November 29, 2011
You are invited
to enjoy the spectacular new 2 part
DVD and BOOK trunk show by Patchworks Studio Divas
and Daphne Greig
Give & Take Appliqué™
is the “no waste” fusing method
that takes advantage of positive/negative design,
and a fusible like Steam a Seam 2.
It is a ‘two-for-one’ technique with perfect curves
and sharp points , guaranteed.
Daphne and Susan’s DVD shows you the simple steps for fusing,
cutting, machine appliqué and
Enjoy 2 hours of information and inspiration ,
including a trunk show of 30 of Susan and Daphne’s quilts,
and endless design possibilities with
EQ7 files and pattern PDFs.
Give and Take quilts
are featured in the companion book by Susan and Daphne .
New York Beauty Runner
is the suggested first project to make .
It is small and the best way to learn the Give and Take Appliqué technique.
French Country Danse
is a bed-size quilt using the same block design as the table runner, in a slightly larger size.
It is a great opportunity to use a coordinating collection of fabrics.
Chutes & Ladders
happens when a New York Beauty square block is turned into a rectangle.
This contemporary and intriguing asymmetrical block with many colour possibilities.
Grandma’s Pawpaws and Sweet Mixed Pickles
was inspired by a traditional Pickle Dish block,
Daphne first chose border fabric that she liked, then built a palette of fabric and colours .
The smooth curves and sharp points are easy to achieve with Give and Take Appliqué. .
Lupine Rings, a variation of
Wedding Ring made easy with Give and Take Appliqué is a lovely tradition to commemorate a special event-
like a spring wedding .
uses a ‘juicy’ colour assortment reminiscent of a traditional Drunkard’s Path block.
Like Susan, try it in your favourite colour, choosing values from light to dark .
Still a little unsure ?
Stencils by Daphne and Susan make it even easier and faster !
Friend Sharon Pederson, another Island author and designer, will give you even more
applique guidance and inspiration.
to come into Satin Moon
and find what happens when you take six classic quilt patterns and create two fusible appliqués with one cut.
This Saturday only Daphne will be here to answer your questions and autograph your books an DVD’s.
MORE TESTIMONIALS :
“Give & Take Fabric Appliqué” presents a fine two-for-one technique that offers hand or machine-friendly appliqué techniques perfect for all kinds of projects – and presents 12 different projects for using them. Patterns can be adapted to numerous patterns, traditional patterns can be used with the fabric appliqué approach, and full-page color photos and patterns make for a collection easy to duplicate. Any beginning quilter or newcomer to appliqué will find this a fine starting place! –James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review, California Bookwatch, November 2011.
Authors and quiltmakers Daphne Greig and Susan Purney Mark have been working on their “Give & Take Fabric Appliqué” design concept since 2006. This book is the result of their thinking about traditional quilt patterns, commonly constructed with traditional methods, and wondering how they can make these designs using their “Give & Take” appliqué technique. Give & Take appliqué is a method where patterns are created using fusible web. As you cut out the pattern you find a positive image and a negative image. Both of these images are then used to create the blocks. By combining this two-for-one technique you are able to make tricky shapes super easy to appliqué. The appliqué method of choice is of course machine appliqué and you are encouraged to use the decorative stitches on your machine. You will find a comprehensive section on fabrics, tools, materials and techniques. Start small with the table runner project and before you know it you will be creating quilts using long-time favorite block patterns such as New York Beauty, Double Wedding Ring and Pickle Dish with ease. Many of the 12 different projects in this book are fat quarter friendly and all result in spectacular finished pieces
“Give & Take Fabric Appliqué” is a sampler quilter’s workbook about using a new technique called Give And Take Appliqué. Using fusible web and a Teflon appliqué pressing sheet, along with an assortment of preferred fabrics, the quilter is taken step-by-step through the process of choosing design and fabrics, cutting pressing and stitching. The first two chapters deal with fabric fundamentals and tools and technique. Complete patterns for tracing appliqués are enclosed for a variety of beautiful appliqué projects. This book contains a plethora of creative appliqué quilted projects that can be tackled at the reader’s choice or discretion. Stunning full-color photos, clear concise instructions make the projects accessible to the aspiring, determined quilter. James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, The Midwest Book Review, Wisconsin Bookwatch, October 2011, The Needlecraft Shelf.
Such a fun technique. I am always up for trying something new yet often it takes too long to do it perfectly. This fun technique brings fairly instant gratification. The play of positive and negative gives a graphic dimension that makes even the least talented at choosing fabrics successful. Try it!
