Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Home now after a great weekend workshop in Cooma with the Wednesday Piecemakers
Two projects in my class - Mariners Madness and Strippy Sampler - one so precise and the other very free-form.
Heidi began hers at home so finished a lot more than the others. Isn't it fabulous! All Liberty plus that almost-linen weight grey background.
Part of the curved cutting and piecing strip from the Sampler.
These could all go in the one quilt tho they are the work of five different students

This is the quilt they were working on. In the time frame they got a start on all the strips and they've promised to send me pics to share down the track.
Jan's Mariners centre - again it wasn't possible to finish in two days but the 12 students I had all made a good start.

Strippy Sampler "bits"

 Then it was show and tell from my class last year.
Lots of beautiful NYB quilts...

and a couple of Dahlia finishes too. This is the front but my pic is so off you can't see the quilting...
and OMG this was the back - light thread on a dark back. It was absolutely beautiful and I'm hoping it will be entered in this year's Sydney Quilt Show in June.

This was my third visit to this lovely group and Janelle , the other tutor, and I have been invited back again next year. You'd think they'd be sick of me by now!
Great girls, beautiful accommodation and Cooma is a lovely town. If you're down that way put it in your diary - Valentine's weekend 2016.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


A few class pics from the end of last year because 2015 classes have only just begun.
These two quilts are the same pattern - Emperors Wheel - but don't they look different.
Great work from Christina above and Wendy below.

Lesley has a plan for these NYB blocks involving the fussy-cut peacocks. Looks great.
Susan has done a fine job on the Faux Wedding Ring quilt. Just needs quilting now.

And a new one of mine - still a WIP. It's a workshop at Quiltsmith in April if you're interested. Ring the shop for details.

This is our beautiful raffle quilt for the Springwood Quilt Show, last weekend in April.
It's been beautifully quilted by Susie Anderson from Leura Quilting.

On-line entry forms are available NOW so if you're a Blue Mountains quilter get your entries in please and you can buy tickets at the show.
Finally a new pattern in my etsy shop - Asian Strings.
Big foundation pieced blocks with a scalloped circle centre. Great way to display large prints in the setting triangles too.

Friday, January 30, 2015


Last day in Hiroshima we went via tram, train and ferry to Miyajima Island. A huge temple complex with lots of shrines and even more souvenir shops. The weather was terrible but didn't stop us enjoying the adventure. 
Here's a local waiting out,of the rain. Free range deer are everywhere, even on the beach eating seaweed. 

This is an indication of the weather!

These were all over the foreshore. 

79 slippery steps up to the temple complex!

Beautiful setting. Imagine this in spring with all the plants flowering. 

Then on to Kyoto and the Golden Palace. Great city with lots of shopping (read more fabric). I would have liked more time here but that's the way it happened. 
A weeks not long enough for sure but thanks to Heather and Tony's expert organising we covered lots of ground and saw some amazing things. I could definitely go back. 
Home now and back to the real world!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fun stuff

Erratum: My quilt photos from yesterday seemed to have loaded in the wrong order. The junior winner was the fish quilt not the intricate pickle dish. 
Saturday was sumo day. On the way we stumbled across a temple in beautiful gardens, complete with a performing monkey and a christening. 

At the end of his tricks his,owner turned on the heater for him!

The baby cried thru the whole ceremony. That's grandma in the middle dressed in lots of finery. 

We watched a few wrestlers arriving like film stars on the red carpet. They are massive!

Sunday we hopped on the bullet train and headed for Hiroshima. Lovely city despite its history. 

I hope the girl next to me didn't  mind her picture being taken! Mt Fuji in all its glory on the five hour train ride. Amazing trip. Why can't we do something like that. 

Gardens everywhere and proper coffee shops. 

It looked like a meth lab. The coffee is produced from a test tube and a Bunsen burner thingy. Very modern. 

All around the Peace Park are these pAper cranes - thousands,of them and so pretty. 

These are all made up,of individual origami cranes. Beautiful. 
Finally at dinner we saw this little guy out for a walk. How bizarre!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Tokyo Quilt Show pt 2

This won 1st prize in the Original Design category. 

Winner in the Junior category

I'd love to make this 

This was a 1st prize winner but I can't remember what it was for. Beautiful. 

This was amazing and what a great idea. Little hexies on bigger hexies. 
Today we went to the Tokyo fish markets for breakfast. What an experience. Couldn't identify half the produce and all the breakfast menus were fish related. Very interesting!
Went to Yuzawaya department store and found the fabric section OMG! Echino for $14/m! Japan's Spotlight for sure. And found a Kinokuniya store for the magazine Patchwork Tsushin. Bargain at $11 - usually $30 in Australia. 
Tomorrow is punk city - the land of Anime.