Threads and Patches is a lively craft shop specialising in patchwork and quilting – all forms of craft that involve needles. This blog keeps you up to date with what we are up to and allows you to contact us, make suggestions and be involced in the shop.
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this week we held a Reunion for our customers who had attended classes and wished to bring in their completed quilts to show, there was also the added inducement of cake!
We had a fantastic afternoon looking at some amazing work. The Beautiful Baltimore Quilts were stunning
Debbies (above) had a peacock theme. Each feather was embellished with beads. Debbie has only been quilting a short time, this is her second Quilt!
Bevs Beautiful Baltimore
Had an elephants theme. The ribbon border on all the quilts looks great!
Carols Quilt was stunning with lovely autumnal details, Carol was a complete beginner, she had never quilted before!. All of these quilts were based on the same pattern, I was so thrilled that the students adapted the design to fit with their own fabrics and style. It meant they created a truely unique and personal Quilt.
Well done all!
If you are interested in taking this class please check out our workshops or call the shop on 01908 649687
At Threads and Patches we are occasionally asked to photocopy patterns or we hear groups of quilters saying ‘ you buy the pattern and then make copies for us all’ . This is why firstly I refuse to copy a pattern that is not ours, and I challenge groups who choose to breech copyright in this way.
But the main reason I feel, you should not copy patterns is not a legal one, it is a moral one.
A quilt designer has spent a long time planning the design, making it, getting the pattern tested, invested money in printing and advertising, spent time persuading shops and distributors to sell her product – all very hard work and sometimes very frustrating. She has invested. Then it is effectively ‘stolen’ by people publishing, copying, sharing etc. She gets nothing back if you do that. So why should she ever bother again? We get our best patterns by designers working to put something great together for us. Don’t ruin it by refusing to support them
Our Workshop Passport is incredibly popular – pay just £85 and most of our classes are Free – that means you could do 10 or even 20 classes in the term for just £85!
We make our classes available from a few months before, so customers who do not want a passport can book into classes which may fill very quickly once the Passport goes on sale . The Passport goes on sale one month before the start of the new term – so 1st April with the new Term starting in May.
Join Threads and Patches Charity Block Swap. Make as many blocks as you wish and bring them in to the shop during June and July 2017.
How does this work?
Make a quilt block using any design of your choosing – it can be very simple or very complex, it can be pieced or applique.
We are raising money for Macmillan Cancer relief, so ask that you make a £2 donation in order to join the Block Swap when you bring your first blocks in. You can bring all your blocks in one go, or as you make them, it is up to you.
Your blocks should be a 12″ square block (so 12.5″ raw edge to raw edge)
Your block should be in Blue and/or Cream. If some of your blue fabrics have other colours in that is OK so long as blue is the dominant colour. Please try and avoid white as this will shout against any cream in the blocks.
Your block/s must be brought to the shop (please do not post- this is a walk in block swap) any time during June or July 2017.
Each block should be labelled with your name , or if you prefer to be anonymous a code number.
You will be given a receipt for your blocks.
During the first week of August we shall share out the blocks. You will get the same number back that you handed in, but they will be from different people.
Mid August onward come in and collect your blocks
We would encourage you to make something with your blocks if you only have a few it could be cushions or a bag. If it is several (we suggest 6 is a good number) you could make a quilt!
Bring your completed project to Threads and Patches during October and we shall hold a charity coffee morning (day) when the projects will be on display on Saturday 28th October at the shop.
Ideas for Blocks
Each week Sally will post some simple (and a few more complex) ideas for quilt blocks plus the instructions how to make. So make sure you follow this blog to keep in touch with what is happening.
Happy stitching and we look forward to seeing you soon!
It shows a lovely London Pigeon in her ‘Home Sweet Home’ Nest on Nelsons column at the feet of the great mans statue. She can see across the skyline of London, with St Pauls Cathedral, The Gerkin , Tower Bridge and the London Eye silouetted against a painted sky. Is it dawn or dusk? You decide, the time on big ben shows 5.30 so it could be either! There is a n embroidered sampler attached to her nest saying – what else? ‘Bless this Nest’. The union flag flies over London and the scene is one of peace above a bustling city.
