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.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Always busy!

Supernova blocks from my Tocal workshop. So different!
Last weekend I travelled to the Hunter Valley for  a weekend workshop for Busy Needles patchwork shop in Singleton. We stayed at Tocal which is an Ag college just outside Maitland in a beautiful rural setting. 

There were a few different projects happening - NYBs, 30s Wheels with lovely embroidered centres ...
A few hints of what to expect for the two days!
Thanks Janet for inviting me. 
Below is Jennie's Scrap HPpy for her sister. The blue in the quilt is denim from their dads jeans. And the centres are Jennie's embroideries all about sisterly love. It is a beautiful present for a significant birthday. 

Susan had a finish the same day. Her Sunflower quilt top with the perfect border. She's not a fan of hand piecing but has done a great job!
Then it all happened this week! I filmed another DVD for Quilters Companion magazine. A bit nervous to start with but the crew is so lovely and normal and Clare is delightful. The whole hair-and-makeup thing doesn't agree with me but we soldiered on and it was  great day. The proof will be in the viewing won't it. I hope you like it!

This is a block from the quilt. And Clare called it "a psychedelic set" so there's lots of colour. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Grenfell workshop

This greeted me on arrival in Grenfell last weekend for a two day workshop. Undoubtedly the best accommodation I've stayed in for work! I did my best to cope!
Morning tea was to die for on both days!
Then bubbles at lunch! It didn't seem to affect the sewing but I'm sure the girls relaxed a bit after lunch. 
We worked on Lots,of Dots and Jacobean Star with great concentration from all the girls. 
So many variations of the same block created lots of discussion during the day. 

I must thank Keryl from Fabric Sauce for inviting me to Grenfell. She thought of everything possible to make my stay so enjoyable. I'd be back in a flash for such amazing country hospitality!
My next weekend away is back to the bush with two days at Tocal college in the Hunter for the Busy Needles shop in Singleton. Looking forward to it!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Sydney Quilt Show

My two quilts entered into Sydney Quilt Show held recently. String Stars below received a Judges Commendation! I was very surprised as it was a last minute entry and not very prize-worthy I thought. That's the fun of quilt shows. You never know what the judges will like on the day. 

The wonderful surprise from the show is Rachaeldaisy winning 1st in Mixed Techniques and then Best of Show! Her cheer squad was on the sidelines and we were so happy for her. Especially that she's won a Bernina 720 machine!
The other surprise on the day was that our Springwood Quilt Show raffle quilt won 1st in the Group category. What a day it was! So exciting. 
QuiltNSW arranged a brilliant hoop display at the entrance to the show showing lots of members' work. It received great feedback and there are more hoops in the pipeline. That's mine below. 
A few pics of friends taken at the show. Top row L to R Rachael's taken by surprise with her win.  Chris Timmins and Sue Flego - Sue came over from NZ for the show and won the Best Traditional category with her Nearly Insane quilt. Bottom row it's a bit hard to see but Amanda Daly, QuiltNSW president and Susan Power were dressed nearly the samešŸ˜‚ and my good friend Pam receiving her Judges Commendation for her Strippy Sampler quilt. So good to catch up with so many friends over the four days I was on the Membership Desk. 
Done and dusted til next year when we go back to Darling Harbour and the show's over four days instead of five. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy campers again!

I've just come back from our twice annual quilt camp and what a fun time we had. Lots of creativity happening over the two days as you can see...

My effort was to play around with these lantern blocks. I'm recycling small blocks, some vintage, from other projects as the centres. I'm liking the look already.
 Natasha has finished her NYB quilt - wow. So many different blues and creams.

And the highlight for our family recently was my brother's marriage to the gorgeous Maureen. He didn't even make this fabulous pic but there we all are. I hope she can keep up!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Lots happening

It's been a busy time since I last posted so there are lots of pics in this one..
First up a return visit to Snake Gully Quilters in Muswellbrook and a stay with lovely Liz and Robert.
Looks like I forgot to take pics of the actual workshop - Noodle Box quilt - but I did take some from show-and-tell at the end. Above is Roz's mini version of my Sunflower quilt. Nice arrangement of lights and darks in the flowers too.

The group has been doing a project with Jenny Rofe using a border print. How good is this WIP!

Jenny brought along her finished Crown Jewels made for her daughter.

 And Tammie has been busy with Margaret Rolfe's Cranes quilt - beautiful work.
Now class quilts in no particular order cause I've forgotten when and where I was!
Above is Lisa's nearly finished NYB quilt. Not a good pic and looks amazing in the flesh.

 Christina sent me this if her Snowball Circle  - love that sashing. It's such a quick quilt with those big blocks.
 These are from my Bathurst class - Natasha's NYBs, Linda's Jacobean Star and a block from Patyra's  Square Dance WIP.
Trish's NYB with Mariners Madness border. Stunning!

Janette bought this French toile for the centre of her Noodle Box blocks and has started on the quilt-as-you-go process to bring it all together. Can't wait to see this one.
One of the things consuming my time lately has been the Springwood Community Quilt Show held last weekend.
Two new members on the committee, Susan and Vicki had a fun time assembling their first set of frames. They'll certainly be given a spanner again next year! 
But it's not just about hanging the quilts. Sandy was busy collating badges for all the volunteers who help out over the weekend - this year we had an staggering 50 helpers over the five days it takes to organise and run the show.

When you volunteer on hanging day it's an opportunity to see all the quilts in advance and get up close and personal with them.

Even husbands are called into action and Graham was there every day in some capacity - hope that bottle of wine was some reward for all your hard work!

We have a Viewers Choice prize each day of the show and our Publicity Officer Rachaeldaisy won it on day three with her Happy as a Clam quilt. See the show blog (written by Rachael) for the Viewers Choice winners on other days and lots of great pics from the show.
 Another pic sent to me, this time from Linda in NZ who blogs here. She's done a beautiful job with her Emperors Wheel quilt and has a few posts on the blog about her process with the quilt. 

And lastly, a quilt in the latest issue of Homespun magazine. Rolling Star was an exercise in curved piecing and the blocks have 3D prairie points around the outside. The fun border is foundation pieced little fans.