Horrific bush fires followed by some beautiful rain on drought stricken land and now the Coronavirus. We will get through this and come out well on the other side, whenever that may be.
Now, I’m into my 3rd week without classes, a very odd quite time. FaceTime and phone calls are just not quite the same as the hands on that I’m used too.
It took me a few days to get my head around the fact that I suddenly had all this spare time. Time that I didn’t have to work on all the ideas and projects that have been floating around in my head. Now! I have the time to plan and make new projects, new classes, new patterns and I’m into it.
Firstly I needed to complete a few things I had started or planed.
No 1 on my list was to make a cover for the quilting machine. From my stash I took a tub of 2 1/2” squares and started alternating colour and neutral till I got the effect I wanted. 396 squares later I’m very pleased with the end result.
There’s lots more I have been doing, but that will have to wait for another day.
Some years ago I designed a quilt called “Chloe’s Quilt”, the quilt top was made for a Mystery Quilt Weekend. The weekend came and went, we then went on and sold many patterns and kits for it – but still the quilt remained unfinished.
Guilt got the better of me just before Christmas, when during a conversation about quilts with my grand daughter it came up that it was still not finished.
So today is the day, it is finally finished and ready for her bed.
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.
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.
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.