Tilda's World is a web site full of inspiration and beautiful colours. The About page says: 'Tilda is a fabric brand founded by Norwegian designer Tone Finnanger in 1999, best known for whimsical naive characters and charming fabric design. There is a certain attitude to life in Tilda’s world, whimsical and romantic, like a ball gown worn with wellies – perfectly imperfect!
The site is much more than fabrics although you can look up the distributer of the beautiful Tilda fabrics within Australia.
Tone Finnanger has produced many books which are treasured items in quilting rooms all over the world. Many of her books are available from Amazon.
There are also many free patterns on this site. These patterns are often challenging (categories of difficulty are included) but would make great presents for someone special. Patterns include special piecing techniques which is a real bonus. If you are into doll making, there is also a section found under the 'Tildas Friends" tab.
Well worth a look particularly since we are fast approaching Christmas! If you don't have time to make items, the books are beautiful.
Wombat Quilts is a Blog site, run by an ex-pat Australian who now lives in Portland Oregon. The owner of the Blog known as Cath, was inspired to quilt after watching the 1995 movie How to Make an American Quilt.
She has many finished quilts to view and inspire you. If you are into paper piecing, Cath shares many photographic inspirations and free patterns. Check it out. Her use of colour is amazing.
Go to link : wombatquilts.com/
Kathy Doughty is a noted quilter, author, designer and tutor. She is well known for her great use of colour and contemporary designs; her books, including the Material Obsession range; her great range of fabrics and her patchwork store in Drummoyne NSW . Kathy is a member of the FreeSpirit designer collective along with Anna Maria Horna, Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett to name a few.
Kathy's books have become 'collectors items' in many studios/sewing rooms. You are able to preview her books on Amazon where they can be purchased in kindle and and paperback format. Paperback books are also available to order through Kathy's https://www.materialobsession.com.au/ website.
Via Kathy's website you can also purchase patterns, kits, cottons and other supplies.
Kathy and her work can also be viewed on Facebook and Instagram:
Definatley worth a look to view some great photos, be inspired and of course, the odd purchase or two if you so desire.
The National Quilters Circle is an American based company that offers readers free quilting videos, patterns, block challenges and articles. You can subscribe to access more content but there is lots you can view for free. You can also subscribe to a weekly newsletter.
National Quilters Circle have a Facebook page where they share videos, articles, lots of photos etc. You will need to join through Facebook to view their content. Go to https://www.facebook.com/NationalQuiltersCircle/
To view their Web site go to www.nationalquilterscircle.com/
Most quilters will know of an American quilter, Angela Walters. Ambassador for Handi Quilter, Angela's modern style of patchwork quilts and free motion quilting techniques are inspirational and makes the art of quilting look easy. Angela has a series of quilting videos at Bluprint known as the Midnight Quilter. As of May 2020, Bluprint unfortunately has announced it will be ceasing operation over the coming months. Angela has many free videos to view (some of them from her Midnight series on Bluprint) on Youtube. Most videos are short and some include links to complimentary patterns. Angela has a her own Web site known as Quilting is my Therapy where you will find videos, quilt challenges, tips and more. She has a Facebook page but does not have a lot of quilting content there. Well worth a look.
It has been a while since blog posts were added. Since we are not able to meet, it is the ideal opportunity to highlight techniques, hints and quilters from the internet to keep us occupied. Some may be familiar so apologies if that is the case. If you know of some interesting quilting content on the internet, please fill out the Contact us page with a brief description and necessary links.
This blog features a 'local', Helen Godden who lives in Canberra, only a short drive from Night Owls in Batemans Bay. Among many talents, Helen is an internationally acclaimed quilter, artist and tutor. Her unique style is known by many Australians and overseas crafters. She has her own Youtube and Facebook pages where she offers free tutorials, advice and patterns. For example, she has a video and patterns for a Flower Power Quilt. along She also has instructional videos, paint supplies and patterns for sale.
Well work checking out if you need inspiration, want to learn new techniques or purchase supplies. Happy viewing!
The 16th Night Owls Biggest Morning Tea is over for another 2 years. Considerable preparation goes into this event involving Night Owlers organising, sewing, knitting, baking and working on the day. It also involved staff from the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club; Raine and Horne and friends of Night Owlers who all provided their work for free. Without all of the above the event would not be as popular or successful so a big thankyou.
Many thanks for the extreme generosity of all who attended and supported the event. So far Night Owls has raised over $100,000 for the Cancer Council. We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the morning. See photos here.
Anne Hunt made this great 'soup bowl cozy' and showed it to her fellow Night Owl friends at our 13 March meeting. What a great idea. No more burning your fingers after microwaving leftover soup or hot soup straight from the stove. You might notice that it has corners that you can use to carry your bowl.
Credit for this ingenious pattern goes to the Crafwarehouse.com. Please find enclosed the link for all instructions.
Anne advises to make sure you you carefully read the instructions concerning the use of cotton only to ensure microwave safety.