Posts Tagged ‘The Ladies Wot Stitch’

Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2013 – Group Wedding Quilt

This is my first time entering the Bloggers Quilt Festival organised by the lovely Amy. If you’ve not heard about the festival head over now and learn all about it, or even better enter a quilt!

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you probably already know that I hold a sewing group once a week at my house. If you’re new to my blog hi and thanks for popping over!

We called our group The Ladies Wot Stitch and we’ve been meeting up for over a year now. We all like different crafts, some of us sew, some crochet or knit but we all really enjoy each others company.

Earlier this month one of our group, Natalie, got married. Her and her husband had a beautiful ceremony in Cyprus, then last Saturday they had a lovely reception party locally for us all to celebrate with them.

As a wedding gift the rest of The Ladies Wot Stitch and I decided to make them a Wedding Quilt. We opted for a turquoise, white and grey colour scheme and I came up with a simple heart themed pattern. Not all of the ladies have made quilts before, or even used a sewing machine, so I tried to keep it quite straight forward for all levels.

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For the centre of the quilt my clever mum, Julie, cross stitched their name and the date they got married. We all wanted to incorporate some cross stitch into the quilt as Natalie always has a cross stitch project on the go and she is forever telling us how much her husband moans about the amount of cross stitch they have in the house. We just knew it would put a smile on her face!

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To stabilise the fabric to enable my mum to cross stitch onto the quilting cotton she used some dissolvable Aida. She said it was great, once you have finished your work you simply soak it and tease the dissolving Aida away. I plan on giving it a go on a future project as I really liked the look of the finished block.

We were all really happy with the finished quilt. I love how everyone’s personality comes across in their block. It’s funny how when a group of people are given the same set of instructions how they interpret it, how different we all see colours and patterns.

For the back we chose Robert Kaufman Spot On wide quilt backing in Steel. I decided to keep the quilting light as I didn’t want to take away from everyone’s hard work.

We gave Natalie the quilt at the reception party. I think her expression says it all.

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This might not be the most complicated quilt but I really enjoyed making it and I think it was just right for the occasion. I’m so proud of our group, especially the members who had never attempted patchwork before and I think that the quilt sums up our friendships perfectly.

The Ladies Wot Stitch’s Newest Recruit

This is just a quick post to officially introduce you to Chester, our newest recruit.

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How friggin cute is he!!!!

Chester asked his lovely mummy very nicely if he could come and sew last night, at only 10 days old I think that’s some amazing dedication.

We all enjoyed lots of cuddles and can’t wait to see him again next week, oh and it goes without saying that it was great to see his mum Hayley too.

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She looks amazing and so chilled considering she gave birth less than two weeks ago.

The Craft Bug. Watch Out It’s Highly Contagious

This is a public safety announcement. Please be warned there is a pandemic spreading like wild fire. It is commonly known as the craft bug.

I’ve had this bug for a while now and I have to be honest I LOVE IT! Do you know what’s better than having the bug yourself? Spreading it.

Last summer I started a sewing group and really had no idea how popular it was going to be. Well a year on and we are good friends, meeting up once a week to work on our projects and have a giggle. We have two new members and we have all agreed to try new crafts and teach each other new skills. Last Monday one of the gang, Tracey, gave us a crochet master class.

It was great learning a new craft, look at us all concentrating.

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I can promise you there was plenty of laughing once we started to get the hang of it.

Here’s Meg, mine and my mum’s finished granny squares. Not bad for a first attempt huh?

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Since The Great British Sewing Bee aired in the UK I’ve noticed that more people are taking an interest in what I do. I’ve had more people enquiring about The Ladies What Stitch, friends and family have been asking me about my current WIPs, even other mums on the school run have started asking me about the sorts of things I make. Until now very few people understood why I enjoyed it so much, but suddenly they’re interested, two of my friends from the school run have asked me to help them make quilts! I mean how amazing is that, I’ve really enjoyed talking them through the basics and helping them choose fabrics. What they don’t know is I plan on showing you guys some photos of their finished projects.

Lisa, a good friend of mine posted this on Instagram a few weeks ago and it made me feel really proud.

