Archive | September, 2012

Upcycling- a memory quilt with a Bernina walking foot

3 Sep

A few months ago I was asked  to construct a quilt for a client to remind her of her mother through the clothing.  I found it quite demanding using different weights and fabric constructions-also cutting pieces out from various garments.  Would it work out and look well? I wasn’t able to press the seams open and as some of the pieces were fairly thick I used a polyester wadding to hopefully reduce the overall weight.  I’m adding a picture to show the progress that I’ve made.  It’s nearly finished and I’m pleased.  I just need to make a fairly wide binding to cope with the thickness and also balance the quilt.  The Bernina walking foot certainly helped with  the fabric disparity and bulk.

The next stage is to add the binding which will neaten the edges. I am pleased with how the different fabrics settle well together and have a balanced appearance.


New Buxton Sewing Classes

1 Sep

This is the note I sent out a few days ago about my next classes.  Tomorrow I’ll take a picture of a quilt in progress that is in memory of my client’s mother.  It has been challenging but I’m quite pleased with the result.


Just a note to let you know about the sewing classes this Autumn in Buxton. 
The regular classes will be on a Monday evening and Friday morning.  
I am very pleased to have sorted out an after school class for teenagers and this will take place on a Monday night at the end of school but in the town. Another new venture is going to be a regular drop in session. This will enable mending and altering clothes to be done -but in particular looking at children’s clothes with the possibility of making from a pattern.  These 2 activities will come under the heading of Sewing with Helen and so these hopefully will be interesting and exciting ventures.
  • Monday evening-St Ann’s Community rooms-7.00-9.00 starting 10th September for 6 weeks -£55
  • Friday morning – Buxton Methodist Church -10.00-12.00 starting 7th September for 6 weeks -£55
  • Monday after school group- St Ann’s Community rooms- 3.35ish-4.30+ starting 10th September-£3
  • Tuesday drop in session- St Ann’s Community rooms-the 2 hours before school pick up time – tbc-£3
I am working on many aspects of these classes at present and plan to have a balance of activities.  Please let me know if you would like to attend or if you would like to do something.  I have had several requests for initial lessons ie the basics to gain confidence.  Again I need to know what people would like to do, so that I can group together people with particular needs.  I am currently investigating an attractive venue to hold some day groups.
If you would like to attend either the Friday morning or Monday night, as I need to take deposits for these, then let me know and I’ll send you payment details.  It is possible to break the payment into smaller amounts. There will be a waiting list brought into operation.
I hope that I’ve explained everything!  Do let me know!