Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Gwen plus giveaway!

Here she is in person! What a great day I had.
Funny, tiny, generous, clever, sweet - I could go on and on. It was such a pleasure to meet Gwen Marston and even better to have a whole day with her.

(Apologise for the terrible pics.) Here she is with Rachael's medallion. We both got the tick of approval for our efforts.

Rachael, Erica and Stephanie at the end of our class. These girls had two days with Gwen and made mini quilts using solids on day one.

This is my medallion liberated-style. And it was liberating with points chopped off and all things wonky. Not like me at all but I loved the whole process and can see this happening more in my work.

It's quite hard being wonky on purpose!

Check out this star! Kebabs anyone?
And here we all are with the superstar!
All in all it was good to be a student again and thanks Cottage Quiltworks for hosting the party.
This is my 203rd post and I planned on having a giveaway when I got to 200. Missed that completely! So here it is now.
The three patterns below have just been listed in my etsy shop and I have one of each to give away. Just leave me a comment saying which one you'd like and why.
SNOWBALL - Quilt makes up to be 66" square. Blocks are 9".
Great vintage block foundation pieced to be a great scrap buster. Fabric strings of varying widths are sewn on the foundation and the 1/4 circles are appliqued on two block corners.
Would look great in any fabric combination and it's a great opportunity to use up some fabrics from the scrap basket.
Pattern contains written instructions, template and foundation for you to copy or trace.
Quick and easy sewing!         

1800s SUNFLOWER - Quilt makes up to 74" square. Blocks measure 15".
16 hand pieced (English-style over paper) and hand appliqued "flower" blocks make up this interesting quilt.
Sashing is foundation pieced and features stars as the cornerstones. The design will use up lots of scraps from the stash and the block backgrounds can be pieced to maximise fabric usage.
Pattern contains extensive written instructions and diagrams plus the foundation pattern for the sashing for you to copy or trace.

HATCHET - Quilt measures 71" square. Blocks measure 19".
For fans of foundation piecing but includes some applique for the scallops in the block centres and the "ears" on the block corners.
Great way to use up some scraps from your reproduction collection but looks just as good in batiks or brights.
The pattern contains extensive written instructions and diagrams, applique templates and block and sashing foundations for you to copy or trace.         
I'm happy to ship O/S and I'll pick the winners this weekend.
So lets see who's interested!


  1. What a great day we had!! You're a natural at being liberated!! I love your 3 new patterns. It's almost impossible to pick a favourite but I know I'd like to have a go at making Hatchet one day.

  2. All the dots make your wonky medallion zing. The snowball quilt would be just the bee's knees for using up scraps I can't bring myself to toss.

  3. What a fun time it looked like you all had. oh its a dream of mine to take a workshop with her.....
    I would love to make the 1800's sunflower quilt
    it is just so beautiful, thanks for the chance to win

    1. Kathie make sure you do a workshop with Chris one day , She is just fantastic to spend time with and learn from, her wealth of knowledge is just amazing and you sure learn how to push your own self imposed boundaries and leave your comfort zone behind , all up a very fun filled day!

  4. Anyone not interested in winning one of your patterns would have to be crazy...LOL! I love your work. And thanks for sharing about Gwen's visit.

  5. Oh my, it looks like so much fun! Your little quilt is fabulous! I would love the snowball patterns--what a great way to play with my overflowing scrap bin.:)

  6. Those are great patterns. If I had to choose one, it'd be Snowall because I have a whole lotta strings!

  7. I would love to make a scrappy style snowball!

  8. Love your liberated block. Looks like a fun way to spend a winters day:) I like the snowball quilt as I have lots of scraps to use.

