Cross Sitch Lover

If you’re on Instagram and have spotted me on there (@Quilty_as_sin) you may have seen that I’m not just a fan of sewing patchwork quilts, but I also love cross stitch. It’s quite a recent love after I was given a subscription to a cross stitch magazine and I learnt what to do. I was hooked and it really helps me take my mind off things, especially if I’m having a bad day pain wise, or I’m finding a quilt particularly tricky. I usually do a small cross stitch project in between quilts so that I don’t lose Continue reading

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Weighted Blankets

I’d never heard of weighted blankets, or weighted anything for that matter, until the lovely Mandy from Handmade by Mandy on Facebook messaged me a few months ago. She mentioned that she’d bought a weighted blanket a while ago but had really struggled with finding one that looked as good as it (hopefully) worked. She suggested that I look into them and see if I could incorporate the weight into some of my quilts. It sounded like a fab idea, but I definitely needed to look into it further so that I knew I would be able to make them properly.

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How I applique a patchwork bee

I recently posted a photo of a bumble bee quilt that I’d made for someone on my Facebook page (Quilty as Sin). In the centre of the quilt was a bee that I had appliqued on to some fabric and then patchworked it into the rest of the quilt. A few people asked me to explain how I did it, so while I was making a new quilt, I took photos as I went through the different stages and hopefully I’ll be able to explain properly how I made it.

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Volunteering…

Today I donated a quilt to an auction of promises in November, which is raising money for a little girl in my town with a rare form of cancer called retinoblastoma.

Whilst charities such as Oxfam, Save the Children, Cancer Research et al all do fantastic work, supporting a local cause at the coal face, making a tangible difference can be far more rewarding. This is why I also volunteer for Childline, going round schools educating young people about the resources available to them and what constitutes abuse.

Money is what makes the world go round but your time and talents can often be more valuable.

If you too would like to make a difference and have something you could donate please contact Jason Williamson on Facebook or me and I can put you in touch. Or if you want to try your hand at volunteering contact Volunteering England.

Hobbyists are happiest

Did you know that according to research people with at least one hobby are among the happiest in the UK. Keeping busy with something you love doing raises your endorphin levels. Sadly less than thirty per cent of us have cottoned on to this fact, making us a miserable bunch!!! Sew (sic) what are you waiting for pick up your cross stitch, dust off your philately album, retune your piano and get hobbying!

Sewing to music?

Sewing to music is a well known stress buster. Here are some of my favourite #sewingsongs:

Sew Macho – Sinita
Love in the first degree – cos I’m quilty, quilty as a girl can be – Bananarama
Sewing the seeds of love – Tears for Fears
Not quilty – George Harrison
Quilty – Blue
Pins of the father – Black Sabbath

What are your favourite #sewingsings? Tweet them now!

What I’m currently making…

At the moment I’m working on a superking sized quilt, which had proved to take a lot longer than I’d anticipated! But I’m finally at the wadding stage, but I’ve found nowhere in the house large enough to get it straight and properly flat to be ready for quilting. So I’ve taken over a superking bed and will be finishing the rest of the quilt right here.

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This has definitely been a labour of love, but so far I’m really pleased with it. I just hope the end product will please it’s owner just as much!