Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rocheberie Show and Tell

Who doesn't love a little show and tell…these are some of the quilts that people brought last Saturday and I thought you’d like to see them.  First up, a buggy barn classic…

This next quilt was made from a jelly roll.  I think the colours and the design are fab.  Wouldn’t this make a great kid’s quilt?

I really like this one with all the blues and creams…nice design and a lovely alternative to normal nine patches.

These next two quilts were from a class with Jan Hassard.  They look very striking and complicated, but I was told the sewing was quite straight forward … it was all about keeping things organized and using a design board.

This is Liz’s…this is 2/3 of the quilt so far…and the colours are striking!  I know when she gets it quilted it it will be something special…no pressure Liz! :o)

Until next time...♥

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lazy Space Delivery Guy…

I only share the very best videos…this is 5 minutes long, but well worth the watch!

Until next time...♥

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Great British Sewing Bee…Heather Jacks

Yesterday, my local sewing group had the pleasure to hear Heather Jacks (winner of The Great British Sewing Bee) come and speak to us about her experience on the show. I thought I might get a little star struck meeting her, but from the moment we began to talk I quickly realized that she has the same passion for fabric and sewing like the rest of us. She kindly posed for a picture with DD1 which made her day.  I’m sure she will be sharing this picture with her friends at knitting club! :o)

Many of her garments that were made in the show were there for people of look at including, of course, that fabulous couture inspired dress that appeared in the final and secured her the win.

During her talk, she told us about the other contestants and how close they all became after being thrown together in the most unusual of circumstances. People from all parts of the country and all walks of life, but all united by their passion for sewing. The filming took place last Autumn and concluded in October, so Heather has had to keep quiet about her win for several months! She said watching the show back this Spring was interesting, as it gave her a chance to see what the other contestants were working on while she was busy trying to keep her place in the competition.

Each show produced over 100 hours of recordings, which then took 5 weeks to edit into the 1 hour show. The other amazing detail, that makes complete sense but I hadn't really thought of, is although we as viewers only see the contestants, the judges and Claudia, there in the background are 40+ people all doing a job to make sure the right shot and the right sounds were picked up to make the magic of the show...and all the while, Heather and the others had to keep sewing to the time limit! I'm not sure I'd managed's hard enough sewing with the normal day to day distractions!

So what’s next for Heather?  Well like so many of us, she wants to inspire the next generation to sew and will be looking to get sewing back into fashion with youngsters.  You never what who you might inspire or what it might lead to.

Until next time...♥

Friday, May 09, 2014

Seaside Sewing…

Last weekend the forecast was for wintery winds and cold temperatures, but the DH and I threw caution to the wind and braved it just the same and had our first weekend away of the summer season.  Luckily the forecast was wrong and we had 2 days of warm glorious sunshine. 

Our travels took us east towards King’s Lynn where we enjoyed two days visiting some of the local sights.  Our first stop was to Castle Rising, a 12th century castle with lots of corners to explore.

DD2 had a wonderful time discovering the corridors and peering around the corners used by the occupants from all so long ago.

Within the ruins there were many details carved in the stones.  Some were of faces where others were more geometric. 

Our second day took us to Hunstanton where we had sandwiches and chips and I got to do some seaside sewing while DD2 flew her kite.

We took a walk along the beach taking in the distinctive red and white cliffs before it was time to head home.  All in all a good weekend that felt more like a restful week away than just a weekend.  :o)

Until next time...♥