Last week was a big quilty week for me!
First of all, my quilting group. We call ourselves the MSGs because we were originally the Monday Sewing Group, obviously meeting on Monday. However over the years we have moved to a Wednesday, but have left the name. It sounds kinda catchy! We meet three Wednesdays of the months (sometimes four) come rain, hail or shine.
Last Wednesday we were celebrating a couple of birthdays and met at Glenda’s. Fortunately I had my camera with me so was able to get some really nice photos of the group.
Then on Saturday I had a class at Patch N Quilt. I always love going there because of Mary. Now what can I say about Mary? You have to visit the shop for that. Suffice to say that we spend a loooooong time after the class catching up on news. Its always great fun teaching there. Sorry no photos – sometimes I just don’t think about that.
On Sunday I met up with some MSGs and friends from Essendon Quilters, friends that we don’t get to meet as they mostly go to the day meetings and I go to the night meetings. Mill Rose Cottage is a beautiful shop and if you are ever in Ballan, don’t miss it. Morning and afternoon tea from the café next door and a delicious lunch next door as well. The best part is that we have all day to decide what fabric we so desperately need for our stash!
Now here is a quilt that I’ve had on my blog before but for some reason I took it off. I am so proud of this quilt. I made it for Vic Quilters Challenge in 2011 and loved every minute making it. It is my version of Auntie Green’s Coverlet.
And last, but not least, my webperson – Jennifer – is back from the US and its time that she started working again. So we’ve updated my calendar. Its quickly filling up and I’m so very excited about this. I just finished talking to my friend Anne West who lives in Bribbaree – which she tells me is a “little village” just out of Young in NSW. She’s invited me to teach up there in February, and we finalised all the arrangements over the weekend. So if you are in that part of the country come visit. I will do a mini-trunk show and have a one day class doing my Clamshell quilt.
I think I’ve caught up with all my quilty news – oh yes, one more …….. I have just about finished doing Tulipa – and here’s a little taste of it:
This is a very quick post.
I’m looking for this fabric.
I bought it some time ago – about 2-3 years ago. Its blue and an open weave, almost linen-like. I’ve only just discovered it in my stash and want to use it in my new quilt Message in a bottle. So if you have about a metre of it pretty please get in touch with me!
I’m finally back in Melbourne after my fantastic road trip.
And what a blast that was!
After Wodonga and Carolyn’s Quilting Room I drove up to Sydney for my trunk shows and workshop in Jukejema.
I left Sydney early Monday morning to get to Jukejema in Nowra – I wasn’t sure where it was and this was the first time I’d driven in Sydney by myself relying on my GPS – so wanted to make sure that I got there in time for my first trunk show – my “matinee” trunk show! Finally arrived in time to settle into my lovely motel, grab a quick lunch and head off to Jukejema. I was having too much fun to remember to get all the photos I wanted so didn’t get any of the shop. It is a lovely bright shop with fabric that makes up a big part of my stash – but more importantly Kim, the owner, is just lovely and made me feel at ease as soon as we met.
Again, I didn’t get photos of the trunk shows – I was just too busy to even think about it. Needless to say that both trunk shows, the “matinee” and the night show were very enjoyable and well attended. It was very humbling and truly gratifying to know that there are women out there who like my quilts – and to actually get to meet with them and chat with them. I thank you all.
I was up bright and early Tuesday morning for the first day of my workshop – teaching Mosaics. 11 quilters and myself all raring to go. I thought that I was running late because when I got there most of them were already there ready to start!
Here are some photos of our workshop. If I’ve got your names wrong ladies I apologise.
And thank you Margaret for the absolutely yummy slices that kept up our carbs throughout the workshop!
Whilst I was in Sydney I also visited another couple of shops – again no photos!
Patchwork Plus in Miranda – another lovely shop with lots and lots and lots of fabric. This was a visit that I decided to make on the spur of the moment and I wasn’t disappointed. Whilst I didn’t get to meet Lorraine I did get to meet Karen Cunningham who was teaching there and she very graciously allowed me to show off my quilts to the girls in her class.
I also visited Quiltsmith – another shop with such a yummy range of fabric – just when you think you’ve seen all in one room you realise that there is another room just as full of fabric. I am delighted to say that they will be stocking my patterns in the future.
Of course, last but not least, I celebrated my “bestie’s” BIG birthday and gave her a quilt that was beautifully quilted by Rebecca Rae, my machine quilter extraordinaire from A Stitch N Line.
Driving back to Melbourne was a looooooooooong loooooooong boring trip – 10 hours in all. I’m not sure that I’ll do it again – all I could think of whilst driving was all the quilting and sewing I could have done!
Well, I’m hoping to do a lot more teaching in New South Wales in 2013 – so if you are out there come see me and say hi!
What a great weekend I’ve had!
The Wodonga quilters I met are awesome – and you all know who you are! And I know that I’ve made some good friends here – and I’ll be baaaaaack……….
The trunk show at Carolyn’s Quilting Room on Friday was a great deal of fun. There were about 15 women, all enthusiastic – which makes it so much easier for me. It was good to meet them and hear their comments about my quilts – it helps me realise that what I’m doing is so appreciated! After the talk came the “fondling of the quilts” – which always puts a smile on my face – quilts are meant to be fondled and touched and caressed ….
