posted by on A Paradise of Birds, Clamshell quilt workshop, Precious Time Fabric & Quilts


Teaching at Precious Time Fabric & Quilts over the weekend was an extremely fun and exciting time for me.

Patrina picked me up from Wellkamp Airport – how good is it to fly directly from Melbourne to Toowoomba? And get fed a complete meal and drinks on the way?  Really great service by Airnorth.

I had workshops on Saturday and Sunday.  What I loved about the women in my workshop was their enthusiasm for most of my projects – for example – I have started a new project with the background fabric called Palette Pleasure.  They loved what they saw so much that a few of them have already bought the same background fabric.  I am so not good at choosing names and asked for help to name this new project.  A few names were discussed and Amanda came up with the best – Spring Fever.  I will be back at Precious Time in April next year to teach this quilt – and others – so if you want to book in I’d suggest that you do that ASAP as the numbers have already started filling.  They also liked my version of Seven Sisters using EPP and a few of them are eager to start that – pattern will be out soon.

The projects for the weekend workshop were a kinda mixed bag of my quilts, but on Saturday most of the girls focused on clamshells.  This would have to be one of my BEST workshops and the one I have taught the most – here in Australia and internationally.  Eileen worked on her Paradise of Birds, a BOM from Material Obsession.

I’ll start with the photos of the quilters from my workshop.

Dianne, Jenny, Kyleigh, Robby

Dianne, Jenny, Kyleigh, Robbie

Amanda, Margaret, Eileen, Sue

Amanda, Margaret, Eileen, Sue

Lorna, Di, Linda

Lorna, Di, Linda

As Sunday was Father’s Day there was a smaller group of quilters. Some continued on their clamshells, Robbie started Confetti, Kyleigh started my Chambray Cushion, Linda started my Chambray purse, Amanda continued with her Mosaics started in a previous class (we won’t say how long ago that was!) and most of them dipped into their clamshells from time to time.

Here are some photos of the work that was done over the weekend – thanks Jess for taking the pics as I was sooo busy teaching – well having fun as well.

classroom 4


classroom 3

classroom 1classroom 2

A big thank you to Patrina and Jess for looking after me and making me feel so welcome in their home.

And lastly, here is another project that I started – it was a sort of challenge – though I’m not sure by whom.  During show and tell at Midnight Madness I (or was it Mary?) started talking about doing a sewalong with the group and before I knew it I was sewing 1 inch half square triangles which became this chevron quilt.  I’ve run out of the chambray and will use some other lighter fabric – by lighter I mean in colour as well as in weight.  Chambray was not a good choice for half square triangles as its quite thick and the seams had to be beaten into place!


I have decided not to feel so guilty about not posting as often as I’d like to – and hopefully I will do it better in the future! Fingers crossed – until the next time…..

posted by on Classes in The Netherlands and Norway, De Frottende Freule, European teaching tour, Nantes France, Quiltegarden


Whew!!!  Just returned from a five and a half week teaching tour around Europe and the US.

As this is going to be a long post with photos I think I’ll do it in two installments – can’t have you getting bored now can i?

Before Europe I did a 10 day cruise from Sydney to New Zealand as one of a number of quilt/scrapbooking tutors.  That was quite an experience.  We were chasing the tail end of the cyclone so the seas were pretty rough.  Fortunately I discovered that I don’t get seasick.  I taught for 5 days and the other days were spent exploring Dunedin, Wellington and Picton with one day just relaxing on the ship and catching up on my own sewing.  Teaching on a ship can be challenging but it was fun nonetheless.  Sorry no photos….

On return to Melbourne I had just 5 days to get ready for my extended trip to Europe and the US – why do I do this to myself?  It sure was a mad rush to make sure that I had all the quilts packed as well as samples etc – and yes, of course clothes!  I had one suitcase full of quilts and another with clothes – remembering that I’d be experiencing both spring weather with a lot of very cold days – so I had to pack light.  So if you’re sick of seeing me in that stripey top you can imagine how sick I was wearing it!

First stop was Nantes.  I went there to check out all the Aussies that had book releases and was fortunate to teach one class as well.  I had fun hanging out with my Norwegian friends – Randi, Ellen, Miss E and Miss B (I couldn’t do justice to their names).  There wasn’t much time to do any touring – and I’ve promised myself (again) that I will time on any future visits to France.

