Sunday, March 5, 2017

Missing in action

I must apologise for not one post in February! With Instagram and Facebook the poor blog is neglected lately. Let's catch up now.
I had a recent workshop at The Crafty Hive at Loftus. I wasn't even aware of the shop til Angela contacted me but what a treat! It's  really three shops in one - wool, haby and fabric. This was a surprise show and tell. You Little Beauty looking fab. The girls are working their way  thru Lots of Dots.
Lisa has made two versions of African Queen below and don't you love that border fabric. 

Jess' wonky curves from Summer School are ready for quilting. Can't wait to see what she does. 

And Alison from the isle of Geurnsey is working her way thru Pickled Fish. Wow! There's a collection of them on Instagram if you're interested. Just search for #pickledfishquilt

Our Springwood Quilt show has a great write up in the QuiltNSW Template newsletter. Thanks so much and we hope to see lots of visitors. Check the show blog for details. 

QuiltNSW recently held a Sew-in with around 20 interested members coming along. Susan gave us a demo on rope bowls and I did a short one on big stitch hand quilting. It was such a good day with a real buzz in the room. Next one is at The Armoury at Homebush. Can't wait!

On the design wall in class this week was Vivians reproduction Dutch quilt. An exercise in borders made to fit that preprinted centre panel. 

I'm following a month of different posts on Instagram and one was "where it all happens". This is my at-home classroom where some of us have met for the last 16 years! I find that so hard to believe. 
The bottom one is my sewing room in the house. Lots of natural light and a big table for pinning etc. 

Among other happenings I attended the Quilt Australia conference in Sydney and I was a spotter. That entailed spotting delegates who wished to speak and noting who's first etc. A very interesting day with guilds from each state and territory attending. 

Once again don't forget our Springwood Quilt Show last weekend in April. You'll see so many amazing quilts and Anne Sommerlad as our featured quilter. Not to mention 10 shops for some retail therapy and a great cafe. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

A new year.

And so it begins all over again. Another year of classes and seeing amazing quilts. Have I ever said I love my job!
Over the Xmas break I finished three quilt tops ready for eager students this year. One is above, part of one below and one is at the quilters already. 

And there were two days at Summer School at Hobbysew to keep the brain cells working. 

Wonky cut circles and a new take on my All at Sea pattern - blocks set straight on with not-pieced sashing. Different styles but all looked great. 

Margaret had hers completely finished in the two days! Well done that girl. 

There was even time for a QuiltNSW pop up sewing day at Material Obsession. Great fun catching up with friends and surrounded by all that fabric. There's another one for Guild members coming up on Monday April 10 at Quiltsmith in Annandale. Come along - it's a fun day out!

Then it was Straya Day! Hope you all had a fab day. Mine involved a sausage sizzle and beer. Good stuff!

In all the disgusting 40+deg heat we've had this is what happens at daycare! Lucky ducks 😂😂😂

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Creative Construction NZ

The programme for NZ National Quilting Symposium is out now.
With over 60 NZ and International tutors there is a class for everyone. I'm really excited to be amongst the faculty who'll be teaching in Christchurch, 6-10 October 2017.
The registration book was posted out this week and the full listing of classes is now available online. Register for Symposium now so as to secure the lowest possible registration number and to optimise your chances of being allocated your preferred classes and events.
The closing date for priority workshop bookings is 28 February 2017. 

You can read my bio on page 98 of the programme and see my list of classes.

First up will be three days of Strippy Sampler using a different technique in each strip.
Make fabric, piece strata, cut and sew freehand curves and tackle some foundation piecing. This quilt has it all.

Then a one day class to make this Pickled Fish block. You'll explore foundation piecing, curved seams, colour and value tips.

And lastly, a one day class for Snowball Circle - big blocks made using freezer paper templates, with curved piecing and colour and value hints thrown in.
I'd love to see you in Christchurch next year, a city undergoing a massive rebuild after the earthquake in 2011.
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wanna come to Houston next year?

With me? Yes that's right - I'm co-hosting a Travelrite tour to the US in October next year with Michelle Marvig! I can hardly believe it, let me tell you.
18 days of quilty delights, culminating in four days at IQF in Houston where we'll meet up with Michelle's group of Aussie quilters.

I can email you a detailed itinerary or I'll have some brochures in the next week to post out so contact me if you're interested. It should be an amazing trip and I'm so honoured to have been asked along.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Last one for the year

I'm on holidays now for nearly seven weeks! Sewing time for myself and lots of chilling. Here's some pics from the last few classes.
I hope you all have a safe and happy Xmas and I'll be back in the New Year with some very exciting news!
Lauren with her QAYG Noodle Box

Susan's amazing free form cutting curves. This is a workshop at Hobbysew Summer School in January. 

Lisa's take on All at Sea

Jenny's Emperors Wheel

Sue with her Sunflower quilt

Pickled Fish blocks from Mara at my workshop at Thelmas Cottage

More from the same workshop. Crown Jewels pattern. 

Janette's QAYG Noodle Box. Much bigger!

My nine most popular posts from Instagram

Lesley's altered NYB quilt. Now that is big!

Anni with her Square Dance

And Patrya's version. So different. 

Pickled Fish blocks from red flossy on IG

And this is my latest project. 
Once again Merry Xmas to all and see you in 2017. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

QC and Thelmas Cottage

Have you seen the latest issue of Quilters Companion magazine - issue 82? I'm the featured dvd this time with my Pickled Fish quilt. It was such a hoot filming way back in July and they do a great job to make us all look our best on the day. The pics in the mag are excellent too so if you give this foundation pieced project a go please send me some pics of your blocks.

Up-close peek...
 ...before quilting .A good scrap-buster too!
Recently I spent the weekend at Thelma's Cottage, Belinda Betts' fantastic studio in the hills outside Orange. Day one was my Crown Jewels quilt below, with EPP dresden-like blocks.
Here's the lovely host with hers, whipped up in a flash.
 Look at that fussy-cutting!
 Morganne, all the way from Griffith.

 Wow Sue!
Day two was the more involved Pickled Fish block from the QC magazine. The girls all came armed with their own copy and we set to foundation piecing those pickles.
 Beautiful work from everyone and all different.
And this last one is by Janette from @fatquarterbird on IG - nice work using Jen Kingwell's lawns I believe.
Not long now til my Xmas break - really looking forward to that!
 Don't forget the Modern Quilt Show on this weekend at Glebe Town Hall.