Friday, February 12, 2010

January Classes

We have had several classes this pass month. Here are some photos from The Fans class. This was the first time that this class had run, and the results were great. Everyone gets to pick three kits which make up 3 fans, depending on how the kit is sewn together the fans can vary.
Leonie with one of her fans which she is making for her daughter. Michelle busy at the machine, if you look closely you will see the Eiffel Tower in the block fabric
One of the colourful fans using no oriental fabrics and Annette with her fans
This picture shows how the fans can be used in a quilt, though they could look great in a single piece as a wall hanging or combined two to create a wonderful tree skirt. Here is another fan which used the black, white and red fabric. You can make out the Eiffel tower in fabric.

Stack, Slash and Sew is another January Class that we held. This is a simple class which uses fat quarters to create a simple and fast quilt. This is an ideal class to do if you make charity quilts or want a quilt that is quilt and easy to do which takes little time to make. The range of fabrics which have been used in this class are vast but they all work! All the ladies in the class had the tops near finished with only the borders to add on at home. Here are some photos from the class.

Sally sewing her final blocks together. A stunning quilt make with oriental purple fabrics.

Cheryl's Quilt All together. Sally with her quilt which is going to be a present.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Machine Embroidery

I have never been one for machine embroidery until recently when I was being training on the Bernina sewing machines and found out just what these machines are able to do, now I am hooked.

We had both the 630 Artista with the embroidery module and 830 machine set up and had them stitching out some embroideries. It is amazing just how easy it is to set up the machine and to change the design, whether you want to enlarge it, reduce, move it around, add other designs and so on. Currently we are stitching up some designs to create a quilt to display in the shop.

Bernina Artista 630 with Embroidery Module.

Bernina 830

Monday, February 1, 2010

2010 Airing of the Quilts and SALE

Yesterday was our Airing of the Quilts and annual sale which was a huge success. We had three rooms full of quilts by not only our teachers but also local quilters. Over 50 quilts were on display from quilters who had taken classes with us over the past year and other quilts they have been working on. Our teachers Kay Haerland, Jennie Osborne and Christine Sands were on hand to talk to everyone about their upcoming classes. We were also fortunate to have with us also Thea from Bernina who demonstrated the sewing machines and overlockers for us. The local newspaper came by to take photos of the day so keep an eye out in the paper for some photos! Thank-you to everyone who helped make this day a success.

Beverley with her Daschund dog quilt. 

An array of quilts

Sue's Quilt she made in class: Stack, Slash and Sew.

Hilda's beautiful quilt she made in class Mariner's Compass with Chris Jurd

Left - Selection of Quilts. Right - Quilts by our teachers (classes) left Mariner's Compass by Chris Jurd, middle Jennie Osborne's Dawn and right sample of machine applique with Deboarh Louie

The Fans Quilt (Class) with a tree skirt made by Jan  using the same method taught in the class.

Three stunning crazy patchwork bears made by Beverley in front of Chris Jurds New York Beauties (Class)