Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Craft Classes 4th term 2010

These are the craft classes running from October 2010: Contact Dianne by email or mail to book into any of these classes. If you cannot get to a class Dianne does make patterns for some of these classes.
Fabric Dyeing - Saturday 6th November 1:30pm - 4:30pm NZ$25 + $25 materials fee
Learn how to dye cotton fabrics in 6 shades of one colour, how to mix primary to make secondary colours & how to double dip.
Shoe Rack Quilt - Thursday 28 October 7pm - 9pm NZ$15
Dianne has made this fun quilt featuring shoes on a shoe rack. You can create your own 'designer' shoes. Dianne's quilts is 12" x 16" but you can make yours larger if you want. Lots of embellishing and a little quilting.

Jandal Quilt - Tuesday November 9th 7pm - 9pm  NZ$15
Dianne has created this fun quilt featuring Jandals (flip flops). You can create all different sorts of jandal straps to suit. Make a long narrow style quilt or a rectangular or square one,. your choice. Have fun embellishing., A little quilting involved.

Beginner Felting Saturday 13 November 9:30am - 4pm NZ$65
Nuno Felting Sunday 14 November 9:30am - 4pm NZ$65
Tracy White will come and teach you beginner felting on the Saturday and Nuno felting (adding sheers & silks to your felted wool) on the Sunday. Materials fee NZ$15

Playdays - Sunday 28 November 9:30am - 4pm NZ$40
Dianne will teach you a variety of different techniques used for mixed media work and patchwork. Items can include any of the following - Lutradur light & heavy, Tyvek, Burnaway fabric, Evolon, Disperse Paints, discharge dyeing, Xpandapaint etc. A time to 'play' and experiment with the more unusual items around. We spend about 1 hour per technique so you can see whether you want to play more.

Crazy Skyline Quilt - Tuesday 23 November 7pm - 9pm NZ$15 + $5 pattern fee
Dianne created this fun and easy fusible raw edge qpplique quilt a few years ago  and will show you how easy it is to make. You could theme it to a beach scene with beach huts if you prefer.

Creating With Muslin (Cheesecloth) - Thursday 25th November 7pm - 9pm NZ$15
Dianne has made some quilts recently using butter muslin to create the effect of waves rolling in to the beach. She will show you how you can create this look also.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Fabrics

I just love unpacking new fabrics. There have been some lovely fabrics arriving in store lately. This fun panel for a ballerina can easily be made into a wall-hanging or a quilt for a bed. The panel is 60cm wide and is only NZ$13 ($13.30 after 1/10) There is a matching allover fabric to go with it NZ$21.70 ($22.20)pm

Then there are these gorgeous batiks. I just love playing with Batiks, they feel nice and are easy to work with, especially for applique. These three are black with golden tan and one, on the right, also comes in dark and medium blue. NZ$26pm ($26.60 after 1/10)

The fabric on the left pictures very old sewing machines on a black background and on the right an allover tape measure fabric. Just think how lovely this would be made up into a cover for your newer model sewing machine and/or as a tote bag for carrying things to class. To make a sewing machine cover you could use the sewing machine fabric on back and front (approx. 13" x 18") and use the tape measure fabric across the top and down both sides ( use a piece about 8" x 44"). Sew the central strip along the outside 3 edges of one piece of sewing machine fabric (starting with a side, then across the top and down the other side) and repeat for the back. Turn right sides out and hem the bottom edges. Very simple yet very effective. You could pre quilt the pieces first if you prefer. The fabrics are NZ$24.95pm ($25.50 after 1/10).
If you want to order any of these fabrics please email, phone or come and visit me at the shop.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Quilts for Christchurch Earthquake

I am the local drop off point for Manawatu region people wanting to donate quilts to the people of Christchurch affected by the earthquake last week. I have received over 30 quilts so far which I shall be sending down very soon. There are several more that are awaiting quilting. I think that the worst thing of the quake is the constant aftershocks, whilst the main quake was bad it is that never ending shaking that must be hurting a lot of people. I feel very sorry for them and want to do my bit to help so passing on quilts is the best I can offer. Quilts offer comfort and show that someone cares.I want to convey my best wishes to those caught up in this earthquake.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Orchid Show Quilt

Bouquet Extravaganza 
Recently I entered a quilt into the Orchid Show Challenge in Palmerston North. The local Orchid Society was having a large convention and they approached Rose City Quilters to organise a quilt challenge which would be open to anyone in NZ, you did not have to belong to a club to enter and there was no entry fee, the only stipulation was that the quilt was made especially for this competition and that it related to the theme of the show "Orchid Extravaganza". We got 23 entries from Paraparaumu up to Whangarei. These quilts were judged by a quilt judge and a director of a local gallery who is into textiles and prizes were awarded, then the quilts were judged by the Orchid Society judges who chose one quilt as their Best in Show and I am so happy to say that the orchid judges chose mine as the Best in Show.
I hand painted silk for the background as I wanted it to shade from dark outside to light behind the flowers. Then I appliqued cotton fabric for the flowers and leaves, adding paint for detail on the flowers and then using thread painting to emphasise the detail on the flowers and leaves. I machine quilt on a domestic machine and stitched a loopy pattern which creates a texture for the background. I did not use a standard binding but a faced binding so it is not seen and does not interrupt the flow of the design. I did have to study lots of photos of orchids and then it was hard choosing which ones to feature. I really like several species so I decided to include them in a floral arrangement to make the most of them. I was amazed how many different orchids there are and that many do not look like what I think of as orchids. I am pleased all my research and hard work was appreciated.

Monday, September 6, 2010

My First Post

Welcome to my new blog.
I have been quilting for 25 years and have owned a quilt shop in Palmerston North, New Zealand for almost 23 years. I consider myself lucky to be able to work at my hobby. I am a member of a great quilt group, Rose City Quilters, and have been on that committee for almost 20 years, with a small 2 year break between when I was convenor of the National Quilt Symposium held in 2007.
I love patchwork and quilting and tend to be more of a contemporary fabric artist, although I do the occcasional traditional quilt. I love to play with unusual items such as coffee filters, Lutradur, Tyvek, paint and surface design techniques. I teach both traditional and contemporary patchwork and mixed media techniques as well. Making teaching samples is a great excuse to play with lots of things:) I have included a photo of one of my latest quilts .
I had fun playing with different sized circles (4" & 8") and came up with several different layouts but this was the one I chose to create this time. Will try and make this into a pattern, I have taught this class once and my students created some lovely quilts too. Must go now. Thanks for visiting me.
Circles Quilt

My First Post