Archive for August, 2010

Trapunto – the art of making art

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Ok, so you’ve been quilting for a while now and have a pretty good handle on the basics. Everyone says your quilts look good and you agree with them. But there’s another voice in the back of your mind that keeps piping up whenever someone tells you how good your quilts are. “Lots of people can make a good quilt,” it says. “What you want now is to make a great quilt. In fact, a work of art!”

The difference between a good quilt and a quilt that’s a work of art is trapunto. Trapunto involves the techniques required that give an elegant, formal, three-dimensional look to a quilt – things like feathering, multi echo swirls, micro background fillers and pinning. It’s one of the more advanced and potentially challenging techniques to master, but worth every bit of the effort once you start churning out quilts that wouldn’t look out of place hanging in the Quilt & Craft Fair.

Deborah Louie is running a trapunto class on Thursday 16 September at Blueberries. This is for anyone who’s ready to take the next step from good to great and hone the artistry of their quilt making. Deborah was recently awarded the ‘Best in Show’ trophy at the Fair in June and will be sharing some of her many other award-winning quilts with her students in the class.

“Trapunto is like embossing on fabric,” Deborah says. “It’s a way of transforming a singe piece of fabric into a work of art. After the class, people will be able to transform their own quilts in ways they wouldn’t have thought possible, adding timeless elegance to them.”

Trapunto with Deborah Louie
Thursday 16 September 2010, 9.30am – 4.00pm
Details on Blueberries website


Above and below – two examples of the transforming effect of trapunto on fabric.


Show and Tell

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Show us the item and tell us the story

Di Holmes and her ‘Di & Jackie original’ quilt

What attracted you to this quilt?

I love the fabric. It’s a Japanese print that Jackie had in the shop. I knew the kind of thing I wanted and Jackie really helped with the design. I made it to give to my brother-in-law so I liked the fact that it looked quite masculine as well.

How long did it take you to make it?

All up it took about six months. We played around to get it all together at the end, especially to highlight it.

How long have you been quilting?

I’ve been quilting for ten years now. I was well and truly bitten by the bug. I’ve actually been going to Blueberries on Wednesdays since Jackie’s been there and I just love it. The Wednesday girls are a real blast and we have so much fun. There’s usually people waiting to get into the Wednesday classes.

What’s the next project?

I’ve just finished a bag and I’ve made accessories to go with it as a travel pack.


Show and Tell

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Show us the item and tell us the story

Rhonda Tester’s overnight bags

What attracted you to the pattern?
It was the fabulous choice of colours that Jackie had. Also, I thought it didn’t look too difficult to make (although it turned out being harder than I expected).

How long did it take you to make all three bags?
About a month. I was so pleased with the way the first one turned out that I made two more for two friends. We’re all going to Hong Kong on 1 September so it was good having a bit of a deadline.

Did you stick strictly to the pattern or did you customise?
I followed the pattern fairly carefully, although the fabric I was using was more heavy duty. A travelling bag needs to be pretty sturdy, so I used stronger fabric for the outside bottom.

How long have you been a sewer?
I’ve been sewing for 40 years (I’ve recently turned 60 so I started fairly young). It was mainly clothes in the earlier years, but then about seven years ago my auntie got me onto quilting and I really became addicted.

What’s next on your sewing schedule?
I’m making a flannel quilt for a friend who’s battling cancer. I’m told her treatments make her feel constantly cold, so a quilt is the ideal gift.


Rhonda proudly displays her three overnight bags, ready for some serious travel action in September.

Patterns by Kim McLean

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Hi Everyone

We have a new pattern in stock from Kim McLean called Roseville Album, available online for $45.


Here are more of Kim McLean’s patterns, all available online…

Flower Basket Medallion


Lollypop Trees


Princess Feather


Flower Pots


You’re Invited…

Saturday, August 14th, 2010


Workshops with Sue Daley – September 2010

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Faith, Hope and Love Workshop with Sue Daley

The stunning appliqué centre on this quilt is surrounded by 20 smaller quilt blocks and finished off with an appliqué border, using a combination of English Paper Piecing and needleturn appliqué.  This workshop is suitable for beginners to advanced students.

Finished Size: 55” (140cm) Square

Date: Monday, 6 September
Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Cost: $65 includes pattern & papers

Kit: $175 includes fabric for quilt top and binding click here to purchase.

