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Prizes from Material Obsession!

February 9, 2011

I’m glad to see that you are so interested in the workshops that Kathy and her crew from Material Obsession are going to put on for us!

I had better set my alarm for 11:00am Saturday so I don’t incur the wrath of all those ready to sign up!

I also have some more great news from Material Obsession – prizes!!

That’s right, Kathy is donating some great prizes for the prize pool at the Saturday Crafting Session.

Up for grabs are:

  • one copy of the book “Material Obsession”
  • one copy of the book “Material Obsession Two”
  • four Dolly Quilt Kits

Woohoo! I have a copy of the first book, and it is just beautiful! I’ll be hoping to win the second book to add to my sewing library – it’s a lovely, lovely book. And the MO Dolly Quilt Kits are just fabulous. They are really a fantastic way of learning new techniques – I learned both needle-turn applique, and how to use a wedge ruler from these kits. These are fantastic prizes!

A big shout of thanks to Material Obsession and Kathy for her generosity!!!


Material Obsession Workshops!

February 5, 2011

You might remember that I mentioned these back here…..Kathy from Material Obsession has generously offered to run small group workshops at the Saturday Crafting Session. I’m now pleased to be able to give you the details!

The Workshops

#1 Wedge Ruler – 10:00am

The wedge ruler is a great template that will enable you to easily make things like wagon wheels and quick, interesting strips (good for borders)!

#2 Flying Geese – 11:00am

Do you have trouble with your geese? This might be the workshop for you! Get your flying geese right, and the possibilities are endless! See some great geese here, here, here and here!

#3 60 Degree Triangles – 2:00pm

Otherwise known as an equilateral triangle, it looks like this, and you can use this template to make simple beauties like this and amazing beauties like this!

#4 Hand Piecing – 3:00pm

Hand piecing is pretty impressive – I’ve seen some beautiful blocks made by this method. Using templates like these, you can make gorgeous blocks like these!

The Scoop

  • Kathy and her crew from MO will show you and teach you how to use these templates and techniques.
  • You will need to bring along some scrap fabrics to work with.
  • You can bring your own template, or you can purchase one on the day from Kathy (Wedge rulers $15-$42, Flying Geese $33, 60 Degree Triangle $22).
  • Workshops will last about 45 minutes.
  • There is no cost for the workshop.

The Rules

  • You may only attend one workshop.
  • Maximum 6 people per workshop.
  • I can’t think of any more rules.

How To Join a Workshop

  • I’ll open up 4 threads, one for each workshop, on the Sew It Together Facebook Page on Saturday the 12th of February at 11:00am.
  • Please leave your name as a comment under the thread of the workshop that you would like to attend, in this manner:
    • #1 Becky
    • #2 Kylie
    • #3 Cass
    • So when you see that already in the thread, please add ‘#4 {your name}’ to the list.
    • These numbers relate to the number of people attending, not the number of the workshop.
    • Once you see ‘#6 Megan’ you’ll know that the workshop is full
  • Once it’s full, you may put your name down as a ‘reserve’ in case one of the first 6 later pulls out of Sew It Together, or doesn’t show up on the day.
    • Like this – #1R – Kelly
    • I will take up to 3 names in reserve for each workshop.
    • You may not put your name down as a reserve for any workshop if you have already taken a spot in the first 6 of another.
    • You may only put your name down as a reserve once.
  • I would therefore like the signups to look like this (named used only as examples):
    • #1 Becky
    • #2 Kylie
    • #3 Cass
    • #4 Kelli
    • #5 Bronwyn
    • #6 Megan
    • #1R Kelly
    • #2R Karen
    • #3R Donna
  • If you have any questions about this, please let me know in advance!
  • **Important – how do you leave a comment on a Facebook thread?? Just write your comment, then press ENTER on your keyboard. There is no button to press to submit your comment. Tres confusing.**

Conscientious Facebook Objectors

  • I understand that not everyone uses Facebook. If you have already informed me that you don’t (you know who you are), and you would like to attend a workshop, please email me in advance at, before signups begin and tell me which workshop you would like to attend (actually give me 2 choices, just in case). I repeat, email me before signups begin and your request will be noted. I know that this appears to give preferential treatment to the non-FB ladies, but go easy on me. Remember I do this for the love of it, and for you, and all I am trying to do is keep everybody happy. Okay?

The End

  • Now you can get excited about learning something new on the day. Along with all the other cool stuff that’s happening.
  • A huge thank you to Kathy and the MO crew for doing all this for you for free!
  • And that is all I have to say  🙂

Sew It Together sponsor – Material Obsession!

November 27, 2010

Now, sure, I have harped on about the joys of buying your fabric online from the US lately, and the excellent US stores that are sponsoring Sew It Together, but I’m going to turn back to Australia for a little while. Because I mean it when I say that those stores, as cheap and fabulous as they are, just can’t compete with Australian stores for particular things.

Unfortunately, I can’t walk into Pink Chalk Fabrics or Hawthorne Threads and ask them what sashing they’d recommend for some particular quilt blocks. I can’t walk in and get the feel of a Heather Ross sueded poplin, or Anna Maria Horner’s voile. (I couldn’t understand what people meant when they said it felt like butter, until I felt it in a Sydney fabric store. Butter, indeed). I can’t walk in and wander and just breath in the smell of new fabric (oh shut up, I’m sure you like doing that too…don’t you?). I can’t go to classes in their shop, and meet other women who love to sew too, or attend a workshop with visiting experts, and as much as I love those online fabric shops, there’s no smile as I walk in the door. And I love all that about a bricks and mortar fabric store.

Which brings me to one of the more well-known Sydney fabric shops, Material Obsession. Even if you aren’t from Sydney, I’m sure that you’ve heard of Material Obsession thanks to their two popular quilting books, Material Obsession and Material Obsession Two. They have an online store as well if you aren’t in Sydney, and the blog is always chock full of inspiration.

Kathy Doughty, the owner of Material Obsession, is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to quilting, especially with regard to piecing techniques, and, as her books show, thinking outside the box when it comes to putting a modern spin on traditional quilting.

I’m delighted to announce that Material Obsession will be a sponsor of Sew It Together, Sydney 2011, and whilst you’ll be pleased to hear about prizes and free goodies for your showbags (details to come later), what you might be more excited about, is that Kathy and her team are going to come along to the Saturday Crafting Session and run some small group workshops on particular techniques that you might be interested in.

Now the big question that Kathy and I have for you; is what would you like to learn?

We came up with a few ideas that we thought you might be interested in, but golly gosh, we’d love some feedback!

  • Hand-quilting
  • Hand-piecing
  • Piecing 60 degree triangles
  • Piecing Flying Geese
  • Using the Wedge Ruler
  • Half-square triangles

We’d love it if you would leave a comment on this post, and let us know what you’d really love Kathy and her team to show you at the Saturday Crafting Session. If you’ve got other ideas, feel free to let us know and we’ll find a way to find the most popular topics.

There will be no extra charge for the workshop itself, but there may be a cost if you need particular templates, etc, but of course they will be yours and you will take them home with you. In order for you to get the most out of the workshops, I will probably limit numbers for each session, and reservations will be done on a first in, first served basis at some stage before the day itself.

A huge thank you to Kathy who is extremely excited about not only being a participant at Sew It Together (being a blogger herself!) but also about supporting this fabulous event, which this year turned out to be such an amazing experience.

Please give us some feedback! We’re doing this all for YOU!