Monday, December 19, 2011

Round up

A selection of pics for my last post of the year.Pretty much examples of what happens in my classes.
Lots of "points" and graphic designs all go together to make stunning quilts.
(My apologies to Lesley's sister - I've forgotten her name).
Well done to all my students and I look forward to seeing some of you again next year.
I'll be at Material Obsession for a couple of dates early next year which is really exciting for me. Ring the shop if you're interested in a class where you'll have a lot of fun attacking a technique you might have been avoiding unnecessarily. It's quite easy when it's broken down into bits and your friends will think you are so clever - even tho it's just about "sewing on the line".
Merry xmas to you all and I hope santa bring lots of surprises!



Lesley's sister

Lesley's sister again





Sue's quilt - Suzanne as the prop!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

We have a winner!

First of all thank you to the 73 people who left a comment on my blog - amazing and thanks for all the kind words.
There can only be one winner and that's Michelle who doesn't have a blog.
Please email me your address Michelle so I can send you your prize.
Don't forget you can buy the pattern (along with lots of others) in my etsy store and the foundation papers will be listed there soon - I've run out of the first lot already and can't get any more til after xmas!
Thanks again everyone and I hope you keep visiting.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Giveaway Day

It's Giveaway Day over at SewMamaSew and I'm joining in.
You can win a pattern for my Emperors Wheel quilt and a pack of my new foundation piecing papers.
The quilt features foundation pieced New York Beauty blocks and a fabulous flying geese centre circle.

The pattern makes up to a quilt measuring 50" x 60" - just add another border to make it bigger.

The papers are 50gsm - nice and thin so they'll come out easily and are A4 size to fit all printers.
50 in a pack and soon to appear in my etsy shop.

All you need to do to win the pattern and papers (not the quilt though!) is leave me a comment on this post.
It's open til 16th December and I'll draw the winner randomly. Very happy to post overseas so what are you waiting for.
Check out SewMamaSew and leave comments for heaps of other Giveaways.
Good luck!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Nearly xmas!

Judy who lives near The Rock in southern NSW sent me this pic of her version of my Pretty in Purple pattern. Looks great in Japanese reds and navys doesn't it. I love it when you send me pics and especially when you've made the quilt your own by varying the fabric/layout or whatever.

Two NYB quilts in the making from Bathurst on Saturday. The one on the left is batiks - soft and almost pretty while the one on the right has lots of oomph - purple and black.
Barbara has finished her Lots of Dots that was started early in the year at Jukejema in Nowra. She has quilted it herself - can you see the circles around each block? And her label below is from leftover bits of other blocks - very clever. Love that ric rac!

This beauty is the first block in a Noodle Box version from my Hobbysew class. That fish fabric is just perfect.

Finally added a border to my Buzz saw quilt which I think complements the centre. I bought the border fabric before I made the centre and then went to the stash looking for something and there it was! Just waiting for this project. Goes to show if you buy fabric you like when you see it, it will come in handy down the track. That's my theory anyway.

Sent my Chocolate Stars off to Homespun magazine today - won't come out in the mag til Xmas-in-July issue next year - sorry.
Xmas get-togethers are happening all this week and the teaching year is winding down. It's been a very busy one for me and next year looks even busier with lots of away gigs - all fun! After a beachy break over xmas it's back to the sewing machine and computer and I'm hoping to get a head start on what's coming up next year. Hope you have a rest too!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Class quilts

Not bad for a foundation-piecing newbie is it!
Moyra's done a beautiful job.

Mr Pelican looks right at home here in Kay's version of my Emperor's Wheel. Love those marching crabs too.

Lorraine's finally finished her Lots of Dots and it's on the way to the quilter. Looks great!

This is also Lorraine's - a Xmas runner using the Supernova block from quilt camp and a really cute Santa with tree.

Pam's made this for her granddaughter - lucky girl. Pity you can't see the quilting - it was beautiful.

Another from Pam - love those leaves and yes, less is more.

We have finally finished the raffle quilt for our Springwood Quilt Show for 2012. Go on over and have a look - blue and white always looks great and Susie will do a wonderful job on the quilting.

Monday, November 14, 2011


These two quilts share the same border fabric and the same blocks with a slightly different layout.
How different they look with the individual owner's fabric choices. Both stunning.
These foundations are a lot fun to do and allow for lots of colour combos - really only limited by your imagination.

Show and tell at Figtree yesterday.
Such a different approach and such bold fabrics. Quilting was pretty good too.
The day was a riot - someone said because it's a full moon. Things just went awry all day.
Lucky we can laugh!

This was a fantastic group class with the Birdhouse Quilters.
2 days of frantic sewing produced a couple of finishes and lots of WIP's.
Great venue at Narelle's beautiful house and we were fed and watered constantly.
Thanks Maggie for accommodating me and say hi to Tiger!

My stepson sent me this from a store in Santa Monica - he thinks it was a clothing store.
Too cool!

These two pics are from Lynne who was in my class at Toowoomba. Here's what she wrote:

"Have finally finished quilting my Mariners Compass, in the border I used the William Morris fabric
designed by Michelle Hill.
Now it's back to Lots of Dots & pickled Lillies, but still have my Deauville to quilt. Nothing like a few more challenges! I love foundation piecing, it takes all the hassle out of piecing."

She's a girl after my own heart. Well done Lynne and keep on piecing.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Various classes

Lorraine's machine-pieced hexagons

Lorraine again - a Sue Ross class in Toowoomba.
(I really love this quilt).

Pam's camp project  nearly finished - what a woman!

Sue's Lots of Dots - yummo.

Vicki's Mariners Compass from Summer School at Hobbysew - now a lovely cushion

Now this one!! A big blooper turned out beautifully. Well done Sandra.
How's this for graphic - Roxanne's done a great job and used lots of scraps in the process.

Pat's oh-so-gentle Mariners!

Love this use of memorabilia. Roxanne's dad's shirts and jeans and some family pics as well. It was so soft to touch.

I never tire of these NYB's. Val's all ready to be quilted.
I'm off to Bomaderry for two days teaching - see you soon.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Out and about

I had the pleasure of visiting the Waratah Quilters from Telopea at their retreat in Wentworth Falls last week.
There were several projects happening and we had a fun day. Thanks again Hannah for my lovely present!

Lee who has been in a class with me years ago!! brought this along for show and tell. Her version of my Noodle Box quilt - what a beauty and so big. Below is a close-up of one of the blocks - just great.

Then it was a weekend in Canberra at Hobbysew Belconnen for a NYB class followed by a Mariners Compass class.
Great work from all the girls and such enthusiasm. I'm back in January for the same thing if you're interested.

Some girls sewed faster than others and despite a few hiccups the results were beautiful as you can see.

I have lots more pics but blogger is being difficult today so more next time.