Tag Archives: Loralie Designs

Loralie Designs Meets HeatnBond.

10 Aug

When I receive a new bolt of Loralie Designs panels quite often the top and/or bottom row is unusable as a panel as they are not often cut completely straight before rolling. I have made a few crazy patch quilts with them. This covers up any missing bits as you can see but what I really needed was to use up odd panels not whole quiltsworth.


When I was trying to decide what to do with the Gypsy Chique (not my spelling) fabric I watched a video by Loralie. In it she used the no sew version of fusible web to fuse figures onto another surface.(I use HeatnBond Ultra) You can see these in my blog on the fabric. In case you are in a hurry this is what the finished bag looked like.

IMG_0093I was sorting through my ‘reject’ pile the other day and came across more panels that I could use in this way. I had also kitted up some cot quilts when I first opened the web shop and I saw that the colours in one of these were perfect to use with the panels. These panels are from the ‘Fast women Portrait’ collection and the fabrics mostly from Benartex fossil ferns. They matched perfectly and used up most of the kit in three bags which will now take pride of place on my stall at The Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate (4th to 6th September).

IMG_0006In progress.




They work really well and in my case help me avoid my temperamental machine that does not seem to like satin stitch. It is also a good way of using some of the Loralie panels that are actually rows of fairly large figures such as the Gypsy Chique and also one you can see in my next blog about Kitty Kitty Christmas.


IMG_0018It is all getting a bit seasonal on here so I will go and draft a proper Christmas blog as you need to start now if you are going to make Christmas goodies.

Maybe I will see you at Harrogate. It is a really good show. Take it from someone who drives 6 hours to get there every year. The layout will be a bit different this year if you are looking for your favourite stalls. The reason is that they are replacing the old hangar type building with a proper one so this year we are in a temporary building whilst they finish it. I will be more or less in the same place as before but as they have moved the quilts to the other end you might need a minute to acclimatise before the onslaught.


Loralie Designs Church Ladies.

28 May

The latest addition to me web site fabrics is another Loralie Designs.

Church Ladies by Loralie Harris is a fun fabric with a stained glass feel. ‘Happy and colourful’ is how I would describe it. Let’s see what you think.

Here is the panel church ladies panel


church ladies panel 2

church ladies panel copy

Matching tossed figures


What is church without a hat? Here are a few to be going on with.


Is it is or is it isn’t great fun? Well I think so but then I always did have a weird sense of humour. It cheers me up anyway and I’ll take anything that does that.

I have had a few new Loralie fabrics in since my last post so it might be worth a trip over to nsaaquilting.co.uk

Crazy Patch Flower Power

15 Dec

I have just received the contrast fabrics for the Gypsy Chique panel that I used to make the bag in the last blog.

They are, predictably reflections of  60’s fashion.

Paisley was popular in those days but translates well to the modern day.

paisley black

Matching butterfly themed fabric.

flighty black

The same fabric in another colourway.

flighty cream

And of course the panel.

gypsy panel

I decided to use them in a crazy patch quilt top as this is a good way to showcase fabrics.

IMG_0097And there you have it.

Find the fabrics here.

And here at the bottom.

Loralie Fairies and the Soft Shoe Shuffle.

4 May

It’s not the first time I have showcased my  shoe bags but they are so far down the archive list that newcomers may never find them. As such I thought a few pictures of a new selection might be in order. These are really satisfying to produce. They can be made in so many different styles and colours and also used for so many different things as well as shoes. If you want a well organised suitcase a few of these bags will assist. They are also a rather more attractive substitute for the plastic bag for carrying dirty shoes.  A row of them on the coat rack looks so much more attractive than a row of muddy shoes on the shoe rack. Obsessed? Who? Me?


For the ladies.

blue green orange.


green green purple


beige pink pink


green pink mauve


brown blue red


white red green


green boot

For the dancer.

beige pink dance trainer


linen effect lined green yellow dance trainer


For himselfbeige swirl green yellow


green blue trainer


brown purple grren


If you want to have a go at your own how about buying one of my shoe quilt patterns and using the appliques to make your own.

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mens shoe quilt 1_477x600

If you are feeling lazy try a ready made one.

Ladies’ Use this link to the web site.

Men’s Use this link to the web site.

I am awaiting delivery of another Loralie fabric. This time it is Very Fairy in time for Christmas. Be honest if you don’t start now will you really finish before Christmas?

