Saturday, April 30, 2016

Counting on my Friends

I somehow got carried away catching up with what I thought was quilts lacking labels- so promptly made one for this, fused it on, and lo and behold it already had a label of a different kind in the opposite corner. 
Now to blanket stitch it in position. Might as well have both. 

Kim Diehl's Simple Applique

A brilliant  book full of applique techniques which Kim uses- covering every type of applique. 85 step by step how to coloured photos. 
Pattern for Scrap Basket Blooms is also featured- partly shown on the cover. 
Fusible, wool applique, stitching techniques, making templates, cutting multiples of the same shape, needle turned applique, invisible machine trapunto, string applique, bias stems to mention a few. 
Price $40.70 plus postage

Friday, April 29, 2016

quilt labels

Tonight I have been spending some time catching up on some quilt labels (for some of my old old
I often add an applique figure which has been represented on the quilt top, sometimes printing my text with micron pig a pens.  
Tonight I have used ink jet printables. With this method, I type my design details on the computer and print them out. I like to use the 6x4" labels as they are the perfect size for one label. You could use the A4 labels but I would suggest preparing at least 4 labels to make it an economical  use of that size. I find the labels are a little stiff, which makes for  slow stitching on to your quilt back, so I have added a little fabric border. I used some fusible web (to make the label a little more difficult should anyone want to remove it) but didn't quite go to the edges to make it easier to sew on. The birders have been pressed in half after being added thereby having a fold on the outer edge. I have used blanket stitch with DMC but quilting thread with a slip stitch could also be used. 
Sadly I couldn't remember who quilted the two quilts pictured, but generally like to include that information too. 

Open for business !

Contrary to quite a few rumours which have reached my ears, we are still open.
These rumors happened a few years ago too,  so it is quite disconcerting. 
Of course the large workmen's shed doesn't help you to find the shop 
if you are coming from Eaglehawk/Kerang/Swan Hill direction. 
My sign on the fascia was missing for a few days this week as well whilst repairs were being made to the verandah.
I urge my FB friends to like and share my post on FB to dispel these rumours.
Fortunately the Marilyn exhibition in View St has been a bonus during this time of rumors. 

Li'l Bloke's 163 View St, Bendigo, Victoria
Opening hours -Tues-Fri 10-3
Closed Sunday
Monday - by pre  arranged appointment.
Phone 03 5443 9195 (I no longer have a fax). 
Mobile 0424 452 024  

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Timeless Teddies Fabric Painting

Cost $25.30 plus p&h
Learn all the tricks for color wash painting from Libby Richardson with this great aid. 
This will definitely enhance your stitcheries.