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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My favourites are sure to become yours too...

We've had so many new patterns arrive that I am busting to tell you about!
This one is for teddybear collectors: Vintage Bears by The Freckles Collection. It features vintage teddy bears and their development over time. I'm not particularly fond of the fabrics chosen in this pattern. What would you do?
This one is titled Quiltmakers. All the stages of quiltmaking by these cute little mice. One of these stitcheries would look cute on a sewing apron. A sewing apron would keep all those little threads from sticking to your polar fleece clothes!! LOL!!
I would like to make this for a special friend - titled The Friendship Quilt it says "Quilting brings friends together". Too cute!!
I want to make the Sleepover bag to take on retreats. Just think, if I can squeeze clean underwear and PJs in here, there will be a lot more room in the car for sewing stuff!!
Leon the Lion is one of my absolute favourites in the Melly and Me series. I will have to make him. My other favourites are Magoo the monkey, Rudy the Reindeer and Mrs Perkins the giraffe.

EMOtional Anna and SeBATsian would make the perfect gift for someone who is a little unusual. Inspired by the emo look - notice the black hair, dark clothes and unusual eye makeup.

French Kiss - I love this pattern. The applique in the centre is optional, instructions are also included for an applique-free quilt. We stock the Mill House Inn Honey Bun to make this quilt.

Creme Fraiche is another new one from Fig Tree Quilts. I prefer the colour option shown in the bottom corner.

I keep finding new goodies that I think I can't do without!! I couldn't keep the blog up to date with everything new coming in, please visit our website or pop into the shop to see more of my favourites, that are sure to become yours too.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Term 4 Class List

Finally! Here is our new class list. It's so jam-packed of quilting goodies we had trouble fitting everything in!!

Come in and see us for any more info. Do these photos tempt you???
Beginner sampler quilt with Carol Lewis.
Annie's hobby horse
Annie's folder cover

Frilly Dilly Bag

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Folklorica is on the shelves

I can't decide whether this fabric from the Folklorica range looks medieval or is it like stained glass windows?
This is the main panel.
I see the Trojan Horse, the fox and the grapes, the tortoise and the hare... what do you see?

This is the border panel. There are 4 repeats across the width of the bolt.

These are just a few of the co-ordinating fabrics.

These prints have a lot of depth and detail.

Click on the link above to see all fabrics in stock.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Libby loves Christmas!

We have a few prints left from this Anna Griffin range - Mackenzie Christmas.

Libby bought a fabric pack, then brought in her almost-finished project!!

How fabulous!! At least with Christmas projects, you know they will be used every year!!

At only $15 per metre, these fabrics won't last very long. Available by the metre or in fabric packs. Click on the link to see what we have left in stock, or come in and see us!

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Raymond quilt - a real antique quilt.

I am not going to apologise for the number of photos in this post.

Melva brought in a family heirloom quilt to show us.

I have taken lots of photos, and with her permission I can share them with you.

The quilt is believed to have been made in the early 1800s.

The Prussian blue fabrics shown here are very vibrant, which I found really unusual. They mostly fade after the very first wash. Can you imagine how bright they would have been originally?

This little label has been added by a family member at a later date.

I kept taking photos of interesting bits in the quilt. Look at the patterns in the stripe.

The fabric is completely worn away in some parts. The quality of the batting inside leads me to believe it was a commercially available batting rather than a home-made batt.

A Canadian maple leaf is embroidered on the quilt here. The original maker lived near the Canadian-U.S. border.

I think we can all learn to be more brave with our fabric choices.

I love stripes.

Do you feel inspired?

I know I am.

Melva keeps the quilt folded with acid-free tissue paper between the layers. She takes it out often to spread on her bed to prevent the folds from becoming permanent.

It's fortunate that Melva has the quilt where it is cherished. It's amazing how spectacular antique quilts in pristine condition turn up (mostly in the U.S.) and are being used to protect a new tractor from dust, or keep a cow warm, or keep frost off crops.
Thanks so much for sharing with us Melva.
Wouldn't it be great if we could have a special "historic" or "significant" quilt show and tell day? I think I will schedule it for next year.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

One of Jean's first quilts

We've lost track of whether we count this as one of Jean's first quilts or not!! Whilst undertaking a beginner machine piecing class, Jean started (and finished) another quilt.

Here is one of the quilt tops Jean made using blocks from the beginner sampler class. She made 2 quilts from her blocks - one each for herself and the husband. Throughout the series of classes Jean declared her blocks would make a quilt for the dog Missy - the dog has been cheated our of its quilt and will have to sit on the owners' quilts instead.

Yes, Jean always looks this happy. And why shouldn't she be??
We will commence a new beginner's course starting Thursday mornings in term 4. Stay tuned for our new class list.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Frilly Dilly bag class coming soon

We will be posting a link to our new class list during the next week.

Annie will be teaching the Frilly Dilly bag for your enjoyment. Annie made this bag with fabrics from the Farmer's Market and Mezzanines ranges.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Recipe For Friendship quilt

This quilt was made using a 5 inch charm pack and other fabrics using the Recipe For Frienship fabric range.

I especially love the gathered frill in the border. It adds dimension and texture to the quilt.

Thanks for bringing in your show and tell.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Free-motion embroidery

These are samples started by participants in the Free-motion embroidery class. The samples are just that. An additional 2 or 3 hours work will add depth and detail to these pieces.
Then they could be used as a panel on a sewing carryall, or made into an evening bag.

Everyone was able to start manipulating the machine very quickly.

These samples are intended to be practise pieces. Some participants will not use these except as test pieces.

I am sure they will apply the skills they learned today to further fibre art pieces.

Well done to all class participants. You were such a fun group.

Look out for this class again in term 4.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Folder cover class

Annie's folder cover class was an overwhelming success!

Here are pictures of some that were nearly completed in the afternoon workshop - some just need binding added.
Other participants have faithfully promised to bring in theirs for photography once they are finished.

Everybody's projects look so different.

Carry your current project inside a folder to keep it organised. You can add pages to hold embroidery threads wound onto cards and zippy pockets to hold your pencils etc. With space for your current pattern you will always know where everything is when you find a few minutes stitching time.
We will be offering this class again in term 4. Look out for Annie's Folder Cover in the class list - the new one is coming out soon.