Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Quilt Study Group etc

This email arrived recently from the Quilt Study Group............

"As you already know, the Frederica replica is currently on show at Old Government House Parramatta. What you may not realise is that the original coverlet is also on show - a rare treat since it is now quite fragile. The two coverlets are displayed so that authenticity of the replica can be appreciated."
 Here are the two coverlets - original on the right. I and several of my friends have blocks we made included in the replica
 Also in the email is info about some workshops you can do in January at Old Government House in Parramatta...................
Quilting Workshops – How the ‘Frederica Coverlet was Made'
Come and enjoy a couple of hours with the women who re-created our famous Frederica Josephson coverlet (C.1850). You will learn how the coverlet was made with the paper piecing method. You will also get an ‘up close and personal’ viewing of the original coverlet and the reproduction recently made by members of the Quilter's Guild of NSW.
Where: Old Government House, Parramatta Park, enter via Pitt St, Parramatta NSW 2150

When: Tuesday 22nd an Thursday 24th January. Two sessions each day 10am-12noon and 1-3pm

Cost: $10 per person - includes materials, kit and viewing of the original and replica ‘Frederica’ coverlets

Bookings Essential – ph 02 9635 819 or ogh@nationaltrust.com.au

Numbers: Limited to 10 per session.
ALSO in the email was news about a very special friend of mine. Lyn Dennis will be the guest speaker at the first meeting of the QSG next year.............
The first meeting of the Quilt Study Group of NSW for 2013
Date: March 9th
Where: Powerhouse Museum in the Charles Kerry Room room on 5th Floor. (Numbers are limited to 30. Please advise Sandra Lyons if you intend coming)
Speaker: Lyn Dennis will be talking about the Rachel-Kay-Shuttleworth collection in Gawthorpe Hall in Burnley UK which she visited last year.
The pattern for Chocolate Stars is available here.
Makes up to a double bed size quilt with lots of foundation piecing.
Easy flying geese too! Just the thing for some holiday sewing.

Hope all the shopping's going well and you're not too stressed!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day at the Guild

On the 1st of December I had the privilege to be the guest speaker at the NSW Quilters Guild last meeting for the year. A few friends were there for support and to hold up quilts for show-and-tell for me. Thanks guys. Terrible pictures cause the venue is so dark.
I chatted on about my quilting life and showed twenty quilts of different styles from the last 30 or so years.
It was a lovely day spent catching up with other guild members and enjoying the company of like-minded girls.

The Springwood Community Quilt Show committee was the featured group on the day. Here's Suzanne talking about the group and our work in running the show. We were able to borrow a few past raffle quilts to show and the latest one - Homage- was on display as well.
More info about this part of the day is here at the Quilt Show's blog.

In the latest issue of Australian Patchwork and Quilting I have a new project - my Lightning quilt.
It's Vol 22, No 2 available now.

The blocks were made using up a lot of  reproduction blues, browns and pinks plus lots of small print background fabrics. It made quite and dent in the stash. The blocks are pieced then sewn in rows and the rows are then sewn together to give this zig-zag effect. Quite effective I think.

The final border is this lovely repro pink and brown number. Just perfect and sitting on the shelf at the time. If you buy fabric you like when you see it, sometime down the track it will be there waiting to be used. That's my theory anyway!
I'm getting lots of sewing time lately so I'll have heaps to show you soon!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

We have a winner!

The winner of the pattern for this quilt and three fat quarters to go with it is
Amy from Amy's Crafty Shenanigans, a Canadian living in London.
Congrats Amy and to all those who didn't win you can find the pattern here in my etsy shop.
Thanks for all your comments everyone!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SMS Giveaway Day!

For Sewmamasew's Giveaway Day I'm giving away a pattern for this truly scrappy quilt and three fat quarters to go with it. The quilt is called Supernova Leftovers and it will use up quite a bit of your stash in the making.
The quilt makes up to be 65" square and the blocks are 14" finished.

The blocks are foundation pieced (don't be scared it's easy!) and the centre circle is appliqued.

The fat quarters are three I've chosen from the Hope Chest range here which I think will go well in this quilt.
Just leave me a comment telling me your thoughts on foundation piecing. I know lots of people avoid the technique but it's my favourite and SEW easy!
I'm willing to ship overseas so go for it guys! I will be randomly choosing a winner on 7th December.
Good luck!