Monday, 23 December 2013

Peace and Joy at Christmas

 Above are some of the Machine Stitched Hearts we have been making stitched onto a garland.
Below is my Christmas Tree featuring one each of the Hand Stitched and Machine Stitched Christmas Hearts we have been working on here and in class.
 I've made and given some of these hearts to some very special people this year.
It was a pleasure to make and give these as little gifts to spread some Christmas Joy x
Above are some lovely Christmas Hearts (plus one Star) that Ros has made.
And hung on a 'real tree' too.
Lovely work Ros

Monday Class will start again in the new year.
I'd just like to wish you all - each and every one...
Peace and Joy this Christmas.
May your stockings be overflowing with 'Quilty pressies'

I've just found this lovely video for you all
I just love the banter they have before the song begins.
So I'll leave you with
Bing Crosby & David Bowie
Little Drummer Boy


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Christmas Cushions - Monday Group

Hello there my Quilty Friends,
This weeks Monday Class was our Christmas Lunch.
Twenty nine of us went out for the day to Cowbridge, did a little Christmas Shopping and generally had a good old Christmassy time.

I bought these rather nifty skating boots in Cowbridge

I'd like to share with you a couple of pictures of  work that Judith C. bought along this week to show us.

Firstly Judith has been busy making the Hand Stitched Christmas Hearts I showed you all how to make last week.

And Secondly, a picture of some rather Elegant Christmas Cushions Judith has 'run up' - 
Judith described them as Simple but I think Elegant is a better description of these little beauties. 
Yes, they are a simple idea - but it's Elegant they look.
And what a lovely/easy way to showcase your Christmas Fabrics.
I'm claiming these as 'Strippy Cushions' as they follow on nicely from the Strippy Quilts we were all making earlier this year.
They would make fabulous Christmas Gifts
Just think, three strips a piece for the back a cushion and your good to go. 

Well, my Quilty Friends I'd better be off now.
I've loads more little Hand Made Hearts to stitch,
I've been popping some in with Christmas Cards as well as working on a wreath and garland of Hearts.
Yours in Stitches, Joy 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Michael Buble - from the Bottom of my Heart - Kickback Friday

Hi there my Quilty Friends,
Hope you all enjoyed making the Hand Stitched Hearts and the Machine Stitched Hearts we have been working on over the last couple of weeks.

I was stitching a few together today while listening to a Christmas CD and this track seemed very appropriate..It's not quite the version on the CD I was listening to - but it is indeed a rather sexy version of:

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the BOTTOM OF MY HEART - it just seemed perfect while I was Hand Stitching MY HEARTS

Now I know some of you think it's still to early for Christmas
I have been full of Christmas Spirit since the beginning of November
I rather suspect by the end of November I will be all Christmased out.
Just sit back relax and enjoy Michael Buble
And remember to click on the little square on the bottom right hand corner
of the video - once it starts playing - to view it full screen.

Yours in Stitches, Joy

Monday, 25 November 2013

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Hand Stitched Hearts and Birthday Wishes

Well my Quilty Friends, today I'm posting a Video Tutorial on how to make the Hand Stitched Hearts we made in class today for our Community Centre Christmas Tree.
 Doesn't it look lovely with a mixture of last weeks Machine Stitched and this weeks
Hand Stitched Hearts?

 And here are a couple of pics of the Monday Ladies busy hand stitching.
 I had made up lots of little kits for them - including a needle - I wasn't taking any excuses!
I couldn't make a kit each for you my readers.
I did the next best thing and made you your own video.
Hope you enjoy the video
I know lots of Monday Ladies today were rushing out
to buy some felt to make more of these simple but stunning little hearts.

And of course they are not just for Christmas.
Hearts can be hung any time of year.
If you stuff them a little more stiffly, they make lovely pin cushions too.
It's my birthday this week
And I'd like to thank the Monday Ladies for my lovely flowers and birthday cake they gave me today in class. 

