From the Studio
20th November 2018
……….wow where has this last week gone? Apart from venturing out to Classes most of the time was spent in the Studio, prepping for the weekend with the Wicklow Patchwork Group. It was a great weekend, two days with quilters, all enthusiastic to learn a new technique. It was a full weekend as apart from the workshop I was bringing my fabrics for sale and also giving a short talk.
The talk was a last minute addition to the schedule due to Lois Davies being unwell and unable to attend, get well Lois, we all look forward to hearing your talk soon.
Another project has my attention this week but I can’t share it with you just yet…..maybe next week so make sure to drop back then…..
Dare I mention the “C” word, yes Christmas is definitely starting to make itself unmissable….every shop, from groceries, pharmacy to department stores, decorations are up and tempting us with every goodie imaginable. The city lights are on and those horrible blue (in my opinion) Christmas trees are popping up all around us. I don’t mean to sound like the Grinch I just really dislike BLUE lights at Christmas.
Watch this space
Some more students class finishes with my own tessellating hexies in the centre
Grafton Street all lit up
Students are looking for some Christmas projects to do in the final weeks of term so I’m on the hunt for something a bit different, have you any suggestions? Table runner, Cushion, Wall hanging or Decorations? Am playing with possibilities this week.
This is a short visit this week friends, I will hopefully have more to share next week but in the meanwhile keep healthy, happy and occupied with whatever makes you feel good.
12th November 2018
Well it was all happening down at the Simmonscourt Arena RDS this past weekend.
I thoroughly enjoyed the four days, demonstrating my wonderful, new, sit down, industrial LEMAN 2010, longarm sewing machine. Myself and SASEWMAC, the orangutan, (long arms, get it?) hung out together and had a great time catching up and chatting with so many people, old friends, new friends and total strangers with a common interest. Thank you Saeed and Shirley for letting me play.
Girls on Tour
Set up on Wednesday, wow almost a week ago!!!
I also got to see quite a bit of the Show. Books and their usual fantastic fabric selections were on offer at Kaleidoscope where I got myself a copy of Edyta Sitar’s latest book, Patches of Scraps, hot off the Press. There are at least four quilts I would like to make for myself in that one book.
Bombay Stores were there with all their fabrics, great value and something for everyone. It was great to see our own Anto, Teresa and the crew from Trimmings kept busy with their two stands. Margaret and co @ Fabric Affair with all their scrumptious woollen offerings. Roisin and her gang were kept very busy behind me @ Quilt Yarn Stitch with some Fat Quarter Quilt kits and a great new BOM on offer.
There were many more I never got to though intended to…Apple Tree Crafts and Winnie’s just off the tip of my tongue although I did see Jackie going forward and back replenishing the stand from the van a number of times so hope it was all positive for you guys.
Exhibitions were plentiful but there was one in particular that stopped most in their tracks. The Dementia Darnings by Jenni Dutton was a truly powerful display. Most of us have experience with or will have experience of this sad sad illness at some time, parents, siblings maybe even partners and know the toll it takes on all, sufferers and carers alike. Check out Jenni on Pinterest and if you get a chance to see these works in person I recommend you do so.
Another subject and another recommendation…. if you haven’t had your FLU JAB, then get it as soon as you can.
While not having the worst flu I came down with a heavy cold, throat and sinus virus as a lot of us have done and it has taken almost 4 weeks to clear it so I don’t even care to think how much worse the FLU would have been.. take heed guys.
Hence no blog for the past few weeks but here goes, I’m back and hoping to keep up to date with help from my Social Media Angel Amy.
Amy with her Mum (my bestie Maria) and Dad on her recent Graduation.
30° 45° and 60° angles
Congratulations AMY, glad to have you back on board and keeping me up to date.
I am off to a busy start this week with preparations in full swing for the WPG meeting on Saturday where I will have the shop and much reduced prices in fabrics…. Need to clear for new stock coming in the New Year.
The meeting will be followed by the initial stage of our day and a half workshop. “An alternate method to stained glass…no bias tapes” Kits still to be assembled and patterns to print so I’d better get going here.
I hope you keep well and keep stitching. Take care until our next chat.
Feel free to leave a comment and any questions you may have.