Our annual Christmas Party was so much fun with a lovely group of our beloved customers. We announced our upcoming classes for next year including 3 block of the month programs including Spice Market, Twilight Time and Stitchers Garden. We had some great laughs, caught up with friends and enjoyed some drinks and nibblies.
As always the Show and Tell portion of the party was inspiring with lots of By Annie bags, quilts and machine embroidered projects. The image gallery below shows what our clever ladies have been up to throughout 2021. We think you’ll be just as impressed as we were by these fabulous makes!
We would like to thank everyone who came along for a fun filled morning. Our annual Christmas Party is on the second Wednesday of December so mark your calendars for 2022.
Kim, Christine, Maddie and Melissa would like to wish all of our wonderful customers and friends a wonderful Christmas and safe and happy New Year. We hope to see you all for another awesome year of fun, friendship and of course…. SEWING!!!
I don’t think there is anyone in the sewing community that has not heard of the name Tula Pink. Not only is Tula an illustrator, fabric designer, quilter, author, and maker, she is also a Bernina Ambassador who has transformed the sewing world with her quirkiness and love of design. Tula’s unique artistic flair has been featured on fabrics, sewing machines, ribbons, hardware and so much more. To say we are big fans of Tula’s work is truly an understatement.
Tula’s latest range of fabric aptly named Curiouser and Curiouser, features elements from the English fairy tale by Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly Alice in Wonderland). We are obsessed with this range of fabric and have made some projects using these fabrics to inspire and delight.
Firstly we have Patch the Pussycat in our inspiration gallery . This lovely fellow is designed by Pauline of Funky Friends Factory fame. Pattern includes easy step by step instructions and templates but is not recommended for beginner sewers.
As you can see from our sample above, the Cheshire cat fabric in Daydream by Tula was the purrrfect choice, as well as her co-ordinating fabrics for that patchwork look.
Next up we have the fun Zip It Up designed by Annie Unrein of ByAnnie patterns. This handy zippered organiser features pockets made from both mesh and vinyl for easy visibility of your contents.
Again we’ve chosen the Cheshire cat fabric this time in the Wonder colour with Tula’s co-ordinating fabrics. The bright pink zip we paired matched beautifully with the the rich colours of the fabrics.
Lastly in our inspiration gallery, we have one of our wonderful customers quilt block. Deb has made this in the very popular “Oh My Block” class we have each month. This particular block is called Columbian Star and is available to download here from the Art Gallery Fabrics.
Fat quarter bundles are available including Daydream and Wonder colour ways. These bundles really make it easy to co-ordinate your fabrics for projects.
If you’re lucky enough to snag one of the Mad Hatter Quilt kits than you are in for a real treat! This gorgeous quilt features fabric ranges Curiouser and Curiouser, True Colors and Cotton Solids by Tula Pink. We love the whimsical tea pots, cups, hats and animals along with the vibrant coloured fabrics.
Pair your quilt with the perfect backing using Tula Pinks Big Buds sateen fabric from the Curiouser range. This is a stunning, large scale print wide back featuring Tula’s big rosebuds along with tossed playing card suit symbols. Perfectly seamless for the BackSide of your Tula Pink Curiouser & Curiouser quilts and other projects!
I hope this inspires you to create something truly wondrous from the Curiouser and Curiouser range of fabrics and if you do, please send us a pick…. we would loooove to see it. Tula Pinks next fabric range DAYDREAMER will be in store before the end of the year and we’re very excited! Need a preview of the new range? Click here to see them in all their glory from FreeSpirit Fabrics and we’ll keep you posted on when they will be arriving.
Including a Quilt Label to our finished quilts is something I’ve noticed many quilters tend to leave off. Why do we do this after we have laboured days, months even years to create an original work of art? Creating quilt labels may sound like a daunting task but really what you are doing is preserving valued information for future generations to enjoy.
So what information could you include on your quilt label?
Your name (you’ve done the hard yards, put your name on it and be proud!)
The date or place the quilt was made
The name of the recipient
If there was a specific event for which the quilt was made eg. wedding, birthday, graduation
Special care instructions to increase the longevity of the quilt
1. Write on Pre-printed quilt labels or Fabric
For this technique ensure you are using a Permanent Ink Fabric Marker like the Sewline Stayer Pen to ensure the ink does not bleed, smudge or wash out. If you are worried your handwriting isn’t the best, use a computer to create your label and print onto paper, dark enough to see through the fabric. Lay your label fabric piece over the top of the printout and trace slowly using your fabric marker. Pre-printed Quilt labels usually include a light printed frame and sometimes a cute image like the Bronwyn Hayes Quilt Labels pictured below.
