Friday, February 14, 2014

Opening Hours While Craft Fair Here

The Craft Fair is coming to Palmerston North next week February 20-22. Whilst I will not have a stall at the Craft Fair I will be open from 9am - 5pm Thursday, Friday and 9am - 4pm on Saturday so you can visit me as well while you are in town. If you want to come outside those hours please call me to arrange a time.
I'd love to have you visit

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Patchwork & Craft Classes

I have scheduled a selection of patchwork and craft classes for this first term of 2014
Applique Quilt Class - 3 Tuesdays 18 Feb, 4 March & 18 March 7-9pm
OR Sunday 9 March 9:30 - 4pm
Dianne has designed this gorgeous applique quilt to showcase a few different techniques - fusible applique with decorative machine stitches around the raw edges (could be done by hand but will take much longer to do) machine quilting and then put the piece together using Quilt-As-You-Go methods.
Table Runners - Wednesday 12 March 7-9pm
Dianne has designed this table runner which is easy to make, no binding and can be embellished with appliques. Your choice of colour and quilting and appliques makes the difference. See my samples -

The bottom picture is a close up of the appliques
Don't they look quite different.

Music Quilt Wednesday 26 March 7-9pm
Would you like to try something different design wise? Dianne created this quilt design for the Bernina Music Challenge. It only uses 2 fabrics. Dianne will help you create a quilt of your own and show you how this technique works.
Fabric Vases - Saturday 29 March 1-4pm
With the recent 6.2 earthquake I lost 4 lovely glass vases so I thought I would like to try some that won't get broken - All done on the machine using lovely fabrics and a variety of shapes you can use.

You can put a glass jar/vase inside these and hide it.

Mixed Media Playtime - Tuesday 1 April 7-9pm
Would you like to play with mixed media items? Dianne has been playing with Lutradur, xpandapaint, heatguns, paint, stamps, stencils and butter muslin to make these wonderful shapes and creations. Can be incorporated into patchwork and quilted or placed onto canvas. Come along and create your own unique art.

Garden Trellis Quilt - Sunday April 6th 10am - 4pm OR Wednesday Feb 26th and Thursday Feb 27th 7-9pm
Come along and see how easy it is to create this lovely quilt. Your squares can be straight or 'on point' like mine. Dianne can show you some variations including an Argyle design and using a single or double trellis. Very simple to put together even though it may seem complicated.

Contact Dianne about putting your names down for these classes.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Bag Mesh

I have just received in store a selection of colours in Bag Mesh. This plastic mesh is wonderful for sewing with and creates light and airy bags.

As you can see there are some wonderful bright colours available, at the bottom is a close up of the mesh.This mesh comes in rolls which are 18" x 36" - one roll is sufficient to make the bag below, including the handles. Cost is NZ$10.30 per roll. I can also order this in by the metre, but thought I would try these precut rolls first.
Here is a picture of the bag I am currently working on
I chose to use some of Kaffe Fassett's fabric with a purple mesh. I hope to finish this in the next day or so and will post a photo of the completed bag then.
They are really easy to make. Take one roll of bag mesh, 25cm each of feature fabric and lining fabric. The pockets are on both the inside of the bag and the outside. I chose to quilt the pockets on the outside of the bag and just leave the ones inside as fabric only. Each side has 2 lines sewn down to split the large pocket into 3 smaller pockets. I am up to sewing the zip in place, then I will sew the sides and it will be done. I made longer handles as I prefer to sling bags over my shoulder than hold onto them.
There are lots of versions of bag you can make - here are 2 patterns I brought in to sell -

Both these patterns are NZ$16.40. They offer lots of variations for you to make.
You can also make tote bags. The mesh is lightweight and lets air through your bag. I think it would also be effective used between panels in a quilt to create a more light and open style yet still hold the quilt together. Worth experimenting with, especially with all those yummy colours. Contact me for more information or come in and see my sample.