Friday, 1 August 2014

Take a Look at the Quilts I was shown Today!

Today I returned to Jukejema Quilting Barn to teach a group of ladies machine applique techniques.

Here they are hard at work on their samples.

Carol brought her magnificent "Pemberley" centre to show me.  Carol is a very talented patchwork tutor who loves reproduction fabrics as much as I do.

Look at this....

Wow, it is gorgeous!  Carol used a very beautiful lacy fabric for the scallops around her oval centre medallion.  She continued this theme by making tiny scallops along her corner pot blocks. Stunning!

Then we were delighted to see Di's finished "Longbourne" applique centre block. Soft, fresh colours make a beautiful quilt centre.

Thanks again Kim for a lovely day in your store.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

New Piecing Technique: The X Blocks Ruler

I have recently made two quilts using a unique rotary cutting tool called the X Blocks ruler.

With the aid of this ruler you can turn ordinary nine patch blocks into something extraordinary.

I will be teaching this technique at Jukejema Quilting Barn in Nowra on two Fridays, 17 October and 31 October.

The first quilt is called "Fairy Floss".  It is the simpler version which I have made in bright colours with a white background. The dart border is made with the pieces cut from the nine patch blocks.

The second quilt is called "Black Magic" and is more complex with every block being made with different colour combinations.

You can see that you can achieve spectacular results with this technique.  The blocks form zig zag patterns across the quilt's surface.

More classes on these quilts will be announced soon.

Apple Cores

The applecore is an amazing shape to work with.

This week I showed a group of ladies a technique used by Sue Daley to join applecores together.  We made a panel of four inch ones that I made into a cushion.

I will be repeating this class on Tuesday, 12 August, at Pioneer Patchwork, Narellan.  Please phone the shop on 46573555 to book in.

Here are the applecores in the different colours the ladies were using:

Jenny's Amazing "Hunsford"

I love it when my students do something they never thought they could.

This is Jenny's first major quilt and she did an absolutely fabulous job from the colour and fabric choice to the fussy cutting, the applique and the piecing.  Well done, Jenny! I love it in the red and assorted blues you have used.

Notice the butterfly and beetle circles.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

New Classes at Jukejema Quilting Barn, Nowra

I will be teaching machine applique techniques to a group of ladies in Nowra tomorrow.

We will be working on samples and then stitching a small placemat applique project with lots of different stitches.

This class was so popular, we have booked another date to repeat it for ladies who missed out: this will be held on Friday, 19 September, 2014.

Here is the placemat design. You can phone Kim to book in on 0244212577.

Another "Longbourne" is Created From Class at SA Quilt Encounter

Wow!  I met Danielle in Adelaide at the recent Quilt Encounter where I was teaching quilts from my Jane Austen Quilt Collection.

Danielle attended the two day class for "Longbourne" and her Mum, Cathie, attended the three day course for "Pemberley".

It has not even been two weeks since QE finished, and Danielle has completed her "Longbourne" centre applique of urn with flowers.

Here is a photo (taken on her phone).  She has set herself the task of making two one inch hexagon rosettes per night! A great challenge!

For those other ladies in class, please send me some photos so that I can share them.


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Lovely "Longbournes" Happening in Nowra at Jukejema

It is great to see the progress on the quilts being made in class at Jukejema Quilting Barn in Nowra.

The gorgeous Kim runs a very happy and relaxed shop for the ladies to enjoy.

I think the first photo is really cool as Louise is holding up her Longbourne centre in front of my quilt, which completes her borders!  Just happened that way.

Here are some more.... The ladies have done some gorgeous "fussy cutting" on their top Tudor rose flower.  Yum.

Check out this box of gorgeous goodies- I called them hexagon confetti.  Louise's grand daughter had great fun playing with them. They are all 3/8 inch hexies.