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.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Lots and lots of pics

A warning this post is full of pics - lots of pics from recent classes, ranging from Gerringong to Bathurst and all points in between!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Harrington workshops

Four full days of workshops in Harrington recently and I was a bit weary!
NYB blocks and Mariners Compasses were on the agenda for both groups with two days each in the local community centre. 
So many ways to lay out these fabulous blocks. 
A combination of both projects. 
Compasses were in all styles as you can see below. They look happy don't they!
Harrington is such a lovely seaside village and Pam and the girls made me feel so welcome. I'd go back in a flash. 
The teaching year is slowly coming to a close with only two more away gigs for me this year. Spring is all around us here in the Blue Mountains and we must make the most of it before the horrible heat of summer. The garden is bursting out all over. 
Just before I went to Harrington my friend Ann and I held a weekend retreat at a local venue. 
My workshop was a wonky pickle dish while Ann's was a great bag. I didn't seem to get any bag pics tho!
Some blocks from the weekend and my quilt they were based on below. Good fun all round!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Adelaide etc.

Part,of my time off recently was four days of classes at the AMQF, as a student on a domestic machine. What a great festival. Four of us rented a house and soaked up all the quilty happenings. 

The festival included a quilt show and my Go Girl quilt was placed third, in the Small Innovative section. Amazing quilting by Leanne Harvey from Mt Vincent Quilts

My buddy Ann's William Morris quilt won first in the Novice section with great quilting by Kyeen McPherson. Out of our group of four, two were prize winners. Not bad!

Kellie joined me in Bethann Nemesh's class on feathers. That's a look of terror!

Loved Bethann's version of feathering. I'll definitely use this in the future. 
The festival is on every two years and is a great effort by Tracey Browning and the festival committee. It's on my calendar for 2018. 

Good looking Scrap Happy blocks from Liz via Snake Gully quilters. 

And the start of our raffle quilt for next years Springwood Quilt show. 20 x 9" blocks with lots,of tiny hexagons. Designed by Anne Sommerlad with an oriental theme. Follow the link to see more blocks as they appear.

Haven't kids birthday parties changed! This is my granddaughter at her friend's 4th birthday. Apparently it was a blast with lots of hand/eye coordination required. I'm surprised they made safety harnesses that small! Such a little warrior.

On my design wall at the moment. A full pic soon. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Holidays are to be treasured! I've taken the month of August off from teaching and spent a few days in Vanuatu. What a relaxing and beautiful place. 
We swam, read heaps, went sailing, ate too much and rested a lot. 

We stayed in one of these and listened to the water so close at night. 
Great views from Iririki Resort's several pools. 
Our friendly crew on a visit to a turtle sanctuary. 

A sunset cruise topped it off.  
It's a beautiful country/group,of islands and the locals are so friendly. 
But they are so poor and still rebuilding after cyclone Pam last year. We had no problem spending to help out the economy which pretty much relies on tourism. 
Now for some more relaxing at home! 
Only until next week when I'm off to adelaide for the Australian Machine Quilting Festival where I'll be a student for a change in four "working with rulers"classes. 
If you'll be there too let me know and we can catch up.