I really love the internet as I am able to meet amazing quilters all across the world! Lorraine Jones is a quilt maker and designer from New Zealand, who has roots in Ireland.
Lorraine and I started chatting about the Irish fabric she designs, produces and sells. She is a one woman band! Then one thing lead to the next and a super cute bundle of her fabric arrived, I love it! It is a lot of work to do all the parts of producing and selling fabrics, she has a passions for it and for her Irish homeland.
Have you been to New Zealand? I am fascinated about the country and hope to visit someday. The next best thing is meeting quilters from other countries and getting to know them. I asked Lorraine a few questions ...let's go meet her!
Photos - Lorraine with her son Sean and daughter Phoebe. Her first quilt.
Lorraine's New Zealand home town of Whakatane looking out to Whale Island
When did you start quilting Lorraine and why?
I started quilting approx. 5 years ago when patchwork classes were offered as an adult class at my local high school. I had an amazing tutor with wonderful experience and knowledge and a photographic memory, which wasn’t necessarily a good thing! I have always been aware of sewing as my Mother was a dressmaker but it wasn’t until I came to live in New Zealand that I felt the urge to take up the craft myself. Now I sew clothes, gifts and quilts.
You live in New Zealand now, what is your town like? I've never been to New Zealand
I live on the east coast of the north island of New Zealand which is in deep contrast to my hometown in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland.
My local town, Whakatane, is in a word, Paradise. We have the most sunshine hours in the whole country, last year, our local beach, Ohope, was voted the best beach in the country. On one side we have the sea, where fishing and surfing are strong sports and on the other side we have the bush, where there is a huge option of activities, from mountain biking, bush walks and hikes, adventure races and kiwi bird conservation groups. Its a great area for growing your own fruit and vegetables because of the weather. It offers my children a wonderful lifestyle.
What is your latest quilt you are working or.. or your favorite quilt you made
Currently I am working on a fairy wall hanging, panels by Michael Miller, for my 3 year old daughter. I hope to have it finished by July for her Birthday.
My favourite quilt is the first one I ever made. It took 2 years to complete due to me getting pregnant and having my second child in the middle of it but its special to me because it is made up of panels that I chose at random. It was a difficult quilt to complete due to matching up the points but I finished it and its special because it was such a mammoth task. I have learned a lot from that experience and by spending time with other quilters and my second quilt was much more straight forward!
And now for a special St. Patrick's giveaway! Lorraine is giving away the sample bundle of fabric she sent me.. YUMMY YUMMY! She ships all over the world.
Leave me a comment by next Friday telling me
Do you have a GREEN Quilt? What does it look like?
OR.. are you Irish? (I have some Irish roots!)
The Fabric goes to -
Rosemary who wrote -I don't have a green quilt but have used green in some of my quilts. And yes, I am Irish, 50% to be exact. My mother's family came from Ireland by way of Chicago and then my mother moved West with my dad, to California. My mother came from a large family, 7 girls and 2 boys one of which was a priest. Although the family has spread out to various parts of the US, some of us still keep in contact via Facebook. Others dislike FB so I eventually would like to set up a place for the family to keep in touch and exchange letters/messages/pictures. It's so much easier to keep in touch with the Internet than previously though holiday cards.
When my talented friend Kim shared that she had projects in Kitchen Stitches I was thrilled for her! And she wanted to send me a copy... yeah!!!
Kitchen stitches has projects from many designers, which is so fun as they all have a different take on what is needed 'in the kitchen'... from adorable to super useful, this book has it all... that cover bag.. it's SUPER clever, designed by Natalie Barnes.
Here is one of Kim's projects, a handle pot holder sleeve.
It's a slap your head, by didn't I think of that moment! I have a secret wish to make them and give them to restaurants where I have a breakfast skillet (don't judge.. have you had one.. DIVINE)... they often bring the skillet out with a sleeve that looks like it went under the broiler.. really? Are they LOOKING at it? I could replace them with cutie patooties ones Kim designed!
