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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rosie's Garden quilt top

Wow! Rosie, your version of Mary Ellen's Garden is beautiful. Wonderfully bright reproduction fabrics - we can't wait to see it quilted (hint hint!!)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Larraine's doggy quilt

Larraine looks a bit concerned about displaying her show and tell - not to worry. She is actually very happy with the quilt she made using these cute doggy panels.

Even the back looks exciting!! This quilt is for Larraine's brother-in-law who is laid up with illness. Good timing Larraine!

Friday, October 22, 2010

More Kaffe Fasset arrivals

Our collection of Kaffe Fasset fabrics is starting to round out nicely. Seven new prints just arrived. A range of blues, greens, mauves, aquas, reds and pinks....
Huge splashes of colour!

It's amazing how inventive you can be with these prints. We love them. What will you make?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jean's one block wonder

Have you made a one-block-wonder quilt? (See these books for more details).

Okay, so you use one fabric to make lots of blocks - focussing on a different part of the fabric for each block. Cool huh?Then Jean added three-dimensional applique to the borders after quilting. WOW! What a wonder it is Jean!!
It looks Christmassy with the green leaves. I love it. Thanks for sharing with us.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mini madness!!

I have so much show and tell to share!!

These are Rhonda's mini quilts so far - don't they look great together? Only another three to go Rhonda!! (I think Rhonda will be quilting these before too much longer...)

Elizabeth's applique "sprouts" (as she calls them) have grown in this Spring weather...
Have you seen Fiona's little collection lately? Here are three of them.

Rhonda was a little worried about using the green diagonal print in this mini quilt. She needn't have worried. It really adds zing and texture!!

Look at these! Almost three finished mini quilts from last month's class. I love looking at the difference with everyone's fabric choices.
Rhonda's latest finishes....

Did you see this one by Fiona? Love the border treatment!! You can't beat stripes for borders...

Elizabeth has made a start on one quilt. All hand-pieced, she has cut out every shape and pinned them onto a cloth just for carrying the pieces around.

Wow! I am feeling motivated. (I still have 2 quilts to make, then quilting to go).

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Adelaide Collection - William Morris fabric

Yippee!! The Adelaide Collection has arrived! Michele Hill inspired Jason Yenter's illustrations for this fabulous fabric range - the fabric designs are a tribute to the unique collection of William Morris artifacts in Adelaide, South Australia. And the fabrics are only $20 per metre!!! The border prints are in three colourways - blue, coral or purple.

The colours are bright and fresh, and reflect the bright art neoveau tones that were so different to the dark Victorian home decorating schemes.

Don't know what to make? Put away a fat quarter or fat eighth fabric pack with some border fabric. By the time you choose from your patterns, the fabrics you want may be sold out.

The range includes some tone-on-tone fabrics that will pull the colours out of your feature prints.

Click the link above to make an online order. Or you can phone us at the phone number above - better yet? Fondle your fabric in person!! Just hurry!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Free patterns

I was browsing the fabric website for "In The Beginning" fabrics and found a free pattern download for this Rocket Quilt.

This kimono quilt pattern is also available as a free download.

Wait! Click on the link for this free quilt pattern download for a Christmas quilt made using Wintergraphix fabrics. These little pictures don't do the quilt justice.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Group hug

These mini quilts were lazily hanging around.. ready for a group photo... so here we go!!

In this year's miniature quilt club, we are making one mini quilt top each month (nine quilts in twelve months gives you a little holiday too...).

I have chosen the patterns for next year's mini quilts. What do you think? Would you like to join us? Leave a comment, or email, or phone or drop in to express your interest (secure your place early).
I think I had better finish this year's quilts first!! LOL!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Top Of The Class!!

WOW!! Talk about swift sewing! Here are five quilt-as-you-go table runners ready to bind...All this after a 3 hour class!!

Okay, not everyone was so speedy (Marion had to cut her fabrics in class, but she is more than 3/4 finished!!)Isn't it wonderful to see sew many variations??This bottom one was made using pieces from a Christmas rainbows pack. There are only a few left... be quick! One rainbows pack will make 4 table runners (and you will have some leftover fabric too!).

Would you like to join us later this term? The next class is nearly full, please let us know if you are interested, we may be able to schedule another date giving you time to complete your Christmas projects well in advance.

Thanks for joining us ladies (we look forward to seeing your show and tell soon Marion).

Friday, October 8, 2010

UFO show and tell time

Elsa enjoys sewing so much, she is nearly finished all her UFOs!! This quilt is just finished - quilted by Wilma. This Santa wallhanging is a small addition to a large Santa collection quilted by Elsa!! Elsa learned how to hand-quilt in UFO classes, and she has taken to it like a duck to water!!
This little swag is also hand-quilted.

I think you are set to decorate for Christmas Elsa!!
Would you like to join our UFO sessions? We can help you with your UnFinished Objects... you will even be able to forget about the washing!! See our class list on the side bar for more information.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

1930s prints

We love 1930s prints as much as you do!! The stock photos for this range are more lurid than they appear in real life. This is our photo which gives a good indication of the colours from the Toybox range.

This is a new little selection priced at only $19 per metre.

We have around fifty 1930s prints in stock.I love the nostalgic feel of these fabrics.Remember to add a little bit of black into your 1930s quilts to create a realistic reproduction (look at all the original quilts from the 1930s).
Fat eighths are a great size to collect your 1930s fabrics - most quilts in the era were scrap quilts, so you will want to collect lots of fabrics.

We have hundreds of fabrics reduced to $19 per metre and $14 per metre. See in store or online for details.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Under The Australian Sun

Let's celebrate!! Spring is here and the Sun is shining....

We just received our shipment of fabrics from the range Under The Australian Sun - and they are just in time to make yourself an Aussie Christmas!!

All fabrics are embellished with gold print, adding a luxurious Japanese feel (they are printed in Japan, and co-ordinate with Japanese prints exceptionally well.
You will need to start making those Christmas goodies now if you want to make them by December!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Click here to view our new class list for term 4 2010.

Thank you.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Upcoming classes....

Okay, I've been flat out! The class list has been almost ready for nearly 2 weeks!! Just the final tweaking to go...

However, I can let you know we are running Lorna's 12 fat quarter quilt class again in Term 4.

If you want to make a fast quilt top with 12 special fabrics (in only one day!!), come along to our one day workshop on Saturday 30th October 11am-4:30pm.

Friday, October 1, 2010

New scalloped edges class

Create scalloped edges for completely different quilt finish!! What are scalloped edges? Trimming a quilt to create curved edges using binding cut on the bias.
Bring your small wholecloth quilt - already machine quilted (to be used as a wallhanging or tablerunner).

If you need help making a quilt sandwich or machine quilting your sample, please book into one of our UFO sessions.

During class Lorraine will demonstrate how to:
  • calculate the size of scallops to fit evenly around all sides to create smooth, even curves
  • mark and trim away the outside edge
  • cut and make binding on the bias
  • machine stitch the binding to the quilt
  • hand-stitch the binding to the quilt (this last step will not be finished during class time)

Join us on Saturday 6th November 9:30am-12:3pm. Bookings essential.