Monday, 25 November 2013

Sending Thanks.

Just wanted to pop in today to send out happy thoughts to all those people who came to see us at The Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate over the weekend (and Thursday and Friday). 

Once again it was a fantastic show and thank you to all the people who came to visit us again after meeting us the previous year. I'm absolutely useless at remembering names so I'm not going to list everyone as I'm bound to miss someone out! But I do want to say a particular thanks to the ladies who stopped by to say they had all made a pinny from Natalie's pattern (can't wait to see the pictures), and the lady who said after our quick tutorial on layer cake's last year she went home and made her very first quilt, and has now gone on to make loads more! 

I will leave you now with the picture as I left the restaurant on Wednesday night after set-up. Snow! Yes Snow! I had visions of being snowed in for the weekend (at least I would have had plenty of quilts to wrap up in!) but it disappeared as fast as it fell.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Final Show.

Just a quick reminder to you all that we are going to be at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate from Thursday through to Sunday.

It is our final show of the year so please come and say hello.

Thursday, 14 November 2013


Just popping in really quickly today.
The deadline has passed and after a very high tech drawing method (see below) the winners were picked. 

I have emailed both you lovely ladies and will get the tickets posted out to you asap. 

Thanks for checking in.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Knitting and Stitching Show Harrogate

The very kind people at Twisted Thread have given us some free tickets for their Harrogate show coming soon on the 21st to the 24th November 2013. 

We have decided to give them away to 2 lucky people. 

To win simply follow our blog and post a comment telling us you have and you could win a pair of tickets (one for you and one for a friend?)

We shall be there in the same spot as last year so be sure to come and say hello. 

Closing date is Midnight on Wednesday 13th November 2013 to give us time to post out the tickets to the winners. 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

FQR London..... a finish!

One of the classes I took while at the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London earlier this year was Paper Piecing with Joanna and Julianna. I have never tried Paper Piecing before but really wanted to give it a go as I have seen so many fantastic patterns created using this method. 

I did find I quite challenging, I think it has something to do with following instructions and planing ahead. I'm not very good with either, I tend to rush ahead with the fabric choices in all of my sewing, which could be why I end up with so many WIP's!

However a few weeks ago I decided to pull out the unfinished typewriter panel and have another go. 

I'm calling it a success.

Some of the bits don't meet where they should and I had to unpick quite a few seams once I realised I had put the wrong fabric in a few crucial spots but overall I'm pleased. 

The biggest cock-up I made was in pulling away the paper at the end, again no patience! I should have just sat and carefully removed them. Instead I ripped and yanked resulting in me having to re-stitch a few of the seams. Then I had the bright idea of soaking the whole thing to make the paper softer and easier to rip.... bad idea. The ink from the pattern soaked through in a couple of places and I now have a nasty line running down the body of my typewriter, but you live and learn. I won't be making that mistake again.

The panel now hangs on the wall in my little sewing room and I love it. Who know's I may even give paper piecing another go?