Gayle contacted us as she wanted to make the 40 minute quilt but was a little unsure about winging it and asked Valerie for a little help as she had cut her strips to 4" As Gayle's strips were wider, Valerie said that this just means that the quilt will get made faster! (Valerie's original quilt was made from 2.5"strips).
A few of you have been in touch to show us your work wih Valerie from our Lady Sew and Sew retreat back in April 2017. Jennie contacted us to say she had a really good time at the retreat and learnt SO much! Here's a photo of the piece she made. Her youngest daughter fell in love with it so she has nearly finished it for her.
Valerie has to thank Beatriz, one of her students, for the introduction to It's So Emma's Fat Quarter Baby Book and now we love this – we think you will too They have been busy making lots of the quilts and here are just a few. The book has 20 little crib quilts to make, with great shopping information and excellent cutting and sewing instructions too.
We had a fabulous time on our Stitching Getaway in March at Tortworth Court Hotel. Sylvia Critcher shared lots of new techniques, ideas and tips and sent everyone off inspired for their new projects. One of our ladies has sent us her lovely finished Wild Rose cushion that she started at the weekend. Why not check out our photo album from the weekend on Facebook and see what our ladies got up to.
One of our lovely members Viv had chatted to Valerie at the West Country Quilt show in Bristol last year about Julia Gahagan's Miniature quilts. She was busy making this lovely alpine village pattern and was learning how to do it from Julia's video on our site. She was determined to finish it by Christmas - and she did.
She told us has really enjoyed making it and we agree with everyone who she has shown it to, that it is a very pretty piece of work - Very well done indeed Viv!!!
Ann from Dorset has been very very busy and she's shared some photos with us of the delightful projects she's been working on. (Clockwise from top left) Ann's successful first try at this technique for her first grandchild. (if you want to learn how to make raggy edge quilts - check out our workshop with Gail Penberthy) Christmas fun using foam for the first time - a fabulous addition to any Christmas table, I'm sure you'll agree.
Lyn wrote to us today to share this lovely table runner that she has just finished. It only took her two days to complete and just needs a label on the back then it is ready to be given to her friend for her birthday on Tuesday. What a gorgeous piece it is and a lovely idea for a present.
Here is the finished (top!) for the charity quilt Valerie was making with the Lewis & Irene Bumblerries fabrics - note the design change for the borders! Want to make one yourself - click here for the video and the free workshop notes.
Thanks for the inspiration.
This was almost as quick to piece as simple 5 inch squares but more visually interesting outcome.
Irene - want to see What it's all about? - click here
Here are two quilts and the original table runner that got Valerie inspired; these were made using the paper template BUT since filming Valerie has found a template designed for use with the rotary cutter which is multi-sized - including for use with jelly rolls - so obviously there will be more!! want more info on the template ?- click here
!! SPOLIER ALERT!! - Updated 28 May 2017 Here is the special secret picture gallery of your versions of Sylvia Critcher's New Year Mystery Quilt, but you'll only be able to see the pictures if you're logged in as a subscriber. This is the one that Sylvia made for the project One of our subscribers- Sandra- met up with Sylvia recently at one of Sylvia's classes.
Carol, all the way on the otherside of the world in Perth, Australia, contacted us before Christmas as she was looking to get some trapunto wool and learn the craft. For her first attempt. she has made this lovely version of Sylvia Critcher's Christmas Rose Pin Cushion and she has used hers as a Christmas decoration rather that a pin cushion.
Thank you Pat for sharing this lovely quilt; Pat managed to make this great quilt design into a double quilt for her family - who were the lucky recipients from Santa! want to make your own version (and it would look wonderful in other fabrics too!) - just click here. and you will notice that our version appears on the back wall when we were interviewing at the West Country Quilt & Textile Show - didn't it look great!
The justhands-on.tv community stretches far and wide and one member from France, Sandra, made these gorgeous cutwork pieces by following instructions from Kathleen Laurel Sage in one of her kits . She's very pleased with her results. One picture is of the kit she received, and the second one is made from a photo that she found on Kathleen's site.
We do love it when we inspire you, especially when it's all for a good cause. One of our lovely members, Liz, wrote to us recently as she had enjoyed Jennie's video Changing Places and thought it would be ideal as a scrap quilt for Project Linus. For those of you not familiar with Project Linus, it's a volunteer organisation. who provide new home made patchwork quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets to sick and traumatised children of all ages, and give volunteers across the UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.
We do love it when a plan comes together - We've heard from one of our members, Beth. She's just completed this quilt for her grandson using Janet Clare's Nocturne fabrics which we had on the site a few months ago. She's called it 'Stars and Moons'. Her grandson is a Man City fan and was really delighted with this and the Blue Moon, unbeknown to her, is their club song.