Saturday, September 24, 2016

Harrington workshops

Four full days of workshops in Harrington recently and I was a bit weary!
NYB blocks and Mariners Compasses were on the agenda for both groups with two days each in the local community centre. 
So many ways to lay out these fabulous blocks. 
A combination of both projects. 
Compasses were in all styles as you can see below. They look happy don't they!
Harrington is such a lovely seaside village and Pam and the girls made me feel so welcome. I'd go back in a flash. 
The teaching year is slowly coming to a close with only two more away gigs for me this year. Spring is all around us here in the Blue Mountains and we must make the most of it before the horrible heat of summer. The garden is bursting out all over. 
Just before I went to Harrington my friend Ann and I held a weekend retreat at a local venue. 
My workshop was a wonky pickle dish while Ann's was a great bag. I didn't seem to get any bag pics tho!
Some blocks from the weekend and my quilt they were based on below. Good fun all round!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Adelaide etc.

Part,of my time off recently was four days of classes at the AMQF, as a student on a domestic machine. What a great festival. Four of us rented a house and soaked up all the quilty happenings. 

The festival included a quilt show and my Go Girl quilt was placed third, in the Small Innovative section. Amazing quilting by Leanne Harvey from Mt Vincent Quilts

My buddy Ann's William Morris quilt won first in the Novice section with great quilting by Kyeen McPherson. Out of our group of four, two were prize winners. Not bad!

Kellie joined me in Bethann Nemesh's class on feathers. That's a look of terror!

Loved Bethann's version of feathering. I'll definitely use this in the future. 
The festival is on every two years and is a great effort by Tracey Browning and the festival committee. It's on my calendar for 2018. 

Good looking Scrap Happy blocks from Liz via Snake Gully quilters. 

And the start of our raffle quilt for next years Springwood Quilt show. 20 x 9" blocks with lots,of tiny hexagons. Designed by Anne Sommerlad with an oriental theme. Follow the link to see more blocks as they appear.

Haven't kids birthday parties changed! This is my granddaughter at her friend's 4th birthday. Apparently it was a blast with lots of hand/eye coordination required. I'm surprised they made safety harnesses that small! Such a little warrior.

On my design wall at the moment. A full pic soon. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Holidays are to be treasured! I've taken the month of August off from teaching and spent a few days in Vanuatu. What a relaxing and beautiful place. 
We swam, read heaps, went sailing, ate too much and rested a lot. 

We stayed in one of these and listened to the water so close at night. 
Great views from Iririki Resort's several pools. 
Our friendly crew on a visit to a turtle sanctuary. 

A sunset cruise topped it off.  
It's a beautiful country/group,of islands and the locals are so friendly. 
But they are so poor and still rebuilding after cyclone Pam last year. We had no problem spending to help out the economy which pretty much relies on tourism. 
Now for some more relaxing at home! 
Only until next week when I'm off to adelaide for the Australian Machine Quilting Festival where I'll be a student for a change in four "working with rulers"classes. 
If you'll be there too let me know and we can catch up.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Always busy!

Supernova blocks from my Tocal workshop. So different!
Last weekend I travelled to the Hunter Valley for  a weekend workshop for Busy Needles patchwork shop in Singleton. We stayed at Tocal which is an Ag college just outside Maitland in a beautiful rural setting. 

There were a few different projects happening - NYBs, 30s Wheels with lovely embroidered centres ...
A few hints of what to expect for the two days!
Thanks Janet for inviting me. 
Below is Jennie's Scrap HPpy for her sister. The blue in the quilt is denim from their dads jeans. And the centres are Jennie's embroideries all about sisterly love. It is a beautiful present for a significant birthday. 

Susan had a finish the same day. Her Sunflower quilt top with the perfect border. She's not a fan of hand piecing but has done a great job!
Then it all happened this week! I filmed another DVD for Quilters Companion magazine. A bit nervous to start with but the crew is so lovely and normal and Clare is delightful. The whole hair-and-makeup thing doesn't agree with me but we soldiered on and it was  great day. The proof will be in the viewing won't it. I hope you like it!

This is a block from the quilt. And Clare called it "a psychedelic set" so there's lots of colour. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Grenfell workshop

This greeted me on arrival in Grenfell last weekend for a two day workshop. Undoubtedly the best accommodation I've stayed in for work! I did my best to cope!
Morning tea was to die for on both days!
Then bubbles at lunch! It didn't seem to affect the sewing but I'm sure the girls relaxed a bit after lunch. 
We worked on Lots,of Dots and Jacobean Star with great concentration from all the girls. 
So many variations of the same block created lots of discussion during the day. 

I must thank Keryl from Fabric Sauce for inviting me to Grenfell. She thought of everything possible to make my stay so enjoyable. I'd be back in a flash for such amazing country hospitality!
My next weekend away is back to the bush with two days at Tocal college in the Hunter for the Busy Needles shop in Singleton. Looking forward to it!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Sydney Quilt Show

My two quilts entered into Sydney Quilt Show held recently. String Stars below received a Judges Commendation! I was very surprised as it was a last minute entry and not very prize-worthy I thought. That's the fun of quilt shows. You never know what the judges will like on the day. 

The wonderful surprise from the show is Rachaeldaisy winning 1st in Mixed Techniques and then Best of Show! Her cheer squad was on the sidelines and we were so happy for her. Especially that she's won a Bernina 720 machine!
The other surprise on the day was that our Springwood Quilt Show raffle quilt won 1st in the Group category. What a day it was! So exciting. 
QuiltNSW arranged a brilliant hoop display at the entrance to the show showing lots of members' work. It received great feedback and there are more hoops in the pipeline. That's mine below. 
A few pics of friends taken at the show. Top row L to R Rachael's taken by surprise with her win.  Chris Timmins and Sue Flego - Sue came over from NZ for the show and won the Best Traditional category with her Nearly Insane quilt. Bottom row it's a bit hard to see but Amanda Daly, QuiltNSW president and Susan Power were dressed nearly the samešŸ˜‚ and my good friend Pam receiving her Judges Commendation for her Strippy Sampler quilt. So good to catch up with so many friends over the four days I was on the Membership Desk. 
Done and dusted til next year when we go back to Darling Harbour and the show's over four days instead of five. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy campers again!

I've just come back from our twice annual quilt camp and what a fun time we had. Lots of creativity happening over the two days as you can see...

My effort was to play around with these lantern blocks. I'm recycling small blocks, some vintage, from other projects as the centres. I'm liking the look already.
 Natasha has finished her NYB quilt - wow. So many different blues and creams.

And the highlight for our family recently was my brother's marriage to the gorgeous Maureen. He didn't even make this fabulous pic but there we all are. I hope she can keep up!