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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We're excited!!

We are so excited by these William Morris inspired prints!! It's the Adelaide Collection by Jason Yenter (designer of Floragraphix and Wintergraphix) inspired by Michele Hill.

We ordered the entire range to arrive in October - at the same time that Michele's new book will be released.
I am already planning my project!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Annie's class sample

This is Annie's class sample for the stitchery class "A Whimsical Gift". Designed by Cinderberry Stitches (Aussie made and designed). You can purchase a kit for this project using these fabrics. The kit includes the quilt hanger, all fabrics, 5 DMC stranded threads and embroidery stabiliser. Click here to purchase online, or visit us in store.

Stay tuned for our new class list.

Monday, June 28, 2010

UFO classes

If you want to learn, we can show you how... in our UFO sessions.

Due to popular demand Lorraine's UFO sessions are now every Friday morning 10am-12:30pm and alternate Friday evenings 7pm-9pm (bookings essential). Sue is learning to free-motion quilt. We put the quilt top together in UFO class, pin-basted the quilt on another day and now Sue is quilting leaves onto the quilt top.

The Matilda's Own gloves have little grippers. This relieves your shoulders and wrists as you don't need to press down very hard to move the quilt. Sue is using an extension table with her machine - I think it's an absolute must if you are free-motion quilting large articles.

This is Dorothy. She just learnt to machine blanket-stitch during UFO class.

This will be part of a baby quilt. We have fused on some flower fairy cutouts to use broderie perse applique.

The white areas will be machine blanket-stitched on. The parts of the fairies overlapping the purple writing will be hand-stitched.
The fairies really jazz up the centre of the baby quilt.
Would you like to join our UFO sessions? Just phone or drop into the shop to secure your place. If you want to learn, we can show you how.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I Believe....

Christmas is coming to Quilter's Bazaar! Yes, we are excited to present Christmas in August once again. It's perfect weather for sewing (brrr) and this year I would like to put up my decorations (including a few new homemade projects) on the 1st December... maybe I can even wrap some presents to go under the tree straight away!! (Some might be home-made, wouldn't that be nice?).

I am sure we have all vowed not to be up late again next year on Christmas Eve finishing off last minute gifts and decorations. Let's make it a reality!!

Upcoming classes with a Christmas theme include:

stained glass angel wallhanging with Carol;

simple stitchery with Annie - making A Whimsical Gift by Cinderberry Stitches);
Welcome To The North Pole quilt with Lorraine;

Rudy the reindeer with Lorraine;
I Believe wallhanging with Lorraine;

Christmas Baubles quilt with Lorraine (we are using the Holiday Flourish fat quarters... mmmm yummy!!); Fussy Cut machine pieced diamonds with Andrea....
Stay tuned for our term 3 class list. We are securing workshop dates with our tutors right now.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Banner Day

Every now and then you need an 1800s fabric with blue and red to emulate the patriotism felt at the time of the Civil War - which was greatly reflected in many quilts made around that time.

This little sampling of Jo Morton's Banner Day are perfect to slot in with your 1800s reproduction and civil war fabric stash.
We know a little of these can go a long way - available by the metre or in fat quarter and fat eighth packs.These fabrics will not last at the special price of $19 per metre.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Crimson and Clover

Crimson and Clover... isn't that a song? That's going to bug me for a while now... I love this little selection from Jo Morton's Crimson and Clover fabric range. Reduced to only $19 per metre!!

The chrome yellow, poison green, cheddar orange and turkey red are the epitomy of 1840s-1850s fabrics...

Mmmm... I think I will have a little bit of each one for myself.

Available by the metre or in fat eighth packs or in fat quarter packs.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Monika's Cobblestones

Monika joined Andrea's class to make this "Cobblestones" quilt for her daughter.

When Monika brought her daughter (aged in her late teens) to choose the 24 fat quarters to make the front and back of this quilt she never dreamed she would pick these fabrics. She wanted blue and purple, but Monika imagined bright and funky prints.

I think these 1800s reproduction fabrics are just timeless, and obviously Monika thinks so too.

What a beautiful quilt Monika, well done.

