Sunday, September 1, 2013

Pinapple Quilt

I have spent the past weekend working on my Pineapple Quilt.  I have always wanted to make a two colour quilt and this is my opportunity, Red and Creams/soft pinks.  It is going to be gorgeous if I do say so myself, but it is a great deal of work.

There were a few reds that had to be pulled because they had too much orange.  This is a great project if you want to play with colours due to the number of fabric variations you need.  I have 8 or 9 reds chosen and when the wrong red was placed in the pile it really popped out.  Have you ever heard the rule about piling up your fabrics and if one fabric leaps out and gives you a bad jolt then you pull it, well I had to do just that.  The creams were easy, I used creamy whites that were either tonal, cream on cream or soft (really soft) pinks on cream and a few red prints on cream.  The effect is beautiful.

The reds are a lovely cherry red!!  I have picked my centre to be pink with red.

Here are 8 of my 10 blocks.

The Pineapple block is a traditional quilt and is a great way to use up oodles of scraps, and I have found a ruler that is minimal on waste.  One of the big complaints with this block is the amount of waste but after shopping around on the internet and reading reviews I have chosen the Marti Michell Pineapple templates and I must say that my waste has been minimal and the instructions are fairly straight forward.  I will keep you up to date with how I get on.  This is a class we are running here starting on 20 September at 10:00 am until 2:00/2;30.  The class has been filling up so if you're interested give us a ring.

Happy Sewing!
Anne Marie

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Jelly Roll Class

Starting on 19 September, Thursday evening and possibly on Wednesday morning 18 September, we will be offering a fun Jelly Roll class.  Jelly rolls are a fantastic precut collection of fabrics created by the Moda Company and are the perfect solution for quilters looking to make a gorgeous quilt when time is at a premium.  I've always felt that Jelly Rolls are perfect for people new to quilting who want a scrappy look but don't have a stash quite yet.  You open your jelly roll and start sewing!

Here is a picture of the 60 degree quilt!  There are a number of options, these are just two.

I have gotten alot of questions about the classes and whether people are capable or am I going to learn anything, so I thought I would put  this post together.

First, everyone is capable of doing all the classes.  This isn't rocket science although there is a good bit of engineering involved sometimes.  Each class offers a unique experience and is filling a certain box or need. The Kim Diehl class is labour intensive but easy to do, it requires creativity with regards to use of fabric choices and the applique work is by machine and can be tricky.  The Pineapple quilt is also labour intensive and will challenge you to create a look with colour. The Pineapple quilt is all the rage with US quilters right now, a truly vintage quilt that every quilter should have in their collection.  The Jelly Roll quilt is the perfect quilt for those of us who have busy lives and just want to pick up strips and start sewing, there are tricks to making it all work and the patterns we will be working with are not easy but the project is perfect for those who only have small amounts of time for sewing.

There is a Fast and Fun class that is geared toward alot of people. Those who want a break from larger projects, or people who want to work on small projects and build up their confidence with their sewing and then the gals who want to learn how to do zippers and create fun small projects for gifts.

There is one thing that I do know, and that is, that it is more fun to create and share the journey with others than to travel alone.  The classes are about learning, making friends and enjoying a common passion.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Autumn Schedule 2013

Good Lord has it really been 5 months since I posted?!  This summer has been the toughest summer, my workload has quadrupled and although we had a fabulous July weather wise I am seriously looking forward to it being over.  Terrible I know.

Anywho, I am in the process of loading up the new term classes. I still have alot going on over here; semi-finals, quarter-finals etc and of course there are still B and B guests roaming around downstairs so please bear with me.  I should just scan in the pages from my notebook but I'm afraid my handwriting might be slightly illegible.

This quilt is from Carrie Nelson's Blog, La Vie En Rosie and I stole the picture without her permission, mea culpa!  I needed to share something and sadly at midnight I have resorted to stealing because I'm too lazy to go thru my photos from this summer.  This is one of the beauties we are going to be teaching this term in class.  A pineapple quilt, every quilter should have one in their press.  This is also a project that can be done as a 2 colour project, modern fabrics, brights and of course a scrappy traditional like the one above.  It uses 1 1/2" strips so a great project for using up scraps.  Ok folks, time to go to bed! Long Day Ahead!!!!

Ah, look another stolen photograph that I just swiped.  This is a two colour version.

Bye All,
Anne Marie

Monday, March 25, 2013

Never A Dull Moment

Do you know the phrase, "Never a dull moment"?  Well, that is a phrase that pretty much sums up my life everyday.  I have 6 classes this term and they are full up, several different levels of ability and many of the women travel long distances on a weekly basis.  The responsibility of keeping everyone motivated and progressing with their projects falls on my shoulders, I love my job but time does fly and my blog and facebook are not a priority -- my classes are!!  To give you an example, two lines of fabric came in over the past 4 weeks.  Two gorgeous lines of Moda fabrics, I haven't even finished the samples and the fabric is all gone!!! Time flies when your having fun.

Guess what else I've been doing!  We have a website and online shop, I have been loading fabrics onto our website at every opportunity.  I have many more to load so go and have a peak....I'll wait here for you!  We have been sending out packages for our customers for quite some time, hopefully this will allow our customers to see what's new and place orders from the comfort of their own home.

I have loaded up some new classes and a few weekends for those of you interested in a fun and productive weekend away.  The Applique II class is all about spray starch applique, my favorite method, there are only a few spaces left so if you are interested please give us a call sooner rather than later!

This is another project that has been eating into my time!  All of those quilts are hanging on my new quilt frame and you can see my Pfaff Grand Quilter sitting there ready to rumble.  Sew much fun, sew little time. I have played on a large practice piece and then put an old UFO on the frame.  I wanted to see how difficult it would be to quilt a top which consisted of blocks, and boy was it difficult.  Thankfully I used a quilt that isn't going to be a show piece or heirloom, it will find a home with someone who isn't hung up on the quilting -- like a family member!