Saturday saw me bright and early in the shop raring to go. I always enjoy teaching Floral Beauty, my first design ever. When I first taught it one of the requirements I listed was a phone headset. This of course received a lot of attention. This was the quilt that showed me that I could do two things at once – as if I didn’t know that before after all I am a woman! So I installed a headset and whenever any of my girlfriends called I’d say “hang on” and I’d grab my headset and my sewing. I did most of this quilt on the phone!
I also enjoy seeing the wide variety of fabrics that quilters use for this quilt.
And guess who gatecrashed our class?
Sue-Anne had started Floral Beauty and brought it in for us all to drool over. I’m sorry I didn’t take any photos thinking that I had already photographed them – and I had but they were on my other computer at home.
Shelly and Jan looked after me very well – I couldn’t have asked for better hosts! Jan where were you? I missed getting a photo of you – maybe next time! And of course I did make a dent in my “wages” for the day – how could I resist when there are such beautiful fabrics just begging to be taken home.
I was so fortunate to meet this wonderful group – AND to be asked to come back to teach. So Wodonga…. I’ll be back!
And lastly, don’t you just love this sign?
I’m off on a road trip!!! Yippee!!!
I’ve been so looking forward to this – a whole week away!
First stop – Wodonga at Carolyn’s Quilting Room. Carolyn invited me to do a trunk show and a one day workshop teaching Floral Beauty. Carolyn is in the US right now for Quilt Market, but I have been very well looked after by Jan and Shelly. So if you’re in the area please pop in and say hi. The trunk show is on tonight – Friday 26 October at 7:00pm and the workshop is tomorrow – Saturday 27 October.
Another shop that has been wanting me to teach is Jukejema Quilting Barn in Nowra, but the logistics of me going there just didn’t seem feasible. Well, as I was going to be driving to Wodonga I was almost halfway there. So Kim (from Jukejema) and I worked it out and I thought “why not”.
So…. After Wodonga I leave for Sydney, spend a night with my “bestie” in Sydney and on to Nowra for 2 trunk shows (woo hoo!!) on Monday 29 October – one at 2:30 and the other at 7:30, and a two day workshop teaching Mosaics on Tuesday and Wednesday.
All this travelling just so happens to coincide with my “bestie’s” BIG birthday. Now shush….. don’t tell her ……. I’ve made a quilt just for her. She is one of a few “keepers” of my quilts – you know you have those non-quilting friends who love your quilts and you know take especially good care of them.
I’ve been frantically trying to get all my stuff together – working long nights collating patterns and prepping sewing….my talk….notes….
So I’ve packed 2 large suitcases plus another large cloth bag stuffed full of my quilts, boxes of patterns, and assorted other bags with computer, sewing and “provisions”. I’m hoping of course to have lots of time to sew – am I kidding myself or what?
I’m going to try and take lots of photos of my trip, so stay tuned.
See ya soon!
Well…….. it’s been a while!! Somehow despite me making a promise to myself that I’d post more often, life does tend to get in the way. Not that I haven’t been doing any quilty things, but……….sometimes time just gets away. .
I’ve been really busy since my last post, doing lots of other “stuff” but also including some quilting – I’m trying to finish two quilts – Mimosa and Tulipa but they both seem to be going very slowly. I keep on getting distracted by diamond and hexagon quilts.
and what exactly have I been doing?
A week away at Byron Bay running a different kind of workshop (I also run meditation workshops). We have one of the most beautiful retreat centres, Sangsurya and have the best time!
A fabulous day at Linda Collins viewing the Chester County Criswell Quilt which was the main feature as well as a number of other beautiful antique quilts. Janet O’Dell showed us one of her quilts that I absolutely fell in love with – it had the most divine fabric. Oh I wish some of the fabric used in that quilt were available… sigh…….
Another weekend meditation workshop in the Blue Mountains(aren’t I lucky I get to go to all the best places!)
My last Botanika class at Mill Rose Cottage. I had a small lovely group of quilters, Lizzie, Lyn, Lyn 2 and Cheryl whom I hope to see again for more classes. These lovely women were my “testers”. Botanika was quite a difficult pattern to write and we managed to iron out all the little errors. So that pattern is now available at Mill Rose or on my website.
My weekend away with Essendon Quilters to Castlemaine. This came about unexpectedly. I wasn’t supposed to be going as I had a class to teach, but fortunately (for me at least) it was cancelled so I was a last minute edition. For the last two years we’ve met at the Castle Motel where we have a large room for sewing where of course nothing has to be put away at night – wonderful. I missed out on this retreat last year due to other commitments so was very pleased to be able to attend this year and catch up with many old and new friends. Sorry no photos here. I took my camera and only remembered on the last day when most women had left. I even managed to catch up twice with Jennifer for lunch (some sort of record I think).
Now something that is dear to my heart – labels! Yeah…… I know …….. boring…… but….. after spending so much time making beautiful quilts I feel that the label should in some way reflect the quilt that I make, and I try to do this with most of my quilts – if I have time of course. Here are a few of my labels:
Till next time – hopefully sooner rather than later!
For those of you who have been asking, here is my latest quilt.