Charity Sewing Day

My friend Nicky is participating in a charity bike ride in September in Malawi in aid of Maternity Worldwide. I am in awe of this, I stress just riding from Hove to Brighton.

She has organised a whole host of fundraising activities including a pub quiz, pop-up restaurant and cake sales. We thought it might be a nice idea to run a sewing event in beautiful surroundings. It is the right time of year, and lots of stitchers are also keen gardeners. We both felt The Garden House HAD the be the venue and were thrilled when Bridgette and Deborah said we could use it. In case you are reading this and have never been it is a large garden based in the Ditching Road area of Brighton and they teach courses from there as well as hosting events. When you visit it does not feel like you are in the centre of Brighton, it a lovely inspiring green space. The next element has to be the refreshments and Nikki (and Lynne who is her 'fundraising manager' aka 'helpful friend') are going to make some cakes - having tested them I can say I am looking forward to this aspect!

So the final piece in the puzzle is the project. We want each session to feel like a treat and we were going to focus on English Paper Piecing, but decided it had to be garden themed. I have designed an appliqué mat that will hopefully be achievable in the time slot, but is easy enough to finish at home in case you end up chatting and drinking tea the whole time. It is suitable for beginners, and covers making yoyo's, a demonstration on how to make bias strips (these are provided) slip stitch for appliqué, layering a quilt, hand quilting and binding. The kit includes full instructions in case you want to make some more as gifts (the mats would look fab in Christmas fabric).  Details are below... if you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch.

flower applique mat elizabeth betts