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A Sew Happy Sewing Day!

Today’s session was, as usual busy, with members paying subscriptions and booking into workshops. And there was no shortage of nimble fingers busy creating alongside lots of chatter.

First off it was lovely to be able to welcome Jaci McQuillan, Amanda Randall and Caroline Leonard as new members to the group. We also welcomed Julie and Jane as guests for the day. We hope they enjoyed their visit.

It was great to see so many Project Linus blocks either being sewn together or handed in as they were completed. Many thanks to those who have given their time and skill.

And whilst on the topic of Project Linus Jeannie showed two beautiful quilts that she had made for the charity.

Liz was busy preparing for Friday’s community sewing session in the Lesser Hall, Cowbridge. And, Truda was a great fount of knowledge and wisdom to call upon.

Chris was busy adding the finishing touches to a daisy bookwrap that she recently made at Dyeing to Paint

and others brought their book completed wraps along to show. Apologies to those of you who were missed off the photo call!

Truda showed a lovely little book cover that she made earlier – twenty years earlier in fact!

Caroline showed a quilt a ‘pink themed’ quilt that she had made

and this is Jane’s first attmept at a quilt – wonderful colours Jane!

Amanda had made a lovely advent calendar

Fran shared a picture she had made at a recemt Hilary Beattie workshop

and Helen had been busy making baby clothes which will soon be winging their way to Australia. Such talent in the group – it is incredible!

Last but not least we said our farewells to Gilly who is moving to Cambridgeshire which she assures us is sadly lacking in sewing groups! We will all miss her cheery outlook and incredible sewing skills and wish her well in her new life.

Jan most of all will miss Gilly but Gilly assures us that Jan is on the way to being a whizz at skyping!

Another great day, with many more to come!


Watching Paint Dry!

Today we welcomed Textile Artist Angie Hughes to our small but perfectly formed group to show us how to make a lovely little daisy bookwrap.

She shared lots of useful tips and techniques throughout the day that many were planning to use on future projects – even how to watch paint dry!

But, by the end of the day there were some wonderful pieces of work emerging…

Fiona’s book

Fiona added some ‘glamour glitter’ to her book

Jan’s book

Jan added some colourful ideas to her book

Monica’s book

Monica embellished her book with hot fix diamante which seems to have worked well

Jaci’s book

Jaci used a triangle punch to make bunting

Corinne & Keris’ books

And Corinne and Keris nearly finished their books – just a little more embellishment I suspect!

Obviously to do with the photographer’s eye but there seemed to be a lot of ironing going on? Not sure there would be so much enthusiasm for the domestic ironing chores at home….

A lovely relaxing and focused day for one and all – and a huge thank you to Angie!

Book Covers for Quilters Guild Tombola

At the Festival of Quilts, which is being held between 8 – 11 August at the NEC in Birmingham , visitors will have a chance to win a gorgeous Bookwrap creation.

However, in order to make this happen the Bookwrap Gems team at the Quilter’s Guild is inviting people to make and donate a bookwrap which will help raise funds for the Quilt Museum in York.

These fabric covers or wraps for notebooks, diaries, address books etc. are easy to make and can be made using very little fabric.

They are a brilliant way of using those UFOs in your cupboard or a safe way of experimenting with techniques you fancy trying, very little is wasted even if it goes wrong!

Try out different fastenings:

Button tabs  / elasticated band rouleau loops  / ties  / magnets  / ties wound round buttons  / wrapped threads with beads  / suspender fastenings  / toggles  and many more!

Experiment with all the stitches your sewing machine will do, go mad with amazing threads in your bobbin, a Bookwrap is really just an excuse to have a ball!

There is no requirement to include a notebook when you send your Bookwrap, but you need to make it to fit a standard sized notebook. e.g. A6, A5.

You can also find ideas and patters on our Bookwrap Gems website  which showcases the Bookwraps as they are donated.

Once finished put a slip of paper in the Bookwrap with your name on it and send it to:

Bookwrap Gems, 103 Desborough Road, Rothwell, Northants NN14 6JQ