Friday, 25 October 2019

The Galong Patchwork Weekend

I recently had the pleasure of teaching my “Longbourne” quilt at a wonderful retreat in rural New South Wales at Galong.


Galong is north west of Yass.  Here it is on the map, for my international readers!
270km, about three hours drive from home.



This is the beautiful tree lined avenue on the driveway to the venue.


The beautiful historic buildings of the St Clements conference and Retreat Centre.




Also, lovely gardens despite the drought conditions here.




I taught a delightful group of 12 ladies lots of my EPP and hand appliqué techniques over a very busy two day period.
Here is some of the class at show and tell at the end of the weekend.


Ilse had fun working on her blocks for “Aussie Sue”.






I was thrilled to see three of my quilt designs represented at the Saturday night show and tell.

“Hartfield” by Lesley.





“Pemberley” by Fay.


“Lambton” by Maggie.


Here are some close ups of this beautiful “Lambton”.







Fellow tutors showed their students work at the conclusion of the retreat.

Here is Catherine Butterworth who was teaching a detailed feathered star quilt.




Chris Timmins was teaching her beautiful bargello designs.


Deborah helped ladies on their UFOs.


Jan Clarke taught fabulous machine free motion stitching to create little blue wrens.



It was a fabulous weekend, very busy, went way too fast.  Lots of laughing, eating, sewing and friendship.

I will be back in 2021!  Thank you to everyone who helped organise this event, Lesley,  Deborah, Janet and the whole Committee.




Saturday, 28 September 2019

All in the Detail - Speaking to the Southern Highlands Quilters Guild

I spent a lovely morning speaking to the ladies of the Southern Highlands Quilters Guild about my use of colour in quilts.


I showed a PowerPoint presentation of how I choose the colour scheme for a new quilt, with lots of photos of my work.


And then a show and tell of the real quilts.

















Thank you for having me, ladies.  I will be teaching a series of workshops for the Guild next year, concentrating on my English paper piecing and hand appliqué techniques on three of the Jane Austen quilts.


Masterpieces in Progress

It is very fulfilling to see a magnificent piece of work come from my classes.  This is a masterpiece.
This is Lyn’s version of my “Highbury” design, now beautifully quilted by Katy Law of Nutmeg Quilting.






How absolutely breathtaking!






Here is a look at the back which shows all of Katy’s exquisite quilting. Wow!


Here are some more fabulous quilts coming together in class.
“Hartfield” by Margaret.




“Donwell Abbey” by Robyn.




“Longbourne” by Margaret at Post Office Patchwork.


“Pemberley” Centre by Irene.


“Highbury” Centre by Julie.





Congratulations ladies on this beautiful work!