Saturday, 14 January 2012

Early days....but here they are!

Here we are then Gill - and I don't think anybody struggled -  it does take some concentration, but they were all on a roll - notice the fabric with footprints....




I didn't quite catch all of them for a photo - the plan is that they will all be in for the next lesson with 8 sections like the blue one above, ready for the next stage of joining!

Mariner's Compass............

Steph has had her Professor of Mathematics head on this last week or so.  One of our regular groups expressed an interest in doing something 'challenging' - be careful what you wish for!  This'll keep them quiet for a bit.  Steph has drawn this Mariner's Compass out from scratch - foundation pieced - it measures something like 18" in diameter, and is a proto-type, in as much as there are one or two places which are not quite 100%!. Steph is making another now, in neutrals/browns/golds, which will be the centre piece for a hand-pieced medallion quilt.

The would-be Mariner's Compass makers will be in this afternoon.....hope they are feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed!  (They probably won't be when they leave)

Second photograph shows the back - the compass was made in eight sections - the centre circle is added as an extra to cover the unfinished middle.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Still lots of bargains.....

We have still got lots of fabrics that have been reduced to £6 per metre - minimum cut just a quarter - lots and lots to choose from...... some were originally £13+...........


Wednesday, 11 January 2012

A new quilting magazine.......

Has anybody seen that new quilting magazine that is being heavily advertised on television at the moment?  It is one of those where you buy a copy weekly, and after you have bought 90 (!!) issues, you will have an heirloom quilt to treasure - ouch!  I bought a copy yesterday.  The first copy is only £1, and then the full price is £3.99 each.  In fact both of us bought a copy, for the purposes of research.  The first copy came with basic instructions, a little bit of quilt history, some smallish pieces of fabric, cotton and needles.

It seems an expensive way of learning quilting to me and not nearly as sociable.  For the price of a complete set of these magazines, you could do 3 courses with us, have at least a couple of finished quilts - and have a good old laugh at the same time!  I don't mean laugh at us of course - though probably some do! 

Our groups are always good fun, and everybody gets on well together.  We are informal, after all, the idea is to meet new people, learn a new skill and enjoy it.  Seeing other people's work is brilliant.  A new group of beginners started this morning, and Margaret is working with batiks on a black background.  Elizabeth is going 'scrappy' as she loves colour and is happy to mix all sorts together.  As the blocks progress I'll post some photographs.



Don't forget our Thursday afternoon drop-ins at the shop.  From 1pm - 4pm, every Thursday, tea and coffee, usually biscuits or cake, for £3.75 for the session.  Bring whatever you are working on - if you are stuck on anything, just rock up - all welcome!

Oh, and there was no Quilt Group Evening in January - but the next is Thursday February 16th, from 7pm - 9pm at the shop in Burford.

See you soon!!

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Last day today...............

Just a gentle reminder that today is the last day of our January Sale, and still plenty of bargain to be had.......

Next week our new classes are starting -  so new faces, some old ones (?) -  and looking forward to seeing everybody again after the Christmas Break.  We had thought that this week would be quiet on the drop in front - our normal Thursday afternoon informal drop in was lively, to say the least!

As for the Friday morning gang -  we can't keep them away -  good to see Margaret, Nina and Heather!  It is good to get back into the normal routine (whatever that is!) and escape from the domesticity of a lengthy festive event.  At home, the food has all been consumed, thank goodness -  and the box of Thortons Chocolates, as big as our coffee table -  is now empty.  Himself and Monty have worked through them!




Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Come on up.................

Come on up.....
The kettle is on......

We are ready for the off - come and have a look at our sale.....



Lots of bargains.......  this week only............