Quilter’s Cloth Review – Desk tidy

Written by Vicky on November 28, 2008 – 5:11 pm -

Here is Pamela’s pretty desk tidy with another fantastic combination of pink and green together – it never fails.

Don’t you love the jingle bells?

Pamela’s desk tidy made with fabric from Quilter’s Cloth

Pamela said that she found the fabric lovely to work with. It has a nice even weave and a good weight for crafts or quilts.


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Quilter’s Cloth Review – Sleepy bunny cushions

Written by Vicky on November 23, 2008 – 7:30 pm -

I was lucky enough to get two of the Barefoot and Roses fat quarters from Quilter’s Cloth, a pretty fresh green floral and a pink candy stripe. I love the combination of pink and green together, its all over my house and they were the colours at our wedding this year. So with this fabric, I wanted to make something that would decorate our home.

Because the two fabrics sit so nicely together I decided on patchwork cushions with a sleepy bunny embroidery in the middle. The embroidery pattern comes from Aimee Ray’s book ‘Doodle Stitching’.

Quilter’s Cloth patchwork squares and sleepy bunny embroidery

As a relative beginner at the Stitched Up group I found this obviously good quality cotton very easy to work with. The fat quarters went a long way and there was enough for me to make two cushions.

Patchwork cushions made with fabric from Quilter’s Cloth

I could imagine being able to make all kinds of things using fabric from Quilter’s Cloth, as our reviews so far have shown. Barefoot and Roses is just one set of the many designs available so check them out at www.quilterscloth.co.uk

Stay tuned for more reviews from the Stitched Up ladies!


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Quilter’s Cloth Review – Bag linings and book covers

Written by Vicky on November 23, 2008 – 6:15 pm -

Well, as promised here are the first two creative projects made from the gorgeous Barefoot and Roses fabric kindly sent to us by Quilter’s Cloth.

Our resident crochet queen Margaret had crocheted this pretty grey handbag from the softest, chunky yarn. As soon as she saw the green candy stripe fabric pattern she knew it would make a lovely lining and she was right. Don’t the colours work well together?

Bag crocheted by Margaret with Quilter’s Cloth fabric lining

Outside and inside of crocheted bag by Margaret

Jaqueline had recently sat a course at the Textile Workshop on how to make book covers. She soon put her new found skills into practice using the dusky pink floral fabric. I believe these books are going to become a gift for one of Jaqueline’s friends and I’m sure they’ll love them.

Book covers made by Jaqueline using Quilter’s Cloth fabric


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Quilter’s Cloth – Barefoot and Roses

Written by Vicky on November 12, 2008 – 7:32 pm -

Quilter’s ClothWe are very lucky Stitched Up ladies indeed because the gorgeous Quilter’s Cloth have sent us some beautiful fabrics to review.

Right now the ladies, including myself, are buzzing away making their individual projects from the lovely fat quarter samples sent to us. When they’re ready we’ll ‘show and tell’ right here on the Stitched Up blog.

The Barefoot and Roses fabric set designed by Tanya Whelan is made up of lovely pink and green florals, polka dots and candy stripes which had us all ooohing and aaahing as soon as we saw them.

Quilter’s Cloth is based in Cambridge and this ‘family and friends’ business have been supplying quilting fabrics since 2006. Having said that this lovely fabric can be used for a variety of things and that is what we’re going to do.

Here are some pics of fabric:

Quilter’s Cloth Fabric

Quilter’s Cloth Fabric

Watch this space and in the meantime check out www.quilterscloth.co.uk


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Wedding crafts

Written by Vicky on April 27, 2008 – 11:09 am -

It feels like such a long time since I posted anything on here and I’ve really missed it. The thing is that I’ve been tied up with the whole getting married and honeymoon malarkey. Now I’m back to reality (well kind of) I thought I’d share some of the crafty things that went into mine and Jez’s wedding.

I’m not going to waffle on for ages because I already did that over at Green Girls Global in my ‘Hand-made, eco wedding’ post but this is just a quickie to show some of the hand-made things we had.

Cotton wedding buntingCotton bunting
Of course there was the cotton bunting, miles and miles and miles of it! I love it so much though that I had to have a little bit hanging up in the house. In fact its still there! I’ve already talked about that though in ‘I heart bunting‘.

Table places and favours
Some things seem like a really good idea until you actually have to do them and the favours were a bit like that. My bright idea was to make origami boxes and then put in each of them a spring bulb. Although the boxes are very easy to make, they took ages (about 55 of them) – here’s the box making tutorial. Then, to cut a long story short, when I went to put the bulbs in them I found that despite keeping them cold, dark and dry all winter they had gone soft and spongy and apparently you just can’t buy spring flowering bulbs in the spring. Anyway, dad came to the rescue with some bulbs from his own garden (even better) but then I had to re-make the little labels that went with the boxes because they originally said to plant them in the autumn! It all worked out well in the end though.

Wedding table places and favours

The lollipop name places were something I’d been wanting to do for a long time. I’m very lucky to have some extremely talented and creative friends and my friend Lydia (a graphic designer) designed a motif for me which I could use on the invitations, table places, menus & thank you cards.

The motif was a maypole, because the reception venue was on Maypole Green, and things that remind you of springtime. So I took elements from the motif to make little labels for each name place and printed out all of the cards and menus at home.

