Monday, 25 February 2013

Trip to Carolyn's Quilting Room

Lovely Weekend at Carolyn's

Veronica and I had a wonderful few days visiting the ladies at Carolyn's Quilting Room at Wodonga.

It was wonderful to see lots of the same gorgeous girls we met last visit in September 2012.

Some of the girls brought Show and Tell to reveal the work they have accomplished on their "Netherfields".

I was absolutely stunned by this sensational version in the most amazing brights by Michelle.  This is the only really bright version I have seen and I just love it!

Here is Margaret's marvellous version in the colours of blue and pumpkin:

This one is by Kerry and is so gorgeous in those stunning colours:

On Friday I was teaching "Florentine" and "Pennsylvania".

Here are some of the blocks Lorraine finished in class:

Here is Michelle's block for her new bright version of "Florentine":

Here is the happy group from the Saturday/Sunday class doing "Longbourne", from left to right (back row) Carolyn herself, Robyn, Donna, Jeanette, Wanda, Michelle and (front row) Kerrie, Helen, Jacqui, me, Margaret and Maureen

Here are some of the girls showing off their "bits".  First is Donna with a hexagon frame and a baby 3/8 inch hexagon flower:

Here is Michelle with her urn.  She assures me this quilt will be more subdued but looking at that lovely bright urn, I'm not so sure!

Here is Wanda hiding behind the start of her urn.

Here is Helen quietly working away on her hexagons.

This is Jeanette showing her gorgeous "fussy cut" urn. Wow!

Robyn showed us some "fussy cut" elongated hexagons - there was a rush on this fabric!

Wanda has reappeared holding up her first clam shell.

These lovelies are by Maureen.

Thank you, Carolyn, for having us at your wonderful shop - an oasis of reproduction heaven!  Thanks to all the ladies for making Veronica and I feel so special and for having lots of fun with us.  We will be back...

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

More Pictures For You

Here are some more photos of work being done on my Jane Austen Collection quilts.

The first shows Kerry's absolutely gorgy Pemberley which she only started at Finishing School in January.  She is working in her favourite deep rich repro colours (mine too) and is loving it.  Kerry made her scallops a bit bigger to form a wonderful "fussy cut" pattern.  PS. She is still putting the bird on!

The next photo shows Jan's version of the centre block for "Rosings".  She was very proud that she finished the block by herself! Wow, doesn't it look great in these soft colours?

Sorry Robin, I forgot to take a photo of yours and Kylie's - will do that next time I see you....

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Katrina Hadjimichael Celebrating 100 posts

One Hundred Blog Posts So Far

I am able to announce that this is my 100th post since commencing my blog in 2011.

In that time I have had over 27,000 hits from people all over the world.

Thank you to all of you who have been reading and sending me your opinions.  Keep those comments coming, please!

Here is a sneak peak at what I have been working on for the last twelve months.  This piece belongs to "Hunsford", the fifth quilt in my Jane Austen Collection.

Yes, now you know the colour scheme is black, red and cream!

This is all you can see for now....

Katrina x

Block of the Month Program

Special Presentation Evening

You are invited to attend a special evening on Friday 22 March 2013 at Pioneer Patchwork, Shop 5/20 Somerset Avenue, Narellan to view the revelation of three completed quilts from our 2012/13 Block of the Month Sampler Program and the launch of the new 2013 Program.

Phone the shop on 02 4647 3555 to RSVP.  Two sessions will take place at 7.00pm and 8.00pm.

Here are some of the blocks presented in the 2012/3 Sampler Program.  Each new block design was offered in your choice of Black and White (red background); Soft Reproduction or Pretty Vintage.

Who is this mystery lady holding up her first completed block?

The new 2013 program is under wraps until March 22....

New "Jane Austen" Dates

I have just released some new dates for workshops where I will teach the first three quilts from my Jane Austen Quilt Collection at Pioneer Patchwork.

The dates are for Saturday workshops on 17 August, 19 October, 9 November and 14 December, 2013.

Participants may choose to make either "Pemberley", "Netherfield" or "Longbourne".

