Archive for May, 2012

Pandemonium by Kim McLean

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Pandemonium by Kim McLean

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Pandemonium is the latest quilt design from Kim McLean.  This stunning quilt features imaginative uses of Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

The finished quilt measures 92″ x 92″ and is definitely not for the faint hearted.

You know you want to give it a go…..

Go on click here to order your copy today.

Feathering the Nest with Vintage Inspired Quilts by Brigitte Giblin

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Feathering the Nest with Vintage Inspired Quilts by Brigitte Giblin

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In this beautifully presented book Brigitte treats us to 18 quilt projects inspired by historical pieces which she sometimes simplifies.

She interprets these historical quilts in a palette of clear and bright colours. This 232 page book is like a ray of sunshine and a must for every quilter!

For a sneak peek of what you’ll get when you purchase this gorgeous new book, click here.  After you finish drooling, don’t forget to return to our newsletter to order your copy, click here.

New Class!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Vortex by Linden Airey

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Linden’s inspiration behind the making of this quilt was a stunning exhibition last year held at The American Folk Art Museum in New York which she happened upon whilst blog browsing.  (Click here to view).

She recalls “I want that quilt!” So.. rather than traipsing to America to steal it, Linden decided to make it… less bother really and to her surprise it wasn’t all that difficult.

So if you’d like to make this quilt come and join Linden at Blueberries for a three day class.

If weekends are best for you the Sunday dates are:

27th May, 24th June and 29th July.

Or if weekdays are more your thing, the Tuesday dates are:

3rd July, 4th September and 2nd October.

Class cost $130.00 plus requirements. Click here to book now.

One for the Girls!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Mermaid Tales by Susan Carr of Little Red Jug

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Until the end of May, Blueberries is please to offer the complete kit of Mermaid Tales at the bargain price of just $200.00.

This kit normally sell for $270.00, that is a saving of over 25%.

The finished size of the quilt is 68″ x 80″, with all requirements for the quilt top and binding included in the kit.

Mermaid Tales, can also be purchased as:
– Block of the Month (ten month programme)- $30.00 per month
or a
– Set of Patterns – $70.00

To order your kit, click here.

One for the Boys!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Toytime Circus by Majella Rush of Kookaburra Cottage

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Just so the boys don’t feel left out.  We have also reduced the complete kit price for Toytime Circus to just $155.00. (Normally $210.00)

Have you been thinking about make a quilt for a special little person?  Grab this kit before the end of May and save!

Finished quilt size 58″ x 62″.  Kit includes all requirements for the quilt top and binding.

Toytime Circus may also be purchased as:
– Block of the Month (eight month programme) – $30.00 per month
or a
– Set of Patterns – $64.00

For kit orders, click here.

Big ‘n’ Bizarre – USA style

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Llano Texas Trail of the Deer

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One of loyal international readers and fan of the big and bizzare series – Paula Martin has written in with her very own version of Big and Bizzare and we’re excited to present her story this week – Thanks Paula!

Llano, TX a small town in the Central Texas Hill Country has long been popular with hunters and has gained the title “Deer Capital of Texas”.  In 2010 it was decided to bring the art community into the  deer theme as well.  Donors helped to purchase 7 plain white life sized white tail deer.  Local artist painted each of the deer as they pleased.

For the summer months the deer were displayed in front of local businesses and in the Fall they were auctioned off to raise money for charity.  The deer were such a success that the businesses  wanted to buy deer to display in front of their shops.

Today there are several deer throughout the community and visitors trail from one to the next taking photos ( an hopefully visiting the shops) so we have “The Trail of the Deer”.

Notes:  Llano is also called the Little Town That Time Forgot.  We have a beautiful courthouse in the middle of our square.  It is surround by businesses.  We are also proud of our bridge which has been in place since 1935 when the four span Roy Inks Bridge was completed to replace the bridge that had washed out in a flood.  (Mr. Inks was a former Mayor).

Cathedral Windows Cushion Kit

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

by Susan Carr of Little Red Jug

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Have you always wanted to try your hand at the Cathedral Windows technique?

Susan has created this georgeous cushion using a non tradtional method, making it much quicker and easier to piece.

As a special we are offering Midweek Moments reader two kits for the price of one. That’s right 2 for 1. Choose two of the same colour or mix it up by selecting two different colours.

Kits are available in either Green, Blue or Pink.  Click here to view the kits.

When ordering online order 1 and we will send the 2nd for free just specify which one you would like for FREE.

Winterthur Museum – John Hewson

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

by Kathy Hall for Andover Fabrics

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British-born John Hewson (1745 – 1821) was one of the earliest and finest chintz printers in the United States, most widely recognised for the beautiful cotton he block printed with an amphora vase holding a bouquet of garden flowers.

He immigrated to Philadelphia before the American Revolution at the invitation of Benjamin Franklin to start a business printing and dyeing fabrics to compete with those being imported from England.

Winterthur Museum John Hewson is a stunning replica of some of John Hewson’s early designs.

Click here to view the entire range.

Sew ‘n’Sews Part 2

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

A brief and roughly stitched together history of the people who invented the sewing machine

Barthelemy Thimonnier – it was a riot!

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In the early 1800s a few industrious individuals attempted to improve on Thomas Saint’s primitive sewing machine model, which he patented in 1790 without a prototype. These clumsy attempts all came to naught, until 36-year-old French tailor Barthelemy Thimonnier took up the challenge in 1830 and created the world’s first functioning sewing machine. This contraption involved a hooked needle, which made a chain stitch using only one thread and was capable of 200 stitches a
minute, compared to a tailor’s 30 a minute.

Thimonnier worked with his friend Auguste Ferrand, a mining engineer, who assisted him with construction of the prototype. Although the patent was in both men’s names, it is Thimonnier who is historically most linked to this invention because of what happened next. He opened the world’s first machine-based clothing factory, which was designed for the production of army uniforms. Unfortunately, the only combat they ended up seeing was when the factory was ransacked and then burned to the ground by rioting workers who thought the patent would put them out of work. Thimonnier had to flee for his life, abandoning his invention.

Part 3 – the drama continues across the Atlantic in America…

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