How to make a Stained Glass Appliqué Quilt

Stained glass appliqué is a beautiful technique for making quilts that gives the appearance of stained glass to the quilt top. There are a few different methods for achieving this look, including reverse appliqué, mosaic style appliqué and even needle turning tiny black strips of fabric!  I think the easiest method uses black bias tape …read more….

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….

It’s Christmas! Free Christmas table runner quilt pattern

As the festive season takes hold, we would like to share with you a free table runner pattern designed just for Quilting Focus.   This Christmas themed table runner is modern, easy and totally Christmassy and will look great as the centre piece of any table spread, whether it be a traditional roast dinner, an outdoor …read more….

Quilt inspiration from colouring in books

I’ve just been browsing at my local book shop and not only on the book shelves but in the magazine section there is a huge number of books designed for colouring-in.  What used to be a children’s activity and one which we have all grown out of, colouring-in is now touted as both a pleasant …read more….

Why are owl quilts so popular?

Owls have been extremely popular over the past couple of years and their popularity doesn’t seem to be waning, so I’ve decided to accept them and enjoy them. Quite a few fabric designers have used owls as their theme (coupled with foxes, but these are for another time) and produced owl panels for baby quilts, …read more….

2015 Auckland Festival of Quilts – fabulous show!

2015 Auckland Festival of Quilts was held over Friday, Saturday and Sunday last weekend for the first time at a new location of the AMI Netball Stadium in Mt Wellington.  A fabulous venue, light and airy. It was wonderful to have all the exhibits plus the merchants on the one floor.  The aisles were wide …read more….

Design your own quilt – finished quilt

Last week I discussed some of the processes I use to design my quilts.  I promised a picture of the complete, finished quilt and here it is. Coming up with titles can often stump me.  I get caught up with trying to convey my message and can sometimes lose sight of the old saying ‘keep …read more….

Design Your Own Quilt

As a quilt designer, one of the questions I’m often asked is, “How do you design your own quilts?”  Many quilters want to take the leap into designing their own quilt, but aren’t sure how to progress. Here is a walk through of one of my projects to show you some of my design process …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….

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….