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Give a Quilt A Go!

Hi everyone,

Yesterday was the return of my quilt in day course. This course is popular and always show amazing results.

Customers often talk about my quilts and they always assume I have a lot of patience, but I can honestly say when it comes to any type of crafting I have no patience what so ever. I like to see projects growing quickly and have results in no time at all. The reason I love to quilt whether it be a mini art quilt or a bed size quilt is that from start to finish you go through various techniques from cutting, piecing, framing and smashing, basting, quilting and at the very end binding and standing back to see the finished article. Every stage is completely different.

It just proves this in my workshops. I like to use quick techniques alongside traditional designs and it works a treat.

Yesterday was no exception and the ladies made beautiful lap quilts and had a fantastic take…..

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The children’s workshops are still going extremely well and now it’s the time of year to start looking towards Christmas and gift ideas. Obviously I can’t divulge gift ideas on here ……..well maybe a few sneaky pics.

But for this week my younger group are tackling patchwork and are mid way through the challenge whilst my older group are a good way through making Lolly the owls…….and I have body parts to prove it….

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I’ve had lots of fun this week thread sketching on my machine.

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First up was a sketch of my little man…..when I showed him he just rolled his eyes 🙂

Then it was on to a commission piece of a mini…..a little odd as I’ve never attempted a car but I thought I’d give it a go…..

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Lastly I had a spare five minutes to set up my own page on Facebook for my textile art and other experiments. You can find me on here at Ami James Textiles

That’s it for this week…….I’m off to crochet squares together for our yarn bombing campaign.

Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you on Tuesday (closed bank holiday Monday)

Ami x

 

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More Summer School Creations and a New Class !

Hi everyone,

it’s been a fun packed week with summer school.

This weeks been all about our young stitchers and this week we tackled the dreaded zip. However as usual nothing phases them and they coped with it fantastically. All zips fitted and working perfectly.

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Then their challenge was to make a pillow pal. This has been a great project for them as its requires different textures of fabric, yarn, machine stitching, hand stitching, decorative stitching, buttons, beads and ribbon…… they took to it like a duck to water.

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On Wednesday and Thursday afternoon I opened up the Sewing Studio to invite new children to join me. We started off with a bit of hand stitching then it was on to practising and learning about the machines. I had a couple of projects in mind and they went down a storm.

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Sadly my Summer School has come to an end, but I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who join me. You’ve all worked really hard and your so dedicated.

But Sewing Bee still continues on Saturdays and we’ve got lots planned. Alongside other projects we will be planning for a homemade Christmas with gift ideas and essentials……so excited.

The Sewing Bee is growing with my Saturday classes full and a new class about to begin on a Monday and I’ve got plans to open another class on a Wednesday. If anyone is interested please get in touch.

More exciting news….

We are now stocking a gorgeous range of hand dyed yarns by the lovely Debbie at Down Sheepy Lane. They are so soft and the quality is amazing.

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And lastly in between classes this week I did manage to fit in a little bit a sewing time in.

A mini art quilt. It’s a great way to relax when you drawing with your machine…..what do you think?

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As you can see it’s been another fantastic and eventful week. Thank you for reading and supporting me, I couldn’t do it with out you.

 

Ami xx

 

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A Whirlwind of a Week…..warning lots of pics!

Hi everyone,

Wow wow wow……What a week it’s been.

Let me take you back to Saturday where the sewing bee was in full swing. We had so many finished projects from wall hangers to clouds and owls and even patchwork pj bags….

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On Monday its was the start of the two day summer school for my older girls. These girls range from 11-14yrs old. After sewing with me for a number of months now I thought it was time to introduce them to the world of quilting…..big task I know.

My girls have learnt how to use a rotary cutter, mat and rulers. They have learnt piecing, basting, quilting and binding and have all made a lap quilt. I’m amazed and so proud of all of them, it’s been a fabulous couple of days…..here is how the got on.

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Wednesday I decided to recoup a little and start crocheting the squares together that have been donated for our yarn bombing campaign. I thought I’d better try out the first of the tree blankets for a dress rehearsal…….

looks pretty good doesn’t it?

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Thursday was another amazing day as mum and me travelled to Birmingham NEC for this years International Quilting Festival. We go every year as a treat to have some girly time and it did not disappoint.

Seeing quilts and art quilts from all over the world and we even had a workshop with the super talented Deborah o Hare and Sally Holman. Here are some of our favourite bits…

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Today (Friday) I’m in the shop but recovering ready for tomorrow’s Sewing Bee 🙂

It’s been an absolute fantastic week!

 

Ami x

 

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It’s been a fab week…….take a look!

Hi everyone,

These weeks are flying by so quickly and it’s now week two of the Summer holidays here. I had a day off on Wednesday to spend some quality time with my little man which prepared me for the HUGE fabric order arriving. Yes we had our delivery from Timeless Treasures and I’m so pleased with the fabric……..

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I love them all but my favourite has to be the snow scene with the trees.

So the three part quilting course came to an end this week with gorgeous results. Our quilting courses are very popular and I’ve added the dates for the rest of the year to our website Here.

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I love everyday in the haberdashery but my favourite day is Saturday where I spend all my time in the Sewing Studio. It’s a full day of seeing people and children get creative….this Saturday was no exception.

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But I have summer school to look forward to over the next two weeks as I have my stitchers and some new children joining us. Plans are that my older group will be quilting and my younger stitchers will be making a pillow pal.

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I’ve been finishing off and framing my latest piece of textile art……using complimentary colours, mixed media and free machine stitching….

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That’s it for this week, please note I’m closed on Thursday due to being at the quilting festival at the NEC.

Thanks for reading.

Ami xxxx