Yours in Stitches, Joy

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Christmas Hearts Orniment - Free Tutorial - Monday Class

Hello there my Quilty Friends,
Love it or loath it (and I LOVE it) - 'tis the season to be jolly.....

Sew, we have kicked of this most wonderful time of the year with some machine stitched Christmas Hearts.

OK - they could be any time of year Hearts - but made up in Christmas fabrics they most definately are Christmas Hearts.

When I walked into 'Actual' Monday class this week, Christine (the caretaker) had just finished putting up the community centres Christmas Tree. And a little bird (Jean) had told her we were making Christmas Hearts this week. She knew because I had posted a sneak preview on Joyofquilting Facebook page.

Not being greedy, Christine asked for a mear 50 for the Christmas Tree!

Well, we made our Hearts in class and duly hung them on the tree - only 7 so far but lots more to come including the Hand Stitched Hearts we will be making next Monday.

But don't feel left out - I have made a video lesson for you.
Hope you like - and please let me know how you get on.

So far I've made a number of the individual hangings. One set of three - hanging together. 
And I'm working on a garland of them for my fireplace - pictures soooon.

Next week we will be making
Hand Stitched Hearts,
I remain yours in Stitches, Joy

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Christmas Hearts - Monday Group

Well my Quilty Friends it's been a funny week. In Monday Group I was rather quiet. I was so tired after my Sunday jaunt to Birmingham NEC to see the Hobbykraft Show. I could hardly keep my eyes open. But I had recovered enough by yesterday to start making samples for our next little project. Christmas Hearts - or My Heart Belongs to Christmas.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be making Hearts both in actual Monday class and here on the blog.
I've posted a pic with single samples. The two to the left are machine stitched and the one on the right is hand stitched. We'll be covering both methods and I'll also be making a Heart Hanging and a Christmas Heart Wreath.
Watch this space.....
P.S. I've also been trying to sort out some computer of which is the dreaded 'no reply blogger' AGAIN. I hope/think I've sorted it and you should now be able to make comments again.
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

More Strippy's - Monday Group

We had a couple more book covers completed and brought into class this week.
These are Judith c and Eve's. And Eve made hers up following my Book cover video instructions Part 1
Part 2. I was delighted to hear that because it means my video instructions are followable!

We also had our once a month sit and sew morning this week (Tuesday).
And Karen brought in these lovely strippy quilts she has made as presents.

They are all lovely
but the black sashing and borders on this quilt
make it really 'pop'
And as Karen said making these strippies with larger pieces
means you can really showcase the fabric patterns.

You might remember we were making strippy quilts over the summer. But most of the ones we made were 'baby' sized. With small strips. So it was lovely to see Karens adult sized lap quilts with big bold strips.

Now we are in November I can mention Christmas. I'd love to see/hear about your Christmas projects.
And you can post any pictures you have on my Joyofquilting Face Book Page.
I'm also going to be looking for interesting Christmas Quilty ideas to post on my Facebook page over the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye on that. Better still, like my facebook page and you'll get to updates whenever I post something new.

Well, I'm off now to start my Quilty Christmas search,    

Yours in Stitches, Joy

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Ch ch ch Change no. 1 - Joyofstitching

Hello there my Quilty Friends.
I have been talking about ch ch ch changes here on Joyofquilt.
Well, this is change no 1.

Yours in Stitches, Joy

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Ze Book Cover part 2 - Monday Class

Well, my Quilty Friends, I've finally managed to get Ze Book Cover part 2 Video uploaded.
Actually the problem wasn't uploading it - it was making it.
You know the kind of thing when the world seems against you.
Take 1, I got confussed (mouth and brain not in sinc)
Take 2, managed to focus the camera on thin air - not very interesting that video
Take 3, I should have known it was getting too dark to film grrrr
Next day
Take 4, battery ran out half way thru filming.
Take 5, phone rings half way thru.
I did a quick excuse me and pause.
So this weeks video is Take 5
And here is a picture of a few of the finished Book covers that some of our 'Actual' Monday ladies brought in yesterday. More to follow next week.

