Patchwork in the Peaks 14: Part 2


By Judith on September 26, 2018
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I promised to check in again and tell you about my makes at Patchwork in the Peaks (though they pale into insignificance compared to the fabulous makes of my fellow sewers).

 

Not fully understanding the brief of the weekend, I arrived with no personal projects to work on! Doh!

 

However, Elita has a very healthy ‘scraps stack’ which she generously makes available to all at Peaks.

 

So with that in mind, I rustled up a sizeable ‘Quilt As You Go’ pouch.

 

QAYG Pouch (Peaks14)

 

I always find that other people’s scraps are much more interesting than my own, so it was fun rustling through the scrap boxes for this project.

 

QAYG Pouch (Peaks14)
Thank you to Margie for donating the yellow tassel!

 

One of the ‘games’ we played at the weekend was a ‘Roll the Dice Fat Quarter swap’.

 

It’s much too long winded for me to try and explain how it works, but the essence of the game is that you bring 3 fat quarters to the table and after much hilarity, competitive threats (of the lighthearted kind of course!!) and fast hand action, you end up with 3 different fat quarters!

 

QAYG Pouch (Peaks14)

 

One such fat quarter is the glorious yellow that I used for the lining of my pouch!

 

Aaaahhhhh! Sunshine in a pouch!

 

Following my Denim Applique Bag workshop, there was a nice little pile of offcuts and discarded denim bits.

 

Denim Pouch (Peaks14)

 

So in keeping with the denim/upcycling theme, I made another zippy pouch (a girl can never have too many pouches, right?!).

 

Denim Pouch (Peaks14)

 

A little ‘Aurifil’ decorative stitching and feature tabs, loops and labels add the perfect finishing touches.

 

Denim Pouch (Peaks14)

 

Another of my ‘fat quarter swaps’ made it as the perfect pouch lining!

 

Denim Pouch (Peaks14)

 

On Saturday evening we shared our ‘Secret Sister’ gifts (surprise, anonymous gifts left for each person throughout the weekend) and then Gina presented the ‘Mystery Make’.

 

This is a fun, quick make in keeping with the theme of the weekend. Several little jeans legs were made available with a finished sample of the cutest wee fabric bucket!  So we set to it and in no time at all, a family of re-purposed fabric buckets appeared! (see pics in previous post)

 

Repurposed Denim thread catcher (Peaks 14)

 

Despite the flowers being upside down (!!) I’m going to use mine as a purposeful little thread catcher.

 

And last but not least, another rummage in the scraps box and my heart started to flutter as I discovered some adorable vintage vibe browns!

 

Vintage Brown Log Cabins (Peaks 14)

 

Now I appreciate brown is not a universally loved fabric colour, and there are some browns I just can’t do.

 

But on my bucket list of makes is a vintage brown quilt (I have a secret hoard of brown vintage fabrics in my loft!). So I grasped the nettle and started making log cabin blocks, with no other plan in mind than to enjoy the browns and worry about a design much later!

 

Vintage Brown Log Cabins (Peaks 14)

 

So considering I arrived at Peaks with no fabric or sewing equipment, I did pretty well don’t you think?

 

Thanks for tuning in!

 

Happy sewing!

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Patchwork in the Peaks 14: Part 1


By Judith on September 24, 2018
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So I’m back from my adventures abroad (eventually!), and what a fabulous few days it was!

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

Of course the surroundings were completely spectacular, and my photos simply don’t do justice to the beautiful part of the world that is Morzine, France.

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14
Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

But despite gloriously warm temperatures and the clear blue Alpine air, nothing would tempt 8 serious sewers from their missional weekend.

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

Patchwork in the Peaks 14
Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

As a guest tutor I was teaching my Denim Applique Bag, and you can see their fabulous results here (don’t get distracted by the awesome backdrop!).

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

For most of the ladies, this was their first time using a twin needle and fusible bias as a decorative quilting technique.

 

The re-purposing fervour continued throughout the weekend, with more bags, baskets, pouches and cushions being produced.

