Friday, 25 July 2014

Quilting in the Limelight


Philippa Naylor released her first book in 2008. I purchased it this year and I loved reading Quilting in the Limelight because it told a story, her story of how she started quilting and progressed into producing world winning quilts. I probably related to her story as it is similar to mine but she took her quilting to a whole new level.

Philippa is now releasing another book Appliqué Mastery which I am so looking forward to reading. You can find out more here on Dragon Threads. This is my choice for her book cover from the choices on the Dragon Threads site.

This week I had the privilege of teaching these ladies how to make their own Quilter's Sewing Box at Quilts and Friends. Two ladies had the same fabric but both used different coloured papers inside the box which gave each box a completely different look inside.

Astrid Dahl creates amazing abstract art with fantastic use of colour. I attended one of her classes last week in conjunction with her exhibition at the Ion Art Gallery in Singapore. My piece did not look anything like her colourful pieces but it was great to learn some new techniques from this inspiring lady.




Find more about Astrid here

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Quilters Sewing Box Pattern now on Craftsy

Over the past months I have been working with the pattern for the Quilters Sewing Box that I designed. I have taken and edited over 60 photos and written 11 pages of instructions. On the weekend I finally got it all together and onto the Craftsy site. The pattern is now available to purchase and download.

The box is made using 2.5mm grey board that is cut with a craft knife into rectangles, and glue into place. Cover the box with your favourite fabric and line the inside with decorative paper. The lid closes to make it nice and compact with your sewing goods secure inside. 

Inside the box is a place for your tools with a compartment for thread, a compartment with a lid for your thimbles, a pin cushion and a magnet to hold your needles.

Flip the lid open to store your piecing on the batting surface.

Fold the lid closed to use the cutting mat

Dome the tab in place to keep the box closed and secure.

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Quilting Inspiration in Melbourne.

One of the treats when visiting a new city is the opportunity to visit quilting shops. As I was staying with a friend based in Melbourne, we were able to drive out of the city where we headed for the mountains to Patch n Quilt. It is located at 14 Prince Street, Gisbourne.

The brightly lit shop was well organised, full of inspiration and a great assortment of fabric designs, kits and haberdashery. You can click here to explore this shop. 

One of their featured teachers is Irene Blanck who is producing some amazing appliqué quilts. I have been introduced to her work by a Singapore friend who is working on one of her designs. You can find more of her work here on Focus on Quilts. 

At the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Show I attended a talk by Monica Poole who is the designer of 'Quilt as You Go' patterns. Monica has produced a selection of patterns that have been cleverly put together and I really enjoyed her talk on the different ways she has designed quilts that can be made piece by piece and then seamed together to create a large quilt. Her work can be found here under  Moonshine by Monica Poole.

Do you have a favourite Quilting Shop in Melbourne?

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