I had the opportunity to take a class from Daphne Greig and Susan Purney Mark at Quilt Market a few years ago where they taught this technique. I love the fact that there’s no waste—what you take from one block, you give to another. So I’m happy to see a book dedicated to this technique. Originally based on the New York Beauty style quilt, they have expanded to designs using the Double Wedding Ring and Pickle Dish! And you can certainly adapt the projects in the book to other patterns. Nice book!
November 13, 2011
Real life action figure
Jimmy McBride is the hot new man on the quilting scene.
his hand and machine quilted with hand embroidery, sent me on an intergalactic search .
Not too surprising, N.A.S.A. is a major inspirational source and promoter of
space themed quilts..
Judy Ross , our Washington neighbor has
What Hubble Saw , 41 inch by 38 inch
Astronomical quilts have a venerable past :
and wool and silk embroidery. was used as a teaching aid in Baker’s astronomy lectures and based on textbook illustrations available at the time. According to the museum, “astronomy was an acceptable interest for women in the 19th century and was sometimes even fostered in their eduction.”
The 7th planet from the sun was discovered in 1791 by Herschel, an astronomer.
This planet was later renamed Uranus in the late 19th C. This fabulous appliqued quilt depicts the 7 known planets, their moons, rings, and axis angles during orbit. A written label lends information regarding each planet; the colors are bright and the background toned. This quilt is absolutely attic fresh.Hammer Price: $64,000
But is is the Hubble Telescope
that has allowed us
new vistas of earth as seen from space
“Hubble to Earth” by Louise Harris
This represents the inner workings of the Hubble with earth’s blue oceans as seen from above.
Elemental Blue Water by
And of the heavens from beyond earth .
38″h x 62″w ©2008
A quilted montage of 8 public domain images of distant nebulas taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
The image is printed on EQ Printables inkjet fabric sheet The finished size is 12.5″ x 16″.
Constellation of the Deer
Cone Nebula by
Liz in Ypsilanti
challenged themselves with photographs from the Hubble Space station,
created a beaded Star nebula of evolon , purple velvet and angelina with
free motion embroidery mounted on black felt
with a needle punched edge.
The study of the stars inspired and explosion of colour energy by
by artist and author Judy Mathieson
and interior explorations like
Stellar Crystal by Margaret K Silverstone
Home Astronomy Quilt of the Week
Six by seven foot quilt consisting of 52 individual pieces (11 inches by 8 inches)
Let Judy Ross’s weekly journal project inspire you to launch your creativity into intergalactic exploration !
October 31, 2011
Mary is one of my favourite apron designers
One of the newest patterns offers 4 totally different patterns,
including a doll apron
which we showed
at the BC
Home Ec Teachers conference.
Along with the my new favourites shapes and styles
Easy Reversible Aprons
Of course I still love the comfort and design versatility
of Apple Cobbler
and the very easy Wrap Front.
I am very excited to have extra copies to sell of the YaYa sisters
Sew Sweet Gifts
A 24 page book of old fashioned projects,
sensible but stylish Lo-Sew and No Sew and are great for friends , family and bazaars
like ( but not the same as ) the following and much more :
Clothespin Holder ( 2 fat quarters)
Sewing Expo Backpack Totebag
Handtowel Baby Bib with Velcro Back Opening
Binkie Blankie (for the pacifier).
Besides apron patterns
We also have a selection of great Indigo Junction ,
and Vanilla House patterns,
if we don’t have the one you want , let us order it for you.
Need a quick grab and sew?
Our remaining Mother’s Apron kits are 40% off
October 9, 2011
I am stuffed with Canadian Thanksgiving pie
Pumpkin of course,
and excitedly thinking of fast and fun Halloween stash busters.
First to mind are pumpkins , from felt
and fabric pincushions
to a bounty of pumpkin
and delectable squash decorations.
I love this quick and easy wreath for the front door,
and a similar swag or bunting for the fireplace or stair railing .
Fused fabric or felt leaves
can be spiced up with felt characters
or candy corn , painted or pieced.
Whip up a very quick no sew runner with fabric strips , craft cloth and mod podge ,
Add a few Halloween napkins for decorative baskets .
A quick pin for yourself and friends is a must ,
maybe with a small bag of treats ,
or perhaps a real treat of a bag .
Still short on Halloween supplies or inspiration ?
