Friday, 26 May 2017

Post Holiday Round Up

 There was lots to catch up with after my holiday and the ladies certainly had not been slacking in my absence!

A pretty cushion

 More Sampler blocks from Gill

 A lovely Somerset Folded piece in progress
 A finished Japanese Bobble bag
or two or three....


Sue had finished a pair of Raffy pretties

The Wednesday ladies had had great fun with Diana and her Stumpwork ladies 



 Hopefully we will see these beauties inserted into their card homes soon.

Christine was happy to show her  finished Rail Fence quilt

 Linda has been practicing her  Free Motion Quilting
 And as you can see, is getting very good at it!!
 The picture just does not do Justice to the hand painted piece

 Janis went all Pear Shaped at the Monday session

And so did the ladies




 Bernice had cut her pear up
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 Angie was using a painted felt background

 And Linda has a whole bunch of pears to finish

 And Shirley has fallen into the Crochet Bodice little dress black hole

along with Jo

Jo has sent her dresses off to the Dress a Child charity, but Shirley is too much in love to let hers go, just yet 😍 🙄

We have a Bank Holiday Monday off next week  and normal service  will should resume after that !

Monday, 8 May 2017

Bobble Bag Making

A great turnout last Wednesday, where Rosemary & Brenda showed the ladies how to make a Japanese Bobble Bag.

We got straight onto the making and I failed to take any progress pics, but we had lots of finishes

Some lovely fabric choices 

A great evening. Thank You for your guidance Rosemary & Brenda 😘

 Don't forget that Wednesday 10th May will see Diana return to show us how to make a
"Portrait of a Lady" using a stump-work technique.

Carol has emailed all with the requirements. If you haven't seen this, pop over to the Diary Page for info.

Sue had proudly brought in her Liberty Lawn Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt. It is lovely Well done Sue  

The other Sue was also proudly displaying her Challenge, as she was unable to attend on the reveal date.  
A new technique to Sue, worked out by herself - Well done Sue
 Jo had been inspired by our speaker last time and had set about making SIX lovely dresses for the Dress A Child charity.
All hand some panties and a peg doll too 💗

Next Monday - 15th May - We will be Going Pear Shaped with Janis.   Again pop over to the Diary page for details.
just one of the sample ideas
 I can see these making a lovely panel round a tote bag..... 

Janis always comes up with a fun idea for her workshops, and this one is HAND STITCHING!!! so will appeal to all!

 Don't forget Wednesday girls. If you can come along on Monday for this workshop I guarantee you won't be disappointed. 

 I can't wait to see what we make of this one!!!

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.................