Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Waikato Quilt and Craft Fair

We had a great four days at the Waikato Quilt and Craft Fair.
 We set up on Wednesday – can you believe it – it took us 5 hours!!!!!

This (the quilt in the centre) was the biggest seller for us at the Show which was really 
exciting. I think it is now my all time favourite quilt. I wonder how long that thought 
will last - quite a while I suspect.

Another of our Block of the Month programmes is Magnolia Blossoms. This was  design that I picked up on a trip to Japan a few years ago.

And you will have seen this big one as I was making it - it is the1800s Antique Sampler 
designed by Sue Daley. And you can see my Jo Morton quilt beside it and just around the 
corner. 1800s Reproduction fabrics are my favourite after the Japanese Taupe ranges.

And here is Tea in Provence on a casual coffee table at the end of the stall.

If you haven't been to a Quilt and Craft Fair you really should try to get to one next year.
There will be two next year - one in Palmerston North in February and the other in Hamilton in September. See you there - or hopefully before then in the shop or at Calico Christmas - now called Auckland Festival of Quilts - at Albany Stadium over the first weekend in November.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Tea In Provence

This small quilt is a variation on our ever so popular Days in Provence pattern. You may have seen our original version which was made up in the first French General collection.

This one was inspired by the grey French food fabric that we have featured across the quilt. 
Di Partington (from the shop) quilted it for me on her domestic machine and I just love the designs she has chosen.

We have it on a low table as a table cloth at the Show and it looks great.

The original pattern is by House on the Hill designs and I have found it such a versatile pattern – I used it for a cot quilt earlier this year by adding another row of blocks.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Yoko Saito Quilt Revealed

Well my Yoko Saito quilt now called “Japanese Applique” (sorry that isn’t a very exciting name) is finished (well almost!) and hanging on the wall of our stall at the Hamilton Quilt and Craft Fair. And I must say I am very pleased with it. Now you can all see it too.

I have almost finished the quilting – I am going to cross hatch the blocks – I have only done it one way on most of them at this stage and the border is also only stitched one way and I am thinking of mixing it up a bit – some cross hatching and some parallel lines just one way.

We have cut lots of Block of the Month sets and hope to sell many of them at the Show. Or of course you can pick them up from the shop - Patchwork Passion, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand. We have included a copy Yoko Saito's wonderful Applique Block book within the Block of the Month Programme.

Over the next few days I will post some of the other projects I have been working on and we have just released. So you will go to hardly ever hearing from me to getting lots of 
news over the next few weeks.