At last, our 2014 bom program is on the way out the door! Phew. This month has been warp speed management of cutting, packing and sending out our bigger than ever program. It is FULL of great fabrics, designers and patterns so we hope that if you are enrolled you will enjoy it. Aside from that we have been amping up our website with lots of new stuff.
Way back in the 1970's my high school showed us a movie about a dilema of our generation...overchoice. I am thinking of that movie now as I show you some tempting treasures we have packed up and ready to go. In this day and age when we are busy it is fun to have something we can do without too much effort. Have a look here at our Kit page for some exciting projects with some of the choices made for you.
One of the things I like to do best is put kits together. It is our specialty to make like minded selections that bring home the integrity of the original quilt but with fabrics that are actually available. One of my favourites is Super Nova from Adding Layers.
The heart of the original quilt was mixing Anna Maria with a few other designers and that was easy to do with her latest range as well. It's an eclectic range of warm and cool colors with dynamic designs that support the large scale pattern which is perfect for that hard to please young person!
For the Freda lovers out there this kit (which we can still make up!!!) is making all of us clap. Gil bought the kit at Hunters Hill and brought it in yesterday to show us.
Just like we pictured it!!!
Sunburst is in Making Quilts and comes with the acrylic template that makes it so easy to assemble. Cutting accurately means sewing is easy and results are achievable....my favourite theme. I quite like the mix of large florals and plaids in this mix of prints that are both now and then...
Fractured Heart is my updated Fractured pattern which is also in Adding Layers, this time for the girls! We have put together a great collection of happy pinks and reds plus an interesting mix of backgrounds into kit form which makes this a quick finish as well. I will always remember sitting at the basketball game watching a group of young girls watching my son play and feeling that excited thrill of young attraction...a moment that inspired this big beating heart!
Carolyn, our resident prize winner, designed Pansy Patch and it is still a big hit in the shop. She spends her days hiding away her favourite fabrics so that when she has just the right mix she can make up kits for this quilt. You may think that is made up but it is true. There is a box with this label, "Carolyn's fabrics, KEEP OUT." in our storage area. For all of you Hexagon Fans out there this is available now with Carolyn's tick of approval! (perfect project for 2 1/2" Hexessentials!)
I should add that we can only make it up when we have suitable black and white border fabric and nothing gets past Carolyn's eye unless it is perfect!
One of the things I hear repeated all the time is about fear of picking fabrics. Some people like to be left alone to savour the moment but others put their hands in the air and declare they have no colour sense. I say it is just like bicep curls and if you practice, you make progress. However, if you like to work with color here is a great exercise!
The construction for True Color Mirage is simple and the result a mirage of color that speaks for itself. I made it with a simple ruler that I call Chance...mainly because there is a lot of chance and circumstance happening when I am working fabrics on my design wall.
One of my favourite projects this year was making Chain Link. Using Jason Yenters Modern Solids this was a mind cleansing experience.
I made it using my Hex N More ruler which is, by the way, the smartest ruler out there!
Here is one from our latest burgeoning quilt designer, Megan Manwaring. Careful choices, technique in control, Megan puts together some very nice projects that we love to share. No Restraint Here is no exception. The homespun colors and the ruler allow you to activate your stash with scraps. Megan got the idea for making this quilt last year in Victoria Findlay Wolfe's workshop making fabric. This is a starter kit to help you get on your way to using up your scraps.
We have also started stocking the patterns of Irene Blank from Focus on Quilts. These patterns are full of recreated history. Aunty Green has been popping up around the place as a perfect project for fine tuning applique skills.
Since at the moment I am only at the dream stage...I would love to put some starter kits together for these projects with some great backgrounds and feature prints...OMG....itchy fingers.
There is so much more to talk about but I have a big open suitcase behind me waiting for filling. Wendy and I are off to the Berry Retreat for the weekend. I'll be teaching A Wandering Mind with a few extras and Wendy is teaching her Birdsville quilt. We have an early start so we can enjoy Berry for the afternoon!!! Enjoy!!!! k