It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Brisbane sewists and crafters. Last week was the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Show and I spent the 5 days demonstrating the Bernina Q series machines – the Q24 long arm and the Q20 sit down quilting. There is nothing like a hands-on experience to get a ‘feel’ for a machine and try the features of different models. It was exhausting but great to catch up with so many familiar faces.
This Craft and Quilt Show incorporates the Queensland Quilters Quilt Show each year. This is an annual showcase of work contributed by members of all experience levels from across the state. Below are few of my favourites but head over to Queensland Quilters website for a complete wrap up of the show including a showcase of the prize winning quilts. Have your thought about joining your State guild? They have an amazing amount of resources available to members – workshops, libraries, special interest groups (modern quilters, applique groups). Membership is very reasonably priced and is open to all not just those able to attend the monthly meetings.
This week in the studio, I have had the pleasure of quilting a classic blue and gold jelly roll quilt and a modern style repeated block with a classic white background. Both of these quilts have been quilted in simple edge to edge designs. These designs provide support and structure to the quilt without overtaking the beauty of the piecing. Both are now ready for trimming and binding. Beautiful! Check out the Quilt Gallery for more details.
Do you have quilt tops but can’t face the thought of basting together and squashing through your home sewing machine? I can help you get your quilts finished. I can thread baste for you to hand quilt or stitch in the ditch and you can add your own accents of quilting. Just need to get it finished? I can tailor the quilting to suit your ideas and budget.
Are you planning quilts as Christmas gifts this year? It’s only a little over 2 months to the day the big guy heads down the chimney and my quilting bookings are filling fast, so if you need a quilt done by a particular date, send me an email (email@example.com) and I will you book you in. You don’t need to wait until the top is finished, just let me know when you expect to have it ready and when you need it by. Measurements and quilting style (edge 2 edge, blocks and borders, full custom) is helpful too.
Need to brush up on your basic patchwork skills or know someone who is wanting to learn the basics? I am teaching a Quilting Basics Course at Sewing Adventures in Salisbury, Brisbane commencing Tuesday October 23 for an evening or Thursday October 25 for a morning class. For more information or to book, head over to Sewing Adventures website.
We will be completing a simple square in a square project, learn about adding borders, straight line quilting on a domestic machine and how to complete a binding. Everything you need to get started but simple enough for someone just starting their sewing journey.
Most of you would know that I love English Paper Piecing (EPP). It’s the type of project that doesn’t have you tied to a sewing machine. It’s portable and handy for those waiting times – doctors’ appointments, childrens sport or when you just want a peaceful project to work on while watching a movie or binge watching you favourite TV series. The lovely Danni at The Quilting Patch in Nowra NSW has made a La Passacaglia Mini Set of Eppiflex templates. What was she thinking!!!!!! So of course, I am going to give it a try. The completed rosette is only about 6″ across and is made up of 110 pieces.