Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Stars from Esk

Margaret from Esk in Queensland sent this quilt to KoolKat Quilting which is being quilted in the Starlight e2e machine quilting pattern.
 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Toowoomba goes king size

It must be the season for large quilts here in Toowoomba.  The quilt on the left has been made by Christina for her sister and it is being quilted in the Nouveau Scallops e2e machine quilting pattern in a light green thread.  Light green K1002 Marble Scroll backing and cotton wadding supplied by KoolKat Quilting.  The Kaffe Fassett quilt from Maibry of Toowoomba is being quilted in the budget Debs Swirls e2e machine quilting pattern in a watermelon pink thread.  Batik backing and bamboo wadding supplied by KoolKat Quilting.  Both quilts are around 100 inches square.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mrs Chips Farewell

The first two photos are of a farewell quilt for a teaching colleague of Chris from Mudgeeraba. It is being quilted in a mustard thread using the blowing pampas grass e2e machine quilting pattern. Below these are two quilts from Kym at Springsure.
 




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Loops and Lassoos at KoolKat

The budget Loop-d-Loop e2e machine quilting pattern suits this  Western-theme quilt from Liane of Bouldercombe

Silken touch at KoolKat

This is a silk bed cover being quilted in the Paisley Playtime e2e machine quilting pattern.  The heavy silk was a coarse weave so we were able to avoid any gathering of the quilt during quilting.  This quilt came from Robyn of Glencoe near Toowoomba


Cora from Toowoomba had this quilt done for a grandchild.
Coral from Pittsworth brought this quilt today.

Japanese prints featured in this quilt from Sandra of Toowoomba.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ring first to see if we are here

Please ring first to confirm an appointment to visit us at the KoolKat studio.  As there are just the two of us, and we may be out on business at any time, we do not guarantee to be here without an appointment being made beforehand. 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Hopping into KoolKat

This is Sandy's quilt from Highfields.  The quilt top features a rabbit, so KoolKat Quilting was asked to make a label featuring a rabbit as part of the design of this unique embroidered quilt label.  Backing supplied by KoolKat Quilting, and the quilt was quilted suing the Clover e2e machine quilting pattern designed by Hermione Agee.
 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Quilts at KoolKat today

Phyllis from Toowoomba is emptying her cupboards of jelly roll projects.  This quilt is being quilted with the budget meandering leaves pattern


Another quilt from Jilly at Croydon, NSW - this quilt is being quilted with the budget loop-d-loop pattern

Jennine from Gayndah sent this quilt for for grand-daughter. It is being quilted with the Petal Power machine quilting pattern.

Denise from Hatton Vale is having this quilt done with the chaos e2e machine quilting pattern
Judy from The Gap, Brisbane chose the simplicity e2e pattern for this quilt.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mother and daughter project

This is the second quilt from Molly of Roma. Molly and her daughter made identical quilts as projects.  Pattern: budget meandering leaves in white thread.  Backing: Caribbean white supplied by KoolKat Quilting.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

From East to West at KoolKat

This is Phyllis's quilt from Toowoomba. She has chosen the Loop-d-loop e2e machine quilting pattern for her quilt.

Robyn from St George sent this quilt for which we have chosen the roseleaves e2e machine quilting pattern.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Wonder Woman arrives at KoolKat

Carolyn from Ipswich is having this quilt quilted with the budget leaf meander e2e machine quilting pattern

Glenda from Toowoomba found her inner Wonder Woman with this quilt which is being quilted in the Stars and Loops e2e pattern.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Today's the day for large quilts at KoolKat

This is Lyn's quilt from Esk.  It was just over 90 inches in length and is being quilted with the Henna Flower e2e machine quilting pattern in a sky blue thread.

Trina's quilt from Croydon, Victoria, being quilted with the budget leaf meander pattern in cream thread.

One of 2 large identical quilts from Molly of Roma.  Both will be quilted in the budget meandering leaves e2e pattern in cream thread

A king size hexagon quilt from Lyn of Toowoomba who chose the Apple Blossom e2e machine quilting pattern.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Another butterfly wings in from Surat

This is Cathy's Bali Butterfly quilt made during the KoolKat Quilting workshop held in Surat last month by Kathy Adams.  We have chosen lilac thread and purple K1002 Marble Scroll backing for this quilt.  Bali Butterfly is on the 2015 workshop program.
 

Quilpie quilter quilts more quilts

These two quilts from Lyn of Quilpie arrived today.  The first quilt was made using the Thoroughly Modern quilt pattern, which was the subject of 1 day of the weekend workshop held by Kathy Adams of KoolKat Quilting at Quilpie in August.
 


