Sunday, August 30, 2009

Patchwork Furnishings

Ever been hit with a bad attack of the wants?, you know something that is really never going to happen but you wish it would.

Well, thanks to Juanita, a fellow SCQer, who posted a link to this site this is what I would love to have, a patchwork chandelier, it would go ever so beautifully in a really girly bathroom, something with lots of marble, and gold, and glass, frosted of course to disguise the, shall I say, extra curves.
Of course this Chesterfield would be nice too
And the cabinet would be so cool for storing your fat quarters
But really, its the Chandelier for me. It's amazing what these folks can do with a bit of fabric. Suddenly Dorthy is in danger of not getting the furnishing fabric offcuts as promised.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Flora's Feathers Update

Finally worked out a way of contacting Geni, and she very kindly sent us this pic for our blog. Thank you Geni, your quilt is beautiful.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Lapis-Lazuli Blog & A Free FreeMotion quilting book ....Two treats for you today

Firstly a new blog to visit and view, Geni from Loose Ends at

This is a tiny portion of Flora's Feathers, a brilliant quilt made by Geni in memory of her mother.
Unfortunately, I really have done something silly in the set up of this blog and my personal blogs, I am unable to contact anyone through their blog profile to welcome them as blog followers.

Geni, who is one of our Group's followers, has two links to a Sharon Schamber quilt basting demonstration in her August 26th Post, just visit her blog and click on the links, a very interesting and different demonstration, Sharon Schamber recommends starching the backing of your quilt! and wait until you see what she does, watch the video, it really makes a lot of sense.

The second treat is a Free Free - no I'm not stuttering- it is a free down loadable PDF book on Free Motion Quilting, see, free free motion quilting.

Geni pointed the way to the freebie in her August 25th Post. Thank you so much Geni, I've already got my copy and it is full of great tips and patterns.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Surrounded by Goodies

It was a lovely day of gifts and goodies today, the suggestion having been made a couple of weeks ago that all members be given two pieces of fabric to make an item of their choice for personal sales at the Christmas Fair.
Barbara was delighted to make her selection, she has a plan in mind already.

And who wouldn't be pleased? such lovely fabrics, they will be a pleasure to work with. Although one little group came up with the brilliant idea of pooling their fabrics and making a Christmas Tree Wall Hanging, we even elected Wendy to make it for us. Ta Wen!

Elaine making her selection, hmmmmmm the vibrant ornament fabric or something more traditional?

The quilt behind Penny is made using a set of large Drunkard's Path Templates.

Sue, one of our members who has since moved interstate sent us a gift voucher to the Angel that she won last year and hadn't gotten around to using, from memory Sue was one of last years Lyn Ballinger Challenge winners.

Sheila suggested we use the voucher to go towards a set of templates for our library and the large Drunkards Path templates were chosen, hence the choice of quilt for display.

Penny bought along gizmos and gadgets from her shop, Patchwork Angel, to demonstrate for us, along with patterns galore and a small selection of cut fabrics. Penny also bought along the ordered set of templates and presented them to the Library committee and made a donation of the balance of the cost of the templates, and she also mentioned that she had a 'counter mat' that she was donating to the group but had left behind at the shop, well that sounded just lovely, we love donations, who doesn't ? so applause and thank yous were said, we then adjourned for Arvo Tea.

But can you imagine our surprise and delight when a familiar red ute and trailer came dashing into the car park and out sprang Penny's Darling with this enormous big green cutting mat.........yep, the aforementioned counter mat..........a cutting mat for a counter!

Penny told us that we have Tony from Victorian Textiles in Melbourne to thank for the mat, it was incorrectly delivered to her store and instead of having it returned Tony agreed that it could be donated to a local patchwork group.

A REALLY BIG THANK YOU TONY from all of us at Buderim Patchwork Group.

There is a beautiful family photo of Tony, his wife Yumi and their daughter on the Victorian Textiles Web site at

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

15% Off Sale at Catherine's Place....

.............and that is 15% off already low prices. Beautiful Tanya Whelan fabrics for only $11.90 a meter........that equates to just under $3 for a fat quarter.Catherine has a minimum cut of half a meter but believe me, these fabrics are so delish that one fat quarter just isn't enough anyway.

So go visit Catherine and pick yourself up a lovely bargain at, and tell her that Buderim Patchwork sent you.

Oh and postage, 3 mtrs of fabric fit in one of those 500g red satchels that from memory cost $5, bag and postage, so thats .41 cents per fattie, so still under $3.50 for a fattie.
or to further cut costs, band together and we can put in a bulk order.

The piccies of those georgeous fabrics are copied from Catherines Website - yeah, she said I could - honest.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

High tea and wonderful views to quilt by

How exciting, arrived home from a rather excellent roast lamb dinner with the Grandies to these pics and an e-mail from Lorraine H.
Lorraine and some of the group had a wonderful day quilting in Eumundi. Lorraine's story and pics tell the tale, it all sounds just wonderful.

Last weekend some of the Thursday ladies went up to Sue Daley's B&B at Eumundi for a wonderful day of quilting and all-day High Tea.

The day was organised by Penny at Patchwork Angel, and we spent the day in beautiful old world surroundings with 30 other ladies working on our projects which were all provided.

As well as the marvelous company and the glorious high tea (which was served continuously throughout the day) - we also received a fantastic goodies bag plus all the patterns, materials and tools required for our quilting projects.

Photos are of our group - Debbie, Lorraine, Letitia and Jane

Thank you Lorraine for sharing this story of a great day with the group.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Christmas must be just around the corner....

