Sunday, 30 July 2017

Weekend Retreat at Kurri Kurri

Just back from a great weekend retreat at the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy in Kurri Kurri.  Lots of sewing, eating, chatting, laughing and friendship.

It is a beautiful rural location and great facilities.

Here is my classroom.  But where are all the people?  

They must be down the back shopping at our pop up shop by Carol from Cherry Pie Designs.

Some of the ladies worked on my two new projects, while others continued on quilts we have started in earlier classes.

Jan got moving on the appliqué for a "Cordelia" cushion or bag front.

So did Jenny.

Love the bird.

Glenda made a very pretty and sweet version of my folder cover.

Sharon made a super bright version.

Some ladies were working on elongated hexagon borders for "Hartfield".





Here is Karen's beautiful centre.

Jan was also working on her lovely "Hartfield".

Narelle also made progress on "Hartfield".  Looking beautiful.

Kerry worked hard on the appliqué of her blocks for "Hartfield".

Meredith added borders to her gorgeous "Wentworth" in autumnal tones.

Jenny brought her completed "Wentworth" for Show and tell.

Three ladies were working on "Pickled Paisley" quilts in very different colour combos.



Colleen in amazing Japanese prints.  Wow!

Thank you everyone for a great weekend.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Jukejema Quilting Barn Nowra Class

I had another class in Nowra on Saturday.  Great to see progress being made.

This is Denise's lovely centre for "Longbourne" in pretty 1950s style fabrics.

Michelle achieved heaps in a month, working hard on her "Pemberley".

Sue was working on the centre for "Wentworth".

Two of the ladies began work on "Pennsylvania" blocks.  The shoo fly was first.

Always a pleasure to teach for Kim.

Lots of Progress in Camden Class

Lots of borders being added in class at The Stitchers Cupboard this week.

Here is Sharon's wonderful jewel coloured "Hartfield" with the scroll borders and elongated hexagon borders being added!

This is Kerry's stunning bright purple and pink version.  Also with two hexagon borders added.  Wow!

Christine was working on "Netherfield", adding lots more completed borders.  It is lovely.

Chris is just starting her "Netherfield".  Here is her centre block.

Maryse was adding borders to "Lambton".

Karol at Richmond was also working on Lambton.  Here is her gorgeous centre and two of the blocks.

Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Lovely work at Patchwork Plus, Miranda

The ladies at Miranda are doing some lovely work.

Here is Roh holding up her gorgeous "Longbourne" centre.

Now she is working on the elongated hexagon/square frames.  These are her corner blocks.

These are her long borders.

Jenny is making progress on her soft pretty version of "Pemberley".  Here is her centre.

Pauline was choosing fabrics for the next couple of borders on "Hartfield".

Great work ladies.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Jane Austen Whitecroft Tour 2019

I have pre-release information about the next wonderful Whitecroft Jane Austen tour, which will take place 1 - 11 September 2019.  There is a tab at the top of my blog page to link you to the Whitecroft website.  Their website is currently under redesign and will be launched with the full information about the tour soon.  You can request a full itinerary now and submit an expression of interest before it goes online by emailing here.

I have been privileged to accompany two of these amazing tours and I am very excited to be joining the third tour with Helen Bertram and Jane Tapley.

The itinerary includes many gorgeous locations associated with The Life and Times of Jane Austen.  You do not have to be an Austen fanatic to enjoy this bespoke tour, however. If you are interested in textiles, history, architecture, art, literature, embroidery, fashion, food, scenery and great company, you will not be disappointed.  We have had a couple of gentlemen on tour and they have also enjoyed it very much.

Here are some my memorable highlights from previous tours.

Of course seeing the Jane Austen quilt on display in her home at Chawton.

Winchester Cathedral, final resting place of Jane Austen.

Montacute, with its magnificent gardens and collection of samplers.

Chavenage, filming location for the recent Poldark series.

Stunning Sudeley Castle with fabulous gardens and collections of treasures.

Chawton House Library, closely connected to the Austen family and now a repository for the works of female authors.

The delightful village of Lacock, film set for many historic productions.

A visit to the amazing medieval cathedral at Wells to see the incredible stone carvings and the ecclesiastical tapestries and vestments.

We will stay in the magnificent Georgian city of Bath for ten nights.

We will have a delightful lunch in the Pump Rooms.

We will visit the beautiful Fashion Museum which displays exquisite historic garments on life size models.

We will tour stunning Number 1 Royal Crescent to see how the wealthy (and their servants) lived in Georgian England.

We will visit the gorgeous American Museum in Bath to see their extensive collection of antique quilts and furniture.

I will also conduct a one day workshop to learn some of my hand appliqué techniques.

Our final evening features an exclusive tour and dinner in the famous Roman Baths.

Looking back over all my photos fills me with wonderful memories and excitement for the next tour.

If you would like a copy of the detailed itinerary please email me here or contact Helen Bertram at Whitecroft Traditional Tours.