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.

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