Friday, 22 April 2016


Project week at Group saw the ladies trying out a simple Bargello pattern.

It all staerted very promptly because the "teacher" had to leave at 1pm.

heads down and keeping busy

There was some lovely colour selections

Lots of sewing and  cutting and before the magic began

Checking the placement

starting to see the design
Ellen ( who had been quiet all morning) was the first to complete her top


Jackie added all the extra fabric to her panel

So (nearly) all the cushion fronts were completed in a couple of hours.......

Except for Mrs Beal who spent far too much time relaxing......

But I have it on good authority that hers was completed during the week.

Hopefully we will see the finished pieces next week when more photos will be taken.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Someone Had The Hump!

Oh No! Sorry!!  That should have read Humpty!!

Carol brought this lovely chap in to show us. She found a very old pattern that she had made for her sons. Well, he did fall down and was very worn out, so she re-made the pattern for her Grandchildren. He has gone down very well!

Love his Tartan pants!

 Lesley was tracing out the applique pieces for a new Block Of The Month. This will be for her Grand-Daughter. These are such fun patterns to work from

Lynda had brought her next smocked dress in for a bit of advice from Jo
So pretty

And was sporting her newly made bag
Zippy pocket and a zip bag closure too

Mrs Beal (with the help from help YOP Pauline) has now completed her Grandsons new quilt.
Black and White always look good
And yes.... You have seen it here.....  Chris has completed a quilt!!!!! 
 It is beautifully made, I love that scalloped edge, and try as I might, I can't make fun of her over this one!  Well done Chris!

Elaine has been on a residential course at Knuston Hall with our friend Penny Mackenzie.  She made this lovely project bag
 Pockets on all sides and she has used Bosal wadding which is a firm bonded product that gives a solid structure to the bag.

 Knuston Hall is a lovely (if a bit tired) facility.  Set in beautiful surroundings, and the food..... Excellent!  You can book onto one of their many courses, or even just hire some space to have your own retreat.

 And so to our next community project.......

Ellen, Ena, Glenys and Maureen met with someone who is making up "Memory Boxes" to be given to babies that are being looked after at Kettering Hospitals Special Care Baby Unit.

The boxes will contain

Incubator Size Quilt
Bonding Squares (one is tucked under mums clothes and one with baby and then swapped so that they can "bond" even though they are not able to have much physical contact ) - Knit or crochet 
A comfort huggy - These can be knit, crochet or velvety fabric
Premie hat - knit or crochet
Picture frame
Book so that they can read to baby
Baby toiletries
A little treat for Mum - some nice hand cream or the like

 If any of our members feel they would like to donate some of their time to help with this project, we would be most appreciative. 

The Hospital have indicated that they have 400 babies go through their care in a year!!!

 If you make a quilt top, Janie Rowthorn has offered to Long Arm Quilt it and then return for binding. She can quilt several quilts at the same time on her big big big machine.

I have suggested to some of the committee that we might also help out with the purchase of backing fabric for these quilts. Please let me know if you have any objections.

 I will source some patterns and pop them or the links on our Tutorials page  and I will print some off and put on our Library trolley.

 You don't need to tackle all of the items, if you just want to knit or crochet the hats, then that would be great. 

I will leave a box at Group for you to pop your things in and we will get them over to the organizing group on a monthly basis.

Shall we see if we can help these young ladies hit their 400 target? 

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Jackie's Production Line!

 Remember Brenda's abandoned project a few weeks ago? Well, Jackie has tackled the bag full of loveliness and has completed the quilt top and it is now basted ready for quilting. Jackie certainly gets things done!

love the design!
She has also begun another smaller project that will be a gift for someone at work.
cute the chickens...

 Brenda has contented herself with some hexagons and is using some lovely batik fabrics

 Carol is unsure of her choice of white fabric to surround her Grandmothers Flower blocks
nice and fresh!
 Linda is using the tiniest scraps for her paper pieced design
so many pieces!

 Beverly is embroidering her sections of her thimble keeper

And who has made this lovely bottle cover from a pattern in one of our new books?

she's actually made two!

 Why, Jackie of course!!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Not an Egg in sight

 Back to Group this week after our well earned Easter break. The Weather over Easter was.... Changeable
 The break must have done some good, because Angie was actually working on something for a change.

a really pretty embroidered piece 
 Lynda has shelved the quilt that she is making for a while, she has hit a problem and needs to take stock before moving that one forward.
so is keeping her sanity using the last scraps from her Fabulous quilt
and is sewing hexagons that will probably end up being a cushion to pop on that bed.

Kathy was still EPP'ing - sewing diamonds into Tumbling Blocks

 Bernice is also Embroidering

Maria is still sewing her hexagons together

 Jan is appliqueing more Sun Bonnet Sue blocks for her quilt

 Barbara is hand quilting her Half Square Triangle quilt

 Chris thinks Easter is later this month (don't know what religion SHE follows!!!) and is making a pretty bunny cushion.

we won't burst her bubble!
 Kay is out of sync with her seasons too!  She found this previously (5 years ago - at least!) started project and has promised herself that it will be finished for December.

we will see.......

 Maureen was crocheting a Fidget Muff and was a bit concerned that the edges were a bit baggy, but we reassured her that this would prevent the wearers cuffs from being pushed up...

 Glenys was knitting a baby snuggle blanket. This is for our local Maternity Unit, 400 gift boxes have been promised and some of our ladies have taken up the mantle to help with that.

You will hear more of this next week. 
June has been very busy

 Betty Lamb is just the cutest
 and she has also begun a long-stitch project

 And brought a photo of the lovely flowers that she received for her Golden Wedding Anniversaryan some yummy cakes to celebrate!
Congratulations June & Brian!

 Muriel has completed the last of her 25 purple paper pieced blocks so now just to get them together

 Pat is joining scrappy strips into blocks

Alison is making a Mole toy from a kit

 Linda is appliqueing a pot of flowers

 Janice is stitching a whole flower bed
 Sheila is working on a fabric seasons calendar

 Mrs Beal spent all morning preparing work to keep her YOP busy this afternoon. Well Done Mrs Beal!!

she will be marking all work !

 On the 18th & 20th we will be making a small Bargello project. the details are over on the Diary page.
You do need to get your strips cut before the day