Friday, May 31, 2013

Contemporary Cloth Giveaway - Winner


Thank you for all of your entries!

The winner of the Contemporary Cloth Giveaway is:


Congratulations Marti.  Happy Stitching!

Thank you Sondra for such a fun giveaway.  

Rita

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Contemporary Cloth Giveaway

A Sponsored Giveaway.

Contemporary Cloth is your place for unique fabrics; stocking modern designer fabrics, beautiful Japanese Imports, a wide range of retro-look textiles for home for home and office and original textiles created by fiber artists ... and now also a range of Oakshott Cottons (and you know how I feel about these amazing shot cottons!).

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Today Sondra from Contemporary Cloth is giving one lucky reader a bundle of 11 Fat Quarters ~ all Yuwa Japanese imports:


To enter please leave a comment on this blog post.  International readers welcome.  Only one comment per person.  If you are a no-reply blogger please be sure to leave your email address.

A winner will be drawn and announced on Friday 31 May 2013 -  9 pm AEDT.



 ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED
A WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
Good luck everyone!
Rita

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

First of Infinity Pillows

Weekend stitching.
It was time to get creative with my my stash of First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita.  I love the vibrant colors of this collection and together with inspiration from the previously mentioned Japanese Magazine (Patchwork Tsushin #174), these log cabin and log cabin variation style pillows came together relatively quickly.


I have included in my project a number of solid fabrics; most are Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons including Black, Mulberry, and Turquoise. Both the yellow and green solid fabrics are from the Pure Organic Solids range - Marigold and Chartreuse. 


I feel I may have been a little heavy handed with the machine quilting with the first pillow (with the Letter B) and also chose a thread for quilting which was heavier (thicker) than what I normally use.  These two factors combined seem to make the quilting more prominent, but the texture is luxurious. I changed quilting thread and style for the second pillow.  


For the back of the pillows I have used a home decorator weight Chevron Print.  The pillows both have a zippered side seam for easy insert removal and cleaning.  Zippers no longer cause anxiety and I have stopped needing to refer to instructions to insert a zipper in a pillow cover, but in case you do I have in the past found this tutorial by Design Sponge very useful.
The pillows are not for sale and have already made their way to the new owner where I am sure they will be much loved.  
I hope you found some time to sew on the weekend also.  Particularly those of you who have enjoyed a long weekend!  

Rita

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday Stash #186 - Folk Modern by Ellen Luckett Baker

Folk Modern by Ellen Luckett Baker

A brand new collection by Ellen Luckett Baker and just like Ellen's last collection (Stamped) it is printed on a  cotton/linen blend base - 85% cotton 15% linen.  Although heavier than standard quilting cotton it is soft, and thinner/lighter/less bulky than I had anticipated. 

There are a total of 18 prints that make up the Folk Modern collection - 6 different designs each in three colorways.  

The designs are inspired by American and European folk art and features motifs like tulips (first image above), sawtooth flowers (pictured directly above), horses and fruit trees all in a bright and color palette.


FOLK MODERN by Ellen Luckett Baker is only just starting to arrive in stores. Keep your eye out for this collection here:
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

PS  There are some excellent sales happening this weekend:

INTREPID THREAD:  Use code MARKET15 for 15% off purchases till end 27 May 2013.
WESTWOOD ACRES:  Semi-Annual and Skinny Bolt Sale.  Don't miss this one!
CONTEMPORARY CLOTH:  Use code 25off  for 25% off orders.  Some exclusions apply.
PINK CHALK FABRICS:  Free shipping US orders over $50 or $5 off international shipping till end May.
STASH FABRICS:  20% off Moda Fabrics (including Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille) plus free domestic shipping orders over $50 with code SHIPFREE50
FABRIC FLY:  10% off entire order with code MemorialDay10
POPPYSEED FABRICS:  15% off bundle section. No coupon needed. Ends midnight 27 May.
FABRIC BUBB (ETSY):  10% off everything including sale items use code MEMORIAL10 at checkout.
THE QUILTED CASTLE:  Free US shipping orders over $25 with code FREEMEM
SOUTHERN FABRIC:  10% off orders with code memorial10 includes all sale items.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Modern I-Spy Quilt

My Stitches in Pictures and it is picture overload today.
I was supposed to be tidying the growing fabric mountain that was - and still is - threatening to avalanche, but instead was distracted by a number of fabrics that I'd set aside whilst making a previous quilt; a bundle of fabrics in the black/white, blue/green, red and yellow color palette.  


Out came the rotary cutter and soon I was editing my fabric choices, sewing, basting and quilting, and  finally binding.  The design is again a simple 'just squares' patchwork featuring the fabrics and the colors rather than an intricate pattern.  A timeless classic and still a favorite way to piece.


I have quilted this quilt with a 1 inch grid of lines, using a quilting guide attached to my walking foot rather than marking lines on the quilt.  I like to secure the quilting guide firmly in place with a little masking tape so that it cannot wriggle about, and my quilting lines stay straight.  


LET'S NAME THAT FABRICS:
Chickens - Yellow Chickens - Locally Grown by Creative Thursday

Let me know if you need the details of any of the other fabrics and I will add them to the list.  


I have listed this quilt my Etsy Store.  
The listing for this quilt is here:  Modern Patchwork Quilt.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have, or have had, a wonderful Wednesday.
Rita

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday Stash #185 - First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita

First of Infinity - Block Letters

I am ending the week with a selection of text fabric from the First of Infinity collection by Kumiko Fujita.  And let's hope that it is indeed the first of many more fabric collections by Kumiko because these are so good!

First of Infinity - Vocabulary

Each print comes in a range of saturated colors with a strong contrast text color - not all shown here - as well as text on a perfectly white background.

