Update due to present circumstances….

I’ll be working from The Therapy Cupboard from tomorrow for the next while.
Anyone who wants and feels an essential visit for a quick purchase are welcome to come, (please contact me first)…… BUT I ask you to consider others and the Government guidance we now have in place, where have you been? Who have you been with? Wash your hands, I’ll clean surfaces, handles etc.
I’ll reconsider this plan constantly as things develop.

If you are local and in need of supplies but self isolating for whatever reason, please message or call me, I’ll take photos of stock items for you to consider & purchase, I’ll then deliver locally (#wadebridge #bodmin #padstow etc) or post as long as I’m able.

#patchwork #patterns are available on my website www.abbieanne.com
In #thetherapycupboard I have a full range of #fabric and #haberdashery , #threads #embroidery threads, #stylvil #calico #stabilizer , #bondaweb #wadding , felt, #beads , if in doubt ask the question, I have a big cupboard!!

I’d also just like to say, I appreciate your support.
I’m just Me.
It’s taken many years of hard work and silliness to build my Cupboard Life. I’m going to do everything I can to continue, but like many, these are very uncertain times. All of us small businesses should be appreciating your support just now, we rely on you…..
I thank you.

…..Anyway, enough if that!! I shall make myself busy with new designs and will be finishing the next #mysteryquilt BOM ready for kick off in June/July….. it’s a very different design for me, with lots of lushoius #tildafabric !

I’m also going to be bringing you mini videos 😳 (hopefully daily!!) ‘Ramblings in The Therapy Cupboard’ 🤪…… watch this space!!! Me thinks they’re going to be a bit different to the norm…… at least while I figure out what the hell I’m doing!! 😂👍🏻

Obviously if things change for me personally I’ll be shouting very loudly!

I’ll update daily. If in doubt please ask the question. 07940133116

Wishing you all good health and loadsa creativity!!!
Abbie xxx

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Great start to March with some Wonderful Makes!!!

Some wonderful moments from the Cupboard this week…. visitations from Gloucestershire with hexi’s, the first Double Snuggle finish from New Zealand, Margs circle/donuts/stars all by hand, Lynnes Beach Huts, Wendy’s Deco Cushions and so much many more I’ve not added!!!

Thank you One and All! x

If you would like to join in the fun, learn a new skill, take up an old one, or just to take time for yourself. Classes or drop in’s are flexible, contact me to work something out 🙂

Abbie xx

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Fun and laughter in the Therapy Cupboard!!

Evening treat!
Afternoon delight!

Look what’s coming up this month in the cupboard…..

As well as our regular Beginners hand and machine patchwork classes 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)

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Double Snuggle – Sashings & Construction

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Designed by Abbie Searle – Finished size 67″ x 52″

I’m going to give you sizes and the order in which to join your sashings/border and blocks together.   Once you’ve done this you should have your completed quit top, obviously if you want to make any adjustments or addition that’s totally up to you, but whatever, I’d love to see photos of all completed projects please!!

I’m not going to give details of how to layer, quilt and bind, I’m going to assume you have the knowledge to do that for yourself.  Having said that, please do message me if you need advice.

If any of your blocks are the wrong size when you get to putting them together, do not worry!!!  Add a strip on, take a strip off, it’s what I’ve done with the original, it’s all good and becomes part of it!

Sashing measurements:   (including seam allowances) 

*** If you need to make joins in the length, don’t be worrying where they are, this is patchwork after all!

Numbers 1 – 4 = 2.5” x 15.5”

5 = 2.5” x 9.5”

6 = 2.5” x 20.5”

7 = 2.5” x 16.5”

8 = 2.5” x 32.5”

9 = 2.5” x 27.5”

10 = 2.5” x 14.5”

11 = 2.5” x 27.5”

12 = 2.5” x 59.5”

13 = 4.5” x 59.5”    (13 – 16 act as a border as well as sashings)

14 = 4.5” x 59.5”

15 = 4.5” x 52.5”

16 = 4.5” x 52.5”

Join the block Curves > sashing strip 1 > Stripes > sashing 2 > Lamp post > sashing 3 > Crazy > sashing 4 > Boat  = this will give you the top row ready  =  piece A

Join 9 Patch > sashing 5 > Log Cabin  = piece B

Join Flying Dodo’s > sashing 6 > Beach Huts  = piece C

Join sashing 7 to the right of piece C, then add Conch Shell to the right = piece D

Join sashing 8 above piece D, then join piece B above

Join sashing 9 to the right of (B/C/D)

Join Disappearing 9 patch to the right of (B/C/D) > sashing 11

Join sashing 10 to the bottom of Frames > Double Star below, join this to the right of sashing 11. 

This should give you another large piece of work.

Join the 2 piece of quilt top together with sashing 12 in-between.

Join sashings 13 & 14 to the top and bottom of your quilt top.

Join sashings 15 & 16 to the sides

Hopefully you’ve now got a complete quilt top ready to finish in whatever method you fancy!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this BOM make, I also hope you’ve all learned a few bits along the way.

Please please send me photos of your work!

Shout me if you need any further advice.

Abbie xxx

ps! Garden Blooms Mystery BOM has recently started, its not too late to join us!

pps!!! watch out for my next Mystery Quilt – ‘Itsy Bitsy’ I’ze busy making it ready for July launch.

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.

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Double Snuggle Block 13 – Crazy!!

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Designed and written by Abbie

Finished size 10″ x 15″

*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 all about fun and scraps!

Firstly, go get all the scraps from your quilt so far, this block has been published last to utilise any off cuts that you’ve been saving.

I have given 2 possible ways of completing this block……… and a 3rd option! J

There are no wrongs or rights or patterns to follow!!  This is based on a traditional ‘Crazy Patchwork’ block.   Often referred to as ‘stitch and flip’.

I cut a piece of waste fabric a couple of inches bigger all around on which to stitch bits and pieces.  This will not be seen.  If  you’re using calico, make sure you wash it first!!!

Draw a line indicating the size of your block 10” x 15” making sure there is plenty left for seam allowances.  Work within this space and fill it up with loveliness to create your block.

By machine or hand……

Method 1 – Take 2 pieces of your scraps, any shape but with straight edges, place them right sides together on top of your background fabric.  (you can start anywhere, in the middle, the side your choice)

Stitch along the edge of the 2 pieces, right the way through the backing fabric as well. (that’s the ‘stitch done)

Open out the 2 fabrics and press the open.  (that’s the flip done!!)

Add another piece of fabric right sides down on top of your 2 stitched pieces.  Stitch along the edge, then open and press……… if needs be, draw yourself a stitch line.  Stop stitching when you run out of one fabric, as per the photo, this allows you to remove any excess fabric easily.

Trim away any excess bits of fabric protruding from the seams as you go.

Add another bit………. And so on.

If you back yourself into corner, you could stitch a couple of pieces together before adding them to your work.

If you have trouble covering a strange shaped gap, you could applique a piece on.

If in doubt, cover it with a bit of lace or ribbon or put a button on it.  All of these things are allowable if not positively encouraged even!  We love design developments in The Therapy Cupboard!

Traditionally all seams were covered with hand embroidery using a variety of stitches and threads.  You might like to add a few stitches or machine a few raw edges with fancy stitch?

There are no rules.

Abbie’s option 2 – If this block is not for you, make a piece of your favourite patchwork, chop it up and put it back together.  Cut to the size required for the block. Add a few embellishments and fancy stitches, hey-presto……Crazy!!! Xx

Option 3 – Make any other block that suits you and cut it to size. J

Above all else, please enjoy your creativity, 

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.

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