A New Year a New Colour Pallette

There has been some chatter about the 2016 Pantone “Colour/s of the Year” so I thought it was time to “Auriflirt” with the colours of the year using our Baby Pink (2423) & Light Wedgewood (2725) thread colours.

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Or maybe, Light Rose (2430)  & Light Blue Violet (1128), it was difficult to make a decision.

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As you can see, this year Pantone have featured two colours and, on first glance, their colours, “Rose Quartz” & “Serenity”, could appear old fashioned.

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The fun begins when they are blended to generate a third colour

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Here we have used variegated Cotton Mako’ 3840 to show a possible result of blending our chosen pink & blue.

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A deeper purple Cotton Mako’ 6733 also makes a pleasing blending result.

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Choosing pink & blue is certainly a change from the brighter, stronger, colours of previous years but it will still be possible to add fresh colours to make up a clean modern quilt.

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It is even more fun to combine them with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink.

Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle and you have a modern colour way that will be very liveable.

I love blue, but have never been a fan of pink, so this has been an interesting exercise for me, and I am surprised to find that I could imagine using some of the combinations that we picked out.

See more colour pairings for 2016 on the Pantone website

Summer Holiday Aurifil Treasure Hunt

I love finding textile treats as souvenirs whenever I travel. A new pattern, some fat quarters or patchwork tools are easy to fit into my bag & are meaningful reminders of my holidays.

I don’t need to search for Aurifil “souvenirs” when I travel, as I have the full range at my finger tips on our online retail store, but I do like to check out the shops that stock Aurifil and I thought that you might like to do so also.

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If you are not lucky enough to have a good stock of Aurifil in a nearby local quilt shop or, even if you do have easy access to Aurifil, it is always fun to find something new.

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So just for you, the souvenir hunter, I’ve compiled a list of the shops that have added Aurifil display stands to their stores in the past six months.

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Many shops stock Cotton Mako’ 50 so it has been exciting to see that some of these shops below have chosen to stock the Cotton Mako’ 12, 28 or 40 thread ranges for their displays.

Cottage Quiltworks (Warriewood, NSW)

Fairies & Fortunes (Richmond,  NSW)

Jukejema  ( Nowra, NSW)

Picton Patchwork (Picton, NSW)

Pot Pourri Cottage (The Junction, NSW)

Pleasure Sew ( Capalaba, Qld)

Fifi’s Fabricology ( West Burleigh, QLD)

Hettie’s Patch  (Hindmarsh, SA)

Quarter Inch (North Hobart, Tas) the new shop for Hugs n Kisses

Amitie  (Gardenvale, Vic)

Sew Inn (Colac, Vic)

Periwinkle Patchwork ( Warnambool Vic)

Materialise ( Nedlands, WA)

But don’t just use this list, as there are many more shops around Australia & New Zealand stocking Aurifil!

To help map out your summer travels, go to the website to get a complete list of Aurifil stockists in Australia & New Zealand, many of which have had thread displays &/or a great range of colours for a long time.

Happy Treasure Hunting!

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy  New Year for 2016

 

Hand Quilting Extraordinaire

I was thrilled to see, and photograph, Julie Adamson’s quilt, “Jessie” recently.

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I had missed the Victorian Quilters Inc Showcase earlier this year, where Julie won the Runner Up to Best of Show prize for her work on “Jessie”.

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So I was pleased to catch up with Julie, at a workshop where she was teaching her hand quilting technique, and see more of her quilts.

It was pleasing to hear her explain to the students what a difference good thread makes to the ease of hand quilting.

Try choosing a shade up & down of the one colour to add depth & variety to hand quilting

Try choosing a shade up & down of the one colour to add depth & variety to hand quilting

Julie also showed us another quilt, a wholecloth that had a vine design quilted with Aurifil Cotton Mako’ 28 in one colour and the background fill quilted with a different thread.

She said that she had planned the design, and was working on the quilt over a weekend.  She enjoyed stitching the vine so much that she just wanted to keep quilting the background filler to see if the effect looked as good as she had imagined when she drew up the design.

However, she hadn’t expected to progress this quickly, and didn’t have the second Aurifil thread colour in her collection. So she picked up a different brand of thread from her basket and started stitching the background fill.

What a mistake! She said the second thread was not nearly as easy to use, as it twisted “with a mind of it’s own” and did not make as nice a stitch as her favorite Aurifil.

This example reminds me that it is easy to forget just how nice it is to stitch with Aurifil when it is the thread that you use everyday.

Aurifil really is the benchmark to which to compare other thread brands.