Deirdre and Randi at Nantes

Deirdre and Randi at Nantes; one of Deirdre’s beautiful quilts

Quilters from my workshop in Nantes; Pour l'Amour du Fil

Quilters from my workshop in Nantes; Pour l’Amour du Fil

Next stop was Norway.  I managed to spend a few days with Randi in Asker – and what a lovely generous friend she is.

Randi; It snowed on my first day in Asker!

Randi; It snowed on my first day in Asker!

She organised trips to shops – Lappe Makeriet (a beautiful shop where we had a sit and sew), Katherines Quilt Shop as well as having her quilt group over for a sit and sew – and dinner with Ellen.

Sewing at Randi's

Sewing at Randi’s; Look at the yummy food!

We both travelled to Røros for a retreat.  Siw from Quiltegården organised a retreat at the Røros Hotel for more than 200 quilters – more than 10 tutors running workshops for 4 days.  That was hard work but who bothers about that when you’re having fun.

Photos from Røros

Photos from Røros

I was sad to leave Norway and Randi but had my next workshop at De Frottende Freule in Schildwolde, The Netherlands.  Inger has been supporting me for a very long time and I always love visiting with her and Danielle.  Again, teaching was fun and I know that everyone had a good time.  I stayed at the Jonkers-Aarf B&B where I’d stayed before.  Breakfasts are a treat – check out the photo where breakfast is just for me….

De Frottende Freule; top right is my breakfast at Jonkers-aarf B&B

De Frottende Freule; top right is my breakfast at Jonkers-aarf B&B

The shop is beautifully done up in the front room of Inger’s home.  Morning tea was scrumptious and so was lunch.

I did have a few problems with customs on arriving at Groningen airport because they thought that I was carrying too many cigarettes – and I don’t even smoke.  They went through all my luggage.  When they asked if I had anything to declare I said “no” but then realised that I had some yummy figs in syrup which I was taking for friends.  Of course they didn’t even bother about that – they were more interested in my clothes suitcase which had nothing out of the ordinary in it (glad I washed all my underwear!!)

More soon…..

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Potty McDotty will be run as a 9 month BOM.

I am offering it as a pattern only.

The cost of the pattern only is $12 a month (postage included in Australia) and $15 a month (with postage international).  Each month you will receive close-up photos of blocks as well as cutting and assembly instructions.

The pdf version costs $7 a month or $63 for the complete pattern, keeping in mind that the pattern will be printed on A4 paper (Australian size paper- 210 x 297 mm/ 8.3 x 11.7 inches).

I’ll be posting on the 15th of each month (except for May when I will be swanning around Europe and the US – so that will be delayed until the end of May – my apologies!!)

As I have completed the quilt and the pattern you may also like to buy the complete pattern – with postage included at $81 (Australia) and $89 (international).

If you’d like the pattern please email me at

And don’t forget to send me photos. I’d love to see your versions of Potty McDotty.

posted by on Birds Eye View, Clamshells, Gardenhurst, JOY, Miz Kelly, Mosaics, Sweetwater, USA 2016

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I will be leaving Melbourne on 5 October for the US.  I have lots of wonderful workshops and trunk shows planned.  Here is my itinerary – please stop by and say hi if I am in your town/city – or join me for a workshop if you live nearby.

8-9 October 2016

Trunk show and workshop with the Gulf States Quilting Association.  I’m not sure where this is but they tell me it will be “somewhere in Louisiana”.

Contact: Therese at

15-16 October 2016

2 day workshop at The Quilted Owl.  We will be doing 2 quilts: Miz Kelly and Gardenhurst.

Contact: Angie at

25-26 October 2016

2 day workshop in St Louis, Missouri – doing Mosaics.

Contact: Dana at

27 October – 2 November

Houston Quilt Market – please come and say hi if you see me.

5 November 2016

1 day workshop at The Quilt Merchant – clamshells.

Contact: Val at

10, 11, 12 November 2016

3 day workshop with the Charlottesville Quilters (VA).  We will be working on Gardenhurst and Miz Kelly.

Contact: Moira on

14, 15, 16 November 2016

Trunk show and 2 days workshop held at Whistlestop Retreat in Sweetwater, TN.  We still have a couple of spots available.  Working on Miz Kelly, Birds Eye View and Joy.

Contact: Terri on

And last but not least….

18, 19, 20 November 2016

Trunk show and 2 day workshop to be held at The Colonial House Inn, 287 Route 100, Weston, VT.  We will work on Mosaics.