First the panel.

very fairy panel

very fairy panel right

very fairy panel left

Matching Fabrics.

very fairy tossed

very fairy holly

very fairy red scroll

very fairy green scroll

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Fancy Cats, Ladies Tea and Sew Paree.

30 Mar

I am hoping to get a delivery of fabric from Loralie Designs tomorrow. I had a bit of a marathon trying to pay the duty on Saturday but we got there in the end and delivery was promised for tomorrow. Anywhere else in the country that would probably mean it would be. Here, not so much. If you are behind with your deliveries we are a very good place to miss in order to make up time. Still it isn’t Christmas so we live in hope.

It wouldn’t normally be a problem but I have to load up ready for the Spring Quilt festival at Westpoint, Exeter on Wednesday. this means that all new panels must be cut and packed and all fabrics ready to load. Fingers crossed.

Nothing like going to the wire. As far as excitement goes I’ll take what I can and be grateful.

The fabrics are Fancy Cats Fancy Cats Panel


Matching Fabric

Fancy Cats

I do get asked for cats so hopefully these will go down well along with the other two animal prints.

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dog panel_600x330


We also have arriving, Ladies Tea featuring much tea drinking and teapots.

Ladies Tea Panel


Matching Fabric.

Tea Toss Fabric


Last but not least Sew Paree.

Sew Paree Panel


Matching FabricSew Paree Fabric


I have also had to do a reprint on my most popular pattern – Plundering Pirates. Not sure why it goes down so well. Maybe because it is a bit different.



My favourite is the pilchardsDSCN1642_600x450


It shares top spot with my Funky Farmyard Quilt.

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If you are around Exeter and the fancy takes you come along and see what we get up to. There are lots of quilts to see and goods to buy. If that doesn’t grab you come for tea and cake.


Mining the Stash

19 Jan

I tidied the dungeon today. If we are being literal, I tidied half the dungeon.The problem was that, having rearranged the area I sew in I turned round to discover that although I had one lovely tidy section, I had moved everything surplus to requirements down to the other end. This now means I have to start tidying that bit tomorrow. Perhaps I should just place a large dustbin by the door and save myself the trouble.

The flaw in this plan is of course that if I throw out anything it will be just the bit of blue or green I need to finish a project. Not that I would ever find it at the moment but that is a detail. Luckily I get a certain amount of satisfaction creating order out of chaos. That is until I try to find something that is no longer where I knew it was. Still at least the dust bunnies have hopped off for a few weeks and the resident spiders will be spending tonight re-spinning the webs I hoovered up this morning.

Since writing the above I have bought myself some plastic drawers. Now I can see all the small fabric pieces I did not throw away. They are colour coded and perhaps will stay tidy now. The times I have thrown everything out of a very large box in order to find a tiny piece of just the right yellow. No more.

It is amazing how just the act of completing one job, ie the fabric organisation, kick starts other projects.

I have had this quilt on the frame for weeeks if not months but couldn’t find the motivation to finish it. I was looking for something to demonstrate the use of a fabric panel in a quilt and came across a pattern at Blank Quilting.  It is actually a pattern for use with the Fashion Beach collection but would lend itself to any of the Loralie Designs panels and other makes too. I adapted it for the Belles Collection of fabrics.

See what you think


Close up.





Simple but effective.

Loralie Stamps Her Foot

19 Oct

As I mentioned in my last blog, I am now stocking Loralie Designs Art Stamps on my web site. As I will be taking them to the shows as well I thought I had better try to get the hang of the stamping business. Before we start all you seasoned stampers out there can either go and look at another site or prepare to be amused. I have never done this before and I think it might be a bit of a steep learning curve. However, I did these the day my stamp pad arrived so hopefully it can only get better.

The first thing I realised when I received my consignment of stamps from Loralie is that the picture on the packet does not have to be the finished project. The fun bit is using different colours to create different looks. That is what this blog is about, albeit in a limited way.

The stamp I decided to use was Lela.

Here is Lela as Loralie coloured her.

LelaShe is very colourful but I decided to see what she would look like in a different colour.

First I took the stamp, block and pad.

Stamp and pad

The first thing I learned was that a cling stamp needs a block to which to be attached during the stamping process. The stamp sits on top of the block and grips it. It doesn’t need to be stuck on. This of course has the advantage that you only need one block for your whole collection of stamps. Mine is A6 which is exactly the size of the Loralie Stamps. It would also serve for smaller stamps.