US quilting trends sound warning for Australian industry

In what may be a portent for the future of the Australian quilting industry, latest US research shows that quilting is slowing and is increasingly reliant on a dimishing number of active or dedicated quilters .  The average spend per household has risen 36%, but the total number of quilters has fallen almost to 1994 levels, according to the 2014 Quilting in America report conducted by TNS Global Inc and DP Research Solutions. The percentage of beginning quilters has risen slightly from 7-9% since the 2010 report, but the average age of this group remains close to that of intermediate and advanced quilters.  Dedicated quilters have doubled during the past four years compared to the 2006-10 period, but this means the industry is increasingly dependent on a diminishing number of active quilters as total numbers have shrunk by nearly half since the peak of 2006.  The dedicated group which comprises 12.2% of all quilting households and accounts for 60.4% of expenditure, has been quilting for 20 years, whereas the beginning group has been quilting for around seven years.  These figures are roughly similar to our survey work of KoolKat Quilting customers and the Southern Cross Commercial Quilters Yahoo group, namely that the industry is not recruiting sufficient numbers of active quilters to replace its ageing demographic.  Increasing use of the internet and on-line purchasing is also evident in the 2014 report compared to the previous 2010 report.  The reports may be seen at the bottom of our About Us page

Sunday, November 02, 2014

New quilts from the coast

These two quilts arrived from Berneice at Currimundi today.  Berneice asked for the Bush Berries e2e machine quilting pattern on the quilt below and we chose the lilac K1002 Marble Scroll backing and lilac thread, while the bottom quilt is being quilted in the Bountiful Feathers e2e machine quilting pattern.
 


Butterfly takes wing at Surat

 
Thank you Desley from Surat for sending a photo of your queen size Bali Butterfly quilt made during Kathy's workshop at Surat last month.  Bali Butterfly is one of the workshop projects available again on next year's program http://www.koolkatquilting.com.au/files/uploads/2015KoolKat_Quilting_workshops.pdf

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Two quilts from NSW

Two quilts arrived at KoolKat Quilting from Helen at Bilgola Plateau in NSW today.  The top quilt is a Christmas wall-hanging being quilted in the Holly Berries e2e machine quilting pattern, while the Dr Seuss quilt underneath is being quilted in the happy times e2e machine quilting pattern.
 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It takes more than a heat wave to stop a quilter....

These two quilts came from western Queensland which is enduring heat wave conditions this week. The quilt immediately below came from Adma near Charleville and this is being quilted in the Starlight e2e machine quilting pattern.  Cream Caribbean backing supplied by KoolKat Quilting. The other quilt came from Robyn near Mitchell who chose the budget I Love It trailing hearts pattern for her quilt.
 
 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Getting the Blues at KoolKat

These new blue wide quilt backings have just arrived at KoolKat.  These backings are not quite up to the quality we normally supply and are on special at $25/m plus freight (allow $10 for most lengths suitable for a quilt backing).

Blue Criss Cross wide quilt backing

Pale Blue Light Ground wide quilt backing

Royal Blue Dark Ground wide quilt backing

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A whale of a tale

 
Barbara from Highfields dropped off two quilts to KoolKat Quilting on Saturday.  The aquatic theme quilt with the whales is being quilted in the Ebb and Flow e2e machine quilting pattern, while the super-heroes quilt is being quilted in the budget ribbon candy e2e machine quilting pattern.
 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Best Pony of Show....

Here's something we have not seen for a long time - felt show ribbons.  Candice from Rose Petal Collections, Chinchilla brought us these two quilts today.  The show ribbon quilt is being quilted in an open budget meander e2e machine quilting pattern.  During the '90s Kathy and Geoff used to make show ribbons for a living, but ours were done using satin acetate ribbon, not felt.  The red oriental quilt is being quilted with the paisley playtime e2e machine quilting pattern in a dark red thread. Red K6280 scroll backing supplied by KoolKat Quilting.

Paisley in pretty in this quilt

This is Wendy's paisley quilt from Toowoomba.  She asked for widely spaced quilting, so KoolKat Quilting is using the Simplicity e2e machine quilting pattern and the quilt is being quilted in a golden brown thread.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chocolate brown threads suits quilt made with Indigo Niche fabrics


Aileen from Toowoomba brought this quilt top to KoolKat Quilting today. It was made with fabrics supplied by Indigo Niche (www.indigoniche.com), and is being quilted in a chocolate brown thread using the Happy Times e2e machine quilting pattern, set in an open density as requested.

All the way from Charleville

Adma from near Charleville sent this cot quilt which arrived at KoolKat Quilting today.  We chose an aqua Caribbean backing, and the Jasmine e2e machine quilting pattern and it is being quilted in a teal (blue-green) thread.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bali Butterfly from Surat

This is Fay from Surat’s Bali Butterfly designed by Kathy Adams of KoolKat Quilting at her workshop held earlier this month at Surat.  It is being quilted in the Butterfly Flurry e2e machine quilting pattern in a lime green thread

Friday, October 17, 2014

Quilts from Johnelle

Johnelle from St George dropped off 3 quilts while in Toowoomba visiting children at boarding school and attending to business.  Her quilts will be ready for her to pick up on Monday prior to returning home.  In the years we have known Johnelle, she has always been smiling.  At KoolKat Quilting, we like to go the extra mile especially for those quilters from rural and remote areas who have already travelled some miles to see us.  Having been in many of your communities this year holding quilting workshops, we salute your spirit, especially when circumstances may be trying.

Johnelle Kaffe Fassett quiltJohnelle 2
Johnelle 3