May 27th, 2013
Over the past few days, I have been working on a sample of the Reversible Sunday Sling Bag pattern by Amy Butler. I have made it in Painted Summer fabric from In the Beginning Fabrics. I used a lemon background Hydrangea print on the outside and lined it with the orange daisy print. I think I am going through an orange phase at the moment.
The cutting out of all the pieces is pretty straightforward, although you do need to make sure you are folding the pattern on the correct line as some of the pieces are used more than once by folding on certain design lines.(Yes, I cut one wrong) Once you have cut out the fabric, you need to use these pieces to cut out each one in iron on interfacing and a couple in iron on pellon.
It takes a while to iron the interfacing and pellon onto all of the pieces, however, the final result is certainly worth it. The interfacing and pellon enhance the handle of the fabric and the bag is firm without being too stiff. It sits nicely against the body when carrying it rather that sticking out on your shoulder.
As with all of Amy’s pattern, this one is easy to follow with step by step instructions and illustrations. I especially love the inside with all its pockets. The piecing is not difficult, just a little awkward at times on some of the curved seams. That’s when having ‘needle down’ and a knee lifter on your sewing machine are very helpful. Thanks Bernina!
A fabric kit to make one in the same fabrics is available for $63.40. Iron on Vilene Interfacing is $2.20 per metre and Iron on Pellon is $11.95. The Reversible Sunday Sling pattern by Amy Butler is $19.95
January 25th, 2013
To celebrate Australia Day I have filled the window with fabric and patterns from Australian designers.
For your chance to win a pattern from an Australian Designer, simply make a purchase of $30* or more from now until Saturday 16th February 2013 and enter the draw.
There will one draw each week for the next three weeks and the weekly winner will win a pattern from one of the fantastic Australian designers listed below. All the entries will go in the final draw on Sunday 17th February 2013 for a fat quarter pack from either Leesa Chandler, Kellie Wulfsohn, or Michele Hill’s in stock fabric ranges.
Current Australian Designers are:
Angela Bradbury Cinderberry Stitches Don’t Look Now Hugs’ N Kisses Janelle Wind Collection Kookaburra Cottage Leannes House Leesa Chandlers Designs Lynette Anderson Designs Make it PErfect MAtching Pegs Designs Melly & Me Michele Hill Designs Moonshine Designs Natalie Ross in Stitches One Day in May Creations by Melissa Grant Pssionately Sewn Designs Patchwork with busy Fingers Paula Storm Designs Rosalie Quinlan Designs The Red Thread Trish Harper Designs Wattlebee Designs
You can look them up at www.sewbright.com.au/patternsbydesigner.html
Terms & Conditions of Australia Day celebration giveaway
*Minimum purchase to enter draw is $30(excluding postage & items on sale/reduced).
Personal shoppers, online and telephone orders are eligible to enter.
One entry per purchase
Pattern choices are limited to patterns in stock at time of weekly prize draw, subject
to the discretion of Sew Bright Alpine Quilting (block of the month patterns are not included in this giveaway).
Prizes are not redeemable for cash
Contact Angela on 03 5755 5118 or email email@example.com for further information
Week 1 winner drawn 3/2/13 is Diana B from Myrtleford. Diana chose Italian Mosaic by Leesa Chandler
Week 2 winner drawn 10/2/13 is Liz M from Bright. Liz chose Paris cushion by Hugs n Kisses
Week 3 winner drawn 16/2/13 is Joy M from Corowa.
January 17th, 2013
Award winning Australian quilter and author Gloria Loughman is booked to teach in Bright on June 27 & 28 2013
Gloria has a new book coming out in March 2013 and I am keen for her to return to Bright and teach us something new from the book. The title is Radiant Landscapes, it will be in stock once it is released.
Shades of the Forest is the class, it is a two day class which Gloria describes on her website as follows:
A forest is often filled with a play of light as the sun filters through to some areas and leaves others in mysterious gloomy shade.
A way of recreating this dappled sunshine backdrop is to tile a background in a variation of colors. The addition of detailed trees, branches and leaves in the foreground adds perspective and interest.
The tiled background is created by fusing small squares or rectangles. Consideration of the season and type of trees will be important design elements. Background colors could range from the stunning autumn tones of reds, browns, oranges and gold, to the new crisp greens of spring to the grey and white tones of the stark bleak winter. Participants will design their own wall hanging working from a photos, sketch or picture. Fusing, fabric painting, free motion stitching, bobbin work and quilting techniques will be included. This workshop is suitable for new and experienced quilters with patterns and suitable hand dyed fabrics available in class.
There are several other examples on Gloria’s website www.glorialoughman.com/workshops.htm
The class is now open for bookings, you can download the class registration form here or contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 03 5755 5118 for further information. The class price is $190 for the two day workshop including tuition, morning tea, light lunch and afternoon tea each day. A deposit of $50 is required at time of booking to secure your place. The balance can be paid in instalments with the total due May 31, 2013.
I can also assist you with accommodation recommendations, Bright has a huge range of properties from cabins to motels or
luxury B & B’s. Singles and groups welcome.
January 6th, 2013
Come to class and make the Wristlet Purse. This cute little purse has been designed by Moonshine Designs and is the perfect size to take with you when all you need is your mobile phone, keys, lippy and some cash. In just a couple of hours you will learn how to put in a zip, some free motion quilting (optional), complete your purse and make a sweet flower brooch to pin on it.
The cost is $32, which includes all the fabric (you can choose any fabric in stock), hardware, pattern and tuition. All you need to bring is your sewing machine and sewing supplies. Bookings essential. Contact me for any further details.
December 17th, 2012
The shop has been open five years today! I am sitting here with my friend Suzanne celebrating with a glass of bubbly. I am so lucky to be doing what I am, thank you to all of you who have supported the shop over the last 5 years and I look forward to seeing you next time you visit us in Bright.