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Sorry its late but it was a bank holiday weekend you know

So here it is


The objective is simples

Make a Miniature Quilt
for a Dolls house,
Doll, Bear
or not so mini quilt for your Furbaby !

The only caveat being that when viewed it should look like a full sized quilt

Start Date ... May 1st
Needles Down ... May 31st

Entries for a fun competition in by 5th June please

Also known as Big Brother!

I wanted to make another memory quilt as the first one is just a row or two too narrow to properly cover a double bed when you are sleeping under it and because I had so much fun last time!

There were barely any shirts left after the first quilt and I had to be inventive to get enough 6" (finished) squares ... combining shirts, using shirt tails and cuffs and this as my biggest self-quilted project (73" x 80") so far was quilted in two parts without the aid of a Safety Net ... errrm... Sorry ...  Joining strip for the first time!!!

A couple of the points were a lil off on that middle join, mainly because of my inexperience and excess Spray Baste meant that the walking foot dragged a lil ...

What to do ... Unpick ??? Could be messy ...

Nah. I cut some teensy hearts from the remaining shirting and appliqued them on ... then sprinkled some more across the quilt to even them up! Lovely! There may be a tweak or two in the coming weeks but I think this is just about there and ready for its debut ...

and heres a family photo ...

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More pics HERE

I heartily recommend making a memory quilt; the cotton shirting has a gorgeous soft hue and feel and its incredibly cathartic and of course, extremely warm and useful.

Today... One thread per day / Happy May Day
« on: May 01, 2021, 06:15:45 AM »
And Im up with the lark ... or at least the lil bugger who presumes its dawn about 3am in the morning.

Im dressed and shivering as I wait for the dining room to achieve some  nuance of normal temperature ...
theres a very sharp frost out there in DDD.

I may be back when I feel more normal, I really wish I couldve slept in ....

Access All Accessories / Leaning toward the Lightside
« on: April 28, 2021, 09:05:18 AM »
So last week I started leaning ... or should that be lurching .. toward the Lightside.

Years ago I had some fabulous fishy fabric and I made Aprons for the women in my family at that time; if you were even distantly related to me you got an apron that Christmas ... Mil, Sil x2 and most importantly my Auntie Gell.

Now I dont know whether his lot used them or not ... I think one of the SIL did .... but I do know my Auntie Gell uses hers alllllllll the time and last time I spied it, it was looking distinctly worse for wear.

Years ago again I had bought some FAB Ikea fabric specifically for the making of more aprons, put it away and there it languished until earlier last week when the memory of AGells apron and a desire for a lil light relief from Quilting Quilting Quilting the AA steered me towards the almost Lightside area of making Aprons as gifts again ...

You wanted a pics, well here they are ....

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THREE Finished (Yes @Lowena, Three count em and weep) and One that just needs the binding finished PLUS A Brucie Bonus (Drum Roll) of my very First Oven Glove.

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Is that a banana in your Oven Glove or are you just pleased to see me (Sorry couldnt resist!!!)

I was going to make matching OG's for all the aprons but (thankfully) ran out of fabric ... so this Prototipo (as they say in Milan) is mine, alllllll mine (My Precious) !

2021 BOM Mystery Quiltalongathon / Block 3 - The CITRINE Star
« on: April 24, 2021, 12:56:03 PM »

Welcome to the
Third  Mystery Quiltalongathon Block for 2021 ...

This year, after the great success of last years QAYG BOM,
I decided to combine the BOM with a finished article,

A Mystery Quiltalongathon !!

A BOM with an agenda !!!

but here's a clue, I've called it
The Sparkling Stars Quilt

I thought as Stars are so often referred to as Diamonds
I would assign a different Gemstone to each Block.
and try and convey a sense of that jewel with my choice of fabrics .......

You can follow my choice of gemstone for each star ...
or choose your own according to the fabrics you have to hand

So for the THIRD BLOCK of
2021 Sparkling Stars Mystery Quiltalongathon

We have

The Citrine Star
The Citrine Star

As ever,
Click on the first pic to bring it up to Full size
and then on the i Icon
(top right corner of the pic on a laptop)
to bring up the instructions to the side of the pic.

:devil: Do read right through the tutorial before you start to cut and sew !  :devil:

Block FOUR will be released on Saturday 5th June ...

My, where has the year gone ?

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There will be SIX Gemstone Blocks, posted at 6 weekly intervals
from the end of January to end of August,
giving you ample time to gather your fabrics and make your Stars!

You will need to make between FIVE and THREE Blocks for each Star.

The techniques used throughout the Sewalongs will be fairly simple
and there are Tut's available in The Darkside Tutorials should you need to refresh your memory.

This Mystery Quilt comprises a 5 by 5 grid of 12" (f) blocks
to make a finished quilt of 60" sq,
before any added borders or sashing.

