Sunday, November 21, 2010

Yummy Lime & Pink fabrics

I really like these 'yummy' new lime & pink fabrics. My fingers just itch to make something with them - maybe a handbag with the lime and pink floral fabric as the main part of the bag and either the stripe or the pink as a band around the top, then the lime inside.
The stripe actually is a different range of fabric but goes so well with these floral and tone-on-tone prints that I had to put them together.
NZ$27.35pm for the flora,pink & lime fabrics
NZ$25.70pm for the stripe

Another fun fabric that came in is this lovely dot/spot. Almost 70's style it could be teamed with lots of colours. NZ$27.20 p/m

And these lovely red, black and white poppies with their matching stripe. Very striking colours and lovely design. Poppies are always popular. Last year we had a similar poppy design in sepia colours and that sold very well. It may suit being made into clothing as well. NZ$25.70p/m

A couple of weeks ago I made this sewing caddy. It has heavy Lutradur inside to give it a bit of body but still offer flexibility. You can quilt through it no problem. I also used Flexiglass, a sewable plastic for the pockets inside.This is 1400mm wide and is NZ$8.95p/m. So easy to stitch through with a machine and it means you have see- through pockets, so easy to find things. Great for all types of caddies and pockets. Why not buy some and try it out for yourself?

Come and visit me in the studio or email (or write/phone) me if you are interested in anything. I'd love to hear from you

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Quilts

One of my customers was in recently mentioning that the 'in' colours for Christmas this year in London were "Red & White'. As I had just received in some wonderful red fabrics I decided to create something fun for Christmas. I drew up a 'brush stroke' Christmas tree and translated that into fabric. I used a fused fat quarter to cut out the Christmas Tree, very carefully, so I got a positive and a negative shape. Therefore I was able to make 2 quilts. Here they are -
This was the first one to which I added a star, a pot and a border. Doesn't it look 'fresh' and lovely.
Then I used the fat quarter from which I had cut the tree shape to make a second tree quilt as below, still need to add a few finishing details to this one.

I hope to have the pattern for this Tree Quilt available within the next week and I can make up kits as well.
Give me an email if you are interested. Feel free to make a comment

Sunday, November 14, 2010

NZ Fern Quilt

A couple of weeks ago I decided to design a quilt using NZ fabrics and my representation of a fern design to showcase these fabrics. Of course, you can use any fabrics you like, it would look great with batiks and autumn fabrics. Once I got the shape right I cut it out of paper and laid this down on the floor to check it out then I traced the leaf designs onto Vliesofix and fused them. After cutting out I laid them on the background fabric and ironed them into place. I made a bias strip for the stem and fused that into place also. Whilst I use fusible raw edge you can use needle turn applique methods as well. For me to achieve something relatively quickly I have to fuse it, I do not have enough hours in my day to hand applique :)
Here is the photo of the quilt
I chose to lay these fabrics onto a black background because I like the way it makes the colours stand out and also - it is our national colour!!
You could try it on any other colour as well and it could be done in light as well. I did spend quite a bit of time deciding on the border and wasn't sure whether to lay the strips horizontally or vertically around the edge. Here is a photo showing them laid out for me to decide. You can choose which you prefer, I give the options in the pattern. I sell this as a pattern NZ$15, a part kit which has pattern and NZ fabrics NZ$36.50 and a kit which has the pattern, background fabric and NZ fabrics NZ$50.

I do not like to applique around the shapes before I quilt as I feel I am stitching over the same area twice so I prefer to "appliquilt" (applique and quilt) at the same time. So once I have fused all the shapes into place and the quilt top is ready for quilting I baste it and then I machine stitch (I am a machine girl at heart) around the appliques which quilts it at the same time. I choose from a variety of stitches - straight stitch (sometimes I go around a shape 2 or 3 times, like a line drawing), buttonhole or satin stitch, than I stitch around each shape to anchor it in place then I decide what sort of quilting I want for the background. This could be something as simple as straight stitching either horizontally or vertically across the quilt (across everything), stippling, free motion quilting leaves allover or echo quilting. Sometimes I take a photo and print this out and then lay a piece of plastic over the top and using a black felt pen mark designs on it. This means I can see what sort of quilting I prefer without having touched the quilt.
You can order the pattern or kit from me via email.

Quilt Show & New Magazines In

The last weekend in October I travelled up to New Plymouth to be a merchant at the quilt show and I had a lovely weekend. The last 2 times I had visited New Plymouth I didn't see the mountain at all but this time the weather was beautiful and sunny and I saw the mountain each day, in all its glory, still a little snow on top and one day was very chilly despite the sunshine.Here's a photo of the mountain from the terrace at Erin's place, where I stayed. Thanks for looking after me so well Erin, it was a great weekend to catch up with you.
Above is also a shot of my stand at the quilt show. Thanks to all who visited the show and my stand. Some lovely quilts on display and one landscape from a class I taught there. Ursula, you did a lovely job on that quilt.
Some NEW MAGAZINES in store this week are :
Quilt Life October '10 issue NZ$15                         

And Quilters Home Oct/Nov 10 NZ$17

I have 2 books in at a SPECIAL price (1 only of each)
Stash Busters by Lynne Edwards only $32       A great way to use up scraps and fabrics in your                 stash              
Art Deco Dolls only $28, great collection of dolls from the Art Deco era, very inspiring.
I love these 2 new fabrics - the chocloate brown with a cream swirl and then the teal colour with the chocolate swirl go so well together and are very in colours. Think of the quilts you could make using these. NZ$26 per metre.
The 2 fabrics below are bright lime green and a red. They are on special at only NZ$18 per metre. Be in quick they won't last long at this price.
That's all for now, it has taken me a week to get this far. Check out the next post, I am writing it as soon as I post this one. I have designed a couple of new quilts, one featuring NZ fabrics. Thanks for checking in.