Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Snake Gully and a give away

Snake Gully Quilters are a group of girls in and around Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley.
From memory this is my third year of travelling there for a weekend of fun and laughter with some sewing thrown in.
My gracious host Liz feeds and waters (read wine) me and I always come home with vegies or plants from her garden. A really lovely lady!
Rolling star blocks and Matiah with her Art Deco Lamp - she's 13 and a great little sewer!

Over the two days we were tackling my Rolling Star quilt and a circular table centre.
Table centres coming together

Show-and-tell from previous visits

 They are a very productive group with a fantastic sewing room and a great bunch a gals.
I'm booked in again for next year too.
Now for the give away as it's my 251st post. Who would have thought I'd get this far. I'm finding it hard to make the time lately to post here when Facebook is so quick and instant.
I'm giving away my original circular table centre taught at Snake Gully.
It measures 30" across and was foundation pieced and machine quilted.
It has giant ric rac around the outside edge and is made from a French General range of fabric.

To enter please leave me a comment - Australia only for postage reasons - and I'll select a winner next Monday.
Wish me luck for Saturday. My darling son is getting married and I'm to walk the 2 1/2 year old flower girl (my granddaughter) down the aisle before the bridesmaids. I'm pretty sure I'll be carrying her!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Need a gift?

This post is not sewing related at all but I just had to show you this...
My granddaughter's name is Harper and a good friend's daughter Sarah has made this for her.
It's all stickers carefully chosen for a little girl.

It even has her name on it!

And how did Sarah know her favourite toy is a giraffe! We have three of them all the same colour to cover any contingency.
It's on a canvas 10" x 12" and is absolutely beautiful.
If you need a gift for a child - or even an adult - Sarah will make to order.
Contact her here if you're interested.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Misty Mountains Getaway

I've just returned from four days teaching at the Misty Mountains Getaway in Dorrigo, just inland from Coffs harbour. I had a total of 26 students doing five different projects and had a wow of a time.
One group was working on the Noodle Box quilt-as-you-go

The one below had the most beautiful machine embroidery in the centre of each block and yes those are my toes.
 Another group was working on Winbourne

 While there were lots doing the Emperors Wheel quilt - more flying geese!

Here are the Emperors girls proudly showing their achievements.
The Getaway this year attracted 143 students over six days with six or seven tutors teaching all sorts of one and two day classes.
If you get the chance to go you should - quilters pretty much take over the town. I know the locals really appreciate it and the girls have a ball.
Show-and-tell and dinner out every night - it's great fun.
My next post will be number 250! so I'm thinking I'll have a giveaway to celebrate.
Stay tuned.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Camping again

Our annual Quilt Camp has just been and gone with two workshops happening over the weekend.
My project was this Southern Wheel block and there were some beauties in the room.
Tracey's beautiful "scalloped" edge using giant ric rac.


30 girls joined Ann Murray and me for a fun weekend. Great venue, great food and great friends! What more could you ask for.


Nearly there.
Auditioning ric rac,

The signs of a good weekend!

 Ann demonstrating her workshop on FMQ.
Ann's sample



Looking good

Sue's amazing soon-to-be cushion

Another Sue's fine effort
I think they all had a good time - I know Ann and I did!
Back to the real world today.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Back into it.

Last weekend saw me as a stall holder at Quilts on the Downs. My quilts were displayed all over the venue - thanks Heather for the opportunity!
There were five or six other traders with lots of goodies on offer.

This was the café area - yummy cakes etc.

Heather has a massive entertaining area - just perfect for the event.
 Her very large quilts made a great display hanging in the garden.

More of my quilts.

Even hanging on the front of the house!
Classes are back in full swing after my break. Next stop Dorrigo for the Misty Mountain Getaway!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Want a big day out?

Then come to Quilts on the Downs at Windsor Downs this Saturday and Sunday.
Run by Heather from Heathton Manor Creations blog it's sure to be a fun day.
Lots of quilts - 20 of mine - and around 70 from the Windsor Downs quilt group.
Trading tables - I'll be selling patterns and some linens - plus Marg Low, Patchwork Addiction and a host of others.
Refreshments available both days - all to benefit Staffy Rescue.
I donated the raffle quilt Deauville which was a featured project in Quilters Companion magazine.
You may remember it? It could be yours for the price of a ticket!
So come on over and say hi.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Big day out.

Today I had the pleasure of visiting one of my blogging friends from Norfolk in the UK. Cathy Daniel is a ceramic artist who among other things makes pottery with a "quilty" theme. She's just been invited by the Quilt Museum in York to make some pieces depicting the 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet which is the upcoming exhibit at the museum. The coverlet is the oldest dated quilt in the UK and the exhibit will be on from September to December. I'm sure it will be one of the major events at the museum for some time. Pity I'm leaving the country on 30th august!
These are some pics of the bowls Cathy has made as her interpretation of the coverlet. They are so beautiful and will go like hot cakes at the museum. She has taken a few blocks from the original quilt and added her own elements - the border, the threaded ties and a button on each one. 
We had a lovely afternoon with yummy cake and Cathy has given me the most amazing present. That will wait for a post of its own!
Cathy is about to be featured in two UK patchwork magazines - keep an eye out for them to,learn more about her work. She has a blog here and you can find her website here What a shame it's so far to post these beauties to Australia. Thanks Cathy for a great visit and get that kiln fired up soon!!