Soup & sewing

Our second Soup & Sewing Day was as well supported as the first – thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a success.  No practical demos this time around, just lots of stitching, knitting, chatting and sampling the soup and cheese lunch.  Many interesting things were being put together as you can see, including the Log Cabin blocks from Thursday night’s Log Cabin Fever –

chat and sew

production line

Challenge blocks

Dresden Plates

This was a great idea – make a test block and write vital information on it for reference when making the “real thing” –

the reference

the real thing

Log Cabin blocks

Log Cabin blocks later


hard at work

There’s a strong suspicion that this sort of day is sufficiently popular that the new committee will make plans to host another Soup Day before too long  …………

The soup & sewing day

A lovely day on all fronts -there were probably 30 of us in all and plenty of soup to go around!  Lots of interesting bags arrived containing various sewing projects and essentials –

…. even bags being completed during the day

We had a messy corner, where Jane coaxed fabulous printed fabrics out of all participants

Heather ran a Project Linus corner and helped newbie Helen make her very first quilt – result!

(Apologies for the photo quality – the white strip on the pic above is actually a shaft of sunlight! and Barbara is STILL getting to grips with her new camera ..)

There was a studio clearout table which received a lot of quiet and determined attention and support -as a result we raised more than £70 for the local hospice in donations.

Tracey’s Make & Take table was busy throughout the day – make a simple wrist pincushion from the kits she had carefully prepared earlier.  Very handsome they looked too!

Chris was able to show some of the finer points of the Electric Quilt design programme and print out results – there were several deep discussions at this table during the day!

In the middle of the room it was all action, machines, cutters and fabric.  The handstitching brigade shared some of the smaller tables as well as some laughs –

So, as you can see, there was lots going on and it was great fun.  The 60s music was sometimes audible over the hum of machines and general chatter, we found some real 60s fabric and a piece of 60s patchwork

There were sufficient enquiries as to when the next sewing day was that it may even become an annual event!

Soup, Sew & Sixties – reminder

Everything is gearing up for our Soup, Sew & Sixties Day on Saturday 29th September – our Chairman is knee-deep in lists and large, labelled bags, floor plans have been made and handed out – it should be a really good day.  If you haven’t already booked you can come along on the day, £6 on the door will include a soup, bread & cheese lunch plus the demos and practical sessions.  You’ll find the full details in earlier posts and on the Programme page.

Scheduled for September

Soup, Sewing & Sixties

Saturday 29th September 

Walton Community Centre, Whitemill Lane, Walton, Stone  ST15 0EQ

  Here’s what is on offer at our informal (and very cheap) workshop day

 Cost =  only £5 per person

– this includes a soup, bread & cheese lunch plus tea, coffee & cake throughout the day

We suggest you bring your basic hand sewing kit (just in case) and a bag to hold any acquisitions from the “studio clearout” table

 We will have tables and cables laid out for  at least 12 people to work on their own projects – first come, first served, and maybe be prepared to share.  Bring your usual workshop kit for this (and your own project of course!) – machine, threads, cutter, ruler, mat etc.  If you have a handstitching project to bring along, that’s fine, because we assume you will take up less room so we can accommodate even more folks.

If you don’t want to work on your own project there will be a number of activities to occupy and entertain you –

 Heather Russell will be running a Linus corner with 2 sewing machines and a small prep space – take it in turns to give half an hour of your time to contribute some stitching to ongoing Linus projects

Jane Lockley will be directing hands-on demo and practical  sessions based on altering fabric by stamping, printing and other slightly messy processes

Chris Franses will be demonstrating some of the wonders of Electric Quilt computer design program

Tracy James  will be conducting “make it and take it” sessions making pincushions and needlecases – perfect for gifts, full kit provided

 Barbara hopes to run a “learn to crochet” table if she’s not too busy serving soup

 We will also have a studio clearout table – pre-owned magazines, books, fabric etc

We’re planning on drawing a raffle around 3pm and there will be a background of sixties music throughout the day

There is still time to book for this wonderful event – either at our September meeting or contact our Treasurer Hilary

Pauline Barnes workshop “Twin needle magic”

Horrible weather but as we were nice and warm indoors it didn’t matter quite so much.  This was our “tester” workshop to see whether the hall worked for both our monthly meetings and smaller practical events – and we think it did.  There was plenty of room for everyone, room to move around and a separate space for lunch and chat.  Our Chairman was promoted beyond her abilities for the day to the lofty position of Catering Manager so this was her view of proceedings

Pauline led everyone through a series of exercises and experiments using the twin-needle set up of the workshop title.  Different machine feet, different threads, feed dogs up, feed dogs down, different fabrics – it was all fascinating and there were many “oohs” and “aaahs” and “oh wow”s during the hands-on  periods.

A big Thank You to Pauline for giving us such a great workshop – we all learned a lot and had fun too.

You’ll find details of our next workshop “Soup, Sew and Sixties” on our Workshop page.