Out of this world fabric!

An Easter break can only mean one thing in our household…. a trip to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum!!

This time the main attraction was, quite literally, out of this world as we got up close to Tim Peake’s space capsule!

As always, the folks at National Museums Northern Ireland (nmni.com) have put on an absolutely fabulous display and we found ourselves staying much longer than we had expected. A big ‘shout out’ must go to our amazing volunteer guide, Catherine, who took the girls ‘under her wing’ and made sure that there was NOTHING they didn’t know about all the mesmerising exhibits which were on display!

Unsurprisingly, my attention was immediately drawn to learning more about how a VERY large piece of fabric (pictured, left) made Tim’s return to earth possible.

I will not spoil it for any one who has yet to visit but lets just say that being able to use a sewing machine, whether it’s making quilts or parachutes, is a very valuable skill to have indeed!

The space craft is on display in the Folk Museum until May 12th, admission is FREE and I would HIGHLY recommend that you visit!

While it may seem as if this blog post is being sponsored by NMNI, it’s not – I’m just a ‘super fan’ of the museum and would genuinely love as many people as possible to see this extra special exhibit!

I certainly plan to be back again before it blasts off….. maybe I will see you there!

Lynn x

 

Exhibitions Galore!

Hello everyone!

If exhibitions are your thing, there are plenty happening in the vicinity of Love Stitching!

Firstly, the good folks at Lagan Valley Patchwork Guild are currently exhibiting a display of their work in the Hillsborough Village Centre in Hillsborough Co Down.  Further details available at:

Secondly, the fabulous quilters of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles, Region 17  have a quilt exhibition on display in Cregagh Library, Belfast.

Although I haven’t got visiting this exhibition yet, I do have a piece of my own on display  so I know that there is  at least one humourous quilt on the theme ‘Behind Closed Doors’!

Further details re: opening times can be got by contacting –

Branch Manager  Alison Earley
409-413 Cregagh Road Belfast BT6 0LF

t:028 9040 1365

e:cregagh.library@librariesni.org.uk

Finally, the fabulous work of Northern Ireland’s finest GCSE and A-level art students is on display in the True Colours Exhibition which is showing in the Ulster Museum, Botanic Avenue, Belfast.

The standard of work is really quite extraordinary and I would absolutely recommend a visit! Better be quick with this one though as it finishes before the end of February.

Again, further information is available at http://www.nmni.com

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This stunning 3D piece is the work of an exceptionally talented GCSE student from Methodist College, Belfast. WOW!

 

Thanks for reading folks, and I hope you get a chance to visit at least one of these wonderful exhibitions!

 

Lynn x

The door has finally been unhinged!

Hello Everyone!

I trust you are all enjoying the fabulous sunshine which we have been having here recently!

As you will already know, the shop is currently CLOSED for our summer break although we have been busy working away behind the scenes and finding that there is always something to be done…..

Regular visitors to Love Stitching will know that our door can be just a little bit reluctant to open at times….

Well, yesterday evening the sun was shining and, as we didn’t have the ‘bad weather’ excuse, we decided it was time to ‘SORT OUT THE DOOR!’  Out came the plane, out came the electric drill and off came the door!

I am happy to report that our efforts seem to have been successful! We look forward to welcoming you all back when we re-open through our now-much-more-easy-to-open-door!

Full details of our holiday closure are available on our website www.lovestitching.co.uk

See you soon, thanks for reading,

Lynn

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FREE Christmas Heart Pattern – Part Two!

Wow! I really can’t believe that it’s been almost a year since I posted the first part of my FREE Christmas Heart pattern….. Eventually I’m now getting to share ‘Part Two’ with you but, as the saying goes, ‘better late than never!’

I’m sure you remember this gorgeous quilt! I know that many of you have been inspired after seeing it ‘in the flesh’ here at Love Stitching and, although I have used Christmas fabrics, this design will look fabulous in lots of different colour combinations…..

FREE Christmas Heart Pattern – Part One:

Please see my Blog dated June 1st, 2017

FREE Christmas Heart Pattern – Part Two:

Inner Border (cream)     ½m fabric required – cut x 6 Widths of Fabric (WOF) at 2¼”

Outer Border (grey)        ¾m fabric required – cut x 7 WOF at 4″

Backing Fabric                 3.5m fabric required – cut into two pieces at 1.75m each

Wadding                            1.7m length required*

Binding  (red)                   ½m fabric required – cut x 7 WOF at 2½”

*I use Hobbs Heirloom Premium wadding which is 2.4m wide

 

Making up:

Join short ends of border strips then sew onto quilt edges.

Join the two pieces of backing fabric together along the longest edge.

Make your ‘quilt sandwich’ by layering up your backing fabric, wadding and patchwork Christmas Heart top – tack or use 505 spray to keep all three layers together.

Quilt either by hand or machine – I used my absolute favourite ‘wavy’ machine stitch!

Attach binding.

Enjoy!!

Quilt finishes at 64″ x 57″ (approx)  which is the perfect size for snuggling up on the sofa to watch a wee bit of TV!

Please feel free to share your versions of this beautiful quilt with us here at Love Stitching.

Happy sewing!! xx

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Fabulous Embroidery!

Embroidery picJust a wee update on what’s on my cutting board today….

My fabulous Husqvarna Topaz 25 embroidery machine has been very busy!

Although the white and purple colour combo initially looks quite stark, I know that the finished item will look amazing once it’s all pieced together….

Will keep you posted!

Happy sewing meantime,

Lynn x

 

 

Easter Break!

The Love Stitching cutting board is quiet this week as we take a break for Easter but even behind the scenes there are quilts everywhere!

I absolutely LOVE visiting the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum where lots of vintage quilting inspiration awaits!  (The Ballycultra Tea Room is also a treat!)

imageThis beautiful appliquéd quilt has really put me in the mood for some hand sewing but I know that I still have my William Morris piece from last time to be getting on with…..

We re-open next Wednesday (11th April) so there is still plenty of time for me to get the sewing machine threaded up yet!  Meantime I would whole heartedly recommend a visit to see all that this fabulous museum has to offer!

Until next time,

Lynn x