Sunday, 31 January 2016

What have I been doing?

I have been very busy preparing for all my regular classes which start this week.  Especially exciting is the commencement of teaching the seventh quilt in the Jane Austen Quilt Collection "Lambton".  I know a lot of ladies have been patiently waiting for this one!  


I have been asked many times to sell these major patterns but I do not think it is fair to my loyal students who all pay considerable amounts to attend class.  A huge amount of work and time goes into each of these quilts from the design process, all the hand stitching, typing notes, hand drawing pattern sheets and the preparation of printing, photographs and class folders.  I will most likely release the patterns for sale in a few years time.

I am also busy preparing for a three day annual retreat I conduct for The Quilting Room in Victor Harbor, South Australia.  I love this special retreat organised by Helen Campbell.  I love to meet up with some of the SA ladies I have taught for the past few years.  This year I am teaching them "Meryton".

I can show you a glimpse of the next Jane Austen quilt I have been working on, to be called "Hartfield".  This is the house where Emma Woodhouse lives with her father in the delightful Austen novel "Emma". Hard to believe she wrote this over 200 years ago!

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Monday Class at The Stitchers Cupboard

Monday class is always so much fun.  We all have a great time laughing, eating, sharing, singing and some sewing.

Here is some of the work:

The centre of Jan's "Santalini" quilt, so gorgeous.


Glynnis was working on wavy appliqué borders for her Christmas quilt.

More on Jan's with wavy borders done and elongated hexagon rows all stitched together.

Glynne has finished her 1930s version of my Jane Austen needle packet keeper.  So pretty.


Glenda has the centre of her "Now and Zen" quilt together.

Great work ladies.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Retreats and Special Events I will be Attending This Year

The year has already got off to a fabulous start with some very happy days spent teaching Summer School at The Stitchers Cupboard and Hobbysew at Kings Park.

I have a very full schedule for the rest of this year, including some lovely retreats and special events to attend.  I have just updated my Teaching Schedule for 2016 on the blog.  You can click on the Tab at the top of the page for more information.

Here is a quick list of where I will be going and links to the appropriate websites etc - very exciting:

26 - 28 February: Victor Harbor Retreat with the Quilting Room, South Australia, teaching "Meryton"  SOLD OUT


1-9 April: Needlework Cruises to the South Pacific on the Celebrity Solstice  BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED

29/30 April - 1 May: Wangaratta Centre Quilters Inc Retreat, Victoria, teaching "Longbourne"
Contact: Eileen Dinning 03 57212252


4 - 5 June: Carolyn Konig Designs, Wodonga, Victoria, teaching "Lambton"
Click here for the website link.


20-23 August: Three Day Retreat for "Patchwork Passion"in Auckland, New Zealand at Vaughan Park Retreat Centre, Long Bay, North Shore, Auckland, teaching "Pemberley" or "Lambton"
Click here for more information on this very exciting workshop.


27-28 August: Weekend Workshop for Annie's Country Quilt Store in Ashburton, New Zealand, teaching "Longbourne".
Click here for more information.  Very excited to be travelling to the South Island of New Zealand for the first time.

2-4 September: Weekend Retreat for the Silver City Quilters in Broken Hill, teaching "Lambton".

29-30 October: Weekend Workshop for Threadbear Patchwork and Quilting, Castlemaine, Victoria, teaching "Lambton".
Click here for more information on their blog.

24-27 February, 2017: Three Day Retreat for The Quilting Room at Victor Harbor, South Australia, teaching "Lambton".
Click here for more information.

I am very much looking forward to meeting up with old friends and making new ones at these workshops in wonderful places throughout the year.  Please email me if you require more information at

Regards from Katrina.

Class for Threadbear Patchwork and Quilting

I will be doing a lot of travelling again this year, all great fun!