September 25, 2011
Since its debut, the Pretty Little series has been a pretty big success–and this “best of” compilation presents 100 charming and totally easy needlearts projects from the previous eight books. From cozies, mini-quilts, and organic cotton pillows to pincushions, potholders, patchwork, purses and pouches, these stitched items feature the latest trends in fabric, design, and embellishment, Practical, adorable, and perfect to keep or give as a gift, every appealing.
You can try out a free project and see if you enjoy their style!
by Interweave Press is perfect if you love hand work.
Bringing together simple techniques and beautiful natural fabrics with elegant but easy-to-work designs, this workbook offers first-time stitchers and experienced embroiderers alike a hands-on guide for injecting garments and accessories with a marvelous palette of color. Simple hand-worked embroidery, exquisite natural fabrics, and several cross-craft techniques combine to create 12 striking projects with 20 elegant and contemporary designs.
The embroidery projects, each presented with step-by-step instructions and color illustrations, include a floral motif on a pair of Mexican-style espadrilles, a bull’s-eye pillow created in multicolored wool appliqu+, a beaded evening bag, a crazy patchwork cover for books and pillows, a heart appliqu+ quilt for a children’s bed, traditional floral motifs for a shirt or pair of jeans, and a flame-stitch canvas pillow.
I’m already excited about Christmas pleasures!
September 11, 2011
Commentary and quilts by Jennifer :
Thistle Pods, Judy Niemeyer Quilting (96×96)
Judy Niemeyer designs a big but, oh so rewarding paper pieced quilt.
Traditional feathering is what this quilt needed to maintain its theme.
Love the colours,
LOVE all 2354 pieces that it needed,
love it even more now that it is finished!
The family name for this quilt was “Ethel Thayer’s Thistle Pods”.
Memories of Sisters”
Memories of Sisters, Vivienne Moore Designs (29×39)
Vivienne Moore’s wee quilt provided me with a larger than postcard memento of the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show. Quilts in front, the barren floor of the forest, the tall Ponderosa Pines and the misty cool mountains beyond are exactly what the view is if you are fortunate enough to visit this sweet Oregon town on the second Saturday in July. Mostly stitch-in-the-ditch completes this mini quilt.
Poppies, Pamela Mostek for Clothworks (56×56)
Pamela Mostek’s pattern has bold and beautiful blooms mixed in with crazy fabric choices.
Who would have thought they would all go together to make such a vibrant and stunning quilt? Accent quilting around the poppies creates a 3D effect.
Coneflower Garden, JWD Publishing (51×65)
Yes, they ARE coneflowers although they have also been known as jellyfish
(The Jelly Quilt) in our family!
Tone-on-tone quilting enhances the pattern while subtly creating another dimension to the piecing. However you see them, they sure make a pretty wall hanging.
Coneflowers? Jellies? Whatever! Pattern by JWD Publishing
Shades of Autumn, Kathleen Starr, Starr Design Fabrics, Inc. (60×60)
Golden summer ripens into a riot of glorious fall splendor. September signals the start of a new school year and our colourful summer memories remain vivid as they float lazily around us on the backs of falling leaves. A stipple and meander quilting job keeps the “airiness” of this quilt. Shades of Autumn by Starr Design Fabric
“West Coast Stars”
Fractured Stars, Lawry Thorn, Stitchin’ Post Publications (57×67)
Ocean shades of beautiful fabrics all blend together to make this a very restful and calming quilt.
Grid work, feathers and
creative ruler work support the overall design.
Wall hanging or throw – a lovely quilt that reminds us of the fabulous ocean we have outside our doors. No wonder everyone comes to visit us here! Aren’t we lucky to live in such a remarkable place? Fractured Stars pattern by Lawry Thorn
Sisters Scape, Valori Wells, The Stitchin’ Post (80×96)
As the youngest in the family, I have been influenced by my older sisters since the minute I was born. I have watched Paula draw, sculpt, paint, write, sing and create art that expresses her views on life. I have modeled for, edited with, been sung to and laughed with her for years. She was my greatest cheerleader in all my creative avenues.
“Just try it, Jenny”.
We shared a room. Julie was the reason I actually started quilting. She had sewn for years (Mum’s genes that I didn’t get enough of!), and had watched me struggle trying to make just about anything. She sent me a large nine-patch Christmas quilt with some pre-printed blocks in it. I did it! And survived! There was a sigh of relief from the members of my household and I was inspired to try something else.
Julie never made it to Sisters, Oregon, though we bought this pattern together. I used some of the hand-dyed fabrics we made together in my garden. Both Paula and Julie saw this quilt in its final stages, though it was not yet completed. Valori Wells’ pattern is named for the range of mountains near her home (Sisters Scape), but for me the title and mountains have a whole different meaning.
