Monday, 23 January 2012

How many Hexagons?

Those two large boxes contained...... 100,000 hexagons! 50,000 of the little darlings in each. Did anyone come close to guessing that number? The funny thing is, we need at least that many again to complete the current block-of-the-month membership! Everywhere we turn at the shop there is another pile of hexagons.

This week we had another 'Midday to Midnight Madness' here at Somerset. Non stop stitching for 12 hours straight. There was lots of stitching, glueing, laughter and lollies! Most of the girls made it right through to the end.

Mary was preparing her final border for Mrs Billings, yes more hexagons. She is keeping track of each coloured patch she cuts and glues inside these bags. It is amazing the things we use to store our patchwork bits and pieces; zip lock bags, tupperware containers and fishing tackle boxes to name a few.

Lois has stitched a few more of her 'star a day' blocks from the chocolate box. I think she will be up to date very soon. 
Aren't they lovely!

Jenny brought her 'Kings Crown' centre block in for show and tell from last weeks class. 

Jenny was back again today working on a 'Carpenters Square' block in Linda Bears class. 

And this block belongs to Tracey, who also joined todays Summer School class. 

We are nearly at the end of classes for this January and thoughts are moving to first term. This next term is a short one, but we will try to include as many workshops as possible to keep you stitching. 
Keeping watching for more Mrs Billings quilt updates, I know there are a few more out there getting close to completion!

Until next time,

When in doubt, wear RED shoes!

Friday, 20 January 2012

What do you do in January?

Start a new project of course! 
The Friday girls have decided that they will make a star a day this year... a three inch star! Small but very cute. The basic rules are make a block a day (except on your birthday and Christmas day), no repeat fabric in the stars and don't worry about whether they all match, the more varied the fabric and colour the better! Lynne has started with gusto and has even pieced her tiny stars into larger blocks.

Our Lynne is one very organised lady... I think she has prepared enough stars for the next couple of months! There are lots of pre packaged fabric for stars ready to be cut and stitched. 

Lois is all organised too! Her stars are even cut into their shapes! I wonder where the chocolates have gone? 

Miriam is working on a house block a day. Still very tiny and very cute... I think they are three inches as well!

And Sue is busy piecing her final border of Mrs Billings. Keep going Sue, the end is now in sight!

Wow, there must be something about these girls.. look how organised Sue is too!

I have had lots of guesses for how many of these hexagons were in the boxes a few posts back. Some of you are getting close but not quite... I will let you in on the total number next time!

Until then,
When in doubt, wear RED shoes!

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Summer School Update

Our Summer School classes have been very productive again this year... with lots of students learning lots of new things. The clamshell/applecore class was very surprised by the amount of stitching they achieved in a day, and just how easy it is when you know the tricks!

These two examples belong to Glenda and Julie. How do you like Julie's fussy cutting?
Beautiful 'William Morris' applecores!
Mary and Jenny brought along their colourful selection of threads! Yum, just like a box of 'Derwents'.

These clamshells are mine... I think they will turn into a 'Bed Sash', apparently that's the new name for a bed runner, sounds a bit more fancy doesn't it!
This January marks our 9th year of Summer classes and the weather has been very good to us so far, not too hot! There are lots more classes to come and hopefully I will remember to take the camera along and let you in on some of the fun. (Remember, I am still new at this blogging game!)

Until next time,

When in doubt, wear RED shoes!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Hexagons...hexagons... and more HEXAGONS!!

This weeks big delivery at the shop was two very large and very heavy boxes from Sue Daley (Patchwork with Busy Fingers).

Hexagons... hexagons... and even more hexagons! I know that many of you are doing the Mrs Billings Coverlet Block-of-the-month, well this is what's included in your final months post!!!! 
Just have a guess how many of those lovely little shapes are in these two boxes!!! Send me email and we will see who comes close. (I will let you all know the number next time.)

Until next time,

When in doubt, wear RED shoes!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Happy New Year!

This week we had a visit from Helen, here at Somerset Patchwork. Helen has been very busy over the Christmas break working on her Mrs Billings and she has finished the hexagon rosette border! Isn't it beautiful, there's lots and lots of lovely fussy cutting.

Have a close look at the darling little elephants in the corner blocks! Thank you Helen for sharing your quilt.

Until next time,
When in doubt, wear RED shoes!