Celebrate! by Kathy Doughty

Kathy's new range has arrived in store recently and it is a beautiful combination of eclectic designs including pineapples, flowers, patterned squares, and vases full of animals. The vases of animals can be used as a feature, while the animals on the chain links would look fabulous in a border. The ability to fussy pieces from this range is it's strength. A quilt of whimsy can be created, and those quilts are the best kind.

The Fleurieu Quilt

The Fleurieu Quilt kit or Block of the Month is now in our online shop.

The Fleurieu Peninsula is located to the south of Adelaide in South Australia and is named after French explorer Charles Pierre Claret de Fleurieu.  In 1800 Nicolas Baudin, another French explorer, was sent on an expedition to Australia with zoologists and botanists to map the coastline, and he was the one who gave the name to the peninsula in 1802.  It became official in 1911, and to the people who live here in Adelaide, it is renowned for beautiful countryside, delicious wines, great food, picturesque surf beaches, and pretty townships.

The Fleurieu Quilt is made up of four sections and is finished off with a double Uzbek border.  It encompasses applique, paper piecing, embroidery, machine quilting and hand quilting.  From a traditional dresden plate to a cute kangaroo, this quilt is an eclectic mix of shapes and ideas which will keep you sewing right up until the last border.

Made in French General's Pondicherry fabric, this quilt is a nod to South Australia's connection to the French.  Merci mes amis!

Uzbek cot quilt

We have a new cot quilt kit available (try saying that really fast), and isn't it the sunniest little quilt you've ever seen? The kit includes the Uzbek shape template from our friends at Material Obsession. It is super easy to use, and when you combine the shape with this happy range from Riley Blake Designs, Toy Chest two, you can construct this sweet little quilt really quickly. The finished quilt size is 35" x 43" and the kit includes the pattern, template and fabric to make the quilt below.

Lotta Jansdotter, Hemma

The beautiful Scandinavian inspired designs of Lotta Jansdotter are currently filling one of our windows at Hettie's Patch. She chooses clear, strong colours to enhance her half moon, tulip, and cats in this range called Hemma. These are gorgeous when sitting together, but you could easily incorporate the denim blue, dark grey, grass, yellow, and mandarin colours into a modern quilt with other fabric ranges too. Come to think of it, these would make fabulous tunics. 

Moda scrap bags

The thing with wool appliqué, you can collate little pieces of varying colour with different coloured threads, and create a whole picture of richness and texture. We have some new Moda Scrap Bags available in store and they may be perfect for you if wool appliqué is the thing you fancy. The wool scraps are of varying sizes, approximately 5" x 4" and smaller, and the bags vary in colour. 

Helen let me open the scrap bag she bought so that I could show you all of the beautiful colours.

Helen let me open the scrap bag she bought so that I could show you all of the beautiful colours.

And there's still more from Helen's scrap bag.

And there's still more from Helen's scrap bag.

This bag seems to be more of the cooler colours.

This bag seems to be more of the cooler colours.