Monday, December 21, 2009

New Book in Store - One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects

A new book has just arrived in the shop. One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! (Hardcover-spiral) By ~ Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins

I was fortunate to meet Rebecca and Patricia while in America and to see samples from the book. This is a fantastic book if you are new to sewing or like to make items for around the home or as gifts. As you can probably tell from the title this book contains 101 different projects, each of the projects just takes one yard of fabric (91cm) There are so many projects that it is hard to decided what to make first. Some of the projects I know that I will never make however with the variety in the book, 101 patterns there is defiantly something the everyone., The book contains paper patterns for the projects so you don't need to photocopy out of the book. The book is also hardcover spiral bound which is great when you look through it and work on a project as it sits flat without having to worry about breaking the spine.

The book is split into sections-:
Dwell Redux contains projects including Smocked Pillow in the Round and Mailbag Pocket Duo
Household Affairs contains projects including Hanging Laundry Bag, Cottage Apron and Obi Inspired Hot & Cold Pack.
Craft Organization contains project including All-you-need Sewing Kit, Origami Organizer, Craft or Garden Apron.
On The Go contains projects including CD Pocket, Quilted Lunch Bag & Jewelry Roll
From Head to Toe is a whole section on clothing (from just 1 yard!) this section includes projects such as Pintucked Top, Bias Skirt, Mother-Daughter Halter Top & "Good Hat Day" Hat
Carry It All is a section which is all about bags, 8 Different bags patterns (if you where to buy that many patterns by themselves you would be spending over $90 so this section allow makes the book good value)
Outfit Your Small Wonder contains some very quilt outfits for children, they include Newborn Flyaway Jacket, Toddler Pinafore Smock Top, Ballet-Neck Toddler Dress and "Twist & Shout" Twirl Skirt
Following on from children’s outfits the next section is Accessorize Your Little One. This section is full of ideal little project which would make a fantastic gift for your little person including a Convertible Craft Apron, Toddler Art Smock, Baby Gift Set and Bird Mobile.
And of course every kid needs toys and games to play with so Playtime is the next section and would have to be my favourite. There is an array of stuffed toys in this section including Cuddly Bear Cushion, Leisure Suit Lapdog, Peg Bear, Flodie The Elephant and Steggie, the Pull-Along Dino.
The final section in the book called Your Furry Friends, which is of course for your 4 legged friend. Projects include Pampered Pooch Walking Set, Cozy Dog Bed and Dog Walking Coat.
We have several copies of the book now is store.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

2010 Classes

The list of 2010 classes has just been released. We have yet another exciting year of classes with something for everyone from machine quilting to needle turn appliqué to painting with dyes and creating realistic landscapes. This years teachers include - Michele Hill, Deborah Louie, Kay Haerland, Chris Jurd, Jennie Osborne, Christine Sands, and myself (Tamsin).

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Michele Hill is teaching twice this coming year - in March and November. Author of William Morris in Appliqué Michele's classes are based on William Morris designs. The appliqué can be by hand or machine.

Deborah has introduced two new classes this year: - a Free Motion class to give you confidence and knowledge on how to free motion your own quilts and Stage 6 Key Line Quilting is based on Deborah's award winning quilt from the Sydney Quilt Show. Using black thread the quilt design is quilted onto fabric and then coloured.

Designed and quilted by Deborah Louie

Kay Haerland is back with us for another year and her class Tactile Surface Embellishment is an fantastic class which shows you artistic techniques, which will assist you in all kinds of future quilting embellishments and landscape enhancements. Kay's classes takes you from traditional quilting techniques and guides you into creating realistic landscapes using many different techniques and methods.

Ayres Rock/Uluru by Kay Haerland

Chris Jurd once again is teaching Mariner's Compass, the quilts created in the class last year where amazing and all different - check out the photos of some of the ladies work on Chris' blog. Chris this year will also be teaching a New York Beauty Class - if you want to learn how to foundation piece Chris' class is the one to do.

Oriental Journey (the quilt that was the raffle prize for Springwood Quilt Show 2009) designed by Chris Jurd

Jennie Osborne is teaching two stunning quilts this year - Dawn which features needle turned appliqué and hand piecing (though you could machine piece) is a large quilt suitable for a queen size bed and Peaches is a smaller quilt which features Dresden plates (paper pieced), needle turned appliqué and stitcheries. Jennie is traditionally a hand quilter and her classes are relaxed where everyone moves at their own pace. Jennie is also teaching two other classes - Introduction to Needle Turned Appliqué and Introduction to Hand Quilting, these classes are a great way to get a sample of these two techniques.

Dawn By Jennie Osborne

Christine Sands is our other new teacher for 2010. Christine will be teaching dressmaking and exploring your overlocker. Having years of experience teaching people of all ages and skill levels and Christine will take you through the steps to create a beautiful and wearable garment. Her overlocker classes will expand your knowledge of how to use your machine and open up whole new knowledge of what an overlocker is capable of doing.

My (Tamsin) classes this year cover everything from beginner's quilting to painting with dyes. The classes that I teach are fast and easy were you will walk away with a finished or near finished project. Three classes - Painted Geisha, The Fans and Introduction to Sashiko by Machine have an oriental theme. In Fast and Easy Log Cabin and Scrappy Schoolhouse Quilt you will be using templates/rulers designed to make the quilt construction faster and accurate. The new series of Make and Take Classes are half day classes designed to give you a taste of simple fun projects.

Painted Geshia, Introduction to Sashiko By Machine and The Fans By Tamsin Harvey

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sugar and Spice Range

We have just received the new range of Sugar and Spice. This is a great range of pastels in spots, checks and other designs. Fantastic for kids quilts, either using a mixture of the colours or just in one colour way. What is even better about this range is that it is only $18 per metre!

Here is a picture of a quilt we created using the Sugar and Spice Range I and a pattern from Kookaburra Cottage the kit is available from the shop.