Quilted by Wilma at Deep Creek Quilting.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Puppy Love

Fiona sent a photo of her puppy to a designer who turns your photos into foundation pieced patterns!!

Then, Fiona foundation pieced this wallhanging (which looks exactly like her beloved puppy). It looks great Fiona, I am also a big fan of foundation piecing.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Feeling Toasty

It's the weather for warming up and feeling Toasty.

What a coincidence! We've got Jo Morton's Toast II (1800s reproductions) reduced from $25 per metre - now only $19 per metre!!
Click the link above to see all fabrics available online and in store.

Fat quarter and fat eighth packs are also available.

I know you will love these backgrounds and blenders as much as I do. They just make your reproduction fabrics glow. Try these with Prussian Blues, Chrome Yellows, Poison Greens, Cheddar Oranges and Madder Browns...

At these prices, these bargains won't last long.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Jean and Gloria

Jean and Gloria - why does that sound familiar? Oh yes, Gloria Jean - the coffee chain. This is Jean holding her latest creation. Jean was inspired by the newest Gloria Loughman book - Quilted Symphony - to make this piece. Jean seemed to make it in record time - now that is enthusiasm. I think we are all the same when we get excited about a project.

Jean said that batiks are perfect for this raw-edge free motion applique as they hardly fray at all.

We have around 20 different batiks in store - we try to keep that many all the time. Do you feel inspired?

I do, thank you Jean.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Aloha... it's been a while

Hello, or Aloha.

It's been a while since I last posted - we have so much to show and tell.

Thank you for visiting us at the Melton Willows Exhibition, at the Spa Quilters Exhibition in Daylesford, at Sunbury Stitchers and Quilters Exhibition and at Essendon Day and Essendon Night meetings.

I think you can see why I haven't had time to post to the blog!! Nonetheless, I will try to catch up over the next couple of days.

Aloha is a special range of fabrics - it co-ordinates with both 1800s fabrics and batiks. Rich green and purples and beige blenders.. Mmm... delicious. It looks even better in person!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sue's braids

Sue is loving her French Braid quilt!! She started making the braids here in class, and was encouraged to use the leftover strips to add strips across the top and bottom. Can you see the way the braids change direction? I look forward to seeing your quilt with borders Sue.

Sue used a green Rainbow pack. We've got lots of Rainbows in store - they are not on the website as the colours in the packs continually change.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Alice is coming...

Lorraine's Alice in Wonderland quilt is coming along....

Don't the prints look rich and full of vintage colour once they are framed?

Stay tuned to see how the finished quilt looks.

Don't wait too long to purchase your fabrics. Everyone who has seen the quilt top so far is falling in love with the fabric!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sue just finished this really sweet quilt in redwork. It is a Bronwyn Hayes pattern from the book Cotton Country Quilt.

Sue is positively addicted to stitchery now!! Thanks for sharing with us Sue. Your quilt is gorgeous.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Who is that?

Whose quilt is this? Let's see if you can guess.

It's a finished "Joy Of Life" incorporating her own colours.... She attended a free class each month with this Block of the Month to learn the applique, piecing and joining the blocks...

and she has finished!!

Congratulations Dee!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Gerrie's quilt

This quilt top as made by Gerrie for her granddaughter (I wonder what her name is).

Oh, it's so stunning. Thank you for bringing it in to show us Gerrie. We love to see your finished projects. Especially when we helped select the fabrics.

If this isn't enough to get you mad about French Braids, you just don't get it... VBG.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Another great Annie class.

We've got some great show and tell from Annie's cutting and ironing compendium class. (Some of these are still clamped while the glue dries).

It's always a popular class - this time two ladies travelled from Barham NSW especially to attend the session!! (They sound as keen as I am when I really want to make something)...

Another participant attended class for the second time - this time she madeit for a gift. Oh yes, she could have made it at home (she has the pattern from last time)... but why give up the opportunity to socialise with new friends in a warm environment... there is always something so exciting about making a new project isn't there???
It's well worth making. Aside from choosing the finished look of your folder, a pre-made A3 sized cutting and ironing compendium retails for around $150.

You could say it's even worth attending twice!!
Stay tuned to the side bar of the blog - we will soon be posting a new class list for term 3.