Friday, March 21, 2014

Eye candy!

Lots of pics today from recent excursions ...
Birds in Paradise x 3 from Penrith patchwork classes

This is what happens when you think it's all going well!
Snake Gully Quilters had a fab time with their Cut Loose workshop. These could all go in the one quilt. It was a bit out of the comfort zone for some but others did a fine job.

I love to see show and tell from previous visits...

There was even reserved parking for me - thanks Liz!

Roz has made a beautiful version of the Hatchet quilt - love it.

These compasses are from a recent Gerringong workshop
Very modern

Love those stripes

The finished products
A BIG surprise for me recently was the opportunity to have one of my patterns used to promote a new line of Robert Kaufman fabrics! The pattern is Winbourne and the fabric is their metallic Quilters Linen to be released in stores shortly.
Have a look here. It's amazing how Nicole could look past my design and know it would work with their beautiful new line. Very exciting for me and what an honour.
Anyone going to Boston soon? Check this out. Might have to order the book!.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Red and white challenge

This challenge is hosted by SewCalGal and features quilt designs in red and white.
They don't have to be made quilts, just the designs.
I have posted my Birds in Paradise design (2nd quilt below) in the challenge and you should go and have a look at all the other reds and white entries! Amazing.
I also had fun with the Jacobean Star, designed in EQ7. As you can see it's a lone star with appliqued centre circles and appliqued diamonds radiating into the corners.
The quilt would be 55" square.
The design I've entered in the challenge is Birds in Paradise with the New York Beauty block placed in an eight point star.
The block elongates to fill the diamond shape and looks to be spinning.
The centre is surrounded by more traditional NYBs and framed with an appliqued border of vines and circles. This quilt would be 60" square.

Go on over to the challenge site and check out the other entries. Thanks SewCalGal for the chance to link up.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Three things you should have at a quilt retreat.

FUN, FUN and more FUN!
And that's just what happened at the recent Hobbysew retreat at The Tops Conference Centre in Stanwell Tops. Two days of workshops with three different teachers, great food, excellent accommodation and a good time to boot.

 This was my project for the weekend - a foundation pieced Southern Wheel block.
 These were the other two tutors - Amanda Daley and Michele Hill. Lovely ladies and we had a ball together.

The venue was top class - this was our classrooms and accommodation block.

...and more WIP

Cindy with her finished block

 and you can see these three really enjoyed themselves!
Here's my class angel Terrie. What a star she was. I couldn't have done it without her.
Saturday night we played Bingo with an amazing array of prizes including a sewing machine!
Money raised went to SewAid - Hobbysew's own charity.

And there was dancing! Amanda's version of Nutbush.
From the tutors' point of view it was a first class event in every way and if you have the opportunity next year you should go. It was a blast!
Can't go without a link, Check out these pencils!