Sunday, 22 July 2018

Recent Class Work

I have seen some lovely class work recently.

Some ladies have returned to finish their appliqué on “Rosings”.  It is always exciting to see my quilts in different colour ways.

This one is by Lesley on a dark brown background.

Kelly has been working on her version during the school holidays. Lovely pinks and blues on a black background.

Jan has finished hers, lots of pink and red on a grey background.

Roh started her “Spikes and Specks” quilt at Lyn’s Fine Needlework in Baulkham Hills.  
She is using fresh, spring colours.  She is also using my new colour pattern booklet.

At The Stitchers Cupboard, Jan has completed the hand stitching on her first block for “Ode to the Rose”.

Jenny is doing some amazing fussy cutting on her “Hartfield” blocks.

Kerrie has made lots of progress on a beautiful “Highbury” in pinks and browns.

Chris is making a very beautiful version of my medallion quilt called “Netherfield”.

Jennie brought in her gorgeous completed “Hunsford”, quilted by Katy Law of Nutmeg Quilting.

Jennie is now working on a stunning “Highbury”.  Love the bows.

Julie is making what we call a yaya version of “Highbury”.  Lol.

And what about me?  I got back to a pretty machine pieced/appliquéd medallion I have been working on.

Happy stitching everyone.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

New Pattern Release: Miss Lucas’ Star Satchel

I have been busy sewing some new projects.

Here is a lovely Satchel I have completed recently.  I have called it Miss Lucas’ Star Satchel (thanks for the name idea Sharon).
For Jane Austen fans, you will remember Charlotte Lucas agreed to marry the insufferable Mr Collins.

The Satchel will fit an A4 size plastic folder or pattern booklet plus other equipment. Everything can be stowed away safely as the Satchel has a zipper closure.  A side handle makes it easier to carry.

I used bag batting in the Satchel to give it a firm foundation and to keep the contents flat.

I have made a matching needle case with wool felt for needles and pockets inside. A magnetic fastener keeps the case closed.

The little stars are paper foundation pieced and finish at 2 inches square.  Very cute.

The comprehensive pattern, including enough copies of the foundation patterns, is now available on the online store on my website here.
I am very proud of my patterns.  They take me a long time to write up but I like them to be very detailed and easy to follow.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Introducing “Donwell Abbey”

I am delighted to reveal my brand new quilt, the tenth in my Jane Austen Quilt Collection, called “Donwell Abbey”.

This is the centre, featuring lots of fussy cut scallops, Dresdens and circles.

The quilt has lots of English paper piecing and hand appliqué in bold colours of red, black, gold and a touch of blue.

I have really enjoyed making this quilt.  I am definitely a fan of the colour red and think it comes to life against the black and gold.

I began the quilt over two years ago and am thrilled to now finish it.  It will soon be sent to the lovely Helen Hayes in Melbourne for quilting.

Over the past year, I have given lots of hints about this quilt and taken several style shots along the way.  Here they are.

Now you can piece them all together.  

This will be my major teaching piece for 2019.  Classes are already filling.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Another Busy Week of Classes

Lots happening in class this week with my three monthly classes at Hobbysew Kings Park and my new class starting at Post Office Patchwork, Glenbrook on Friday.

This is the centre for “Netherfield” by Pauline.  Just lovely.

Caroline has made a great job of her “Lambton” Centre since we met at the Blackheath Anne Sommerlad retreat.  Stunning work.

Rhonda began piecing blocks for her “Henrietta” quilt.

At Hobbysew, Rae has done some lovely work on her “Lambton” Centre.  Love the hexies.

The tiny hexagons for Suzanne’s “Hartfield” are now in place.  Lovely!

Wendy has finished three amazing compass blocks for “The Way Ahead”.  Wow!

Gorgeous work by Sharon on her “Spikes and Specks”, joining it all together!!!

Jill has completed the appliqué on her beautiful “D’Arcy” cushion.  Love it.  The pattern and kit of templates are available on my website.