Sunday, 23 March 2014

Boonah Guides Quilt Show & Australian Sewing Guild

Last weekend I attended the Boonah Quilt Show which is held every second year by the Girl Guides in Boonah. I haven't been able to make it to the last couple, so it was great to be able to catch up with some sewing friends, as well as doing a little shopping including shoes (on special - bonus) from Maynards.
Robyn Christoffel is my very good friend from a life time ago,
and is a very talented textile artist.
Teresa and Patricia had a stall for Close to My Heart Scrapbooking and I caught Teresa cutting out on the floor behind her stand.
Making the most of her available time.

Part of my role as Regional Coordinator with the Australian Sewing Guild
is to encourage new members and start new Groups.
Well there is a new Group called Common Threads starting very soon.
There will be a general interest meeting on Tuesday April 29 at 9.30 followed by their first Group Meeting on Tuesday May 6.
If you'd like to come along just give me a call on 0402 309 047.
We'd love to have you.

Zippered Clutch

I have made 3 versions of the Clutch featured in Threads mag 169 Nov13
Designed by Don Morin of
The red version is silk lined with a zany cotton print, using light weight fusible interfacing & Vliesofix. I felt this was too light and floppy so I tried
An embroidered heavy cotton lined with a bias printed cotton, using a stiff interfacing & 2 layers of Vliesofix.
The gerbera cotton print uses a bag wadding from Ingrid's with Vliesofix.
The second and third versions definitely have more body suited to a clutch, but are not as neat to sew.

Stitches and Craft Show in Brisbane

Daywear Category

Evening wear category
Spent 2 great days at the Stitches and Craft Show.
On Thursday I was modelling in the Australian Sewing Guild fashion parade which was enormous fun. The parade changed each day, featuring various members modelling their own clothes to "share and further the art of sewing", which is the Guild's motto.
We also modeled some creative knit wear by 

There was time to go shopping and catch up with friends.

On Saturday I was back again, this time Kate was modeling
some wearable art by Kirri Toose
Esther and Eliza modeled too.

You've got to check out Make it Hobby and Craft in Boondall
They have some amazingly cool fabric.
The range they take to Supanova is even bigger.

Pink panther - dress for Kate
Big Bang Theory and Glow in the dark Star Wars
for boxer shorts for Kate & James
Planets - shirt for Mark, because he is into astronomy

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Childrens Classes

 Natalie has made a stuffed toy for her baby neighbour
Georgia chose a vintage print fabric for an elastic waist
  skirt with contrasting pockets

Tahlia has just started learning to sew and has made an
 appliqued star cushion cover,
a lined pencil case, and has cut out a pair of boxer shorts.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Vintage Pattern becomes Modern Dress

Ellen loves a touch of vintage
She has used a vintage Butterick pattern and made some very simple adjustments.
By leaving off the sleeves and yoke, folding over a casing and adding a tie, she now has a modern summer maxi dress.

Ellen has also been making some overalls for her nephews.
Cute hey!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

February Classes

 There is always an interesting variety of projects 
on the go in general sewing classes ...
Baby Bonnets
Linen Shorts
Library bags
Scrap Hexagons

Donna has finished her first sewing project and quilt.
Such gorgeous autumn colours
Now she is drafting her own lined straight skirt.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Inspired by books

It's always interesting to see where students get their inspiration for sewing

Kate is making herself an Aline skirt from 
The Essential A-Line book

Sally has made a pair of reversible bubble pants for her baby niece from the Growing Up Sew Liberated book