When I was looking at buying ink pads I assumed that I would have to buy one as big as the stamp. This proved to be erroneous. As long as the pad has a hinged lid to allow it to fold behind the stamp then any size will do. I have read that the very small ones are not such a good idea but, not having used one I couldn’t comment. What you do is have the stamp facing upwards and ‘pounce’ the ink onto it. There are numerous Youtube  tutorials on this if you want the details. In fact Youtube is a fount of knowledge. Some people maybe shouldn’t be doing them but you can watch them all and decide who knows what they are doing and who doesn’t.

The next process is to get the stamp stamped onto your card. I tried it on some card I use in my printer and it was perfectly OK. However I decided in the interest of research to try the special paper sold by Copic as I was going to use their markers. I must admit that the image was brighter and clearer when coloured in but it depends what you are aiming at really. Anyway, It took me a few goes to get a crisp image but as I have no trouble since I can only assume that the stamp needs a bit of conditioning. So don’t be put off if the first few images are a bit hit and miss.

This is what I produce now, still not perfect but not bad.

Stamp Image lela

Ignore the accessories round the edges. They are not part of the image I am using so were only inked as a bi-product and therefore are not crisp.

At this point, if I have finished with the stamp I use stamp cleaner to keep it in good condition. After all I may decide to use a different coloured ink and I wouldn’t want the black to take over.


This is the one I got but there are lots out there. Someone suggested soap and water but I am here to tell you it didn’t work with my ink.

I then got to the interesting bit. Word of warning – if you have to be somewhere do not start colouring. Time develops winged feet and disappears out of a window somewhere.

I treated myself to some Copic Ciao markers. They can be bought in sets but if you can’t afford to spend a lot at one go try buying them in smaller groups. There are groups of colours that go together to assist shading etc. There are Youtube and blog lessons from Copic representatives telling you how the numbering system works. The best way to start would be to buy the flesh colours and then a group of whatever is your favourite colour. This way you are less likely to get frustrated because you can’t do the shading just as you would like. Anyway, I could never resist colour and I have learned over the years that if I don’t have what I need for a project I become frustrated so I have all of them. The frustrating bit is that I later discovered that if you are really serious they have other ranges in more colours. This is however only a problem if you are trying to follow instructions for shading in one of their instruction books.

Anyway, this is how they come.


This is a mixture of two boxes as I rearranged the lot into number order to make life easier.

When I came to colour the image I was a little irritated as I had carefully researched which ink to get. Despite this some of the ink ran when it came into contact with the markers. I have tried using a hair dryer and leaving the images overnight but if that doesn’t work I guess I will have to do some trial and error tests.

The first colour scheme I tried was blue and red. I was quite pleased with the result.

Blue Lela

I am not there with the flesh colour shading but I haven’t yet found the right combination of shades. However, you get the idea.

Then I bought some paper and decided to try to match the colours to it.

Brown LelaUnfortunately the background doesn’t show up in its real colours but again, you get the idea.

What it does show is that one stamp can look really different in different colourways.

Next I am going to experiment with flesh colours and try the darker ones too.

I read one blog where someone had , presumably stamped out the clothes onto patterned cardstock or paper and used that for the clothes. This, of course meant that it could be made to match exactly the surrounding card. I am sure lots of people are saying ‘so what’ but it’s like everything else, if you have never done something before there are lots of eureka moments along the way. You have just forgotten yours. I expect in time I would forget mine if I became proficient.

Bye the way, the title is a bit misleading as, as you can see below Loralie does not always even supply feet, let alone stamp them.

Daisy Lady

Mauve Daisy

Here are a few of the other stamps. If you want to see more go over to my web site and see the range. There will be more soon so keep looking.

Lady HeartChristmas ShopperMultimumLuella

Now to stop this becoming another hobby.

Happy Stamping.

Loralie Sets the Kitchen Alight

8 Oct

The sole purpose of the purchase of my embroidery machine was  to stitch Loralie Designs’ quirky characters. One of the first CDs I bought was for embroidering onto aprons and it was the Fun Chefs collection.

Fun Chefs

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By popular request Loralie has redesigned the matching fabrics and as I was asked for them at the last show I now have them on the website.

There is a tossed fabric in black and also white which would be ideal for making aprons for instance. The figures are quite large and therefore have a presence.

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white chef toss_600x600

There is, of course a panel.

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As an extra she has also designed a place mat panel.

