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Friday, 17 December 2010

Yo Yo Christmas Wreath



Ho Ho Ho! Yo Yo's have been very popular this year and here we feature a great use of Yo Yos to make a Christmas Wreath. If you've peeled your sprouts and potatoes and are sitting at home, watching the snow fall, twiddling your thumbs waiting for the big day to arrive (unlikely, I know but still...) here is a lovely use of lots of bits of Christmas fabrics that you may have in your stash.

And if you don't have time then maybe make this after Christmas and you'll be all ready for next year's Christmas!

Susan used a styrofoam wreath (from Hobbycraft) as the base. The fabrics were our Fruitcake Fat Quarter pack (sorry, they are now sold out), but any Xmas fabrics would work well. She made 70 large Yo-Yo's (9143, £3.40) from the fabric. Circles of netting were cut out and these were decorated with pearls, seed beads and glitter. The Yo-Yo's and netting were then pinned in place with sprigs of artificial berries pushed into the styrofoam.

Brilliant! Thanks to Susan for sharing her idea.



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Let it Snow Let it Snow...but not too much...


We all love a bit of snow at Christmas time but some of us think that it's gone a bit too far in the past twelve months.

This is the picture outside the Cotton Patch a few minutes ago and the big dark cloud is more snow on its way.


Now wouldn't it be handy if we could get a Cotton Patch sleigh complete with Donner and Blitzen (and all the other names we can't remember at the pub quiz) to deliver them. We know that its taking a lot longer than normal so we really hope that the backlog in deliveries gets through and all your parcels are delivered in time.

To all of our customers - now and in the future - Merry Christmas 2010!
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Friday, 10 December 2010

Sweet Sixteen at Quilting Retreat

A few weeks ago I took our Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen down to the Aztec Hotel in Bristol where Christine Porter was running a quilt retreat. What a treat that concept is - a luxury hotel, wonderful food, Spa with beauty treatments, old friends and maybe some new ones and best of all the chance to sit, sew and talk for four days! It was great to be able to leave the machine there for a few days so that the retreaters could try it out. Several quilts were quilted on it and some of the results are shown below together with a few other photos from the weekend.


Chris and Retreaters planning the borders..

This is Ruth's quilt, layered up and ready to go..


Izzy from Creative Quilting in Hampton, Surrey was on the retreat - she did some lovely creative Christmassy things with metallic threads.

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