Happy New Year! Hope your 2019 is getting off to a wonderful start!
Now, as you know, we were selling our digital patterns through the website Craftsy. However, over Christmas, Craftsy became Bluprint, and the pattern marketplace has been placed on an hiatus. We were included as one of the top designers, so our store is still there, but most of our patterns have been removed, and no new patterns can be added yet. We have not been given a timeframe for when or even if the pattern marketplace will be available again.
So in light of this, we are busily working on new ways to have our patterns available for online purchase. In the meantime, if you would like to purchase any of our patterns, please contact Therese via email or phone 0402 867 180.
It’s the first day of a long weekend here in New South Wales, and boy do we love long weekends! It’s a chance to relax, spend time with family, and of course sew, sew, sew!
Gumnut Gear’s half price pattern clearance is still going, with $9.00 fat quarter bundles and finished items at cost price. We also stock a large range of quilting and sewing threads in plains and variegated colours.
And now, all weekend long, you can get free shipping within Australia when you spend at least $75.00 in one order! So drop by our online store and find your next patchwork or sewing projects.
Santa Sack is perfect for holding presents and other goodies ready for Christmas morning. It can be personalised by appliquéing a name on the front of the bag (letter shapes are included in the pattern).
Puff Patches Christmas Tree is a beautiful hanging decoration. It can be made two-sided to hang in doorways or from ceilings, or one-sided for decorating walls and doors.
It’s Time is a cheery table runner, great for adorning the Christmas table when made in Christmas colours or prints. Or make it in any colour scheme you like for year-round use.
This beautiful quilt was originally designed as a mystery marathon quilt. It uses a main feature fabric, which could be a novelty print, a big floral pattern or something similar. This makes it a perfect project for a fabric that might be a little different to what you would usually use when you patchwork. Go crazy and use a fabric that inspires you! And then choose fabrics to go along with it, to make this gorgeous quilt.
Chloe is now available for download on Craftsy, or for a limited time as a paper pattern in our online store (and it’s currently half price there!)
Easy Peasey really is an easy quilt to make, and it looks fantastic. It uses 16 fat ¼s and 80cm of fabric for the first border and binding. Each block uses just two fabrics, but due to the way that the blocks are cut each quilt made from this pattern will be unique.
The finished quilt is approximately 167.5cm x 167.5cm (67” x 67”), while each block measures approximately 12 ½”.
A few years ago, two of my sisters travelled to Japan. Whilst they were there they purchased some beautiful Japanese fabrics, which they gave to me. There were seven different fabrics in reds, yellows, blues and purples. I tossed around what to do with them for quite some time, before deciding on a curvy design. I began in one corner, alternating lights and darks in curvy strips, flowing around the corner to the opposite side. It was all tied together with a stripy border on two sides. I was extremely happy with the resulting quilt, which I named ‘Sisters’.
‘Sisters’ was entered in the 2018 Canberra Quilt Show, where it was awarded 2nd place in the Large Quilt (Professional) Category. I am completely thrilled! It was amazing to see my quilt hanging at the Quilt Show with its red ribbon. Such a great feeling.
Now I am planning a new quilt ready for next year’s Quilt Show!
Running a patchwork and quilting business is hard work, it can be plenty of fun, yes, but it is hard work none the less. And we’ve been doing it for many years now (…some of us can claim decades!) through traditional and modern stylings, country and bright shades, market stalls, Quilt and Craft Fairs, classes, and websites. Over the years Gumnut Gear has changed and evolved, introducing e-patterns and phasing out kits, selling fabrics and retailing various quilting supplies and buttons… And now it is time for another change.
So we are farewelling our old website, giving away the retailing of supplies, and moving towards the future of digital, downloadable patterns, social media and blogging our journey. Now, I’ve got a handle on blogging, but Therese is going to need a few lessons, so we might get off to a bit of a slow start. And social media, well, that may take even longer to get the hang of, but we’re giving it a go on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.