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 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

52 Quilters - Week 27 - Fiona Forsyth - My Favourite Quilty Hang-outs

I tend to spend most of my time at home either in my sewing studio or sitting on my "soffice" - sofa/office - hand sewing:

My Sewing Studio
My Sewing Studio
My Sewing Studio
My Sewing Studio - view of the "Nut House" where my secret sewing squirrels congregate
My Sewing Studio - view of the "Nut House" where my secret sewing squirrels congregate
My Sewing Studio
My Sewing Studio
When I am not at home, these are a few of my favourite Quilty hang-outs:

Honeysuckle Stained Class & Patchwork - Bendigo 

My local quilt shop is Honeysuckle Stained Glass and Patchwork - which is owned by Nicky & Peter.  They have a large range of traditional and modern fabrics, buttons, ribbons, trims, DMC threads, Cottage Garden Threads, and other sewing notions.  Nicky is a modern quilter so she has a good selection of the latest fabric lines & is very knowledgeable.  If you lose me in the shop you will often find me in the Kaffe Fassett corner drooling over all the pretties!! Honeysuckle are a Quiltworx certified shop and they regularly run classes on the premises.


Honeysuckle Stained Glass and Patchwork
2 Havilah Rd, 
Long Gully (Bendigo) 
Victoria 3550 Australia

Opening Hours: 
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm 
Saturday 9am – 12noon

Spotlight Bendigo
I often refer to the local Spotlight store as my second home - as I live less than 5-minutes away, I often pop in to get my supplies. Spotlight is Australiasias largest supplier of Fabric, Craft, Party and Home Interiors, with Superstores in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia.

Further afield - Ballarat is just down the road a bit from Bendigo :-)
Cotton Factory - Ballarat

My home away from home is Cotton Factory in Ballarat and I tend to go down there a few times a year.   Ballarat is "just down the road a bit" from Bendigo (it is 123kms south west of Bendigo - and it takes about 90-minutes to drive there). Cotton Factory is owned by Alison von Bibra (known affectionately as "#theAlison").  Cotton Factory is a small business in Ballarat with an aim to make craft available to everyone. They work with many independent Australian pattern and fabric designers to bring you some great goodies. Alison recently attended Quilt Market in Salt Lake City and she has access to all the products that are about to hit the market.  Here is a link to a previous article I wrote about Cotton Factory

Beyond these unassuming lime green doors lies lots of pretty treasures!
THE Alison - Alison von Bibra - Cotton Factory Ballarat

Cotton Factory
128 Clyde Street
(Cnr of Brougham Street)
Ballarat, Victoria, 3350, Australia
Opening Hours:
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
10am to 3pm
The online shop is ALWAYS open.

Cotton Factory Community Block Swap


A common theme when crafters talk about swaps, is how hard they are to organise, how varied the fabrics are (some chain store, some high quality fabric store, some Vintage) and how hard it is to manage when people don’t follow through. Cotton Factory is hosting a community block swap where you are guaranteed to receive your swap blocks.  The swap is open to Australian Quilters and Overseas Quilters and will work as follows:

All fabrics have been chosen by Cotton Factory. They include Carolyn Friedlander, Art Gallery, Jen Kingwell, Free Spirit and a range of well known, best quality, quilting cottons. For enquiring minds, the colour scheme is: mustard, teal, muted oranges and hints of citrus. Cotton Factory has partnered with Eye Candy Quilts to provide the pattern in your Block Swap Packs, at cost.  

Recapping key dates.
  1. To start, just purchase a Block Pack before the end of July 2016.
  2. Make your blocks
  3. Post your swap blocks such that they arrive at Cotton Factory by 31st August 2016
  4. Get ready to receive your Swap blocks later that same week (or early the following week – dependent on Australia Post, the Universe and the usual postal planetary alignment).
  5. In your own sweet time you make up your quilt. Keep using the hash tag #cfcblockswap, so we can all stay connected with your progress.
Sadly my Block Pack did not arrive in time for my 52 Quilters take over week however, Alison did give me permission to share some of her photos:

photo courtesy of @Cotton_Factory
photo courtesy of @katharine_von_bibra
UPDATE - this swap has since closed.

For more information about the #cfcblockswap, please go to: