Category Archives: Staffordshire Patchwork & Quilters

As seen on TV

a few weeks ago I answered an e-mail asking if I’d like to be a guest presenter on a shopping channel called the ‘Sewing Quarter’ – I thought ‘why not’ and so I went to Birmingham and did a screen test. And today I found myself on the other side of the camera demonstrating how to make a mini quilt pattern.                                                            It was a thrilling experience, everyone was really welcoming and so helpful and friendly, I had a lovely day (even if I did have t get up at 4 this morning!)

Now I’m back at home, it all feels a little surreal.

I feel extremely lucky to have had this opportunity and on reflection today wouldn’t of happened if I hadn’t decide to take on the shop. It is a decision that some days I wonder why I did it! It’s hard work having your own business, every day wondering if anyone will come to the shop, will they like the fabrics I’ve chosen, will they want to attend the workshops we’ve decided to put on? But I love it! I love being able to work with the beautiful fabrics, meeting very talented patchwork and quilters, being inspired by them and helping them to create fabulous quilts, sharing the love of needlecraft with the young stitchers.

So really I have to thank all of you for letting me do what I do, because without you I wouldn’t have a shop, I wouldn’t have started teaching and I wouldn’t have appeared on television today.

Opportunities don’t come along very often – I’m a great believer in going for it. Life is for living!

Sometimes that gets me into trouble but mostly it takes me on amazing adventures like today.

So have a lovely weekend, enjoy the sunshine and have fun!

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Show and tell

Saturday saw the last of this months ‘Block of the Month’ classes. This month Chris has been teaching cutting strips and squares, using a rotary cutter and ruler. With four patterns to choose from the results have been fantastic.

Jessica has joined her Mum for this course, Jess is 13 and was one of our ‘little stitchers’ last Summer. It’s so lovely to see a young person really enjoy sewing and I’m sure we’ll see some fabulous things from Jess – she had a little play with one of her units in the afternoon and made it into a coaster.

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Next month’s classes will be looking at half square triangles – I look forward to sharing the results with you.

A couple of weeks ago our Friday morning ‘Sew Social’ group had asked me if I’d show them how to do the ‘Trip around the World’ technique, which I was happy to do and this week we saw some near completed quilt tops.

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Donna admires Sheila’s rainbow ‘Trip around the World’

Ruth was unsure of the lay-out for her quilt….

So we put it to the vote and decided on Option 2.

It’s the first Staffordshire Patchworker and Quilters meeting  of the new year on Thursday (2nd Feb) I will be the meetings trader, I shall be bringing lots of sale pieces so be prepared to grab some bargains,but if there’s anything you’d like me to bring please let me know, I’ll be happy to help.

Look forward to seeing you there.                                                                                                                  Jane x

Dazzling Diamonds

That was the title of the workshop with Jan Hassard organised by Staffordshire Patchwork & Quilters.

When they announced that they were having a workshop with Jan and it was on a Sunday I was thrilled – I don’t get the opportunity to do as many workshops as I used to now that I run the shop, and Jan’s talk at the SPQ monthly meeting was really inspiring, so I couldn’t wait!

Jan's quilt

The requirements list caused a bit of consternation – six 2″strips in six colours graduating in colour, phew! That’s a lot of fabric and a lot of cutting. Oh and we needed to have the 3 dark to medium and the 3 medium to light colours sewn together.

Now we had the requirements list a least a month ago, but Mrs. Last Minute here, was still sewing her strips together this morning before going to the workshop!

What a lovely day! it was such an enjoyable workshop. Jan talked us through the joining and organising our coloured ‘strata’ and then cutting the strips at a 60* angle to form the diamonds.

jan demonstrating how to cut a 60 degree strip

 

It took a while to get to grips with the process but once it ‘clicked’ we were really getting excited to see the pattern forming.

We’ve come away with several strips of diamonds, some even sewn together in pairs and the enthusiasm to get it finished. I can’t wait.

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My mum Kate checking the lay out of strips

So thank you Jan for a fabulous day and thank you Staffordshire Patchwork & Quilters for organising a Sunday workshop.

If you get the chance to do a Jan Hassard workshop, don’t delay, sign yourself up, you won’t regret it!