Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Fabric Marking Pens

Over the last year I have been happily using the Pilot Frixion pens to mark my light fabric quilts until I read an article by Jenny K Lyon on her blog http://quiltskipper.com/2015/08/frixion-pens-all-you-need-to-know/ .  Its worth a read so I encourage you to read her article.  Basically even though the markings iron out, they do not wash out.  So my quilt markings can reappear any time when the surrounding  temperature is close to zero.  Frixion pens are made for paper only. :(

Tonight I have tested a new Product introduced into New Zealand.  The Sew Write pen.  Especially made for marking fabrics.  The pen markings iron out as well as rub out.



The pens come in three colours.  Black, Blue and Red.

I proceeded to mark my batting and blocks with the blue.

I'm not sure if I have been sold a "lemon" but the blue pen stopped marking after a few blocks.  I also noticed that I just couldn't draw one line, I had to redraw it so it could be seen.  Note the markings in the bottom block (left)

I proceeded to work with the red and that appears to be working ok at this point.
 


Lines disappeared quickly with the iron. 



My Verdict.


 I will buy another blue and continue using these over the next couple of months. 

They are very reasonably priced.




I will keep you up to date on these pens.
Shirls
 

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Quilt as you go - Nancys Stitch Studio

Yesterday was day two of my QAYG workshop.  It was a chance for me to tweak it before I teach this the NZ Quilt Symposium next year.

Here is my class sampler.

Here are some of the photographs of completed quilts from my previous workshops.



the back
 
the front

 
Photographs from yesterdays workshop.











When laying out your quilt blocks use the camera on your mobile phone (you always have it on you) to view your blocks.  Below Lisa has tried out three different layouts.  This helped her to decide if she needs to make more blocks, which colour way and how big to make her quilt.




Catriona's quilt layout
Great students, venue and lovely fabric choices.  Bit of a worry when I covert my students fabrics!

I look forward to seeing these quilts completed and will share these with you at a later date.
Happy stitching
Shirls

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Wellington Quilters Guild Exhibition

Its been a busy few weeks with lots of quilts on display at the various exhibitions.  Today I visited the Wellington Quilters Guild exhibition.  It was held for two weeks with today being the last opportunity to see these stunning quilts.
I have seen lots of posts on social media showing the winning quilts from this exhibition.
Here are some I would like to share with you.  Enjoy
A different Approach by Claire Hodgson

Fire by Marilyn Daly

It take a Village by Marilyn Daly

Look Mum no rulers by Catherine Croucher

Navajo Journey by Stephanie Taylor

One Row at a time by Mary-Anne Georgiou
close up of One Row at a Time


Pine Green Blue by Catherine Croucher

Remembrance Scully Series #7 by Marilyn Daly

Street Lights Through Fog by Jill Bowman
close up of the couching in Street Lights Through Fog



Summer in Minnesota by Shanon Peters


Swatches Quilt Jacket (back) by Anna Hicks


Swatches Quilt Jacket (front) by Ana Hicks


Waharua by Jackie Bailey
(Started in my Quilt As You Go Class.).

Taupo Quiltmakers Exhibition

For my oversea's readers, Taupo (Town) is in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand.  Taupo Quiltmakers held their bia-annual exhibition at the beginning of this month.  It was a great honour to be invited as guest exhibitor, to judge their challenge and to speak at their club evening. 

Here are a few of my photos from their exhibition.  I was impressed with the amount of hand quilting and hand applique work.

Farmers Wife by Heather Hanrahan

Flower Power by Fiona Hussey

Made by Dulcie McClintock


Heather on the Moor by Debra Munro

Jacobs Ladder scrap quilt by Lynley Paine

As this quilt was so high up I was unable to read the quilt name made by Yoko Saito.
The applique and quilting on this quilt was beautiful.


Korowai by Julie Brunton

Lilies made by Margaret Boyt

Moody Blues & Aqua Hues by Cris Cunningham

Naomi's Quilt by Diane Pilbrow

New York Metallica by Karol Rose

String of Pearls by Peggy White

Triangle Pursuit by Julie Brunton

View of the Sea by Wendy Hilhorst
 
My quilts exhibited at Taupo Quiltmakers Exhibition.
 
Once again a big thank you to Christine Beavis and the Taupo Quiltmakers for making me feel so welcome and looking after me.  
 Shirley