Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Post Office Patchwork Monthly Class

So much beautiful stitching being achieved in class at Post Office Patchwork in Glenbrook.

Here is a stunning collection of beautiful “Pemberley” blocks, made by Pauline.

I love her choice of fabric and colour.  Just gorgeous.

Margaret has completed all of the blocks for her delightful “Lambton” in very pretty tones of teal, pink and brown.
They are now joined to her centre, just the final border to go on.

Stunning centre.

Another fabulous “Lambton” Centre by Janette.  I love the green.

Judy was working on the paper foundation pieced blocks for “Spikes and Specks”.  Yum.

So much fun to see all of this beautiful work.

Classes This Week

Another busy week for me, travelling and teaching.

Glynne has made lots of progress on her beautiful centre for “Highbury”.  Hi Glynne.

Sharon received her spectacular “Henrietta” back from Sarah Lennon of Temora Quilting.

This is an amazing quilt.  I love the colours and Sarah has done a fabulous job of the quilting.
Sharon also did a beautiful job of the appliqué border, all hand stitched! So proud of her.

Jenny has also made progress on her stunning jewel toned “Hartfield” on a black background.  Wow!

I travelled to Melbourne last weekend to teach a group of very funny women over a three day class.

This is Ro showing us progress on her “Lambton” Centre begun in class at Castlemaine last year.

The ladies have now started on “Hartfield”.

Jenny was working on flowers for “Wentworth”.  Lovely.

Thanks girls, I had a fabulous time.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Jane Austen Community Story Quilt

I am so honoured and delighted to have my work included in a wonderful project organised by the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton, United Kingdom.

The Jane Austen Community Story Quilt was unveiled in an event at the Learning Centre of the Museum on Saturday, 10 March. 

I have highlighted the position of my nine inch block, in the top row, second from the left.

I was asked to represent the houses in Jane Austen’s novels.  This had special significance for me, as all of the quilts in my Jane Austen Quilt Collection are named after these houses in “Pride and Prejudice” and now in “Emma”.

You may recognise the names of some of my quilts embroidered around my appliqué Regency style house.

All of the blocks were made by Jane Austen fans and groups from around the United Kingdom and the world.

The quilt is over 100” x 60” and contains 57 different blocks.

Each block is framed with plain blue sashings and simply quilted.  Many blocks are exquisitely detailed.

More details about the quilt can be found here.  

Thank you to Lucy Bailey, the Project Manager and the Museum for including me in this very special project.

Retreat in Blackheath

I had a great time teaching about 60 lovely ladies over the course of three days at the Anne Sommerlad retreat in Blackheath.  
The venue was great and the food supplied by the Blue Mountains Rotary Sunrise group was delicious.

Plenty of room for three separate teaching areas for myself, Deborah Louie and Anne Sommerlad.

Here is Deborah’s stall of patterns displaying her work.

Anne’s display of patterns.  Very professional!

Here is my display.  All these patterns are available from my website.

Here I am demonstrating to one of my classes.  Many ladies had never tried English paper piecing so I was happy to share all my techniques.  
I think I might have made some converts!

The Community Hall was located in a beautiful park.  Just touches of autumn leaves turning.

I found some amazing mushrooms.

Here are Lynne, Denise and Christine showing progress made on their “Granny’s Garden” Folder Cover.

Rotary provided all of the catering and proceeds from the raffles went to Libby Bleakley’s project in East Timor, The Timor Learning Centre which includes a Sewing Centre for the local women to learn new skills and make some money from their sewing. Great work everyone.

My thanks to Anne Sommerlad for inviting me to teach at this retreat.  I had a great time!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Start of the Triple Treat Retreat

I am teaching at a three day retreat in the beautiful Blue Mountains town of Blackheath.  Organised by Anne Sommerlad, I am teaching with Anne and Deborah Louie.

I set up a stall of my work to showcase my patterns and template kits.

Cordelia cushion and Carlisle Sewing Ensemble.

Lambton quilt and D’Arcy Cushion.

Longbourne in the background.

Pemberley and Sheherazade Table Runner.

Shirley Sewing Set And Spikes and Specks

This was the production line of putting together the 70 kits required for my teaching project.  
Thanks to Sharon, Jan, Glenda and Julie for doing this for me.

Here is my “Granny’s Garden” Folder Cover Project everyone is making.

Lots of activity happening in the Community Hall.

More tomorrow.