Friday, 17 April 2015

Cottage Gardens

My Richmond ladies have excelled themselves making their own interpretations of my cottage garden scene made with a confetti applique technique.  Take a look at the very detailed and delightful work they have been doing:

This is Mary 1's version which looks like a summer garden in full bloom.

Mary has added some embroidery stitches on her machine along the hollyhocks:

This s Karol's version - check out the detail.  Absolutely stunning.

The last one is by Mary 2 - she is going to add a coupld of ceramic buttons.

I also helped Kim with the maths and pinning on her Australian quilt for her daughter's friend:

Well done ladies.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Showcase of Jane Austen Quilts in Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine

I am very excited to have an article published in the current issue of Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine (Volume 24, Number 10), showcasing my Jane Austen Quilt Collection.

The article features photographs of the first five quilts and tells some of my story.  The magazine should be available at newsagents across Australia from today.

I am so looking forward to travelling to England in September to walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen with Whitecroft Traditional Tours.  

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Jane Austen Quilts at Patchwork Plus, Miranda

I had a lovely day today assisting my ladies at Patchwork Plus in Miranda with their "Meryton" quilts.  I teach any of my Jane Austen quilts there the third Wednesday of each month.

Here are a few photos.  First is a stunning version by Pauline in her usual lacey style with lots of fussy cutting.

This is Trish's gorgeous hexagon centre.  Beautiful.

These are the lovely jewel and hexagon flowers Trish has also made.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Monday Class

More progress today on Kelly's much admired centre of Meryton in Monday class at The Stitchers' Cupboard.

We added the first set of sashing borders and her gorgeous red petal and vine border.  WOW!!!  So stunning.

Here is Julie's centre looking fabulous in pinks, green and browns, with a hint of plum.  It is so beautiful.

Lots of ladies are now working on their petal borders - sorry girls, there are 120 of these but repetition always looks so good.  Here are Glenda's in a lovely purple fabric.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Two Very Busy Days at The Stitchers' Cupboard

I have taught "Meryton" to two very big groups at The Stitchers' Cupboard this week.  They have all been working extremely hard on their quilts and are at various stages in the process.  So great to see all the different interpretations for the same design.  Please let me know if you enjoy the following quilt show:

Here is Christine's lovely hexagons using pinks and greens with beautiful fussy cutting from Sue Daley's "To Norway With Love" fabric range.

This is Jenny's amazing centre in jewel tones.  We decided to use a stunning peacock feather fabric for the sashings.

Check out Jenny's amazing cutting and sewing to recreate a paisley print across the joins of several hexagons!!!

This is Shirley's lovely soft hexagon centre which she created in two weeks flat.  Wow.

On another note, this is the start of Tracey's version in bright orange with dark blue and lime green.  Love it.

This is Melanie's gorgeous centre hexagons in Penny Rose's "Aesops Fables" fabric.  Love the combination of dark brown and red.

Here is Jan's stunning centre in deep green and red. Wonderful "fussy cutting in the flowers.

Here is Margaret's very pretty version in soft pastel shades. Beautiful.

This beauty belongs to Pam also using lots of "To Norway With Love".  So lovely.

Here is Karen's amazing version with great fussy cutting and dark and deep jewel colours.  Fabulous.

This is Narelle's gorgeous effervescent bright version. Where are the sunglasses?  Just fantastic.

Here is Kerry's beautiful autumnal version in gold, brown, orange and teal.  It is so beautiful.

This is Chris' delightful centre in reds and blues and pinks. Stunning.

Here is Kelly's centre finished in wonderful rich colours.  I love it.

Here is Jan's classic blue and white version - very Delft.

Thank you ladies for all the work you have put in to your quilts.  I hope you continue to enjoy all the hand stitching.