Now for some exciting news.
Many people do not have the luxury of being able to attend a sit & sew session, classes or visit a patchwork shop. The Guild wants to create a forum where a member from central Western Australia, outback Queensland, suburbia or a small country town can be involved with like-minded people, connect with others and continue to learn as you pursue an existing passion for appliqué or are a “newbie” to this style of needlework.
The Applique Guild of Australia aims to provide information, tutorials on differing techniques, interesting articles and interviews, a diary date listing of upcoming applique-related events and help to connect people on-line. Join us to learn and enjoy together what we are so passionate about – applique in all its forms, whether it is modern, art, pictorial, naïve, 1930’s style, traditional or antique reproduction
We will basically be an on-line group with quarterly newsletters.
The Applique Guild of Australia will be launched on Thursday 25 July 2013 at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Show. I will be there on Friday and Sunday so please come by and say hello.
We will also be holding our Inaugural Applique Day on Saturday 5 October 2013 at Holy Cross Retreat Centre, 207 Serpells Road, Templestowe between 10am and 4pm. There will be shops in attendance and a guest speaker.
For more information please check out our website at:
This is a very exciting venture for us and we hope that we see many of you at the Show as well as at our Inaugural day. If you want to know more please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I’ve just come home from being a “tutor” at the SA Quilt Encounter. I taught there two years ago and was invited again this year.
Kerryn Brand and her committee did a fantastic job – this being their first year, taking over from the previous committee who ran it successfully for 20 years. It must have been a daunting task taking over from such a dedicated and experienced committee, but they rose to the occasion and, as far as we were concerned, everything ran smoothly. I have no doubt that there were a few hiccups behind the scenes but you wouldn’t have known it. We were very well looked after and I didn’t hear any complaints or even any niggles!
I got to share a house with a great bunch of tutors, Jacqui Karl and Juliet Fitness from New Zealand and Pam Furniss, Katrina Hadjimichael and Amanda Daly from New South Wales. It was such a honour to get to spend time with these extremely talented women – happy hour was something we all looked forward to – relaxing with wine and nibblies – though I don’t know why we needed the nibblies as we were so well catered for – lots of food – breakfast, lunch and dinner with morning and afternoon tea as well.
And I caught up with many friends again, quilters who had done classes with me before. Isn’t the quilting fraternity wonderful? Not only do we all produce beautiful work but we form strong friendships and even if we don’t see each other often, when we do catch up its like we’ve known each other forever!
This year I taught Mosaics and Clamshells. There was lots and lots of laughter as well as many techniques learnt.
The Clamshell Class:
Anita brought in her hexagon quilt which she’d made a looooong time ago using fabric from clothes she made for herself and her family. And Jenny brought in her version of Fleurescence that she did in a class with me in 2011.
The other great thing about these workshops is the networking that goes on behind the scenes. From this workshop alone, I’ve been approached by at least three different groups to come teach for them – and I love it! So 2014 is going to be another busy teaching year for me but I know its going to be a lots of fun as well.
I’m back home, lots to catch up on – all the boring stuff like laundry, cleaning, cooking and the day job (which I shouldn’t complain about as it pays the bills!). But I also have time now to complete my next two projects – working title Abundance (of leaves!), and my crib quilt, Minerva. And I get to start on a couple of new projects.
Till we meet again………..
Last weekend was our annual quilt retreat at Hepburn Springs. What can I say? Lots of laughter, lots of sewing, lots of good food, great company – Maureen M, Maureen D, Suzanne, Rose, Joy, Dianne, Lorraine and myself.
The Craft Retreat is a beautiful place which can accommodate 9 with a large light filled fully equipped sewing room. There’s nothing better than being able to leave your work around for three days without having to pack up every night. I usually take a lot more than I know I will work on but I like to have variety. This year it seems that there’s so much more knitting and crocheting being done – the queen of crochet being Maureen M, with Suzanne managing to knit a hat in one day which she will now felt. Lorraine outdid us all by completing a quilt top – well done Lorraine!
This year I only took photos of projects – something different!
