It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas [Project #4]

Number 4 in our handmade Christmas Present series.

It’s a bit scary how that number of days until Christmas keeps going down, down, down! Our next gift idea is a fun way to present a bottle of wine, flavoured oil, favourite cordial… interesting bottles of anything really.

Bottle bag/holder

Bottle bag project

What to do when you don’t know what to get [Project #3]

Number 3 in our Christmas is coming Blog series! When the person you are thinking about for a gift already has book covers and placemats sometimes a gift card is the way to go. But just because you are buying a shopping spree or adventure doesn’t mean you can’t still make it special…

Fabric gift card holders

This cute little holder adds a little extra to the gift card experience. It’s quick and easy and can use up the left over scraps from other projects.

All you need is 2 – 5 coordinating prints.
cut three 3″ x 3″ squares
cut two 3″ x 8″ rectangles
optional items ie ribbon, beads and buttons to decorate if desired.

Step 1: Press the 3″ x 3″ squares in half on the diagonal.

Step 2: On the right side of the rectangles place two of the triangles on the bottom of one and one on the top of the other. The raw edges of the triangles will match the edges of the rectangles. using a long stitch baste in place.

Step 3: Pin and baste the ribbon in centre top and bottom of one of the rectangles

Step 4: Place the rectangles right sides together, pin and sew using 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 3″ opening to turn out.

Step 5: turn right side out and press. make sure the single triangle is on the opposite side to the double triangles then topstitch all the way around.

And you are done. a cute little holder for the gift card

And yes we do gift cards so if you need to give family and friends a clue just share this post with them!!

Homemade Christmas gift ideas continued … [Project #2]

Our next project in our quick and easy gift ideas blog series is probably my favourite! One because the fabric range we used is just stunning and two because I love having picnics and there is no better way to make a picnic a classy affair than by putting out your own set of placemats and cutlery.

Picnic placemats

These placemats are designed as a quick and easy project that you can roll and take anywhere you want to go – or just a beautiful way to decorate your table. I used the Imperial collection by Robert Kaufman for my set ( found here on our website while stocks last – Imperial Collection 16)

As with the book covers, in our previous post, you can use any patchwork block or any fabric you like. You can even make your placemats a different size, you are only limited by your own imagination!! Our finished placemats are 17″ x 11″. We use a 1/4″ seam unless otherwise stated.

To make the placemats as we have you will need:
1 x feature fabric 9.5″ x 11.5″
2 x side panels 4.”5 x 11.5″
1 x pocket panel 4.5″ x 6.5″
1 x backing fabric 17.5″ x 11.5″
2x ribbon 14″
1 x fusible pellon or foam 17″ x 11″
coordinating thread

Step 1:
Fold down the top of the pocket piece 1/4″ and press, then fold down again and press. Topstitch fold.

Step 2: Baste the pocket piece onto the bottom of one of the side panels. This is just to keep it in place for the next step.

Step 3: With right sides together stitch the side panels on to your feature fabric.

Step 4: Centre your fusible foam or fleece. Carefully turn over and press until fused to your fabric.

If you wish to do any quilting on your placemat you can do it now which will leave the back plain or you can wait till step ?????

Step 5: Centre, pin and baste your ribbon in place – the opposite side to your panel with the pocket.

Step 6: Place your backing fabric right side down on top of your feature fabric. Pin and stitch all the way around, leaving a 3-4″ gap for turning. Clip your corners and turn out the right way using your gap.

Quirky Tip: – Change the directions of your pins so you remember to stop and leave a gap!! Don’t forget to backstitch/lock your stitch so it stays in place while turning.

Step 7: Press placemat well and pin closed opening. Top stitch using 1/8″ seam all the way around the placemat. If you wish to quilt now so the backing is quilted as well, now is the time.

Step 8: Ready to roll! Now off to a picnic with you:)

We would love love love to see your placemats! Share them on our Facebook album……*****can we make a special album for customer projects on fb??****

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? Well, like most things, businesses mature and develop and there comes a time in the business lifecycle where you need to evaluate where you are, what you do and where you’re going.

Since taking over Quirky Quilts Qld almost two years ago I have been asking myself these questions. At the end of 2019 and with the help of my senior team and a super awesome business coach I sat down for the day to answer some of these big questions.

One thing that kept coming out during the session was how passionate our business is about quilting and how much we love being just that little bit left of normal, ie. “Quirky” and what we discovered was that our branding just didn’t quite reflect all of those things.

Where we are now in terms of our business and the connection we wanted to have with our quirky friends (that’s you the customer *wink*) just wasn’t represented in how we presented ourselves to the world at large. So, in short we began a process to rename and rebrand our shop so that it’s clear who we are and what we do.

With a little help from our friends at pHcreative and Evocative, The Quirky Quilting Co was born inclusive of a beautiful and vibrant new logo. For those who have visited the shop in person I’m sure you’ll agree the new logo captures the bright, clean and modern vibe of our little shop and our new name pays homage to our roots and also reflects our desire to be a “Co.” That’s Co. in the plural sense of community because that’s where our heart is. We see the relationships, love and learning grown each week through a shared passion for quilting. Our quirky friends are our “Co.” so it makes sense that they would be included too.

I hope that’s answered a few of the questions people might have had about why the new name and we look forward to all the adventures awaiting The Quirky Quilting Co in 2020 and beyond.