Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Modern Wedge Workshop with Kathy Doughty

This year has been an amazing year for meeting my quilting heroes and taking workshops with them! It started back in January when I took a class on hand quilting with Sarah Fielke. In February there was a trip to Quiltcon and classes with Carolyn Friedlander and Penny Layman. Next month I'm taking the Meadow class with Lizzy House in Wellington...and last weekend I took a 'Modern Wedge' workshop with Kathy Doughty at All Things Patchwork in Auckland. It's been a good year!

Kathy and Sarah's 'Material Obsession' books were my first glimpse into how joyful and colourful quilts could be (all book links in this post are to the Material Obsession shop). I bought MO1 before I had even started quilting and I've since spent hours pouring over the pages, mesmerised by the fabrics, colours and designs. Taking a class with Kathy is something I never could've imagined when I bought that first quilting book.

The workshop started with a show and tell by Kathy. We were introduced to the 'wedge' and some of its many variations. The photo below shows just a few of the block samples that Kathy had brought along to show us.

Kathy also had a huge pile of quilts to share, this is her Garden Party quilt from 'Making Quilts'.

Before launching into making our own wedge blocks, Kathy asked us to organise our fabrics in to three piles; warm, cool and neutral and then to organise each pile by value. This simple exercise helped us think about contrast, and helped us get off to a good start choosing fabric combinations for our blocks. The rest of the day was spent pairing fabrics, cutting and sewing. I wanted to make the most of the day so worked hard and only took a short break to scoff some lunch and snap a few photos (hence the lack of photos to show you!).

Megan arranging her wedges on the design wall.

Kathy took this photo of me hard at work (haha!). The wedges on the design wall behind me are Megan's, mine and mum's. We're all making Vintage Spin blocks, the pattern for which can be found in Kathy's book 'Adding Layers'.
My blocks after squaring up.

These blocks are fun to make and a great way to use some of the larger scale prints in my stash. Another wonderful workshop experience, I'm really looking forward to the Meadow workshop now!
If you're interested in seeing more photos from the day, check out Megan's (Jaffa Quilts) blogpost here, and Linda's (Koka Quilts) blogpost here.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Pillow Cover Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered my pillow cover giveaway, I had so much fun reading your comments! I've used a random number generator to help me find the winner...

.. And the winner is Karen Likens.
Karen, I don't have your email address so please leave me a comment with your email address or send me an email (my email address is over on the right) so that I can get the pillow cover in the mail to you.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Polka Dot Tea fabrics and a pillow cover giveaway!

I love it when I can cross two things from my list with just one project finish, and, hooray, that's what I'm doing today...

A while back Danielle (petitselefants on IG) and Jeannette (goneaussiequilting on IG) from Polka Dot Tea asked me if I'd like to choose a bundle of fabrics from their store. Um, yes please! I then spent a (very) long time browsing their Etsy store trying to choose my fabrics. They have a fantastic selection of fabrics, many of which you don't see in the bigger online stores. It was really hard to narrow my choices down. Here's what I eventually came up with...

It's a mix of all time favourite fabrics (like those Heather Ross wild flowers, the Anna Maria Horner gold floral Folk Song print, the Lizzy House mini pearl bracelets), some Japanese fabrics that I've long admired (including some LightHearted by Ayumi Takahashi) and two Art Gallery low volume prints, the Priory Square rose print on the top of the pile and the Maker print which is second from the top. Note; links are to the fabrics in their Etsy store where they're still available, a couple of fabrics have since sold out.

I wanted to share their generosity with you and also celebrate my first year blogging anniversary... and do justice to these beautiful fabrics. This is what I came up with...

I'm really excited to be giving this pillow cover away. But first, let me tell you about Polka Dot Tea fabrics...

I've been buying fabric from their Australian based Etsy store for the last couple of years. Not only do they have a wonderful selection of fabrics (including Liberty and Japanese fabrics) but they're also really friendly and helpful. They often post their curated bundles on instagram and all you need to do to purchase them is leave your Paypal email. It's that simple/dangerous! You can also visit their Etsy store to check out all their fabrics. They've recently listed the new Heather Ross line, Tiger Lily and Doe by Carolyn Friedlander (although I see that's nearly all gone already!). Also, unlike many online stores, you can purchase individual fat quarters (yay, fat quarters are my favourite way to buy fabric!). Their fat quarters are based on metric measurements too so they're that little bit bigger than you'll get from a non-metric store ;)

Disclaimer: I received 12 fat quarters for free but all opinions are my own and are based on my experience purchasing from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics. In case you're wondering, I will not receive any compensation if you decide to purchase from PDT.

