Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Raffle Night

As promised, here are some of the photos from the raffle night. Thank-you so much for every one who came down to Craft Victoria on Monday night, also to those to purchase tickets on the night and also those who purchased them at any other point throughout the project. Thank-you to all the sewers, sponsors, bloggers, and to every single person who supported us in any other way!

We raised a total of $3000, thanks to a few last minute donations.
Until next year... x

Monday, October 18, 2010

And the winners are...

First Prize: The Crafty Ladies & Gents Quilt
Linda Haller, Surrey Hills, Victoria.

Second Prize: The Triangle Quilt
Pene Durston, Fitzroy, Victoria.

Third Prize: The Heart Quilt
Madeline Sargent, Kew, Victoria.

Forth Prize: Kitty Came Home Clutch
Katherine Power, Elwood, Victoria. 

Fifth Prize: Not Today Milk Crate Cushions
 Marney (Betty Striper), Mt Eliza, Victoria.

Sixth Prize: Velvet Verity the Owl
Leigh Cosentino, Dingley Village, Victoria. 

Thank-you everyone who borght tickets. Because of you we have raised $2990(!!) which will be donated to the Australian Cambodia Foundation.

Winners, I will contact you very shortly! But now, time for bed. Oh! i will post photos from tonight up on the blog tomorrow. Thanks everyone!!! x

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Prize One - The Crafty Ladies & Gents Quilt
Quilt size: 1740 x 1740mm
Each patch was designed and sewn by 27 crafty local artist, crafters and designers. Each were given the same little swatch of fabric to use within their patch, look at all the different and amazing designs they came up with! They are all so different but somehow work so beautifully together.

The sewers of The Crafty Ladies and Gents Quilt are: Kat MacleodSim Elder, Chloe Quigley, Luci Everett, Lauren Mahoney, Catrabbit, Amy Borrell, Anita Cummins, Kim Brockett, Dani M, Nella Themelios, Carmel McKie, Katrina Weber from Kitty Came Home, Dell Stewart, Gracia & Louise, Tamara Marwood, Gillian Bencke, Nathan & Clea from the Limedrop Crew, Jo McAlpine, Alice Jones, Jane Wallace-Mitchell, Amanda Wilson, Liz Oakes, Harriet Jones and Lizzy Wilson.
Prize Two - The Triangle Quilt
Quilt size: 1300 x 1600mm
The first quilt that was started this year. Made by our original PP group. It was a very hard task I set them as each patch contained 64 triangles. That means that the whole quilt (not including the boarder) has 1250 little triangles, sewn on all 3 sides! What was I thinking?? But look at the very lovely job they all have done. I couldn't be prouder. Thank-you sewers! 
Prize Three - The Heart Quilt
Quilt size: 1250 x 1550mm
Made by many hands with much love, it was some sewers first time and some had their skills down pat. This quilt will not only keep you warm but add lots of happy love to any room or couch. 
Prize Four - Kitty Came Home Clutch
Donated by the very lovely Katrina Weber of Kitty Came Home. Whoever is lucky enough to be drawn out for prize four will take home this very gorgeous KCH Japanese Print Clutch. Cut from vintage tablecloth! Too cute! I hope my sister wins this so I can steal it! 
Prize Five - Not Today Milk Crate Cushions
Donated by no other then the generous Gemma Patford of Not Today. The winner of this prize will take home a set of four absolutely awesome Milk Crate Cushions. Perfect for perching on, with a cold drink in hand, on summer days in the back garden. Those hot days that we are all looking very fondly towards (especially on a cold rainy day like today!). 

Prize Six - Pink Snow Flakes Velvet Verity the Owl
Donated by Miss Laura Mah of Pink Snow Flakes. The lucky lady or gent who is drawn as the winner for prize six will take home little Velvet Verity the Owl to love and cherish. As her foster mother it will be hard to say goodbye, but i know she will find another nice cosy home to nest in. 
So far we have raised.... $2,245! That is so many little $2 tickets! Only four sleeps until the raffle night! Ohhhhhh my goodness!

Crafty Lady #23 - Jo McAlpine

I'd like to introduce to you the young and very talented Jo McAlpine. Newly donned graphic designer, Jo had just started as Mor Cosmetics new Junior Graphic Designer! Her talents range widely from graphics, to sewing and among many other things to baking! We are very lucky because Jo is contributing to PP in a few different ways...

Patch by Jo McAlpine
Firstly, she has sewn the most beautiful patch featuring three very gorgeous flowers, which she has so very perfectly has sewn onto her amazingly constructed background. She has cleverly used the PP fabric colour palette and chosen some very cute and complimentary patterns! It's so pretty jo jo! Thank-you! Check out more of Jo's beautiful work here and here.
Strawberry Blonde Sweetness Spead
Apple and Cinnamon Sweetness Spread
Secondly, Miss Joanna has been working on a very exciting new and delicious business prospect called Sweetness and Light, where Jo and her business partner design and produce dessert tables for special occasions. The girls theme the flavors and colours of the table design to your taste, and as a very willing taste tester i can assure you (i have devoured many of the above delights), the flavors will melt you to the ground. 

