Missing in action!

Aug
2016
08

posted by on Birdie Bag and Zippy Purse, Classes @ Patch n Quilt, Classes @ Treehouse Textiles, Potty McDotty

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Yes I have been missing in action.  My last post was in May!  So much has happened since then ….. we’ll have a quick catch-up.

I’ve been very fortunate to have been invited to teach by wonderful hosts, guilds and groups.

Lenora from Elm Grove Quilting invited me back to teach clamshells.  This is by far my most successful workshop – it’s a fun, easy, quick way of producing a beautiful clamshell quilt.

The Sydney Quilt Show was another few days away from Melbourne.  I travelled up to Sydney with friends.  We stayed at the Ibis and caught the ferry to the show.  It was a great way to catch up with our Sydney friends and enjoy all the NSW shops, making stops at Quiltsmith, Material Obsession and Cottage Quiltworks (thanks Maree).

I was invited by a fabulous group of women to sew in Wonga Beach a couple of hours out of Cairns.  I’d never been there so was excited about the trip.  We joined Ruth Bloomfield for lunch at her beautiful home.  I had a fantastic fun few days staying with Lindsey and Ted at their beautiful home in Wonga Beach, just a hop, skip and jump from the beach.  There was lots of food, laughter, sewing, more food…..

Having lunch with Ruth

Lunch with Ruth

 

Workshop at Wonga Beach

Workshop at Wonga Beach – Ted making sure everything looked good!

 

wonga beach collage

 

Look how much they've achieved - MOSAICS

Look how much they’ve achieved – MOSAICS

 

July was another busy month with clamshell workshops at Treehouse Textiles – sorry no photos.

And another clamshell workshop with the Geelong Quilters on my birthday – thank you to all the girls who made my day so special and to Sue for my scrummy cake.  That was a very busy weekend as I left that night for Adelaide to teach at SA Quilt Encounter.  If you haven’t been to Quilt Encounter, check it out.  Next year they celebrate their 25th anniversary and have lots of special tutors including the Tentmakers of Cairo along with Jenny Bowker.  The Tentmakers will be offering five one day classes – not to be missed.  If I’m really good I might get invited to teach as well (fingers crossed).

Patch n Quilt is a shop that I like to refer to as my “local” – Mary is awesome (but don’t tell her I said so).  A group of quilters wanted to do a workshop with me and wanted a special project with birds.  So I came up with my Birdie Bag and Birdie Zippy Purse – I know….. not very original names – but they do look beautiful, if I say so myself.

Birdie Bag and Birdie Zippy Purse - both available for sale

Birdie Bag and Birdie Zippy Purse – both patterns available for sale

 

August is gearing up to be another busy month for me.  I think I should make a promise that I will update my blog more often.

I will be teaching in Brisbane at Peppermint Stitches on 27 and 28 August.  We will be doing Minerva, Spring Promise and Mosaics.

In September I will be with the Wagga Wagga Quilters on the 3 and 4 September, then at Cootamundra at Patchwork on Parker on 5 and 6 September  and finally in Albury at Avonleigh Country Quilting on 10 and 11 September.

Hopefully I can catch up with some of you at one of my workshops.

I finally also completed  sewing my new BOM – Potty McDotty.  Its now at the quilters.  Once that comes back its photos, patterns etc.  I will be offering this as a BOM with fabric with Patch n Quilt and just the pattern from me.  So look out for this sooooon…..

Happy stitching…

JOY pattern release

May
2016
26

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My latest pattern JOY is finally ready.  Size : 42 inches x 42 inches Cost is $25 plus postage.  Email me at blanckirene@gmail.com

Workshop in Geelong

Mar
2016
26

posted by on Birds Eye View, Joy Quilt, Minerva, Workshop in Geelong

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Come join me for a 2 day workshop with the Geelong Quilters on Sunday 22 May and Monday 23 May.  We’ve chosen 3 quilts:

JOY - not the best photo

JOY – not the best photo

Minerva

Minerva

Birds Eye View

Birds Eye View

To book into this workshop please contact Cheryl at workshop@geelongpatch.org.au

I am also the guest speaker at their Quilt-In on Saturday 21 May – I’ll be bringing 2 suitcases full of quilts!!!