The ever organised Wendy bought this Christmas sack that she has made for her Grandie, Jack along for Show and Tell. Gosh Wendy, I remember when a Christmas Stocking was all the go..........yep, showing my age again!
It seems that others were also taken with Sue's 4 patch kaleidoscope, Gwen wanted to try the concept and bought this flimsy along today to show her take on the idea, a more formal set out with the double nine patch design, Don't ya just love design diversity!
Heather was really determined that her quilt was not going to 'hit the deck' for these pics, so here we have her peeking over the top of this wonderful teddy bear quilt. It had been all packed up and ready to go to it's new home, but Heather was kind enough to show us the finished quilt as we have seen progress shots over the last few weeks.
Lorraine has been getting a little help with her apiary from a friend and as a thank you she 'ran up' this quilt, only took her a couple of days she tells us.
Lorraine had the perfect backing fabric in her stash, but not enough of it,...gee, isn't that a familiar story? so she solved the problem by piecing the lovely bee fabric with a piece of mottled blue, goes together perfectly,
and shows the quilting beautifully..........two days?, I'm still getting my head around that one.
So who else out there in quilting land pieces their backing? and how do you do it? with a pattern or in simple stripes? How about one large friendship star to make a reversible quilt!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Shopping at Johno's

Was rather taken by Sue's very pretty and clever 4 patch kaleidoscope on the 29th July Post. Sue told us that she had visited Johno's Variety Centre for the Fabric as she 'just wanted to try the concept'. Johno's is more widely know to the Dancing Mums for a wonderful array of Dance fabrics and sequins, so off I trotted to find out more.

What a lovely surprise, the store is packed to the rafters with not only Dance Fabrics and Accessories, but a great range of Haberdashery and other fabrics and more importantly, a reasonably large and continually expanding range of quality quilting fabrics with the most expensive being the Japanese prints at $14.00 per meter, of course the temptation was just too great and I bought a little home with me.

While there the owner, Robin, a friendly and very helpful lass told me of some bargains that were due in later in the week, and yes, they are now in stock.

Quilt backing, Leuteneger's Homespun 2.5 meters wide solids in black, white, beige and 5 colours at only $10.00 per meter

Sew Easy 100% Cotton batting 254 cm wide at $14.00 per meter

Quilters Cottons, assorted brands at only $2.00 per reel.

Well, that will certainly give us a financial helping hand for the Christmas fair, not to mention all those floor quilts and quillos the we seem to be making for family and friends.

So pop on down to visit Robin and snaffle yourself a bargain or two.
Johno's is at
77 Duporth Avenue,
Ph. 5443 5966 - if you get lost give Robin a call.

The store is on the left hand side, on your way to the river, not far from the intersection with the tiny old church that was. If you get as far as the Cod Hole, you have gone too far.........oh and there is rather a nice bakery next door to Johno's, does a pleasant sanger, so you don't have to spend time foraging, more time to pat and pet the fabric.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Binding Tutorial and a Pincushion Challenge from SEWN

We all know how to bind a quilt, right?

Well Linda Hungerford, a fellow QDU'er (online quilting group) has posted a tutorial on her blog on a method that I have not previously come across.

o.k. you all probably know all about it, but I'm sucked in and am trying it a.s.a.p, just got to get the borders done on the little sucker I'm working on, and its going to get Linda's binding treatment.
Linda's method is one of "no joining and has machine-sewn mitred corners". Looks really cool, can't wait to try it. Check out Linda's blog for some other great tutorials as well, her scalloped edges look really interesting. - No not Linda's edges, her quilt, she doesn't look scalloped at all
Linda also has her tutorial on SEWN, just click on the red button with - strangely enough - SEWN written across it in the side bar.

While you are visiting SEWN check out the new 'Sew and Sell' section and just to make it even more interesting, if you register you will receive a six month free on-line magazine subscription to Down Under Quilts, its great, every month you get an e-mail with a 'click on link' to the magazine, just make a cuppa and sit down to enjoy some wonderful inspiration and beautiful quilts.

SEWN and Down Under Quilts are jointly running a great competition for a 'Most Gorgeous Pincushion Challenge' and hey!, look at that!, one of the businesses giving prizes for the challenge is our local Patchwork Angel, along with
The Quilters Store and Embroiders' Store
The Stitching Post and
Blue Willow Cottage

a n d , yes there is more, the current Giveaway at SEWN is two sets of Urban Chicks tea towels and Moda Home potholders, now wouldn't they be the bestest thing to be sitting on the bench when guests arrive......hint, hint, pick up my beautiful tea towel and wipe up a dish or two!.....yep, I can see that!

So now off to make busy, and pretend I haven't been reading mags on the net.......Oh and no, there aren't any brown paper bags in my efforts to unearth interesting sites for you, just a fan of 'the net'.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Debbie's a Star

Quite a bit of excitement at Thursday nights meeting last week. Leader June presented Debbie Christie with her 'Star of the Month' Button, Congratulations Debbie on a job well done.Debbie won the 'Star of the Month' for her hard work in helping to set up for our Quilt Show.
Although I think Sheila said it best "Debbie showed us her special Talents, in patchwork, setting up displays, selling, climbing ladders and mopping'. - Yep at the end of the day, she mopped most of the cottage floors, a mammoth effort.
There is also a pic of Quilt Raffle 3rd. Prize winner Maureen Van Der Hor with her basket of Ginger goodies in the side bar, just under quilt winners Penny and Judy, scoot on down and meet Maureen.
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