My label says it all.
“The Gypsy Quilt”
Maypole by April Cornell, pattern by Lisa Christensen for Moda (74×85)
This colourful quilt is simply pieced and quilted and makes me feel happy every time I see it. The fabric is bright, busy and full of movement, and the all-over loop design contributes to a carefree feeling. The April Cornell Fabric does all the talking, and that’s fine by me.
Maypole pattern by Lisa Christensen. Free at Moda
Garden Trails, Kathleen Starr, Starr Design Fabric, Inc. (79×79)
Quiet, soft, pastel shades and delicate flowers on vines remind us that spring has come and it is time to get out and begin reclaiming your garden.
A centered edge-to-edge pattern as well as free-motioned vines and leaves create movement.
Starr Design Fabric calls this pattern “Garden Trails”.
High Desert Paprika, Valori Wells, The Stitchin’ Post (80×92)
A VERY large pattern is used for some of this paper piecing.
I loved the soft earth tones in this design and was able to play around with different quilting techniques in the blocks and borders. I nearly called it “My Mum Likes Cacti”. High Desert Paprika pattern by Valori Wells.
And Your Point Is…With a Twist, Crooked Nickel Quilt Designs (46×58)
What were we thinking to select all these loud and vibrant batiks and stick them all in one quilt? What does it remind you of? Mardi Gras? Circus colours? It sure wakes up the senses and is a great way to use up scraps. Accenting the flowers in the borders and using a peacock pattern in the sashing anchors this busy, patterned quilt. Crooked Nickel Quilt Designs.
Indian Vine, Leslie Price, Painted Pony ‘n Quilts (60×72)
I never liked the 30’s fabrics! What happened? Saw this “Indian Vine” pattern from Leslie Price and fell in love before I realized what it was. Yoyos? Never liked those either, but now they are on, I am reluctantly admitting they do add that extra something. Micro-stippling in the panels allows for the vines and flowers to really pop. Now it’s a favourite wall-hanging and I’m looking at the 30’s with different eyes!
Celtic Wave, Judy Niemeyer Quilting (90×90)
Made as a wedding gift and stitched with love for a special couple. Pebbling creates texture and shows off those medallions. Feathers and grid work are also included. Are you able to find four hearts? All 2700 pieces of fabric in Judy Niemeyer’s pattern allows one to REALLY explore their love of geese, geese and more geese.
August 28, 2011
What are the young girls doing?
It is often the people who have never made a quilt who are the most open to the process of improvisation, because they don’t have to fight down THE RULES.
Inspired by the Quliters of Gees Bend ,
are approaching quilting as exploration and process.
Discovering without rules .
Often beginning with a wonky log cabin
” to quilt outside the lines and to find our own voice as quilters”
Fresh, incongruous ,
mighty fine and fun stuff.
Try some !
Modern Quilt group meets
July 24, 2011
Eileen Neil, Vancouver Island’s own
orchestrated a delightful and comprehensive day
talented and enthusiastic
so of course her store
to charm each person
with their heart’s desire .
Patient demos were supplemented with extensive notes
and individualized attention.
by the many
on all the tables
around the classroom.
was provided with
advanced technique samples.
Eileen shared her
favourite books .
She even treated herself
to some of our holographic, Krenink threads!
A very happy day for all!
July 17, 2011
eliminates the need to directly mark your quilt top,
and can be done
AFTER the quilt is sandwiched , even after stitch in the ditch stabilizing is complete.
Daphne would love to guide and share all her tricks with you in her August classes
Saturday, August 13, #44 walking foot in the morning
and #45 free motion , in the afternoon
with dogs down, of course.
July 3, 2011
While shop hoppers buzzed in and out of Satin Moon
3 elves magically came into being.
Design Diva, Lisa Girard, of Tivoli Designs
over saw the construction
of yet another advent calendar whimsey.
Julnissen are helpful household fairies that bring good luck to the home,
important components of Lisa and my childhood memories .
First colourful body parts and appendages,
and hats were created.
Jumpers with pockets to hold goodies,
enlivened with cute as a bug ribbon from our children’s section ,
and appliques ,artfully cut by Lisa
and skillfully sewn
were readied for the waiting bodies.
Time to get dressed!
A few little tugs and
Uff da ,and they were ready,
to jump on the Christmas express train ,
and get to the village
so they can get to work
on Christmas delights ,