Contact Kim on


posted by on Bribbaree, Clamshells, Confetti, Joy Quilt, Mosaics, Workshops in the country


I’ve been doing a LOT of travelling in the last few weeks.  I do love teaching outside of Melbourne and getting to know quilters from the eastern states!

In late August I was booked in for a couple of workshops on two consecutive weekends, one in Sydney and one in Brisbane.  I decided to give myself a mini holiday and stay with a girlfriend in Sydney between the workshops.  The first workshop in Sydney was a meditation workshop (yes I do them as well).  I then spent the week relaxing, sewing and doing some of my day job.

The following weekend I flew from Sydney to Brisbane.  I’d never been to Brisbane before so it was nice seeing a new city – for me at least.  My workshop was at Peppermint Stitches.  It was lovely to see so many enthusiastic quilters attend the workshop.  Stacey and her lovely staff – Dolly and Fiona were on hand to help out.  We also had lovely lunches (thanks Stacey and Jessica) in the park behind the shop.  The sun was out and it was definitely a change from chilly Melbourne.

Peppermint Stitches in Brisbane

Peppermint Stitches in Brisbane

My next long trip was over the first and second weekend of September.  For this one I decided to drive as it was much easier having my own wheels.

Driving up the Hume was wet and awful – but one has to do it!  I decided to stop at Barnawatha as I wanted to catch up with Shelly who now has her own little piece of paradise at Skellywags Sewing School which is part of a larger complex housing a café and a beautiful large room for crafts etc.

Just a corner of Skellywags

Just a corner of Skellywags

Next stop – Wagga Wagga which was tough driving amid all the rain.  This was the most rain I’d seen in a long long time.  I was invited by the Wagga Quilters to run a two day workshop.  We worked on Joy, Confetti and Mosaics.  As always the women who look after me do a fantastic job – at the workshops there is always a yummy selection of morning and afternoon tea.  Thank you Sandra and Peter for billetting me!

The Wagga girls in action!

The Wagga girls in action!

From there I was off to Cootamundra to Patchwork on Parker.  I have been here before and was returning to make sure that the girls had completed their previous projects – as if!!!  I had the BEST soup I’ve ever had from the Cootamundra Butcher!  And stayed the night in a B&B that used to be the nurses quarters – but that’s another story…..  I kinda forgot to take photos of the girls at work but did manage to get a photo of a little fabric selection that we made to get Judy started with her Stepping Stones.

Stepping Stones and the starter swatch page

Stepping Stones and the starter swatch page

Anne West invited me to spend the next two days relaxing at her home in Bribbaree, NSW.  Relaxing??  Well… we did have two packed days of sewing – first with her group in Temora (sorry no photos) and then with her sewing mates at her home in Bribbaree.  What a wonderful day that was with scrumptious food, champagne and lots of sewing and sharing.  And catching up with the friends I’ve made in that area.

On the right is the label that Jackie made for her version of Minerva - show off!!

On the right is the label that Jackie made for her version of Minerva – show off!!

I left Bribaree on Friday 9 September and I’m glad I left early in the morning as it poured soon after I left and the roads were undriveable for the rest of the day.  Next stop Albury – teaching at Avonleigh Country Quilting hosted by Kay and Sharon.  We had a clamshell workshop on the first day and sit and sew on the second day.  I do love these girls – they are crazy, irreverent and just teased me all weekend.  They show no respect for an “international designer/tutor”!!!  They know who they are.

The "naughty" table and the nice table!

The “naughty” table and the nice table!

One of the highlights of teaching at Avonleigh is the lunches.  The first time I was there I was astounded at how much was served.  It did start of slowly – first the soup was brought in and I thought – “yeah nice – soup for lunch”.  Then came  bruschetta – and I thought “nice touch – nice light lunch”.  THEN came the sausage rolls, then mini hamburgers and then toasties – all prepared by Get Tossed.

Can you believe how much lunch we get served?

Can you believe how much lunch we get served?

I drove home on the Sunday night – it was a long drive and I was tired but happy that I’d had such a wonderful time.

So thanks to everyone who made it special for me.  Thanks Kay for putting up with me – and of course a big kiss for Kara and Tigger (who hates me but I’ll win her over eventually).

Next stop – USA…. Yeah….. lots of workhops and lots of new places to visit.  I’ll try and keep up my blog but don’t hold me to it!

Missing in action!


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


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


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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

Workshop in Geelong


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


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



Birds Eye View

Birds Eye View

To book into this workshop please contact Cheryl at

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


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


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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)

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