GUESS WHAT! For those coming to the raffle night, you my friends will also be able to try some of Jo's ingenious creations. Sweetness and Light have donated a desert table FULL of amazing treats. Jo has only given me a few hints 'the table will feature Project Patchwork inspired biscuits, macaroons and pink lemonade'. Ohhhhhh! be excited people! Thanks Girls! xx 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

We are on Frankie today!

Thank-you to all the ladies at Frankie for featuring us today! And to the Frankie readers for clicking through to see more! Read it here. x

Monday, October 11, 2010

As seen in Home Beautiful...

If you have already got your November issue of Home Beautiful, then you would have turned to page 36 and seen this very gorgeous article about Project Patchwork! Many thanks to Anna from HB for approaching me and giving us this amazing coverage. I feel very honored. Yay! We've been published!

Project Patchwork can also be seen on Broadsheet in the events section. Ohhh wee! i'm getting a little bit excited for Monday night! I hope you can all make it down for a drink or two! x

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Quilts are all Quilted!

Thank-you to everyone who helped quilt the three quilts! We spent all weekend sewing and finally we are all done and ready for the raffle night on Monday 18th of October!

On the Crafty Ladies & Gents Quilt we simply sewed around each patch creating 25 square boarders of stitching. We used pink embroidery thread to knot each corner of each square on the Heart Quilt, we tied them off at the back to create a little pink pattern of tassels. For the Triangle Quilt we found a diamond pattern within in the triangle design on the front of the quilt, we have quilted this pattern creating a traditional quilted look on the back of the quilt.

I think they look great and am so proud of all my little sewing angels! A special thanks to Mum, Alice & Emily! Look at what an amazing job they have all done..
Back of the Crafty Ladies & Gents Quilt
The Back of the Heart Quilt
Back of the Triangle Quilt

Friday, October 8, 2010

Crafty Lady #22 - Carmel McKie

Next up on the bio roll is the very gorgeous Carmel McKie, Craft Victoria Retail Manager. She is the main reason behind why the CV shop Counter is filled with so many beautiful bits and pieces. I have always known that Carmel has a sharp eye for design, amazingness & beauty. BUT when I received her patch I found out she is also just as great at creating design, amazingness & beauty, a whole patch of it!

Patch by Carmel McKie
This is Carmel's patch above. Oh my goodness i could stare at it all day. If you can't see the detail in the photo (you'll just have to come to the raffle night! haha just kidding, i think if you click on the photo it will open up bigger) she has sewn the most lovely little patterns in the panels of colour within her patch. Its so beautiful thanks Carmel!! 

Carmel's Insert Coin Here necklace
Carmel was also involved in Insert Coin Here and made the most beautiful necklaces to fill her pods. See the photo above. Oh! and if you go visit her in the CV shop soon she might still be wearing one of her own hand knitted scarves, featuring the very beautiful moss stitch (which I am yet to try myself)! But you better hurry up, as the sun is coming out more often then not these days! What a crafty lady, i'm so excited we have a piece of her talent in our quilt!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Crafty Lady #21 - Anita Cummins

I have another very talented and lovely crafty lady who gave up her precious time to sew a patch for PP. Her name is Anita Cummins and among many other pretty endeavors, she is the Craft Victoria Assistant Retail Manager.

Patch by Anita Cummins
Anita is also a very talented textile maker/creator/designer. I was so excited to discover that her gorgeous patch she sewed for PP was made from fabric she designed and printed herself! Wow! So much love in a 30cm square! You can see from the image of her patch above that she cleverly integrated the PP fabric into her design by sewing on little triangles that fit perfectly into her fabric pattern. She has also embroidered little circles with pretty coloured thread, creating lovely little soft textures.

In June last year Anita had her first solo exhibition called Pantone Pom Pom at Mailbox 141. I adored her beautiful idea of filling each of the mail boxes with different Pantone coloured pom poms. I think she made around 700 pom poms!! That is a lot of prettiness in such a tiny space! There is a really great interview on Anita and her exhibition over at the CV blog. You can read it here. Thank you CV for the photos. 

Photos above are from Anita's exhibition Pantone Pom Pom at Mailbox 141.

Anita also knits the most stunning scarves which are for sale at CV. She has and eye and knack for knitting, i remember her showing me a baby blanket she was knitting for her brothers new little bub. Oh my goodness her tension was beyond perfect, not to mention the pattern she was knitting, not one mistake in sight. wow! Thanks Anita for your beautiful patch! x 

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Crafty Ladies & Gents Quilt

As promised, here is the final sewn together Crafty Ladies & Gents Quilt! My gorgeous cousin Alice and beautiful mother Amanda and I have been madly cutting, arranging, sewing and finishing off the quilt this week.

Today Alice and I will be sewing on the back (scroll down to see the backing fabric) and batting. Tomorrow mum will help us sew on the edging, which will be a thin strip of the striped backing fabric sewn diagonally to create a candy stripe/air mail envelope edge. We have used little squares of the backing fabric in the corners of each border, hopefully it all ties nicely together. Then we will get to quilting around each square. Such a big job, but we are nearly there!

Thank-you to all our seamstresses who came to Tuesday night sewing group. You were so great and we couldn't have gotten this far without you. Thank-you to all the ticket purchases! They are still rolling in gracefully. AND we have another absolutely gorgeous donated prize which I will announce on Monday.

I hope you all have a really great weekend, whatever it may bring.