See you there!

posted by on Birds Eye View, Clamshells, Minerva, Mosaics, NSW, Tulipa

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Janice – who belongs to The Applique Guild of Australia – organised a two day workshop in Henty, just out of Albury, NSW.

I drove up on Friday 4 March on a stinking hot day.  Had car trouble – and $400 later all was well!!

I stayed with Janice and her husband John in their beautiful home – wow… beautiful scenery for miles around – so unlike living in the city and it takes some getting used to – and of course I could get used to it very quickly! Thanks Janice and John for your hospitality – I felt very much at home!!

Saturday morning turned out to be another hot day but thankfully the hall was air-conditioned.  The workshop was at St Paul’s Lutheran Primary School.  Joanne part of the P&F Association organised all the meals for us – and they were yummy! So thanks to the mums who cooked and served the meals – and looked after us so well.

I’m posting this photo below for all my friends in Manchester, New Hampshire – this is what morning and afternoon tea looks like!

Yummy morning tea - this is just a sample of what we were served!

Yummy morning tea – this is just a sample of what we were served!

4 quilts were chosen – Birds Eye View, Minerva, Tulipa and Mosaics.  Two days of quilting with your quilting buddies – what more can you ask for?  And I get to have all the fun too!!!

Colleen, Heather, Anne, Victoria, Faye, Virginia, Sandra

Colleen, Heather and Anne, Victoria, Faye and Virginia, Sandra

Annette, Betty and Janice, Kristine

Annette, Betty and Janice, Kristine

Ruth, Joanne and Libby, Val and Johanne

Ruth, Joanne and Libby, Val and Johanne

Sunday turned out to be another hot hot day… again thank goodness for the air conditioners.  We spent Sunday afternoon on clamshells – a workshop that I really enjoy and get to see all the wonderful different combinations – sorry I forgot to take photos.

Lynne told us the wonderful story of having won the Victorian Quilters raffle quilt that was made by Margaret Mew, Jennifer Murray and myself a couple of years ago  –  and only looked at the label recently and realised that I would be doing the workshop in Henty and decided to come to it.  She brought in this beautiful quilt for show and tell.

Lynne with Amilie - the Victorian Quilters raffle quilt made by Margaret Mew, Jennifer Murray and myself.

Lynne with Amilie – the Victorian Quilters raffle quilt made by Margaret Mew, Jennifer Murray and myself.

Victoria brought in her absolutely stunning quilt – she started off wanting to do a Baltimore quilt and ended up with a Bollywood version.

Victoria's glorious quilt - i think named Bollywood Baltimore

Victoria’s glorious quilt – i think named Bollywood Baltimore

We did play one game – remember tearing up Mintie wrappers into long strips?  Well, we had what I’m sure is a record – 55 inches long by Ruth – well done Ruth.  The nearest to hers was 45 inches.

I LOVE teaching in country towns – I love the camaraderie between students, most have lived near each other for generations and know each other well.  The hospitality is wonderful as well – and I get to make many long lasting friendships.  I will definitely be back next year girls… and I want to see all those quilts finished!

Patterns for sale

Feb
2016
24

posted by on Birds Eye View, Minerva, Uncategorized

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Whew…. finally…. 2 new patterns for sale.  Contact me if you’d like to buy either.

Minerva - $20 plus postage

Minerva – $20 plus postage (Quilt measures 39 inches x 34 inches)

 

 

Birds Eye View - $25 plus postage

Birds Eye View – $25 plus postage (Quilt measures 56 inches x 45 inches)

posted by on Patch n Quilt

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I love working on new patterns – who doesn’t.  I was asked to come up with something small involving Birds!  Patch n Quilt is the shop that I will be running this private workshop at.  Of course, what better place to think, choose fabric, design and prep  – than the actual shop which has now become my “local” – less than half an hour drive.  So I spent an afternoon there in the gorgeous classroom with all my requirements including fabric – which I thought I’d brought enough of but of course I did make a “few” purchases – who could resist.

