Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Little knitted Hats

Just by way of a change from patchwork and quilting.
I've been making these little hats for bottles of Innocent Smoothies to raise money for Age Concern.

To find out more  click here

I crochet some last year, but this year I got myself a pair of childrens knitting needles 
knit one, purl one...... 

I'm just following the basic 'simple' pattern,
but if you want to see some Amazing Innocent Hats, click here

I think I knit four, purl four, for this one.

They knit up ever so quickly.

I couldn't resist a little crochet edge though!

I've got until the 12th December to get my little hat sent in.
Using double knitting yarn and some 4mm needles, cast on 28 stitches.

Click here To see the Big Knit patterns

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

A One Hour Workshop

When I gave my Welsh Quilting talk to a local ladies group 'Positive Thinkers', they asked me to return to do a mini stitching workshop - Any project I though suitable.

Realizing the restrictions of having one hour to complete a workshop I decided to make an Applique Felt Heart Hanging.

You may remember the red and white felt ones we made last Christmas.

Anyway, these hearts are Aqua Blue

I wanted to make sure the ladies had the best chance of making these up within the hour,
  I've cut out, drawn out stitching lines and made up 30 kits

 Begged borrowed, bought and stolen about 70 needles.
Cut threads to length and threaded said 70 odd needles
(cutting thread and threading the needles would take valuable time out of their hour)
Cut out ribbons for hanging the Hearts
 Made up a number of example pieces
 At different stages
And rather ignored the dogs pleas to be taken out for a walk.

I think I am just about ready now
I usually teach small groups - 6-8 people
Wish me luck tonight with a room full. 
Hope the Positive Thinkers enjoy

Click below to see my Youtube Video on how to make these little Beauties

Yours in Stitches,
an exhausted Joy
p.s. Don't feel too sorry for Daisy (dog) I've just taken her for a quick walk before I leave.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Only two more sleeps

Until Joyofquilting Thursday class starts back after a lovely summer break.

I've been busy cutting out the fabrics for the Bag we will be making.

And I also need some ideas from you Thursday ladies - what would you like to make next?

This lovely heart quilt could be our Winter Warmer ladies.
What do you think? 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Strip Roll Stitching Day

Just wanted to share with you all some pictures from our Strip Roll Day yesterday....
Gaynor made this rather impressive sewing machine cover
'with the help and direction of Joan' 
(Gaynor doing a bit of hand stitching.)

Judith working on her Linus quilt
How many quilters does it take to make one quilt top?
Judith to make the mistake,
Joan to unpick it,
Jean to sew it back right!!!!
Note - Joan is unpicking while Jean is stitching.
In fact Jean is working so fast her work is a blur!
And of course Judith who's work it is looks on.
Judith's Linus top all finished.

Cath hard at work stitching the strips together.
And then we had a lunch break.....

All finished.
Here come the Play Tents
Karen's 'stripy tent'
Chris's 'Stripy tent' 
 Karen's second playtent of the day
This time she used larger squares
Lyn's single bed topper.
Peggy's two Hand stitching mats.
And Judith C has just sent me this picture of her finished
garden tablecloth - all ready for this Bank Holiday weekend. 
Well done Justith!

And guess what....
Gaynors Sewing Machine cover is reversable!!!
Clever girl.
And all from these lovely strip rolls.
Which came from Linda at Red House Quilting
A gentleman came into her shop with bags full of these rolls
that he had found after his wife passed away.
They were all different lengths and widths,
and full of wonderful surprises along the way.
There were dress fabrics, curtain fabric, hankies, pillows,
patchwork, lace etc.
Everyone was delighted with these rolls and there was much oowwing and ahhing,
as little treasures were found along the way - she had sewn onto these carefully cut pieces of fabric,
buttons, lace, a bell!, shisha mirrors, pieces of applique, a zip! And more.

We did wonder if this mysterious Stitcher was looking down on us and smiling as we gave new life to her work.
I think it's safe to say we all had a wonderful 'playday' together.
I'd love to be able to have invited you all to play.....
I know it's not easy to nip over to Wales from the other side of the world for a day out.
You could always invite a few of your quilty friends over for a 'playday'.
All you need is a hall, or someones house, some quilty friends and cake - you must have cake!

That's all from me for now folks,
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Bunting Fun - Free Project

Here is some super simple bunting for you to make.
All you need is some surplus fabrics and some string/cord/ribbon to attach them to.
A pair of scissor and sewing machine or needle and thread to hand stitch.
Do you remember the rolls of scrap fabrics I was given recently?
Well I've used used them.
You can use whatever fabrics you have laying around.

 First I made a paper template using the cover of an old magazine.
If you want to know how I made my template it's at the end or this post.

