Sunday, October 21, 2012

Modern Quilts

I have been looking at websites and books about Modern Quilting. I like the freshness and simplicity of these quilts. Here are a couple I have made
This is one I made to show at our recent quilt exhibition in Palmerston North. I joined a whole lot of scraps 2 1/2" wide into rows and joined them together with white between. Here is the piece before shaping it.

I joined all the strips on a bias angle to make them look more interesting that a straight join. I made it the width I needed to make my circle. I then joined 2 pieces of standard width white fabric together, folded it into quarters and cut a circle out of the centre. I then placed the white fabric over the strip piece and turned under the edges of the circle then used a buttonhole stitch to stitch it into place. Then I trimmed the excess strips from the back piece.
Here is my cat Tiger helping me. He thinks that if I have a quilt/fabric/batting on the floor then he can plonk himself in the middle of it and 'help' me. You can just see the rest of the stripped piece under the white fabric. It has to be carefully cut back near the seam otherwise you do see these coloured fabrics under the white. I then chose to do a simple style of quilting in rows across the quilt.

The next one I made was for our club challenge. Rose City Quilters turned 30 this year and our challenge was to make a quilt 50cm wide by 1m long representing 30th Anniversary.
I decided to make a 'modern' quilt using traditional techniques. I joined 29 different batik fabrics with a white fabric between each strip, with a white border (therefore making 30 fabrics). I quilted 30 different stitches between each strip and around the border, at the top of the strips I quilted 30 repeated and at the bottom I quilted Happy Anniversary repeated. Most of the quilting stitches were modern so around the outside edge I used a feather quilting design and modernised it with bright colour around it.
Then I find I didn't take a picture of the finished piece. I'll go and do that now and put it up

Gorgeous Fabrics

There are some more gorgeous fabrics in stock. It is like Christmas opening these parcels. The fabrics are so delicious I want to make something with everything that arrives in store, but unfortunately I cannot do that.
Here are some that are now available
Lovely jewel coloured batik NZ$26.80pm
Beautiful blue with dot batik NZ$26.80pm

Bright fresh green batik nz$26.80pm
Blue and yellow/old gold batik NZ$26.80pm

Warm red/orange & yellow batik NZ$26.80pm

This is a lovely warm autumn range of fabrics,NZ$29.90pm
A gorgeous border print to go with the feature fabric
and a warm allover print to blend with the 2 above.
I made a quilt last year using a similar range of fabric which looked gorgeous made up.
It doesn't have the flowers of the range above but similar colours and is a lovely warm looking quilt.
This is Shimmer - a lovely range of butterflies and blending fabrics. The butterfly border print NZ$27.00pm
Lovely jewel colours with a metallic gold outline
Nice rich looking design with the metallic gold overlay
Beautiful rich looking fabrics that just beg to be made up into a gorgoeus quilt. Oh for the time!!
Call in and see them or order by email

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Shop Hop 2012 Now Over

After 4 weeks the Shop Hop 2012 is now over. Thank you to all who participated. It was lovely to see all the ladies who travelled around on the Shop Hop.
The draw has been done for the sewing machine which was won by Lisa Avery who signed up at Sawmillers in Upper Hutt and the 2nd prize of fabric went to Janice Hoggard who signed up at Crafty Pear. Congratualtions to you two, enjoy your prizes.
Now we have to think about next year and what we can create.

Monday, October 1, 2012

More wonderful craft books

Here are some more wonderful craft books just arrived in store
Piec-lique NZ$45
Sharon Schamber shows you how easy it is to sew curves. I have used her set in sewing method for circles and it is wonderful. Check this book out now!
Piece by Piece NZ$45
Another book by Sharon Schamber, this time featuring her method for beautiful applique. Sharon's quilts are award winners. Read up on how you could improve your methods as well.
Curiosities and Mischief NZ$35
This is a cute book with some wonderful ideas for childrens quilts and cushions and wall hangings. A full alphabet included so you can t5race off your appliques and use any word/name you want.
Come and check out these books