Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cushions & Quilts that Colour My World

Three beautiful little people that really add life, love & colour into my world are Jakob, Stella & Joshua. My nephews & niece are 3 of my favourite people in the world..... for christmas last year I made them these pixel-inspired floor cushions...... 

Each cushion measured 85cms square with a 20cm gusset and uses a range of plain colours in 5 tones

I took my inspiration from a range of cushions I had seen in Vogue Living magazine and modified them to suit my application.... The children love them because they are large and when we sit and play games or watch movies they are really comfortable as the inserts are thick and buoyant. 

I used the striped fabric shown above for the bottom of each cushion because it's a sturdy upholstery weight fabric that will take the wear and tear.

When Shelby got engaged and started planning her wedding, she decided she would like to make a wedding quilt. Shelby liked the design Little Leaves from the book "The Practical Guide to Patchwork".
Changing the design slightly Shelby turned the leaves into hearts to fit her love theme...... Lovely!

The quilt that Shelby has made is a show stopper and many customers who came into Materialise whilst it was being made absolutely loved it!!
Shelby used the quilt at her wedding as the back drop for her photos. Yummy....

Shelby opted to make blue/green heart squares alternating them with pink/red heart squares. Blue for boys and pink for girls. We then opted to change the pattern again and added sashing in a range of colours that Shelby has used for her hearts. I think the sashing ties the quilt together beautifully.

Shelby appliqued the hearts onto an ivory sateen background using her machine. She also pieced a skinny border in all the colours before adding an the 8 inch border in the sateen.

We completed the quilt by adding a free motion quilting design that worked to compliment the hearts

CONGRATULATIONS Ben & Shelby....... Wishing you a long & loving life together!

Recently Jo found this beautiful vintage chest to use as a toy box for her grandchildren and wanted to re-upholster the top in a fresh fun way, after having the box sanded back to its original state....

we pieced the fabrics in a relaxed way then quilted the piece with cotton wadding and a backing for durability before upholstering to the top of the box.

The lovely fresh retro selection of fabrics give this old pine box a new lease of life!

Nevenka made this fun Dinosaur inspired strippy strip for her new little nephew in Melbourne

Lizzet has really shown that she knows what's what when it comes to putting colours together with this beautiful colour wheel quilt...... 

And again with this quilt Lizzet puts a very groovy retro selection of fabrics & colours together 

Lizzet followed the pattern Small Plates from the book "The Practical Guide to Patchwork"

Lizzet also combined these fun colours & made this fresh cushion as a gift for a little friend

Incorporating this handy pocket in the back trimmed with the matching red sateen spot

Lizzet has beautifully quilted this aqua sateen spot using quilt lite as a filler.

Lizzet also made this stunning large European size floral cushion for her own couch using a fabric by Joel Dewberry

Lucy made this Liberty quilt for a friend who recently gave birth to a little boy Rhys....  Lucy constructed the quilt using 2 inch squares in a combination of blues and greys. Lucy finished the quilt by adding a grey sateen plain for a wide border and personalized the quilt by adding Rhys' initials in applique. 

Sallee wanted to make a very special quilt to celebrate her daughter's 40th birthday so she used all the clothes she had made for her daughter as a young girl and combined them to make this fabulous boho quilt

The pieces are so so tiny some here measure only half an inch. I just love the vintage look of this quilt!

Wedding quilts have been a bit of a theme at Materialise lately. Lorraine made this stunning Asian inspired boho quilt for her youngest son who recently married. 

Using the lovely selection of Japanese fabrics available at Materialise Lorraine pieced this large king sized quilt as a special gift for their wedding present...... It is a Masterpiece Lorraine you should be so proud.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

inspired by all that surrounds me.......

"Hello Chicken....." Everyday as I walk around I am constantly inspired by all that surrounds me, people, wall art, colours, customer projects almost everything.....

Here are some new beautiful japanese indigo's fabrics available in the store now
including these oriental prints, we also have a beautiful selection of traditional japanese silks
These soft pastel florals are perfect for a small baby quilt or little girls room.....
We also have a lovely selection of beautiful old fashioned roses on blacks and dark backgrounds and other colours. These fabrics were produced in Japan.....
Always inspired by are a few that I have been working from lately
This beautiful 9 patch quilt made by one of our customer's is constructed using Kaffe Fassett shot cottons and the Liberty Paisley collection also coloured by Kaffe
This fresh and fun quilt by Valerie made for her granddaughter 
Valerie attended classes with me in the shop. Valerie also learnt free motion quilting so she could complete the quilt herself......
Daisy design free motion quilting detail shown above
Stacey attended several workshops in the store to make this stunning lampshade "Squint Style"
Stacey has just decorated her new home with beautiful designer's Guild fabrics and wanted to create some eye catching pieces to complete each room with a personal touch
Together Stacey & I pieced each panel of the shade making sure the pattern and design ran cohesively across the each piece

In addition to the shade Stacey also made these impressive cushions for her couch
Detail showing the backing fabric
Including this fun circular cushion with gathered double ruffle

Nicolene and her Mum came in to share this wonderful postage stamp colour wash quilt that her Mum had made
The usage of black in this quilt really sets off the other colours. It really is reminiscent of a beautiful garden
Nicolene's Mum also crocheted this amazing blanket.
The flowers are raised giving the blanket a 3 dimensional effect
Some interesting wall art at the Perth train station..... I just liked the colours and the free form style of these cute guys!
I just love, Love, LOVE old fashioned smelly roses - "Don't we ALL".......... Here is a selection that we picked from Jo's rose garden in the Swan Valley
My best girlfriend Georgia was having a birthday party so we put together a series of floral arrangements for the party
These fat & floppy David Austen's were the pick of the day, especially in this vintage deco vase.

Judith made this amazing transport inspired quilt 
I completed the quilt with free motion quilting to enhance the design of the fabrics
Traffic Jam
A Choo Choo Train......
Beep Beep

I just really like this cool dude too!
Carol made this beautiful Alice in Wonderland inspired quilt
Carol's beautiful hand quilting really enhanced the panels she has inserted in her lovely soft coloured quilt
Forever a fan of cute mushrooms

This cute clock really adds to the design

Regular client at Materialise, Sophie made these 2 fresh, fun & funky quilts....
This quilt was her little boy Charlie
And this quilt was for her new nephew 

Helen made this eye catching quilt using the slightly heavier weight echino fabrics for her daughter
Helen has also cleverly pieced the back of her exciting quilt using an echino plain, incorporating fabrics from the front of the quilt to add a spark of colour
Lindsey made another stunning quilt for her 6 yr old granddaughter
The colour selection she has made is amazing.....
Gentle tones of aqua, lemon, pink and raspberry makes this quilt a timeless classic
bye bye butterfly!