Yours in Stitches, Joy

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Monday Class - Book Cover

Hello there my Quilty Friends,

In this weeks Monday Class I showed our members how to make a fabric book cover. And today I'm posting the first part of a two part video I have made showing you all how to make the fabric book covers.

But firstly I want to show you how Joan's logcabin heart quilt is coming along.
Anyone else still working on their logcabin quilts?

Don't you think it's absolutely stunning?

Now back to the book covers.
I showed Monday Class the first part of how to make the book covers last week
and lots of them brought in their 'work in progress' this week.
Silly me
I didn't think to take any pictures of their work.
I'll have to rectify that next week.

So you'll have to make do with a picture of my book covers at the moment
The one on the left I'm calling a 'Patchwork Book Cover'
And the one on the right I'm calling a 'Wholecloth Book Cover'
Both quick and easy to make and ideal little Christmas Pressies.

I did, however, manage to get around to making a video of how to make the book covers.
This is part one of two videos
Hope you enjoy.
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Is it Kickback Friday already!

Hello there my Quilty Friends, you know the saying 'make hay while the sun shines'.
Well the sun has been shining here in Wales. It's kind of warm for this time of year (and dry).
I have a confession to make - Instead of staying in to make the bookcover videos, I took my dog Daisy down to the beach this morning.
It was quite exciting as dogs are only allowed on the main beach after 30th September. So it was Daisy's first visit to the main beach this morning.
And as you can see she enjoyed.
 The pink thing around her neck is a frizbe.
She hasn't got the hang of playing with the frizbe yet.
I threw it, turned my camera on and she was running back to me
with the frizbe around her neck - not sure how she did that! 
Enjoying a little paddle.

I had meant to video this afternoon, but.......

We fell asleep.
And as Daisy had fallen asleep on my legs
I couldn't disturb her - could I.

A quick little message to any 'Actual' Monday class readers from Jean....
'Can you bring in the remainder of your Cowbridge money next Monday please.'

Last week I bought myself the new Jack Johnson CD From Here To Now - I'm loving it so here is a track
'You Remind Me of You'

Yours in Stitches, Joy
p.s. I'm stilll working on my ch ch ch changes ;) 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Monday Group - Patchwork Book Cover

Hello there my Quilty Friends,

The sun is shining, my toe is 'quite' happy and my ch ch changes are coming along nicely.

And in Monday class we started on the Patchwork Book Covers.

I'm hoping to get a video up soon on how I made the book cover.
I can't blame my toe entirely for not getting the video made.
I have spent a little time in my workroom both yesterday and today.
I was sidetracked by the ideas in my head and I've been working on another version of the book cover
Also practicing a new technique and idea that is part of my ch ch changes.

But for now you'll have to be content with a couple of pictures of the work in progress on the Book Covers.
 These first two pictures are of the original Patchwork Book Cover
And yesterday in 'actual class', I showed as far as getting to use your sewing machine's fancy stitches  
 Then yesterday afternoon I felt the need to try a 'Wholecloth' book cover.
The 'wholecloth' being a piece of Deborah O'hare's wonderful painted fabric.
This is a work in progress at the moment.
I have further plans for this piece.

There'll be no more stitching or any videoing for me today as I'm off to see Buddy in the Grand Theatre Swansea tonight.

But I promise I'll work on the Patchwork Book Cover over the next few days so you can all have a go soon.

Yours in Stitches, Joy 

Friday, 11 October 2013

My left toe, Facebook pages, and Kickback Friday

Well my Quilty Friends, it seems that I have managed to re-break my little toe.
And within feet of the original toe breaking incident too!

This isn't one of the ch ch changes I was talking about last week.
Suffice to say it's put a stop to my stitching antics this week.
I've had to re-think todays post.
And as I have had some time to sit and browse the web. I thought I'd share with you some Facebook pages.
They are a bit different to blogs and often people have a blog AND a facebook page. (As I do)

I've put below some links to a few 'quilty' facebook pages, including mine of course.

And for any of you new to facebook or if you just don't know. I'd like to tell you a little about
likes and shares and what are they.

