Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Rotorua, Kiwiquilts has been spring cleaning and it's not housework!

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Kia Ora Rotorua and welcome to Kiwiquilts October newsletter

It's that time of year when I feel the need to clean, file, tidy and rearrange.  Unfortunately I'm not too keen on the housework part of the above but I had lots of fun clearing out some Kiwiquilts shelves and I've added the goodies to the Spring Clean sale section on my website.  Sometimes there's only one of the item so first in, gets the specials. 

I'll be adding more during the next couple of days so keep checking back. 

PLUS, an added bonus of free postage on any order to a New Zealand address.

Book panel and bag

I actually sewed last weekend (in my new sewing room - bliss) and enjoyed making up the ABC Primer book panel and then I couldn't resist making a cute wee bag to carry it in.  When you purchase half a metre of the ABC primer allover fabric I'll send you the free Fat Quarter bag pattern.

ABC Primer book panel: $17.50 comes complete with sewing instructions
ABC Primer allover fabric: $27.60 per metre Free bag pattern if you purchase at least half a metre.

Wonderful new fabrics have arrived

More gorgeous butterflies and a fabulous leaf patterned fabric.  I just can't decide on which colourway to indulge in.

Butterfly carnival: $28.80 per metre

Buttefly carnival matching blue motifs pattern: $28.80 per metre

Rain forest multi: $29.10 per metre. 

Check out the other two colourways under 'What's New'.

Hexagons make a comeback

You probably know that hexagons are making a huge comeback in the quilting world and even the 'modern quilters' are incorporating hexagons in their quilts.
I've mentioned before the wonderful difference the Sewline glue pen makes in quickly assembling the hexagons before stitching them together.
I've even produced a video on YouTube that demonstrates this technique.

So to inspire you to give it a go, I've put together a Hexagon starter kit for just $30.00, saving you $2.60 if you purchased the products individually.

4" acrylic hexagon template.  This is the perfect size for quickly cutting your hexagon fabric shapes with a rotary cutter.  Because the acrylic is clear you can also fussy cut your hexagons to make even more wonderful patterns.

Pack of 50 precut 1½" hexagon paper shapes.  These fit perfectly with the fabric shapes you have cut above.  These papers can be used several times over.

Sewline Glue pen and refill.  Quickly glue your hexagon fabric shapes to the precut paper shape and then you can get stitching.  The glue is washable and easy to peel off so that the papers can be reused.

Hexagon starter kit:  $30.00 saving you $2.60.  You'll be hoooked! 

The bag opposite is a sneak preview of a new bag pattern I'll have ready shortly.

Dr Seuss - The Lorax panel

Create an environmentally friendly quilt with 'The Lorax' the tree lover and this panel which is beautifully printed onto quality organic cotton fabric.  I also love the colour scheme they have used.

'The Lorax' panel:  $21.00
Panel size: 42" x 23"


Chevrons - latest pattern craze

You'll spot chevron designs everywhere - bags, quilts, cushions, lampshades, curtains, clothes and more.  Wonderful and funky and they give a real lift to your designs.

Small grey chevron: $27.60 per metre

Large black and white chevron: $27.60 per metre

Love this one!  Multi large chevron: $27.60 per metre

Lazy Daisy panel

If you would rather something calming and gentle, then this Lazy Daisy panel and matching fabrics could be perfect.  You could stitch over the designs or leave them as they are.  Soft, gentle pinks, blues and greens. 

Lazy Daisy panel: $17.50  panel size: 42" x 23"

Blue stripe with tiny pink roses: $27.60 per metre

Flower sprays on green: $27.60 per metre

Baby elephant cuddle fabric

This fabric is almost the same on both sides, so you could just bind the edges and have an instant cuddle rug.  Or use it as the backing of a baby quilt - you wouldn't need any further batting - and you'll have a luxurious quilt.   Fabric width: 1.50m.  Extremely economical.

Baby elephant cuddle fabric: $23.00 per metre
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Still time to whip up Christmas runners

The four Christmas tablerunner kitsets I have available have been selling well and are easy to make in a couple of afternoons of happy sewing.

Kiwi Christmas runner kitset: $50.70

Traditional Christmas runner kitset: $55.80

Pohutukawa runner kitset: $55.00

Christmas stars extra long runner kitset: $39.50

Plus Lynette's Christmas tree mini quilt: $43.50


Perhaps I'll see you at the Festival of Quilts?

Auckland Patchworkers and Quilter's Guild annual quilt exhibition and merchant mall.

Not to be missed!!

North Harbour Stadium
Oteha Valley Rd, Albany
Friday - Saturday
2-3 November
10am until 5pm and
Sunday 4 November
10am until 4pm

Kiwiquilts will be in their usual spot - top of the stairs and turn right.
Thanks for all the lovely photos and emails you send from around the world.  One never needs to be lonely if you're a quilter.
I've now added my Newsletters online, so you can always check them out from the home page or the top menu bar.

Also, just a reminder, on the top menu bar there is a search facility.  If you don't know where I placed a particular fabric you can type in the name of it or whether it had birds or flowers for example, click on the little magnifying glass and you should have a list of all the products that have the words you typed in. 

Enjoy the shopping, remember to check back over the next few days as I add more goodies and take advantage of the free shipping New Zealand wide until midnight 9 October 2012.

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