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Since posting this photo she hasn’t stopped knitting, her and her mum Jacki are teaching themselves to crochet too.

How great are the phone case Lisa made and Jacki’s little flowers
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It makes me so happy to know my friends have finally caught the bug and it’s thanks to me spreading it!

The Big Reveal – WIP update

I have been waiting for a while now to share this with you so here goes…

Nearly a year ago I decided to start a sewing group, which is still going strong. We are a motley crew and I love them all to bits. We vary in skills and confidence with our sewing but we always have a giggle, we call ourselves The Ladies Wot Stitch.

Hayley is pregnant and due very soon, we are all excited to meet the baby and a few months ago I came up with the idea of making a gift for the baby from all of us. Only Tracey and I had ever made a quilt before so we needed to keep it pretty simple so that everyone could get there blocks done in time. We decided on a log cabin design, all the Ladies each made 2 blocks using fabrics that either reminded them of Hayley, or that they thought she would like. I made one block and put the quilt together.

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Can you guess which block I made?

We used bold colours for the backing and scrappy binding to finish.

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Monday last week was our last meeting before Hayley was 37 weeks so we thought it would be a great time to give her the quilt. I think we were all a little nervous to see what she thought of it. Thankfully she loved it! She was really surprised and kept telling us how much she can’t wait to wrap her new bundle of joy up in his quilt!

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Hexies – My Latest Addiction

I know I am very late to this party but I have finally plucked up the courage and had a go at EPP. I can honestly say I don’t know what took me so long, I love it! For a long time now I have been admiring my online friends EPP projects and dreaming of a hexy covered home but have been a little nervous about having a go. I decided to follow the progress of the Fat Quarterly Hexy MF along to get more of an idea on the technique, it’s been really useful and I would recommend anyone interested in trying EPP takes a look.

In case your not familiar with EPP here is a basic explanation –

EPP or English paper piecing is a hand sewn technique used to sew hexagons and other shapes together using a paper template. The seam allowance is turned under the template and then shapes are sewn together using small stitches, usually whip stitch. Once the shapes have been sewn together the paper is removed.

Now I really like the look of EPP but the biggest thing that put me off was that it seemed like quite a lengthy process and labour intensive. With all my other projects on the go and the monsters running riot I just wasn’t sure I would have the time. I had a twitter chat with Lynne over at Lily’s Quilts who said it was great and I should definitely have a go, so I kept following the Hexy MF, bought some fabric and continued to contemplate when I would find the time to start.

Finally this past week I managed to find the time to sit down and start. Monster no 1 has been at school, I’ve got a lot of my WIPs finished and didn’t want to start anything major as I’m waiting for all my supplies to arrive so I can start my AMH Art Student Tote (I’ve got the pattern now so fabric shopping will commence next weekend!!). I needed something to work on for The Ladies Wot Stitch meeting, It was time!

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I hadn’t bought any paper pieces as I really didn’t know when I would start the project, instead I had a pile of old birthday cards that I used to cut my own (I like to recycle and do my bit for the environment). I decided on 1″ hexies in three fabrics, I couldn’t decide what to do with them so figured once I got going inspiration would hit me, I’ve narrowed it down to a Clutch bag, cushion or maybe even a smallish quilt. I think it’s going to be one of those little projects I carry around just incase I get a few spare minutes, while Monster no1 has swimming lessons or waiting to pick him up from school.

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I found a free paper template online and used this to make my card templates and cut my fabric, I used just over 1/4 inch seam allowance. I decided to use the glue basting technique, I thought it would be quicker and I like quicker! I used the cheapest glue I could find, I think it was a Sainsburys one? Any way I found it fine to get along with, the only thing I would do differently next time is not fold the fabric quite so tightly round the templates, it will make sewing a little easier.

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I am completely smitten by EPP, it’s a nice relaxing project and very different from other projects I’ve been working on lately, hubby likes it too as the sound of the sewing machine isn’t drowning out the tv in the evening, we can sit on the sofa together watching a film while I happily stitch my little heart out.

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If you haven’t given it a go then you should and I would love to see what you make, it might help me to decide what to turn my hexies into! I could even set up a Flickr group to share our photos, if your interested leave a comment below.