When you click on "Like" you are just expressing that you liked this particular post, status, picture or anything.
With "Share", you share it (publishing it on your profile)  because you think this is interesting and your facebook friends may like to see it too.

So, click on the pink links and enjoy.

Project Linus

Diary of a quilter



Today's music video - well, with a little wink to my left toe...
Chumbawamba - I Get Knocked Down Again.
A fun montage of pictures, I love the horse, but I don't think I should try the bouncing shoes.
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Friday, 4 October 2013

Things they are a changing - Kickback Friday

Hello there my Quilty Friends, here we are again - another week over and the weekend just beginning.

It's been a funny old few weeks for me - things they are a changing - I can feel it in my bones.
By way of a change today there are no pictures - just words.

My Patchwork World is changing....not big changes but lots of little ones in all different areas of my Quilty World - Sew - the question is - Am I changing? Or, is the Quilty World around me changing.

Ch ch ch ch ch change.

Do you ever feel um.....things need a bit of a shake up, a bit of a change. You could call it growth.
Although at the time it may feel a bit uncomfortable. You know deep down it needs doing.
You need time, you need to gather the energy, the inspiration.
You need to focus and at the same time you need space, distance, a little bit of me time.
Sounds a bit deep, a bit scary but bit by bit one step at a time you need change.

I know the process has begun.
I've made a few little steps, just a small movement in another direction.
But there is a lot more to do.  It will, I hope improve my little Quilty World, especially my on-line little Quilty World.

And so, my upcoming trip to see my sister has fallen just at the right time.

Ch ch ch ch ch change, turn and face the strain.

I'm going to spend a few days just eating, drinking and laughing - I may even get a little bit hysterical - I think the hysterical bit has already started!
I need a good clearout, a reboot - out with the old and in with the new.

There will be no Monday Class post next week.

The music video I've chosen to share with you this week is a song that has been going around inside my head for days now.
Changes by David ch ch ch ch change, turn and face the strain ch ch ch ch change.......

  Well, that's all from me today folks,
Yours in Stitches, J J J J Joy 

Monday, 30 September 2013

Log Cabin Hearts- Monday Class

Good morning my Quilty Friends.

There was much excitement in class this morning as we were organizing our Christmas Dinner...

This year we have extended our Christmas Dinner to last a whole day.

Jean has masterminded a trip to Cowbridge Town where we shall have time for tea/coffee and cake on arrival, Christmas shopping and then a wonderful lunch at The Bear - Bliss - I've already chosen what I want to eat - not that I'm excited or anything.
So you won't feel left out, I will post pictures of our day - obviously that won't be 'till December.

Today in class Joan brought in her logcabin hearts - so for those of you still working on your logcabins take heart - it's not a race - you just need to enjoy the journey.
 This is one heart block, which I believe is made up of four logcabin blocks.

This is one of the logcabin blocks
can you see it starts at the bottom left of the picture?

And these are the four heart blocks together.
Beautiful work Joan 

I have finished my strippy quilt and have backed it with a fleece. (I'll be posting a picture of it later in the week)
And backing my strippy with fleece gave me the idea to back one of my logcabin quilt tops with a fleece so it will be nice and cwtchy for the winter - watch this space for updates on progress.

I also took in the book cover we will be making soon.
I'll be posting a picture and a list of requirements soon for those of you who would like to join in with us on-line.

That's about it from me today,
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Thursday, 26 September 2013

ABC Applique Kickback Friday

I've been quiet I know.

My D.H. is on holidays this week and next week.
We are having a stay at home holiday
I have had time to stitch - just been having a break from 'tinternet.

I've been working on

'The Baby Quilt'

All the stitching on these is now finished.
If you want to see how I machine applique
to view
click on the pink links

The Strippy Quilt
I'm lovin the purple
Top is now finished ready for quilting.

And yesterday I started making samples for our next Monday Class Project.
More details on this one soooon.....