When you go to a guild or church pot luck, your pot sometimes can't be plugged in.. plus... don't our crock-posts sometimes show a bit of 'lovin' on the outside.. not really something to share with the public? (you know.. the kids dripped something that burned... ok.. it was your husband... but you get the idea)
This crock pot 'cozy' will keep your dish warm and STYLIN!! Designed by Rebecca Silbaugh
And the last one I'll show you is the coupon holder 'purse'... really this can be used for coupons.. but I'm thinking SEWING KIT!!! Here is the good part.. well it's good for ME. Kim shared one she made on her blog... THE CROWD WENT WILD!!!
ok.. I went wild...
When Kim sent me a copy of the copy.. ALONG CAME the coupon holder/sewing kit/min purse
PLUS Prince Charming!! Who doesn't love a purse with a Prince inside?
And the Dresden and pocket are RED... it was meant to be mine..
Hello there!! So excited to write this up to share with you. I've had several new products sent to me to take a look at. I am so grateful to manufacturer's for letting me try out their products. Then when I am out teaching, or chatting with you at my Quilt groups HERE and HERE.. I can let you know what I think!
These are the products that just came in, the new Sew Red Glasses, Swatch Buddies and the newest thread cutter on a stand. Let's take a look!
And guess what? I asked all 3 companies if they would like to do a LITTLE GIVEAWAY.. yeah baby they said yes! So let's see what I have here...
Sew Red Glasses come in two style, full glasses or clip on. Plus they have a nifty chain to wear them.
Why do you NEED red glasses? One of the most important things about a quilt is contrast. If your fabrics have all the same 'value'.. meaning they are all DARK.. or all LIGHT.. or the hardest.. all in the MIDDLE, then you don't get the contrast you need to make your design elements stand out.
Have you used a red plexiglass or have seen it? You hold it up to your eye. The is the same concept but with the brilliant twist that you can wear them! I LOVE that you can wear them, it lets you see with both eyes instead of closing one eye to look at the plexiglass.
So take the glasses along to the quilt shop, use in your studio, take to retreat.. anywhere you need to check your fabrics.... a pair of glasses will help.
And of course they are RED .. which as you know right now is my FAVORITE color.. yep.. love it!
Jamie and Jill of Sunflower Quilts decided the world needed a better table top thread cutter.
Do you chain piece? This is awesome! It's stable with little rubber feet, it's light, and it's adorable! You can use it by your sewing machine, at your cutting table (i use them both places), throw one in your retreat bag. I believe they retail for around $11.00.. super affordable!
The last product that came in are the 'Swatch Buddies'. Another clever idea! When you are going shopping for fabric how do you keep track of what you might need? Throw some scraps in a baggie then forget WHY you have that baggie of scraps in your purse? Throw it out, then remember days later when you are at the quilt shop LOOKING for that baggie?
yes.. I thought so...
That sounded a bit familiar didn't it? The people at Swatch Buddies have a nifty little system of plastic cards and double sided tape for you!
I am frugal, so I'm going to cut my unit into 3 so I can put 3 different fabrics on one card.
Stick to the back of your fabric, then peel off the other side of the double sided sticky, and put onto a swatch buddy card! They even give you this great metal twisty to hold them together.
When you are no longer looking for that fabric, peel it off and put on a new one! They also have blank stickies to write notes on about the fabric line name, the quilt project.. whatever you need to write. Throw this nifty system in your bag and off you go!
Ask for all these at your local quilt shop.. and the swatch buddies are also on Amazon
I have FOUR prizes to giveawy!
A regular glasses, a clip on glasses, a thread cutter and a Swatch buddy kit to giveaway!
Leave me a comment telling me
"Which product would you add to your studio FIRST and WHY"
tell me by Feb 18!
Red Glasses go to Amanda who told me "The red glasses! Those look very helpful."
Red Clip on Glasses go to Cathy who said "The clip-on red glasses are AWESOME!! As a new quilter, I have such a hard time with placement and contrast for my quilts ~~ what a wonderful tool these would be!"
Stash Buddy to Mary M. who told me "I would love the swatch buddies. I fix a Baggie with swatches. I write the notes on scraps of paper. I invariably forget one or the other on the table at home. With the swatch buddies every thing would be together. I've tried glueing the swatches with the notes and that is unsatisfactory because the color is distorted. The swatch buddies would certainly solve my fabric shopping problem for my quilting projects. Would love them!"
And a thread cutter to Nann who said "I'd add the thread cutter. It would be very handy!"
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