Monday, 30 October 2017

Quilting Retreat 2 - 4 March 2018

I will be holding another quilting retreat with Amanada Daly at the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy in Kurri Kurri from 2 to 4 March, 2018.

I will be teaching all of my English paper piecing and hand appliqué techniques.

Each student will receive the full pattern and paper and cutting template kit to make my Jane Austen quilt called “Longbourne”.

If you would like more information, please email me on and I will send you the brochure.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Jukejema Quilting Barn Saturday Class

Some fabulous work happening in Nowra Class yesterday.

Lyn was making great progress on her gorgeous red version of “Wentworth”.  I love her hedge shapes cut from a French General border fabric.

Sue has done lots of her “Wentworth” in blue and orange, one of my favourite colour combinations.

Denise and I glued her big hexagon border on to her lovely “Longbourne” Centre in Tilda fabrics.

Michelle has made lots of progress on her bright and beautiful “Pemberley”.

Sandra has made all the blocks for her “Pennsylvania” quilt.  They look gorgeous in fabrics from her stash of reproductions.

This is one of my favourite quilt designs.  I have plans to release the pattern for sale soon.

Happy weekend stitching everyone!

Class Work This Week

I was straight back into classes this week at my various shops in Sydney.  Lots of progress was made on the different quilts my students are making.

First was class at Post Office Patchwork in Glenbrook.  Margaret was ready to sew the scallops on to her lovely “Lambton” Centre.

Tanya has been busy making the centre hexagon medallion for her bright “Meryton”.  Wow, the colours pop.

Judy was making the cornerstone blocks for “Wentworth”.  Looking really lovely.

Next class was Thursday sit and sew at The Stitchers Cupboard in Camden, always a fun class.  This is Julie’s absolutely stunning cornerstone for “Hartfield”.

Here are all four.  Love, love!

Glenda began sewing borders on to her “Hartfield”.  Fabulous!

This is Sharon’s cool block for her “Hartfield”.

This is the outside of Jan’s block for the same quilt.  What a difference the colours make!

A great finish for Barbara.  This is her lovely “Now and Zen”.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Last Instalment on my New Zealand Visit

I am now home safely from Auckland.  I had the best time in beautiful New Zealand.  Thank you to everyone I met who made me feel so welcome and a huge thank you to Robyn and Rachel for your generous hospitality.  It was great fun.

I thought I would finish up my report with some more show and tell of the amazing completed (mostly) work ladies brought in from classes on my previous visits.

While I did not see it in person, Lynda sent me a photo of her stunning “Spikes and Specks”.  She won a first prize ribbon in the “Member Made” section of her local quilt show.  Congratulations Lynda, it looks amazing.

I did get to see Karen’s beautiful “Spikes”. Love it Karen.

I tried some artistic style shots of  my original “Spikes and Specks” on the balcony overlooking Long Bay.  Very happy with how it looks.

Here is my Ashburton class from Annie’s Country Quilt Store holding up their blocks from class this trip.

Here are the Auckland girls where I taught for Patchwork Passion.

Trevena showed me her gorgeous centre for “Longbourne”.  Very soft colours.

Now to Auckland to some fabulous quilts.  This is Cindy’s stunning version of “Lambton”.  Love it and the great quilting by Leeanne Hopper of Quiltmekiwi.

Then two amazing, totally different “Pemberleys”. The first one is by Joy in soft colours with some Japanese wovens.  Quilted by Susan Trendall.

Next, this is Philippa’s stunning red “Pemberley”.  You probably all know red is my favourite colour.  Wow!  Also beautifully quilted by Susan Trendall.

Here is Robyn holding up her beautiful centre for “Pemberley”, started last time and lots of progress was made this time.

It was beautiful to watch the weather and different light at different times of the day on the waters of Long Bay.  We arrived to this view on Thursday.

But mostly it looked like this with lots of cloud.

Back to reality now of washing, cleaning and cooking.  Until next time, happy stitching!