Music tonight - let's see -  Ah yes.
The was a programme on last night celebrating Max Boyce's 70th Birthday
So, tonight I give you Max Boyce with Hymns and Arias and a little bit of
Sospan Fach
Well that's all from me tonight folks,
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Strip Quilts - Monday Group

Ideas for strip quilts are flowing in thick and fast in Monday Group.

Judith C is  working on a second lovely strippy in happy spring colours.

Judith D has gone for a  mini strip.... This is from the book
101  Fabulous Small Quilts - I think

And Jean is working on a cross between a log cabin and a strippy
aren't they simply stunning colours - and as you can see in the picture it's from a Kaffe Fassatt's book
Quilts en Provence. And being Jean, they are made up in silk fabrics.
Jean is working on her fourth block so has only another forty to make.

Well done ladies I'm proud of you all - keep up the good work. And thank you for allowing me to document your progress.

If you would like to see some other strippy ideas click on my Facebook page link here. 

I'm holding fire on my strippy for a minute. We are going to Doughty's road show in Cowbridge tomorrow and I want to lay my strips up against a few different fabrics before I decide on the sashing/borders.

Sew, for now, Yours in Stitches,

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Strips, Stitcheries, & Kickback Friday - Any Dream Will Do.

Well my Quilty Friends I've started on my Strip Quilt.
It's a brilliant way to use up the fabric left over from a finished project.

If you use fabrics left over from a project they will obviously go together so the added bonus is you don't have to worry about matching colours.
Also it could make a quick and easy matching accessory for said project.

Other than that. Pick a piece of fabric and choose fabric from the colours that are in it.

The striped fabric was my starting point.
The pink on the right didn't make it into the final cut!
I cut my strips 5" in length
between one and a quarter and two and a half inches in width
just to add some variety.
one and a quarter was a bit to thin 
I wouldn't go below one and a half inches in future.
You can cut your strips all the same width. 

I've been looking at strippy quilts on-line and the one above took my fancy.
It's by Cluck Cluck Sew  
If you click on the Pink Link above it will take you to her web-site, where you will find more pictures and a
Strip & Flip tutorial.  Well worth a look at.

And in a complete change of subject, here is a link to Lorna's blog, Sew Fresh Quilts and a lovely post she made about her mom's embroidered quilts from the 1960's. They are beautiful quilts and well worth taking a peak at.

And finally, music - do I feel tonight.

Well, Daisy's been a bit naughty today, nibbling at the wallpaper and while I was in the room too!
So I was thinking Puppy Love, but then I saw Any Dream Will Do from Joseph. Now there are a number of suspects for this particular song, but for me it has to be....good old Donny - well, he's a year younger than me actually.  But still, good old Donny Osmond.
Well, that's it from me and Daisy today,
Remember to click on the Pink Links
& Enjoy

Yours in Stitches, Joy

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Strippy Quilts - Monday Class & Spotlight Wednesday!!!

Well my Quilting Friends we hit September running this Monday. We were quite a full class. With every one eager to get stitching.
As I told you all last week we are kicking of with a stripping quilt - just noticed the error there but thought I'd leave it in for you to enjoy. That sentence should have read.
As I told you all last week we are kicking of with a strippy quilt. I'm not quite sure what a stripping quilt would be used for but images of  it replacing the fans in a fan dance jump straight into my head. Any other sugesstions my Quilty Friends?
Anyway, before we get started on that, that I want to show you some finished log cabins.

This beautiful logcabin quilt is the work of Joan.
Joan has made this quilt for her Grandson Harvey.

 And the wonky logcabin quilt above and below belong's to our Win.
She brought it along to class to layer it up on our big tables.

Above is Judith C's logcabin quilt
This picture really doesn't do it justice by the way.
And below is a close up of one of the blocks showing
one of the ties. As Judith tied this quilt.
This is making me feel a little guilty as I've yet to finish off my logcabins.

Above is Daisy 'helping' me while I'm cutting out the strips for my
Strippy Quilt.
She is growing so fast and she can reach up onto the table now
and anything within her reach gets removed for further investigation!
More on the Strippy Quilt soon.....

Yours in Stitches, Joy

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