Sunday, September 30, 2012

Books, Books, Books

I have received a new shipment of books in. I just love books because they are food for the soul (the creative soul). In my mind I have made so many things, if only I had the time to make them in real life. I wish!
Anyway you could enjoy any of these -
Bed Runners & More NZ$25
This lovely book has lots of designs to make runners for the end of the bed rather than make a full size bed quilt. By using a neutral bed cover and changing the bed runners you can change the look in your bedroom at will.
City Blocks NZ$40
I love the quilts in the book. A good variety and very modern.
Print With Collage & Stitch NZ$45
A textbook for trying out a variety of Mixed Media printmaming techniques. Good photos and instructions throughout.
Dream Feathers NZ$48
This book will help you understand how to stitch your own dream feather quilting designs. Well set out and good instructions, so easy to follow. Try feathers for yourself. I can attest that they are easier than you think to machine quilt. I love stitching them now.
Visual Texture on Fabric NZ$40
Lisa Kerpoe has set out to show you how to create a variety of stunning art cloth designs with water based resists. Good photos of what you can achieve and how to do it. Why not try something new for yourself. I love printing my own fabrics.
SkyQuilts NZ$50
Mickey Lawler has been hand painting her own fabrics for years. Now you can too. Her latest book is very descriptive and you can create some fantastic fabrics for yourself.
Patchwork Sassaman Style NZ$50
I love Jane Sassaman's new book. This is a must for anyone interested in using fabric to its best advantage. Jane uses very simple piecing - squares, 4 patches, rectangles. It is all in how you cut the fabric and piece it together. Her quilts have movement and life, all from the way the fabric was cut. Great book (you can tell I love it, can't you?)
Scrap Basket Sansations NZ$45
We all have scraps, don't we. See what you can create with those scraps and make lovely quilts.
Simple Graces NZ$50
Kim has created some lovely quilts in this more traditional style patchwork book.
Friendship Strips and Scraps NZ$50
Edyta Sitar has some lovely books out. This is the second of hers we have had in, the first one sold out in a few days and didn't even get photographed to put on here. Will have to get more of her lovely style which uses up all those scraps you might have in beautiful quilts.
Call in and check out these lovely books.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Class List for end 2012

The following are the classes I have scheduled for the end of this year.

Playday Class
Sunday September 30th 2012 10am - 4pm  NZ$40
Do you want to play witha variety of different things - Stitching on Metal, Lutradur, Painted Fusibles and Discharge Dyeing. This 6 hour class gives you time to try these things without spending too much time or money. Once you've had a taste of how to use these items you may spend a lot more time creating. A kit is available

Writing On Quilts
Tuesday 9th October 7pm - 9pm NZ$15
Dianne has written on several quilts and can share the knowledge of how to achieve this. Experiment with a few different ways to write on your fabric to create names, sayings, general words etc.

Wire Mesh Flowers
Wednesday 10th October 7pm - 9pm NZ$15
Leanr how to create fabulous free form flowers with wire mesh and fabric. The flowers will stand up in a vase and can be shaped to suit. You cna choose to use a fbaric that has a flower shape on it or any fabric colour/print that appeals

Lutradur Vase
Wednesday 17 October 7pm - 9pm NZ$15
In this class you can make a vase using Lutradur, paint and fabric. You could use it to place the flowers you made above in.Be creative and try something a little different. You can place a glass jar inside to hold real flowers if wanted.

Advanced Dyeing
Sunday 28 October 9:30am - 4pm NZ40 + NZ$12 materials fee
Dye kit available for NZ$30 if you do not have your own Procion MX Dyes
Dianne will show you some more advanced techniques to use with fabric dyeing and Procion MX dyes. Create some wonderful pieces which you can use in your work. You do not need to have done the beginners dye class as Dianne will explain as we go along but a knowledge of fabric dyeing helps.

Machine Quilted Feathers
Tuesday 30th October 7pm - 9pm  NZ$15
Dianne stitched her Shop Hop Quilt using feathers and several people have asked how they can do this themselves. Dianne will run through how you can try out some of these feather quilting designs yourself.

Christmas Tree Quilt
Wednesday 7th November 7pm - 9pm  NZ$15
Have fun making this quick and easy Christmas Tree Quilt. Get 2 for 1 with the positive and negative shapes. Looks great done in only 2 colours. Dianne chose red and white.

If you'd like to join in with one of these classes please contact Dianne (06) 3555735 or email