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 www.Patchworkdreamer.co.uk 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.
http://www.patchworkdreamer.co.uk/fabric/nice-people-nice-things.html

http://www.patchworkdreamer.co.uk/fabric/les-monsieurs.html

http://www.patchworkdreamer.co.uk/fabric/camp-a-lot.html
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 www.Patchworkdreamer.co.uk
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.
  

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Gadding about having Patchwork fun.

Good morning last week I left you to visit all the lovely blogs on http://lilysquilts.blogspot.co.uk/ Small blog meet, wow there were so many I keep going back to look at more. Take a look you will be there for hours. I also went to a local quilt show The Trelyn Quilters Exhibition in Fraddon village hall another wow!  I forgot my camera so no pics sorry.  However I did pick up three quilting books for £3, bargin.

The pinapple stars has all the papers in but I think it may be a while before I attempt the small one!

I managed to only buy 1 FQ to add to my Christmas fabrics, I have been collecting for a couple of years now.


I am going to do a project based on one of the quilts in the Stack a New Deck book. And finally I went to the American Museum in Bath with the quilt group I belong too.  It took us over 4 hours there and back but was worth it.  We went mostley for the quilt room but I have to say I enjoyed all of it.  This was one of the quilts on display. Very striking. 


So with all my gadding about not much sewing has been done!  However I have finally decided on a snails trail block to go around the compass as I always think it looks like a wave.  

Please excuse the spotty slippers with the holes, how classy!  A lady with a lot more class than me is Natalie Lymer from Cinderberry Stitches her new range, Enchant, is due in this month take a look and see http://www.patchworkdreamer.co.uk/coming-soon.html and this is the quilt she has made this weekend sew cute, can't wait for the fabric to arrive. Her blog so sew pretty too http://cinderberrystitches.typepad.com/cinderberrystitches/



I had some pre-cuts arrive this week, put them on the web site on Sunday sold some on Monday!  Still have some more if you would like some. http://www.patchworkdreamer.co.uk/new-in.html
Kona Summer 13 new colours 40 Pieces £28

Grandmas Garden complete collection 42 Pieces (5" squares) £12

Kona Summer 13 New colours 42 pieces (5" square) £12

Kona Sunrise colourstory 43 pieces (5" square) £12
Thats it for me this week promised DH a pasty for his lunch, please leave a comment I really enjoy talking to you.





Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Small blog meet and another Patchwork Dreamer chat



Good morning blog land well here we are again another week has passed us by, where does the time go? Welcome if you are new to my blog I hope you enjoy my ramblings about all things patchwork and we can become blog friends :)  This week I have finally got some sewing done after the months spent on the computer.  This has been waiting for a sleeve on the back for a while, but now I have done it I am not going to hang it  because we have kittens who like to climb! I was going to put it over a sofa but that would be too much for them to resist, so I shall hang fire for a while in the hope that they will calm down a bit, fingers crossed.

I have also pulled this UFO out of hiding and plan to put stars around after the skinny border, then I'm not sure will have to see how it looks.  The back ground is a Kona solid called Lake one of 40 Kona solids on the web site www.Patchworkdreamer.co.uk This is my first attempt at a compass so please excuse the slight wonkyness!

As I am fairly new to blogging I thought I would join Lilysquilts small blog meet, have to be honest not really sure what I am doing on the techy side of things but here goes... Yep I have somehow managed to change the text below this link, can't seam to change it back hay ho!
http://lilysquilts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/fresh-sewing-day-and-small-blog-meet.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
And so this is what I have commited my self to do, should be fun linking up with like minded people.  Who is going to join me?
Next go and visit and get to know at least four other linked blogs - starting with the two above you in the linkys and the two below you. Visit those blogs, leave a comment, click to follow and visit that blog regularly over the next few weeks. Visit more if you have the time. And also visit back any new bloggers who come to visit you and get to know them and their blogs.
Always new stock coming in to www.patchworkdreamer.co.uk I am looking forward to this one coming in any day now.

Ideal for scouts and as a different "boys" fabric.  Think I am going to have to do something for my son with this one as he is a beaver (young scout) and they need a blanket for camping, so a quilt made out of this should be perfect. 
Sew thats it for me this week I'm off to check out the other small blogs on Lillysquilts, think I'll flick the kettle on first.