Thursday, January 11, 2018


Lots has happened since I came home from Houston in November...
At our last QuiltNSW meeting for 2017 our raffle quilt for the 2018 show was revealed.
A gorgeous reproduction of the antique Australian Frederica Josephson quilt made by the Quilt Study Group. A cornucopia of fabrics with different pieced hexagons. You must come to the show in June and see it in  the flesh!

And suddenly it was Xmas!
Such a funny family day. Little Harper got a karaoke set and we gave it a workout. Hilarious!
The trifle was pretty good too!

Lots of pool and beach days - it's been such a stinker of a summer around Sydney.
The grandkids love the water and are swimming so well for littlies. 

A recent highlight was the launching of the Blue Mountains Quilters group.
We had our first get together at Lawson with over 60 attendees!

Its a quilting group for anyone interested, not just Blue Mountains residents. We meet on the first Saturday of each month at Lawson Community Centre. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up with all the latest news.

And I've had some sewing time too. A recent finish - the poinsettia block and some more adventurous free-form curves.

I also have a project in the latest issue of Quilters Companion magazine, #89. Rising Sun is a great scrap buster and the blocks are a whopping 23" square so you'll get a big quilt quickly.
Go check it out.

I added some ric rac to the binding for a bit of interest.

This is my goal this year. Harper turns 6 in May and I think we'll have some fun with these!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Houston tour

I had the privilege to lead a tour of 35 quilters to the US, ending up at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. And boy what a trip it was!
On the long haul to get there we spent a while in Denver airport - these signs are on every bathroom.

Then to Missouri where we had two days at Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton. The town is pretty much quilt shops all owned and run by the Doan family. Lots of shopping and mailing home from the girls!

A chance visit to the Pony Express Museum - really interesting place if you're ever in St Joseph.
Chillicothe for murals and antique stores and a quilt shop visit in Cameron. There were lots of those on the tour!

One night in our hotel was a sit-and-sew to complete the project I gave the girls. A nice little thread catcher basket made with pentagons.

Next stop, Chicago. Wow what a city! Freezing cold but that didn't stop us. City tour, Frank Lloyd Wright's house and a visit to the Modern Quilt Studio of Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle. Fantastic display of their quilts and a bit of shopping too! Plus a visit to the 96th floor of the Hancock building.

A definite change in temp when we got to Houston - hot and steamy. We were a 10 minute walk from the Convention centre but these bike things were very popular.

Art around the city

We stayed at the Magnolia Hotel - great place

I had time to do a class with Jane Sassaman. Lots of ideas for future projects.

 With nearly 500 shops there was a lot of variety and some pretty good displays

Two days at the show and we were of to the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange. These  murals are on the side of the building in a lovely garden setting.

Houston is a big city with lots of homeless people around. We were there for the Astros' win of the baseball World Series and the city went crazy for two days. Partying and a big parade that gridlocked the streets for hours.

Farewell dinner then home - here is our tour manager Lyn on the left and Helen from Michelle Marvig's group on the right.
Goodbye Houston and the Magnolia - we had a blast!

Dorrigo and Christchurch

I haven't blogged for ages but I have been busy!
September saw me at Misty Mountains Getaway in Dorrigo with some very famous tutors...
happy hour with Chris Timmins, Karen Styles, Kathy Doughty and Wendy Nutt and Wendy Williams

We tackled String Stars and Strippy Sampler - great fabric combos all round.

We even had KP duties each night!

Then off to Christchurch in New Zealand for Symposium. 50+ tutors from around the world and it was great!

I taught Pickled Fish and Strippy Sampler again...

but Blogger is not behaving with photos the wrong way round!

 Next post is my Quilters Companion tour to Houston!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pics from a few recent classes to start...
Sue's getting there with her String Stars top. The grey border sets the centre off perfectly.

And Christine has started binding her Dots blocks. All the same stripe will look fab.

I had a QuiltNSW workshop at Hazelhurst Gallery where ten eager students stated on the Strippy Sampler. Great results over two Sundays and what a nice venue.

Springwood Quilt Show committee had a lovely lunch at Bygone Beautys in Leura recently to hand over a cheque for $10K to our local RFS. Proceeds from our quilt show in April. A great effort by all involved in the show!

Here's the carpet in the restaurant which also houses a massive collection of teapots and tea paraphernalia. Amazing!

More students' work - Dale's Emperors Wheel just needing a couple of borders.

And Lisa has made a start on Snowball Circle which is such a good quilt to showcase large prints and fussy cutting.

Then it was off to Belinda's Thelma's Cottage in Orange for a day playing with old linen.
Bring your tablecloth of serviette and fill in all those blank spaces. Diamonds, hexies, dresdens - you name it we had it.

Plus some broderie perse - this was from a beautiful piece of vintage fabric that had that Liberty look.
Modern hexies...

... to more traditional ones. Gorgeous!

And I even snuck in some sewing time for myself. A new project from an old block...
And some FMQ'ing on a table centre.

Only 5 weeks til Symposium on New Zealand and 7 weeks til we head off to the US and Houston. Hope it's all dry by then!