Hope you are sitting down to enjoy another newsletter! I’ve got lots to show you & catch up after my absences due to other commitments.
I’ve still been busy on the website and have now created a new category of books called ‘Art Quilts’. This category will show you all those books that focus on different piecing, applique, thread embellishments, painting, beading & more that is just a little different. The new to Constantine Quilts books are:
Secrets of Digital Quilting - From camera to quilt by Lura Schwarz Smith and Kerby C. Smith
8 Projects - 25 techniques - embellish with paints, inks & more!
Create quilts using your own, one-of-a-kind printed fabric
- Expand the creative possibilities of your quilting with richly coloured fabric made from you own photos - it's easy!
- Learn the secrets of getting the best results from your digital camera, inkjet printer, scanner, photo editing software, and printable fabric sheets
- Use a simple organizing system to make your images easy to work with
- Enhance your printed fabrics with paints, inks, dye sticks, and crayons (specific product recommendations included)
- Create riveting quilts by using positive and negative space, balance, line, focal points, and other design principles
- Inexpensive Photoshop Elements is the only computer program you need
- Try out all 25 techniques with 8 artistic projects, then use the techniques in your own quilts.
Fabric + Paint + Thread = Fabulous by Pat Durbin
If you're ready to take your quilting skills to the next level, this is the book for you! Pat's innovative techniques allow you to expand your artistic horizons and make breathtaking art quilts.
First you'll paint on fabric to make a simple landscape background. Then the excitement begins! You'll use thread to "paint" astonishingly realistic trees, leaves, and more onto stabilizer, cut out the motifs, and apply them to the backgrounds. With five captivating projects to choose from there's plenty of inspiration for your next quilts.
IT ALL ADDS UP TO FUN!
Dancing with Thread by Ann Fahl
Free spirited quilting techniques give you the freedom to create the perfect design.
Create decorative quilting designs that fit your quilt the best on any sewing machine
Use the troubleshooting guides to solve common free-motion quilting problems
Create stunning designs using your own doodles as patterns
Add movement, personality, and texture to your quilts.
Say it with thread - create fabulous free-motion embroidery without drawing, templates, or stencils
Use any sewing machine with feed dogs that drop
Learn all about threads, needles and stabilizers, so you're successful every time
Learn when and where it's convenient for YOU!
Quilting Your Style by Leah Fehr
Make-It-Unique Embellishing techniques
Finally, here's a book to demystify quilting and embellishing! Each technique is presented step by step, with a 5" square as the building block. Put the "lesson" blocks to use in a sampler quilt and put the techniques to use in your own unique projects.
- Learn beading, pin tucks, yo-yos, couching, ruching, appliqueing, and lots more
- Fit creativity into your life - complete these projects whilst riding the bus or watching TV
- Express your individuality as you develop a fun hobby that will last a lifetime
Personalize your living space!
Luminous Landscapes by Gloria Loughman
Thread, Paint & Inspiration, -the sky's the limit!
Let your inner artist out! Capture the glory of a sunrise or sunset, the startk outline of a tree against the sky, the placid surface of the ocean. Gloria has assembled a repertoire of techniques to give all your pictorial quilts breathtaking impact from working with photographs to painting fabric, creating silhouettes, constructing backgrounds, and embellishing with stitching. Try one of three projects, or use the techniques in your own designs.
- Create unique and impressive landscape quilts from photos you take - includes tips for taking good pictures, how to combine elements of several photos into one design, and how to use colour effectively
- yes, you can create stunning pictorial effects using step-by-step techniques!
- Learn how to paint your own fabrics and create striking silhouettes.
Some that I’ve had that are now back in stock & very popular are:
Threadwork Unraveled by Sarah Ann Smith
A compendium of everything you need to know about that most essential of quilting notions thread! Sarah Ann Smith unravels the secrets behind how it's made, how to select the right thread for the right job, and how to use it to enhance your piecing, appliqué, and quilting. And not just thread! Learn about needles, machines, fabrics, stabilizers, marking tools, and more! Interspersed with the valuable nuts and bolts are small projects to put the information to work a needlekeeper and a thread tension sampler, to name just two. Sarah Ann's insights and tips will help you understand how and why certain tools and notions work best and when another option is a better choice.
Quilt Savvy - Simple Thread Painting by Nancy Prince
With the stroke of a needle your memories and daydreams come to life. Two simple stitches, straight and zigzag, develop character and attitude as machine speed and hoop manipulation transform them into distinctive works of art. Any sewing machine, whether old or new, can make gorgeous thread-painted designs. Add a new dimension to your quilt, vests and jackets, memory books and much more! There are five seasonal projects that feature flexible techniques to teach you to design in any configuration and size desired. Without having prior artistic ability, you have the perfect way to be creative with thread painting.
Matilda’s Own A4 Fabric sheets. 5 sheets of treated fabric for use in your inkjet printer for $19.95 plus postage. Great accompaniement to the book Secrets of Digital Quilting - From camera to quilt by Lura Schwarz Smith and Kerby C. Smith
Refill coloured leads for the Bohin mechanical pencil in green, white, yellow & grey
Blue wash out pens.
Hidden Glow Pencils
Don’t forget to check out the Sale Items page on the website occassionally. Right now there are some great specials on selected Pam Clarke DVD’s as well!
The Intelliquilter is now available for HQ Avante 18, Prodigy, Proto & Innova quilting machines....
If anyone is even contemplating purchasing an A1 Longarm quilting machine or an IntelliQuilter computerised system that will go on 'any' brand longarm machine, then don't hesitate to contact me!! Prices are subject to exchange rates at all times.
Announcing the brand new Horizon 31” throat A1 Quilting Machine! This is now available to play on in my studio. We can show you what it can do with the Intelliquilter attached as well as the famous smooth movement whilst in freehand mode.