Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Isn't this a fabulous bag!! Margaret comes from Auckland and in the weekend she brought her daughter down to Massey University. She decided to stay down for a couple of days and thought it would be a great chance to make the Claudie Jo bag at The Cloth Shop - her friend bought the pattern from us at Calico Christmas in November and gave it to her as part of her Christmas present. She bought a Husqvarna sewing machine recently so it was a good chance to get to grips with that as well. We have called the first photo "Happiness is Making a Bag" and the bottom one "At last it's finished" but we'll let you into a secret - the handles are only pinned on!!
This week we started the first Beginners Patchwork and Quilting class for 2009 - the photos are of Roz - in the top one she is cutting her 3 1/2" strips and the bottom one shows her looking very critically at her first block - this is actually a practice block that we give them on the first day so they can practice cutting and sewing -at the beginning of the class we talk about choosing fabrics and colourways, so for their homework they need to buy their fabric and make this block again in their colour choice. The first day they feel very nervous about cutting - particularly after we give them the "Lecture" about never leaving the blade exposed and the dire consequences if they do - the ruler seems extrememly awkward, they have to start thinking in 1/2 inches and 1/4 inches and get their heads around strange terms like fat quarters and fat eighths but at the end of 9 weeks they will have made a quilt and really enjoyed the process!!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The bottom basket is one of the blocks of Jennie's quilt - she has chosen a mix of magenta,purples, hot pinks, greens on a creamy white background - she has made sixteen blocks, sewn them together into a large quilt and has now started the quilting. You might think a hand applique embroidery class would be a quiet, sedate one - it is certainly not the case with this class. It's loud, noisy with lots of laughter and chat but as you can see there is some magnificent work produced - Rose comes from Wellington once a month to teach the Baltimore class - she said she just looks forward to coming and can't wait to seeing what the girls have done since she saw them last.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Today we started making a fabulous new bag. We have been asked lots of times if we could make a bag that would hold a cutting board, quilting table for the machine, rulers, square rulers, cutter, scissors and current projects - a bag that you could keep things in when you are at home and then when it's time for a class you can pick up what you need for the day and carry it all in one go.
Pam Smith has a bag that we are using as a starting point and she is going to teach the class for us - we are holding it on three consecutive Thursday evenings starting at the end of April. She spent the day at The Cloth Shop so we could make the sample and before she came we thought we would whip it up in no time. - it is actually a series of small quilts - one forms the main body of the bag and a series of different size quilts form various pockets and flaps. At the beginning of the day it was going to be Black and White with the Gypsy Chique girls on the some of the pockets, mid morning it changed to the paisley fabric - that is already quilted - in rusts and acid greens - a few dramas while we sorted out the Gyspy Chiques and by 2.00 we had one small pocket almost finished! We decided we needed a lunch break in the sun and after that it was all go! go! go! Pam has taken the bag home to finish it - we will show you how fabulous it is soon.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Francie is in the top photo.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
The bottom photo is after a long, long day as a packer!!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Our Wednesday nights for Wednesdays are for Quilting are so popular now that we have closed any more enrolments until the end of March. There are limited spaces in the morning group - or if you would rather come at night we will put you on the waiting list.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The other photos are of some of the Husqui morning girls - Marion is making the Amy Butler Weekender bag- http://www.clothshop.co.nz/index.php?page=79 we have a photo of the almost finished bag with some Valentine Day cards, and Lorraine was working on a child's activity book until she took a deep breath and tackled "Bootiful Boots" for the Shoes! Shoes! Shoes Block of the Month. http://www.clothshop.co.nz/index.php?page=blocks She has finished everything else forthis quilt and has a gap left for the Bootiful Boots - she has had three goes at them!! We are glad to report that the ones she made on Monday are perfect!!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Next Saturday between 8.30 and 9.30 http://www.clothshop.co.nz/index.php we will tell what they are and show you how to make them into this Chevron striped bag called "Take it anywhere Tote" I love the word Chevron ( and the stripes look good too!!)and we will be using this method of making your own fabric more often.
The photo at the top shows the strips - the beginning stages of this really cool bag. The Bottom photo shows the bag finished - we will have another bag in various stages of completion on Saturday morning so we can show you all the steps and exactly how everything is done. We have patterns available - we have made ours in hot, hot colours (like the weather) and you can have kits just like ours or colours of your own choice.
There is no charge for Saturday Strippers - just come - we would love to see you.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
http://www.clothshop.co.nz/index.php?page=new - it features five skirts (amongst lots of other cool things) and the patterns are in the magazine or can be downloaded.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
The bottom photo in the this page is of Kim Thurston and the quilt she made for her daughter Abby. She got a new Husqvarna Sewing Machine for Christmas and has spent January creating and making!! She chose one of the patterns from our Shoes! Shoes! Shoes! http://www.clothshop.co.nz/index.php?page=patterns quilt called Checkmates and and made nine different blocks. She added a narrow black border between the blocks and then wrote Abby's name lots of times, with her machine, across it - sort of like a name tape. Double click on the photo and take a look - it personalises the quilt and makes it really special.
The top picture was taken tonight at Wednesdays are for Quilting!
Monday, February 2, 2009
We've had a great day at The Cloth Shop day today! It started with a visit from Rachel - who owns Annies Quilt Shop in Tinwald and Lesley from For Get me Knot in Christchurch - we have a network of shop owners and it is good to talk about what we have been doing, what we should be doing, what we are not doing and what we want to do! Fun!
Later in the day we had a visit from Martina and Helga - they are from Austria and are on a seven week holiday in New Zealand. The photo above is of them and our Tall Poppies pattern Poppies for Mary Quilt - they loved it!! http://www.clothshop.co.nz/index.php?page=80
Lois was in - we haven't seen her since her was horse won at the Wellington Racing Carnival, Anna was in and she decided to make a quilt like the one that is hanging behind Martina and Helga, Christine was in - she has decided to make Pacific Petals at her Wednesdays are for Quilting class, http://www.clothshop.co.nz/index.php?page=workshops Jennie was in -she is designing her own Baltimore style quilt to start in Baltimore with Rose later in the month, Megan was in wearing her new Amy Butler skirt, Veneta was in - she fell in love with the new quilt we have just finished using Tina Givens fabric, Nikki was in - she is SO happy with her new Husqvarna sewing machine she got for her birthday in January, Sonja was in to have a demonstration on a Mega Quilter - she wants one........................
"I would just love to make that - but don't know how" - we often hear. "Don't worry we will show you how to make it" we always say.
We love to make - and we love spreading the word and our knowledge to show you how fulfilling and necessary making and creating is to the human soul. We are lucky to work in this creative environment where making is the centre of our world.
These are two of Katherine's grandchildren who came to visit last week - Grace is from Wellington - she made a quilt for her god father's little daugher Hannah. Deacon is from Hamilton and he made this basketball bag to carry his basketball - at the moment it is full of books. Before he left I asked him if he would he like to take home a quilt and he said - after thinking about it for a while - "No not really - I would prefer to make my own!!' That's our plan for next holidays!!