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

Of course there were many other projects being worked on too (yes we did sleep and eat during the retreat!).  Each finish was collectively celebrated with the special ‘gong’ of a bell!

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

Elita and Gina work hard at making this bi-annual retreat a fun, productive and inspiring experience for all who attend.

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14
L-R: Elita, me, Gina

Everyone was so warm, welcoming and sociable (not to mention hilariously funny!).

 

I would highly recommend Patchwork in the Peaks for anyone who enjoys getting away from it all for some dedicated time to quilt, sew, chat, laugh and relax (there’s even a hot tub!).

 

You can read more about Elita’s Alpine Retreats and the other services she provides here.

 

I did manage a few little makes myself – tune in again for a round-up on my Alpine finishes!

 

Happy sewing!

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Patchwork In The Peaks 2018


By Judith on July 22, 2018
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Hello everyone!  How are you?

 

I’m back from a little holiday over on English soil, enjoying the amazing Cumbrian countryside with my #sewingbesties …..

 

Holiday July18
L-R: Di, me, Sarah, Trudi

Holiday July18

 

….. and visiting family and friends in my old Dorset stomping ground.

 

Holiday July18
Bournemouth Beach
Holiday July18
My brother’s back garden grape vine!

 

The weather was hot, hot, hot! What a cracking summer break.

 

And I’ll be jet-setting off again in September, as the guest tutor of Patchwork in the Peaks in Morzine, France.

 

 

Patchwork in the Peaks is an Alpine Quilt Retreat, hosted twice a year by Busy Needle Quilting.

 

The retreat is held over 4 days, in a 4 storey chalet with the most spectacular views!

 

You get to take part in workshops, tutorials and have some free time to relax, explore Morzine, or fit in more sewing! There’s even an ‘in chalet’ quilting shop and you can avail of the Juki long arm quilting machine (tuition provided).

 

Doesn’t that sound wonderful!  You can read lots more about this quilters heaven here and here.

 

Denim applique bag

 

I’ll be teaching my Applique Denim Bag, showcasing techniques such as twin needling fusible bias, satin stitch applique, re-purposing textiles and a zippered pocket (to name a few).

 

So if you fancy a creative and relaxing retreat surrounded by inspiring scenery, why not come to Patchwork in the Peaks (only a few places remaining)!

Happy sewing!

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Tilda Table Cloth


By Judith on May 29, 2017
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Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

 

I had a fun few days with my best quilty buddies, up a mountain, with glorious sunshine and sheep for company (there may also have been lots of cake and buns)!

 

Threads Across the Sea Retreat May17
L-R: Me, Trudi, Sarah, Di aka ‘Threads Across the Sea’ 

 

Threads Across the Sea Retreat May17

Threads Across the Sea Retreat May17

Threads Across the Sea Retreat May17

 

There was lots of sewing done too, but alas I can’t show you that just yet.

 

What I can show you is a summery table cloth I made for the May issue of Pretty Patches magazine.

 

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The clever peeps at Tilda Fabrics came up with a beautiful collection earlier this year called Bumblebee.

 

 

If you are a regular visitor here, you will know how much I adore Tilda fabrics.  And this collection is no exception. Ditsy flowers and some of my all time favourite colours together – what’s not to love!

 

Tilda Table Cloth (Pretty Patches May17)

 

So when Pretty Patches offered me a bundle of Bumblebee to work with, I jumped at the chance!

 

I wanted to keep the design large scale to let the fabrics do all the talking.

 

Tilda Table Cloth (Pretty Patches May17)

 

Also, to maintain some drape, I didn’t use wadding, but simply ‘bagged’ the top and backing together.

 

One of the reasons why I love Tilda fabrics so much is because of their vintage vibe (and I love all things vintagey!).  So a lacey trim around the edge seemed a fitting finish.

 

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All I need now is for the summer sunshine to return for a little al fresco dining on my new table cloth!

 

Tilda Table Cloth (Pretty Patches May17)

 

Happy sewing!

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