Workshops this month in the cupboard…..

Look whats coming up this month in the cupboard 🙂

Regular Beginners hand and machine patchwork classes, where you will learn how to make your own templates and create a stunning sampler quilt which includes, Tumbling Blocks, Sun Bonnet Sue, Dresden Plate and others and all done by your own hand. We’ll be learning lots of patchwork techniques, construction & quilting, terminology and loads of hints & tips. If you can’t make the dates, you can join along the way to suit you! Contact me for further details or to book aplace. I will be holding several workshops in the cupbard too!

Daffs workshop! – Thursday 5th March

Come and join our fun workshop making a bright and cheerful Easter panel! (Appliqué ‘Daffs!!’ will suit all capabilities.) Places are limited so you’ll need to book asap! Your requirement list for the day will be forwarded to you on receipt of your deposit. (Sorry, deposits are non-refundable if the place isn’t filled before the day) £45 (Deposit of £15 required if not paying in full)

Embellishing Machine Sunflowers workshop!! – Friday 13th March

Do you have an embellisher and wonder what to do with it, or would just like to have a go?? This is a light hearted day, playing with technique whilst making Sunflowers. Bring your own machine or use one of mine. £50 for the day £10 if you require the wool roving and fabrics. (Deposit of £15 required if not paying in full)

New Year, New classes and workshops….

New Year, New Creatings!!

(Gift Tokens available……)

You may well be aware that I’ve been teaching P&Q for 20 years now, I’m not quite sure where that time has gone to so quickly!!

I teach nationally and even internationally these days 😆….but every week I’m available in Cornwall teaching locals a bit of therapy…… or if you’re visiting Cornwall come pay a visit?!!

Beginners and further techniques for both hand & machine patchwork & quilting every Monday in St Austell @ Sew & Fabric

Beginners and further techniques for both hand & machine patchwork & quilting every Tuesday & Wednesday in Wadebridge in my Therapy Cupboard.  Start your creative journey whenever suits you, stay for as many weeks as you want, continue onto other projects and techniques as you want…… 2 1/2hrs of peaceful therapy at a time!

January 2020 sees my usual workshop ‘Get to know your sewing machine’….
I designed this day workshop many years ago to introduce you to your machine. To become acquainted with your new creative friend!! You’ll come away from the day with a made item and the confidence to continue making for yourself. This workshop will be held on: Weds 22nd Jan, Wadebridge and Thursday 23rd Jan, St Austell. Cost £45

If there’s a project or specific technique you want to learn just send me the message asking the questions!!

Watch out for day workshops appearing on the list below. (booking is essential)

Monday (morning and afternoon sessions) at Sew & Fabric, St Austell.

Tuesday & Wednesday (Wadebridge) in the afternoons we make machined quilts and projects to develop your skills at the rate you want. You choose the design and I’ll guide you through as you need.

Sit & Stitch with Abbie @ Sew and Fabric in St Austell on Saturday 1st February 2020 between 9.30am -1.00pm.   £3 this is a social morning, natterings and coffee!!

See some of the selection of quilts, wall hangings and homewares below that have been made by myslef and attendees of my workshops and classes.collage of quilts

Colourful quilt

Textile art piece depicting poppiesOwl doorstopsTextile art piece depicting Highland scenequilts

Double Snuggle – How to…. BLOCK 2

Designed by Abbie Searle

Finished size = 9” x 15”

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*Please read through all of the instructions before you start whether you are going to make this quilt by hand or machine or a mix, you may pick up hints and tips throughout that can be used…

This block is a slight variation on the traditional ‘log cabin’ block, instead of using a uniform width for all of the pieces, I have alternated between 1” and 2” finished width.

I have kept the traditional colour scheme, a red centre (recognised by many as the hearth of the home…… or possibly, the cabin is the red centre, with the forest one side (the dark side) and the cultivated land the other (the light side).

The red is my centre, then I’ve used 4 other fabrics, 2 dark (A & C) and 2 light (B&D), we will use a dark and a light on each side of the block.  These then alternate on each side of the block as we work around the centre joining each piece, as the photo above.

Please choose your fabrics!

Give them names or identifying marks so that you can identify them on the plan as we work, I call them fabrics A,B,C, D and centre.

By machine & rotary cutter/scissors – remember, the seam allowance is included in the cut size.

Also remember, if you are used to using a rotary cutter/mat/ruler, then all well and good.  If not, please find someone to show you, *remembering at all times to cut away from yourself, never across or towards yourself and always put the blade away before putting it down anywhere, even if it’s only for a few seconds, it should soon become a good habit for you! 

Or you could just use a pair of scissors, but remember whatever your style, accuracy is always majorly important from the very first measurement and cut…..

