Monday, October 31, 2011

What's new in the library??

Quilt a Gift  by Barri Sue Gaudet

Tradition dictates that we purchase a book on each bus trip!  This year on our excursion to Bendigo we bought a book that should give you inspiration for making some small projects, especially since Christms is around the corner and we need good ideas!

It includes quilted gifts for every occasion, including birthdays, mother's day, weddings and Christmas.  Some projects are quick and east to complete whereas other may become heirlooms!   Many of the designs include embroidery embellishment!.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Needleturn appliqué with ease with Robyn Falloon

I recently had a needleturn appliqué lesson with Di in our quilting hall kitchen (Thanks Di!) and I made my first needleturn block.

I was quite pleased with how it turned out but I could see every mistake and lump and bump! Glo suggested I borrow this DVD that was kindly donated to the library by Sue and I watched it with great interest.

Robyn Falloon does some beautiful work and the DVD showed some of her finished designs which were nice to see. One of the very first things she said was that she'd always been afraid of needleturn appliqué but with practice finds it a very easy and relaxing technique.
In parts the DVD was quite slow as she didn't have any of her work prepared in advance so we had to watch her cutting templates, then drawing the shapes and then we sat and watched as she glued each piece to her backing but you could fast forward much of this.

Robyn went into great detail about how to stitch inner and outer curves, circles and inner and outer points. I learned a great deal although I'm sure she made it look easier than in fact it is! It's the kind of DVD you'd want in front of you as you sew so you can see how she does it and try to repeat that and if it doesn't work you watch that part of the DVD again!
I recommend this DVD to anyone with any interest in learning to do needleturn appliqué or for anyone who feels competent but may wish to learn a different method perhaps of doing it. The DVD is a companion to a feature in a quilting magazine and you can download the pattern and instructions online at


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Elephant show and tell...

In order to encourage all of you very talented stitchers and quilters to contribute and show off your work, I decided to share with you some show and tell that I'm very proud of! {I couldn't bring this one into sewing as it had to go to it's new owner the day after it was finished}.

These images are of the very first baby quilt I've ever made, which is also the first quilt I've finished from start to finish on my own {to clarify, I've done a few quilt tops, but nothing in it's entirety}. It's also the first time I've used my free-motion quilting skills to great effect! Workshops do come in handy!!

The elephants were raw-edged appliqued onto a 1m x 1.5m piece of white Moda solid fabric. The quilting was mostly squiggly, swirly, "e" shapes and curls and a few elephant shapes here and there to break things up a bit. I did find it quite challenging handling the quilt bulk with such a small sewing machine, but after a while I found I got into a bit of a rhythm. The stitches became more even and flowed really well and I became more confident with my "driving" of the machine. I'm sure Pauline {teacher of our SS&Q quilting workshop from last year} would've been proud of me!

One little Ellie... prior to applique magic!

free motion quilting...

Sewing that binding... probably my least fave part!

Label... and oh so cute spotty, dotty backing!

The label had a quote from Winnie the Pooh that I love...
"Sometimes," said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."
And here in all it's finished glory is Amy's Elephant Walk... my first completed quilt {all on my very own}. The little feet sticking out of the bottom belong to my Mum... isn't she brilliant?

Here it is! Finished...

See ladies! It didn't hurt a bit to share. Hope you like my elephants.

Kylie x

The annual bus trip and other stuff...

Ladies don't forget we have our annual patchwork bus trip coming up on
October 22nd {only two weeks to go} and this year we are heading up to Bendigo!

wheels on the bus! source - John

We will visit various patchwork shops along the way, with lunch at The Basement Cafe in Bendigo. Lunch will be included in the price as it was last time so if you haven't put your name down with me please let me know either at group, by email or by phone 0421 110 977.

If you have a friend you would like to invite along for the fun (and goodies!) that's great! Just let me know, and get ready to shop till you drop. At present the cost is $45 {which includes lunch} but when we are able to finalise numbers, this may change slightly. Could you please finalise any outstanding payment for the trip this week and see me about your lunch order if you haven’t done so already.

Ladies, we also have a few spots available for the Quilting Work Shop on November 5th so if you haven't put your name down or you have a friend you would like to invite to join us then let me know. The cost is $25 for the workshop and $5 for the hall hire, this is a great price for such a valuable learning experience, and just imagine not having to pay to get someone else to quilt all those beautiful quilts you do anymore.

Again I can be contacted on the above email, phone or in person at group.



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