Monday, March 26, 2012

Home schooling

Every week and one Saturday a month I have classes at home. Some of the girls have been coming along for over ten years now - who would have thought! and they are producing some wonderful work.
Sandra's working on this medallion centre.

Janice is making slow progress - but hey it's not a race!

And Sue seems to turn up with a finished project each visit.

This dahlia is even better in person - Pam is so particular with her needlework and fabric choices and it certainly pays off.

Bronwyn has had this centre waiting for a while and all of a sudden it's turned into this....


Marrianne has just picked this up from the quilter - what a great job. Just needs binding now.

I found these at Spotlight recently - all Denys Schmidt except the purple.
We have received 134 entries for the Springwood Quilt Show from 79 quilters.
A bit down on last year but not sure why. Anyway I'm sure it will be a wonderful display with a little more room to stand back and take in all the beautiful quilts. Only 30 days to go and so many behind the scenes jobs to do!

Monday, March 19, 2012


Lots of pics today so here goes.....

Lurley has done a wonderful job on her Lots of Dots despite some health issues lately. Clever fussy-cutting too.

Last Wednesday I was at Material Obsession for part two of a NYB class. Robyn used shot cottons and a gorgeous Yuwa background fabric she received on the day as a gift - just perfect! I think they are macaroons.

Elkie left the class a month ago with 2or 3 finished blocks and came back this month with 17! And she has a two year old. I think she must like doing NYBs. Aren't they beautiful with lots of William Morris.

Robyn made this for a friend - with NY fabric too.

Pam is working her way thru the same blocks all in batiks. Looks great.

This weekend I was in Murrumburrah. Where's that you say? About 4 hours south west of where I live near the town of Young. Lovely country town with the usual problem of half the shops being empty. But one of the liveliest ones is the Quilters Stash run by Sue Chesworth. It should really be called the community centre as it's the magnet for local girls to drop in and catch up on all that's happening in the town. No gossiping tho!

The class worked so hard to get their Mariners centres completed in the two days - nearly.

Don't you love it. Available in a large panel from Sue.

WIPs with Mary's lovely face. She and her husband "retired" to the area and bought 700 acres. Now they are farmers and loving it. Some retirement! Sorry Vicki I seem to have missed a pic of yours on the wall.

Auditioning for the background.

Here's the rogues gallery outside the shop. If you're ever down that way you must call in - you'll get a real country welcome. I sure did.

Some new family has moved in over the road from the shop - Shrek's the surname I think!
Entries close this Thursday for the Springwood Quilt Show - have you posted yours yet?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Class pics

Remember this dahlia segment from a few weeks ago?

Well it's turned into this! Silk and satin make up the dresden centre and it's just beautiful. Lovely work Prue who's only been patchworking for a couple of years.

Rosemary is winging it with this compass centre. What to do next she says - more borders I say. It's been an interesting exercise working out the fabrics and the maths! but it's going to be great.

This is Rachael's ENORMOUS quilt for the Springwood Quilt Show - it took two to hold it up and it still sagged.
Love those geese.

And this is what Rachael bought me for my recent birthday complete with varmint.
I can put my orchid/geranium or whatever is in flower inside this and the possums can't eat it!
Thanks so much Rachael - I love it - and the dotty ribbon. Pancho in the background couldn't care less!

What the lovely ladies of Blackheath are wearing these days! Looks a bit nautical doesn't it but we did all have a laugh.

Now two quilts from the same pattern - Judy's first then Rosemary's.

Don't they look good - you can see the Jacobean Star pattern here.
I am teaching this at AQC in four weeks time!! So excited and just a bit nervous. I sent off my quilts and other bits today - hope they are there waiting for me when I need them.
I'm off to Murrumburrah - near Cootamundra - this weekend for 2 days at The Quilters Stash. A long way to drive but I'm really looking forward to seeing this part of the country.
I'm sure to have some pics to share.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What a surprise!

Out of the blue last week I got an email from Marina and Daryl Lynn at Quilt Inspiration - a blog that provides "Inspiration, tools and techniques for beautiful quilts". Would I be interested in being featured on their blog?
Would I ever!! Have a look at their post for today and tell me how it reads. I think they've done a great job - it even makes me sound like I know what I'm doing!! While you're there check out all the free patterns on the sidebar. There are lots of amazing projects to download. Thanks again Marina and Daryl, much appreciated.

A few finishes lately for me - Basket Case was a lot of fun and I'm really taken with all the funky fabrics around these days - thanks Rachael!

Gaby's DWR with extras. Celtic work and candlewicking too. It will be in the Springwood Show so come and have a closer look.

Candlewicking in the middle of the rings.

Mine again - Orange peel I think. The petals were hand appliqued onto 4" squares and it was a keep-awake-in-front-of-the-telly project. Used up a few leftovers on the borders too. Feel I must get out the No.8 thread and hand quilt it too.