Category Archives: Pascoe Patchers

At the Guild: Until… when?

At the P’s & Q’s Guild, there were the beginnings of an underground movement, muttered words included ‘finish, UFO, never done Show & Tell before’, which became a common theme.

Here’s me thinking I had a corner of the ‘this year I’m going to …’, instead I’m becoming a groupie!

My ‘no matter how small or large, old or new’ improving my UFO finish rate and not starting anything new (unless something was already in my stash- that’s the quilter’s out clause!), was quickly old hat – at least until my resolve was challenged by a “I’ll give you until June!”

Yay! Another UFO done, but DH sprukes ‘When it’s finished, find somewhere else for it – not here.

'Checkerboard Blues' by RobynsPatch

‘Checkerboard Blues’ by RobynsPatch

This UFO was an ‘ugly’ piece of fabric where I experimented with fussy ‘kaleidoscope’ piecing, whilst at an early step along the patchwork path. The fabric background had a checkerboard pattern – that does not line up when rejoined, so a bit of appliqué helped cover some of it over. All that needed doing was the binding. So another ‘sunscreen’ quilt for the car!

Meanwhile amongst the PP’s

Pascoe Patchers

Yummy Banana and Blueberry cake Sue C brought to share with PP’s.

Sue L was knot happy!

Sue L was knot happy!

Pauline now has time to hand piece!

Pauline now has time to hand piece!

Carolyn's expertise with silk thread showed as she added to her cross stitch with subtlety shaded silk thread.

Carolyn’s expertise showed as she added to her cross stitch with subtlety shaded silk thread.

Sue C - our stitchery expert - shows how it's done with another completed block.

Sue C – our stitchery expert – shows how it’s done with another completed block.

And I’m still working on that UFO … ‘Affairs of the Heart’, adding the embroidery while at Guild meetings – and no, it will not get finished this year!

Another of the blocks of the 'Affairs of the Heart' quilt stitched by RobynsPatch

Another of the blocks of the ‘Affairs of the Heart’ quilt stitched by RobynsPatch

But that’s another story.

Happy stitching …


PatchProjects: 10 Ways to get them done!

When it came time for New Year’s resolutions, Dear friend  and Pascoe Patcher – KB -said

“Don’t do the New Year resolutions thing BUT I say that THIS year I will clean up the sewing room! If I don’t there will be no sewing!”

Well that made me wonder about my own pile of patchwork projects and how to tackle them for 2017.

Dr Seuss

With so many UFO’s lurking in plastic tubs on shelves in the house and in his shed, it’s where to start that’s got me thinking.

How to tackle the pile of patchwork projects? Which direction to choose?

1. Deadline: If there is a family event or a Guild Exhibition coming up?

2. Mood: What do you feel like doing right now?

3. Time: How much discretionary time is available right now?

4. Technique: Are the speciality rulers, tools, or threads close at hand?

5. Machines: Is the sewing machine set up for piecing or quilting?

6. Space: Is the dining room table free at the moment?

7. Schedule: Have you set up self-disciplined plans or goals?

8. Classes: Is it for a class or a friendship group?

9. Supplies: Is there enough fabric to finish it?

10. Procrastinate: Too many choices, just give up and go and clean the bathroom instead?

Well for 2017, I’ve chosen Schedule. My plan is to not start anything new  – that I don’t already have planned or a bit of in the stash – and a goal is to improve my UFO finish rate, no matter how big or small the projects are. DH added, “… and then find a home for them – somewhere else!” Oh dear, methinks that’s a reflection on the tubs of UFO’s on the shelves in his shed.

How do you decide to tackle your pile of patchwork projects?



A Patch of Dreams

It’s fascinating and fabulous what patchworkers choose as their palette when interpreting their own version of a pattern. When teaching ‘A Patch of Dreams’ table runner as a class at PU, individual colour preferences made each product unique.

Heather's 'Patch of Dreams'

Heather’s vibrant flames come from her amazing stash!

Dianne's 'Patch of Dreams'

Dianne’s ‘all things Paris’ fabric, is soft and calming.

Karin's 'Patch of Dreams'

Karin intends extending this into two panels for a single bed quilt.

Tracey's 'Patch of Dreams'

Tracey will add borders to her double pattern and use it for a wall hanging.

… and the original pattern before quilting.

RobynsPatch 'A Patch of Dreams'

RobynsPatch ‘A Patch of Dreams’


Africa Quilt – Giraffe

The Africa Quilt designed by Pauline at PU, has the Pascoe Patchers up to their ‘necks’ in fusible web as the third block is appliquéd down onto their backgrounds.

Julie's giraffe with hand embellished manes.

Julie’s giraffe with hand embellished manes.

Betty's Giraffe using no-sew applique

Betty’s Giraffe using no-sew applique

Karin's giraffe with traced shapes ...

Karin’s giraffe with traced shapes …

RobynsPatch giraffe has eyes yet to be appliquéd.

RobynsPatch giraffe has eyes yet to be appliquéd and embellishment.

This time, with such tiny pieces, permanent fusible is being used as a technique instead of blanket stitch appliqué.

Wonder what the next animal will be…