Friday, 22 March 2013

Happy Easter Holidays

There is a touch of chill in the air for us in the Southern Hemisphere I guess that means Autumn is on its way.
With Easter being early this year the holiday is still warm and sunny and a great time to be out gathering for the winter. I do think of Quilters as hunters and gatherers don't you?.We make purchases often for a later time and a future project and for a "just in case we need it."and a" just because we like it". I was over in Dargaville this week teaching a Squedge class at Country Dawn in Gladstone Road and could not help myself with doing some gathering of my own. Sue has the most amazing collections of fabrics I have seen for years. I spent all my teaching fee on fabric. A win win situation for us both. Now will stroke it and find a space to put it.

Ainsley at the Gem Class
As promised in my newsletter(if you did not receive it click here and it will take you straight through) here are a few pictures from the classes I have taught recently. I do hope they give you some inspiration.

X Block Class

Squedge class at One Tree Point

Crafters Heaven in Greytown

 Coast Quilters at Whangaparaoa

Kerry  at Warkworth
Warkworth Quilters Mariners Compass

Warkworth Double Wedding Runner

I have done a little bit of patchwork my self over the last couple of weeks.I 've made a kaleidoscope quilt for my Aunts 80th, 
some cushions for my friend  Barbara who also had the same special birthday using the Squedge tools. Just love working with stripes ,and have created a special category on my web site for my Bali stripes,  until the end of April there is  a special price listed. 
Butterfly Reborn

Best of all I have been making the Butterfly quilt featured in Cheryl's Quilts without Corners Platinum edition. I have used a Hologram thread to create glitz. This quilt will be on display at AQC in Melbourne (Australian Quilt Conference)on my stand 40. I was able to obtain the same stripe Cheryl used and it is now available on my website.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Here we are in Palmerston North...

As the title suggests I'm currently in Palmerston North at the Craft & Quilt Fair. I thought you might be interested in the busy quilting related week I've had so far.

The Craft & Quilt Fair is being held in Palmerston North for the first time this year. As I had to drive all my stock down from Northland; the hubby and I decided to make a wee trip of it.

We had a lovely trip down from Auckland to Cambridge. When I travel around New Zealand I love stopping at all the places along the way and meeting quilters from around the country. This road trip was no exception. I really enjoyed meeting the ladies from the Waikato area and Jill from Tauranga. We also stopped at the Quilter's Patch, Bev has such a lovely shop and its well worth a look if you are ever in or passing through

From Cambridge we moved on to the Hawkes Bay and more specifically Napier. Just a quick fact about me, I was born in Hastings, Hawkes Bay; so I always love the opportunity to visit family while I'm there.

In Napier I taught my Simple Double Wedding Ring class using the Simple Curve. This was at Rachael's shop the Patch and Quilt, it's right out in Wine country. I also made sure we stopped at a couple of wineries while we were there, combining my two loves is always an enjoyable experience.

Unfortunately I haven't got any pictures at this stage to show you from the first leg of the trip.

Because the trip couldn't possibly be all about me...I made sure the hubby got in a couple of games of golf which kept him happy. Also while we were in Napier there was a vintage car conference on...more points for me.

There he is...doesn't know which way to look!

From Napier we went to Martinborough for the weekend. It is such a lovely area and should be on everyone's list of places to visit in New Zealand. While we were there we went to one of the winery tour shows. Even if you're not a particular fan of the artists playing, it's still worth the experience. We had a very enjoyable afternoon/evening.

On Tuesday we drove to Palmerston North, in time for set up at the show on Wednesday. It is now halfway through the show and I thought you might like to see what's been going on so far.

Some images of the stand, there is a strong focus on the various wedge tools this year.

The girls next door to me from Elna Sewing & Jan's Patch.

Here's Elwin from Just Patchwork, based in Australia. I'm sure you ozzies will be familiar with them.

As previously mentioned; my new website is up and running, check it out by clicking here Tulis Website

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Until next time...happy quilting!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Happy New Year

*Please Note: This is a re-print of the blog posted 18/01/2013, the images weren't uploaded properly in the previous version. 

Happy new year, haven't posted on the blog for a while

Just prior to Christmas the new website was launched, there's lots of new features on there, had a few glitches to start off with but that's all been sorted

You can now access the blog and newsletter directly from the site (newsletter link)

I have sent out two newsletters, the first announced this years new series of free patterns using the squedge tool. To celebrate 2013 the 22.5 squedge is on special at the moment until 31 January, check out the newsletter

I've been making new samples; the Double Wedding Ring is my new class sample, done with the Simple Curves and Simple Bands pattern.

I will be teaching it in Napier at Patch and Quilt  on the 8th Feb and Whangarei Patchwork and Quilters group on 6th  April and the  Auckland Quilt Guild on 8th June

The other samples I've been making are quilts out of Cheryl's new book, Quilts Without Corners Platinum

I haven't quite finished the quilting and binding but here's a quick preview, these will be the display quilts at the Craft and Quilt fairs I will be attending this year, the first  is a new Expertise Event show in  Palmerston North.

