Tuesday, 30 June 2015

.: #cottonandsteelminiquiltswap :.

My Cotton+Steel mini has been finished, posted, and arrived safely with JoAnne in Arizona - so it's finally time to share some pics. 

The #cottonandsteelminiquiltswap was started and coordinated by Shannon from @modernstitchinmama on Instagram - and I signed up straight away despite my 'No Swaps in 2015' rule, because ... it's Cotton+Steel!  I was in team #tinselchen, led by Chen from @mushyhed.  Both Shannon and Chen did an awesome job in keeping everyone motivated and up to date. 

My partner JoAnne said she liked teal, greens, purple and beachy colours - so I made a little segue in trying to stick to those colours while making little scrappy 'beach huts', using Camille's Mini Dwell pattern.

It was fun choosing all the fabric combos for the huts, particularly the little fussy-cuts for all the doors.  My favourite is the little green rabbit.  And do please notice the 'Arizona' for JoAnne's home state!

I counted how many different fabrics I used, but of course have now forgotten.  It was very scrappy though, and I was so happy to use as many gorgeous Cotton+Steel fabrics as I could.  Here is the back (before I added the label).

And here is my final swap package - I added in some Furry Friends, one of our panels, and Peta's True North mini pattern.  Everything arrived safe and sound with JoAnne in a little over a week - awesome work by Australia Post and whoever they hand it over to in the US.

It's school holidays over here - at last, some breathing space, sleep-ins and no school lunches to make.  Hope your week has started well.  xoxo cat

Thursday, 11 June 2015

.: a little shop update :.

Just popping in to say we've reduced our t-shirt and also panel prices in the shop, so by way of joining in the party, here are a lot of photos for you to scroll through!

We would love to sell out of all our current designs, to make room for new ones, so when you get a minute, please pop across for a little look.

We are not even sure if we have shared all the t-shirt designs in this space, so here's a little reminder.

All our shirts - at the moment - have a quilting/sewing theme.

They're very light-hearted, and a bit of fun - and perfect to wear to a quilting class, sew day, to buy fabric, hanging out with like-minded friends, or just when you are sewing at home.

We created the #catandveesaidsew hashtag to go along with them.

The message board below was designed and made by our clever friends Katrina and Mark of Floral and Hardie.

We also have totes in the shop - they are a heavy canvas, and really great quality.  Here's a link to our 'I am a Maker' tote - since I can't find a photo on my system, which is kind of weird, but I figure a link is better than not sharing at all. 

And last thing to mention - nearly all our screen printed and digitally printed panels have been reduced too - we're keen to get some new designs happening, and so would love to sell all our current stock to make some room in our houses!   Here are a bunch of panel pics for you - some show the panels sewn into patchworked goodies (which are indicative only, as we now only sell the panels, not panels-sewn-into-other-things), others are just of the panels themselves - some may be sold out already - and not all our panels are shown below, there are more in the shop  - these are just the first panel pics I came across when scrolling quickly through my online photos. 

What a happy bunch of pics, don't you agree? :-)

Hope your week has been a good one, we are on the countdown to another weekend, wahoo!  xoxo cat

Monday, 8 June 2015

.: Desert to Sea + By the Block = two books you will love :.

Happy Queen's birthday long weekend to you!  Hope you are enjoying the extra day of sunshine and relaxing time.  We have just had our coldest week of the year so far (freezing for Brisbane-ites at least!), and today is gorgeous and sunny, the perfect winter's day.

I wanted to share a couple of recent book purchases with you - both by wonderful Australian quilters.

Let's start with Desert to Sea.  This was self-published by Jane Davidson (better known as QuiltJane!) and features 10 gorgeous quilts from Australian designers Lorena Uriarte, Danielle Aeuckens, Betty Kerr (who I don't think has a blog or social media page - I'd love to add her link if anyone knows of one), Cathy Underhill, Charlotte Dumesney, Rachaeldaisy and Jeannette Bruce - as well as Jane herself.

Here are a couple of quilts from the book.  'Opal Essence' is by Lorena Uriarte, and I was lucky enough to see it in person last weekend when Lorena was up from Sydney, teaching the quilt at Patches Indooroopilly.  It's really striking - there's a wonderful 3D effect created by the black/grey/white tumbling blocks, and the multi-coloured circles are made from inspired fabric combinations, and really 'pop' out at you.  Lorena is an excellent teacher, and guided us through the different components of the quilt - we're talking y-seams and curves!  The template set (which is not essential, but definitely very handy) is available from Lorena's online shop.  I'm (very slowly) making my blocks out of black/grey/white tumbling blocks, with a range of blues for the circles.

And here is one of Jane's patterns from the book, 'Ladies Day at the Races'.  I am looking forward to seeing it in person (no pressure Jane, but we need to arrange a catch-up!).  I love the combination of different blocks + colours mixed together, they make such a happy quilt.  I'm not sure if Jane is planning on teaching this quilt - or her other quilts from the book - but if you do see that Jane is teaching somewhere, definitely book in for her class, as she is a wonderful teacher and very generous with her time and knowledge.  My 'Nested Churn Dash' was started in one of Jane's excellent classes - also at Patches Indooroopilly. 

By the Block is an Interweave publication by Siobhan Rogers.  It's full of really clever, striking repeated-block designs that sew together very quickly.  In the introduction, Siobhan says her inspiration was to design quilts for people who love to make quilts, but who are time-poor - which is perfect for just about every quilter I know! 

I really love 'Hoo Are You', a half-square triangle quilt from the book - the colour combination, HST-placement, the text print for the background (which is actually one of Siobhan's designs from her Spoonflower shop), and the use of the gorgeous Kristen Doran owl panels.  The back of this quilt is really sweet - I'd show you, but I'd rather you buy the book instead ;-)

Another favourite from the book is the quilt on the cover, 'Colour Burst'.  Siobhan has shared a different version of the quilt inside - love it in these colours too - it's such an effective design, which you could very easily make smaller or larger, depending on whose bed or lounge the quilt will live its life. 

I hope you've been inspired to take a closer look at both of these gorgeous books.  I've included the links to buy them from Amazon (Jane's Desert to Sea) and Booktopia (Siobhan's By the Block) - but I know you can buy Jane's book from Patches Indooroopilly or from Jane's website; and Siobhan may have a few of her books on her website too, and elsewhere online - I was lucky enough to buy my copy from Siobhan, and it came with a fat-quarter of one of her fabulous Spoonflower text-prints!

We'll be back soon - we've got a shop update to share.  In the meantime, we both love hanging out on instagram, so pop by and say hi - I'm @hellofromcat and Vanita is @hellofromvee.  Enjoy the rest of your long weekend.  xoxo cat

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