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Oops - loads to catch up on

Well, I have been very poor at keeping up to date with this given that I actually have loads to share. However as I am now sitting with my foot elevated and unable to drive, I am forced into facing all the unfinished tasks which I need to complete and my blog comes high on that list.

So the first thing for me to do is to give you some feed-back about Stitchtopia.  What a great event! It is held at Wyboston Lakes near Milton Keynes and the setting is just perfect for the activities which Stitchtopia offers.  The event intself started on Monday lunchtime and finished on Thursday lunchtime and throughout those times, we were offered a selection of classes which included stitching, quilting, knitting and crocheting.  As the event was sponsored by Rowan yarns, some of the top names in knitting and crocheting were there and on the quilting side we had Janice Gunner and Karin Hellaby.

I decided to take classes entirely in quilting.  Most of them were led by Karin Hellaby and it was fun to explore various blocks or techniques which I had already met but to find different ways of doing them.

My first class was "Exploding Pineapples" - an interesting concept(!).  I had decided to make these blocks in flannel and use Christmas fabrics to that I would have a lap quilt which could be brought out at Christmas and provide a bit of extra warmth if required.

They are quite dark with the chocolate inserts but with a bright coloured sashing and cornerstones, I think they could look good.

Here is a photo of the same block in bright coloured fabric which has been fussy-cut.

I would like to credit the lady who made it but I don't have a note of her name but I think it shows the variety of what can be achieved.


I also started to make a very interesting Mariners Compass which does not use protractors or any specialist equipment to produce it. I have only completed the first half of the block as it is time-consuming and it will be completed and used - possibly to make a tote bag with!

I am very pleased with how fine the points are and can see lots of potential for developing this on.

Every evening we were given either a talk - from Rowan one evening and Kaffe Fassett on another - or even a fashion show of the new garments in the latest Rowan Magazine. All very inspiring.

I spent a whole day with Kaffee Fassett working with colour and now have the beginnings of a wall-hanging to complete. I loved the day.  No talking from me, just head down and concentrating - such a lovely way to work.  As always Kaffe gave a great round-up of the quilts produced.  We were lucky to be given vouchers for £36 to use for the work and the lovely Lady Sew and Sew on hand with a great selection of fabrics which we could choose from to aplify our own stash which we had brought with us.

Here is my wall hanging which remains to be stitched together to make a wall hanging for my new studio - more of which later.

I think it will bring the much needed colour which I want into the room and also inspire me when I am working on other things.

It was an excellent event.  I was very drawn to the knitting and when the event takes places next year I shall undoubtedly spread my wings a little and do a class or two on knitting.  Debbie Abrahams and Jane Crowfoot were both teaching classes and I love their work.  It was strange to go to the coffee areas and find hoards of ladies all clicking away with their needles and I have to say that some of the scarves/shawls that were worn were stunning.  I have started knitting a lovely jacket because I can't get around much and knitting fills the time when a trip to the sewing machine is a little more than I can manage.

It is certainly keeping me on my toes as reading that chart is a challenge!






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Hi Sally
I have just had the pleasure of reading all your articles. My you are keeping yourself busy, very industrious and thank you for sharing your workshops you have attended. What a fantastic studio you now have, to enjoy your sewing and a magnificent place to store everything.
You deserve it after everything you have experienced. Do hope you enjoyed the AGM & Conference in Nottingham.
Best wishes
Friday, April 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Chalmers

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