What’s new and exciting in the quilting world. Here are Quilting Focus top picks for new quilting products, quilting fabric and anything unique or inspirational.

The Quilted Crow – gorgeous wool applique patterns

If you need a fix of reproduction fabrics and wool applique then a browse through The Quilted Crow’s website is enough to make your fingers itch to get stitching.  The Quilted Crow is an online store that specialises in wonderful applique.  The owner, Leonie Bateman, has had two quilt/applique books published with Martingale Press and …read more….

Aboriginal Quilting Fabric Gallery

Wow!  here are some amazing fabric designs!  Stunning graphics and colourways.  I couldn’t decide on whether to get the black and white dot design by aboriginal artist Kathleen Pitjara called Plum Seeds Black or the fat eighth bundle of striking Australian flora by Pat Weeks who is a resident artist in Alice Springs. Each aboriginal …read more….

Fabulous hand dyed wool/rayon felt from Country Dawn

With Sue Spargo visiting New Zealand last month, many of us are discovering our old needlework skills of lazy daisy, stem stitch and french knots.  These fabulous hand dyed wool/rayon felts are perfect as the base for these stitches which are now constructed with thicker threads of wool, rayon and the usual DMC stranded cottons. …read more….

Liberty Tana Lawn Quilting Fabric from Calico and Ivy

Liberty’s tana lawn fabric is a fine, high thread count 100% cotton lawn, making it especially suitable for clothing, accessories and as a lawn quilting fabric. What is a lawn fabric? Lawn is fabric made from very fine high thread count to produce a smooth, untextured surface. The fabric sample shown is called Scharing from the …read more….

Scandi Christmas stockings bunting from Art of Sewing

Spring is on it’s way and that means that Christmas is not far off.  Time to get sewing for the decorations for 2015 Christmas.  Art of Sewing has this neat panel for sale that makes up a Scandi Christmas stockings bunting.  You could, of course, make the individual stockings as part of a gift but I …read more….

Extra wide quilt fabric from Fatbacks.

Fatbacks is an online store specialising is extra wide quilt fabric so that you don’t have to join your fabric when backing a large quilt.  The standard width of most of their fabrics is 108″ or 272cm wide.  View their full selection line at Fatbacks.co.nz.  This fabric sample is a white curlique pattern over a …read more….

Scandinavian Christmas quilting project from A patchwork Quilt

Today is the shortest day of the year so I was thinking of those who celebrate Christmas amid snow and ice and cold. What better time to start a new Christmas quilting project so that it could be ready for our Christmas in the summer! Scandinavian Christmas by Lynette Anderson is a kit made up of …read more….

Quilt hanger from Annie’s Country Quilt Store

Have you often finished a lovely small wallhanging and then wonder how on earth you are going to hang it on the wall?   Do you use conventional picture hooks, blu tack, nails and a wooden dowel?  Worry no longer as Annie’s Country Quilt Store has a whole range of wonderful wire quilt hangers for wall …read more….

Purple graduated hand dyed quilting fabric

This lovely set of five graduated hand dyed colours is called Cineraria.  The fabric is available in fat quarter, half metre and metre pieces.  Larger pieces are also available on request. The hand dyed quilting fabric  is 100% cotton, hand-dyed by three quilters and eminently suitable for patchwork, quilting, clothing and a wide range of …read more….

Perfect Adjustable square from Sewn and Quilted

You’ve finally completed a beautiful applique block and you are rather proud of your achievement.  The next step is to ‘trim to size’ and you are suddenly seized with doubt that you will not be able to centre the design.  So you measure and remeasure just to make absolutely sure.  You purposely made the block larger …read more….