Saturday, 13 June 2015

Sewing Bee at Black Sheep Wools


This week has flown by and I have felt so busy with my to do list running on to two pages. There have been so many little things to take care of and not much sewing but I did have a whole day of sewing in wonderful company!

I was fortunate enough to spend Wednesday at Black Sheep Wools in Warrington. They hosted a mini Sewing Bee and I was challenged to make something in one day along with fellow bloggers Ali - Very Berry Handmade, Diane - The Cheshire Quilter, Jo - JoZart, Rachel - mammafairy sews and Barbara who works at Black Sheep Wools. 


We were able to make a selection from their gorgeous fabrics and the pretty bundles were waiting for us next to the Pfaff sewing machines. It was such a joy to be able to sew in such nice company and we all quickly got to work.

Although I had an idea of what I wanted to do I had been distracted by my thumb surgery and did no prep work. Instead I grabbed my supplies and decided just to wing it, in fact I changed my design idea while I was driving there! I decided to make a modern flower cushion. Templates are always good and my trusty geometry set proved useful :)



I drew the templates onto fusible web, three circles and six teardrops. I made some bias binding with beautiful Kaffe Fassett shot cotton and then appliqu├ęd the flowers in layers. I think the Tula Pink worked especially well for this design. Despite taking some thread with me I just didn't have the right colour for adding some hand quilted detail and after a quick run into the shop with Barbara I was able to use this crochet cotton instead! It worked so well and resulted in nice big stitches:



I used of my favourite Amy Butler prints on the back and am happy I actually managed to finish it!


I loved spending time with the other ladies and it felt like being on quilting retreat for a day! They all achieved beautiful finishes too and I was able to learn new things from each of them just by watching them work:


You will be able to vote for your favourite soon, I will let you know when :)

We were also given a fabulous goody bag from Coats Crafts, with a beautiful tin of thread; fabric; a dress pattern I really want to make and useful notions:



A huge thank you to Black Sheep Wools for organising such a brilliant day! 

Remember Charm About You readers get 10% discount at Black Sheep Wools using the code CHARMED10 at the checkout, which is valid until 20/8/2015!



11 comments:

  1. Looks like you had an amazing day and Rachel looks great! I adore your applique :)

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  2. I love your flowers! I really want to try to make something similar now. And that dress pattern is to die for. So cute!

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  3. I love the checked background for your cushion. It really shows off your bouquet beautifully. I think that dress pattern will be perfect for you too!

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  4. I am very happy that you enjoyed your day as much as I enjoyed mine! It was lovely just to be there and sew with all you fab ladies.
    xx

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  5. Hi Lucy! What a beautiful pillow! I like how you used that simple fabric for the background. Looks like you had perfect day! x Teje

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  6. Sounds like a great day Lucy, and your cushion is lovely.

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  7. Looks like a really enjoyable day. I love your cushion - who knew that all that geometry at school would actually cone in useful? ;-).

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  8. Wow, that sounds like a fabulous day! :)

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  9. That sounds like a brilliant day and I love your cushion! Hope your thumb is feeling a bit better?

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  10. lovely to read your post of such a brilliant day. hope your digit is recovering well; you certainly seem to be back in action.
    Great to meet you and share the day with you and the other super stitchers!
    Jo x

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  11. You all did really well to finish your projects in a day. They all look fab and it sounds like you all had a great time too!

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