I’ve designed two bird patterns – one on a bag and one on a purse.  I’ll let you know how it all turns out.

Patch n Quilt shop

Patch n Quilt shop – and my messy work space

JOY – the quilt

Jan
2016
25

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I’ve just finished working on JOY – my latest quilt.  I had seen a quilt on the Sturbridge Museum website and wanted to use it as inspiration.  Of course when I finished JOY it was nothing at all like the original quilt – but that happens all the time when I design.  What i start off with is never what I finish with!  I’m working on the pattern – my least favourite part with designing  – and it should be ready probably end of February/early March.

JOY - not the best photo

JOY – not the best photo

Now onto my next 2 quilts!!

posted by on Birds Eye View, Classes at Material Obsession, Joy Quilt

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I will be teaching Birds Eye View at Material Obsession, 72 Roseby Street, Drummoyne on the weekend of 13 and 14 February.  You can book your spot online at: www.materialobsession.com.au

Birds Eye View

Birds Eye View

I have also been working on some new quilts. I decided to go with something bright and cheerful – and came up with this. It was supposed to be an interpretation of an antique quilt from the Sturbridge Museum, but of course by the time I finished it, it was completely different. I still have to sew all the pieces together but so far this is what I’ve done – I’m calling it Joy because its so bright and beautiful!

Joy

Joy

I love December/January as my day job slows down which gives me the opportunity of designing new quilts and catching up on those not yet completed. I am in the process of completing another new one and have my “newest” one down on paper – and I’m very excited about this one. It may be a block of the month – it has that potential… but we’ll see how it turns out. Oh yes, I forgot that I’ve also designed a hexagon quilt using 3/8 inch hexagons – which will be a carry-along project. That should take me to June – lol….

Hope you’ve had lots of sewing time during the holidays.

posted by on Auntie Greens Garden, Choc Mint Sundae, Confetti, Eva Grace, Melon Lime and Bitters, Uncategorized, Workshops - USA

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Next stop – Manchester, New Hampshire

I was invited by The Quilters Gathering to run three workshops – two one day classes – Eva Grace and Melon, Lime and Bitters and a two day class – Confetti.

I expected it to be cold in Manchester after Houston – but was pleasantly surprised to find the sun shining and we were able to walk around without coats!

My first class was Melon, Lime and Bitters.  I was appalled  surprised to hear that there were no breaks for morning and afternoon tea!!!  So I explained to my class how we do this in Australia – morning tea break around 10:30am with tea/coffee/scones/cakes, then lunch, then afternoon tea break at around 3:30am with, again, tea/coffee/cakes/slices.  I must have whinged enough because I had the same women in my third class and guess what?  Yes, they brought cakes, slices, teas, coffees, and even a kettle for morning and afternoon tea – civilised again!!

Morning Tea

Morning Tea

 

Melon Lime and Bitters workshop

Melon Lime and Bitters workshop

My second class was a very large group doing Eva Grace.  We were so privileged to be visited by Marjorie Lydecker.  Marjorie is in her 90s and still sews every day.  She wanted to meet me and I have to say I was mighty impressed with her work and so honoured to get to meet her too.

Marjorie and myself

Marjorie Lydecker

Day 2 - Eva Grace

Day 2 – Eva Grace

The last two days were spent working on Confetti – and of course morning and afternoon tea!  It was sad to say goodbye to the good friends that I’d made whilst I was there – but you never know – I may be back some time…..

From there I spent time with Gayle.  This was almost like “internet dating”!  I met Gayle on Instagram – she and a group of quilters were working on Auntie Green.  Gayle knew I would be in her area (Vermont) and invited me to stay with them – or did I invite myself?  I knew from Gayle’s IG posts that she would be gorgeous – and she was lovely.  I was so well looked after – even having my own little “apartment” for the two nights that I was there.  I met with a group of her friends and we did a mini clamshell class.

