Australian Homespun February/March 2020

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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
pin interest

KNITTED BASKETS Get organised in style with these garter stitch knitted baskets. Available in three sizes, they’re sure to add colour, texture and style to your home. Grab the pattern at JEANS ROSE Don’t throw out those tattered old jeans — cut them up and recreate bags, purses, or sweet rose embellishments or brooches. You can find instructions for this beauty at Felt needle book Give your sewing stash a burst of colour with these sweet felt appliqué needle books. Mix and match designs and combinations for a unique look every time. You can grab the pattern from MMM Crafts at TENNIS RACKET A base for creativity is limited only by your imagination. Artist Danielle Clough uses embroidery to jazz up many surfaces, from tennis racquets and wire scraps to whole fences. Check out…

1 min
diary dates

New South Wales February 22-23 Mittagong Biennial Quilt and Craft Show The Southern Highlands Quilters’ Guild Mittagong RSL Club, Cnr Bessemer Street and Hume Highway, Mittagong Open: Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm More information: Ann (02) 4885 2970 March 6-8 Wagga Wagga CraftAlive The Range Function Centre 306 Copland Street, Wagga Wagga Open: 9.30am-4pm More information: March 26-April 5 Nelson Bay The Nelson Bay Quilters' 2020 Quilt Exhibition Port Stephens Community Arts Centre, Shoal Bay Road, Nelson Bay Open: 10am-4pm More information: Lyn 0418 449 773 Victoria March 27-29 Colac Colac Quilters’ Biennial Exhibition Commerce Hall, Colac Showgrounds, Corner of Princes Highway and Bruce Street, Colac Open: Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-2pm More information: Roslyn 0402 024 057, March 28-29 Tyabb Westernport Quilters’ Quilt Show Tyabb Community Hall, 1535 Frankston-Flinders Road, Tyabb Open: 10am-4pm More information: visit April 3-4 Cranbourne St John’s Quilting Group Quilt Show St John’s Anglican Church, 27 Childers Street,…

4 min
selvedge designer edge

Skilled seamstress Rachel Andrew has sewn clothing for years, but was reluctant to try quilting … that was until she found a way to make it her own. Combining her garment-making skills with quilt block patterns and a bright colour palette, her inspiring designs have caught the attention and admiration of fashionistas and sewists worldwide. Rachel’s biggest fan, and her business namesake, is her daughter Alexia Rees. Rachel has always made clothing for Alexia. For a few years she made her entire wardrobe. “I would send my daughter to school every day in a handmade dress and her teacher would comment on it and tell me I should try quilting,” says Rachel. “I would laugh and tell her that there’s no way I’d make a quilt. Until then, the only quilting…

12 min
quilter’s holiday block of the month part 1

Design by Tone Finnanger Instructions by Tone Finnanger and Linda Clements Sewn by Heidi Karppinen, a local seamstress in Norway known for her appliqué talent Quilted by Marianne Engset Nybølet, who has worked on many Tilda quilts and projects MATERIALS • 7.8m (8 1/2yd) Fabric A (background and border) • 25cm ( 1/4yd) each of Fabrics B and C • 30cm ( 3/8yd) Fabric D • 35cm ( 1/2yd) each of Fabrics E, F and G • 45cm ( 1/2yd) Fabric H • 50cm ( 5/8yd) each of Fabrics I, J, K, L and M • 30cm (12in) square each of Fabrics N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W and X • 3m (3 3/8yd) extra-wide (275cm/108in) backing fabric. Tone used her Luna wideback in Blue (Fabric NN) • Fat eighth each of Fabrics Y, Z, AA, BB, CC,…

2 min
tone explains the design …

Please describe the idea behind this quilt pattern. This is the first time I have ever designed a Block of the Month project. Although I was looking forward to the challenge, it was a little out of my comfort zone as the work on the design and concept began over a year ago. Australian quilters seem to have a special talent for appliqué and I thought our BOM required some hand work and appliqué. Although I have worked with appliqué, I’m more used to designing pieced quilts. While doodling down ideas for the BOM, I was finishing up my spring 2020 collection called Happy Campers and it was natural to follow that theme into the quilt. At this point the Quilters' Holiday idea came quite quickly, and I decided the quilt had…

1 min
tone’s tips for preparing small appliqué shapes

Most of the appliqué motifs in this projects are fairly straightforward, but there are a few that are a little challenging — the sewing machines, dogs and heads with noses. My tips will help you with these shapes. • You could use thick paper instead of freezer paper for small or complex shapes. You will find it easier to fold the seam allowance around this thicker paper than you would around freezer paper. • On smaller shapes or thin parts of shapes, the seam allowance should be narrower than elsewhere. • On sharp curves, cut notches in the seam allowance to allow you to fold the edge neatly. Cut them almost, but not quite, up to the edge of the paper and don’t cut any more than necessary: you can always cut more…