I will have 1/4" ones coming, wow they are going to be small.
125 pieces £3.50 from
Thats it for me this week off on Monday to see the Ladies in Rock as they have their show on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Rock sailing club, will try to remember my camera this time.