The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show 24th-27th September 2015

Wow!! What an amazing 4 days we had at the Westpoint Centre, Exeter! We want to say a huge thank you to all the lovely people who came to see us at our stand. Some came just to say hello but most left with bags of goodies!

Welcome to 'Sugar Bowl Crafts'
Welcome to ‘Sugar Bowl Crafts’
It seems the ladies from the West Country just couldn't get enough of the 'Lewis & Irene' fabric!
It seems the ladies from the West Country just couldn’t get enough of the ‘Lewis & Irene’ fabric!

 

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‘Doesn’t it look lovely?’ ‘So inviting!’ ‘You have so many gorgeous fabrics!’ These were just some of the comments we were receiving over the 4 days.
Mel's 'Folk Song' quilt certainly generated lots of interest and admiration so well done Mel!
Mel’s ‘Folk Song’ quilt certainly generated lots of interest and admiration so well done Mel!

 

Alverstoke Craft Fair, 8th August 2015

The summer weather hasn’t been the best this year so deciding to have an outdoor stall was a bit of a gamble! But luckily the day dawned bright and sunny and we were able to spread out and enjoy the summer sunshine – even Mel’s little daughter Elli came along to give us a hand!

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The fair was held at the Parish Centre in the village of Alverstoke, Gosport – which is my home town – and organised by Michelle, founder of From the Craftbox. It was the first fair here for us and was very well attended, not least by friends and family who always make the effort to support us.

Followed by:-

A Day in London

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No trip to London is complete without a visit to the famous Liberty store – and it didn’t disappoint! My husband Andrew had been given a voucher to visit Tottenham Hotspur’s football ground, so of course it provided me with the ideal opportunity beforehand to wander along to Regent Street from our hotel in Covent Garden for some retail therapy. Naturally I headed straight to the 3rd floor! The central display was lovely and so were the quilts draped over the banisters. One was by the Shoreditch Sisters Women’s Institute and quite stunning (you never know, Liberty might even display one of our quilts one day…..!)

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 Finally – our next craft fair will be at Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle on 30th August. Then we’ll be getting ready for our  two big quilt shows:-

The Knitting and Stitching show at Westpoint, Exeter 24th – 27th September

Autumn Quilt Festival, Malvern 23rd – 25th October

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Best wishes from Amanda

 

Diamond Quilt Pattern

Diamond Quilt

The finished quilt measures approximately 36”x42” including a border top and bottom
Seam allowance throughout is ¼ inch

Fabric used :- Make a Wish by Lewis & Irene. There are 15 fabrics in this range and all 15 were used in this quilt. 25cm of each fabric is required if using the full width of fabric or 15 fat quarters. This is enough for the quilt top (plus border), the pieced backing and the pieced binding. 3.75m fabric is ample for this size quilt.

Squares – cut squares 4 ½” then cut each square diagonally to give half square triangles. Squares can be larger if desired but keep a check on how much fabric is used. Note:- don’t be tempted to cut too many squares at a time especially if using full widths of fabric. Measure carefully to avoid wastage – if using full widths of fabric, you might want to cut the fabric into fat 1/8th pieces especially if the remaining larger pieces will be used for a pieced backing. This also applies if using fat quarters as the backing is made using the remaining larger pieces of fabric.

Sort fabrics into light and dark shades. Sew together a light and dark triangle to form a square, continuing until enough squares have been made. Lay out the blocks as shown in the diagram below, keeping the darkest fabrics for the centre and points if an accent colour is required. When happy with the layout, sew blocks into strips, then sew the strips together. The quilt size can be extended by adding sashing or using the leftover fabric to make borders.

Backing Sew together some of the larger pieces of the remaining fabric together until the back measures at least 4”(10cm) larger than the quilt top.

Quilting -the quilt was hand quilted in the ditch to accentuate the diamond pattern, using cotton perle no. 8

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Back home!

After a busy few days at the Duxford Quilt Show, it’s lovely to be home at the beach with my grandchildren and my two dogs. A little relaxation time before preparing for the craft fair at Pagham this Saturday. I bought a wedge ruler at the quilt show which I’m itching to try out – maybe a round cushion using some of the gorgeous ‘Feather and Flock’ fabric by Tina Givens!

Thank you once again to those of you who came to the show and gave Mel and I such kind comments and encouragement.

Bye for now.

Amanda x