Sunday, March 26, 2017

Classes 2nd Term 2017

Here is a list of classes from April - June 2017
Flint & Rodger Rabbit - Jill Maas doll class Sat/Sun 22/33 April 9:30am - 4pm $110 + $10 pattern fee
Jill's dolls have such wonderful attitudes and the class is lots of fun, only 2 spaces left. There is also an option to make Danika and Rocco if you'd prefer at the same class.

Zippered Pouch - Tuesday 9th May 7-9pm $15
A quick project designed by Dianne, have fun with your fabric choices. Also can be made larger easily.
Origami Kimono Quilt - Wednesday 17th May 7-9pm  $15
Dianne designed this quilt several years ago but always has people asking how to do it. Using similar techniques to paper origami you fold fabric and attach it to a quilt.
Hexagon Quilt - Sunday 21 May 10am - 3pm $30
This quilt uses a jelly roll or you can cut your own. Very easy to sew in rows.
Have fun with fabrics - what you choose for the background affects the look of the whole quilt
Spray Painted Fabrics - Tuesday 23 May 7-9pm $15 plus materials fee for use of paints
Learn how you can achieve many paint effects with spray paint - Marabu Fashion Shimmer works on both light and dark fabrics, ready made clothing or fabric for quilting etc. Have fun creating loads of designs using this technique. Here is one sample using a stencil
Birds in Flight Quilt - Sunday 18 June 10am - 3pm $30
A lovely and easy block to sew, make as many as you want the size of the quilt, can be scrappy or pick a range and use that.
Lutradur and Quilting - Either Sunday 25 June 10 - 3pm or 2x Wednesdays 7 & 14 June 7-9pm $30
Explore what you can do with Lutradur, paint, heat gun and quilting to create your own unique piece of textile art. I put mine on a canvas.
If you have any queries about any of these classes, or to book in,  please contact me either by email or phone or call in to the studio and see that actual samples.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Classes First Term 2017

I have just put out my class list for the first term of 2017. Here are the classes.
Easter Egg Hunt Quilt  3 Wednesday 15th & 22nd Feb & 1 Mar 7-9pm OR Sunday 9th February 9:30am - 4pm $45
I created this cute quilt over the anniversary weekend and am very pleased with it. You can vary the design to suit, you don't have to include the words. It is raw edge fusible and machine quilted and appliqued. Children can have fun counting the number of easter eggs they can find.
Project Workcase  Friday 24 February 10am - 12 noon  $15
Create a project workcase to carry your work around in. Using sewable vinyl makes it easy to see what is in the bag. You can use scraps or a feature fabric.
Ice Dyeing  Tuesday February 28th 7-9pm  $15 + materials fee
I will show you how easy it is to create fantastic fabric using ice dyeing as your technique. Because the dye powder works its way down through the melting ice you never know what sort of pattern you will get. I shall show you a variety of folding techniques to create extra patterns.

Circles in Patchwork  Sunday 12 March 9:30am - 4pm  OR  3 Tuesdays 7,14, 21 March 7pm - 9pm  $45
Dianne will show you how to sew circles in patchwork - this will include a variety of hand and machine applique methods plus set in sewing. Trying to take some of the difficulty out of it for you, by showing you these methods and helping improve your skills.

Summer Dresses   Thursday 23 March 7-9pm  $15
Create these lovely yet so easy to sew dresses. You can add borders, trims, appliques to make them all look different. Fun and quick to make. Sewing machine required.

Red & Black Quilt  Sunday 26 March 10am - 4pm  $45
I created this quilt using a pack of 8" squares that had been sitting around for a while. I cut them into random width strips and used them with the red background fabrics for a bit of a zing. Very happy with the way the turned out. You can use scraps or choose a colourway to use with this pattern. Various other layouts as well, I just liked this one best with these fabrics.

Jill Maas Doll Class   Sat & Sun April 22 & 23  9:30am - 4pm each day  $110 plus $10 pattern fee
Jill Maas is with us once again teaching her fabulous cloth dolls - you have a choice of either Flint and Rodger Rabbit or Danika & Roco. Always a fun weekend class.

If any of these classes interest you please contact me for further information or to book into the class.
Looking forward to seeing you at class.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Holiday Hours

I am open Wednesday 28th - Saturday 31st December, then closed for 3 days - Sunday (New Year's Day), Monday and Tuesday, and then everything is back to normal again.
I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break, I did.
Now to design some new quilts etc for classes... back to the sewing machine.

Christmas New Year Special  - Christmas Fabrics all 50% off till Saturday.
Why not call in and see what we have on offer - then you will be ready to start something for Christmas early next year!!!

Happy New Year

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Now selling sewing machines

I have just started selling sewing machines - I am carrying the PQ1500SL which is a Brother semi industrial sewing machine which is ideal for piecing and quilting. It is a dream machine that belongs in the sewing room of every serious quilter and seamstress.
This sewing machine is a high speed straight stitching machine sewing up to 1500 stitches per minute. It has an automatic thread cutter and an exclusive Brother pin feed mechanism to use with delicate fabrics and quilting. The feed dogs have variable levels. A knee lift and extension table are included along with 1/4" foot, a quilting foot (for free motion quilting) and a walking foot (as well as a standard foot, 2 zipper feet and a rolled hem foot). There is more space with a 5.7" height and 8.6" width allowing for larger quilting projects.Plus there is a built in telescopic thread stand.
I have my one in store to demo if you want to try it out. I have done some general sewing and quilting on it and think this is a great machine at a really good price of only $1799.95 . I bought this after a customer asked about one a few months ago. I did some research and found that this is very popular, most reviews rave about it. You can also use this with Happy Jack and Swiftquilter (and similar) frames to make your own version of a mid arm quilting machine.

