Daylight Lantern

Daylight Lantern

Around Christmas time I came across a great way of recycling christmas  cards by making them into a 3D ball shape ornament . Being the crazy fabric lady that I am I knew I had to make a giant one using fabric. I grabbed my stack of   Little Azalea , the latest range from Dena Designs, and used a dinner plate as template to cut out 20 big circles.  I glued the fabric circles to some light weight white cardboard. I just used basic paper glue, it was what I had on hand and luckily it worked just fine. Once the glue dried I cut out the circles.  I cut out an equilateral triangle shape that fit the size of the circle.  Placed it in the the circle, fabric side up, and use it to fold the edges inwards. so the circle takes on the triangle fold... like so  Once folded the circles are ready to glue together. I found it easier to make 3 sections. The top and bottom sections are made up of 5 circles each. The remaining 10 become the center section. I used paper c

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My Class with Kaffe and Brandon

My Class with Kaffe and Brandon

My class with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably has been and gone. I would have to say it was one of the fastest days of my life. It simply flew by in a whirl of colourful pinwheels.  The workshop started with an introduction from Brandon. He talked about how he and Kaffe work with colour, about how the class would unfold and how we should approach it. Brandon is as colourful and fun as the shirts he wears!! Then Kaffe talked about the quilt we were making,  the design aspects we should look out for and the types of fabrics we should think about using. Though that being said he also emphasised that we should follow our own instinct.  They had a great rapport and in a wonderful, enthusiastic way they both got across the aims of the class: Get as much fabric cut and onto the grey flannel design wall. Don't stop to think. Don't get matchy matchy with fabric Try combinations we'd never thought of Watch out for interesting surprises.  Remember th

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I've been picking out fabrics...

I've been picking out fabrics...

... for the workshop I'm doing with Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mably next week!!  WooHoo!! I've been SO excited about this class ever since last year when I saw on the Cottage Quiltworks blog that they were coming to Sydney. I was straight on the phone to book a ticket.  We'll be making Kaffe's Shadow Pinwheels quilt from his latest book Quilt Grandeur. It's a no sewing class where the focus will be on on picking out fabrics and colours and working on the layout of our quilt. That means I don't have to lug my heavy sewing machine to the class and instead I can take an extra big tub full of fabrics to choose from. There's way more than I'll use but I figure the more options the better. No doubt I'll pick up a few fat quarters at Cottage Quiltworks, they have always have tempting fabrics on offer.  So here's what I'm taking, lots of jewel tones, florals and dots,  And because I was in Valentine&

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Happy Valentines Day!!!

Happy Valentines Day!!!

There's been lots of love in the air and rosy romance  this week in the flower shop  for Valentines Day Red roses Lots of red roses!   Red roses every where!! and some other colours too lovely lillies and fiery anthuriums Funny Florists The rubbish looks romantic full of rose petals Wishing you a very Happy Valentines Day !!!!

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Paper, Fabric, Scissors

Paper, Fabric, Scissors

When I showed my Post-it Notes quilt doodles a couple of weeks ago,  I had a couple of people comment about using paper to design quilts. I love using paper to test ideas, or in even for quilting. Here's a few examples of how I've used paper in my sewing adventures.  I have a Drunkards Path quilt top that I made ages ago, Lots of bright lurid fabrics that I love but I've never got around to quilting it. Sometimes I get it out to finish but I think it needs something else to give it some pop! I hadn't learnt about value when I put these fabrics together. One day I had the idea I could sew a giant daisy onto it. Rather than cutting into fabrics I used newspaper to come up with my design. I simply pinned the shapes into position on my design wall. It was quick and easy to try different petal and leaf shapes  and get the curve of the stem just right. Once I was happy with the shape and size it was time to see how it would look in colour. I grabbed my big pad of

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