Tuesday, March 1, 2016
This Australian summer, in Melbourne, has been unusually hot and humid. And uncomfortable. Like most people, I do not sleep well in the heat, or function well the next day. So it's with some relief that I welcome the start of Autumn tomorrow, on the 1st March - clear blue skies, balmy temperatures and a refreshing chill in the air - bring it on!
My newest laser-cut Acrylic Template set is the "Double-Sized Window (Fanlight) Version of Ballet with Kaffe", with an added 1/4 inch seam. See, the 10 x diamonds on the left create the middle of the first star. Compare that to the "Double Size Window" of that same shape, on the right! In the "Window Version", the Inside edge represents the Stitching Line, and the Outside edge is the 1/4 inch fabric cutting line.
See my Etsy store - Sunset Seams. for details of this 4-piece set, in a choice of 4 translucent colours.
Full details and instructions for this pattern are available from the stunning "Milliefiori Book 2" by Willyne Hammerstein. I was lucky enough to view the original quilt, up close, at the Australian Quilt Convention in the Melbourne Exhibition Centre last year. It's featured on the cover of the book - a stand-out of colour and contrast. The original pattern pieces are very small - which creates the intricate, mosaic-like colourful tiles.
Sadly.... these pattern pieces are a bit too small for me to use (I'm not very accomplished at English Paper Piecing). So I decided to re-sized them so that each finished edge is "Double" the size of the original. (ie, the main measurement is 6cm, instead of 3cm). For those of you who enjoy mathematics, you'll realise that this means if you followed the original pattern exactly, then the final quilt would be FOUR times the SIZE the original! Pretty big, right?
Alternatively, you could use the larger templates to make a similar quilt FOUR TIMES as FAST! For me, the bonus is being able to hand-piece the bigger fabric pieces (using running stitch) - without having to bother with wrapping or gluing fabric onto paper pieces.
Yes, that fabric is from my small stash of Tula Pink "Eden" range. I'm looking forward to adding more colours, as the motif grows. Maybe it won't end up being a full quilt - (if only I had that much time!) - but it may soon reach my favourite lap quilt size (1.5 x 1.5 metres). Here's hoping!
Now that I finally have a new mobile phone (after having remained stubbornly loyal to my old one for far more years than it deserved), it should be easier and quicker for me to upload photos to my blog, and so create more frequent posts. (Again, hopefully!)
Anyway... Thanks for stopping by! Do check out my Instagram account @SunsetSeams, if you get the chance.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
It has been a HUGE year...! "So Much to Tell You", as per the famous Australian author John Marsden's novel title.
Where to start? Not tonight, on New Year's Eve. Sufficient to say that it's been extremely busy & successful (work-wise), and sadly eventful (extended family-wise) and unexpectedly challenging (health-wise).
Instagram has proved to be a wonderfully easy way to connect with friends & customers, so this Blog has been a bit of an orphan this year.
However, hopefully 2016 will be a vast improvement on last year, and I will use the Blog to share more personal insights about my favourite aspects of quilting, sewing and acrylic laser-cutting of templates.
Thanks so much to all of my lovely, loyal Etsy & website customers...and Instagram & Pinterest followers! You make my day!
All the best for a happy, healthy & safe New Year to you, your precious family, and treasured friends!
Lisa & Andrew Smallridge
Sunset Seams, Melbourne, Australia
31 December 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Emails may (or may not) be checked and answered, every couple of days (subject to patchy internet access, while we are travelling). Thanks for your patience - all queries will definitely be followed up on our return, after 21st January.
Cheers, Lisa & Andrew, 4 Jan15
Thursday, December 25, 2014
|Christmas Lights, on a house, on the street where we live.|
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
It has certainly been a busy couple of months since our (short) holiday in July, with LOTS of Custom Acrylic Template orders. This keeps me busy 6 days out of 7, and often late into night (which is when I usually communicate with the international customers). Heaps of thanks to all the new customers who have found us (via word of mouth), as well as a very warm "welcome back" to our "repeat customers" who just love using our Acrylic Templates to help with their quilt-making.
On 6th August I was invited to give a short presentation to the Southern Cross Quilters group at Carrum Downs (SQuilters) - thank for your warm welcome, and lovely flowers - it was great to meet you all.
Several quilting teachers and a Quilt Shop have approached me to make up Class Sets for their workshops - usually between 10 & 20 sets of Acrylic templates. These are all reasonably priced (discounts apply for 10 or more sets), and using custom-made templates does speed up the fabric-cutting process for the participants, so that more class time can be spent on learning the actual sewing technique.
Once this upcoming quilt show is over, I'll be working on some new template design ideas - stay tuned. In the meantime, I've recently added Acrylic Templates for the traditional block "Flowering Snowball" to my Etsy site - these are available for both a 9 inch and 6 inch finished block.
See you soon, and remember: Happy Quilting!