The next machine I want to talk to you about is the Innov-is Dreamweaver VM6200D. This is a top of the line sewing/embroidery/quilting machine from Brother which I have got in for a few weeks to check out. Do call in and test drive this machine for yourself.

With an 11.25" by 5" space you can quilt large sized quilts and there is lots of room to be able to change feet easily. One of the best things about this machine is the automatic needle threader - I just love playing with this to see it in action. You thread your machine through the normal channels and just before the needle you pass it to the left over the auto threader, push a button and it takes the thread down and pushes it through the needle for you. Really love this feature.
Some features - Muvit digital dual feed (with 4 optional extra feet available) , sew straight laser vision guide (to keep you on track), V-sonic pen for sewing and embroidery, droplight embroidery positioning marker, large LCD touch screen display and velocity up to 1050 stitches per minute.
With 561 built in sewing/quilting stitches and 318 built in embroidery stitches you'll have plenty to keep you occupied.
Another option you can use with this machine is to use applique/embroidery patterns. I downloaded some patterns from the internet and used a USB stick. After choosing my design I created the pattern placement as a cut line for use with the Brother Scan N Cut electronic cutting machine, put the USB in the Scan n Cut and cut out the fabric applique shape. Then I used the USB again, fused the applique to the background fabric and embroidered around it.

These are the 2 patterns I used, cutting the fabric appliques with the Scan n Cut and then embroidering them. Beautifully done and so easy to create.
For December Brother are offering a $1000 off RRP for this model and they are giving you the quilting extension table and an embroidery hoop as well. Do call in and see me and get a demo to see what this machine could do for you.
Scan N Cut - this month (December) Brother are offering $100 cashback for the CM900 which is the wonderful wireless model that I have in store and use all the time.
Do call and see us as we'd love to show you what any of these machines can do and order them in for you.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Eco Challenge Quilt

Recently Brother NZ announced that they had a quilt challenge to make a quilt 70cm square for their Eco challenge. I decided to enter this and thought about it for a few weeks before deciding I wanted to make a quilt about water. Here is my step by step process in case you are interested.
I chose to use fabrics that were left over from previous quilts and from the curtain samples that I quite often buy, so it was very 'eco' by using up these scraps etc.
I started by drawing a design onto paper and then cutting a piece of curtain fabric big enough to attach the scraps to. I started with the hands, because if they didn't work out I didn't want to waste time on the rest.
I laid down (pinned them all) various brown and cream/tan shades of fabric scraps with an overlay of brown mesh fabric and stitched it all in place. Very happy with the look of these so next made the rusty tap.

I used a shiny coppery coloured curtain fabric that had a look of rust to it and then added bits and pieces to create a more rusty look. I found one of the curtain fabrics had this stitched line with thicker threads that was ideal to use at the base of the tap to create the illusion of nuts, joins etc. Then I laid black tulle net over the top, pinned it all and stitched 'scribble' style over the top.
Then I added the puddles underneath the hands and tap with blue curtain fabric, then some greys and creams plus a cream tulle net. Then I started adding random scraps of golds, browns, tans, then a layer of yellow tulle (I wasn't going to use that yellow for anything else). As I went up from the ground area to the sky area I used lighter fabrics. Again I 'scribble' stitched allover to hold these fabrics in place.

You will just see in the bottom right of the picture above my cat had to get in on the act. If I have a quilt on the floor he has to give his seal of approval and sit or lie on it.  Now I added batting and backing and machine quilted, adding detail and texture to the quilt.
Once I got this far I decided to add some stencilled words. I cut a freezer paper stencil on my Brother Scan N Cut machine and ironed it over the quilt top, then used black textile paint to paint over the stencil. Lifted the freezer paper off and was very happy with my words.
To finish I decided to stitch a 'magic binding' - this is using 2 fabrics, an accent 1 3/4" and a main 1 1/2", sew them together lengthwise, fold over and press which creates an 1/8" of the accent showing above the main fabric. Stitch to the back of the quilt, fold over to the front and stitch using invisible thread in the ditch between the accent and main fabrics. So quick yet so effective. Also made it easier for me as I had used curtain fabric for the main and homespun for the accent, it was a little bulkier than I normally have.
And here is the final product which I am pleased to say won a Highly Commended from Brother NZ, I have just received a lovely certificate and a box of machine embroidery threads. Thank you Brother. Now to see what happens in Japan with all quilts sent in from around the world.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sale on Patchwork Fabric

I first went into business back in 1984 as a bookshop/newsagent. Then in October 1987 the shoe shop next door closed down, I took over the premises and opened up with Handcraft supplies and Patchwork Fabrics. We didn't have as many choices back then as we do now, wow have fabrics changed. I can now offer you so many designs and styles and colours....
For this week starting Tuesday 25th October through to Saturday 29th October I am offering you 20% off all patchwork fabrics, no minimum purchases.
Then each day I will off a Daily Special on Facebook. Check out Tuesday's today only special on Facebook.
Happy sewing

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Quilt Shows

The season for Quilt Shows is upon us it seems. I am off to the Wairarapa Quilters Show at Carterton Events Centre this weekend 9:30am - 4pm $2 entry, lots of quilts and merchants will be on site Saturday and Sunday. Do come along and see what there is on offer.
Then the first weekend in October is Rose City Quilters show at PN Girls High School 1st & 2nd October 10am - 4pm $5 entry. There will be quilts on display along with a guest exhibitor, and merchants to tempt you.
The second weekend of October is Town & Country Quilters show 8th October, 9am - 4pm $5 entry at the Horowhenua Events Centre. Again there will be quilts on display and merchants on site.
I am a merchant at each of these events and look forward to seeing you there. Some lovely new fabrics for you.