Friday, 10 April 2015

Stitchery Wallhanging

This is a project that has been on the go for quite some time.
It was one of those projects that I picked up when I had no hand sewing 
to do. Yeah right!!!

But now I am thrilled to say it is finished and I love it.

It is a design by Tracey Roberts that we have had in the shop for a while.

I have used three different Cosmo Embroidery threads - yes it is a very 
subtle colour change.

The flowers are pink, the pots are cream and the leaves are
somewhere in between.

I am off to pick up my Patchwork of the Crosses from Helen tomorrow - how exciting.
I have seen a photo of the quilting and it looks amazing, but seeing it in
 'real' life will be better.

You can come and see it in The Auckland Quiltmakers' Show 
at the Jubilee Building, Parnell on 2 and 3 May.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses Finish

My Patchwork of the Crosses Quilt top is finished.
What a great feeling. 
It has been all consuming, but I love it and the process.

It has taken about one year to complete!
Now it is off to Helen to machine quilt.

I have finished the edges like this - you can just see my final sewing 
line drawn on. I will trim it back once it has been quilted.

Then bind it with the same cream as the background fabric.

Now off to finish a couple of other projects before starting a 
new taupe Block of the Month.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Karen Styles Workshop

This was a great event last weekend. We made stunning stars by hand or machine.
Most people ended up making Karen's Hamilton Quilt.

I t has a giant star in the centre and smaller ones of three different 
sizes floating around it. 

We started making more simple stars made out of two alternating fabrics.


And then moved on to making fussy cut stars.



The stars below are the centre of the big star in the middle of the quilt





And finally a  collage of centre stars.

My Patchwork of the Crosses is almost finished and is hopefully off to Helen,  the 
quilter on Friday, so I will be back blogging with more variety now.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Riley Blake Workshop Day 2

Today we had more sewing time and another business related seminar
at the Riley Blake Workshop run by Cindy and Jina from the USA.
They were great presenters full of good ideas and projects with a difference for us.
This is Jina holding my toddler skirt - don't the spots work so well.

First up was some Hexagami - the first one made wasn't quite perfect as Cindy
had pre-warned us it probably wouldn't be. But the second was pretty good. 
They are just 2" so required some quite delicate folding.

Then it was on to sewing knits on the overlocker - a new experience 
for me. We made these little toddler skirts and matching headbands - so
cute with the lovely Riley Blake fabrics.

Hopefully tomorrow I will get time to make the final project.
I wasn't able to make the Friday morning session where they made a project 
using the laminated fabric.

So everything going to plan I will be back tomorrow.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Riley Blake Workshop

Today and tomorrow I am at a Riley Blake Workshop put on by our local 
wholesaler of these fabrics.

Riley Blake designs and sells stunning modern style fabrics many of which we
have in our Modern area at the shop. They do great prints for modern children's quilts. 

This is Cindy the owner of Riley Blake Fabrics holding my two projects.

Today we had a business seminar and sewing workshops.
This is what I made:

. . . a wine bottle carrier - or it can be used for other bottles as gifts eg: olive oil,
sauces, etc. Cindy told us of a friend who makes bags of all sorts of shapes 
and sizes and never wraps gifts in paper! Now there is a challenge.

. . . a cute pouch for presenting gifts in - eg: little Easter Eggs, a piece of 
jewelry, a nice soap, sewing bits and bobs, etc.

Back soon with a post about what we make tomorrow.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Retreat Sewing

I am away at Vaughan Park at a three day Retreat organised by the group 
that I belong to. It is three days and nights of solid sewing with all meals 
provide and a room of my own to retire to in the early hours of the morning.

This is the view from the workroom window.

Hence a lot of sewing has been achieved.

My Northern Shop Hop quilt is now in one piece ready for quilting.
Here is a taster of a few of the nine blocks.

My Patchwork of the Crosses will hopefully have another row around the edge 
almost done by the time I go home.

One of our Breakfast Club Quilts has more blocks made.

Back soon, Robyn

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Karen Styles is Coming From Australia

I decided to make a couple of Eight Point Stars tonight to promote 
Karen Styles' visit to us in March.

It was so much fun fussy cutting my 1800s fabrics for these two.

But I did have to press the living daylights out of the first block on the left 
and couldn't figure out why. 
Can you? 
It had a huge hump in the middle, but now it doesn't! 
Thanks to a steam iron and starch.

The second one went together like a gem and sat flat straight away.

I am thinking I will make more at class and will learn lots of tips from
her to make them even better.

She is teaching making them by American hand piecing or machine piecing.
I did mine by hand.
It was great to return to a technique that I hadn't used for years.
It also made a change from English Paper Piecing over card.

Remember these little fussy cut hexagons I made last year 
and then forgot about when Patchwork of the Crosses came along.

Little ones

Bigger Ones

Well I think they are going to get a revival and go into a quilt with the stars.