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.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fabric Strip Club This Saturday

Saturday 14th July is the next Fabric Strip Club. From 8:30am until 10am you can call in and get a demo on the techniques I used to make this months Strip Quilt. I have had fun and used long strips this time. Very happy with the 2 quilts I have made. Do call in and check them out. This techniques means you can create a quilt in no time at all. I will post photos next week.
Here is a photo of last months quilt - I used Music fabrics and a black homespun that I stamped with metallic gold designs using a carved wooden stamp from the Trade Aid Store.
Patterns are still available for all previous Fabric Strip Club quilts. Remember if you call in on the Saturday morning to see the demos at 8:30am , 9am and 9:30am you get a special price of only $6 on the patterns and 10% off any purchases you make that morning.
Look forward to seeing you

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Shop Hop Quilts 2018

Shop Hop is on again in August this year. There are 9 shops participating - you choose the fabric selection you want to collect, pay the registration fee of NZ$45 and in August you visit each of the shops to collect a part of the pattern and one or two of the 15 fat eighth's for your collection. Whether you just collect the fabric to use or make the chosen quilt is up to you. You can collect more than one fabric selection, just pay each registration. You can register at any of the 9 shops, just specify your chosen fabric selection on the registration form. Here are some of the quilts -
Mine is made using a variety which I called Eclectic Bright Mix.
A little bit of everything especially chosen to make this quilt, yet useful for many others. And here is my quilt -
I am very happy with the way this quilt turned out. I decided to use a collection of black, white and grey, mostly texts and a couple of 'brick' patterns for the background. It really helps to pop my appliques and piecing.
Here are some of the other quilts
Amiees Homesstead Quilts version
Angels in Gumboots version
Busy Bee Quilt Shop's version
Cherry Pie Bernina's version

Quilter's Lane made 2 versions - a pieced and an appliqued
Still 3 to come, will post those as soon as I have them. Do call in and see the quilts in each store if you want and collect a registration.

April's Fabric Strip Club Quilt

I just realised that I had not posted a picture of April's Fabric Strip Club Quilt.
For this one I chose a fabric which I wanted to use in the border and then pulled the colours from that.  A little different as it only had grey, chartreuse and ivory, but I was very happy with the way it turned out.
Those little pops of colour came from the fact that I used some Alison Glass fabrics and in the range I had a couple of these bright purple pink colours and felt that maybe I might need that little pop.I am very pleased with this quilt. The pattern is now available for NZ$8 and I also have a Fabric roll precut for this range - only 20 fabrics in the roll.

As well as this one I also made a sample using some Kaffe Fassett fabrics just to show how different you could be, and also played around with the layout too - what do you think of these?

A few of the variations you can achieve using this pattern. And doesn't the fabric really change the look of the pattern.  Hope you like it .