Thursday, 23 April 2015

Flying Geese

Today we are making Flying Geese.
Click on the link below to watch my video and join in with us.

To make the block below, your will need:
To make up18 Flying geese units

So cut out 36 two and a half inch squares for the background

And 18 four and a half inch by two and a half inch pieces for the geese.
(I have cut six of one colour and twelves of another in the block below)

I wil post my video on how to join the geese  together without loosing you points very soon.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

How to attach your binding to your Quilt

And now my dear Quilty Friends, following hot on the heals of my How to make/cut a quilt binding,

I give you my How to Attach your Binding to your Quilt Video

I'm thinking it would be a good idea for those of you new to this technique to make up a sample piece. What do you think? I could talk you through that if you wanted. Let me know.

Yours in Stitches, Joy

Binding Matters

OK my Quilty Friends, as some of you are ready for binding your quilts, today I give you my How to cut/make quilt binding video

Nothing more to say about that really, except if you have a any questions please feel free to ask them in the comments section.

And now hopefully, you'll want to find out how to Attach your Binding to your Quilt.  Well - Just click here. to find out.
Yours in Stitches, Joy 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015


Thursday Ladies are doing themselves proud with their first quilt project.
We have lots of Spools quilts in various stages of completion.
Here are two completed tops
Well done Karen & Yvonne.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Spool Block

Here is how I put together the spool Block we are making from The Beginners Guide to Quilting book we are using at the moment.
SCROLL to the bottom of the page for my Top Stitching Tip AND Today's musical interlude.
Here are all the pieces for one block

Below they are laid out as per the finished block
 Take the centre square and stitch on the two sides
 And Press
 Take the four small squares and place them on either end of spool top and bottom
Mark a diagonal line with your fabric marker of choice 
 Stitch along the marked lines
Trim off excess fabric
 Quarter of an inch is good
   Press open
Line up and stitch to middle section
One at the top and one at the bottom
 And hey presto
You have a spool block
Here is the book we are working from.
It's proved rather elusive.
The book of the same name on Amazon is not the same book.
This book is actually classed as a bookazine - not quite a book, not quite a magazine.
It was published last year (2014) through Future Publishing
Although no longer in stock on line with them. 
It is often available in W.H. Smith in the UK
Usually amongst the magazines. 
Almost everyone in actual class now have a copy.
But if I'd realised how difficult it would be to get hold of.....well...
Top Tip
To avoid your machine chewing up the beginning of blocks sewn on point.
Start your stitching onto a piece of spare fabric (make sure it's two layers of fabric)
 and continue without stopping onto your actual block - see pic below - green fabric is the spare piece.
You simply snip the spare fabric off once you've completed your stitching.
Yours in Stitches, Joy
Somewhere over the Rainbow - with the lovely mellow voiced
Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole
Click on the link
Relax and EnJoy

Monday, 10 November 2014

Christmas Star

This year I give you my Christmas Star Tree ornament

And another....

You can easily make one of these yourself.
Using two star templates - one large, one small.

With just these simple ingredients.....
Lets get stitching!

Cut two pieces of fabric (one piece will be your star front, the other will be the back of the star) roughly about half an inch larger than your large star shape.
Draw around the large star shape on one of the fabric pieces

On a contrasting piece of fabric
Draw around the small star template 
(I've used cookie cutters - and as you can see I'm making lots of Christmas Star ornaments)

Cut out small star and place onto centre of your drawn star .

Stitch in place using a contrasting thread.
(note you are stitching onto the front fabric only at this point)

Place front onto back fabric
 and stitch around outer star.

Cut out your star

Attach a ribbon for hanging
 And there you have it
Your very own Christmas Star Tree Ornament
The cookie cutters I bought came in a set of three - you only need two, but having these three gives me options to make different sized stars.
The original was made in felt.
But they work just as well using cotton fabrics,
or woolen ones.
Below are stars I've made from,
felt, cotton, brushed cotton and wool fabrics.
Experiment and have fun making your own Christmas Stars.
A little test for you now.
I machine stitched one of the hearts
and it worked out well
see if you can spot which one is the
Machine Stitched one.

As there is no padding/stuffing these little beauties will fit nicely inside Christmas cards.
Making a special little gift for your close friends and family.

And of course you might like to see how to make last Christmas's Hand Stitched Hearts

Or even the Machine Stitched Hearts

Enough information for one post!
Yours in Stitches, Joy

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
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