11 May 2010

thanks for the fun Frieda Anderson

At AQC a week or so back (OMG why does time fly so fast?) I participated in Frieda Anderson's Laughing Leaves workshop. Not a sewing machine was to be seen - but here's what I made!

With nothing but double-sided fusible web and heat to hold it together - how clever. I have heard quilters exclaim that fusible web is permanent many times, but never really had the confidence to test the theory myself. Plus the minimal experience I had with it, about 7 years ago, was that it would not stay adhered to the fabric (I've since learned that fusible web has a 'use-by-date').

I believe that if you only learn ONE thing in a workshop you are in front, just one new technique to blend into your future work. The piece you make in the workshop is, in my opinion, a bonus to the other tips, tricks and techniques that generous tutors share!

After Frieda's workshop, and her generosity as a tutor, I can confidently handle fusible web and I look forward to making use of it in future projects PLUS I've got this bright funky wall-hanging ready to be quilted!


Sadie's cot quilt

It seems to be an oxymoron, but I enjoyed my mother's day without the kids! I sat serenely at the Central Coast 4th annual Charity Quilt Show meeting quilters and quilting Sadie's cot quilt.
Today I have stitched the binding to two sides, ready to slip stitch in place tonight, then the other two sides tomorrow.

What, may you ask, is that jumbo ricrac for? You will have to stand by for the finished quilt on Friday!

07 May 2010

Nice one Nicey Jane

Or, more formally known as the 2010 Blankets of Love Challenge.

We started this challenge, with the support of Bernina and XLN Fabrics, in 1999. Each year we have laid down a challenge to use a fat 1/4 of one of the ranges that XLN fabric distributes in Australia. This year we feature three of the patterns from the new Nicey Jane range by Heather Bailey - you will receive one of these three, pieces supplied at random.

Visit the Nicey Jane Swatch Gallery HERE ...

The fat 1/4 is available, free, simply by sending the Fabric Request Form (found on page 43 of DUQ 141) and a SASE to us. In turn you make a 24in Blanket of Love quilt and send it to us by Friday June 11 for judging.

The winner will receive a marvellous new Bernina 350PE sewing machine valued at $1,799.

Learn more about this fab new machine HERE ...

All of the entered quilts are donated to the Blankets of Love Program - providing solace as a keepsake for a grieving family, that have lost a baby prior to or at birth.

Visit your local newsagent and buy a copy of Down Under Quilts 141 and participate in this very worthwhile activity - and you may just win a new sewing machine.

If you wish to purchase the magazine direct from me, I will send it to you POST FREE, just put Blankets of Love Mag Please in your subject line and send to me at my email - deborah@creativelivingmedia.com.au

cheers dls