Monday, 22 September 2014

Precious Jane Austen Gift

I am a lucky girl!

Look at what my lovely friend, Jan, brought back for me from England?

It is the catalogue booklet from Chawton!!!

Look at this hilarious card...

Thank you so much, Jan.  I love it.

Beautiful "Longbourne" Work

My ladies at Pioneer Patchwork have been working hard on the large centre applique for their "Longburne" quilts.

This is the centre of Regina's quilt with some spectacular fussy cutting from a magnificent fabric featuring large flowers. It looks absolutely gorgeous.

This is Shirley's very beautiful version in rich colours of mustard, brown, red, pink and blue.

This is Kylie's lovely centre, complete with the first border in pretty purple.

Here are some close ups:

Well done ladies, I am looking forward to seeing more.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Regular Classes at The Stitcher's Cupboard in 2015

Following is a list of regular classes I will be teaching at The Stitcher's Cupboard in Argyle Street, Camden in 2015.

The format of these classes will be a "sit and sew" arrangement, where students can choose any of the quilts or smaller projects in my portfolio (excluding the Jane Austen Quilt Collection and new workshop quilts).  Ladies can also work from a book or pattern of their choice and receive individual guidance.

Students will all be working on different projects to cater to all skill levels.  These groups are very rewarding as ladies often become good friends and we are doing a craft we love while sharing our lives.

Here are the dates.  Please phone Kathy at the shop on 
4655 8348 for more enquiries.

Weekly Monday Morning: 10am to 1pm

Weekly Tuesday Afternoon: 2pm to 5pm

Monthly Thursday: the fourth Thursday of each month 10am to 4pm

Monthly Friday: the third Friday of each month
10am to 4pm

My Richmond Ladies Excel

I have been teaching the "Richmond Stitchers" for ten years now.  They do fabulous work inside and outside class.

Here is Mary's version of my X-Blocks quilt called "Fairy Floss".  Great to see it in different fabrics.  Mary said she found these in the cupboard.  All quilted as well.  Looks great.

Here is Judy's magnificent version of "Josephine" in aboriginal prints.  Wow!  Looks so good.  The red really pops. The border print features bush potatoes.

Then here is Judy's Applecore cushion in lovely reproduction fabrics to match a quilt she has made.

This is Karol's beautiful version in reds, blues and creams. So different and lovely.

Love you girls!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

More Lovely Class Work

Here is some of the work being achieved in my classes this week.

Here is Jenny's lovely "Pemberley" centre applique oval medallion.  I think it looks awesome.

This is Sharon's "Hunsford" quilt, nearly finished.  She has done a beautiful job, as usual.

Robin completed her "Fleur" quilt today.  It is very beautiful in rich autumnal colours.

I have been guiding Karen in making a quilt from one of my favourites: the pineapple block.  Here are her blocks laid out in preparation for joining together.  It is going to be stunning! We have plans for a flying geese border.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

The Life and Times of Jane Austen Tour 2015 and 2017

Although it is still twelve months away, I am getting very excited about travelling to England next year to take part in a wonderful tour organised by Helen Bertram of Whitecroft Traditional Tours.

We will be situated in Bath at the magnificent Bath Spa Hotel for ten nights and branch out from there to visit many sites associated with Jane Austen and her era.  There will also be visits to view antique quilts, particularly to the V and A in London.

As you all know by now, I am a complete history enthusiast, so I will be the one yelling out "wow!" all the time!

The complete itinerary is described in the tab at the top of this page.

Two vacancies have become available on the tour for 2015 which commences in Bath on 27 September, 2015.  If you have been hesitating, here is your chance.  Please contact Helen by following the link to Whitecroft on the tab at the top of this page, or send me an email.

I am also delighted to announce that the tour will be repeated in early September 2017.  Yay!

These tours do fill very quickly, so if you are interested, please also contact Helen so that your name can go on the expression of interest list.

Start planning.....

The Bath Spa Hotel

Magnificent English Architecture

Steventon Church

Wonderful Colours for "Hunsford" Quilts

It is great to see my designs worked in very different colours.

Here are some photos of work being done at Pioneer Patchwork yesterday.

This is Birgit's stunning version extensively using a range of fabric by Leesa Chandler called "Anastasia".  It has lots of glitz and bling in vibrant colours - great for fussy cutting.

Here are some of her star blocks:

Here is the block she made yesterday for the outside border of blocks (tear drops in the centre to be added):

This is Teresa's version in very vibrant tones.  Looks gorgy!

This is Jenny's version in black and red.  Love that chain-like border.

This is Iain's centre in navy and red with a great scalloped border.

Here is the block Iain made in class:

This is Narelle's lovely centre in shades of vintage purple.  She has done a great job.

Great work everyone.