Please refer to the how-to on block 1 for how to cut & machine  your pieces together.

Piece sizes listed here include your seam allowances for cutting with a rotary cutter and sewing by machine with a ¼” foot:

1 = 2.5” x 1.5”  (centre/red)

2 = 2.5” x 1.5” (fabric A)

3 = 2.5” x 2.5” (fabric B)

4 = 4.5” x 1.5” (fabric C)

5 = 2.5” x 3.5” (fabric D)

6 = 6.5” x 1.5” (fabric B)

7 = 4.5” x 2.5” (fabric A)

8 = 8.5” x 1.5” (fabric D)

9 = 2.5” x 5.5” (fabric C)

10 = 10.5” x 1.5” (fabric A)

11 = 6.5” x 2.5” (fabric B)

12 = 12.5” x 1.5” (fabric C)

13 = 7.5” x 2.5” (fabric D)

14 = 14.5” x 1.5” (fabric B)

15 = 8.5” x 1” (fabric C)

16 = 15” x 1.5” (fabric D)

17 = 9.5” x 1” (fabric C)

Joining order……   we always add the strips working in the same direction, clockwise on this occasion, be careful not to start joining strips anti-clockwise halfway through!

Join 1 > 2 on the long edge

Join 3 to the left side of (1&2)

Join 4 to the top of (3&1)

Join 5 to the right of (4,1&2)

Join 6 to the bottom of (3,2&5)

Join 7 to the left of (4,3&6)

Join 8 to the top of (7,4&5)

Join 9 to the right of (8,5&6)

Join 10 to the bottom of (7,6&9)

Join 11 to the left of (8,7&10)

Join 12 to the top of (11,8&9)

Join 13 to the right of (12,9&10)

Join 14 to the bottom of (11,10&13)

Join 15 to the left of (12,11&14)

Join 16 to the top of (15,12&13)

Join 17 to the right of 16,13&14)

By Traditional Hand Piecing –

You will need to mark your sewing lines on the back of all of the pieces and cut with the added seam allowances as we did for block 1.

Follow these measurements and add your ¼” seam allowance all around each piece:

1 = 2”x1”

2= 2”x1”

3 = 2”x2”

4 = 4”x1”

5 = 2”x3”

6 = 6”x1”

7 = 4”x2”

8 = 8”x1”

9 = 2”x5”

10 = 10”x1”

11 = 6”x2”

12 = 12”x1”

13 = 7”x2”

14 = 14”x1”

15 = 8”x0.5”

16 = 14.5”x1”

17 = 9”x0.5”

*remember, make sure you mark your corners carefully and clearly.

Joining – you now join each piece together in the same order as above for the machinists.

As before, use a small running stitch, make sure you stay on the sewing lines of both pieces of fabric!  Accuracy is everything!  Finger press, or press your work as you go if you find this helps.

You should hopefully have enough information to complete your second block.

If you have any queries, please ask!!  The Facebook help group is set up for just that, you may find you all help each other before I’ve even picked up the post/message!  Or you can email me on abbie@abbieanne.com .

Enjoy!!  Abbie xxx

AbbieAnne’s patterns are for your personal use only and are intended to inspire your creativity but may not be directly copied, sold, reproduced or taught for commercial gain. Copyright©2019 AbbieAnne.com.

 

Rubies & Cream Mystery Quilt completed

The original sample of R&C (Rubies & Cream) is on its first public outing!!! (Spalding Quilt Show).

It’s been custom long-armed by Sarah at Ambleside Quilting, a nerve wracking first for me, I’ve never had anyone else quilt for me, have to say it’s very jolly!!!

It’ll be on display on the Kaleidoscope Book stand at Festival of Quilts…….
(Patterns available via UKQU and a book of patterns will be available shortly)
https://ukqu.co.uk/…/rubies-cream-mystery-bom-months-1-6-p…/

Photo of Quilt called Rubies and Cream

Deco Days Mystery Quilt…..sign up is now available!!

Selection of images featuring materials

This mystery quilt has been made with light weight denims, chambrays and a few jolly patchwork cottons. It could be made as one of my scrap & stash quilts or choose your own base colour with add ons.

It’s 54″x67″ finished with sashings (with a difference) without borders, which quite obviously you could add if you fancied it. Mostly piecing & appliqué.

There are 20 blocks 11″x11″ finished, designs inspired by the ‘Deco Art’ era…. well they’ve been Abbie’d a bit, but that’s where the inspiration came from!!

You’ll get 2 blocks per month, full sized paper patterns with instruction.

Sign up for the first 5 months is now available via my UKQU website shop, price includes the monthly p&p. (or for those of you local to me, via the Cupboard, please message me)

(Facebook support group is up and running ready and waiting for you!)