Wednesday, November 27, 2019

One Monthly Goal- November's Report in

This month's goal was to finish the binding on two of my quilts. See my original post here.

Here is my Vintage Rose quilt completed. It is a Quiltworx Technique of the month pattern. I don't believe I started this quilt on the 3rd February and completed it on the 16th November. It's probably the only quilt that I will remember there start day and finishing dates, but we will see.
The second finish was the binding on my Diamond Dance quilt. It is a Missouri Star Quilt Co pattern. It was fun to make.
I am glad to get both of them completed. Does that mean I can start something new? My husband would say no but will I listen to him, probably not if something takes my fancy. In the meantime I will try to finish something else before the end of the year.
I have linked my post with Elm Street Quilts post, so pop over to check out how everyone went.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching

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

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
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

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

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

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