Monday, January 28, 2019

Class List January 2019

Happy New Year to one and all. Here is the new class list for the first term in 2019. Please contact me if you want to participate in any class. Payment is due when booking to ensure your place in class. Cancellations received within 2 weeks of class commencement receive no refund unless a replacement can be found. If we cancel the class for any reason you will receive a full refund. Have a look and see if there is anything new you might like to join in and learn.
Art Journaling with Lynette Collis - 5 Wednesday starting 13 February, then one week break and 4 more 27 Feb, 6, 13 & 20 March 7-9pm $75
I've been art journaling since 2009 to capture memories, document my days, remember holidays, experiment and fit creative play into my life. I will show you lots of techniques to use in your own personal journal.Samples in store

Easter Egg Hunt Quilt - Sunday 17 February 9:30am - 4pm $45
Dianne has designed this lovely Easter Quilt for you. Features raw edges applique and quilting but if you prefer turned edge applique Dianne can share some techniques.

Fabric Covered Storage Boxes - Thursday 21 February $15
Dianne created these lovely fabric covered storage boxes made from ordinary cardboard boxes. Come along and see how easy you can colour co-ordinate and theme your storage to suit. You can piece your fabrics or use just 2 (outer and lining).

Star Book - Lynette Collis  Saturday 23 February 10am - 4pm  $45
Lynette is teaching her Star book for me - you will learn lots of techniques - it can be all paper/image based or you can incorporate textiles a well. Folds up to a standard book style but opens up into a lovely star pattern. You choose the theme of your book.

Fabric Clock Tuesday 5th March 7-9pm $15 plus materials fee
Dianne has created a quilted fabric design and added clock parts to make a very personalised clock. You can use a pieced block or preprinted fabric design. You don't have to quilt it, but I think it gives more depth to a textile piece.
Modern Broderie Perse Class - Tuesday 12 March 7-9pm $15
Dianne will show how you can take parts of printed fabric and use them in a modern version of Broderie Perse, a form of applique popular in the late 1800's. Because printed chintz fabric was very expensive they cut out designs and appliqued them onto a plainer background to make larger items like bed quilts. I will show you a modern version, doesn't have to be floral designs. I made 3 similar designs to show you different backgrounds and stitches. 
Cork Bag Wednesday 27 March 7-9pm  $20 includes pattern
Dianne has designed this lovely bag made using cotton fabric and cork fabric. This is real cork that has been sliced thinly and applied to a fabric base. It is very soft and very popular for all sorts of sewing projects especially bags. Sustainable, stain resistant and water resistant so ideal for this. I chose to use a star cutout section, you can have another design or an applique in its place.
Miniature Quilts - regular monthly class on 3rd Friday every month (except Easter when it will be 2nd Friday) 1-3pm $15
Dianne shows you a new technique each time to make some wonderful miniature quilts. Here is a sample from previously.
Please contact me if you have any queries regarding any of these classes. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fabric Strip Club January

This Saturday 12th January is the first Fabric Strip Club for this year. I have designed a new quilt for this and look forward to sharing the techniques with attendees who come along between 9am - 10am. In the FREE demo I will share these techniques on how I created this quilt and you get to purchase the pattern for only $6, plus you get 10% discount on any purchase you make (excluding sewing machines and vouchers)
Here is a photo of the last quilt made in December - this one was made to look like ornaments hanging, but could easily look good in many other fabric styles - batiks, oriental etc.

A new item in store is Cork Fabric. A wonderful soft and supple, sustainable product which is stain resistant, water resistant, can be stamped, stencilled, coloured, stitched and machine embroidered. I 
have one cork design by the metre (60cm wide $40 per metre) and then a selection of precuts 15" x 18" $22. Here are the cork designs we currently have....

I have had fun creating samples using the cork fabric and found it really easy to stitch with. I did not need a special foot, just used my nnormal 1/4" foot and a #80 needle and had no problems.
Here are the samples I have made so far. At the top are a zippered pouch, a passport cover and a luggage label.