First of Infinity - Letters and Symbols

FIRST OF INFINITY BY KUMIKO FUJITA is now available from:

First of Infinity - Vocabulary and Alphabet Song both in White

And just in case you need a little inspiration to get started with this fabric collection you'll want to browse through the latest issue of Patchwork Tsushin (text in Japanese).  Patchwork Tsushin #174 features the First of Infinity range as well as a number of pictures from QuiltCon.  This magazine can be a little tricky to track down, but I have found it available from Amazon JP as well as Ebay.


Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Week In Stitches


I have been working on a custom order this week, an order for a quilt top only as my customer is going to be hand quilting the quilt herself.  This makes a nice change from my "normal".  Often whilst basting a quilt the thought I'd be quite happy making quilt tops for the rest of my life  runs through my mind, and this was my opportunity to sample what I have wished for.


It does however feel quite strange to be shipping off a project that is incomplete, and I'm not sure that this is the way to go forth.  But I have enjoyed the fabric play for this quilt and there are many I-Spy themes including fabrics with clothing, shoes, cups and saucers, food, bikes, bugs, and fish, and animals.  There are also numerous hard to find Heather Ross fabrics as well as other Japanese imports.


221 fabric squares
and approximately 200 different fabrics,
all of which take much longer to cut than to sew back together again, 
and has created a fabric mountain of gigantic proportions.  

Now planning my next project,
Rita

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Fabric Fly Giveaway Winner

The winner of the $50 gift certificate is:

Congratulations Lindsey!  I don't imagine that you will have any difficulty 
spending your gift certificate on goodies from Fabric Fly.



Thank you for all of your entries and to Laura and Sharon from Fabric Fly for a generous giveaway.

Rita

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fabric Fly and a Giveaway!

A SPONSORED GIVEAWAY
It is time to introduce and thank a new sponsor!

Fabric Fly was started in 2009 by two sisters, Laura and Sharon, who love fabric!  After selling on Etsy for four years the time has come for Fabric Fly to move to a stand alone website:  www.fabricfly.com   Fabric Fly specializes in high quality designer fabrics from Riley Blake, Moda, Michael Miller, and Free Spirit ... just to name a few.

And there is much to love about Fabric Fly including:
  • Loyalty Points - Rewards for everything you purchase.  Cha-ching!
  • Same day or next business day shipping.  And all US orders ship for just $5.75.
  • Awesome customer service, always striving to please every single customer. Fabric Fly want to be your favorite local quilts store - online!
Laura and Sharon want you to
 experience everything they have to offer
 so they are giving away a 
$50 gift certificate to Fabric Fly. 

To be in the drawn please leave a comment on this blog post.  Only one comment per person/email address will be eligible to enter the draw. The draw will take place at 12 noon (Australia EST) on Friday 17 May, 2013 at which time comments to this  post will be closed. The winner will be announced here on my blog the same day, and will also be contacted by email.


ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED
A WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY

Good lucky everyone!
Rita

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Edges by Laura Gunn and a Flying Geese Pillow Cover

This bundle of goodies arrived in the mail late last week courtesy of Michael Miller Fabrics.  Edges is a new collection by designer Laura Gunn.   Edges is a unique range of basic designs all of which have been hand painted by Laura.  The careful brushstrokes and subtle color changes are evidence of Laura's love for hand painting and color.
I was immediately taken by the range of colors in varying shades, especially the softer colors (so pretty!).  Out came the rotary cutter and together with a wide selection of black/white (predominantly white) fabric for contrast I got busy making flying geese in a similar style to those made as part of the Marcelle Medallion Quilt.


50 Flying Geese each measuring 2 inches x 4 inches and made into a pillow cover.



As usual there was the battle of the bulky seam when quilting, but I pushed on and have quilted with a grid of lines just 1 inch apart.  
For the back of the pillow cover I have used a home decorator weight fabric - Artemis in Black by Alexander Henry.


The pillow cover is ready for shipping! I have updated my Etsy Store.  You can find the listing here:  Modern Patchwork Pillow Cover.

EDGES BY LAURA GUN IS NOW AVAILABLE FROM:

My thanks goes to Michael Miller and Laura Gunn for the sampling of the Edges collection.  I have enjoyed the fabric play and plan on adding a few of these prints to my stash - in particular the light greys, soft pinks and the neutrals.  

Rita

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Hand Quilted With Love by Sarah Fielke

Hand Quilted With Love by Sarah Fielke

Welcome to my stop on the Hand Quilted With Love book tour!  I am a huge fan of Sarah's work and love Sarah's unique design style and use of scrap fabric. Rather than lead you through the chapters of the book I have taken snippets of the quilts, the color and the detail; a feast for the eyes, and a little temptation...


There's something there for everyone including designs ranging in difficulty, useful tips for successful completion, and oodles of inspiration!

Sarah's quilts are beautifully hand quilted. For newbie quilters Sarah has a very helpful free video over at Craftsy where she shows some of the secrets of hand quilting, as well as an Online Quilting Class featuring techniques such as step-down piecing, needleturn applique and hand quilting with perle cotton:

Online Quilting Class

Congratulations Sarah on another great publication!  

GIVEAWAY
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Happy Mother's Day!  I am giving my copy of Hand Quilted With Love away to one lucky reader.  Please leave a comment to enter, and everyone is welcome to enter.  Please be sure your email address is available on your profile page or leave it with your comment.

The winning entry will be drawn at 10am Tuesday morning (Australia EST) 14 May 2013 and will be announced by edit to this blog post.  The winner will also be notified by email.

ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED.

Thank you for all of your entries!
The winner of the book Hand Quilted with Love by Sarah Fielke is:

  Maggie has been contacted by email.

Happy Mother's Day.
Rita


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