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Saturday, May 30, 2009

We LOVE your show and tell

Here at the Quilter's Bazaar, we become sooo inspired by your show and tell!

Here is a quilt made by Linda for a special birthday present. She has printed her photos onto inkjet fabric. The photos look best if you can spruce them up with a program like photoshop first, then place the A4 fabric sheets into your printer!!
Can you spot the man in the shower??

Well done Linda!

Lisa made the BEST use of this stripe from the Poison Greens and Cheddar collection (circa 1850).

I can't wait to see more of this fabulous applique.
Thanks for sharing Lisa.
Oh, I just want to sew!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New DOLLHOUSE block of the month!

We are pleased to present Rosalie Quinlan's new block of the month "It's A Dollie's Life"!!!

This is a picture of the finished quilt - as made by Rosalie.

Here are the blocks I have fused so far...

Wash day (the teddies don't like to be washed, see how one is escaping through the window!)

Bekkie's room

Bath time.

The dolls will look so much better when I have embroidered their little faces on.

I am going to I machine blanket-stitch to hold the fused pieces onto the backgrounds.

The BOM is $29 per month for 10 months including 10 patterns, all fabrics for the quilt top and binding, and postage within Australia.

Available now by phoning the shop number 03) 5428 1170, or by visiting us in person.
Click on the link above to enrol over the web!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Journal Secrets revealed!!

I became completely addicted to making book covers before last Christmas... I made about 10 of them, and gave lots away. I only kept a few for myself!! (Click here to see my book covers).

I followed the general instructions described in this pattern.
We held the class last Saturday - ($25 for the class included the cost of the pattern) - what a good deal!!

While we didn't decorate our journal covers in the same way as Janelle did (pictured above), the participants all learned how to mark and machine quilt in a cross-hatch design, plus 2 of them learned how to add bindings with mitred corners.

The journals look so different to each other!!

Norma will finish her binding at home.

Yvonne brought her gorgeous original Singer featherweight (tres chic, black and shiny), so she quilted this without a walking foot!

The cherry fabric has a spot that glitters in the light. Can you see it?

Sylvia couldn't make it to the class on the day, and she had already bought everything to make her book cover!!

Her daughter Sam stepped in and made the book cover for her Mum!

This was an excellent idea, as Sam has recently started doing stitcheries, and she wanted to quilt and bind them to make small wallhangings.

Yvonne's cherries book cover is destined to be a recipe book cover, I wonder what the others will be used for - a journal, a book for noting scrapbooking ideas, a photo album or ???

Good on you girls! I am proud of you all!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

It's not easy being green...

Cheryl loves her pretzels! She is making this Pretzel Party quilt. The greens look a lot nicer in real life than they do pictured here.

Cheryl likes to hand-piece. She worked really hard to bring all these blocks to show us today (she had promised Andrea). There is nothing like a deadline to help you on your way is there??
Thanks for the show and tell Cheryl, we can't wait to see your progress!!!

But wait, there is more green to show you!!

Kylie is making her first piece of quilting from these Coccinelle fabrics (did you know that means Ladybird in French?) What a gorgeous Dresden Plate. This is the finished size.

Kylie is ready to handquilt the markings in the borders.

Well done!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Margaret's fairies

Margaret recently made a pirate quilt and a motorbike quilt for 2 of her grandchildren.

Now, she is up to making a fairy quilt for a little girl.
Margaret is starting with a panel designed to be embellished and embroidered. The silver thread will be added to the wings, the beads will be sewn to the flower centres and the fairy's necklace. A clear crystalline paint will be added (with a toothpick) to give shine and sparkle.
The green fabric will be used to set the fairy on point, and the rest of the quilt will be pink, purple and maybe some more light green.
I can't wait to show you some of Margaret's progress, and maybe the pirate and motorbike quilts too!!! Cross your fingers!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Leanne says she has never done anything crafty in her life before this beginner's quilt class. I am sooo suprised. I really think she has captured the look of the 1800s quilts in these scrumptious blocks.

Leanne, your colour placement and fabric selection for the blocks are inspiring. I think you just have the knack!! I am so glad you found patchwork at last!!

Thanks for letting us see your blocks!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

147 new fabrics

Since we opened 3 months ago we have received over 15 new ranges of fabrics!! Some have even sold out (like the Lorelei Paris prints previously shown).

In the last 2 weeks we have received 147 new bolts of fabric. Here is a little taste to whet your appetite!!

This is our selection from Chelsea Manor. The bright red and white would make a pretty baby quilt for any gender. The alphabet prints inspire the look of vintage redwork quilts - alphabet samplers would look good.

The bunnies make me think of youthful quilts, but the colours are so clear and bright, I will have to make something!!

We have bundled up fabrics into fat 1/8 packs - 8 prints = 1 metre for A$25.

and fat 1/4 packs: 8 fat 1/4s = 2 metres for A$50.

Order via our secure website or by phone 03 5428 1170.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Penny's owls

Penny's 19year-old (I think) daughter has a liking for owls - Penny is making her a quilt to replace the one she made and was lost in the bushfires. Penny also lost her stash, but she still has her sewing machine!!

