Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Goodbye 2014

I find it encouraging to look back over the year and take a look at what creative projects were accomplished. It is too easy to feel like we do not achieve anything but in reality every day is special as we look at all the creativity around us and learn to appreciate it.

Starting a blog has enabled me to develop an appreciation for my creative life and the opportunity to share my projects with special people. This quote seems to sum it up for me.

 "Being creative is not a hobby, it is a way of Life."

Looking forward to a creative 2015

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas Handmade

Christmas for me this year is in Singapore and not in New Zealand where all my Christmas decorations are located, so I went exploring and found some branches. I needed to have a simple display as this was a last minute attempt. 

I cut out the shape of an angel from cardboard and covered it with linen.

  A friend gave me a gift of some salt dough ornaments that worked in perfectly

The origami stars were folded by my daughter that is currently visiting for Christmas

Merry Christmas


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Friday, 28 November 2014

Christmas is coming

Before the Christmas season totally takes over I thought I would give you a quick update on what has been happening in the sewing room.

I was keen to try and make some bowls using the 2.5mm grey board so these are the 2 that I managed to create by cutting and glueing the board and then covering them with decorative paper. Now they can sit on the table when I host the quilting group and gather up the threads as the ladies sew.

I purchased a Phillip Jacobs print and wanted to incorporate it into a top so I combined it with some black linen.

The Applique Mastery book written by Philippa Naylor arrived in my post box. After many years of quilting I have discovered there are endless ways to appliqué and Philippa showed me another  interesting way for this technique. I really enjoy how Philippa writes her books.

I love seeing how women process there creativity, so I really enjoyed watching this ladies work.


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Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Tea Box

After many years of making boxes I am excited to announce that I am now the proud owner of a glass lidded tea box. This week I spent a very productive day with Oops-lah and I now have a box to store my tea selection.


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Friday, 17 October 2014

Work from the Sewing Room.

It has taken me a bit more than 2 weeks but I have now managed to turn my deciduous tree into an evergreen tree by using Misty fuse and machine appliquéing the leaves onto the tree. I also added some birds and butterflies that were in a fabric that I purchased as I wanted to add some life into my tree. Now I can move onto constructing the outside borders.

I was interested to see on-line a famous Japanese quilter selling a book in the English language so I was very happy when Japanese Quilting piece by piece arrived in my post.

It contains 29 projects. 12 are bags, 3 quilts and some appliqué designs made into a cushion a small box and a thread tray.

The book is full of great photography.

102 pages of detailed instructions. It is currently on sale, so hop on over to the Interweave Store to find a copy.

Recently I purchased this Japanese made cotton voile from Bernina Craft Centre, Singapore and turned it into a kaftan top by lining it with a burgundy cotton voile.


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Monday, 29 September 2014

A Box for the TV Remotes and Some.

I pulled out of my stash a fabric painted square that I had bought many years ago in a craft market in New Zealand. I love how I can keep something until I can find a good use for it. I decided this square was the perfect size to make a new box to sit on the coffee table to store those wonderful entertainment system remotes.

The remotes hide nicely inside the box.

I had bought some tissues that did not look very nice sitting on the bathroom bench in their plastic cover. A also had some nice leaf paper so measured the tissue pack and cut board to make a box that was big enough to take the tissue pack.

I made this box to cover the tissue box using bookbinding cloth and decorative paper.


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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Visiting with the Tuesday Quilting Group

The girls that I quilt with on Tuesday agreed that you could have a peek at the things they are currently working on, so I have taken some photos to share with you. We are a small group of ladies representing 7 countries, and meet together once a week. 

Ms K is now hand quilting her quilt that is all hand pieced.

Ms S started with some scraps from her stash and commenced sewing hexagons together.

Ms H arrived with a quilt sewn together and ready to machine quilt.

Ms M came with an embroidery and is also working on this 'Trip Around the World' which is all hand pieced.

Ms K has also been inspired to start sewing hexagons together.

Ms H is hand quilting a Laurel Burch Christmas panel.

Ms E is currently away but we know she is working on another Blooming Nine Patch quilt.

Handmade bags that came to quilting with the girls.

These are the hexagon stamps that the girls are using to make their hexagons from, so no English paper piecing for them.


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Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Quilting Pioneers of Singapore - Quilts and Friends

Re located on 17th August 2015
Quilts and Friends
 is now located at 
1 Coleman St
#03-09 The Adelphi
Singapore 179803
Ph. 63361566

The shop is called Quilts and Friends. Brigitte was born in Germany, with parents from France and Switzerland. In 1995 she relocated with her family to Singapore.

Quilts and Friends is located at 1 Coleman St, #03-09 The Adelphi, Singapore 179803.

Who Introduced you to the sewing, crafting world and at what age?

While I was at school in Switzerland I did crafts at the age of 8. My mother did sewing and knitting at home as she had 4 children to clothe. I can remember doing patchwork for my nephews and nieces, and my first quilting class was with a teacher called Hanni Schmidt.

Did you train or study sewing, or design?

I trained in Mechanics as a Draughts-women. When I came to Singapore I joined quilting classes at the shop called Quilts n Sew Forth.

When did you start a business?

When I arrived in Singapore I joined a quilting group and I was able to get employment in the quilting shop called Quilts n Sew Forth. I purchased the business in 2000 from Monique.

How long have you worked in retail?

In 1999 I started teaching and working in Quilts n Sew Forth in Tanglin Shopping Centre. In November 2005 I moved the shop to Aliwal Street. In 2008 I closed Quilts n Sew Forth  and opened Quilts and Friends at Tan Boon Liat building.

What services does your business offer?

I make custom made quilts especially T-Shirt quilts where we make the clients personal T-Shirts into a quilt. I also take children's art and photo transfer it onto fabric to incorporate it into a personal quilt. I teach quilting classes. We offer a hand quilting and a longarm machine quilting service. We also sell Bernina and Brother sewing machines.

What challenges do you find running a Quilt shop?

I like challenges as I like to solve problems so I would not call it a challenge. For me a better word would be 'frustrations', which would be the frustration of people wanting everything fast and cheap.

What do you enjoy about your Quilting business?

I like meeting people and especially teaching a beginners class in Quilting. I really like watching the students learn a skill and then using it to grow and develop in the quilting world.

Thanks Brigitte it was a real pleasure talking with you

Quilts and Friends
1 Coleman St
#03-09 The Adelphi
Singapore 179803
Ph. 63361566


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