Saturday, 19 April 2014

Easter Saturday UFO Class

Ladies spent a very lovely day chatting and sewing at Pioneer Patchwork today.

Here are some photos of work in progress.

These are a couple of blocks Leanne has made for her "Hunsford" quilt from the range called "Josephine" in red and brown:

This is Lynne's version of "Blue Lotus" - not blue but a very striking red background with soft shades of the original "Paris Flea Market" range in pale pink, lemon, real and green.  Wow!

We worked on the heart scrolls today:

Here is another of Natalie's "Hunsford" blocks from "Little Black Dress 2". Yum!

Sue spent the day cutting lots of diamonds from William Morris fabrics for her "Hunsford":

Leanne also worked on more rings for her version of "Spikes and Specks" in soft colours:

Great work, ladies.  Now I feel like sewing.  Happy stitching over the rest of Easter - hope the Easter bunny calls in to your house!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Easter Sewing

I have done lots of sewing this Easter already!

I have finished the whack and stack Dresden fan quilt I started recently and am very pleased with how it turned out.  I am thinking I might have a bit of a "bright" colour phase!  Don't faint, I will always love my repros.  Still thinking of a name for this one - any ideas?

Stay tuned for when I will be teaching this quilt.

I also finished a cushion I have been working on using the Moda range "Little Black Dress 2".   I have used two packets of the little candy squares with some English paper piecing and ric rac. It will be available as a pattern soon.

Teaching class tomorrow and then hopefully getting more sewing done.  Yay!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Sue's Magnificent "Netherfield"

It was lovely to see Sue today when she popped into Patchwork Plus at Miranda to show me her finished "Netherfield".

Sue is a prolific and very talented quilter.  She has made several of my Jane Austen Quilt Collection.

She reports that her "Netherfield" looks really beautiful covering her bed with an old fashioned wooden bed head.  It is certainly spectacular in the colours of purple, green, burgundy and blue.  Congrats Sue.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

My "Lydia" Table Runner

You may remember the table runner I made last year called "Lydia" with large hexagon flowers.

Veronica is making a new version of this design using Millhouse Collections fabrics designed by Sue Daley called "A French Courtyard".

Check out the photo on her website at and link to her Facebook page.

Looks so good!

Photos from Tuesday Class

Here are some images of work taking place in my regular sit and sew class at Pioneer Patchwork.

First is Julie's "Hunsford" centre after we mitred the second beautiful border.  Gorgeous, Julie!

This is one of Robin's blocks for the outside row of her "Hunsford" blocks:

And another block in progress:

Here are some of Pauline's star blocks:

Here is Glynn's centre, looking stunning!

This is one of Kaye's outside blocks:

Here is Natalie's gorgeous centre with the dogtooth border and first mitred border.  Wow, great fabrics.

Great work girls.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Weekend Sewing

I love nothing better than getting all of the chores done quickly so that I can spend some time at home designing and sewing a new quilt.

I have very much enjoyed making and teaching different whack and stack quilt designs (I already have three in my portfolio using different shapes) so when I saw this crazy colourful fabric at The Stitchers Cupboard, I knew it would make an awesome whack and stack quilt.  It is called "Road Well Travelled" by Marcus Fabrics.

So the fourth in my series of whack and stacks is in the making!  I have cut six identical wedges and made a Dresden fan block.

Stay tuned for more.  Fifteen more blocks to sew.  By the way, my gorgeous girlfriends gave me a new Gingher rotary cutter for my birthday.  It is superb - can highly recommend it!

Happy stitching.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Exciting News: The Stitchers Cupboard to Open a New Patchwork Shop in Camden

It is very exciting that Kathy Vanbeers of The Stitchers Cupboard online business is to open a new patchwork shop in Camden.

It is anticipated that the shop will open the Tuesday after Easter (22nd April) at Shop 4a, 20 Argyle Street, Camden (across the road from McDonalds).

Kathy has asked me to teach some classes in her new store and I am delighted to be able to do this while maintaining my other teaching commitments.

I will be teaching a weekly sit and sew class every Monday from 10am to 1pm.  This class will be a great chance to join a group of ladies for some sewing, chatting and I am sure some laughing as well.  

I have many patterns in my portfolio to choose from including cushions, table runners and quilts (some made from jelly rolls).  Beginners may wish to join this class to learn one of my sampler quilts which will provide a lot of experience in machine piecing and some hand appliqué techniques.

I can also assist with the completion of UFOs (unfinished objects) and the attainment of PhDs (projects half done)!  If you need help to start a pattern from a book or magazine this class is a good option.

I will also be teaching a monthly Thursday class (the fourth Thursday of the month) offering a full day of teaching from 10am to 4pm.  Ladies may choose from my extensive portfolio of original quilt designs.

Other classes are under discussion for the future, including my Jane Austen Quilt Collection.

For more information and to make bookings, please see the Classes tab on Kathy's website at or telephone 02 46558348.