Happy New Year – organise those quilting UFOs for 2016

Happy New Year! I presume you have plans for 2016 and perhaps among all the ideas and challenges you are setting yourself you may have decided that 2016 is the year for finishing some of your quilting UFOs – Unfinished Objects – for those who may not have heard the term before. Some quilters prefer …read more….

Drawstring bags make great Christmas presents

If you are running short on time to sew a gift for Christmas then perhaps a drawstring bag may be just the answer.  These nifty bags hardly need a pattern and they can come in all shapes and sizes and you can personalise your fabric choice for the recipient. For example I have a shoe mad …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….

Gingerbread men – cookies or fabric?

My second batch of gingerbread biscuit dough is ‘resting’ in the fridge.  I’ve turned the first batch into reindeer with pretzel antlers and a jaffa for the nose.  This next batch is destined for stars and bells with some icing embellishments. While mixing my dough I started thinking about other Christmas traditional ideas like gingerbread …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….

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….

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….

For the Love of Script Quilting Fabric

I have an admission to make – I have an addiction. Like all quilters it is of the fabric variety. I admit, I usually don’t find it hard to walk into a fabric shop and buy fabric, but it turns to obsession when I see fabric with script on it. It’s impossible to fight the …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….