Friday, November 15, 2019

New Fabric New Project

Two orders of fabric arrived this week. One on Thursday, the second one on Friday. Sometimes I have plans for it, like the large shipment of batik fabrics that arrived a couple of weeks ago are for our Quiltworx Technique of the Month series next year. The ladies who sign up will have first choice from that shipment and what is left will reach the shop shelves.
It was the second order that had me excited, as it was a new supplier. This was the first order to test the product and see what my customers thought. The fabric is Melba by Leesa Chandler. I must admit the fabric wowed me as soon as I unwrapped it. I could see Triangle Frenzy table runners with the border prints, the fussy cutting potential will them all in quilts and EPP projects, the mind was off racing.


Now when the brain does that, I sometimes get so lost in the ideas I don't do anything with the range for a shop sample. Though I can't do something for every range that comes in my door. Wish I could but I have to be realistic. Right! But this parcel came with a little pattern for a table runner, which I did not except. What a blessing. A big thank you to The Textile Pantry for their extra support. It benefit both of our businesses when you think about it.  So by the close of business on Friday I had the table runner made up ready for me to quilt it and finish it off.


I must say mine is slightly different than the one in the pattern picture. Why you ask? It was so I didn't waste 5" of fabric to get the right alignment. That way I have more to sell, that is my way of thinking and I am sticking to it.
Now I just have to decide what colour Glide thread I want to use to finish it off on Saturday afternoon. Which one would you select?

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia



Wednesday, November 13, 2019

My Day on the Stitch it and Gift it blog hop


Welcome to the Stitch it and Gift it blog hop. Firstly I need to thank Carla for host us again. I hope you have been following all week. There has been lots of great posts so far and we are going to continue on our gift giving way with today's crew
Thursday, November 14th

Now if you have missed the previous days here is the full list for you to visit once you are done here.

Every year I like to make some handmade gifts. Now sometimes I sew something small like pin cushions, handmade cards or I create something in the kitchen, like biscuits, cakes, chocolates etc.
This year I wanted to make some of these reverse applique wall hanging/table runners.

They are made with two layers of fabric with fusible between the fabric layers, right side up with batting and backing fabric, so you have a quilt sandwich. I use 505 basting spray when I baste small projects. Once the sandwich is ready -
Have you ever wonder how food terms are also quilting terms, quilt sandwiches, jelly rolls, layer cakes,etc?
Sorry I am just wondering!
Anyway back on track at this point I used the Westalee Designs Feathered Leaf template for the Black and White pair and the multi colored one  above and I used the Feathers template set for the purple one. Then you quilt the design you want. The possibility are endless with all the rulers available. Once you have finished Stitching the design you use a sharp pair of scissors and cut out the top fabric sections you want to cut out, very carefully so you don't cut through the second layer. See the picture below on the right that has half the leaves cut out.
At this stage you press as per your fusible instructions to help seal your raw cut edges. Then bind your project and hanging sleeve if desired.



These make great gifts, imagine how it would turn out in Christmas fabrics. If I find some free time I may stitch one up in Christmas fabric.
A close up of the purple feather wall hanging.

These are going to some of my family as their Christmas presents.
Now make sure you pop over and visit my blogging friends to see what they have been up to.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia
PS I do run workshops on this technique in the shop regularly, so if you are in South Australia and are interested please contact me for more details.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Prismatic Star Workshop

On Sunday we had Elizabeth Chadwick in store teaching us the Quiltworx Prismatic Star Quilt. It is a jelly roll friendly project but you don't have to use a one. I didn't use one and Shelly cut strips from her Cynthia's Ark Batik Fabric Club packs which she has been a member for quite a while. My Batik Club is great for Quiltworx projects. It give you a great variety to select from and then you may only need to purchase your background fabrics. Desert Sky is another Quiltworx pattern that I have done from the club packs. You can find more details and join the here.  Back to the workshop.
 Some action shots from my sewing station.

 You can just see Elizabeth's Prismatic Star quilt on the wall.
A bit of everyone's progress from the workshop. They are all going to be stunning when we get them finished. It's another great Quiltworx pattern and not as hard as it looks. With the right guidance it is very achievable.
Stay tuned for progress updates.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
 Cynthia

Saturday, November 2, 2019

My Quiltworx Adventure

This year in store we ran the Quiltworx Vintage Rose Technique of the month program plus a couple of other workshops. This one is mine ready for it's binding.

With the success of these workshops I am taking up the challenge of becoming a Quiltworx certified instructor. I have done a number of projects and love their patterns. They speak to me. They allow me to create challenging projects that I may have thought in the past beyond my skills. I have discovered that Quiltworx patterns are well within my skill level. I want to share my knowledge and inspire others to try them out.

In 2020 we are running Paradise in Blooms plus we will be having other Quiltworx workshop to allow other learn the brilliance of Quiltworx patterns.
This Elizabeth's Paradise in  Blooms on loan to me to help promote the workshop.
Last weekend I ran my first Fractured Paintbox Workshop which went really well and it looks like I will be running it again soon for those who missed out this time.


Some snapshots of the ladies work from the workshop.


All the ladies blocks put together. Stay tuned for more of my Quiltworx Adventure as there is more workshops and projects in the pipeline including this one. All cut ready to sew. Love how this happens.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Friday, November 1, 2019

November's One Monthly Goal

Here we are at the beginning of November. Time to set our goals for November. I have a carry over project from October. My Diamond Dance quilt which only needs the binding finished. Let's hope it's not not as hot as October or I may not make it across to line again.

