New Block of the Month in planning

Planning is underway for a new Block of the Month.  I have found a newly released book that will make a great quilt.  It has lots of lovely blocks for us to piece!  The finished result is pretty spectacular as well.

With the design taken care of my thoughts turn to fabric.  This quilt needs to be very scrappy with one fabric to pull it all together.  it would be a great idea to be able to use it as a fabric club – use pieces of all new fabrics that come into the shop.  But I need some to make a sample!  So to the shelves and off come a selection to be included as well!

some beautiful reds

stunning blacks

and gorgeous blues.

Now I had better get on with making some blocks.  Hopefully this weekend will see that happen!

The Block of the Month is planned to start at the end of the year, but no further information is available at the moment.  as they say “watch this space”!!!!!

Til next time – happy stitching

Carol

Star Gazing Tuesday

Our Churn Dash Tuesday is now finished and the next program – Star Gazing Tuesday will start next Tuesday July 4th.  Head over to our Facebook page for more details.

To coincide with this we are launching a new Facebook group – Magic Patch Sewing Room.  This group is a place to post photos of any item you have made that is from Magic Patch Quilting or a Carol Lewis Design.  It will be a focal point for our online community to share their work.

This group will also host programs such as Star Gazing Tuesday – big plans so stay tuned!

In the meantime I have had fun chosing my fabrics for my Star Gazing quilt.  All are currently available in the shop, a couple have just arrived!

A few backgrounds.

And some lovely blues and reds.  Can’t wait to see this quilt finished.

What will you choose for your quilt?

Til next time

Carol

Outback Wife Fabric

Featured in our window at the moment is our selection of this gorgeous range of fabrics.  We currently have three of the beautiful barkcloth prints.

The large pink flowers with the wheat stems in the background.

Allover floral of pink and purple flowers.

Exquisite yellow flowers with gold print behind

And a few lovely textured plains!.

What did we make?  So far two beautiful dresses!

  Taylah’s dress with great fussy cutting on the bodice.

 And Fiona’s featuring the plain fabric as trim.

My work in progress at the moment is a quilt from these lovely fabrics.  We are expecting more of the large prints to arrive at any time, the quilt will probably be finished when they arrive!

If you feel like you would like to try your hand at making a garment from these  or any other of our fabrics ask – if there is enough interest a class will be organised!

 

Lulu Lane fabric

A very pretty, fresh new range called Lulu Lane arrived instore this week.  It immediately set my mind to thinking about a quilt that I designed and made a long time ago called Gelato Delight.  A lovely range to remake it in I thought.


But which fabric will be best to use in the nine patch blocks?  I think these two would make beautiful blocks.


The star blocks.  Which ones?  Only this one left after I have chosen sashing and borders.


What to put with it? A quick look around the shop and I decide on a background fabric and to reuse one from the nine patch blocks.


Only decision left is which one for sashing and border.  Will this one be the sashing?


And this one the border?


Or will it be the other way round?  Time will tell!

Watch out for the updated Gelato Delight to appear in the shop soon.

Til next time, happy stitching!

Carol

Easter

Easter is almost here and we have a couple of last minute gift ideas to make.  A quick little bag to hold special easter eggs or a rabbit.  Just a reminder that we will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.  Have a special time and remember to eat lots of chocolate and hot cross buns!

New Arrivals in the shop……………

What happens when new fabric arrives that you can’t really remember ordering but you must have?  It also turns out to be a bit different from what usually appears but is so BEAUTIFUL you just have to use it so that everyone else can see the possibilities!

The mind immediately sees the great fussy cutting options!  But what to do with them?  As it is Mandala month in our most recent Block of the Month  this option springs to mind!

Out comes the fusible web and we start cutting and playing!

Until finally it is finished!!!

The result a stunning cushion to grace your home?  (Kits are available)

I wish working in a patchwork shop was like this everyday!  Believe me it’s not!! (a day in a thousand me thinks!)

Special quilt making journey!

During the journey of making my version of the beautiful Sundial Coverlet I learnt many more things than how to make a quilt!  It was a journey filled with emotion and wonder,  did the unknown maker of the original quilt enjoy the mathematical challenge of all the little pieces?  What was her original vision for this quilt or did it just grow with time?  Where did she find the time in her busy days to piece all these little pieces?  Did she work on her quilt by candle light at night?  So many questions filled my head as I imagined her life.  I had the advantage of computers, calculators, sewing machine, not to mention LED  lights.  But I did share the eternal problem of time!  My journey was shared with friends who also made their version of the original quilt.  Was hers a shared journey or a solitary one?  The fabrics I chose to use are all Reproductions to mirror those in the original quilt.  It is a very scrappy quilt but that doesn’t mean that each fabric wasn’t carefully chosen for each block!  Unfortunately our journey had to finish when the last stitch was sewn.

If you would like to make your very own version of the Sundial Coverlet the pattern is now available as a Pattern of the Month, along with starter fabric packs to help get you started.  Interested?  Contact us at the shop and we will be only too happy to help you start your journey.

Carol

2017 Collection Update

A couple of new pictures to add to the last post!

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We omitted to add the new Fig ‘n Berry Christmas Stitchery of the Month for 2017. Once again, it is a mystery quilt, but will feature an alphabet of Christmas stitcheries.  To all those stitchers who want to take part in this program next year it will cost $17.60 per month (plus P&H) for 9 months.  We will be starting March and Cottage Garden Thread kits will also be available.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP – January 24th 2017

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Examples showing bobbin work, free hand embroidery and thread painting.  All this can be achieved on a normal sewing machine!!  Come along to this workshop and learn how!