The Row is part pieced – the column and Nelsons legs. The skyline and pigeon are applique. There is a little embroidery – the sampler and the Cross of Saint Pauls Cathedral. There is some fabric pen drawing – the lettering on Nelsons Column and the clock face of Big Ben.
This is a fun row to do. The pattern will be available free from the shop from the 21st June – 6th September limit of one per customer.
Kits will be available on the same date from the shop priced at £14.99 and includes the pattern and all the fabric and instructions to make the quilt top.
We are really excited to be a part of this truly international event.
I am also gradually making Sunbonnet Sue International – I am making one block for each country I have visited and obviously adding new ones as I go on my travels. I started this one last year, and have got a lot of catching up to do to get up to date. But it is really fun.
There are few feelings that compare with finishing a quilt, it is both joyous and sad that it is over, But I loved making this one.However I am terrible for starting quilts and not getting them finished, so I am on a mission to clear my Wall of Shame.
What is a Wall of Shame? I hear you cry. It is an area of wall with a post it note for each unfinished project. When the project is finished (in the case of a quilt, it is quilted and bound) I can move the Post It note to ‘The Wall of Success’
Sadly I have far too many projects languishing on the Wall of Shame and too few on my Wall of Success. I shall keep you updates with how the Walls are progressing – happy stitching!
Over the last few years Sally has run a ‘Saturday Sampler’ Quilt course, these were usually her own designs and were made block by block into quilts over the year. As many of these designs have been very successful Threads and Patches has decided to share them here, so starting in the next week you will be able to access and download the patterns for the blocks for Sallys’ 2014 Saturday Sampler . this was originally constructed in burgundy and grey fabrics but would work well in any complimentary colours, or even as a scrappy quilt.
You can see from the examples of quilts made by our customers with the same fabrics how diverse they can look
Over the next few weeks I shall be adding the instructions for these blocks to this blog, you will be able to download them and follow them at your own pace.
I used 6 different burgundy fabrics and 5 or 6 different pale grey fabrics, plus I needed burgundy embroidery thread and grey embroidery thread. Many of our customers embellished their quilts with beads and buttons . There is some embroidery on some of the designs but many of the participants enjoyed adding extra embroidery throughout the quilt.
I would love to see what you make so please email me your work at firstname.lastname@example.org and I shall incorporate as many as I can in to the blog posts.
Follow our blog to make sure you don’t miss any of the blocks. I look forward to creating a fun quilt along side you.
At Threads and Patches we like to offer great value. So we have recently started a new program of weekly special offers. To be notified of these offers customers sign up to our email list, they then receive an email when the offers become available on our website. There are some great deals to be had, so if you want to keep ahead of the game, sign up to our emailing list today
You can even ‘Click and Collect’ by placing an order and selecting the collection option we shall prepare your goods for you, email you when they are ready for collection and of course you have no waiting at the till or postal charges.
It was a couple of weeks ago now, but I wanted to tell you all about the recent bag-making day we held here at Threads and Patches! We invited you all to come by the shop and make a fabric carrier bag (to replace those pesky plastic ones!) for free, in exchange for a donation to Macmillan.
We worked the day by having one of us stay in each workroom all day – I helped the bag-makers in the downstairs workroom, and Helen helped those who went upstairs. Helen and I both had such a fun time showing everyone how to make their bags – the mood was great, and everyone seemed to have a good laugh popping in for a quick project fix and chatting to their fellow bag-making-mates. We had a few kids and some total beginners, and everyone did a great job. I was especially impressed by the children – they were so eager and excited to learn how to put their bags together!
We really had a fun day and can you believe it? You all raised £324 for Macmillan with just your donations on the day! Thanks so much to everyone who came by and helped us have such a great time – I really hope we’ll do another charity project-making day again one day, it was a huge success!
But if you weren’t able to join us, we do have some extra kits at the shop – you’re welcome to take one in exchange for a donation next time you stop by, get ‘em while they last! – Julie