Saturday, 18 August 2018

Class Work This Week at The Stitchers Cupboard

I have had two very busy days teaching at The Stitchers Cupboard.

Some magnificent work was being advanced.

Christine has almost finished a very pretty version of “Highbury” in some lovely soft colours.

Maryse has also almost completed a stunning version of “Hunsford” in red, navy and blue.  
We fussy cut the two borders and there is a wide final border to go.

Two ladies were working on their “Hartfield” centres.  This one is by Margaret.

This one is by Irene.  Both are beautiful.

Paula showed us her gorgeous “Pemberley” Centre, began in class five years ago.  She has done a beautiful job.

Two girls were working on “Highbury” Dresden flowers.  These are by Julie is bright gorgeous pink.

These are by Jennie in lovely reproduction fabrics.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Teaching “Meryton” for Vic Quilters

I have had a terrific couple of days teaching all of my appliqué techniques to a group of ladies from Vic Quilters Inc.  

They chose to make “Meryton”, the sixth quilt in my Jane Austen Collection.

Mary had put together this beautiful corner for her Centre piece by the end of the two days.

As the centre of the quilt consists of a large hexagon medallion, I provided the pattern ahead of time.  It was great to see all the different variations.
Same design, different colours.

Some of the ladies also prepared some extra hexagons and jewels to go on the quilt.  

It was a great venue at the Box Hill RSL Club.

The motel was very appropriate for me, I thought.

The camellias were beautiful.  I have seen more rain this weekend in Melbourne than all year in Sydney, I think!

Thank you to Marie Lee (President) and the Committee of Vic Quilters for your friendship and hospitality. Happy stitching ladies.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Guest Speaker at Vic Quilters 25th Anniversary Gathering

It was great to meet up with lots of lovely ladies at the Victorian Quilters Inc AGM today.  It was a special occasion because they were celebrating their 25th Anniversay since inception with a number of Foundation members and past Presidents in attendance.

I had the honour of being the guest speaker.  Despite a technical hitch (my PowerPoint presentation would not work!), I talked about my “Journey with Jane Austen” and my passion for history and stitching.

I brought as many quilts as I could fit in two suitcases, as well as some patterns and kits (plus warm clothes).

Here is “Pemberley”, always my signature quilt.

“Longbourne” also made the trip.

Unfortunately, I was unable to share all the slides I had prepared of my Whitecroft Traditional Tours trip to England to walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen.  I did talk about visiting Chawton in Hampshire and seeing “the” Jane Austen quilt.

Jane spent the last eight years of her life here, which was a very productive time for her writing.  Amazing to see the tiny desk where her masterpieces came to life.

And here is me, just a bit excited to see the quilt.

The first time I visited in 2015, a small section of the quilt was on display.

In 2017, more of the quilt was visible.

The colours and detail are very beautiful.  Jane knew how to fussy cut!  She was also very symmetrical!

This is where Jane Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

I described all of my other Jane Austen quilts during my talk, they can all be seen by clicking here.

I am looking forward to spending the next two days with some lovely ladies to learn my techniques for making “Meryton”.