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The first sale was winging its way to France the day after I put it on the site. How appropriate.

In case you are wondering what I have been doing in the dungeons of late, I have been adding to my animal collection.

First of all I did some embroideries to match the Dog Happy collection.






I did the whole CD’s worth but I will not bore you with them all.

Then I made a couple of things with the Dog Happy and Cool Cats fabrics.

Another of my sample bags.


Then a pinafore for the serious cat lover.

DSCN2781_450x600I don’t know about you but I love the bright colours on black.

I could, however be in a minority. I think a lot of people are afraid of colour. It may just be that they are afraid they won’t like the final result and fabric is expensive. Whatever the reason, remember everyone is entitled to their own taste and none is superior.

Speaking of expensive fabric – have you noticed the trend for racking up the price of fabric just because it has gone out of print? I saw someone the other day had tripled the original price of a Loralie Designs panel because they said it was rare. Add postage to that and it was 5 times the price. You really would need to have it for that amount. Maybe I’m just a cheapskate.

That’s my rant for the day so I guess it’s back to the dungeon.

Before I go though I will be getting some of the Loralie Art stamps in the next week or so so watch this space. They are good for cards etc but also for colouring fabric to look like water colour pictures.

Here is a sample.

Aunt Hattie

The actual stamp gives you this.

Aunt Hattie ActualI can’t wait.

A Superior Menagerie

25 Sep

My favourite animals come in the form of Loralie Designs Dogs and Cats. I don’t have much against the real thing but these you don’t have to take for a walk in the middle of Winter and they cost nothing to feed. You may have seen my post on the latest animal fabrics . Whilst thinking what to do next I came across some different dogs and cats in the shape of Loralie embroideries. I thought some of you might be interested to see that she does other things in her embroideries and not just amusing people.

Dogs first.





Then a few cats.





I have others on my web site nsaaquilting.co.uk

In case you think I have forgotten Loralie designs amusing ladies here are some of those that I did at the same time. These are from a collection called Sew Girls.





Winging its way to me I also have the Dog Happy embroideries.

Dog Happy

These are the ones that match the Dog Happy panel and matching fabrics.

dog panel_600x330

They would make a lovely cheerful bag with the Dog Happy black or white toss.

black dog scatter_600x600

white dog panel_600x600

If I carry on like this I will need another stall at the next quilt show. Luckily the stalls at Westpoint  near Exeter are bigger than the Harrogate ones so I can squeeze a bit more in. The question is – will I have any of this fabric left by then?

Loralie Panels, Usage and Abusage.

18 Sep

We have all been there. Can’t resist a piece of fabric and, having bought it, squirrel it away without using it. Every time we think about using it we think how nice it looks in one piece and how we don’t want to cut it. In the case of Loralie Designs I would definitely say this is abuse. Those designs need to get out there and cheer up all those sad looking people. If you want ideas go to youtube.

This link should give you some ideas. Some of the fabric is no longer available but any of her panels and embroideries would suit.

Here is another

A far as my usage goes I make a lot of bags. I do this mainly because I want to give people ideas of  what they can make with the fabric and partly because they are very useful bags. Both my Daughters have definitely not only used but also abused several bags. How they carry them with the amount of stuff in them I will never know.

They make good shopping handbags. They look good as a handbag but there is lots of room for shopping in this ‘bring your own bag’ age.

I also put a couple of my Loralie Embroidered bags in too just in case I get carried away in the sales.

Here are a few ideas from my newest fabrics.

fw portrait closeup2_600x600These are back and front of a bag made from the Fast Women Portrait panel.

fw portrait clloseup3_600x600As you can see I also put pockets on the side panels using the individual panels from the big panel.  The main fabric is just one that matches well.

This next one is also from the Fast Women Potrait panel but using the Fast Women tossed fabric as the main fabric.

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The other fast women fabric is black which adds a bit of sophistication.


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Hulala is another panel and fabric and I made two different bags from this. The first is the same style as the ones above.



If you want something ginormous for beach towels and the picnic try this.




For a bit more substance try adding some wadding.




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If the fabric is no longer available try one of the embroidery collections.



These two are available as kits.

I also tried out one of the Loralie Designs projects. I think it turned out well. She uses embroideries but I used panels.



The Loralie Designs site also has ideas and project sheets, some of which are below.







So no excuses, don’t hoard it. use it. If you then want to try something different have a look at the collection on my website.