Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Snake Gully revisited

Last weekend was my fourth visit to Snake Gully in Muswellbrook, a town in the Hunter Valley wine country. My hosts Liz and Robert are so welcoming it really feels like home with lots of country cooking thrown in.
The projects for the workshop were Pickled Lillies and Square Dance and the girls made a good start on both.
They've made a new sign since my last visit - I didn't count the buttons but there were lots! They looked like lollies.
 More Pickle blocks
Square Dance blocks were coming together at the same time with lots of different fabric combos. They all looked great.

Matiah (14 yo) is working on the borders of her Chocolate Stars from a previous workshop,
with Square Dance in the background.
 Kay's table centre from last year also came out for show-and-tell.
And this is a regular visitor I am told - can't remember her name but what a cutie!

I have a two day workshop coming up for Quilt Escape at Cottage Quiltworks in Warriewood 6-7 July.
It's a big 20" foundation pieced block so you only need five for the top plus half and quarter blocks and you've got a big quilt.

Give the shop a ring if you're interested in a fun class at a great venue.

Have you seen this bookazine yet? It's a collection of past scrap projects from Quilters Companion magazine and I have one in it. Outstanding quality and 19 top class designs for you to make. At only $20 it's a bargain! On sale now at newsagents.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Eye candy

Lots of pics today from my recent quilt camp...
Lorraine's Rattle Snake from a Karen Stone pattern. Beautiful Kaffe fabrics with different greys.
Lots of locals each morning to greet us.

This was a great idea from Janette via Sue Cody. Two fabric boards with polystyrene either side then wrapped in calico. Draw your hexie size on it and play around with the placement before sewing. Who would have thought!

Just goes to show nothing will stop us sewing. Christine had a fall on the slippery paths and has an ice-pack on her supported knee. No stopping her!

One of my projects on Saturday via Lorrie Cranor. My first go at this style and I love the result.

Pam's been powering away at her George 111 blocks. All hand pieced and only hundreds to go!

Wendy's Emperors Wheel above and Lorraine's below. Well done girls!
 Sharon's doing amazing things with her Scrappy Windmills blocks too.

I'm a tutor at the Community Sewing Day on the Central Coast on 30th May. Three  different tutors with totally different projects.
If you're interested ring All About Sewing at Charmhaven or Blueberries at Wyong for details.
A pic from Sue of her Reproduction Beauties quilted and bound - looks amazing! 

And a pic from the weekend's Berry Quilt Show. Apparently there was a Chris Jurd Corner of quilts. How good do they all look together,
Totally unrelated to quilting but here's my new grandson Zac. 3 weeks old and such a chilled out little man.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Day 2 and 3 Springwood Quilt Show

This quilt wasn't in the show but it's not a post without a pic is it!
Day two and three pics from the show are on the show's blog here and here. Enjoy! and congrats to the three Viewers Choice winners and the winner of the raffle quilt.
It's entered in this years Sydney Quilt Show in June and we're keeping our fingers crossed for another prize in the group category.
Meanwhile I'm off to quilt camp this weekend. Can't wait!!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Day 1 - Springwood Community Quilt Show

A few,pics from day one of our local quilt show. Mine and students' quilts 
Heathers collaborative quilt and it was big!
My Crown Jewels
Viv's Garden Party
Moyra's Lollipop Trees
Karen's NYB quilt
Jenny's Lots Of Dots

Christine's Noodle Box
My Asian Strings
Lesley's Mariners Garden
And Wendy Gurry's Japanese Creation which won Viewers Choice for day one. Stay tuned for more tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Me time

Because it's school holidays here I've had a bit of sewing time for myself which is always a treat.
I've finished this Atomic Star top and recently had a workshop at Quiltsmith on this and Scrappy Windmills.
Foundation pieced big star blocks - lots of pieces but that's the fun part isn't it!
Pattern is in the works.

Hand sewing has been taken up with this Star and Crown block - thanks to my FB group Hand and Paper Piecers for finding the name. It's a Laura Wheeler block from the 30s and is an opportunity to show lots of bright and low volume prints. Still a WIP.

My favourite so far is this Wedding Compass - a double wedding ring version plus compass centre.
The centre is a big 32" across.

I think it just needs another dark frame to finish it off.

 It wouldn't be a post without some students' work. This is Matiah's table centre from a Muswellbrook workshop last year. She's just started high school and has done a fine job under nan's guidance.
Christine has been "making" fabric for her Strippy Sampler quilt...

and Lesley is working on a dramatic version of my NYB quilt with lots of peacocks and beautiful Asian-inspired fabrics.

 Lastly there's only a week to go til set-up day for our Springwood Quilt Show.
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Class action

Christine is making progress on her Strippy Sampler blocks...

while Daphne has finished her feathered star medallion begun at quilt camp two years ago. Good things come to those who wait.
Lauren is working her way through Lots of Dots...

 while Michele has made a great start on 30s Wheel featured in Homespun mag recently with this beautiful centre block...
 and there are four more like this one.
I've had some sewing time lately and am working on a remake of my Crown Jewels quilt using Jen Kingwell's new Gardenvale range. A little bit retro and right up my alley. Love it all!

Four 18" blocks with more borders to come.

Only 29 days to go til the Springwood Quilt Show! We have 120+ beautiful quilts on display and an amazing raffle quilt. Plus 10 traders over three days so come on up the mountains and pay us a visit - last weekend in April and we are open on Anzac Saturday too.
The weather is beautiful at the moment - just a touch of autumn in the air.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Class action

It's like I've never been away! Back into regular classes with lots of finishes lately...
Bronwyn's amazing Pineapple miniature - I think the blocks were 2" square?

Jenny finished and had her Sunflower quilt quilted over the holidays - beautiful.

Not sure of the quilter but she did a great job.

Karen's Birds in Paradise with her own border version.

Lesley's Oriental Mariners - stunning.

I've been quilting lately and had a lot of trouble finding something to mark a cable on the fabric in this border. I finally settled on the Frixion pen and I hope it doesn't come back to haunt me!
Top pic is green pen while the bottom one is black. I went with the green in the end and just need to iron it off now. What do you use on fabrics like this??

ALERT!! Entries for the Springwood Quilt Show close next Friday 13th March.
If you haven't entered yet the on-line form is here along with a printable version you can fill in and  post off. Help make this 10th year a BIG one!