The photo above is a handbag I have designed and almost finished making using a mixture of cork and cotton fabric. Really pleased with the way this has turned out. If there is sufficient interest I willorder more designs by the metre as this is much better value. Do call in and see the samples and maybe buy some to try yourself.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Greetings to all, the Christmas Season is upon us and I would like to thank all my customers for their support over the past year. We do appreciate you very much. We will be closed from 1pm on Saturday 22nd and reopen Thursday 27th till Saturday 29th December, then closed again until Thursday 3rd January. We are only closed our normal days (Sunday and Monday) and the Stat days of Tuesday and Wednesday each week. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year and look forward to seeing you again soon.
We still have Christmas Cracker Snaps available - only $4 for 10 snaps. Make your own crackers as they have so much more interesting and personalised items in them than store bought versions and you have fun making them. Sorry we cannot mail these, must be collected in store only.
Here is a photo of my latest Fabric Strip Club Quilt for December.
I designed this to represent Christmas ornaments hanging but if you use other fabrics it won't look christmassy. It might be more like a bead curtain?? Patterns are available to purchase for only $8 each.
Merry Christmas

Friday, November 23, 2018

Fabric Strip Club

I thought I had better update the blog with photos of the last 2 Fabric Strip Club quilts I designed and made. For October I thought I would make something using a very traditional pattern with a modern twist so used hexagons made with fabric strips 2.5" in very Autumn colours.
The cat decided to get in and photo bomb this one. The border was made using all the leftover bits that were cut off when cutting the hexagons, so used everything.
Then for November I decided to make a Christmas Tree and had fun creating this very different tree. You get 2 quilts from making one set of fabric strips and you can choose from 2 versions - either using the positive and negative versions of the whole tree or split it down the middle and create an unusual version with half trees and the positive and negative, which is the version I chose to make.
As you can see, it is quite different yet fun. Now I have a second set of strips featuring the opposite sides which I can make into another quilt. For the one above I chose to quilt straight lines horizontally but with the next one I might try playing with feather quilting patterns to see how different it can look.
Patterns are now available for both for only $8 each.
The next Fabric Strip Club will be on 8th December starting at 8:30am with demo's of the techniques I use. Maybe I will see you there.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Quilt Shows

This weekend 6th & 7th October there are 2 quilt shows in my region.
Rose City Quilters are putting on Celebration of Quilts at PN Girls High School, Fitzherbert Ave, PN.  10am - 4pm both days.
Rangitikei Country Quilters have their quilt show at Nga Tawa Events Centre, Calico Line, Marton, only a 40 minute drive from Palmerston North, so you could visit both shows in one day. Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 10am - 3pm.
Both shows have merchants on site and lots of quilts to drool over.
I am a merchant at Rangitikei and will have some Show specials on offer - 4.5" Handy Square ruler and 15" Super Square rulers are both 20% off. Plus I will have some SALE fabrics available.
Do have a look at these shows, there will be lots of wonderful quilts on display.
Look forward to seeing you there

September Fabric Strip Club Quilt

I forgot to post a picture of the September Fabric Strip Club Quilt. This one was inspired by some lovely fabrics that arrived in together in navy, green and white. I added to them and added soft greys for the background and here is my latest Strip Club Quilt "Spring Fresh"
The pattern is usually pieced as a lantern but I wanted to be a little different so offset it a pattern to make it like ricrac. You could use the lantern pattern for your version.
Both pattern and fabric strip roll are available to purchase from my store.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

More Fabric Strip Club Quilts

I have been busy and made 2 new Fabric Strip Club Quilts.
This one was for July - I made it using a 1 1/2" strip roll and wove it closely together, then used fancy stitches on my machine to stitch over the raw edges.
Something a little different, yet so easy to do. And below is another one I made using the same technique but using 2 1/2" strips that I turned under the edges of, then wove leaving a gap between -
Different yet still similar. Had fun making both of those.

August's version is below - uses a 40 strip roll of half light and half dark based with only 55cm of background. What do you think of this?
Patterns for both are now available for only $8 each. Full instructions with each. Fabric rolls are also available for each if anyone is interested.
Now thinking about what I can create for the next one.