Corliss from Threadbear Patchwork and Quilting in Castlemaine, Victoria, has just released details of the two day workshop I will be teaching for her on 29 and 30 October, 2016.  Here is the link to her blog: click here.

I will be teaching my latest Jane Austen Quilt called "Lambton" over the weekend.

Threabear is the most gorgeous patchwork shop specialising in reproduction fabrics.  So tempting!  I am looking forward to getting back there for some retail therapy.

Corliss always put on a wonderful environment for class.

Monday, 18 January 2016

More Summer School from The Stitchers Cupboard

Here are some more photos from the lovely work being done at Summer School at The Stitchers Cupboard.

These are some of Kelly's beautiful hexagon lozenges for her "Netherfield".  Gorgeous!

This is Annette's lovely blue and cream version of "Pemberley":

This is Christine's very autumnal version of "Longbourne".  She has got it out to do some more work on it during Summer School. Beautiful!

Here is Lynne's beautiful "Pemberlini" in soft, feminine colours.

This is Iain's version, very dramatic in browns and yellows.

Here is Jan's fabulous and very inventive Christmas "Santalini":


Glenda has been working on her lovely "Now and Zen".  She has finished all the blocks and is now putting them all together.

More on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

I am on the cover of Quiltmania Magazine!

I am so excited that my quilt "Ashbourne Mill" is on the cover of the latest January/February edition of the French magazine Quiltmania!

Whilst it is not out in Australia yet, they have released some photographs on Facebook of Issue Number 111.  Yay!  Looking forward to seeing a copy.




Second Class for Summer School at The Stitchers Cupboard

Another busy day of cutting, pinning, sewing and appliqué prep at The Stitchers Cupboard today.

Kerry made lots of blocks for her fabulous "Now and Zen" quilt in the most wonderful bright layer cake of orange, green, turquoise and red. Wow, wow.  It is going to be sensational!



Lyn is making progress on her beautiful feminine version of "Pemberlini".  Just delightful!


Kelly added more borders to her stunning "Netherfield" in tones of pink and purple.  Wow!

And lots more activity as well.  Another busy class booked out for this Friday but there are a couple of places for next Wednesday (20th) and Friday (22nd).  Phone 02 4655 8348.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Summer School Starts at The Stitchers Cupboard

We had a lovely day working in the cool at The Stitchers Cupboard today.  The shop is now open for the year with a great sale on.

Jan showed us the progress she has made on her "Jelly Mosaic" using a jelly roll.  It looks great.

Two of the ladies are making "Now and Zen" using a layer cake.  Here are blocks made so far by Julie and Glenda.

Two others, Jan and Glyniss are making a Christmas version of my little "Pemberlini", which we have dubbed "Santalini".  Too funny.  Here is the centre medallion.  It is going to be so gorgeous.


Another class on Wednesday and Friday this week.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Retreats With "The Quilting Room"

I am very much looking forward to another visit to South Australia next month to catch up with all my lovely girls from previous retreats and meet some new ladies.

I have been returning each year for an annual Victor Harbor retreat hosted by gorgeous Helen Campbell of The Quilting Room.

This year I am teaching "Meryton" from Friday 26 to Monday 29 February. 



I have been receiving progress reports from many of the ladies as they are putting together their centre hexagon medallion for their quilt.  A great head start on the work involved and in selecting colours.

Here are some of the centres made by Christine, Jackie and Danielle:




The ladies have created a "Jane Austen Quilt Support Group" which meets regularly so that the ladies can sit and sew and show progress on their quilts.

I received these photos from the recent get together.  This is a stunning "Pemberley" centre.  She has added some amazing birds. Love it.


Danielle had just received her beautiful Japanese version of "Longbourne" from quilter Tracey Browning. It is a masterpiece!





Next year I will be teaching "Lambton" for The Quilting Room from 24 to 27 February 2017.





We have a fabulous long weekend in a great setting with superb food, company, laughs, sewing and a great view across to the beach at Victor Harbor.  More information from