Gayle

Gayle

Peggy with her Auntie Greens Garden

Peggy with her Auntie Greens Garden

Then it was on to Tampa for a trunk show and two day workshop with the Feather Princesses.  They are one of the BEST run applique groups I have ever had the privilege of working with.  Dorothy and her friend Laura loved applique and decided to sew together.  Pretty soon they had friends asking if they could join and that group is now made up of 100+ quilters!!  I felt that I was “preaching to the converted” as most of the members do beautiful work.  But we managed to share lots of techniques together – new and old.  Thank you Janet and Dorothy for looking after me so well – and thanks to everyone who attended my trunk show and workshops and for making my time with you so special.

The awesome Dorothy, President of the Feather Princesses

The awesome Dorothy, President of the Feather Princesses

Choc Mint Sundae workshop - it was really hard to get everyone in the frame!

Choc Mint Sundae workshop – it was really hard to get everyone in the frame!

Trunk Show with the Feather Princesses

Trunk Show with the Feather Princesses

Next stop – Charlottesville………..

posted by on Botanika, Houston Quilt market and festival

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And what a fabulous trip that was – one whole month (and a tad more) travelling around the US, teaching, having fun, with some relaxation along the way.

My first stop was Houston for market and festival. Houston is always fun… a time to make new connections and catch up with old friends.

The embassy suites is the best hotel to stay at…. Happy hour every evening…. Margaritas being my drink of choice…. Everyone is off for the day and this is the chance to unwind and make preparations for dinner… And I was so glad I had friends who I could hang out with and who included me in their dinner invitations.

Rogues gallery - me and Jess; Angie, Lucia and Julia; Julia and Betsy

Rogues gallery – me and Jess; Angie, Lucia and Julia; Julia and Betsy

Max and Louise aka Lisa and Louise had a booth at Houston and they let me hang out with them. I know they had a fabulous time but you have to check their blog for that.

Max and louise

I also met Mona and I know that this meeting is going to be very beneficial for both of us… Let’s say that she is going to be my “assistant” in the US. We are planning lots of exciting adventures for 2016 so keep checking this blog. Mona made me promise to do at least one blog a month… And I’ve promised I will – so fingers crossed! Somehow we didn’t take any photos.

Here are some more photos of Quilt Market.

Schoolhouse - Kathy Doughty; Kaffe Fassett with Brandon Mabley and Lisa Prior Lucy

Schoolhouse – Kathy Doughty; Kaffe Fassett with Brandon Mabley and Lisa Prior Lucy

Schoolhouse presentation by Paper Pieces

Schoolhouse presentation by Paper Pieces

With Guy from Quiltmania; Jess and Joanne of Paper Pieces; Betsy Chutchian; Jodie Charleton

With Guy from Quiltmania; Jess and Joanne of Paper Pieces; Betsy Chutchian; Jodie Charleton

Some booths at Market

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Sample Spree is always fun!

Sample Spree is always fun!

Sherri from The Painted Pony and the gorgeous Patty Harants!

Sherri from The Painted Pony and the gorgeous Patty Harants!

My first workshop was in Houston during festival…a class of 20 with Patty Harants as my teachers pet… What an honour! I also got to spend time with her and her cousin Karyn.

My class in Houston - with Patty next to me and Florence with us

My class in Houston – with Patty (my teacher’s pet) next to me and Florence with us

and in case you’re wondering who I’m holding? That’s Florence – she’s the mascot for the Sunshine Hospice, of which I’m a volunteer.  She goes with staff members and volunteers on most holidays and has been everywhere in the world except South America.

Florence knows how to make friends - Laurie Simpson and Carrie Nelson

Florence knows how to make friends – Laurie Simpson and Carrie Nelson

Next stop – Manchester, New Hampshire.

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