There are also many downloadable blank quilt labels that you can use to add your information to. Here is one we have created for you as a free download.
2. Print your label onto Printable Fabric or use Transfer Artist Paper
Design a quilt label using your computer. Follow the directions included in the packaging and print onto Inkjet Printable Fabric. To use the Transfer Artist Paper, reverse your quilt label before printing. You can then iron to transfer directly to the back of your quilt or onto a separate fabric piece to then be stitched onto the quilt.
3. Machine Embroidery or Alphabet Stitches
Using computer software that digitizes embroidery designs (like Janome Artistic Digitizer or Bernina Embroidery Software), create your label and save as a file your machine will recognize eg. Janome = jef, Bernina = exp. Upload the file to the embroidery machine and stitch out onto hooped fabric. You will need to have an embroidery machine to make this type of quilt label, like the samples below. Alternately if your sewing machine can stitch letters, you can also use these for a similar type of quilt label.
Whichever method you choose to create your quilt label, I highly encourage you to add this personal touch to your finished quilt, as it lives on through the decades and is cherished for the warmth and comfort it brings.
This cold weather makes for the perfect atmosphere to stay inside, enjoy a warm drink and start a new sewing project. Let’s have a look at some of our favourite latest trends in sewing to test our skills with over the colder months.
Full Tulle skirts Tulle is always an interesting fabric to work with, it is known to be one of the trickier fabrics to sew, however the many possibilities for volume and shape in your design make it a challenge well worth taking.
Kimz tips for sewing with Tulle; Use needles Universal 70/10 or 80/12, select a straight stitch with a length of 1.5mm and press using a low-temperature dry iron.
Huge Puffed Sleeves Puffed sleeves are everywhere at the moment. Spice up your favourite dress or top pattern with a pair of puffy sleeves for a very in season touch.
Kimz tips for sewing gathers for Puffed Sleeves; Use a Gathering presser Foot, select a stitch length of 4.0mm and use a different colour thread in your bobbin to make it easier to see which one to pull.
Feel good patterns and prints With early 2000’s fashion making a comeback, now is the perfect time to spice up a garment design with a bold, feel good pattern or print. Especially anything in pink, orange, light purple and sage is sure to be on trend this season.
Basics with a twist Layering is a staple in these colder months, so basics with a twist are always fun to spice up a look. This usually means constructing a look predominantly with basics but including one or two staple items to be an eye catcher. This is your chance to try your hand at upcycling those second hand finds to turn a bland item into a staple; whether it means embroidering, tailoring or decorating however you see fit.
Check out these embroidery machines, which are perfect for adding those extra special touches to garments for a one of kind look.
Patchwork & exposed seams Patchwork fabrics are also getting a moment in the spotlight this season. Pick up a few fun fabrics with your favourite colours or designs, try your hand in patchworking and make a super fun new winter garment. Bonus points if the seams are exposed (let’s see how neat your seams truly are).
These new cotton fabrics designed by Anna Maria Horner from her “Bright Eyes” range, would be perfect for snazzing up your winter wardrobe.
Getting ideas but not sure where to start? Our timetable includes popular workshops in Dressmaking, Quilting, Patchwork and Bag Making. We have many options including sit and sew groups and classes with tuition from our experienced teachers helping you get the most out of your sewing journey. Check out our latest classes below and book in via our website, email, phone or drop in to book.
Room With A View is another fabulous By Annie pattern which focuses on storage. These handy storage cases can be made in small, medium and large sizes and with the clear vinyl window you can see at a glance just what's packed inside.
The great structure is from the By Annie's Soft and Stable which is easy to sew and creates soft cushioning for your items tucked inside.
Our Room With A View samples have been made in the stunning Libs Elliott "Stealth" range of fabrics available here. Don't they both look amazing?
We have upcoming classes so you can make your very own Room With A View. You can contact our store for all the details and to book in. You must own an original Room With A View pattern to attend this class. All supplies are available in store and online.
Fashion trends always repeat and the good old Scrunchie from the 90's has made a massive return. Using scrunchies is also better for your hair than elastic hair bands as they create less friction and breakage on hair.... plus we can make them ourselves in fabric that we love.
