Friday, 3 November 2017

Latest Retreat at Batemans Bay for Rosemount Patchwork

Retreats are always a lot of work for the organisers and this last one was no exception. Teresa and Barry of Rosemount Patchwork , now from Mogo on the south coast of NSW booked me over 12 months ago for a 3 day retreat. The weekend of 22-23, and 24 th of October , John and I ( a rare treat for me to have my husband along with me ) drove down to Batemans Bay where the retreat was being held. We had a lovely 3 days working on The Daisy paths runner and cushion workshop. Have a look at some of the results. The ladies worked very hard and even into the evening on Saturday night.  Great company, fun class , great food, lovely location all adds up  to a happy and creative time. Thank you ladies see you next year.

Looking fabulous 

Working on Daisys 

Such a bright and happy runner

A terrific cushion 

                          A very pretty cushion being quilted 

Pink and green runner 

Contrasting colours look amazing and strong 

A touch of yellow in the daisy petals adds so much viberance to the piece 

Christmas here we come

One of my favourite runners  black , whites  and blues.. stunning 

Sunset on the beaututiful Batemans Bay 
One last away retreat for me for 2017 and that Singelton quilters 11-12 November .

Now for some wonderful once a month students work.  

A medallion wall hanging version of Daisy Paths now in quilting stage . First ditching all appliqué and piecing.

A new lover of free form improv piecing and matchstick quilting

Loving the watermelon colour here with its various values and surrounding colour friends like pinks, corals, deep blue reds , Yum 

A new Baltimore coming along beautifully, all in gold blanket stitching... yum.

  A secret garden runner in blues and greens has worked very well  with lots of decorative stitches been used here. Great work . 

Stunning daisy paths again in  another version. 

It never ceases to amaze me how my design of 4 simple petal shapes can have such amazing  looks with different choices of fabrics. I love working with colour and I am so grateful and thrilled that my students allow me to help them through this colour decision process. 

Yah all completed Pom poms and all. Beautiful. Love it ... Going to a good home 😉

A runner with arms ,,,,, just one happy lady all appliquéd and quilted runner.

These projects are not an over night piece, they take time and patience and lots of skill , Congratulations.... 

Lovely clam shells all appliqué and quilted... A great way to learn about your machine.

On a sad note Dianne Squire a student from Hobby Sew Kings Park sadly passes away the other week. I will remember Dianne as a fun, chatty lady who loved her Sewing , loved the company of other quilters , loved a chat and a laugh. Rest peacefully Di xx 

The Clam shell book with templates and Daisy paths book with templates are available from my web site or click on my name below to go to the site.

The on line classes are doing so well, I am thrilled lovely feedback. Students now from many parts of the world. Check them out ....

Happy Quilting 


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

AQC 2018

  With great excitement I am thrilled to announce I am teaching again at AQC IN 2018.

Australian Quilt Symposium in the old convention centre in Melbourne will be held on  April 5-8th .

Class booking open this Thursday 30 October at 11 am so be quick....

The Exhibition building 

I will be teaching the 2 day Daisy Path cushion picture below class where you learn turned blind hem applique for the paths and sketch free motion applique for the daisy's. We hope top start the quilting  process of the cushion too .

A brand new class 2 x 1 days for Free motion quilting  Between the lines. where we free motion quilt using a  plastic grid stencil to outline the perimeter of a square, diamond, mini square to help us gauge scale and size of our quilting. Really fun and excellent  free motion skill building. 

A wonderful fun event filled with classes, super entertainment, gala dinner which is always a terrific time, lectures , wonderful food and meeting up with friends. 

Hope to see you there.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Christchurch Symposium activities

 Teaching at Christchurch.

 Just recently home after tutoring at Christchurch NZ National Quilting Symposium.
What a massive gathering of quilters. This event happens every 2 years usually taking turns with the north and south island to host this spectacular event.
Just to give you an idea of the numbers . There was I think 52 tutor, over 600 students every day taking classes. Imagine making 600 sandwiches every day.
 This whole event is run by the volunteers of the local patchwork groups they take turns, usually 4 years of planning, meeting, organising. A huge effort indeed. So I say a big THANK YOU to the organising committee for 2017 you did a fantastic job. The convenor was Catherine McDonald .
This year the symposium was held at St Andrews College Christchurch. A lovely boarding school big enough to accommodate so many quilters.
The school Gym went from meeting place to lecture hall to Circus tent for the Creative Construction Carnival. The school grounds and all of Christchurch has wonderful gardens so green and lush. I really loved the blossoms and greenness everywhere as Sydney has not had rain till right this moment as I'm typing since mid June .

There were lunch time lectures  
Great friends having fun at the carnival a terrific evening , of food, games and circus acts a French sailor who pole dances??? a straight jacket act, acrobats all wonderful.
I was thrilled with my classes 5 days of learning and exploring sewing machines...
Day 1 Glamorous Clam  machine applique everyone did their homework and just stitched and explored their machines.
While I'm talking about machines Bernina NZ hired out nearly 300 machines for the class rooms.!!!!! I would like to Thank Bernina NZ for my 770 and 570's  in class they were perfect.

All of my students clams were happy bright and a fun day. Thank you ladies for a fantastic first day, helps to settle the nerves.

I have joined SAQA and we had a meeting of its members in the motel one evening. Here are the attendees.   As yet I have not really participated in the group activities but I will in time.

There were many quilt exhibitions around the area in various venues to enjoy and this the quilt above was my favourite from a very talented NZ tutor Lisa Call .

Me and my Daisy Paths quilt on show
Day 2  was  Let's Quilt Walking Foot and Theory class  which was very well received. The ladies loved the extra information of my direction of cutting and stitching of fabric for strength.
 Day3 was Let's Quilt Free Motion the magical 6 which was  fun and also well received.
Both of these classes
 are now available on my web site now as on line classes
Day 4 and 5 we had A Little Garden Machine applique and some lovely gardens in the making below .


Great classes ladies Thank you . I truly loved meeting you all.

Symposiums and retreats are a wonderful place for we tutors to network and enjoy each others company.  There were lots of Aussie tutors, Jenny Bowker was there at one of her very last ever teaching gigs. Congratulations Jenny a fine career, and all the very best for the future.
Tutors from the states, England , Scotland, New Zealand of course, Europe, South Africa some ladies I have met at other NZ symposiums and lovely to see and spend time again together.
Below some exhausted Aussies at the end of Symposium at the closing ceremony , Jen Kingwell and Wendy Williams, great to hang out ladies, Thank you.

I had a day to see Christchurch before a early evening flight so a few photos of beautiful Christchurch , working really hard to come back from the devastating earthquakes.

Symposium 2019 will be in AUCKLAND 1-6 TH
Off  this morning to a retreat now at Batemans Bay for Rosemont Patchwork with I a really looking for ward to .   
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Happy Quilting   X DEB