Monday, 21 July 2014

Two Special Deliveries!

Today I received two very special items.

The first was the return of my two quilts from the NSW Quilters' Guild 2014 Quilt Show with my lovely light blue ribbon attached to "Henrietta".  Here is my Judges Commendation.

The other delivery was the brand new brochure for the 2015 Quilt Symposium Manawatu to be held in Palmerston North, New Zealand from 16 to 21 January, 2015.

And here I am listed among the international tutors:

Very exciting!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Home Again

I love being away but it is always good to get home - one's own bed and the coffee machine!

I had another wonderful week at SA Quilt Encounter 2014.
Congratulations to the hard working Committee for a fabulous event. 

If Caroline Sharkey can photograph her mug, so can I, ha ha:

While I was away I managed to get some more hand quilting done on my new table runner.  Nearly finished.  The machine only tutors thought it exhausting that Wendy Williams and I would want to stitch at night after teaching all day - machine sewers have not discovered the "therapy" value of hand stitching!

Having a rest this weekend - yay!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Final Day at Quilt Encounter

Today was the final day of teaching at Quilt Encounter in Adelaide.  Sad face!

Once again I have had a fabulous time teaching all the enthusiastic ladies and spending time with the other tutors: my mates from last year Jacqui Karl, Amanda Daly, Rachelle Denneny and Michele Hill and getting to know Gloria Loughman, Wendy Williams, Mirjam Aigmer and Gina Burgess.  We had a complete hoot.

Lots of laughter, sharing, talking, sewing and eating.

Here are a couple of photos from todays classroom.  We were working on samples of sections of "Longbourne".

Jackie wanted to show she can have a relatively organised desk (after yesterday's photo).

Well done girls and happy stitching!!  I am on my way home in the morning.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Day Five at Quilt Encounter

Today I taught a new group of ladies at Quilt Encounter my "Longbourne" quilt design.

Here are the ladies in the classroon.

Here is some of the work being done on their gorgeous centre blocks:

Some ladies make a bit of a mess..... Ha ha.

Just a reminder that I will be teaching both "Pemberley" and "Longbourne" at Victor Harbour in late February/early March 2015 for Helen Campbell of The Quilting Room in a weekend retreat.  There are only a couple of vacancies left.  For more information see

Kaye's Big Win with Spikes and Specks

I was very excited to have Kaye Balchin in my class today.  Kaye attended my "Spikes and Specks" class at SA Quilt Encounter last year and went on to take out two awards at the Victorian Showcase with her quilt!!!

Here she is with her prize winning quilt.

And here is her ribbon:  Wow!!!

She won the Excellence in Use of Colour award and also a Judges Commendation.  Congratulations, Kaye, your quilt is gorgeous.

Kaye paper foundation pieced her quilt from my pattern and hand appliqued the stems and leaves.  She also added a beautiful border of hexagon flowers and stems.

Jackie also brought in her beautiful blocks from last years' class.  They are stunning.

Well done girls.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Day Three for "Pemberley"

Today was the last day for my three day "Pemberley" class at SA Quilt Encounter.

I had such a wonderful group of students.  Here they are showing their work off.  I am on the far left.

Here are all the different versions and different segments of parts of the quilt we were working on.

Thanks for a fabulous three days ladies.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Day Two of Pemberley Class

The ladies have been busy!  Here are some photos of progress being made on the centre oval medallion of "Pemberley".  Considering they have had only two days in a row of class, with lots of talking, laughing, eating and other activities in between, my girls have done heaps of beautiful work.

It is wonderful to see all the different colour choices being made.  Often as the centre begins to take shape, the quilt will tell you where it wants to go and what colours to use.

The first one is by Maureen who is using black for her urn and some gorgeous bright colours for the flowers.

This one is Shirley's.  She has a gorgeous collection of William Morris fabrics.  I have found Adelaide girls love their William Morris.  Not a surprise, as this is the home of talented and vivacious Michele Hill, who will be teaching here later in the week.

This one belongs to Jackie.  Really beautiful.

Check out this one by Lynette.  Love it.

This one is by Helen Campbell of The Quilting Room.  I will be teaching for Helen again next February at Victor Harbour.  We have an annual retreat happening with my Jane Austen Quilt Collection.  Helen loves her reproduction fabrics and brought at least four tubs full with her!  Yummy.

This one is by Lynne. Fab urn.

Here is another gorgeous William Morris version by Karen.  Very delicate.

This beautiful version is by Jill.  Gorgeous!

More progress to come.