Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Home Alone!

Working on another block for the Sample Quilt
While Sue has been away on holiday, I have been trying to catch up with a few outstanding bits..........I had great confidence that I would get my long list done!!

Sue is now back and my list is not much shorter!

I have though, made a start on the next 2 months in the Contemporary Quilters challenge.  I had thought that I would do a 'whole cloth' piece, but that has changed. They are not quite finished yet, so no photo, but they are coming along okay and I am reasonably happy.  The theme is Yellow for the next 4 months, which as my son has recently come home after 7 months away is reflecting my mood. Bright & Cheerful.

Unlike the weather at the moment which made today's workshop a little challenging, but even so, some lovely pieces of fabric were produced and we all had a good time.

Speak again soon


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

'turtle' (admin) day

Why does admin always take longer than you think. We had plans on our 'turtle' day to sew more sample blocks, but the day was swallowed up before we knew it. Anyway, we achieved a lot so it turned out to be a productive day after all.

We mentioned in a previous blog that we would open our Begin Patchwork course to day students, so as promised we have set out a programme list below......

Sept 4th:     Introduction - Rail Fence & Quilt-As-You-Go Method.
Sept 25th:   Prairie Queen & Rocky Mountain.
Oct 16th:    Log Cabin & Couthouse Steps.
Nov 13th:   Building Blocks & Complete Outstanding Blocks.
Nov 27th:   Joining Blocks & Attaching borders.
Dec 4th:     Attaching Binding & Label.

As you can see there are some old favorites but also some very nice new ones to try. If you fancy doing all or some of the course just let us know in the usual way, on an email or by phone, which can all be found on our web site.

Carolyn has put some new workshop photo's on our flickr site and her daughter has updated our web site, so if you haven't had a look lately pop over and check it out.

Now, I haven't finished any projects lately, so I thought I'd show you a couple of cushions you may not have seen, which I made a while ago for my eldest daughter.
The first one she requested was to be made in white with pintucks, prairie points and cathedral windows. At the time she was doing a BA Fine Art degree and looking at minimalist 3 dimensional work, number sequences, squares and grids. 

                                                        Nine Block Grid

The second cushion was to be made in calico with printed triangles, various stitches and couching, using wool and embriodery threads, beads and tassels.
                                                          Aztec Cushion

Both cushions were pleasure to design and make, and very much loved by the recipient.

Speak soon, Sue

Sunday, 10 June 2012

7am alarm call

Look who came to visit today..............

Not a brilliant photo but she was very nervous of me, they stayed for about 3 hours, he tried to leave a few times but she wasn't ready, so he had to wait. Number 1 man in my life commented he had to wait for his breakfast, whoops.

We'd love to hear from you, just leave a comment.


Sunday, 3 June 2012

Sun Printing Workshop

Sun Printing - Leaves

 To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, we would like to offer a 10% discount on our Sun Printing Workshop taking place on Tuesday 26 June 2012, from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Fraddon Village Hall, just off the A30.

Sun Prnting - Scrunch

This is a fun workshop where you will create colourful fabric, using a selection of leaves, flowers, small found objects and cut templates.

We have samples of our Sun Printing Workshop on our website at

Sun Printng & Markel

As with all our workshops we supply the art materials required for the day, which in this case are the Sun Dyes, plus tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day.

Fraddon Village Hall is a lovely workspace with ample parking and excellent disabled facilities.

If you would like to book, please email us on beyondpatchwork@btinternet.com

We would love to see you there.

Carolyn & Sue