Monday, April 14, 2014

Quilt Shows

Only nine more sleeps til all the action starts at our Springwood Community Quilt Show!
We build all the frames next Wednesday, receive and  hang the quilts on Thursday and the show opens 11am on Friday - Anzac Day. It continues on Saturday and Sunday  at Springwood High School hall, Grose Rd Faulconbridge. We'd love to see you there!
Speaking of quilt shows I have a couple of pics of recent winners. Jenny's Supernova won a Viewers Choice prize at the recent Lion Quilt Show in Nowra...

and Noelle won the same at the Fairholme Quilt Show with her beautiful NYB quilt. Well done both girls!
Maxine has quilted her Friendship Ring in readiness for Xmas - nothing like an early start is there!

 Lorraine sent me this pic of her Emperors Wheel quilt. It's on the wall surrounded by oriental artwork and looks just great.
I'm off again to downtown Murrumburrah in early May for two days of workshops at The Quilters Stash.
If you'd like to do two blocks from the Lots of Dots quilt or...
make a start on this NY beauty project contact Sue at the shop and book in.
Even if you'd like to just learn the foundation piecing technique - fun guaranteed!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Up in the hills!

These pretties were outside my window each morning as I woke up in Dorrigo at the lovely farmhouse of Carolyn and Trevor. Lots of their brothers and sisters kept us awake a few nights, missing their mums.

The four days were run by Misty Threads, a quilt shop in the town of Dorrigo. Have you heard of the Misty Mountains Getaway? Same place.
We did NY Beauty and Lots of Dots workshops with some fantastic results as you can see.
These NYB blocks were from 16 different girls but they could all work in the one quilt. Lots of fun was had choosing fabrics and playing with combinations.
 to get the best contrast.

A few Dots blocks - love them all.
Fussy cutting around the centre...

and Chris was trying to use up some if her stash to great effect. She even showed me how to get that stripe straight! See, you never stop learning.
I'll be back in Dorrigo for the Getaway come September. Can't wait and if you're interested have a look here.
Check out this link for the winners of the 2014 Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. Could take a while!

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!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Not skiing!

What do you do in Cooma when it's not snowing - you go to a quilting workshop!
And it was me last weekend and a great group of Cooma locals and visitors.
There were three projects going at the one time and here's a sample of the beautiful work these girls do...
...the start of Deb's Dahlia.

Fay was tackling the Supernova quilt and using lots of scrap fabrics
Heidi's centre - check out those roses!

This is Julies' - a colour wheel exercise. Can't wait to see what she does next.

Narelle has pieced this by hand over papers and her work is superb. What a woman!

The other project was Scrappy Windmills - don't seem to have a pic of a finished block.
You know they're having fun when the table's a mess.

 Then it was show and tell from last year's workshop...
Heidi just finished quilting this NYB for Chris. You can't see the quilting but it was beautiful and Heidi's first "custom" job.

Helen's Hatchet - Love the grey fabric and the brights she's used.
 Jenny? used last year's NYB blocks in a different setting. That's a panel in the centre and the border diamonds were appliqued. Fantastic!

Two Noodle Boxes - see we do finish things!

This is an old dahlia centre from the 70's brought for show and tell. Love that border.

And Deb's NYB top. Well done.
Cooma's a lovely town and I had a great time visiting - thanks guys. See you again next year.