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.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Travels

Last weekend I was off to Forster/Tuncurry for a workshop with the Seaside Heritage Quilters. What a great bunch of girls! A good time was has by all.

They tackled the NYB blocks with great flair and a few worked on some blocks form my Lots of Dots quilt. What an amazing use of striped fabric and it saved lots and lots of foundation piecing to get the same effect.
 There were some funny girls in the room and they all made me feel so welcome (and well fed!).
Linda from Bathurst has steamed ahead to finish her Jacobean Star - looks fab. Even has mitred corners!


And Sue started this quilt early last year so was glad to see the end of it this week. Perseverance pays off doesn't it.
 Daphne thought she's bitten off more than she could chew with this wonky zig zag but it looks fantastic.
Jan from my Top Ryde class went above and beyond with these NYB blocks - I love it!
And you can see it at our Springwood Quilt Show too.

This is Jan's as well - the start of All at Sea but different.

Don't forget to come visit the show 22-24 April as I'm the featured quilter this year. Come and say hello!
We have 135 quilts to show you. Entires have closed and now the fun begins with arranging them.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Busy, busy!


Lots of students' work in this post...
Susan's beautiful Sunflower blocks coming together slowly. She's new to EPP but had done a great job.
This is the first finish I've seen of my Scrap Happy quilt from a recent Quilters Companion magazine. Sue from Orange used heaps of scraps to make this beauty. Then she brought this Supernova along for show and tell. Busy girl!
This is the workshop group from Schoolhouse Quilters in Orange and the projects they worked on over a recent weekend. Well done everyone! The venue was an 1800s schoolhouse in Lucknow. Great sewing space!
Bronwyn's Faux Wedding Ring top is another scrapbuster. Appliquéd scallops with foundation pieced sashing. Looks great. And below is her version of my Strippy Sampler. Don't you love that large print strip running thru it - and the feet too!
Lyndal has sent this NYB top off to the quilters and has done a lovely job for a newbie to foundation piecing. Can't wait to see it quilted. 
I started classes recently at Sew Can I, a lovely shop in Werrington . Lots of excited students learning the finer points of "points". Karen will be one of the traders at our Springwood Quilt Show on at the end of April. Check out the show blog for details. 
How would you like to win one of these? Several lucky quilters will receive one for their work after I helped judge at the Royal Easter Show with Kay Haerland. And fellow QuiltNSW member Jane Gibson was Chief Steward for the Srts and Craft sections. 

I'm off to Forster/Tuncurry in a couple of days for  a weekend of workshops with Seaside Heritage Quilters. Should be fun!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

It's been a while!

It's been ages since I've posted and apologies for that! I had around 5 weeks off over Xmas to do nothing but sew and read and that's pretty much all I did!
Now I'm back on track with classes etc but have had NO INTERNET at home for nearly three weeks!
Hence no blog posts and other annoyances I won't bore you with. 
Anyway this is coming from my iPad using my daughters wifi. Wish me luck!
Kay's NYB wall hanging from a workshop in Tamworth last year. So graphic. 
Our Springwood Quilt show raffle quilt is out and about on its road trip to the show, 22-24 April. We'd love to see you there!
Quiltsmith hosted me for a one day workshop at the end of January. Great examples of my Snowball Circle block at the end of the day. 
And to celebrate 1000 followers on Instagram I had a give away with this mini quilt as the prize. It's on its way to the winner in Sweden even as,we speak. Hope she likes it!
A new quilt resulted from the Xmas break. Lots of fussy cutting and a good way to use some scraps. This one was fun!
My Pickled Fish quilt is on the machine right now with lots of ditching happening first. Then it's on to the fun bit with lots of FMQing. Every block is different fabric so it's interesting to work on. 
Hopefully I'll be back to normal soon computer-wise. 

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!!