Since I am doing binding I will include my Vintage Rose quilt because really I won't be able to finish Diamond Dance until my Vintage Rose binding is complete.

It's all hand sewing this month to get them completed.
I have linked my post with Elm Street Quilts post, so pop over to check out what everyone is working on.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

350 Block Report - October's Report


What have I been up to this month? This month's total is 30 blocks.

I have completed 4 American Honey blocks. This is only one of them.


3 blocks and a border for my Halloween Wall hanging.


1 Mystery Maze block picture is missing.

12 Fractured Paintbox blocks plus sashing and borders, 14 in total.

A Pumkpin placemat for Halloween
1 Ohio Star block
Finally a set of borders on this Christmas project.

My total for October is 25.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Thursday, October 31, 2019

One Monthly Goal October's Report in

Well I had two projects that needed binding to complete them. See my original post here.  An easy goal for October I thought, even though one of the projects is large.

The small one was completed but the second one had the binding sewn on ready for the hand sewing but I have not touched it since I did it.

 Two things got in the way and threw me off my target. Though I have to admit I am easily distracted. The weather was the first thing we have had 2 weeks of extreme heat for October. Yes we are warming up, leading into Summer here in South Australia, but temperature around the 40 degree(100 + for my northern hemisphere readers) is a little much even for us. Who wants a large quilt on them when it is that warm.
 The second reason was my Vintage Rose quilt has come back to me from being quilted, so I was distracted by it and decided I need to finish that one too.

It is huge too, so once again it was the last thing I wanted my lap.

So I think you will be seeing these two quilts again very soon.
I have linked my post with Elm Street Quilts, so pop over to see how everyone else went.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Upcoming Paradise in Bloom Workshop Series

We had some much fun learning the Quiltworx techniques during our Vintage Rose workshops this year, which has led us doing it again in 2020 with another Quiltworx project. It is Paradise in Bloom. Once again we will have Elizabeth Chadwick as our certified Quiltworx instructor guiding us through this series.


Here are the details for those of you that are interested in attending this series of workshops.
There will be 6 full day workshops over 7 months, this will give you time in between workshops to do some or all the homework.
Cost will be $650 for all the workshops and pattern. Deposit is $150 to secure your spot. Payment plans can be set up to pay the balance.
Dates currently are 16th February, 19th April, 17th May, 21st June, 19th July and 16th August. The first date is set. Dates are subject to change at this early stage but hopefully I have got it right.
Fabric is extra, but if purchased through Cynthia's Ark you will receive 20% off our retail price. I have a great range of batik fabrics for you to choose from.
If you can't attend one of the workshops you can catch up with me in one of my Quiltworx sessions, at no extra charge.(Miss one workshop equal one in store session.) They will be scheduled in between the monthly workshops for extra help or so you can work on your homework. Yes there will be homework
Limited places so book your spot early.




Some close up shots of the quilt.
Any questions please ask me in store or online.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Friday, October 25, 2019

Fractured Paintbox Quilt

This is one of my project to be completed this year.  My Fractured Paintbox quilt was started last year. The beginning of the year saw me halfway through the blocks.
 So the first job was to finish the sub blocks.
 Then they had to sewn into the final blocks and add the sashing to join the blocks.


 I have made my blocks random but you can create a totally different look by keeping the same fabrics in each block.
 I have used Garden Delights fabric with Riley Blake Designs Confetti Cotton Charcoal. To me it feels like a formal garden.
Then came the final border. This would make a great first project if you are new to foundation paper piecing or to Quiltworx patterns.
Now to get it quilt it.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop- My day.


It's my day on the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop. I have had some fun with this one. I can see me taking the next step with these blocks and turning them in to a full size quilt in the future.  I even have a name for the quilt.  I better add it to my project list. A big thank you to Carol for hosting us for this one. She does a fantatic job organising us and keeping us on track. Here is the schedule. 

October 7

October 8


October 9
October 10
Cynthia's Creating Ark       You are here.

October 11
Words & Stitches


I have made a wall hanging for my project. Halloween isn't as big here in Australia like it is elsewhere, but I think it is growing. Even on me. Some of the Halloween stuff It will be interesting to see how much it grows over the next few years.  As a owner of two black cats and my husband has at times called me a witch lol.

 Plus I have been known to say Didn't you see me ride in on my broom this morning when I have been in a mood. So I think I fit in well here.

Anyone that knows me already knows there is a black cat featured somewhere, so here it is.  My wallhanging is ready to hang for Halloween.

I string pieced my pumpkins so I could use up some of batik scraps but it would be great as one piece and the cat could be any colour you like. I did consider using some cat fabric for the cat but decided to stick to the batik scrap box.
Then I snowballed the corners to create the pumpkin, then added the stalk to finish the pumpkin block.
The cat block was easy enough too with just two fabrics. I am still wondering if I need to add a face to my kitty cat.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia




Friday, October 4, 2019

October's One Monthly Goal

October is here and I was tempted to set my Halloween project for my goal but I won't be able to share any pictures here as it is a secret project. It makes for a boring blog post, no pictures.
So instead I decided I am going to finish two quilts off that are now at the binding stage. This one is a Missouri Star quilt Co pattern Diaamond Dance. It has just come back to me from being quilted by Valerie -House of Valerie.

A couple of close up of the quilting. I think it is easier to see it from the back.
The second quilt  was pieced by my friend Shelly and I got to quilt it. Not the best picture but you can see it has the binding on ready for the final hand sewing stage.

I look forward to sharing these finished at the end of the month. In the mean time pop over the Elm Street Quilts to see what everyone is working on this month.
Until Next Time
Keep  Stitching
Cynthia