  9. Everything is so beautiful. I love your quilts. I truly like the 1800s sunflower. Just like the the flowers.

  10. Did take several photos of your Hatchet quilt at the Sydney Quilt show...gorgeous colours and a great modern refurbishment of a traditional pattern. Lucky you ! I am just a wee bit jealous of your workshop with Gwen! :0)

  11. All three are wonderful but I love the Sunflower one

  12. Congratulations on 203 posts and glad you had such a good time at the workshop! I can just imagine how 'difficult' it must have been to change style of construction but you have done a stunning job! Generous giveaway and they are all lovely patterns! I have to say I am most drawn to the 1800s sunflower because of the hand EPP and applique construction (as well as foundation paper piecing) - what a fun combination of techniques and just up my alley.
    All the best

  13. 203 posts, what an achievement, well done :)
    Your a cruel lady asking us just to pick one of your beautiful patterns but after much ahhhing and oohhhing I think the 1800's sunflower would be my pick, ha ha get it

    thanks again for the opportunity

  14. As always another inspiring blog write up Chris 203 is a great effort better than mine...none.... It is nice to see a "wonkyness" appearing in Quilts funnily enough it gives me a sense of "I'm going to be an individual and do my own thing here". A bit like Punky Brewster who was popular in the 80's and wore odd socks I think you have inspired me to create a quilt with random piecing, cutting and rearranging fabric and blocks in shambolic way. Hmmmm...It must have been a great workshop. Lucky girls!

  15. How lucky for you to get to be a student again. I love Sunflowers as that would be the one most likely to be finished and just what I have been looking for to use 1930's fabric. Xxx

  16. Oh! I forgot the give away!I like them all!I think maybe Snowball it would be a great quilt to make to reduce my pile of scraps. Cheers:):)

  17. HATCHET with out a doubt i LOVE LOVE LOVE it , and for the bonus it will drive Michelle @ the home patch insane lol
    congrats on the 203 posts Chris i do not know where you find the time , it took me an hour just to work out how to reply to a blog post.
    Belinda xoxo

  18. look like you had a great time with gwen. Love your pieces!!
    great group photo

  19. Snowball, you had me at quick and fast, and I love scraps. What a great two day class, and even better with a great group of gals, perfection at its finest. :)

  20. It looks like you all had a great day! I love the snowball pattern too, and I have a huge bin of scraps that would be perfect for it. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  22. I've been following your blog for a while. Your patterns are lovely. I'm enthralled by the Hatchet quilt. It is absolutely stunning! Thanks for having a drawing!
    Tina Chamberlain from the States

  23. I've just discovered your marvelous patterns. Seems your Aussies have a eye for pattern and color that is different from designers here in the States. I'm really enjoying my exploration of Australian quilts and patterns on the internet. I would dearly love to have your Hatchet pattern. I have ordered and received your You Little Beauties pattern and can't wait to get started on it! I will be following your blog and keeping abreast of your new designs and will order from your Etsy store as funds allow.

  24. Oh thanks for the give away. I would really like to make the Sunflower Quilt.

  25. Congratulations on your 203rd post! If I were to win the giveaway, I'd choose the Hatchet pattern and the close second would be the Snowball pattern.

  26. Hi Chris, Love your liberated medallion. I would truly love the Hatchet pattern, if I'm selected.

  27. Hi Chris, Love your liberated medallion. I would truly love the Hatchet pattern, if I'm selected.

  28. Chris how fantastic to be able to do a Gwen Marston class! Love your liberated medallion. The Hatchet pattern is divine. It would be such a great way to put lots of my favourite fabrics into one quilt. Scrap quilts are the best. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Congratulations, Chris, wow 203 posts what a commitment, well done as always love your work, may be I will not feel so bad now when my points are cut off LOL.

  30. What a fun time you had with Gwen. I know exactly what you mean about attempting to sew wonky - improvisational - when one is so accustomed to precision sewing! Not each to change ones' ways! Your giveaway is so generous! Thanks for the chance to win. I like your Snowball quilt because scrap quilts are the best. You have such beautiful designs!

  31. You are so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet Gwen Marston. That must have been an awesome experience. I love all of the different pictures.

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