Let's begin the fun part.
 I simply lay my (rather funky) paper template onto my fabric
and marked around it with a fabric marker pen.
Here it is marked out with a fabric marker pen.
(you should be just about able to make out the -----.
I simply cut out the bunting using my pinking shears.
But it's perfectly ok to use ordinary scissors.
Or a rotary cutter if you so wish.
Also feel free to cut multiple layers of fabric for a quicker finish.  
With the right side of your fabric face down and the cord/ribbon on top.
Simply run your bunting through your sewing machine.
(this is the bit you could stitch by hand if desired) 

I left aprox. one and a half inches between each piece.
I didn't stop and start again between each flag.
I simply continued sewing my zig-zag stitch onto the cord.

I used a three step zig-zag stitch.
You could also use a normal zig-zag stitch.
 A close up of how the stitching looks from the front above
And the back view below.
And there you have it - Happy Bunting.

This is how I made my template.

My fabric was aprox. four and a half inches wide.
 So I took that as my top measurement.

I thought seven inches looked a good length for my bunting.
I love working by eye.

I drew a rectangle seven by four and a half inches
see below
I made a mark half way along the bottom four and a half inch line.

Then drew a line from the top corner to the bottom middle 
 And another line from the opposite top corner to the bottom middle
Creating a bunting shape.
I then cut this shape out onto a rather funky piece of a magazine cover.
Simply because it was a bit sturdier than the sheet of paper I drew on.

Remember, you can make your bunting any size you like.

I've enjoyed doing this so much I'm going to make some more up for pressies.

Yours in Stitches, Joy

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Jen Jones Annual Trip

Us ladies from Port Talbot love our annual trip to Jen Jones Quilt Gallery 'The Welsh Quilt Centre' in Lampeter.  And I don't know how she does it, but each and every year Jen and her team produce 'The Goods'.

This years exhibition is called Early to Bed and celebrates Folk Art and Make Do and Mend.

Even climbing the stairs leading up to the galleries took our breath away. The staircase walls had examples of the work of Janet Bolton.  And for those of you with a generously filled purses these wonderful pieces were for sale. I was very taken with her work, especially the sheep ones. You can never have too many sheep as far as I'm concerned.
Jen had a room/gallery with some stunning pieces of   Sandie Lush's  Quilted Jumpers.  That sentence does nothing to convey the complexity of and visual feast that Sandie has created with these 'Quilts'.

The main gallery space was dedicated to a wonderful display of Welsh Quilts. Including some Tailors Sample Quilts, an example of a conservation quilt (a subject very close to Jen's heart) and some fascinating Faux Patchwork quilts (cheater panels are nothing new!)

And if you are inspired to start a new project by the exhibition, just a couple of doors away you have Calico Kate's Quilting Shop. An Aladins Cave for quilters.

Of course if you are tempted to buy a Welsh Quilt of your own then take a look at
 Jen Jones Quilt Shop, where you can buy your very own antique Welsh Quilt.

And a first for me - no pictures in this post - just lots of 'pink links' for you to click on and find your own favorite pictures.

I thought I'd end today's very Welsh post with this lovely music video. Cerys Matthews singing Calon Lan - that takes me back to my school days. This was one of my favorite songs at assembly.

  So for now, yours in Stitches, Joy

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Schools out - anyone for camping - Patchwork Style?

Schools out.  Today we had our last Joyofquilting class(Thursday ladies) before our summer break.

And, as we are having such a beautiful summer here in Wales this year, I thought a bit of camping was in order.
Sew, I've patched myself a tent. OK, it's actually a playtent for my grandson William but I'm sure he would let me play too.

Here it is.
Well, I took some of those scrap rolls
stitched them together
and made this playtent.
(note the use of quilting bag and books instead of tent pegs - well we had set up camp on a wooden floor) 
I sort of used the pattern out of the
Beginners Guide to Quilting book we are using on Thursdays.
I say sort of used because I just looked at the pictures - I didn't read the instructions.
It really is a simple project to make up. 
At the moment the book is out of stock online.
Hopefully it will be back in stock again soon because there are some lovely projects in there.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the room there was lots of Hexie work going on.
 Louise and Ann are working on applique Hexie cushions.

 Karen and Sue have made Hexie balls
(I'll be posting instructions for this very soon.)

 And Evette has been busy making bunches of Hexie flowers for her quilt top.

Hopefully all you Thursday ladies have enough stitching to keep you occupied over rest of the summer.
And if you are following my blog or have liked my facebook page you'll get updates as I post them.

Next week we will be visiting Jen Jones Gallery Exhibition 'Early to Bed'

Diary date - Joyofquilting (Thursday Ladies) start back on Thursday 4th September.

Yours in Stitches, Joy
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