We've chosen a super cute Golden Grove Cockatoo fabric available here to make our scrunchie sample. You can use many different types of fabric to create your own one of a kind hair accessory so have fun with different types of textures and colours.
To make one scrunchie, you will need the following:
Fabric piece measuring 4" x 18"
Elastic 8"-9" (8" for finer hair 9" for thicker hair)
Thread that will match the colour of the fabric
Sewing machine, pins and scissors
Fold your fabric piece right sides together along the long edge. Measure in from both ends approx. 1" and pin (if you use red headed pins it will make it easier to know when to start and stop). Pin in-between the red headed pins using different coloured pins to keep the raw edges together.
Now at your sewing machine, align the side of the presser foot with the raw edges of the fabric and start sewing at the first red pin ensuring you back-stitch to secure. Remember to take the pins out before you sew over them as this can damage your machine and/or break your needle.
Stop at the last red pin and back-stitch to secure.
Turn the fabric tube right side out. This can be a little fiddly so to make this task easier you could use a Loop Turner or a Turn it All tool.
Take the raw fabric edges from both ends of the tube and align these edges with right sides together. You won't be able to align the whole length of the seam, just the start to begin with will be fine.
This step can be a little awkward. Just go slow and just start at the beginning, working the raw edges together as you sew until you get to the end.
Pull on both sides of the joined tube until the seam you have just sewn slips inside.
Keeping one end of the elastic out of the fabric tube, thread the opposite end through, until both ends of the elastic are coming out of the tube coming from each direction. We've used a
Insert the elastic inside of the fabric tube and tuck the raw edges of the fabric into the opening.
Edge stitch along the folded edge to enclose the raw seams and to close the opening and.... VOILA!!!
I hope you enjoy making these fabric scrunchies! They really are fun and quick to make and great to teach kids who want to learn how to sew. Please share any that you create with us because we'd love to see them.
Looking for some great ideas for projects using your Janome machine? Well Janome has teamed up with the very talented Anna Maria Horner to bring you delightful projects including The Right Turn Bag. I just love that you can use up strips of fabric and use the great decorative stitches on your Janome machine, and with Anna Maria’s instruction, you’ll have yourself a unique tote bag that will turn heads.
Some of our ladies decided to give it a go and here are the results.
Above is Erina’s front and back of her bag using her purple and orange fabrics.
Helen and her daughter on the left decided to have a day together making the bag. Helen is not a fan of straight lines so she did wavy stitching and used lots of embellishments. Helen’s daughter Gemma made the large version of the bag. Deb on the right wanted to use up some of her vast stash of spotty fabrics.
Christine used some scraps of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and used some coordinating solids for the stitching detail. Check out Janome + Anna Maria collaboration projects here and get stitching today.
It was such a pleasure to have Lindsey Rae of Sew To Grow do a Leather workshop here at Kimz in May. We will definitely repeat this workshop with many more ladies wanting to learn how to sew with leather. Lindsey is such an amazing tutor and all of our ladies had a wonderful time and went home with a fantastic Urban Outlook tote.
Teflon feet help when stitching with leather as the metal from standard feet can stick. Also pop in your machine a leather needle so it pierce the leather with its chisel tip.
Danielle loves making bags.
Here is May and Judith sporting their new totes.
Ellen, Susan, Danielle and Cindy
Ellen, Danielle, Lindsey and Cindy Lindsey has some amazing patterns and great tutorials on her website to check out. Stay tuned for the next workshop we have with Lindsey, as I’m sure spaces will go fast.
Last years Block of the Month was the lovely Park Bench quilt designed by Jaybird Quilts. Each month we created a hexagon block using Jaybirds Hex N More and Sidekick rulers. These blocks were fantastic as they had no Y-seams making piecing painless.
Here are some of the finished quilts from our ladies who Park Benched with us.
Libby made her Park Bench using Tula Pink fabrics.
Patsy made two Park Bench quilts. The above with a select collect palette.
The second of Patsy’s Park Bench quilts has a different layout and she has used batik fabrics.
Pam made her Park Bench quilt a little shorter.
Angela also made 2 Park Bench quilts. This one is her eclectic with grey.
Barbara also shortened her quilt and used a blue and brown colour palette. (There are a few quilts still to come as some of our ladies are still finishing them off ,so I will update with those as they come in)