Please phone Pioneer Patchwork on 02 4647 3555 to make your booking as places are already filling fast.




I also announce a repeat of the "Jane Austen Finishing School" which will take place over a period of three weeks at Pioneer Patchwork in January 2014.

Quilt Encounter 2013 in South Australia

I am delighted to be able to travel to Adelaide in July to teach at the Quilters' Guild of South Australia Quilt Encounter 2013. This event will be held at Immanuel College, Novar Gardens from the 12th to the 18th July, 2013.

I will be teaching my "Spikes and Specks" quilt in two separate two day workshops and also teaching paper foundation piecing techniques to beginners whilst making my "Christmas Tree" Cushion.

To receive a copy of the Quilt Encounter brochure please contact Chris Bennett at or Kerryn Brand at

I look forward to meeting the lovely ladies of South Australia.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Jane Austen Quilts Continued

Progress on Jane Austen Quilt Classes

Some of the girls are making excellent progress during classes on my Jane Austen Quilt Collection.

Here are some of the girls at a recent "Rosings" class at Pioneer Patchwork.  Some were new to paper foundation piecing so we had a busy day making our Georgetown Circle blocks.  At least they are smiling....

Here are some of the results so far.  The first is Michelle's gorgeous completed block pieced into her black background; the second is Deborah's very pretty centre; the third is Maria's in lovely shades of blue and orange and the last one is Kelly's in soft pink and teal:


 The next photos show Glenda's very beautiful "Longbourne".  Her colours are very delicate and her "fussy cutting really lovely:

The next set of photos show Chris' fabulously rich "Netherfield" in dark blue and red.  Considering she only started in January at Jane Austen Finishing School, she has powered ahead and done heaps.  Way to go Chris!  It is absolutely stunning!  I love it!

The next photo shows Jan's wonderful "Netherfield" in soft shades of blue and gold.  Isn't it amazing what a difference the colours make?

What clever students I have!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

"Rosings" has started

I held my first workshop to teach my "Rosings" quilt on Saturday.

Ten eager ladies worked very hard on their centre Georgetown Circle block.

I was not sure how much we would achieve but Kelly finished foundation piecing all of the segments for her block and Michelle was not far behind, delayed only because we "fussy cut" her tapeziums!  They looked FANTASTIC and so different to my colours.

I will keep you posted as the girls progress on their quilts.


Monday, 4 February 2013

Camden Country Quilters Guild February Meeting

Show and Tell at Camden Quilters

Ingrid Krapez (owner of Pioneer Patchwork) and I had fun at the February meeting of the Camden Country Quilters Guild when we conducted a Show and Tell of new patterns and projects for the members.

Here we are holding up my new Whack and Stack Lemoyne Stars quilt.

Here I am hamming it up with some of the projects from my new pattern, Quilter's Ensemble:

And another new pattern using pre-cut 2 and a half inch squares:

And here is my new handbag "Pamela"...

Cheers,  Katrina

Classes Start in Earnest!

With February already here I have been caught unawares as classes start up again everywhere.

With 415 photos printed, thousands of A4 photocopies, hundreds of A3 pattern sheets and 150 new plastic folders to organise it is all a bit hectic.

I started teaching "Pemberley" to a great group at Lyn's Fine Needlework last Saturday and we had a really happy time - yes, Meredith, "Katrina mania" is back!!!

This Saturday I will teach my first ever "Rosings" class at Pioneer Patchwork.

For the "guinea pigs", here are the closeups of the quilt:

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Epping Quilters Inc!

Workshop for Epping Quilters

I returned to Epping late last week to teach a second workshop to the lovely ladies of the Epping Quilters Inc.

They had all done their "Millefiori" homework from last November and we were able to join the blocks into rows.

Here are some of the different blocks laid out on the table or the floor ready to be pieced:

And here are some happy girls with their first row done:

These are Diana's miniature blocks laid out in rows and a closeup:

The girls on the other side of the room were working on my "Bloomin' Logs" design.  Jann made some of her beautiful blocks into a table runner:

Well done ladies.  I hope you enjoyed the workshops!