Happy Patchers Quilting Exhibition
Hi its raining on and off today which is great for the garden, which has certainly needed it after the last few months of sunshine. We have been out and about again in the last few weeks with events in Verwood, Ferndown and Shirley, Southampton. It was good to see some new customers who joined us on these occasions. Our next event out and about is back to Pelhams, Kinson community centre this Saturday 11th August. We will be looking forward to coming back to one of our regular spots which is always very well supported by the locals and nice to see the regulars.
The following week is one of our big events of the years. We shall be attending the Happy Patchers Quilting Group Quilt Exhibition. From Thursday 16th August from 10-5 pm until Saturday 18th August 10-4 pm They are trying a new venue this year but still in the centre of Wimborne, Dorset. This year they shall be at the Methodist Church, King Street, Wimborne. There is two floors this year with a large area for you to sit and have a cuppa and a slice a cake. All this before or after you have seen a huge selection of quilts which have been made over the last year but the talented ladies at Happy Patchers Quilters.
The ladies also had a challenge last year which was called “Seasons” set by Pay Champion who one the previous challenge. This is where the ladies can choose any type of quilt or even a 3D piece to let the people think “season” when your looking at the piece. There was over 20 entries this year and the winner was a stunning piece of work. We all look forward to what next years challenge shall be.
There shall be a challenge for visitors, as the ladies have made block with names within them. Some are very good and once you know the names it is very easy to see how some have been very clever with the names indeed.
Along with the quilts, we have two pop up shops which are SeaHorse Quilting being there with lots of different fabrics and of course we shall be there supporting the event. We shall be bringing items that have not been in the Canford Heath shop and are new to us or only found on our website. So if you have missed out on going to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham this weekend then come join us in our mini festival of quilts.
Also there will be demos during all the days and also The Project Linus local area group shall be selling items that there talented ladies have made to help raise money for the fleece and fabric that go into making the quilts for the sick children at the local hospitals and hospice.
Have a great sewing weekend and hopefully see you next week
Another busy month here with a weekend end away at AFCI-UK trade event. Meeting up with some potential new suppliers and some that may sell some of my items. But that is all in the future and we shall see. It was great to spend some time with my craft related friends, catching up on what they have been doing and their plans for the future. We can get to do all again next year in 23rd-24th June 2019.
Well what a fantastic turn out at the grand opening of SeaHorse Quilting where we are supplying the Haberdashery for the shop. The picture is of (left) Sarah Ali Choudhury, award winning Chef and Influential women 2017 Sharron Ward and (right) Marion Jacques wh both own and run Seahorse Quilting.
Cutting of the ribbon happened at 1pm where Sarah made a speech and pronounced the opening the shop. Everyone was welcomed in with some basic nibbles and a range of refreshments to choose from while being able to look around at the fabrics and haberdashery.
It was great to mingle with present and potential new customers and friends and we are looking forward to joining some of the sit and sew sessions to see what everyone is looking for and what people have on their wish list. Seahorse quilting have started a new sit and sew session on a Wednesday afternoon between 2-4 pm where we quilting a sew a row.
Not sure what a “Sew a Row” is. This is where lots of different technique in sewing, from paper piecing, to sewing curves, “Y” seams and more are sewn a row at a time and gradually your quilt expands and develops over time. It is a great way of making a quilt as your sewing a row at a time. Your learn or become refreshed on these techniques with patterns that you may have not done before and help with colour auditioning – on of Sharon favourite things. One of the ladies has already produced a stunning sew a row, which is up in the shop at present – certainly a must see. We have the help of three books doing our own version of it. There is never a wrong way of doing a sew a row. Each quilt shall be very different, as you may want to try a certain technique which others have not done. As we sew not only in techniques but the colour that what we want. I’m looking forward to Paper piecing this week. We arrive at 2 pm and spend 2 hours sewing with a very earn drink supplied and chat as well it is a very relaxed afternoon. For a minimal fee. To find the shop it is located at Canford Heath Neighbour Centre, BH17 9DW (next to Asda). Hope you shall be able to join up next week to start your new quilt.
Until next time Happy Sewing