Saturday, September 17, 2016

Yayyyy.....I've just worked out how I can be lazy and post my Instagram posts to blogger so I don't have to rewrite them!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Show n Tell September 2016

Here are some of the quilts etc that were on display last Saturday at Club.
Some of my photos didn't come out, so sorry if your creation isn't here. Enjoy the ones that are though!
Floating made by Donna Rowan, quilted using the decorative stitches on her machine.

A new board and ruler bag made by Shelia Ujdur using a cool panel and some 'Grunge' fabrics

Made by Carol Mayes from one of the Clubs Library Books

Wall hanging by Petra Pilkington. Made using Wendy Dolan's book, Layer, Paint and Stitch
And another by Petra using the same techniques.

Cushions made by Briar McDonald using a Michelle Hill pattern inspired by William Morris

Made by Rose Silvester for her daughter in laws 50th Birthday (to be completed soon)

A Charity quilt, started with a donated star block.

Zebra's Grazing made by Maureen Gray from a fabric pack she won at Club a few years ago.

The start of a quilt by Chris Cook. Chris hand blanket stitched the squares at our Club Retreat recently.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

My Two First's Yesterday!

 I had a great day yesterday, I sold my first sewing machine at Bernina Northland in the morning (I did a happy dance after the customer left). And then in the afternoon at Quilt Club we had a Seam Ripping Race, and I won!
This is the only speed race I'll ever win, and the nearest I'm ever getting to an Olympic Medal!
Come to think of it, this maybe the first race I have ever won, though I do remember coming second in an egg and spoon race as a child.
My selfie with Gold Medal for Seam Ripping

For all those wondering how I ripped that nine patch apart so quickly yesterday. This video above shows the technique I used.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

What I’ve been up to lately…

As I have been such a lazy blogger and only posting the clubs Show n Tell, I thought it was high time to do a little update about what I have been doing.
I have started working part time at Bernina Northland, (but I still work at the School too!)
Working at Bernina Northland is great fun, and I have been busy learning heaps. I thought I knew a lot about quilting/sewing/knitting but there is so much more to learn! Some of the questions that customers ask really make me think.
Another great thing about working there is that Sandy has been teaching me to longarm quilt. I have quilted three quilts on the longarm, the last was my Orca Bay quilt (Bonnie Hunter design).

This is me trying out a couple of panto's on top of Orca Bay, I went with the flowers.

And this is Orca Bay on the Q24. I used the red thread on the top and black in the bobbin. It is such a busy quilt, never doing one with so much piecing again.

I went to The Bernina Fashion Awards.

It was very hard to get photos with the lighting, models walking etc. So these are the only ones I have from the night. There are lots of great photos on the Bernina Fashion Awards facebook page, so go and have a look there.

This is the Overall Winner on the runway, the only photo that came out, I know it's a terrible photo.
Luckily it was on display at Bernina Northland for a few days so I got these better photos below.

The front of the dress had a wonderful diamond design made from green and blue bread ties.

And the back was made from yellow ties. I love how it is fastened using jewelry closures.
You can see that every tie (except the hem) had six holes drilled into them so they could be joined together to form a fabric.
It looked amazing on the runway, it shimmered as the model walked, similar to sequins.

                   On The Rise
Designer-   Fran Spick
Model -      Tena Ford Mason

Winner-      Designer of the Year
                   Trash to Fashion Category
                   Model of the Year
Made from 1150 bread ties and 3300 metal rings


I prepared some applique blocks, to take on Retreat at St Francis in Auckland.

Lots of mess is made when using steam a seam.
I'm hand stitching the edges with a blanket/button-hole stitch, and adding random embroidery like french knots, and whatever else takes my fancy.

I need hobby glasses now for this stitching. (getting old).

And to finish, here is of photo taken from my deck looking over Whangarei, towards Mount Parahaka.

So what have you been doing? Let me know in a comment.


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