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!

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!