Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bricks and Mortar Shopping

Unable to attend the Australian Quilt Convention, I decided to assist with boosting the local economy, and visited two local businesses instead.  First up was visit a local bricks and mortar shop, loving the display of fabrics,  and assistance provided from the friendly, knowledgeable staff.
All photos are taken on my phone, did not think to put the camera in the car that day--so apologies for the poorer quality photos.
Candy Bloom by Aussie designer Rosalie Quinlan

 Lovely Softies, and also many fabrics from the Tilda fabric range

Pinwheels in a fresh spring palette.
Kits available for this quilt.

Vintage window display

Sew, Laugh, Love  by Leanne Beasley
I have seen the above stitchery popping up on Instagram feeds, and on some blogs,  I was pleased to see the pattern for this stitchery at  Quilters Harvest, so I quickly bought it.

Pattern transferred, and able to be seen!
 This pattern contained the iron on transfer, I quickly ironed the pattern onto some white linen that I had at home,  -- no instructions in the pattern -- but I chose to use a hot dry iron-- to iron on the pattern, which at the time --I remember letting it cool completely, before needing to re-iron several times- until I felt the pattern had been transferred onto the linen.
 I have been slowly doing a little stitchery some nights. 
Significant fading of the pattern transfer ---over a two week time frame
I must say, I am very disappointed with the iron on transfer,  the markings are quickly fading away - very difficult to distinguish at all, I have had to trace over areas that I am working on -- and feel I will quickly need to trace out the complete design soon- or it will have faded away altogether - unable for me to see the pattern markings.
I have ironed the piece of linen again with a hot dry iron, the markings have reappeared slightly, but still making it challenging to see the pattern.

I wonder if others have bought the kit with the markings already on the linen, or have transferred the pattern across to fabric.

Anyone out there with some handy hints for me ??


  1. The sew, laugh love pattern looks fantastic, good luck with it. I was thinking that it would be good to stitch while I'm travelling. Maybe trace over it with a water erasable or a Frixion pen. Hope it works out ok.

  2. Yes thanks, have used the frixion pen on some areas, of course it goes away with a hot iron, nuisance value really to retrace.
    hope your holiday is going along well.

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