Creating An Amazing Space – Part 1

This past week … Armed with a labelling machine, oodles of card and the amazing enthusiasm of Tracy… We have been sorting, clearing, cleaning and tidying the studio and the GillyMac stash. This activity has been precipitated by an increasing need to...

Nearly Right is Wrong !

At school, my maths teacher, Mr Collins, used to say to me, “Gill, it’s no good being nearly right. Nearly right is wrong!”. The problem is that when something is nearly right, you want it to be right soo much it is very hard to make that leap of...

Free Motion Fear

  It’s not just you… it is me too…. ! Just lately I have been backing up things to quilt. Sometimes it just happens. I end up with a number of requests for classes and I get the tops made and then slow down at the point of quilting. Often it is...

Never Too Many Projects…

At GillyMac I have projects I am doing for classes, I have the childrens’ class projects all here in baskets ready for their next lesson, I have projects on my design wall for new patchwork classes, I have projects on the mannequin for my next sewing class, I...

A Perfect Fit …

This week is the final lesson of my first “Skirt Sloper and More” class.  A skirt sloper is a garment which is built to mould to the shape your own body using a single dart for each quarter pattern and with no design features added. It is a revelation to many of us...

Handbag Projects

There is a friend of mine who has introduced me to the concept of having a “handbag project”. She always seems to have a zip lock bag in her handbag which has something creative she can do when she gets the odd moment. She finds this really useful as her children...

Quilted Eggs Cracked …

I saw these eggs in a post on a North American website. They looked great and as well as being a timely project as we head towards Easter this year, I liked the three dimensional look of the fabric pieces… Thinking ahead I could imagine that the owl in the...