Friday, July 29, 2011

Look at our new Stand of Threads

I would like to let everyone know we now have a Stand full of Aurifil 50 weight thread. 

This gourmet cotton thread is great in the machine, but it really shines when used in hand applique projects.  We have added Aurifil to our thread offerings as a direct result of many requests from many customers.  You can see our full selection on the web-site under the section for Notions and Threads.

They just look like lollies.

This week we catch up with Anne Sommermerlad's Wednesday class.

Serious cutting was undertaken.

Some sewing was done.

This basket full of 1930's hexy flowers appeared.

But mostly it was a parade of finished tops or quilts.

Well done guys!

Staff update - Janet has put the center of her Flower Garden quilt together, she started this top at the Kim Mclean/Kaffe Fasset Workshop in February. 

Look at two of the blocks up close.

She's now eyeing off the borders.  Go girl.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Wet and Wild in Sydney

It's raining.  This is possibly the biggest understatement of the week.  Thanks to all the intrepid quilters who have waded their way into the shop during downpour after downpour. 

Today I have some photos of Lynne Alchin Friday girls hard at work.

Look at the close ups, many beautiful quilts are made here.

New in this week is Dark Chocolate and Lilac by Sara Morgan for Blues Hill Fabrics.  If you have been looking for good mid-1800's purples here they are.

Now an update on Janet's Civil War blocks.  Here are her latest two.

I have brought all my Civil War blocks in and put them up on the design wall for a colour check.  I have been sticking to using random scraps, but you need to see them together to see if something tragic has happened.  I think they look OK, I might try to brighten it up a bit.  This is almost half the blocks finished. 


Friday, July 15, 2011

Turn on the Heaters

It's been a bit chilly in Sydney, that is an understatement.

This week we have a look at Anne Sommerlad's "Elizabeth Jefferson's Coverlet" class.  Anne has one border to go and her quilt top will be finished, I'll post a photo of the finished masterpiece.  But, have a look at the beginnings of six Coverlets from the class.

As with all good medallions you start at the centre and work your way out.  I think these centres are beautiful and can hardly wait to see the borders being added and the quilts growing.

Look at the close up of these two, the elegant reproduction and the funky bright.  Just shows how versatile a quilt can be.  This class runs every second Tuesday of the month if you would like to have your own version of beautiful Elizabeth's coverlet.

Now for something completely different.  Susan, in Anne's class showed off her batik Log Cabin. 

Up close the colours just glow.  Susan's daughter will be thrilled.

New in the shop this week are "Summer House" by Lily Ashbury.  Lily is a new designer for Moda and we like what has turned up.  The colour is just right.

"Sweet Emile" is Jo Morton's (Andover Fabrics) newest selection of must have Civil War blenders.  Overall, its a carmel brown collection, but with some lovely slate blues and warm pinks included.


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Winter has blown into Sydney

What a week of sunshine, wind (big wind) and freezing temperatures.  Our thoughts go out to all our Blue Mountain friends who lost their electricity.  Some of the tales being told over the counter just sound horrible.  Makes you realise just how dependent we are on electricity.  How did we live before it arrived?  Was wool warmer then than it is now?  They did have lots of quilts though....

These fab quilts were seen on the premises this week.

We have a regular group of sewers called "Geraldine's Group".  This is Rose's Bordered Diamond quilt. 

This is Geraldine's Log Cabin quilt, she started the quilt in a Catherine Butterworth class.

If you have a group of friends, looking for a home we are happy to help.  If the room is free you can use it.  There is a small per head fee, and bookings are essential.   If you are in search of a group, don't forget our regular "Annandale Addicts" sewing days 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.

Judy Day, our local hero of all things miniature, came looking for borders for her version of Kim Mclean's Lollipop Trees.  She has shrunk the 18" blocks down to 10" and we think it looks beautiful.


Today, in the shop, Catherine Butterworth is teaching part one of her Googley Eyes quilt.  You may have seen it in the Darling Harbour Quilt Show. 

This is a unusual view of a beautiful quilt, but the creative juices were running.

Here are two stars under construction. We can catch up on them in the second class and see how they have developed.

Catherine is making this quilt for her daughter's birthday.  Wow.


Some new Brandon Mabley designs turned up in the shop this week.  Love the cardboard box!


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Hello July

This week we are in post-sale clean-up mode.  Take a look at this unusual sight in the shop.

Empty Shelves!!!!

Don't worry they are already full.

Val Moore's class on Friday had a mini workshop on the ever popular Cathedral Windows block. 

This is Val's lovely cushion.   This is a block that I admire, the finished result is beautiful, but somehow I have never managed to start one.  Well its on my list.

Here is Val in action.

Now we have some sneak peeks at new quilts coming up from some of our teachers.

Here is Suzy Miller's latest applique wonder.  This quilt is drop dead gorgeous two colour quilt.

This  is Anne Sommerlad's new Buttercup.  We fell in love with the central medallion.

I think this tip from Kate in Anne's Saturday class needs to be shared.

Binding Control.

Here are Janet's latest Civil War Blocks.


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