Cakes and flowers
Jez’s mum, another creative lady, made our wedding cake and chocolate cupcakes and she and I spent a weekend cutting out all of the little sugar flowers, hearts and butterflies for them.

Wedding cake

Decorated plantpot with Busy LizziesOn the same weekend we painted and decorated plantpots with more butterflies, hearts and flowers. The plantpots were filled with Impatiens or Busy Lizzies and I had quite surreal afternoon two days before the wedding sat in my kitchen surrounded by white flowers with the imminence of the wedding sinking in.

The outfit
Now, I know that Claire is too modest to say anything about this but it is so beautiful I have to show you. Originally with my dress I was going to wear a bolero but when I put it on it just didn’t look right. So, I decided to have a shawl instead. Having everything in white (well ivory) felt a bit strange so I wanted to add a bit of colour and I thought that embroidered spring flowers on the edges of the shawl would look really pretty. The only embroidery I’ve done before is a picture of Garfield when I was about 10 years old so I wasn’t sure how far this past experience take me in making something for my wedding 20-odd years on.

To my great relief Claire offered to do this for me and I had no doubt at all that she would do a fantastic job. There is so much detail in the leaves and flowers and the tiny beads add lovely highlights. Everyone commented on the day at how gorgeous the shawl looked and how talented Claire is and I definitely agree with them!

Embroidered shawl by Claire

Embroidery detail

Garter made by ClaireClaire also surprised me a few days before with a garter that she’d made all in our wedding colours. Is there no end to this lady’s skill?! Thank you Claire, I love them both x

Well, I said I wouldn’t waffle on and then I did but it was fun to look back on all the preparation and creativeness that went into our wedding.

Looking forward to yours next Claire!


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Morsbags

Written by Sue on March 30, 2008 – 7:59 pm -

If , like myself, you have fabric stashed that might never be used then this could be of interest. morsbags sociable guerilla bagging


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Easter playday

Written by Sue on March 29, 2008 – 5:01 pm -

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As my better half took off on his motorcycle on Friday heading for the first day gathering of the Round Britain Rally, I had the chance to play with some cotton sheeting that I had dyed a few weeks ago. With the help of a few skeleton leaves, fabric crayons and metallic fabric paint, I completed this small art quilt . Machine stitched.


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Latest Internet projects finished.

Written by Sue on March 21, 2008 – 9:28 am -

Last Wednesday night saw me trying to finish this little lady, that is without spilling my beads over the table too many times!!. This fairy developed as part of the Take it Further challenge run on the internet by Sharon B in Australia. Each month you are given a concept and a colour scheme, you can work from either or both. This months concept was :

Do you ever notice the little things, the small moments, the details in life? This months challenge is to do just that, pay attention to the tiny details. Sometimes the small things become emblematic for something larger.

The inspiration for this was a photo of a butterfly taken last year, more details here if you are interested.

Butterfly Fairy

This is a quiltie, 5 inch square made for the Unlimited Textiles internet swap group and finished on Tuesday, again we have a concept or word to work with, this months word being Egypt. As you can see it is a winged scarab, embroidered , painted and quilted.

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I heart bunting!

Written by Vicky on January 30, 2008 – 2:13 pm -

As my fellow Stitched Up crafters know I’ve been working on some cotton bunting to decorate a village hall where my partner, Jez, and I are having our wedding reception in April.

The village hall in need of decorationThe village hall is, well, like a village hall – peeling paint, drab colours and a slight mouldy smell and so is in much need of decorating. I’ve bought the world’s supply of muslin to cover the walls and I’m hoping that dim lighting will work its wonders too.

I think it was last July that I started this bunting after getting the idea from a place called ‘zig zag bunting‘ who make and supply it for special occasions, including weddings. “I’m not buying it” I thought “I can make that for half the price and really easily”.Piles of cut out triangles waiting to be sewn together

The amount of time its taken me to get to this stage is no reflection the difficulty level of making bunting, it really isn’t hard. Even for someone like me who is a real amateur when it comes to crafting it can’t get much more straightforward than sewing two triangles together and then to ribbon.

Anyway, after many weeks at Stitched Up cutting out the flags and appliquéing flowers and sequins I finally have something to show. Actually, ‘appliquéing’ is a bit of a grand word for what I did but you see what I mean.

Bunting triangles nearly finished!

Applique flowers and sewn-on sequins

The image below is just a 3 metre stretch and I’m yet to go for the marathon sewing session where I’ll finally attach all of the little flags to the miles of ribbon that Claire kindly gave to me.

First 3 metres of finished bunting

The colours we’ve picked for our wedding are pink, green and lemon. However, I don’t have any yellow bunting flags and I know I’m going to regret it if I don’t make some. So, more triangles to cut out, decorate and sew. Will this project ever end?!


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Welcome to Stitched Up!

Written by Vicky on November 11, 2007 – 8:26 am -

Welcome to Stitched Up!

This is the blog part of the Nottingham craft group ‘Stitched Up’ website.

Here we’ll post about our projects and the things we’ve been making at our craft group. We’ll also keep you up to date with any news or changes to our meeting time or place – so watch this space!

Cotton bobbinsStitched Up meets every Wednesday and you can find out more about where and when on our ‘About’ page.

If you’d like to join us then do come along. We’re a friendly bunch and really want to welcome new members to the group. It doesn’t matter how much craft experience you have or what your favourite type of craft is.

Get in touch with us if you’d like to know more.

We’ll look forward to hearing from you!


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