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Today... / Re: Friday 24th January
« on: January 24, 2020, 11:21:38 AM »
Have there been problems with the site as I couldn't access it a few times yesterday....

I’ve found it works really well if you make sure the backing is over sized (so you can re-square before folding over). You can also mitre the corners still. I’ve done it for a couple of medium sized wall hangings (40 inches ish) and secured the front down with a decorative stitch.

It is a technique I would use again.

Today... / Re: Monday 20th January
« on: January 20, 2020, 21:22:24 PM »
If you want a long, thin cupboard.  :S  I have a TINY bathroom and all the floor space is taken up by the bath, sink and loo so the cupboard has to be wall mounted.

I’m sure you’ve done this but when we were looking we ended up googling medicine cabinet rather than bathroom cabinet. I’ve just put in ‘medicine cabinet  no mirror’ and lots of options came up. Whether they are the right colour/size is of course a different matter

Today... / Re: Ha Ha, its Saturday the ?? of January
« on: January 18, 2020, 07:23:35 AM »
Morning all. After an insanely busy week (and full of cold) I was looking forward to a lie in this morning. Unfortunately my body had other ideas and woke me at 6.30am. I suppose it is better than the weekday time of 5.40 but still annoying! So for now I am just relaxing in bed being lazy. Looking forward to having no plans other than pottering and sewing

Today... / Re: Sunday 12th again, blame Candy Crush
« on: January 12, 2020, 22:14:06 PM »
So today I got my head round scanning in some of my complex EPP designs from book and using my cricut machine to cut out both the paper and fabric.

I will definitely use it for cutting all my paper pieces from now on. Not sure about fabric yet - it was very accurate but not sure it is any quicker than me whizzing round with a rotary cutter...

Today... / Re: Friday the 10th ... Have we become a forum of sleepyheads?
« on: January 12, 2020, 22:07:06 PM »
@RJR_38 The shop I was referring to was the one at the Goat Farm in Stoke Mandeville.  I don’t use it very much and was only looking for a plain background fabric today.  I find that I am not that keen on their stock.  I’ve looked at the one in Risborough but haven’t found anything there either.

I mainly use Lady Sew and Sew at Henley (good for a day out too) or the Bramble Patch in Northamptonshire.  I may also buy fabric at FOQ.


Ah yes, I have been to that one a few times and have bought a few bits. I love Sally’s in Risborough! Of course it helps that it is 10 minutes walk from me so I can pop in regularly and chat with Sally... I spend far, far too much money in there. I’ve done a couple of classes there as well which have been fun but most of the ones I would be interested in are during the week sadly.

I don’t like Lady sew and sew for fabric - I’ve never found what I want but they are good for batting/ interfacing etc. I have a monthly box from Bramble Patch...

Oh dear I really do shop too much don’t I?!

Today... / Re: Friday the 10th ... Have we become a forum of sleepyheads?
« on: January 10, 2020, 21:42:25 PM »
Been to the pool for my swim and now had my breakfast.  It’s sunny and chilly out there.  Need to get the washing on the line for a bit and pop out for a few bits. 

I need to go to Hobbycraft while they have the 3 for 2 offer on threads to see if they have the quilting ones I need more of and to the local quilt shop who have a sale on.  I only want the background fabric for a quilt that we’re all making at the monthly quilt group this year.  It was designed by Helen Howes and featured in the Quilter magazine a couple of years ago so I have the pattern.  There are four blocks and you can vary how you put them together so they will all look different. I have investigated my stash and have enough to do the contrast colours to the background as it was originally made with12 fat eighths.

@twopence Where do you go for your quilting supplies? Want to make sure I’m aware of your local haha! So far I’ve only found one really good shop nearby (and a couple of ok-ish ones)

Today... / Re: Saturday, 4 January
« on: January 04, 2020, 22:15:12 PM »

Last year we looked to order curtains from John Lewis as we have very wide (be relatively short) windows and I am not brave enough to make decent lined curtains. John Lewis quoted over £350!!!

I wasn't paying that!! So I did lots of research and found this company- they had the identical designer fabric (at less p/m than John Lewis) and didnt charge to make them up. The workmanship was fantastic and just over half the cost of JL. It took about 2-3 weeks from memory.

I've not had blinds from them as we use a local company for blinds but they may be worth a try as I would 100% recommend them for curtains

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Opinions/advice
« on: January 03, 2020, 22:02:35 PM »
Ok, so I decided on white sashing - an inch finished. After measuring it all up there was no way so was going to have enough of the background fabric to do this (over half m short). So I walked to my local quilting shop and picked up some wow fabric that will tie in nicely. So I will use this and coloured corner stones.

@Iminei if you have any good tips for QAYG I would love to see. I have done it once before over a year ago and I don’t think it came out as neatly as it could have so would love to see if there is an easier way!

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Opinions/advice
« on: January 03, 2020, 07:24:34 AM »
Thanks. I will have some of the WOW fabric left afterwards but not sure it will be enough - I can do some calculations but another one could work, you're right - I just didnt want it to look too washed out.

The advantage of sashing is that I should be able to get my head round QAYG as well which will be very helpful for this!

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Opinions/advice
« on: January 02, 2020, 21:33:12 PM »
I have been working on a batik version of 'splendid sampler 2' for about a year and am getting towards the end. I decided to very roughly out the blocks to begin seeing how it looked rather than just being in my head. I was going for the  'rainbow ombre' type effect.

Ideally I had wanted a double size quilt and so thought I would use narrow sashing to help increase the size. I thought perhaps black with batik cornerstones.

However, seeing it laid out like this I'm not sure that work and wonder if I should just join them as they are, put a border on (no idea what colour) and just accept it will be smaller than double. 

What would you do?  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

I’ve had look through the large number of swaps my US forum does and other ones include a table runner swap and a pin cushion swap - this would be good for lightsiders as well!

They also do a ‘virtual quilt along weekend’ once a month fri-mon (could be sew along on here to include more people) which is basically just a chatting thread where people talk about the project they are currently doing and post updates and pics etc as the weekend goes on.

Fabric orientation? I honestly can’t see anything from the pics....

I think once joined down the middle with white sashing it will look are you planning on quilting it? I find that the hardest decision to make! I still can’t decide what to do for a simple runner 😳


Depending on timing with my holiday, yes

Probably not as I’m not up to date on this years ones. But never say never!




No - I like to know what I am making!

I’m excited as I currently do many of these on my US forum (they do most of them monthly) but I can’t do it often as postage is so prohibitive.

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