If you want to take a workshop with Julie Adamson check out the program for the 2016 Australian Quilt Convention

PS: Julie recently won 1st place in the Open Small Quilt “Predominately Applique” category in the SA Quilters Guild Festival of Quilts.

Miniature Versions.

Quilters are always making quilts for others, sometimes for loved family members and dear friends, sometimes for charitable causes, and sometimes as commissions. A couple of years ago I made a quilt for a young family member who was facing some traumatic experiences.

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To read the full story go to Made with Love (Nov 2013)

Much love went into the quilt’s construction and after the quilt was with its new owner I decided to make a miniature version for myself. Not only does the mini quilt help to decorate a spot in my quilting studio, but it also serves to remind me of the person who received the full-size version.

Are you quilting for a Hawk or an Eagle?

I’ve lived in Victoria long enough to have become accustom to a public holiday for a horse race but one for a football game was a surprise.

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Now I am not a dedicated follower of the AFL so I am making the most of the day to play with thread …. Aurifil of course and in particular Cotton Mako’ 28, our favourite quilting thread weight.

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But some at Always Quilting are followers, so here is a test that they set up for the committed AFL spectator.

Are you a Hawk?

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Or an Eagle?

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So was that a Hawk?

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Or an Eagle?

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So hope you enjoy the game, and still find some time to quilt.

Just Because….

Most of the projects I make involve fairly intense hand work, such as needleturn applique and English paper piecing. Here’s one of my current projects.

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Even under “optimal conditions” (no housework, no paid employment, neglected hubby and family, and little sleep) such projects progress slowly. Much as I love this activity, it’s sometimes nice to have a change of pace and produce something that goes together more quickly and with less effort.

I have recently made such a quilt.

While distracted (i.e. browsing on the internet) I saw a quilt which I thought had an interesting layout. There was no name or pattern, but that did not deter me as I simply drafted my own, using dimensions of my choice. I had some suitable fabrics in my stash so I was able to begin without delay.

The blocks are simple and require only two seams.

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The trickiest thing is to ensure the correct orientation of all the blocks once they are pieced. Check and check and check before joining!

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I used the red sashing fabric to add a border around the edge to frame the quilt and bound it in the same fabric to maintain the framed look. In the photo below, I am trialling the position of the blocks and the border.

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With my long-arm machine, quilting my projects is straightforward.  My quilting business, “The Quilt House” is located in Vermont South, Victoria. Check out my website :  http://www.thequilthouse.com.au 

I decided to use an all over quilting design (edge-to-edge) 0n the quilt, in this case I chose Lorien’s “Twirly Feathers”. It’s a really elegant design.

For this type of quilting, I use Aurifil 40 weight thread on my Gammill quilting machine. I chose a red thread to match the sashing fabric. It provides a nice contrast with the gold coloured backing fabric.

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And here is the quilt used as a topper on my bed. I called it “Just Because”………well, just because!

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Another sewing month

While some of my work colleagues have been on holiday this month to warmer climes,  I’ve had to put up with cold Melbourne weather with only the occasional breaks in cold Melbourne temperatures.

However, my garden did tell me spring is on the way with bulbs coming up

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and when out walking, the park showed me this

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enough for the hay fever sufferers reach for their tissues and medications.

So, I haven’t got much to show for this month’s blog – other than some sewing.  My colleagues, will of course, have blog entries from all sorts of travel locations in the following weeks!  (sense a little envy here on my part?!).

First up is my work on the Quilter’s Newsletter Christmas Quilt (as reported on in my blog post last month).  I only have to make 20 of these little charmers – and that should be done in a week before the next download pattern comes available. No pressure here!Christmas QuiltThen I’ve been sewing a challenge quilt – can’t show much of that, except for the fabrics which were purchased in July and the deadline to get this one done is November:Challenge QuiltI’ve tried to do some more on my  ” Birdsville” by Wendy Williams:WW Birdsand help make blocks for a raffle for next year:

Raffle quiltand make a block for the guild’s retreat I attend each October with the theme “Step back in time” :

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In between times, I have completed a ‘modern’ baby quilt for a yet to be born first baby.  I can’t show the finished item yet, as it is a ‘surprise’ for the mum (and dad) to be:

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I have brought out the tiny hexagons for another airing at the wholesale trade fair in November.  We are organising our display for the Aurifil booth:

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And finally, I have started my Christmas sewing (yes, it isn’t that long to go when you make gifts):

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All in all, I think I have done a little bit of work this month – but the pile of unfinished items still seems to grow!