It is a mad busy time here getting everything organised for the biggest, only machine quilting festival in the Southern Hemisphere… We are very proud to be organising this, but it is ALOT of work.
So just letting you know that online orders from Constantine Quilts will be filled up until this Friday, but thereafter everything will be packed ready to move down to the Adelaide Convention Centre for Festival. We will be home again after 3rd Oct to recommence filling orders to post out to everyone (as long as we have stock left LOL)
I know there are many who are planning to attend, but those sitting on the fence, please know that online registrations for classes will close Wednesday 19th at 10pm. After this you can only register for classes with spaces at Festival itself.
If there is anything you specifically want to pick up at Festival then please let me know to put your name on it for you to collect. Especially any of the large cutting mats, rolls of Hobbs batting or Saddle stools.
I still have some new books just arrived that I will take down with me as well.
Modern Quilting Designs by Bethany Pease
Step out of stippling
Be fearless with your free-motion quilting! This intermediate-level guide is filled with modern designs inspired by the world around us. Pebbles, waves, vines, and finials are just a few of the things you'll find in Bethany's hip and doodly quilting designs. You'll also learn how to spot interesting patterns everywhere you look to translate into your quilting.
• Over 90 unique quilting designs for borders, blocks, and fillers-many are continuous-line
• Fun, freeform shapes and lines give an imaginative spark to any quilt
• Quilting diagrams show you how to put designs together for the most creative effect
A wonderful world of intricate beauty
You'll be captivated by the elegance and grace of these elaborate shadow trapunto quilts-especially once you discover how easy they are to make! Create the old-world look of tatting or lace with a simple 3-step technique. Geta provides instructions and patterns for working with whole cloth, pieced, or appliqué backgrounds. A gorgeous gallery of her work is included.
• 30 remarkable projects include wallhangings, pillows, tablerunners, and postcards
• Achieve old-world style with this innovative technique
• Patterns in the book can be enlarged; full-size patterns are on the enclosed CD
Bobbin Quiltin' & Fusin' Fun by Michele Scott
Explore a variety of fusing and raw edge applique' techniques.
Finish off each project with free-motion quilting using decorative threads, Try fun threads in the bobbin and quilt from the back of your quilt!
Learn how to use a multitude of decorative threads and yarns while machine quilting from the back.
Practice these newfound skills with fun projects that incorporate fusing and raw edge applique - easy, fast, fun!
Heirloom Machine Sewing for Quilters by Susan Stewart
Add a repertoire of machine-sewing techniques to your quiltmaking skills! The exquisite details of heirloom sewing enter the realm of quiltmaking. This marvelous pairing will appeal to heirloom sewing enthusiasts and quilters alike! Details of fabric selection, preparation, and care are provided, along with a complete listing of the simple supplies needed. Over a dozen sewing techniques are clearly and carefully described and lavishly illustrated with how-to photographs. Then come the projects featuring these techniques! Learn to incorporate traditional heirloom fabrics: handkerchief linen, batiste, organdy, lace, and more into a variety of quilts and quilted projects. Suitable for home décor, gift giving, and personal use, the 12 projects are presented with detailed instructions and templates along with helpful hints and expert tips.
This book by Susan Stewart is great! I am already planning to make some of the projects featured in the book. The heirloom sewing techniques are clearly written and the pictures illustrating each step were clear and easy to follow. I would reccommend this book to any sewer interested in heirloom techniques on items other than childrens or adult clothing. -Rose Sabia
Thread Painting with Style by Nancy Prince
Learn to use your sewing machine needle as an artist's paintbrush!
In this comprehensive reference, award-winning quilter Nancy Prince shows you everything you need to know to thread paint with style.
This wonderfully detailed instructional book walks you through all the supplies and techniques including thread, stabilizers, stitches, shading, sketching, distortion, and more.
This ultimate technique book, complete with a troubleshooting guide, concludes with 6 projects so you can practice your way to thread painting success.
Chic and stunning design
Quilts get super sleek and ultra modern with these gorgeously graphic designs that use lots of open space to show off the simplicity of the quilting. Add a splash of sophistication to your home by draping one over your bed or couch, or change up the color palette to make one for baby's room. These beginner-friendly quilt projects work well with any décor, in any room, for everyone in your family!
• Each of the 20 projects offers instructions for 2 quilting options
• Designs are perfect for all your solid fabrics-accent with your favorite prints!
• Try straight, strip, or improvisational piecing using strips, squares, and rectangles
Discover a new path
Eliminate the guessing games and take your cues directly from your quilt for planning the most complementary quilting design. This unique 4-step approach covers four major quilt groups: Traditional, Contemporary, Art, and Children's. A beautiful abundance of quilt imagery illustrates techniques that any quilter can use by hand or machine.
• Now you'll always have the answer to the question, "How should I quilt this?"
• Master your design skills with a variety of free-motion and continuous-line ideas
• Try basic all-over patterns or create a custom heirloom style-no marking required
Hope to see lots of you in Adelaide. I will have A1 quilting machines & the Intelliquilter computerised system on the Horizon 31” machine in the booth for you all to have a play on. Plus there will be a brand new sit down A1 machine in the most gorgeous cabinet that opens out to give you all the space you have ever needed to support large quilts on.
We have some amazing teachers from overseas & Australia sharing their knowledge on many many subjects.
Say hi to my wonderful kids who are all working hard in the booth…
Until next time.