I'm currently cutting fabric for this show 

 On my way to Palmerston North I'm doing some Show and Tell talks at

7th Feb  Quilters Patch   5/39 Victoria St Cambridge Call Bev  to find out more

 11 Feb    9.30am   Crafters Heaven  Greytown . email Rita for the time

11 Feb 7.30pm    Quiltworx Lower Hutt 517 High Street Lower Hutt Lynettes new store

12 Feb 10am  and 7.45pm Cherry Pie Levin Phone Lynette 06 368 3680

In the latest newsletter I announced that I am having a quilting class retreat here at sunny One Tree Point, I put the wrong date but it is going to be 22nd to 24th march, teaching for two days doing Drunkards Path Stepping Beyond contact me directly for further information  as there are only 12 places, if you are interested you will need to contact me fairly smartly.

I'm thinking about the girls in Australia, dealing with the heat, hope you are sitting inside in the air conditioning  and quilting.

Till next  time .

Friday, 28 September 2012

What Happened to the Spring Days

I really enjoyed the Hamilton Craft and Quilt Show especially the Creative Fibre display. I took lots of photos to show you in the very next blog post.

But................................ some scumbag decided to enter our motel room at night and remove my phone along with money from my handbag.

All is not lost . My lovely friend Karen from Bisbane was helping me over the weekend so I re did the pics on her phone, But......................she is away on holiday so it will be the next post before you see the pictures from the show.

You will recall I showed a hint of the new quilts for my talk on Simple Curves. Here they are I do hope you like them.

One tool three diferent uses.

I had the pleasure of Carol from Christchurch staying with me last week and she worked on a number of quilts using the Jewel Box, Junior Gem,Starmaker and the Bargello colour wheel. I just did all the talking and kept her fed and watered.

Two of the local quilting groups came out mid week the Kamo ladies in the morning and the Ngunguru in the afternoon .The helpers (check out the pillows ) and I gave the afternoon ladies a talk on Lickerty splits,Simple Curves and the Mariners Compass, they were a little on the chilled side so what does any quilter do but pass around a quilt or two or to keep warm.

I am currently working on a new website which I am very excited about. I will post the date when it will go live in the next couple of weeks.

This coming weekend the Australian Machine Quilting Conference is on in Adelaide so I will be on another aeroplane to this beautiful city again. I am one of many merchants .This Conference is not only for those who have a long arm machine but for all quilters. Please check out the details here Ricky Tims will be giving a concert at the banquet, having seen him at the Auckland Quilt Symposium I know he will be great.

Till next time Happy stitching.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Spring's Coming!

What a busy couple of weeks I have had. I enjoyed teaching a lovely group of ladies from the Friday Howick Quilting Friends Drunkards Path techniques using the Phillips Fiber Arts Cut A Round tool. Because this one day class is a technique class I have no quilts to show you in this post but I am hopeful someone will send me some pictures which I will pass on. But here the girls are being busy.

I have been getting ready for the Craft and Quilt show, those that live in the North Island of NZ, here is your chance to revisit with friends and come to the show. Check out the website, I know there are still a large number of Australian exhibitors coming despite the rumours from last year that because of way GST is treated for them it was going to be too expensive for them to come again. This problem has now been resolved so a number of your favourites will be back along with a few new exhibitors. My friend Cecile from Unique Stitching is coming with some wonderful mixed media materials and she will be running hands-on workshops during the day. Check out her website

At the show this year I will be doing two new workshops

11.30am Mariners Compass: Check out the no paper method for this popular block,

1.30pm The Fastest Easiest Double Wedding Ring Quilt Ever. I have featured this in my previous blog. “But Wait There’s More” You have heard that expression. I can’t give away too much information now but here are a couple of sneak peeks.

Check out my next blog and I will post all the pictures from the show so you ladies who cannot be there will get to see what the mystery is all about.

As a “seasoned” show attendee from both sides of the counter I thought a few tips would not go amiss.

1. Nobody looks below your knees, so comfort is the order of the day. Wear shoes that will carry you around from start to finish.

2. Carry a bottle of water with you. If possible bring one from home. The caterers at the venues charge like wounded bulls for bottled water. But do treat to yourself to a nice lunch. You deserve it after all that exercise you put in walking the halls.

3. Take those bags that fold up really small in your handbag, you always buy more than you thought you would. And it saves needing octopus arms to carry all those individual parcels.

4. Look before you buy. I have been told by customers so many times at shows that they bought …. a few aisles before. Then when they listen to another merchant during their visit, have found that the impulse buy at the start was sometimes unnecessary. Also sometimes prices vary.

