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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Denim Hexie Bag: Class Finishes


By Judith on March 30, 2018
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For the past 6 weeks some very talented ladies in my classes have been beavering away on my Denim Hexie Bag Pattern.

 

 

This pattern combines techniques such as English Paper Piecing (EPP Hexies), eyelet holes, zippered pocket, handbag construction as well as some serious denim upcycling!

 

At times it looked like a missile had gone off in a jeans factory in my classroom, as scissors and blades feverishly amputated legs, pockets and loops! While denim is one of my favourite textiles to work with, it doesn’t half shed!

 

But oh boy, the results of this serious crafting were so worth it!

 

 

 

Not all the bags being made are represented here, a few are still being finished off.

 

But aren’t they brilliant!  Sturdy, stylish practical bags that I know will get lots of use!

 

And I also know that the bags still being finished are equally as fabulous!

 

I haven’t been able to capture all the individual details in the bags here, but trust me when I tell you that each bag has it’s own unique characteristics.

 

Details like repurposed loops, tabs and pockets from the jeans, as well as complimentary fabrics like cotton and tweed, buttons, badges and even embroidery and printing.

 

A huge ‘well done’ to all my wonderful ‘Bag Ladies’!

 

If you would like to have some re-purposing fun of your own, you can get my Denim Hexie Bag Pattern here.

 

 

I also have 3 part-kits available in my shop, which include the pattern, pre-cut hexie papers, various coloured denim squares (for the hexie panels) , 1 metre of heavy weight sew-in vilene and 4 eyelet rings.

 

But be quick!  When they’re gone, they’re gone!

 

Happy recycling!

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