I decided not to give you a close up photo, too terrifying!

Now that classes are finishing up I will hopefully have more time to blog and share the comings and goings here at Kilbora.

Happy Sewing!
Anne Marie

Sunday, January 6, 2013

January Project

Today I had the shop all to myself, my children were making the dinner as a special treat for me! Sew, what's a girl to do but start a new project with new fabrics.  First, the inspiration for this project came from a pattern in a new book that we ordered in for the shop.  Simply Fat Quarters, a book using all fat quarters and background fabrics; an assortment of both traditional and modern quilt designs. I am using Riley Blake fabrics that just arrived before Christmas and a few others that go perfectly with it!

The most important piece of advice that I can give any new quilter is read the instructions all the way through.  Just looking at a picture of a block and assuming that you know exactly how it's going to go together is a big mistake.  I decided that I was going to use 1/3 yard cuts and make a couple of extra blocks out of two of the pairs.  You see, the pattern calls for a whopping 24 Fat quarters and I only had 10; 24 fq yield 12 blocks, I need to produce 12 blocks so with only 10 fq/5 pairs I need to get two bocks per pair and in the case of two pairs I will need to get 3 blocks.  Does this make sense?  Here is where reading the directions thoroughly comes in handy!!!  I mistakenly didn't understand that all of the 2 1/2" squares are going to be used for a pieced border, I was rejigging my cutting and having a panic attack trying to get all of the squares cut.  When I went to sit down and sew my first test block, lo and behold the 2 1/2" squares weren't used. If I had read thru the directions I would not have wasted so much time having a the above panic attack!!!

Okay, now that I have everyone seriously confused and scratching your heads!  I have to cut the remainder of my fabric, I typically always make one block first before I cut too much fabric.  This is a protective measure, I want make sure that the directions are reliable and I don't need to fiddle with my seam allowance and it turns out exactly how it's supposed to.  Sew with the first block sewn and the results are fabulous, I proceed to cut up that gorgeous pile.  Another item, the orange appears to be very flash!  However, the orange does appear in two of the fabrics and it most definately will help the whole quilt pop.

Ta Da!!!!  Isn't this the lovely, so spring like.  I really enjoyed making this block, tomorrow I will be making more and will photograph some of the steps along the way and show you some of the other blocks.  I can't wait for tomorrow morning to arrive.
Happy Sewing!
Anne Marie

Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Idea for the New Year

I have a great idea for this coming year and it's going to be a oodles of fun for those of you that decide to participate.  Starting Saturday, 2 February 2013 I am going to offer those of you that are interested an opportunity to sign up for a UFO monthly get together. We provide the tea and coffee and you bring your own lunch and projects, you have use of the shop from 10:00 - 5:00 and the company of other like minded souls!  There is no charge for this, although a contribution of biscuits or baked goodies will be appreciated because you know how hard it is to keep up one's stamina.  There are so many women out there that don't have the company of a weekly group or don't have the time in their schedule.  I need a minimum of 6 people per session.  This is not a class but an informal get together, you'll find that if you are having a problem with a project then this is the perfect opportunity to consult with other quilters!  The dates are as follows 2/2, 2/3, 6/4, and 4/5.

Free Motion Quilting Class I - Sunday, 13 January
Just a quick reminder regarding an upcoming class on Free Motion quilting.  I have run this class at least twice in the past 12 months and it has been a huge success.  I will teach it once more and then we are on to Free Motion Quilting II in February, the class won't run again until next autumn.  Don't delay and sign up this week!!!  I do most of my own quilting and love the satisfaction of completing a quilt from start to finish.  This class will teach you what to practice and give you hands on experience stitching the different patterns.  You will complete a panel with over 20 patterns that you can practice on after class as well as use as a reference tool for future quilt projects.

Two examples of Free Motion Quilting with no pre marking or in the case of the 2nd picture, I used a connect the dots method!!

Tomorrow I'm going to show you my new project.  It's a fat quarter pattern and I've been cutting fabric this morning and hopefully there will be some sewing machine action tomorrow.  Yippee!!!!!
Happy Sewing
Anne Marie

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!  I am returning from my fabulously peaceful and restful Christmas Holiday, my family was visiting from the United States and it was lovely to turn off the computers and phones and just chill out for two and half weeks.  Recharging the batteries...

Any who, I did do a small amount of sewing over the Christmas holidays.  Most of the work was finishing up projects left unfinished, sewing bindings on and a few clothing repairs -- school uniform repairs to be exact!  I had a great time playing with Lil' Twister and my new Sizzix Cutter.
Charm pack and Lil Twister, we sell both the Lil Twister and the larger Twister template.

Tumbling Block table runner.
I enjoyed both of these table runners, quick and as always a great way to practice my free motion quilting.  With the left over charm squares I made this oven pad for the kitchen, I used 2 layers of Insul bright so it won't matter which direction you hold the pad.

Finished Cushion, just in time for next Christmas! LOL
I finished up my little snow lady just in time for next Christmas, typical!! The more I look at her the more I come up with more ideas on how to embellish the pillow with extra quilting.  The back of the cushion cover is an envelope style closure so I can continue to quilt it through out the year....

Awww, so cute.
I played with my new Sizzix Die cutter and look at this adorable Duck, how cute would this block be in a baby quilt.  Maybe tomorrow I will start putting together a sweet little quilt for display in the shop. These ducks will be available for sale in the shop complete with Heat n Bond already on the pieces.

Until tomorrow, I have a few more items to share but I need to pace myself.

Happy sewing!
Anne Marie