It was bitingly cold there but we braved the chill and walked down to the Macaroni Factory for lunch – others braved the hustle and bustle of downtown Daylesford. Dinners were at home with no one wanting to venture out. Lots of lovely dishes and yummy deserts and cakes.
Can’t wait for next year.
I had another lovely weekend in Nowra end of March. Two new quilts were launched – Tulipa and Message in a Bottle. I had done a previous workshop last year with Kim of Jukejema Quilters Barn and had discussed my new quilts and we decided to launch them first at Jukejema. The function room at the Parkhaven Motor Lodge was hired for the two days. A beautiful large room with lots of light. A delicious lunch was served with a shop in attendance – Jukejema of course.
I had five for Message and 10 for Tulipa. There was also a special dinner that night at the Southern Stones Rock and Bar Grill – something different for me to try – here’s how its described: your meal is cooked on a heated volcanic rock at your table.
The high temperature of the rock sears in all the natural juices and nutrients, giving you a unique rock cooked flavour”. Delicious!! It was great to catch up with Anne and Bill from Bribbaree.
My second workshop was at Carolyn’s Quilting Room in Wodonga on the 6/7 April.
I travelled to Wodonga with my “roadie” – Jennifer Murray who had been invited along by Carolyn. As Jenn and I are good mates it was an opportunity for us to go on a “road trip” together.
I taught three classes here – Tulipa and Clamshells on Saturday and Botanika on Sunday. Tulipa morning was very quiet and orderly but then came the afternoon ladies for Clamshells – a loud, naughty, rowdy bunch but I loved them all – lots of laughter, jokes and mucking around – a great deal of fun. Poor Gordon – that’s an in-joke – you’ll have to do a class to find out about that! Sunday was quieter and more relaxed but we got a lot done.
It was fun having Jenn as company, and of course her computer skills came in handy. Watch out for Carolyn – she’s learnt just about everything there is to know on Pinerest!!
The next few days will be hectic. I have a few workshops over the weekend but I’m also getting ready to go to Virginia, USA for three weeks. This time its for meditation workshops and some training. I get to meet lots of wonderful people and catch up with old friends. So looking forward to some quiet time to put my feet up and meditate in great company. I don’t think I’ll have much time to anything quilty – but that’s okay……
Till next time – happy quilting.
I taught at my first summer school!!! This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long long long time. A few months ago I read Karen’s blog where she mentioned summer school and thought “I’d love to do that”. The next week Karen called and started talking about summer school and was in the process of asking if I’d like to teach – I was silently saying “yes…yes…yes….yes…!” before she finished her question.
So rocked up bright and early on Saturday morning at Somerset– and had a fantastic weekend with 6 like minded wonderful quilters.
The company was great, the food was yummy and the sewing was ……….. well……. I don’t even have to explain to you all just how wonderful it is to be able to sit and sew for two whole days with all meals prepared and nothing else to think about.
We invented a couple of new phrases – “Kim tacking” and “asparagus cake”. The lovely Kim is such a beautiful sewer and all her stitches are soooo tiny – so small stitch tacking now has a new name. Sue had baked a delicious rhubarb cake. As I cut into it and took a bite I knew it was rhubarb but had a CRAFT moment and couldn’t think of the name – all that came to mind was “asparagus” and I knew if I said it I’d be in trouble but couldn’t help myself. So if anyone is interested in asparagus cake, please ask Sue Ambrose!
Sue – well……. Sue started cutting out all her bits and pieces on Saturday, went home and that night decided that she didn’t like what she’d done and redid the whole thing. I know I set them homework but this was a tad ridiculous.
I’ve seen Meredith around for a long time now and it was great to have her in my class and what fun she was! She worked hard on her homework Saturday night – now that’s dedication for you. You can check her blog post on this workshop here.
Anita – well you have to sew with her to see how organised she is – COD…..OCD… you get it. And we did miss Anne Marie on Sunday but enjoyed her company on Saturday.
I am always delighted to see the many different colour combinations quilters chose to make my quilts, sometimes colours that I wouldn’t chose but when someone else does it I can see how beautiful it all looks.
So……… the challenge is on – which one of you will finish first? We meet again in 2 months time, so if anyone wants to join us let Karen know and we’ll have a sit and sew day soon.