Thursday, January 26, 2012

Back into it

The new teaching year has started with a bang. Two weeks of summer school at Hobbysew and these are some of the amazing mariners compasses as a result. Let's hope they turn into something even more spectacular.

 This was my part of "booth" at the Meet-the-teacher day at Hobbysew on Saturday. I met lots of happy quilters all keen to check out the tutors and sign up for a new class.
 We had two days on two different blocks from the Lots of Dots quilt - how good are these.
 Debi sent me this pic of her NYB quilt in yellows and greys. It was quite a while in the making but well worth the effort don't you think.
 Our raffle quilt for the Springwood Quilt Show is out and about now with tickets on sale in various Blue Mountains quilt shops. Check out the show blog for more pics and news on the show.
Only 92 days till it kicks off!
Have you seen latest issue of Quilters Companion magazine number 53?
In it you'll find the pattern for my quilt The Gift - foundation piecing (how unusual) and featuring a large embroidery in the centre. Great wall-hanging size or add borders for a larger quilt.
I'm off to Hobbysew Belconnen this weekend for another Mariners workshop so there'll be more wonderful pics next time.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Foundation papers...

are now available in my etsy shop. Beautiful thin paper that tears away easily and goes through most printers and copiers. I use it for all my foundation piecing and can highly recommend it.
$7 for 50 sheets but I can only post within Australia on this one.
This lovely pic was sent to me by Marianne from Canberra, She made it using my Peony Circle pattern  featured in a recent issue of Country Craft and Decorating.

I made this quilt for Jason for Xmas - right out of my comfort zone I can tell you!
It has big rigs and "man" stuff all over it. Click on the pic and get a closer look at all the fun fabric I managed to find.

On the back is his favourite footy team - the Parramatta Eels and isn't the quilting great. That's Robyn from Hobbysew Kings Park.

Did I mention that Jason is 30 years old and drives a huge B-double with "dog" and is a mad Parra fan!!
He's also my lovely son-in-law and he just loved his surpise present.

These pics are from Summer School at Hobbysew this week. Part one of a Lots of Dots class in progress with part two next week.
I will be at Hobbysew Kings Park this Saturday for their Meet-the-teachers day 11-3pm.
All the teachers for 1st term will be there with their projects to entice you so come along and say hi.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New year and then some

Happy New Year to everyone who visits my blog. May it be a good one for you all!
I spent the break at the beach - oh so good! and with lots of family - even better.
And I've had time to sew - clothes and quilts and read several good books.
What a shame the idyl will end soon.
Even had time to put some new patterns in my etsy shop.
Check them out.
This is DEAUVILLE - lovely appliqued dresden plates and oak leaf reel blocks.
Makes up to a double bed size with that lovely large print border.

DEVILS CLAW - large blocks that go together quickly to make a big quilt.
A good one for those reproduction prints.

FAUX WEDDING RING - get the look of that old favourite without the curved piecing!
Appliqued curves and foundation pieced sashing - too easy.

And this is NOUGHTS AND CROSSES - what a great scrap buster.
I hope you have a look at the shop - you might even find your new project for 2012.
On another note check out the latest edition of Australian Patchwork and Quilting Vol 21, No 1.
On page 54 there's a lovely article about my Lots of Dots quilt which is being released end of January as a Block-of-the-month through Hobbysew stores in Sydney.
You can buy the program over 12 months with fabric (chosen by me) through the stores or the whole 12 months of patterns through my etsy store.
Keep your eye on this blog for more dsetails soon!