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Dresden fans tutorial

November 13, 2014

As promised ! Here is how to make a Dresden cushion ! You can of course use this method for quilts , pillows , table runners...... the list is endless !



Supplies:

·       Template

·       20 – 2 1/2″ x 7.″ rectangles for blades

·       8 strips of fabric for border – 2.5 inch x 12 inches

·       16x16 inch square white background fabric

·       9″ x 9″ white square for the embroidered centre and the same for lining.

·       #8 Perle Cotton

·       2  metres binding

·       2/3  metre for pillow back

·       18″ pillow form

Let’s Get Started

Using the template, cut 20 blades. Fold the top points together, right sides together, and then sew them together as shown. Chain sewing is always the easiest and fastest sew a blade , pull the cotton and sew the next one as shown below.

Then cut between each blade so they are not attached , turn right side out and iron flat , this creates a point. Use a hera marker or blunt scissors if you have one.

Put the  blades right sides together and sew 1 /4″ seam allowance along the long sides. Sewing them together in sections makes it easier , sew in two batches of 10 blades , this stops it warping towards the last blade.

After all the blades are sewn together, press the whole circle , DO NOT IRON – PRESS ! PUSH THE IRON DOWN ON TOP OF THE CIRCLE. If you iron you will stretch the Dresden. .Place the Dresden onto your 16 X 16 Background  block – it helps to fold or mark your centre before you start..Pin or glue baste then stitch all the way around the pointy end of the blades.


Sew  all of your 2.5 strips together to create one large piece , iron flat opening the seams as you go. On your cutting board cut into 2.5 strips – This will create a patchwork border without the need to sew each square individually. Sew the patchwork strips onto the main 16 x 16 piece around the edge  using a ¼ inch seam. Press well.

With your circle fabric cut two the same size as the template. Place one circle right side up and second circle on top and stitch all the way around it.  ( RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER FACING EACH OTHER INWARDS) Then using a seam ripper tear a small hole in the blank back piece , turn right side out and prepare to stitch your design I used pink and aqua thread but you could use any colour that you like that goes best with your fabric choice.

 When you have finished your middle circle  place it onto your Dresden and stitch into place.

Make the pillow back by cutting two pieces of fabric, 1 half will be 18  x 15 1/4″, the second half will be 18  x 10 1/4″. Turn under 1″ on both top and bottom pieces to hem. Lay the back pieces on the back of the pillow front overlapping the larger piece on top and pin in place. Sew around all four sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance. This will create an envelope for your cushion.

Add binding to the front in the same way you would for a quilt. Turn and hand stitch in place on the back.

Put your cushion in your cover and enjoy.

 

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

November 13, 2014
Hello and welcome to Christmas in July 2014 ! As most of you already know July is traditionally the time of year quilters and home sewers start making Christmas gifts. 

This year we will be learning about 'origami quilting' or folded layering as it's also known.
You may have seen a lot of these super complicated baubles around over the last few years..
Looks scary complicated right ??

It's not ! and this sew a long will focus on the technique you need to make not only these baubles but our actual...

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MR SELFRIDGE SEW A LONG

November 13, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Mr Selfridge sew a long !  After the response from last years Downtown abbey quilt we decided it was only fair to make a little project pillow while watching the new 2014 British series of Mr Selfridge on ITV starting Sunday 19Th January . 

We are making an English paper pieced tumbling block star cushion as shown below using up all those odd scraps hanging around in the bottom of every fabric hoarders drawers !


PREPARATION :  Using the File ABOVE ^ 

 Print the blocks at 120%...


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DIY NEEDLE MINDER / NEEDLE KEEPER.

March 15, 2014
A lot of students  this term have been learning about embroidery and the craze that is hoopla both in class and on the at home course. I'm surprised how many people actually have fallen in love with the idea and thought today I would share a quick tutorial to make embroidery and cross stitch a bit easier.

Have you ever lost your needle half way through ? or when packing up for the night ?

Fear not....
Introducing the NEEDLE MINDER ( OR NEEDLE KEEPER)

Here is mine....
  


I have spongebob on one sid...
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NEWSLETTER

March 11, 2014
Hi Everyone !

Welcome to the new online stitch newsletter  ! The easiest way to stay up to date with all the fab special offers , courses & events this term.
We have several intensive courses this term including :

BEGINNERS SEWING CRASH COURSE 4 X WEEKLY SESSIONS :

 3RD,10TH,17TH,24TH JUNE

  * LEVEL 2 & 3 WEEKLY CLASSES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ON APPLICATION*

INTENSIVE 3 HOUR ONE OFF COURSES :

NOODLE UTILITY BASKET –29TH APRIL

SEWING WITH MINKY – BABY BLANKET 13TH MAY

QUILTING FOR BEGINNERS – MAY ...


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The Fabric Daffodil Tutorial

February 25, 2014


Here it is ! I was dithering about posting this , especially as so many people went ahead and made them at home , even though we were selling them at just £1 each to raise money for stitch , but I believe in the greater good , and why should a small minority spoil things for the rest of us !
HUGE thanks to everyone who distributed , sold , and bought our Daffodils Diolch Yn Fawr , The money raised will go towards our new home and some new equipment for our (free) sewcial meet ups out in the ...

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NEW NEW NEW !

February 22, 2014
NEW NEW NEW !
Did I mention NEW ?!

So many new courses , new classes , new sew alongs , new fabrics , new sew at home kits , new students ! eek !
It's all a bit exciting. And erm knackering ! (pass the doughnuts pls)

You may have noticed our website has been a little on the slowwwww side recently. This is because I have been beavering away behind the scenes adding in new classes , uploading new info & photos and typing like a mad woman ! Everything should all be working normally now so thank you ...
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DIY PINWHEEL BROOCH

January 29, 2014
Time for a DIY post ! 

A quick and easy gift .. The Pinwheel Brooch !

Make them as bag charms , brooches or glue them to a stick for a decorative look !

You will need ;
FUSE A WEB
FELT
FABRIC
SAFETY PIN
ASSORTED RIBBON/TRIMS
A BUTTON.

Cut your fuse a web into a 4 inch square

Iron the fuse a web glue side down onto the BACK of the fabric piece.
Trim to the same size as your square.

Peel off the backing and place glue side down onto the felt. Press with an iron.

Trim to the same size as your square. Now to m...
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The results...

December 9, 2013
It's that time again... 

Our 2013 Christmas competition entries were AMAZING ! Considering you only had two hours to make your project the results were of a realllly high standard !














The standard was soooo high ! I cannot believe that some students literally started 4-5 weeks ago and are already at such a high standard ! Thank you so much to everyone who entered and gave it a go.

And now.... DRUM ROLL PLEASE....
The entries were judged by : ANNE WILKES - Clerk of the Council  ( AND local sewing te...
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appliqué part 4

November 17, 2013
Stitch news !

Another fab advent calendar class last week ... some very pretty designs !




Also this week , lot's more pillowcases & SCBU aprons for the hospital....

The closing date for any more aprons & pillowcases is 22nd November to give me a chance to wash and press everything before I take them to the hospital the first week of Dec. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated : sewing is a gift and sharing it with the less fortunate at this time of year especially is a wonderful thing to d...
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