Saturday, December 26, 2009

Last post for the year

This little moth was waiting to be saved this morning.
I love the colour of the soft drink, and the contrast.

My lovely little vintage angel from Camberwell Market.

Paris sign bought at Tinsel trading in New York. Effie made this great gingerbread house for me! Delicious!

This will be my last post for this year. Christmas is over and I have a few days off.
It has been a great year in the shop and my wonderful staff are having a well deserved rest.
I am working in Patchwork (open Tuesday to Thursday this week) Scarlet Jones is closed for two weeks.
I have reluctantly decided it is time to sell Patchwork on Central Park next year.
Meanwhile it's business as usual with lots of great classes and fabrics coming up next year.
Hope you all have a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

How to Make a Ripped Quilt

I promised to give a quick run down, on the basic recipe for my quick ripped quilts.
So here goes!
Quilt is made from 10 x 1/2 m 's
Choose one amazing piece of fabric for centre (feature), then co-ordinate 9 other fabrics to match.
Try not to use any more than 3 colours, from this main fabric for your co-ordinates. (don't worry about shades they will all work.) use a variety of small medium and large prints.
Trust your own judgment!
Cut feature in half, to make 2 fat 1/4's (50 x 56cm) set one aside and cut the other in half across fabric.
Rip each of the other 9 pieces into half lengthwise selvedge to selvedge.
Cut each piece into three random size pieces, mix up fabrics.
Sit at the machine and sew the pieces together into one long strip. (pick up pieces that you like together)
Starting with fat 1/4 sew patchworked strip onto one side, cut off excess.
Turn and sew strip to next side.
(same method as making a log cabin block)
continue until all fabric used. This will make a square quilt. If you want a rectangle just put an extra strip top and bottom instead of all around.

Hope I haven't confused anyone! You are welcome to come into the shop and anyone who is working will give you a demo!

Trim as you go. Enjoy!
Go back through the past posts to see the other photo's of this quilt.

I am more than happy, to make up kits for you. Just choose one fabric on our online store and I can do the rest.

More Crochet

This is my dear mum, Metta May making her latest rug. I love how it is turning out.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mum's mats

I still need to learn a bit about this blogging stuff but I am happy enough to muddle through.
These are a couple of the wonderful crochet rugs my lovely mum makes. Mum is now 89 and does not like having nothing in her hands, so she makes these rag rugs using all the leftover scraps from the shop.
She always says she just puts them together but if you watch her she thinks very carefully about what goes together, as you can see.
I will put a few more on in the next couple of weeks, hopefully better photo's.

Monday, November 30, 2009

New Quilt

I must say I am the Queen of quick quilts. I love the look of random quilts and find them the most fun to create. I love, using interesting fabrics.
This quilt is made using my usual formula of ten 1/2 metres fabrics. and starting with a fat 1/4 in the centre sew 9 1/2" strips around in a log cabin pattern.
Email me if you want more info and I am always happy to impart info free of charge.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Christmas Tree in Grand Central Station NY

Printed Linen

Tomorrow I am off to the printers to pick up my latest run of this great Printblock print.
I have always loved this design and am unsure how old it is. It was among antique blocks that I purchased in Sydney quite a few years ago.
I was always sorry I didn't buy more.

Linen printblock print

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wait there's more

more quilt photo's

Japanese Quilt at Housten Texas

Hi, I am finally back. Sorry life just goes too quickly. This is a gorgeous quilt I saw on my recent trip to Housten.
I had the loveliest time and I will try to put a few more images up of this fabulous quilt to inspire.

Friday, October 16, 2009

project - patchwork bag

another great idea for your fabric scraps! stitch together a patchwork bag. perfect for spring!pictures from Fabric! by Masaki. avaliable instore or online.

love - amy butler

new Amy Butler range love in store this week! botanical florals, spots and paisley prints in beautiful summery colours!
all $26.60 a metre.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

hide & seek melbourne

this is a great little book to some well kept melbourne secrets. avaliable in store or online!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

project - book covers

here's a little book cover project thats great for little scraps of beautiful fabric! perfect for protecting your favourite novel, diary or notebook from wear and tear. (these would also make great xmas gifts for book loving friends and family!) we have lots of fabric instore for little projects like these!

(pictures from a japanese craft book)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

some pieces of spring

spring is here and we have a huge range of floral fabrics at Patchwork! including the largest range of Liberty fabric in Australia, and the beautiful Nani-iro range from Japan (the cut out is a nani-iro print)...

so come in, be inspired and start a new project! 

Friday, October 2, 2009


lots of fabrics now in our SALE section now online - all $15 a meter!! have a look!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

NEW fabric instore! xmas range

I know it's barely october, but we have some new xmas prints instore this week! so time to get started on all those handmade xmas gifts - no time to loose!

NEW fabric instore! bari j full bloom range

gorgeous 100% cotton florals from Bari J Ackerman for Windham instore this week! We also have some new childrens prints, retro prints and more.. have a look online or come instore!

Friday, September 25, 2009

one more!

Yes another one! Simple patterns for women with gorgeous photos - in store now!


Thursday, September 10, 2009

girly style wardrobe

Another beautiful Japanese pattern book full of sweet photographs and easy to make patterns for girls. in store now!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Masaki & Garden

a beautiful Japanese book full of Liberty fabric inspiration.. I thought I would share some pictures with you today. we also have lots of new Yuwa fabrics in store too this week!

have a lovely week-end!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

japanese clothes for kids!

new book!!

Another beautiful japanese pattern book.. this time full of simple kids clothes. the photography is inspiring even if you don't sew! but its sure to convince you to try something.
avaliable online or at Patchwork!


Saturday, August 29, 2009

kaffe fassett's quilt romance

new book!!
This new collection of 20 quilt designs will suit all skill levels and is inspired by the classical architecture in the Welsh village of Portmeirion. Each design is accompanied by a flat shot with detailed written instructions, coloured piecing diagrams, templates and a tips and technique section covering all the piecing methods used. Avaliable online or come into Patcwork to have a flick through!


Friday, August 21, 2009

some inspiration..

another beautiful japanese book fabric. i thought i would share some of its inspiring projects with you today..

have a lovely week-end!

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