Crumbs Online Workshop

Every time we work on a patchwork project, we accumulate off-cuts of fabric. Maybe some of the larger pieces will be easily incorporated into another project, but what about the small pieces? The scraps that are too big to throw away, but not big enough to be useful on their own. Do you have a stash full of pieces like this and would like to do something with them? Then Crumbs is the workshop for you!

During this short workshop, Therese will show you how to piece together your own unique blocks using left-over pieces of fabric. Then these blocks can be used to create a wide range of items, such as quilts, cushion covers, table-runners, and bags.

Quilt made using the Crumbs method
Wallhanging made using the Crumbs method

Join the new online Crumbs Workshop, and soon you will be reducing your stash whilst making truly unique projects. The workshop is self-paced and uses video tuition and downloadable notes with colour photographs for easy learning.

Online Courses

After much effort and time, we finally have our first fully online course up and ready to roll. We hope it will be the first of many such courses!

This first course is a mystery quilt called Matilda. The course is self-paced, so you can work to your schedule. You can re-visit any of the lessons, and download the course notes. There is a combination of video tuition and written notes with diagrams.

Interested in making the Matilda Mystery Quilt? You can purchase the whole course here!

Latest finish…..

A few years ago I thought I would make a Bookshelf quilt for Sara and her husband Lee.

I printed some family photos onto fabric, I gathered up some ribbons and braids to add to the fabrics to look like book bindings.

Started to cut fabrics for the books, the backing of the shelves and the bookcase itself.

I got a couple of shelves complete and that was it, other things got in the way until this year.

Now it’s complete and gifted, they loved it!!

The grey at the bottom represents the carpet and the cream the walls of the room.

I just can’t believe how real it looks!

Enjoy the photos….

Queen size quilt.
Progress photos

Social distancing…

With all the social distancing happening at moment, it has to be hard for the children to understand why they suddenly and for who know how long can’t spend time wth their grandparents.

One of my granddaughters asked me “if we are self isolating properly and Grandad and you are doing the same, why can’t we do it together?”

This got me thinking, so Mick and I took a photo of each other. I transferred them to fabric and made them into cushions “ Cuddle Cushions “.

I made 2 sets, one for each family and posted them to the children. I’m now getting reports of lots of cuddles, sleepovers and inclusions in games and school work.

Glad I made them.

 

Till next time…..Keep Sewing!

 

What a year!

2020 wow, what a year so far.

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.

Keep sewing and stay safe.

Finally finished!

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.

Patterns in 2019

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.

Christmas Patterns

Coming out of the Gumnut Gear vault are two of our classic Christmas patterns, Puff Patches Christmas Tree and Santa Sack. Both are newly available through Craftsy, along with a new for download table runner pattern, It’s Time.

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. 

We also have a number of other Christmas themed patterns available, such as the Table Topper table-runner, A Bit Like Christmas quilt, the Welcome Christmas wallhanging and Seasons Greetings table-runner and placemat set.

Table Topper

 

A Bit Like Christmas

Welcome Christmas

Seasons Greetings

 

2nd Place

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!

 

 

 

A change in direction….

changes ahead

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.

But, have no fear, Therese will continue to teach in the Gumnut Gear Studio, and our patterns will be available digitally through the Craftsy website. Physical patterns will continue to be available from the Studio and Gunnedah Fashion Fabrics. If you’d like your local patchwork or craft store to stock our patterns, please ask them to email us a wholesale enquiry!

Exciting times await!

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