Monday, August 31, 2009


This is Mackenzie! In March she came to Jill Maas class and made a City Girl - (then she went home and made another one - and at the moment she is making one for her Grandmother)
She wanted to use her dolls in some way to put an exhibit in the Science Fair which was held in Palmerston North this weekend. She did lots of research on different fabrics that could be used to make the dolls and put together a fantastci exhibit. The judges were very impressed with her entry - they said it was the first soft textile enty they had ever had - and she won the the prize for best resdearched and most well prestented exhibit and also the youth prize - chosen by last year's winners! Congratulations Mankenzie!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Anna Williams visits The Cloth Shop for the day

Today the very talented Anna Williams spent the day with us at The Cloth Shop for our Artisans Day. Anna is well known for the fabulous faces she creates from photographs. She bought with her a photo which she worked on, and shared lots of tips for creating the right looks and shades to the faces.
She was extremely generous with sharing techniques and answering questions.
Anna who has won awards with her faces and has had them accepted into traveling exhibitions, will hold her own exhibition of her print magic quilted poppies at the NZ Quilter Gallery in Cuba Street, Wellington in October.
Anna will also be holding another Shaded Faces 2 at The Cloth Shop some time in the future, for those interested in learning this technique.
Thanks Anna for inspiring us all!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

This is Jane - she came to our Open Day Friday to baste her quilt together ready for the second day of Sheryl Anicich's - Floral Beauty class on Saturday where she will start the quilting. On the third day of this class in Septemebr she (and the rest of the class) will applique flowers on to their quilts. She is using Fusible Cotton and polyester batting - it's our favourite batting - quick, clean and washes like a dream - it can even go in the drier.

We love you sharing your quilts with us!!

This is Mary - she brought her very pretty yellow and white quilt ( which had been beautifully quilted by Sue Burnett) in to show us - just a few moments after Justine brought in a beautiful bunch of daffodils she had picked from her garden. Helen Hanton's Christmas Tree quilt is hanging behind her. She has offered to bring her quilt back so we can have it in the shop on Daffodil Day on Friday. Friday is also Anna Williams's artisan's day - it will be a great chance to see Anna at work - like an all day demonstration - there is no charge to come and you can stay as long as you like.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Make a New York Beauty Quilt with Hazel Foot

Make this gorgeous quilt at a class with us at The Quilt Shop! We have Hazel Foot visiting to tutor the class on the 26th - 27th September. Learn how to foundation piece from the best!
This quilt will look fabulous make in batiks like Hazel's sample quilt, or make it in pastels. If you are passing call into the shop and take a look at the sample, or email us for more details.

Girls enjoying our quilting days at the shop

Nikki and Joy


Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Special Day!!

Sue's doll is finished!
This is Judith and her daughter Vanessa - they are visting New Zealand from Bundaberg in Queesnsland. They are here for three weeks -travelling from Auckland to Queentown, visting all the tourist spots, and because of their tight schedule Judith will have a chance to visit only one quilt shop in New Zealand -and she chose The Cloth Shop. She told me she enjoys looking at our website and blog page and as she loves quilting and doll making she had a great time looking at all the dolls in Jill'c class as well as all the quilts, fabrics patterns etc that are in the shop. Vanessa is holding Maggie - she is the next doll that Jill Maas is teaching at The Cloth Shop in December.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Look what we saw in the classroom tonight!

Today we had a class at The Cloth Shop with Jill Maas - she is teaching Mother of the Bride and Jolene. This is what we saw as we walked into the classroom after everyone had gone home - Sue's Jolene sitting on her little Husqvarna sewing machine waiting for her head and clothes! Doesn't she look great!
Tomorrow she will look a little like these old girls! At the moment they can't belive their eyes!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Comfy Ones!!

Earlier this year Katherine was invited to be a mentor for a Young Enterprise Group from Palmerston North Girls High School. The name of the group is "Comfy Ones" and their plan is to make and sell Onsies - all in one pyjamas with a hood. During the holidays they had a work day at The Cloth Shop to make some sets ready for their launch at the end of July. Nadia and Sarah-Kate cutting out.
Abbey is CEO of the group - she was also the Overlocker Queen at the work day

Here they are at their launch in the first sets of Onsies!

Friday girls goings on!!

This is Helan Chen - she came to The Cloth Shop two and half months ago to learn to quilt. This photo is taken on her last day with us - two of the quilts she has made are on the wall behind her. She loved every moment she was here - so did we!
Pam Smith is our Featured Quilter for August. We have a selection of her quilts hanging on the walls - this is a photo of her and Helan with some of her quilts before we hung them .It is a little like her quilting journey -on one end of the display we have a selection of quilts that are hand appliqued and hand quilted and on the other end we have some gorgeous quilts that are machine appliqued and quilted. The large quilt and the dolls on the wall were made by Helan while she was in Palmerston North.This is a photo of some of the Friday Girls on Helan's last Friday at The Cloth Shop. She has spent the last two and half months in Palmerston North making quilts. On her last day she showed us how to make slippers - they were a great hit!

This is a selection of the slippers.

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