Saturday, January 2, 2016

Reflections

Once again it's been a busy year with regular classes and workshops away.
I vowed to slow down next year but the 2016 calendar's full again! I guess I shouldn't complain that people seem to be interested in my work.
Just a few pics below from the end of the year...
 
Bella's finished Mariners Madness and look at that quilting!
 
Linda's had a finish as well - good job!
Mariners Madness is one of my most popular patterns and Kathy has combined Madness and Mariners Garden to make this beauty..

 The best selling pattern in the later half of the year has been Emperors Wheel and I owe that to Little Island Quilting who has done a great job making the pattern her own. She's blogged about it here and has lots of pics on Instagram @littleislandquilting.
What a riot of colour and pattern - I love it.
 This is a group of very happy Bellingen girls at their Xmas do with two Emperors Wheel quilts as a backdrop. These were started at Misty Mountains Getaway in 2014.

And again Judy is getting her layout together.
And another blogger - Linda from NZ - writing about her Emperors Wheel quilt  here
http://kokaquilts.blogspot.co.nz/2015/12/adding-spikes-curves.html

And here's another post with finished pics - beautiful work Linda!
 
I've been quilting on my new beast - the wonderful Bernina 720. Still getting used to all the hidden menus but I'm sure it will become like second nature in no time.
 
 See what it can do!!
With the five weeks off I planned some new projects - this is one using a kimono length I bought in Tokyo last January.
It's a jigsaw of different blocks and still a WIP so more on that later.



The teaching year for me starts 18th January with Summer School at Hobbysew Kings Park (fully booked I'm told) then 29th January at Quiltsmith in Annandale. I know there are vacancies at Quiltsmith so ring the store after 14th January if you're interested.
Here's the project for Quiltsmith
So Happy New Year to all my followers and lets hope 2016 is a good one full of lots of sewing!!
 


Sunday, November 29, 2015

A mixed bag

As the teaching year is nearing its end I have a few WIPs to show from hard working students...
Jane has made her cut-back version of Lots of Dots and it's to be hung as a bedhead - great idea!

Lauren's made a start on her Noodle Box, a QAYG quilt using large scale oriental fabrics. Can't wait to see the other eight blocks.

Christine had to have those sloths and don't they suit the soon-to-be cushion using a block from Snowball Circle.

Jacqui was new to foundation piecing but has done a great job on this Strippy Sampler. there's a different technique in each row and now for the quilting.

And I've had some time lately to dive into some FMQ. Love this filler from Angela Walters...

...and these are the results of a day with Jan Foster of Red Shed Quilting. Jan has a wholecloth class on domestic machines and also teaches on the Avanti machine.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Class action

Tracey sent me these pics of two versions of my Lots of Dots quilt on show recently in Windsor - interesting to see the blocks on a light background for a change.

And this partial version is to be used as a bedhead - great idea. This time with a pieced background.

This is our Springwood Quilt Show raffle quilt finished and sent to the quilter's. Looks pretty good doesn't it!

Lorraine's Strippy Sampler in a controlled palette ....

...and Sue's is a study in orange!

I recently held a workshop for Orange Schoolhouse Quilters. Day one was an Introduction to the NYB block...
 
...and day two was a Basic mariners Compass. Great results from all the girls. I'm back again in February for a repeat performance if anyone's interested.

Now for two Snowball Circle tops finished since quilt camp in September. Kathy's above and Gai's below. Beautiful work. Love that sashing Gai's used.

 Once a month I have a class at Blackheath Hab and Fab - a lovely little fabric store in Blackheath. Vivian has been working on the gem for most of the year bit it was certainly worth the wait. Beautiful soft colours and superb sewing! Just need a border and she's done.
 Jenny has a finish too with her Asian Strings top...

...and Janelle's Chocolate Stars is being auditioned for borders. Great fussy-cutting in that centre.
Lots of Summer School classes coming up in January. 
At Quiltsmith on Friday 29th I'll be teaching the Snowball Circle quilt below...

and the same at Hobbysew Kings Park on Monday 18th January with the quilt below, a Pickle Dish variation on Tuesday 19th. Ring both stores if you're interested.
 
and Hobbysew Kings Park. Check the dates out on the sidebar - I'd love to see you there.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Snake Gully and Galong

It's been a busy couple of weeks with back-to-back workshops in opposite ends of the state..
First was a revisit to Snake Gully Quilters in Muswellbrook who chose a few projects including "what to do with a tablecloth".
I've done three of these so far and love playing with them all. Add hexies, dresdens, circles - whatever you like to complement the embroidery.
 These are two of mine and were the guidance for the following pic.
 So pretty and a WIP. Can't wait to see them on my next visit.
 They also worked on a new quilt - Snowball Circle with quick and stunning results.

 At show-and-tell Roz popped this out - Jacobean Star...
 and Jill has completed her Square Dance top. Well done to both - they look great. Now for the quilting.
 The weekend after I was off to Galong, down near Young where the retreat was held in a magnificent monastery.
 Three projects this time - Mariners Madness
 Val looking very coy! and a couple of Supernova blocks happening too.
 Irene Blanck was a fellow tutor and we had a lovely time chatting over a few beverages at happy hour. Helen loves to photo-bomb!
 There was lots of interest in a new quilt - that Snowball Circle again, and my chauffeur for the weekend, Janette won the major raffle prize. How good is that!
 Lots of girls had to leave before show-and-tell, some travelling from as far away as Victoria to enjoy the retreat.
 A small group tackled Birds in Paradise - a time consuming quilt so I'll be waiting for more updates from these girls soon. No pressure!
In my absence I was elected Membership Secretary of the Quilters Guild, now to be known as Quilt NSW and I had my first trial by fire this week. Lots of data entry etc to keep the membership list up to date but I'm sure it will become easier over time. Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lots happening

Lots of class action lately...
Daphne's All at Sea coming together

Susan's sashiko combined with a great dragon fabric. Pity her daughter didn't like it and chose something else!


Laurel's Ludlow Beauties, a version of my NYB pattern

Another All at Sea from Rosemary


Then it was off to quilt camp for a weekend of fun and food.
These are the blocks from my workshop - big 20" circles.

 It's a great design for large prints and fussy cutting as you can see.

This is my version below - Snowball Circle.

One minor incident when Gai cut thru her machine cord! No injuries just a blown fuse and ruined cord. How lucky was she!

Michelle made a start on Emperors Wheel...

while Sharon combined two past camp workshops into one quilt - what a great idea!


Kathy has finished her Birds in Paradise - loving that border fabric.
And Pat's broderie perse was amazing - even thorns on the stems!

 
Don't forget to look at our Springwood Quilt Show blog for updates on the raffle quilt for next year. We are also on Facebook and Instagram - @springwoodquiltshow