Thursday, 31 May 2018

A Quiet Week

With not as many classes at the end of the month, I have had a chance to work on quilts and catch up a bit.

I was thrilled to receive a new quilt back from Belinda Betts of Eucalypt Ridge Quilting in Orange who always does a stunning job on quilting my quilts. This one is called “Desert to Sea” and is entered in the Southern Stars special category at this year’s QuiltNSW Sydney Quilt Show.  

Again, breath taking quilting.  Thank you Belinda!

Finally, I have made the finishing touches to both of my Show quilts, the labels.  Very important, I know, but always the last hurdle to finish a quilt.

I am in full production mode to complete the final appliqué borders on my next Jane Austen quilt called “Donwell Abbey”.  Lots of appliqué stems, flowers and leaves to go.

I had a lovely class down at Jukejema Quilting Barn in Nowra.  The ladies were all starting new quilts so not a lot to show you yet but Robyn brought in her stunning centre for “Hartfield”, began in class last year.

I have received this lovely photo from a group of ladies who attended my workshop for The Quilting Room in Adelaide in February.  They got together for a retreat and all completed the centre medallion of their “Pemberley” quilts.  Wow, they are all gorgeous.  Go girls!

Here is the lovely work April has done on her “Cordelia” cushion in class at The Stitchers Cupboard.

Natalie has added lots of her beautiful fussy cut flowers and leaves to her “Highbury” Centre.  It is gorgeous.

Back to appliqué for me.  Stay warm everyone.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Post Office Patchwork Classes

I always have a lovely day up at Glenbrook for my Wednesday monthly class at Post Office Patchwork.
All the ladies are achieving wonderful results with their stitching.

Pauline has started work on her “Highbury”. She intends to use reds, pinks and greens.

Margaret made a beautiful “Lambton” last year and is now working on “Longbourne” in pastel shades.

Lovely work.

Janette has made great progress on a beautiful version of “Lambton”.  Love her colour sense.

Janette is now working on her outside blocks.  Just superb.

The patterns and template kits for both “Longbourne” and “Lambton” are available on my website here.

I am starting a second monthly class at Post Office Patchwork on the first Friday of the month.
First class will be 6 July, 2018.  Please phone Judy for more details.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Lovely Stitching from Class

Lots more happening in classes this week at The Stitchers Cupboard.

Chris used my Sampler Block book and some lovely fabrics she bought in Paris to make a gorgeous table runner for her dining room table.
Love the colours, very modern.

Maryse has made lots of progress on her navy blue and red version of  “Hunsford” for her son.  Beautiful fussy cutting.

We pieced the dogtooth border around her centre block.  Looks stunning.

Chris made progress on her beautiful “Netherfield”.  Love the colours.

Jenny is making some beautiful Dresden flowers for her pastel “Pemberley”.  Lovely.

Colleen pieced together her amazing “Lambton” in brighter shades of pink and teal.  Wow!

Here is a selection of delightful and very pretty English paper piecing by Natalie for “Highbury”.

I am in full production mode to finish the next quilt for my Jane Austen Quilt Collection called “Donwell Abbey”.
This may not look exciting now, but stay tuned.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Beautiful Quilts in the Making

It is so wonderful to see my students enjoying their stitching.  I love sharing my designs and techniques so that everyone can experience the pleasure and stress relief of hand stitching.  Several classes at The Stitchers Cupboard last week revealed beautiful results.

This is a stunning version of “Highbury” being made by Pam.  
She loves soft, pastel shades and obviously is rather fond of pink.

Beautiful work!

Here are some more versions of the same quilt.  It is great to see all the different interpretations of the one design.

The first one is by Jenny.

This is by Lyn, fabulous work with teal and gold bows.

This one is by Jennie from beautiful reproductions.

This one is by Narelle in 1930s vintage florals.  Just lovely!

Another Jenny was working on sewing her lovely “Hartfield” pieces together.  Love it.

Robyn has almost finished her jewel toned version  of “Netherfield”.  This is stunning.  
It is the second quilt I made in my Jane Austen collection, a combination of hand appliqué and machine piecing.

Close up of the centre.

What have I been sewing?  I am behind on my deadline for the next Jane Austen quilt, to be called “Donwell Abbey”.  
He is a glimpse.  I have been able to binge watch all the seasons of “A Place to Call Home”.  So much fun and filmed in my area.