You can of course make it smaller or even larger if you wish.

* * * Fabric Requirements * * *

This Mystery Quilt will require approximately 3m's of
ONE consistent background fabric throughout the quilt

and a different Gemstone colour each month ...
within which there will be between 3 - 6 different shades.

(I'm not so good at the Maths but a 1/4 metre or FQ of each gemstone colour/shade should be ample)

And everyone who finishes 2021 with a completed quilt
will receive an exclusive

The Sewing Places's
Prize Winners Enamel badge or Sew on Embroidered Patch!!!

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Are these any good to any of your old SM Enthusiasts??

I Found these from my mum sojourns into sewing circa '60's-'70's

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Mint in packaging from Goulds ???

Produced and packed by Singer

Size 16-100 .. suitable for heavyweight fabrics ... Denim, Corduroy, Double Jersey

£2.50 incl Postage

Embroidery and Embellishment / One of Four designs ... Aqualicious
« on: April 06, 2021, 17:25:11 PM »
This is the first of a set of four Aqualicious Sea Creatures for cushions 

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And a new cushion for The Thing ... soon to be released into the wildes

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Both have a Mother of Pearl Button closure on the back.

aaaaaaand its April Already!!!

and we have our popular

Access All Accessories Swap

The Aim is very Easy

Make or Buy a Sewing Room Accessory or Two

for one of our TSP family.

* * * * * * * *

Please register your interest here in this thread.

Send me a PM marked April AAA Swap with your address
(Yes even If you've sent it to me before)

I will draw your Giftees on
Sunday 11th April

Please post in time for your gift to arrive for

The BIG REVEAL on the 1st of MAY

Sewing Machines / Errrrmmm Technical Chaps ... Is this Possible ??
« on: April 01, 2021, 18:51:16 PM »
The other day, as I lifted the lid to The Splurgess I watched, with some horror, as an open curved safety pin slid into my machine !!!

The incriminating item ...

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Where it entered the machine

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Now theres a sort of noise when I sew and Im hoping theres an easy way to get rid of the SP ...

Its a Janome Atelier 7 ....

Any help please???

Guest Block of the Month 2021 / Aprils Guest BOM
« on: March 29, 2021, 07:06:30 AM »
Welcome Peeps to


Guest Block of the Month

brought to us by the

Lovely LouiseS

So Dive on in and Enjoy!!!!

As ever when you enter the Tut,
Bring up the first pic to full size,
click on the i icon
(top right corner of your screen on a laptop)
and the destructions should appear to the right of the pic

If you would like to make a tut for your favourite block for next month, please pm me

Embroidery and Embellishment / My problem or Elvistoos
« on: March 24, 2021, 06:45:18 AM »
Hi peeps ... Can I just aska question ...

Yesterday Elvistoo was doing a big stitchout and I decided to add a bit of bling with some metallics ... f

The first thread I used was from my Madeira Treasure Chest ... so a 40 weight Rayon which says machine embroidery on it and was slightly rough?! ... and all went well with only 2 breaks  during a 20 minute stitch

The second thread I used was an Anchor  50 weight??  on which it says metallic but I cant find any other (legible) information ... This was a smooth thread and a complete nightmare!! The thread breaking almost from the get go, after the fourth or fifth break I gave up and reverted to the Madeira !

So WHY the difference ???

Was the Anchor not for machine embroidery ?? Ie the problem was mine, user error or ?????

Festival is provisionally going ahead this year ... Thursday 29th July to Sunday 1st August

With Group Tickets available ....

£13 per adult,
£11.50 per adult for members of The Quilters’ Guild
and £7 per child (aged 13-18)

The Question is Peeps ... Do you want me to organise group tickets this year?

If you do please pm me your requirements and your address, marking your pm with FOQ 2021.

I will need payment for tickets by the 20th July and on each order there will be a £1.50 charge to cover postage and their administration costs.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / A lil light relief
« on: March 20, 2021, 08:34:52 AM »
A few weeks ago I purchased this from a girl off faceache who makes things with flotsam and jetsom from the Northumberland coast .. I saw it and adored it, so bought it ... initially as a birthday gift for a friend but ... Nah! its not going anywhere .. I added the button windows (they were painted on) and it sits on the mantlepiece in the dining room.

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As my forays into the Darkside recently have revolved around quilting, not only quilting the enormous thing but the Advent Advent and now the other smaller and more time sensitive thing I decided a lil light relief from all the interminable quilting was in order....

So I thought I would try a lil applique ....

After the First day

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After Second

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For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / FOR SALE ... Various Fabrics
« on: March 17, 2021, 09:22:21 AM »
After my great reorganisation Im selling off these fabric...


As ever ...  click on the first pic to bring it up full size then click on the i icon to bring up details to the side of the image

Thanks for looking.

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