Thursday, May 27, 2010

More from camp

Pam's lovely Hexagon magic centreLorraine's Underground Railroad quilt
Lisa hard at work and it's not even her quilt!

This top has been lovingly hand pieced over the last few months for Robin's very lucky grandaughter Bronte.
Lyn made this using a groovy curved plastic template . It went together really quickly and looks great.

Friday, May 21, 2010


Just a quick post before we're off to quilt camp.

Have a look at the latest issue of Quilters Companion and you'll see my quilt on the left as a project this month. A hand pieced and hand quilted hexagon sampler.

Another piece of interesting news is here at Blueberries' blog where Tracey gives a critique of my Mariners class at the shop in April. It's good to get feedback - lucky it was on a positive note!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Never enough

These gems are from my latest WIP. It's a "circle sampler" and all the fabrics are spots and dots. It's so much fun to do coming up with different circular blocks and playing with the combinations of fabrics. A bit frustrating when work gets in the way but that's how it is.
These pics are from my Berrima class last weekend.

I never get tired of seeing these beauties. Everyone sews at a different pace and over the three classes for these girls one quilt was fully completed. Lots of homework for all the others!
Can't wait for the weekend when we're OFF TO CAMP! 3 days of sewing and laughing, chatting and laughing, eating and laughing - such fun. Might even get some work done on a quilt for a friend.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day

Lots happening in different classes at the moment. Ros has started this Pine Burr quilt to try and use up some of the stash. The centre striped fabric is quite striking but not a current one. What a shame.
Judy is on a NYB journey with fantastic results so far. Great use of batiks and hand-dyes. It turns out she's a friend of a friend twice removed. Life's amazing sometimes.

Margaret is one of my older students and has been sewing up a storm. The blocks were made and sewn up in four weeks and they are all 6" blocks. What a woman.

This is part of my new project - or one of them. It all started with the fabric below which is on the border of this version of the good old dresden plate. It includes some foundation piecing in the triangle border and lots of applique. I loved doing this top and am a bit sorry it's finished.
Just need to quilt it now.

On Friday I had the pleasure of being the guest quilter for show and tell at The Cottage Quiltworks in Warriewood. What a lovely shop - beautiful premises and great fabric. If you haven't been there yet put it on the list. Really nice girls and did I tell you their fabric was great! I have been invited to teach at their Quilt Retreat in July - five days of classes with 10 different tutors - and I will start regular classes there on the 2nd Saturday of the month from July onwards. Give them a ring if you're interested in joining me on a Mariners journey.
Had a really nice Mothers Day today - went to Ikea with my daughter and even had meatballs. It was a lovely day and had some retail therapy too. Hope yours was just as good.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Show and tell

A few class pics today and lots more to come. Heather's compass centre surrounded by Deb's NYB blocks. They could be from the same project!
Jenny's stunning Pickled Lillies top. This is such a graphic design and she has used so many different browns it's fantastic, not to mention it even sits flat. Jenny is on fire at the moment - I want what she's having.

Beautiful applique on Sharon's Mariners quilt.

Black is a perfect foil for most colours. Anne-Marie has done a wonderful job here. All blocks completed and basted ready for quilting in three lessons.
Good news re the proceeds from our quilt show - over $10,000 was raised for sewing machines for the textile students and a significant donation to CanTeen. How good is that!
A little break and it's on with the next one. Rachel has some great pics of the show - hop on over and have a look. She also talks about the new EQ7 program. It's a hot topic at the moment with everyone wanting to be the 1st to have it. You can pre-order now thru the EQ website. I've just conquered EQ6 but it sounds like the upgrade will be great.
Only two weeks to go til quilt camp - a whole weekend of sewing with no interuptions. I can hardly wait!