Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A Guest Speaker

 This week we had the first Guest Speaker in quite a while.

Irene and Fran came along to tell us about their involvement in the Dress a Girl Charity

They told us how they had got involved through their church after retiring from work, and how they have developed their designs, from simple pillowcase dresses  to more fancy embellished creations.

 They now line all of the dresses

 And add frill, ribbons, buttons and ric-rac.
 Or anything else that is available
 Pockets that now hold a pair of knickers for the little girls.
Each of the dresses has an embroidered label form the organisation. These little girls feel safe when wearing a labeled dress.
It is a horrifying fact that the label indicates that an organisation is looking after them  and just maybe a predator will pass them by. 

That's worth the extra time and effort just to sew on a label.

Someone from Irene's church has recently visited Uganda and had used her luggage allowance to take a consignment of dresses over with her.

 Probably the only "new" thing that this child will ever own.
 And amongst the photos I spotted some little boys in shorts that I had made.
 Lets face it, there are no more like this in the world!!  I was thrilled to see my little creations actually where they were meant for.

So far thes ladies have made or inspired other to help make -----
1500 Dresses 👗
 336 Boys shorts
 222 Bags
The bags are made to store any precious possesions that the children may aquire. For some it may just be a pretty pebble. 

Many of our ladies chatted with Irene and Fran and took the dress pattern ( it's a very simple design) off to make one or two to add to the next collection

If any of you who were not able to come and hear this heartwarming talk would like to contribute some of your time  you can download the pattern and a great tutorial for a piloowcase dress from

the shorts from here

(I have drawn out of a few copies if you are unable to download for yourself)

and any simple bag pattern that you can lay your hands on.

And we have a good excuse for a tidy up in our sewing spaces!

Or if you feel so inclined - a pack of little panites from your local supermarket is just £2.50 - maybe drop a pack into your weekly shopping?

Ellen will be bringing a basket to group next time, and hopefully we will be able to fill it with buttons, ribbons, lace, ric-tac, or any other tra la's that you would like to pop in -

I wonder how many we will create.................

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Put The Kettle On

and sit back to look at the results of our Christmas Challenge.....

We all had to use this Foundation Pieced pattern

 And then to make an item from this 8" block

We had an abundance of cushions....

 Someone was taking this VERY seriously!

 Part of her City and Guilds coursework
 Some table decorations


 Book covers



 A block that will be added to a larger Sampler Quilt

 A sewing folder

 And this lovey and very clever caddy to put at the side of the chair,  for keeping all those things you need at hand

 Another great big
Well Done
  to all that took part in this Challenge
I am hoping that a few more of these Challenges will surface in the coming weeks. I think there is about 50 here and I did give out 72!!! 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Another Month Gone!

Jo was back with us after her extended holiday visiting her family in South Africa.  She was not in a sewing mood, so was making another beaded bauble to add to her collection 

Elaine has begun constructing this bag 
 and was very happy with her Easter basket

just needs some chocolate eggs 😋

Debbie is soldiering on with her Hexagon quilt

It's been ages since we saw some Japanese Folded patchwork, but this is the method that Jan is using for her daughters new quilt.

Chris is making the applique panels for the cute drawstring bag 
the pattern is almost an antique 😝
 Shirley was getting the order of her fabrics how she wanted before sewing this little bag. This will be used by her niece for nappies and wipes
 Ellen was stitching a panel
 More Hexagons from Toni.
she always uses such pretty colours
 Val was making ..... Can't for the life of me remember, but we will see it when finished I'm sure!!
 We had more of the Stumpwork ladies on show

Mrs Beal's apprentice is nearing the end of the alphabet
Such a good Student Pauline
  Wonder what the next level will be?
only a few more letters to go

Brenda is also making an alphabet quilt. This is a different design
 Someone may be panic sewing her Christmas Challenge!!
 And those chickens have been hatching


 I think that these may be Rosemary's
 Both of these have been named for their new owners
 Brenda has been making this baby quilt for a friend
 These panels have been waiting, for a while, for a new home. They look like the pages from a school child's Art book

Linda is working on a new arty project

Lynda has used up some Charm Packs on her new quilty project

 Alison has begun to smock a little dress
  Barbara wanted a new table centre to fit in with her Spring Summer decor, but when doing the swap over from Winter to Spring, she found a very similar one that she had made last year!!
Still, you can never have too many patchwork items in your home, can you?