Tuesday 27 September 2016

Craftsy 2016 Summer BOM

Back in July I stumbled across a new Block of the Month (BOM) that Carl Hentsch is hosting on Craftsy.  The pattern was modern and bold and featured bright solids on a black background. 

Over the next 6-months, Carl will release part of the quilt pattern and there is also a free online class teaching you how to make that month's blocks and demonstrating the techniques used for that month.  

Here are the first 3-months:


During July we made the centre medallion which was all Foundation Paper Pieced.


August was all about sewing curves.  There were 2 different curved blocks to make, and we had to make 4 of each.  The rainbow blocks were also foundation paper pieced.  It was rather tricky getting all the seams to match up perfectly.


September was all about triangles and squares.  The trickiest part was making the flying geese units which made up part of the 4 corner blocks.

I'm now at the halfway point of the project - only 3-months left to go and the quilt top will be finished. I'm absolutely loving how it's looking so far!!


Tuesday 20 September 2016

Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt - August

Here are my Farmer's Wife blocks for August 2006:

02 August - Block 18 - Carol
09 August - Block 93 - Starlight
16 August - Block 54 - Magnolia
23 August - Block 73 - Mrs. Taft
30 August - Block 89 - Ruby

Tuesday 13 September 2016

The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Sew Along - July

Here are my Farmer's Wife blocks for July 2006:

05 July - Block 21 - Carrie
12 July - Block 63 - Mollie
19 July - Block 56 - Marcella
27 July - Block 85 - Primrose

Thursday 1 September 2016

52 Quilters - Week 27 - Fiona Forsyth - Craft Alive Bendigo

One of the best events to happen each year in Bendigo is Craft Alive!  This year's was held 17-19 June 2016 at the Bendigo Showgrounds.

Craft Alive is Australia's Leading Regional Craft and Sales Expo over three fabulous days.  Annually bringing together both talented interstate and local exhibitors, focusing on creative Hand Finished Products, Do It Yourself Products, Craft Supplies, Homewares and creative workshops to inspire young and old. Customers have the opportunity to shop for something unique and special in the comfort of indoors. You can enjoy lunch or morning tea at the cafe, wander into a workshop and spend a leisurely hour having fun while learning new skills.

Exhibitor's can apply for any or all of the regional events. Craft Alive is a great opportunity for them to spread their wings, travel and expand their client base by showcasing their specialty product to customers throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Bendigo's Craft Alive is the largest in regional Victoria and has on average 100 exhibitors.  Here are some of this year's highlights:

one of the many scrapbooking & stamping stalls
Malcolm & Jackie from Brindabella Quilting Systems.
Brindabella Quilting Systems
Sue's Stitches - Lang Lang
Sue's Stitches - Lang Lang
Pauline's Quilters World www.pqw.com.au
Rosalie Dekker & I at Under the Mulberry Tree
Rosalie Dekker & I
Rosie is showing me her new BOM "Memories of Gembrook" made from her new fabric range "Gembrook"
Rosie is showing me her new BOM "Memories of Gembrook" made from her new fabric range "Gembrook"
Cottage Garden Threads stand and "Melly & Me" to the right
Most of the quilts & toys on display in this photo are by "Melly & Me" - I love those ducks!
Rosalie's Dekker's BOM - "United Stitches"
Rosalie Dekker's BOM - "Scandinavian Rose"
Rosalie Dekker's new BOM - "Memories of Gembrook"
Each year I give myself a set budget for Craft Alive & this is this year's haul of goodies.  I didn't buy any fabric this year, instead I purchased mostly quilting stencils, sewing notions and a few bits & pieces which I need for gifts.  I also bought myself a new quilt pattern (see next photo).
This is the pattern that I purchased from My Patch - "My Flower Bloom Quilt" by Janeene Scott - Passionately Sewn.  The background is low volume fabrics and the flowers are Kaffe Fassett.  I'm looking forward to making this!

For more information go to: www.craftalive.com.au