5. Take time to enjoy the exhibits. I am guilty of not doing this. We are fortunate to have a wealth of talent and here it is all under one roof. So plan your day. If you can stay longer in the afternoon then do .For some reason the aisles are much clearer after 2.30pm.

6. Attend the workshops, they are usually free and you can always pick up a new tip or technique. I like to talk about and show the newest of my quilts and tools.

7. Use it or lose it. The show held in Auckland in February this year and last year, will not be on again. This sounds harsh but in this economic climate if we do not support these events they will not be there in the future. This also applies in the Quilting industry we will lose those wonderful suppliers in our area if we do not support them financially. In Australia I have been told in the last 12 month over a hundred quilt shops have closed down. Not easy to find a person working in a quilt shop when you are in need of help, to complete that project the one that you bought the fabric from the US, if the quilt shops are not here, is it?

I love being at the show it’s a great way for me to meet up with fellow quilters, customers and friends that I have not seen for a year. As a specialist web based business, it is the way my customers get to meet me and touch and feel fabric.

So much happens in our quilting world, there is always something new to learn and see. There is something special about spending time with like-minded people. Yes the show is a commercial venture but I think it’s more than that. We are very fortunate in the North Island to have the opportunity to attend two shows. Craft and Quilt Hamilton and Calico Christmas now called Auckland Festival of Quilts. This year I will be attending as a merchant once again and am really looking forward to it. More on that closer to the time.

Because this is my “home” show i.e. in NZ not Australia and I do not need to freight over the ditch, I do like to have a little special or two or three.

My special this year is Spend $75 or more on fabric and I will give you a specialist quilting tool free. The value is $34.00

1. Buy 1 Tucker Tool pattern get another free. Value $18.00

2. Buy a Wing Clipper Quilt tool and receive a free pattern .Value $18.00

To the girls who are not at the show I will extend this offer to you for 1 month until 6th October 2012.

Thought I would show you a little of what I have worked on this last week. We have a friend with a special birthday he enjoys being on ,boats so what else but a Mariners Compass wall hanging.

My helper Carlos wanted to be in the photo. Check out the boats behind.

Only two weeks to go until the Craft show, so better get my skates on, make a couple more quilts and cut more fabric.

PS Lesley from Australia sent me this picture from a Quilting retreat in Mansfield. Cute eh check out the Spicy Spiral Pattern they used.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

My Adventure to the South Island

Hello wonderful people,

I thought it was time for another blog post to let you guys know what I've been up to lately and what's on this weekend.

A couple of weeks ago I had a trip to the South Island. Flew in to Christchurch visited a number of Quilt shops:

Quilters Quarters in Rangiora it's a lovely big shop, helpful staff lots of different fabrics;

Bernina Dress Sundries ,they have moved since the Quake and are now in 466d Papanui Road;

Stitch at the beginning of Colombo street. Their specialty is all those gorgeous modern fabrics;

Cottonfield at Avonhead ,Beautiful store, stock those lovely Japanese Taupes among other styles of fabric. Took some pictures to show you all how flat the Canterbury plains are. Southern Alps in the background. Had the most beautiful clear days.

Then off to Ashburton to visit with Cindy and her team at Bernina. They have moved and are now part of the Hands Ashford village. If you have time well worth stopping for lunch and a wander around the super specialty shops.

Oamaru is well worth spending time checking out the lovely old buildings.Pics 4 5 6

The main purpose of my trip was to teach for Jan’s Patch in Dunedin. First a one day class “Circ-Elation” this covers 3 techniques to create circle blocks. Here are the girls and what they spent the day enjoying.

I had a wonderful day off on the Friday and took the opportunity to check out the local tourist sites. Again had the most wonderful sunny days (cold for a Nth Islander but mild for those hardy Sth Islanders) and the company of hubby who decided perhaps he could have a game of Golf in Dunedin and notch that venue up on his belt.

Saturday and Sunday taught my Lickerty Splits Class. This is creating a quilt using strata made with a Jelly fabric Roll . They all nearly completed their quilt tops on the weekend and Sue has sent me a picture of hers finished. Its beautiful.

Over the last couple of days I have been preparing for our local Quilt Show. The Whangarei Patchworks and Quilters hold their show every two years . There is amazing talent here in Northland and I know it will be stunning. Here are the details, please come for the drive if you can.

Whangarei Patchworkers & Quilters Club 2012

25th Anniversary QUILT SHOW

Forum North, Exhibition Hall

Rust Ave, Whangarei

10am to 4pm

Fri 3rd, Sat 4th & Sun 5th August

$2.00 entry fee

(children with adult have free entry)

100's of Quilts on Display

Local & Out of Town Merchants

Great Raffles


Check out the Quilt Whangarei Blog. There is a quilt made after my class a couple of months ago.

Thought I would show you a little of my slice of Heaven here on earth. OTP and introduce you to just 1 of my Furry Helpers (Spencer) you will meet the other soon.

Happy sewing!!