What’s New? – Chic Escape, A New Machine and Free Motion Fun!

It’s been a busy summer.  Hosting a Ukrainian family, having my son and his girlfriend home from Uni and working all through has had the knock on effect that I have not done as much sewing as I would like. I have done a bit though and one item I’m working on is a Lazy Log Cabin quilt which uses a strip roll. In this instance I’m using the beautiful (and I think it’s my favourite range from Tilda so far) Chic Escape. I just love the peacocks and blousy flowers.  The colour palette is rich with teals and greens, rusts, blues and pinks. I will follow up with a free pattern as soon as the quilt is together.  A big thank you to Groves for allowing me to play with the Chic Escape.

My Aunt and I also made our annual trip to The Festival of Quilts at the NEC in August. Previously I have always been working for British Patchwork and Quilting magazine so this year it was a novelty to spend the whole time just enjoying the show.  We did a mini workshop on the Sunday, which is great for a little sit down, but the biggest thing I did there was to purchase a sit-down Long Arm machine.  A Bernina Q20 will be coming soon to Strictly Quilting HQ. To say I can’t wait is an understatement and I shall certainly let you all know when she arrives.  To make room, I need to sell my large worktable which is perfect for quilting but is big! If anyone is interested, contact me for details.

You may know that I’m involved with Quilts 4 Care Leavers and for the month of September I am the ‘block Mumma’ – heading the block drive for this month. For those that may not know, a block drive is when a call is put out for individual blocks which are added together to make quilts. A great way to join in if you can not commit to a full quilt. In this instance they will come together for the Q4CL charity who hand out quilts at Christmas events for young persons leaving care. The block I used was the Four Hs. Simple, quick to piece and uses 2 1/2” scraps.  You can find the free block here if you would like to take part (or if you would just like the free pattern!) I would also encourage you to join one of the Facebook groups which you have to be a member of before joining the block drive page. 

Q4CL (Wales) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/4963087803788014 

Q4CL – https://www.facebook.com/groups/QuiltsforCareLeaversMakers 

Cecilia and I have been busy preparing for the Sewical Retreat too. This is approaching rapidly, 18th to 20 November, and we only have three spaces remaining. We have been planning the mini workshops and I can’t stop Cecilia adding to these. We were meant to have four but have added a Free Motion workshop to make it five, all included but all optional. If anyone would like to join us for a fully catered weekend of sewing time you can find the details in the blog below or on the Workshop page. 

I have also booked Cecilia for her fabulous three day Free Motion Quilting course again, early next year.  Three days, a month apart to allow time for practice, where she takes you through Free Motion Quilting. We discuss machine set up, marking out and there is plenty of time for practice of a variety of patterns including grid work, free-flowing patterns and feathers. Refreshments and a buffet lunch is included each of the days. Sunday 5th February, Sunday 5th March and Sunday 2nd April. £170 for the three days. For full details, or to book, visit the Workshops page or email Helen at helen@strictlyquilting.com

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