Thursday, 23 March 2017

Monthly Class at Post Office Patchwork, Glenbrook

A few pics from this week's class at Post Office Patchwork.  I am there teaching some delightful ladies the fourth Wednesday of each month.

This is Margaret's beautiful "Lambton" centre.

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Beautiful fabrics available in the store.

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This is Lisa's centre block for "Flowers from Chelsea".

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Here is Judy's lovely "Wentworth" centre.

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Thank you for a lovely day!

The Stitchers Cupboard Classes

Here are some photos of gorgeous work being done by my students in various classes at The Stitchers Cupboard.

Jan has completed her very beautiful "Wentworth" in blue and brown.  How gorgeous is this?

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Here are some photos of amazing work in progress the girls are doing on their "Hartfield" centre blocks.

First this is Jenny's version in beautiful jewel colours on a black background.

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This is Sharon's version in gorgeous blue, green, turquoise, red and gold.  Really fabulous.

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This is Natalie's version in peacock colours.  Just amazing.  Look at the fantastic zig zag border.

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Happy stitching ladies.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Introducing "Highbury", #9 Jane Austen Quilt

I am delighted to show you my new quilt, number nine in my Jane Austen Quilt Collection.  I very much enjoyed making this quilt in a slightly brighter, pretty palette of fabrics in pink, teal, purple, green and gold.

I have tried to make each of my Jane Austen quilts different in both colour and design.  This quilt has lots of flowers, ribbons and bows and of course, lots of hexagons. 

I have named it "Highbury" after the village in "Emma" near where Emma and Mr Woodhouse live at "Hartfield". Highbury was a "large and populous village almost amounting to a town, to which Hartfield, in spite of its separate lawn and shrubberies and name, did really belong".

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Unfortunately, photos never do the colours of a quilt justice.  You never see the texture and interplay of fabrics in a photo.

I have been working to finish it this week.  I needed to sew the final borders together, attach them to the quilt centre and mitre the corners.

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Then I had to make the final four flowers for the mitred corners.  I "fussy cut" a beautiful motif from my border stripe throughout the quilt.  This fabric is from the "Old Sturbridge Village Anniversary Collection" by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics.  It is used here as the centre hexagon.

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Here I am in front of the quilt hanging for the first time at The Stitchers Cupboard in Camden.

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Here are some shots of work in progress.  These are some of the pretty Dresden flowers stitched together.

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The addition of leaves to the Dresdens.

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Hexagon strings:

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And more hexagons, with the fussy cut medallions.

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Here are some close ups of the quilt.

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I am very excited that the very talented Helen Hayes will quilt my quilt while I am away in the UK on the next Jane Austen tour.

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This quilt will be my major teaching piece for 2018.  Bookings are already being taken at The Stitchers Cupboard for classes next year.  I hope you like it?

Classes this Week: Miranda and Camden


Another very busy week with lots happening.

I had a great day at Patchwork Plus, Miranda, with a couple of ladies starting new quilts.  Welcome ladies.

Irene has done a lovely job of her centre block for "Hartfield".

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Denise has almost finished all of her blocks for her very beautiful "Pemberley".  I am looking forward to seeing it all sewn together.

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Closer to home at The Stitchers Cupboard, Kerry has made progress on her stunningly bright version of "Hartfield".  Wow!

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Chris has almost finished her beautiful blocks for "Lambton" in red, blue, brown and gold.

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Jan has made a lovely centre for her "Hartfield" quilt in her collection of reproduction fabric.

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Colleen has now made all of the foundation pieced arcs for her Japanese version of "Pickled Paisley" and is starting to put the blocks together.  Amazing!

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

The Stitchers Cupboard Hartfield Classes

My students are making some magnificent versions of my 8th Jane Austen quilt design called "Hartfield". There are many different colour and background combinations happening.  It is so encouraging to see so much confidence from ladies who have been coming to my classes for years as well as my newer students.  Thank you ladies.

Here is a large selection of the work so far.

Jan

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Glynnis

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Sharon

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Jenny

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Natalie

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Glynne - hi there!

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Jenny has done lots of English Paper Piecing prep, lovely hexagons and clever elongated hexagons, all fussy cut beautifully.

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Dot

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Kerry

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Kerry has also done some amazing fussy cut EPP.

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These are all cut from the same fabric!

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Lyn

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Mooneen

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Christine

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Sue, using the same small scallop but different flowers. Gorgeous!

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Narelle

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I think you will agree this is great work.  Congratulations ladies.