Now, about the pillow cover I'm giving away...
  • The pillow cover measures 16 1/2" square, it has an invisible zipper closure at the bottom and is backed in Melange in natural (a yarn dyed cotton that I purchased from Polka Dot Tea a while back).
  • I've used fabrics from the bundle provided by Polka Dot Tea and added fabrics from my stash, some of which (like the Liberty fabrics and the backing fabric) I've purchased from Polka Dot Tea.
  • The design is my own. If anyone is interested, I will happily share how I made it.
  • It's densely quilted with a walking foot using the serpentine stitch on my machine.
  • The quilting thread is Superior Thread So Fine #50 in Snow (401).
  • Feather pillow inner not included. 

Details on how to ENTER TO WIN this pillow cover...

  1. Leave a comment below for one entry. Say anything you like or give me your best blogging tip! 
  2. For a second entry, pop over to Polka Dot Tea's Etsy store, then pop back and leave a comment telling me which fabric/s you would like to add to your stash.
  3. My followers get an extra entry, if you follow my blog let me know by leaving a comment below, just tell me how you follow my blog. And THANK YOU for your on going support, it means a lot!
  4. The giveaway is open until 9pm New Zealand Standard Time on Saturday 19 September (that's Saturday morning if you live in Europe and Friday night if you live in the US).
The giveaway is open to EVERYONE no matter where you live. If you're a no-reply/anonymous commenter please leave your email address in the comments or check back here on Sunday.

Hooray, that's two things crossed from my list... make something with my Polka Dot Tea fabrics and celebrate my first blogiversary with a giveaway. Now on to the next item!

Saturday, 12 September 2015

A Tablet Case

Tablet Case

If I wasn't already quilting my way through a book, I would be tempted to make every project in Anna Graham's book Handmade Style, I love this book! This quick project is my second from the book and I know I'll be making more. If you have the book you might have noticed that I left the pockets out in my version of the Tablet Case, only because I didn't want anything to distract from that caravan!

The caravan is a paper pieced pattern by Penny Layman from sewtakeahike and is yet to be released. I was a little smitten when Penny posted an image of her caravan on Instagram so I was really thrilled when she sent me a copy of the pattern. Especially as I knew just the person to make it for. The wheel is appliqued on, which I think is a great idea! It's so much easier to applique a circle than to paper piece one!

Back soon with a little giveaway!

Friday, 11 September 2015

A visit to the Hamilton Craft and Quilt Show

The Hamilton Craft and Quilt Show is an annual event here in Hamilton and one I look forward to all year. The show runs over four days and combines vendors, exhibitions and workshops. While there weren't nearly as many vendors this year as there have been in previous years, there was a new vendor from Australia that more than made up for the drop in numbers. Valerie and Lindsey from My Patch Fabrics had so many inspiring things for sale...beautiful soft leather, Liberty fabrics, Cotton and Steel, dress patterns... I went a little crazy. Want to see?

Purchases from day one...
Fabrics purchased on day two... I'm planning on using most of the top row in my Farmer's Wife quilt and I couldn't pass up the Heather Ross fabrics which were crazy cheap at All Things Patchwork.

 The "My Patch Fabrics" stand...

Lindsey and Valerie...

Lindsey hosted several workshops. Deb and I went along to two of them, Adjusting Dress Patterns to Fit and Sewing with Leather. They were both so inspiring!! I ended up buying a total of FIVE new dress patterns for myself and two rolls of leather. I'm looking forward to making some clothes sometime soon, I just need to buy some fabric first!! The leather will probably get used in bags, it's always fun trying something new and I love the professional look that leather gives to a project.
Another newcomer to the show this year was the "Road to Colour" exhibition, organised by Cheryl from Auckland patchwork shop, All Things Patchwork. As you can guess, the emphasis for the exhibition was 'colour' and it certainly didn't disappoint! Unfortunately I didn't take nearly as many photos of the exhibition as I should have, but if you'd like to see some of the quilts that were on display, check out Megan's post at Jaffa Quilts. I do have two photos to share with you though...

Mum had two quilts in the exhibition, this Sun Burst quilt and her Farmer's Wife quilt.

Jo Dixey is one of my favourite New Zealand quilters/stitch artists, this was her entry in the AQC Challenge "True Blue". Her quilter's statement read "When a person is depressed or feeling Blue, they send ripples of that depression out to the world around them. These ripples in turn create more depression within the person".

All in all, it was a very inspiring show, hopefully vendor numbers will be back up again next year.

Meanwhile, I've been busy working on a little giveaway item that I'll be sharing with you soon (if you're on Instagram you may have already caught a peek).

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