Penny has just learnt how to layer the pieces of fabric and fusible web onto baking paper. A layer cake ("Louisa") was a great way to start collecting fabrics for these pieces. Aren't these owls looking great???

We put Penny in touch with Helen from our local CWA where she chose from fabric, tools, rotary cutters, mats etc donated by many generous local people.

We have been collecting fabrics, tools, patterns etc. on behalf of the CWA for crafters who lost their stashes and tools in the fires - someone even dropped off a sewing machine as they bought a new one!!! There is still a box inside the front door where you can drop off any donations for crafters (yes... wool, needles etc!!)
Good on you Penny! We can't wait to see these owls on their backgrounds, and coming to life as you stitch them!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sue's jelly roll quilt

Sue used the "Cranberry Wishes" jelly roll to make this quilt. Doesn't the white fabric look striking?

Sue and her sister Linda like to come and sew on alternate Friday nights in our U.F.O. classes. Sue doesn't really need the classes, but it means Linda can come and get some help while Sue sews her little fingers off, has a pleasant quilty chat, and leaves feeling inspired and having inspired others!!

Now Sue has inspired even more people!!

Sue is now working on a quilt using a "Collections for a cause" layer cake. I can't wait to see how it turns out!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Gee it was nice in Geelong!

We held a stall at the Geelong quilt-in yesterday.

370 ladies sat and stitched. Leonie West of Westalee Rulers was one of the guest speakers.

Then Reece Scannell gave a fashion parade of his shot cotton fabrics.

I bought another three half metre pieces to add to my collection (!!), but I will use these separately.

The other pieces I have are all blue, green and grey.

One of our very own Wendy's (she made a Magoo) won second prize in the raffle at the quilt-in!! A FULL SET of Westalee rulers!! Congratulations Wendy!!

Happy birthday Amanda and Andrea!!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Claire's courthouse steps

Claire is making these courthouse steps blocks using a pattern in the book "Material Obsession".

The brown is an Emma Louise quilter's muslin - it's so soft, much nicer than homespun.

We use the Emma Louise muslin in vanilla or latte colours for stitchery. Why do all those things sound delicious???

Thanks for sharing your delicious blocks Clare!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Judy's allover quilt

Judy is an online customer - she lives in Tasmania. So, how did we see this quilt??? She made it for Marion's "big 0" birthday last year, but Marion was too shy to be in the photo!!

Josh is pictured holding the quilt.

Marion loves poppies. The fabric is printed in a light wash, so all it needed was allover quilting to make it really special!

Marion hangs it on the wall.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A different Wendy

Wendy is a popular name amongst quilters. We have already mentioned 3 Wendy's on this blog, but they are all different!!! This is another Wendy's funky monkey - and he looks fabulous!!!

I love his big smile and the little hairs on top of his head!

Thanks for sharing your show and tell Wendy.

Monday, May 11, 2009

More beginners blocks

We saw some beginner's blocks on the blog last week - and here are some other people's blocks.
I love to see the quilts develop to reflect personalities!

Wendy loves pretty soft colours

Rhonda finished this block today and didn't bring the others with her - you will have to wait to see the rest!

Christine's quilt is vibrant blue - she started it a few years ago and is finishing it in the beginner's quilt class (with the same teacher, different venue!!)

Catheryn has chosen very soft fabrics, I want to whisper when I am near it - can't talk too loudly!!

Good on you girls! I am sure we all feel inspired!! Thank you for letting us share your works...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Belinda's hungry caterpillar

Here it is!! Belinda's Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt. Belinda was lucky enough to snaffle the food panel when it was in Australia (we are still waiting!! When will it be in stock again?)
Wouldn't it be great if we could have a special Hungry Caterpillar show and tell date? Maybe we will just do it all here online!!
Yes, we still have The Very Hungry Caterpillar panel in stock - you can purchase it online by clicking here, or you can phone us (03 54281170) or you can pop in and see us!!
Please bring your show and tell in for us to see, it's so inspiring!!
Hope you had a Happy Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mamma Mia!

No, not really Mamma Mia... but it's Kyla and her monkey Mia.

Kyla picked the fabrics for her Mum to make this cute funky monkey!! The body is made from a print in the range My Folklore.
Thanks for modelling with your monkey Kyla.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Amanda's crawly roll quilt

WOW!! Amanda loves brights! She is having a lot of fun with jelly rolls. Amanda bought this moda jelly roll, was it Flutterby???? Anyway, it has the cutest insects on it!

It wasn't a jelly roll, it was a crawlyroll!

Doesn't this quilt top look fantastic? Amanda is now undertaking a beginner's class, to expand her quilting expertise. Gee, doesn't it make you wish you got into quilting earlier???

Amanda needs to learn how to machine quilt soon!!!

Thanks for the show and tell...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Beginner's Luck

Here are some blocks made by our Thursday beginners.

Leanne has NEVER done any crafting before this, can you believe it?
Jenny is making this fresh quilt for her daughter

Glenda's blocks (actually, her husband signed her up for the class)
I love to see them because everyone's colours are so different that it changes the way a block looks.

Marion's blocks are bright and fun.

It's great to watch our students grow in confidence - they've had 3 classes now.

Marg's blocks - soft and pretty

Well done everyone!! We can't wait to see some more!!!