Friday, 14 June 2019

“Winchester” Nominated for Quilters Companion Hall of Fame

Remember my red and cream appliqué medallion quilt called “Winchester”?  

It has been nominated in the top 100 projects from Quilters’ Companion magazine!  

You can vote for my quilt (please) and enter the competition 

This quilt was inspired by the medieval floor tiles in Winchester Cathedral, where Jane Austen is buried.

Here is the front of beautiful Winchester Cathedral, taken when I was there in 2017.

Here is the plaque commemorating Jane Austen.

Here are some of the floor tiles which inspired the design of my quilt.  So cool to be able to walk across such an historic floor.

Here is a close up of the centre of my quilt.

And more details.

The quilt was magnificently quilted by Belinda Betts of Eucalypt Ridge Quilting.

I was very happy to win a second place ribbon for the quilt in the special “Red and White” (Commercially Quilted) quilt category at the Sydney Show in 2015.

I presented the pattern for “Winchester” and an accompanying DVD for Issue #78 of Quilters Companion.

Here is Michelle Marvig and I in the studio on the day of filming the DVD.

It has been great to revisit the story of this quilt.  I hope you will vote in the competition.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

At Hobbysew in June

Lovely classes with lots of chatter, laughter and sewing at Hobbysew, Kings Park this month.

Wendy achieved lots of work on her lovely version of “Pemberlini”.  This is a smaller version of my favourite “Pemberley” quilt.

Dru had heaps of show and tell.  This is her completed “Mansfield Park”, quilted E2E by the ladies at Hobbysew.

Dru makes a lot of quilts for charity.  Here are two quilts she has recently made using my “Jelly Holiday” pattern as a guide.

Dru was working on compass blocks for “The Way Ahead” in class.

Here is a collection of blocks Meredith made for “Jelly New Year”.

This is Christine’s beautiful centre for “Donwell Abbey”.

Jennie was working on “Spikes and Specks”.

Jill has made progress on the centre of “Heartstrings”.  Looking lovely.

Cynthia was making EPP frames for “Longbourne”.

Gail was working on the centre of”Pemberley”.

Jennie is working on gorgeous appliqué flower vines for “Netherfield”.  Beautiful!

Love her fussy cutting.

Last, but not least, Debi made progress on joining all her blocks for “Millefiori”.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Introducing “Norland Park”

I am very excited to reveal my new Jane Austen quilt, for classes in 2020. 

Here is “Norland Park”, number eleven in my series named after places in Jane Austen’s novels.  

All of these designs include lots of English paper piecing and hand appliqué.  This one is no exception.

“Norland Park” comes from the novel “Sense and Sensibility”.

I have used a vibrant colour scheme of blue, pumpkin, red, purple and gold with many pieces fussy cut from reproduction fabrics.

I have been working on this quilt for two years and have fond memories of taking the hexagon medallions with me to work on during my travels.

The quilt will now go off to Helen Hayes to do her magic with the quilting.

I am looking forward to teaching “Norland Park” extensively in my classes next year.

Stunning Work at The Stitchers Cupboard

Lots of classes over the past week at The Stitchers Cupboard in Camden, with sensational show and tell all around.

Here is Julie’s fabulous “Hartfield”, now complete with the final border.  Amazing work Julie, congratulations.

Others working on “Hartfield” included Maryse.  Here is the layout for all her blocks.  Stunning.

Margaret is also almost ready to put her “Hartfield” together.

Here are some of her blocks.

Lots of ladies have been making wonderful progress on their gorgeous versions of “Donwell Abbey”.  Here are a few.

By Jan.

By Natalie.

By Pam.

By Sharon.

By Glynne  (hey Glynne).

By Karen.

By Jenny.

By Shirley.

By Regina.

Ivana has done lots of work on her beautiful hexagon centre for “Meryton”.  Love it.

Iain completed a lovely version of “Hopetoun”.

Fabulous work everyone!