Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ekka 2014 - Quilts Across Queensland

 Another Royal Queensland Exhibition has come & gone. 

The showbags are all gone but the memories of the wonderful quilts will stay with me all year. 

A big thank-you to all the quilt makers and to the volunteers who judge, hang and look after the quilts.

There were so many fabulous quilts but 'Floral Nine' made by Jane Rundle appealed to me most. 

Probably because it is so organic and bright and full of movement.

 I also enjoyed this out of the box curved piecing which was part of a larger, row by row, art quilt called 'My row(ed) gallery' by Margot Kitchen.

'Grandma's Floral Garden'

Hand pieced and entered 
      Olwynn Norstrom

This was a truly lovely take on an old favourite
machine quilted by Cathy Schilerowski 
pattern by Kay Meale 

by Genevieve Jackson is an outstanding piece. 

Designed, pieced & quilted by Genevieve
using foundation piecing & applique it took out 2nd prize in 
Class 4 - Professional Pieced Quilt

 'Cat in the Hat's Journey'
by Robyn Sheppard

 1st Prize Class 7

 Designed & created by Robyn

Quilted by
Genevieve Jackson

Close-up detail
of the precise piecing 
and intricate quilting

For me the red stars
are just wonderful

"And a picture of you....."
by Lynne Wynbergen

This quilt, with its polaroid photo theme, really captured the imagination of the viewers, especially the youngsters, which I found fascinating in their digitally dominated world.

Many of the pictures
were intricately appliqued


'One for Me'
by Anne Hunt

a modern take on a traditional log cabin design. 

Lyn's own design has been machine pieced using predominantly Japanese fabrics then hand quilted resulting in a reverse side which is a modern quilt in its own right. 

"A Star Hangs Up"
Made by Lyn Crump 
This quilt is a modern interpretation of a Christmas tree. 
Lyn made it to hang her crystal ornaments upon.
7 weeks 'til Christmas
If you're out there Lyn send me a picture ! 

Bye for now - Linda

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sewing, Stitching & Quilting Fun

What a great time we've been having here at Urban Sewing
During the school holidays 
and after school
Above is one young student's first embroidery! Isn't it wonderful. 
We made it into a needle book.
The embroidery design is by Australian Designer Anni Downs
 from her little book Simple Pleasures available on-line from Hatched and Patched

More stitching. These gorgeous hanging lavender sachets are called Lavender Girls  
they came from and make very welcome gifts. 
The kit comes beautifully packaged in a calico bag.

Karen made these car cushions for her nephews from panels by 
Prints Charming

How cute is this! Abi's little dog loves this cushion.
Pattern is a Claire Turpin Design " Cushion Stack"
Available as a PDF download

Here's another one. They are so big and soft and retro and the perfect thing to use up scraps.

Dream up some beautiful bunting.
Print up some large letters on paper and trace them onto vliesofix. Use free motion stitching to outline them. Perfect!

I love the leafy tree. 

I find myself ironing little left over bits of vliesofix to little fabric scraps and cutting out leaf shapes. I have a bagful just ready for a rainly day. Add some beautiful varigated quilting cotton and feature stitching.What was once waste can now become a cushion to make anyone smile.

(Not sure you could give me a bigger happier smile than Jasmine)

 I-Pad carriers in 3 colours
From the book Handprint and make your own Bags
Jenny McCabe 

A bird themed european pillowcase & a heatpack for  
a Dad who is a star
variations of designs by Anni Downs &  Claire Turpin

Smirky is from the big book of softies
and is made from polar fleece

This gorgeous elephant is for a little friend.

 More big smiles for a pair of custom made shorts.

A wonderfully creative cushion with crazy patches, hand embroidery and piping.

Finally below is another handmade gift. A baby mobile made with great love and attention to detail

Monday, February 10, 2014

Beginners Sewing East Brisbane

 Just try something new! ....Preferably Sewing.
It's a New Year.
Make it the year you fulfil your desire to learn to sew.
I have taught many many absolute beginners over the years.
Both Adults & children. Lots of positive feedback.
Classes are small & personal
No need to own your own machine or equipment
Taking bookings now.

'Oh Linda we just had the loveliest time. Vanessa finished her bag today. Thank you so very much. We will definitely be back to make something else. Thanks again and I will be highly recommending you to everyone that will listen. ' Natasha

'My daughter has already made a gorgeous pink pillowcase for her little sister. She is very excited about her sewing. Thanks so much for all the help and encouragement.'  Kylee

'Hi Linda
I just want to thank you so much for taking on the extra work in helping Ella making the bag she wanted.
She couldn’t stop grinning from ear to ear last night, and she is just so happy with it.
I think it makes a big difference when you create something that you really want and will use.  She said she really wants to come to some more classes, so thank you.'  Sandra