Friday, 29 June 2018

Stunning Class Work

I am so proud of my students and the beautiful work they are producing.  What a great job I have.

Class at Post Office Patchwork in Glenbrook revealed lots of progress on various Jane Austen quilt projects.

Kerry stitched the blue wavy border on to her “Pemberley” Centre.  This border adds lots of colour and interest.
But I understand she is over the little circles.  Lol.

Jeanette was working on the corner pot blocks for her “Pemberley”.  Lovely work.

This is Pauline’s beautiful centre for “Highbury”.  Check out the leaves.

Margaret has completed the appliqué for her “Longbourne” in soft, pretty colours.

She is now working on the hexagon border.

In class at The Stitchers Cupboard in Camden, Karen was trimming blocks, ready to attach to the centre of “Hartfield”.

Gorgeous work in pink and red.

Jan completed a bright version of “Charlotte”.  Lovely.

Next, Jan made a start on my “Ode to the Rose” design.  Absolutely stunning.

Well done ladies.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Class at Jukejema Quilting Barn, Nowra

I had a lovely day with the ladies in class at Nowra on Saturday.

Great to have a laugh while sewing, all good therapy.

Lovely work on the centre for “Highbury” by Shirley. 

Work in progress by Robyn.

Sue had made heaps of foundation pieced rings for her “Spikes and Specks” quilt.

We put together one of the blocks.  Looks great.  Chrissy was also making rings but no photos!

Denise brought in her beautiful “Longbourne” made in fresh Tilda fabrics.  Looks fabulous, and beautiful work.

Lovely detail in the cornerstone blocks.

I am making the finishing touches on next year’s Jane Austen quilt, “Donwell Abbey”.  Very excited with how it is looking.
Very nearly finished and then off to Melbourne for Helen Hayes to quilt it for me.  Yay!

Saturday, 23 June 2018

More from the Sydney Quilt Show

I have had so many enjoying my report from the Sydney Quilt Show (see previous post), that I thought I would show you some more of my favourites.

This gorgeous quilt by Narelle Birchall stood out to me. Love the colours and beautiful workmanship.

Another quilt by Susanne Cody with amazing fussy cutting.

This beautiful quilt by Liz Bonner was inspired by the same antique British quilt which inspired my “Pemberley” design.

Great hexagons and quilting by Lorena Uriarte and Katherine Jones.

Lovely appliqué by Jenny Rofe.

I loved this star quilt by Deborah Laurie, all hand quilted as well.

There was a special exhibit of Bob James’ amazing work.  I loved this indigo one with all the Borro quilting.  Must try that!

And this one by Bob James was made of quarter inch wide strips.  Wow.

Going to the Quilt Show is always so inspirational.  It is fabulous to see all the imagination, creativity and detail Quilters put into their work.  All Quilters have a special bond.

Hope you enjoyed the Show from my perspective.

Friday, 22 June 2018

My Day at the Sydney Quilt Show

It is always a great day out at the Sydney Quilt Show organised by QuiltNSW at the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre,  meeting up with friends, colleagues and students and a bit of shopping.

Great fun to see the hoop display at the entrance to the quilts.  Here is mine.

I had two quilts hanging in the Show this year.  The first is “Highbury”, the 9th quilt in the Jane Austen Quilt Collection.  
The beautiful quilting by Helen Hayes really showed up well in the lighting.

My other quilt was made for the special “Southern Stars” theme category in the Show.  
It is called “Desert to Sea” and is completely machine pieced using my paper foundation piecing techniques.

Now here are some of my favourites from the Show.  I have a photo of the quilt and then a photo of the quilt label so all of the makers are identified and acknowledged as per the photography rules governing the Show.

There were many contemporary, modern and art quilts on display, including the fabulous Best of Show winner Jenny Bowker.
I had the privilege to stand by this quilt during my volunteer duty and was able to listen to Jenny talking about the extraordinary journey she took in making this dramatic quilt.  More information about this quilt can be found on Jenny’s blog here.

My dear friend Deborah Louie was awarded two ribbons for her quilt called “Shattered Squares”.

 Catherine Butterworth never disappoints, amazing colours and quilting.

Sarah Fielke quoted Jane Austen.

Sorry this is blurry.

Of course I always love the traditional quilts, especially those with English paper piecing.

This star one by Marty Syrett was beautifully made and hand quilted.

This hexagon quilt by Kathleen Davey was very striking and clever.

This quilt by Susanne Cody, also with hexagons, was very beautiful.  Great fabrics.

There was a magnificent Auntie Green’s Coverlet by Gerri Johns which was just amazing.

Check out this amazing quilt by Dianne Johnstone, all bias strips and hand quilting.

Check this out.  It is so small.  Fabulous quilting by Linda Crouch.

Hope you have enjoyed the Show as much as I did.