Click here to register for this workshop.

Sue Daley’s Trunk Show on Monday 6 September click here to find out more.


Antique Sampler with Sue Daley

This beautiful Antique Sampler consists of nine, 12” blocks and sixty four, 6” blocks using a combination of English Paper Piecing, reverse appliqué and needleturn appliqué.  The blocks are surrounded by a paper pieced scalloped border.  Suitable for all skill levels.

Finished Size:  72” (183cm) square

Date: Tuesday, 7 September
Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Cost: $70 includes pattern & papers

Kit: $185 includes fabric for quilt top and binding click here to purchase

Click here to register for this workshop.

Sue Daley’s Trunk Show on Monday 6 September click here to find out more.


Designer Diaries

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Name: Janelle Wind

What do you design and why?
I design a pretty broad range of things like quilts, bags, clothing, etc. Anything that has a practical use. I tend to design things that I have an actual need for, rather than things that are just popular.

How long have you been designing and what particular techniques do you use?
I’ve been designing for about 11 and a half years now and patchworking for fifteen. I’ve been sewing since I was about eight, so started really young. As far as techniques go, I try to avoid things that are quite difficult because those people are usually happy to design their own. I do a lot of design piecing and appliqué. Frills and scalloped edges are a bit of my look at the moment.

What gives you inspiration?

I like the idea of something I’ve designed having a practical use, so I suppose that’s a kind of inspiration. Sometimes when I’m stuck I say to myself, “Now what would I like to purchase or carry around?” I also find the fabrics themselves get my creative juices going.

What is your favourite design or project you’ve worked on?

I recently did some fabric-covered boxes for Australian Homespun magazine. The brief was for specific-sized fabric-covered boxes for their eco issue and I was really proud of myself for coming up with the concept from scratch. It’s being released as a pattern very soon.

Are there any exciting new designs that you’re currently working on or recently launched that you can share with us?

I’m about to do a Block of the Month which will follow along the style of my book; bright fresh colours, stitchery and appliqué combined, simple piecing. It’ll be about a seven month Block of the Month.

Do you have a personal philosophy/statement that you work from as a designer?

I don’t design what I think what people will like, I design what makes me happy.

What advice would you give our readers?

Choose things that will make you happy and that you think you can achieve. Don’t be afraid to join a class or a group either because you get so much more out of it than you could ever expect.

Visit Janelle’s website at

Janelle’s book, Pieces of Me, was released in June and is available at Blueberries and most patchwork stores.


Janelle Wind (above) and some of her creations (following).




Over 100 New Fabrics

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Daisy Doodle


Meadowsweet 2




Pretty Bird


California Dreaming


Mini Dot


Fairy Frost


Fun Flowers


Material Girl

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Jackie’s tips, hints, advice and info on fabrics and products

Kaffe Fassett laminated fabric

Ideal for:
Anything that needs to be waterproof such as kitchen tablecloths, aprons or raincoats

Jackie says:
I used this material to make an Amy Butler raincoat (pattern available on Blueberries website in a range of different sizes). We have the fabric in two colours, the green, shown in the photo and also in a pink.

The only thing about working with this material as opposed to regular fabrics is that you’ll need a non-stick foot for your sewing machine. If you don’t have one Blueberries can order it for you.

Making this raincoat was a fun project, especially working with such a different material. Also practical, given all the rain we’ve had lately. I can’t wait for it to start pouring again so I can show off my new raincoat.


Saving it for a rainy day… the Amy Butler raincoat (modelled by Joyce Oxley) made with Kasse Fassett laminated fabric

New Notions and Books

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Check out these new notions and books…

Sort ‘n’ Store (For Machine Needles)


Organise your favourite machine needles into 70, 80, 90, Stretch, Embroidery and Quilting.
$21 click here to purchase.

Click here for more Clover products.

Needle Grip-It


Give your fingers a little more traction for hand sewing, quilting, cross-stitch and more.
$11 click here to purchase.

Click here for more new notions.

Fast, Flirty and Fun


For every beginner who’s eyed today’s fabrics and yearned to make an eye-catching quilt – this is the book!
$42.50 click here to purchase.

Click here to see more NEW books.

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