Learning to sew

has to be one of the most satisfying things to achieve. Maybe I’m a bit biased but once you’ve learn to sew you can do so many thing from small craft projects, to dress making, soft furnishings and curtains and of course, my personnel favourite patchwork and quilting.

At The Corner Patch we always like to encourage people to have a go and come to our classes. At the end of July we give Chris a little rest and we don’t have any block of the month or technique classes until September, but I continue to teach my ‘Absolute beginner’s’ class and Stephanie has been this week to join her 9-patch blocks together with sashing strips

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I love the effect of the random squares in Steph’s blocks.

Sally chose a more regular pattern for her 9-patch blocks when she started her quilt this week.

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While she was getting to grips with cutting with a rotary cutter and ruler, I was also teaching her grand-daughter Bella how to use a sewing machine and we made a simple tote bag.

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I’m allowed to tell you that Bella is 6 – I was very impress with her concentration and she was very pleased with her finished bag.

We love teaching the youngsters they have no fear and just give it a go, they don’t worry if it’s not perfect first time and really enjoy being creative. As did our first group of ‘Little Stitches’ this week, we started with hand embroidery and made needle cases

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Alice, Lyla, Willow, Tilly, Rachel and Annie with their needle cases

As you can see they seem pretty pleased with what they’ve made.

Lucy came and did a bit of sewing while her Mum helped me in the shop, she’s going to make a quilt for her singing teacher’s new baby, isn’t that lovely.

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She’s chosen to use the Lecien Retro 30s  bunnies fabric I think it will look lovely and I look forward to seeing it develop.

Sandra has finished her bag that she has been making over the last few Wednesday evenings – its a pattern that is a free download from the Makower website. You can quite often get free patterns from the fabric manufacturers websites it’s always worth having a look.

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This bag is now on it’s way to America with Sandra and is going to be a gift for her friend who she is staying with. I feel sure her friend will be delighted with it, I know I would be.

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