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP PROJECT UPDATE:

I finally finished the beautiful 1930’s Dresden Plate Quilt I was working on!  You can make this in any of our Casual Workshops!

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Look out for more updates for the 2017 Collection!

 

2017 Collection

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Casual Workshops: 

Tuesday 10 Jan – Saturday 14 Jan – Wednesday 18 Jan – Friday 27 Jan

For the freelance crafter, Casual Workshops provide a classroom and a teacher for a day! Work on any of your own projects or pick any of our shop projects (keep an eye on Facebook for the new projects in our 2017 Collection!)

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Machine Quilting Workshop:

PART A: Friday 6 Jan –  Walking foot technique

PART B: Saturday 7 Jan – Free motion quilting

Learn how to use your sewing machine to quilt your patchwork designs! Attend Part A to learn the basics, and then you have the option to add to your skill-set with Part B.

 

Colour Theory: 

Thursday 12 Jan

Learn the ins- and outs- of selecting colours and fabrics for your quilts and projects. A condensed version of a popular 2015 club, this one day version oversees you making a colour wheel for your sewing space to put theory into practice.  Kit available.

Get to know your machine:  

Saturday 21 Jan

The lovely Bree is gracing us with her expanse of sewing machine knowledge! Get to know all the wonderful hidden gems that are hidden in your machine and unleash your creative potential.

Machine Embroidery (on your machine!):

Tuesday 24 Jan

Bree takes a second sewing machine workshop, this time teaching you how to utilise your regular sewing machine to make beautiful embroidery.

Hand Sewing Day:

Saturday 28 Jan

Slow down and relax with a ‘No Machines Allowed’ day. Work on your own embroidery, applique and hand stitched projects or select from our Shop projects and 2017 Collection.   This would also be an opportunity to brush up on your wool applique skills if you are considering taking part in the ‘Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs’ BOM.

Price: $50 per day – fee includes class only (materials and patterns not included)

Time: 10:00 – 3:00

Enrolment: Call 5977 3332 or email query@magicpatchquilting.com.au to book your spot – $20 deposit required upon enrolment

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Class Block:

These classes run all year and are suitable for Beginners to the more advanced patchworker.  There are many projects in the shop to choose from or bring your own.  They run for  4 weeks allowing you to get stuck into your latest project, whatever it may be!

Structure 2 hours per week for 4 weeks
Price $75
Class Times Tuesday, Wednesday:

10:00 – 12:00

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:

1:00 – 3:00

Wednesday:

7:30 – 9:30

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Saturday Workshop

Don’t have time for a class block, then Saturday Workshops are for you!  Work on any of your own projects or pick any of our shop projects

Structure Casual all-day class held once per month
Price $50
Times 4th Saturday of the month

10:00 – 3:00

 

Friday Night Class

Friday evenings are dedicated to highly skilled reproduction quilts: The Sundial Coverlet, 1930s Farmer’s Wife or the new 2017 Hexagon Quilt

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Structure Friday evening classes held once per month
Price $30/month

Includes class and patterns
(Farmer’s Wife book sold separately)

Times 2nd Friday of the month

7:30 – 9:30

 

Saturday Sampler

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In its 4th year, the Saturday Sampler quilt sees you making a whole quilt worth of blocks for only $25… if you follow the rules! Pay a $25 join fee and receive block 1, come back next month on the specified Saturday with block 1 complete to receive block 2 free… but forget and there’s a $10 fee!

(See enrolment form for full details)

Structure Pattern and kit provided on 9 specified Saturdays throughout the year
Price $25 Join Fee

$10 to pick up each kit outside of specified date

Times Pick-up dates are usually the first Saturday of the month – see enrolment form for exact dates

 

Paper piecing club

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Learn a variety of English Paper Piecing techniques with the Paper Piecing Club. Four classes are dedicated to four projects; four classes are dedicated to a larger, ongoing project of your choice (a quilt? You pick!)

Structure 2 hour class, once per month for 8 months
Price $55 includes pattern and 4 kits
Times Saturday:

10:00 – 12:00

1:00 – 3:00

Friday:

10:00 – 12:00

 

Mystery Quilt Club

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The Mystery Quilt Club is a year-long club in which you make 4 pre-designed patchwork projects and the famous Mystery Quilt. At the beginning of the year you select which fabrics you would like to make your Mystery Quilt out of, not knowing what the quilt will actually look like… the intrigue!

Over the monthly classes you will continue working on the 4 projects, each containing a skill which reflects in the quilt design. Each month you’ll receive another piece of the puzzle that is your Mystery Quilt, and at the end of the year your Mystery Quilt and 4 projects will be complete!

Structure 2-hour class, once per month for 8 months
Price $55/month

Total cost includes classes, patterns for 4 projects and 1 quilt, fabric for 4 projects

Times Saturday:

10:00 – 12:00

1:00 – 3:00

Friday:

10:00 – 12:00

 

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Anni Downs latest ‘DANCING CHICKENS AND FLYING PIGS’

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The name says it all really!  A whimsical quilt in Anni’s usual style, made using wool applique and stitchery on Linen fabric.  Stunning!

Priced at $26.50 per month for 12 months plus P&H

SUNDIAL COVERLET:

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I have been asked to release the pattern for our very popular class to recreate the Sundial Coverlet.  This is a very comprehensive pattern with lots of information included to make this amazing quilt.  The pattern will be offered as a Pattern a month over 12 months.

Price : $30 per month for 12 months plus P&H

 

In my sewing room………

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My sewing room is a very busy place as I’m busy stitching away at new projects for 2017.  I wonder what these lovely hexies will become?

All will be revealed at the Christmas Party on December 2nd!

Please join us for a fun filled evening.  Make sure you bring some show and Tell along for us all to admire.

See you there!!!