Thursday, May 29

Maleny Magic Retreat

I have been in Maleny Queensland this week teaching at a retreat run by Maleny Magic Patchwork and Quilts


What a spectacular view from the venue with the Glasshouse mountains as a backdrop


There were 27 ladies working on 8 different project. Here are just a few


Georgetown on my mind by Deb


Pam worked on Midnight at the oasis 



Brenda and Wendy were making What colour is an Elephant


Libby's Steampunk


Jackies Circle game


Jennifer's Broken Glass with vintage kimono fabrics


Emma's Gypsy wife


And Sues Circle Game in Japanese fabrics. The talented Cathy Hertzel was on hand with her killer machine skills to show the girls. Cathy has been teaching The Circle Game by machine up here on the Sunshine Coast and some of her girls bought their quilts along for show and tell


This is Cathy


And this is Barbara's version ( sadly my other photos were blury but I will see if Cathy can send some through) It was great to see all the different versions and in the class as a "challenge", everyone added a different border. Super idea


Of course we ate heaps. This is a gorgeous resturant called "secrets by the lake" 


And a little of this went on!


And some show and tell of past projects.
Of course this is just a small snippet of what has been a really fun week
Thank you to Bev who owns the store and organised the retreat with great attention to detail and also to Cathy.
It was great to meet and share the week with everyone who participated in the workshops and the girls who took the time to bring their Circle Game quilts in for show and tell.
If you are on the Sunshine Coast take a trip to this lovely little town and surrounding area

Jen xx

Monday, May 12

Quilt Market 2014

Jen and I are off to Pittsburgh in the states to attend the International Quilt Market.

The store is open as usual.
Monday to Friday, 9.30 am - 5.00 pm.
Saturday 9.30 am - 4.00 pm.
Sunday Closed.



The office is closed until the 22nd of May.
This means BOM, fabric clubs, online orders and online inquiries will be on hold until then.

We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.

xoxo
Lucy

Tuesday, April 29

Cut, uncut, finished block size etc

I get e-mails often regarding Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingwell. 
Expected! 
Print edition 1 did have errors which have been corrected (yay). We only have the corrected print edition available now, but considering other stores carry this pattern too, there are some edition 1 still floating around for sale.


Errors or no errors there seems to be some confusion about block measurements. People still think there are mistakes but I am assuming this is due to some terminology mix ups. I guess it all can be a little lost in translation between different countries and different stores. We all speak the same language but use different terms (wadding vs batting etc).

So let’s try and clear some of them up…


Finished quilt measurement means a completely finished quilt. Easy!


“Cut” measurements refer to a piece of fabric unsewn – so all seam allowance is included in this measurement.


“Finished block measures” refers to the block size in the completed quilt. This means a 4” finished measurement will be 4 ½” as a standalone block.


Let’s look at a simple Four-Patch block for example. Finished block measures 12”.


Cut measurement of the 4 squares would be 6 ½”.
  

This block will measure 12 ½” before sewn into the quilt. The extra ½” is the seam allowance.
 


I hope this post helps anyone who is struggling with any quilt pattern. They can be very difficult to read! I have never sewn on of my Mum's patterns before, so I take my hat off to anybody who has. They are complex!

Enjoy
xoxo
Lucy