New Patchwork Class Dates
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Hello - Liz here, I'm the tutor on the Sunday patchwork classes at Brighton Sewing Centre. We have just added some new dates, so thought I would write a little about the classes to give you an idea of what to expect if you fancy coming along.
The classes run from 11am till 3pm, so give you a little Sunday lie in, and time to head into town for a roast dinner after! I always start with an introduction, and bring in a variety of my beginners quilts, and current work in progress to show. Everyone in the group then decides what they are working on. I have patterns which can be followed to make up projects such as cushions and baby quilts. Alternatively students bring along a work in progress, or a sketch or idea that we develop.
The four hours fly by, and once the group is busy sewing I make tea and coffee. We don't stop for lunch, so I suggest students bring lunch with them, or can pop out - the class is very relaxed.
The Sunday sessions provide a good introduction to patchwork, or a chance to get in some uninterrupted sewing in a friendly environment.
The dates for the Summer are:
The cost is £25 per session, and the class size is limited to 6. The workshop is equipped with sewing machines, however if you want to bring along your own one then that is fine.
Classes fill up quickly, so if you see they are full add you name to the waiting list and we will call if another date is added.
If you have any questions, do leave a comment here or contact the shop.
Thanks for reading!
Paper Pieced Heart Cushions
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Paper piecing divides opinion here at Brighton Sewing Centre. Some of us are fans, others frown at the thought of the technique. Our samples whizz, Melinda, is one of the former and loves playing around with paper piecing (if you pop in, ask her about her stitched pigeons!).
We wanted to make something with a Valentines Day theme, that was an alternative to traditional cutesy hearts.
A few weeks ago we were talking about making a jewel block, and Nicole mentioned a block she had seen on Pinterest. The Gemology block is designed by Sarah Rose Quilts, and available to buy on Etsy as a downloadable pattern for £2.02. The templates it comes with are for 6in and 8in finished blocks. However, we wanted to turn our jewel into a heart, so Melinda worked her magic and adapted the pattern.
Firstly the top was re-drafted so the jewel became a heart. Then the whole block was resized so it would fit an 18in square cushion pad.
The cushions are made from Kona Cottons in a cold and warm colour way, and the background is Charcoal.
Happy Valentines x
Easy Felt Heart Garland
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It's Valentines Day this Saturday, and to inspire you to get creative, we have written a tutorial below to make an easy felt heart garland.
To go with the tutorial, we also have heart felt garland packs to giveaway in store to the first ten people who ask!
Bunting and garlands are a fun way to change the look of a room, and we decided to make one with a heart motif for Valentines Day. This project is really easy to make with children, so we used one of our embroidery machines to add slogans to our hearts that are in "text speak".
The lettering function is something that quite a few of our sewing machines come with. It is easy to use, and really handy for making quilt labels and personalising projects. If you have never used the lettering function grab your manual and read up on it - get the full potential from your machine! If you don't have the facility to do lettering on your machine, you can hand embroider, or write the words. You can also try out some decorative stitches to add pattern.
(Please note, we have not written fabric quantities, as you can make the garland as short or long as you wish.)
How to make:
1. Cut felt hearts, any size you wish.
2. Decorate the hearts.
We added buttons and text.
3. Hand stitch the hearts to a piece of cord or ribbon.
Hang and admire!
Double Gauze Baby Sleeping Bag
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
We have been having a play with our new double gauze fabric!
About the fabric
Double gauze has quietly been becoming more popular with sewists over the last few years. In case you have never come across it, the fabric is suitable for a wide range of uses, including clothing, crafts and quilts.
It is constructed from two layers of gauze (a light, open weave fabric), however the layers are joined at regular intervals, so you use it like one piece of fabric, and it is not as transparent as one layer would be. In the photo below you can see where the thread joins the layers.
We have two prints in stock at the moment, both made in Japan by Sevenberry.
Aqua car print
The sleeping bag
Double gauze is very soft and the weave means it is light weight which makes it ideal for making clothing and accessories for babies.
The pattern for this sleeping bag was downloaded from the Burda website here and was just 99 cents. Melinda made it from double gauze and linen, with a piece of cotton wadding in between. It is lightly quilted, so has a lovely drape to it. It was very easy and quick to make, and we think the mixture of fabrics would make it a useful and luxurious present for new parents.
Burda 148 - Baby Sleeping Bag
Inner fabric - car double gauze
Outer fabric - Kaufman Essex linen in aqua
Thread, bias binding, button and cotton wadding from stock
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
When we were browsing the Burda website after making the baby sleeping bag, we came across this lovely quilted jacket. We were attracted to this pattern as it looks like something new parents would love to receive, and it looked so cosy.
It is a downloadable pattern, and cost just $5.99. The pattern covers five sizes, from age 6 months to 2 years so if you are making for a baby, you will be able to make more of these as they grow, and the seasons change.
What we used
The pattern suggested using sweatshirt material for the outside, and brushed cotton for the lining, however a quick peek outside the window made us feel we wanted to make something a bit warmer. We chose a Kaufman shetland flannel for the outside, and a lovely retro poodle print for the lining. The traditional weave on the outside contrasted really well with the slightly kitsch lining - and there is nothing more lovely than a pretty lining?!
Another little alteration we made was that we quilted the lining and the wadding, but did not quilt through to the front of the jacket. This flannel has more body to it that the suggested sweatshirt fabric, so felt structurally it didn't need it, and that the herringbone didn't need any more texture or pattern on it.
Easy to make
Despite the way it looks, the coast was very easy to make. Once the pieces are together, the front and the hood are just finished off with binding. We used our linen effect one to add to the texture of the flannel, however this coat would also be lovely in spring made in bright colours with our gingham bias binding.
We choose buttons to match the herringbone fabric, but the black on the back makes them pop. They are faux - so no buttonholes to sew, and the popper fastenings mean the coat is easy to get on and off.
Outer fabric - Shetland flannel herringbone
Lining - Aunt Grace Poodles
Bias Binding - Linen look - coral