Saturday, 29 April 2017

Retreat at Kurri Kurri Hunter Hotel Academy

This weekend I am holding my own retreat jointly with Amanda Daly at the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy at Kurri Kurri.

The venue is wonderful, the staff are so helpful and the food gorgeous.

Here is my classroom, spacious and full of light.

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I am teaching a lovely group of 16 ladies my "Hartfield" Jane Austen quilt.

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The girls are making lots of dainty little hexagons for their centre blocks.

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I have been doing lots of demonstrations today of all my different hand appliqué techniques.

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This is my room.

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Lunchtime.

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Cocktails anyone?

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This is my "Fruit Tingle" pre-dinner drink.

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Dinner time.

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A beautiful setting for a lovely weekend.

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Some Aussie locals just outside the classroom.

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More photos of work in progress tomorrow.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Snippets from Me


Did you know some of my patterns and DVDs are available for sale at coyyproject.com organised by Universal Publications?

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I have been working through my "to do" list so I can finish everything before I leave for the UK in 18 days time!

I have completed the labels for the back of both "Lambton" and "Hartfield".

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On the home front, my gorgeous David came third in the navy cadet National Shooting Competition.  Well done David!

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Busy class at The Stitchers Cupboard

I had a very busy and productive class in Camden yesterday.

Kelly has finished her fabulous "Netherfield" in the beautiful colour scheme of brown, pink and purple.

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Here is the centre.

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Maryse has finished her stunning centre for "Lambton" in red and navy blue.

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Lynne has also completed her beautiful "Lambton" centre in pretty fabrics.  How different to the one above? Gorgeous.

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This is Christine's "Hartfield" centre coming together.  Love the combo of colours.

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Kerry is also working on "Hartfield".  She says we need sunglasses to look at it.  Lol.  Fabulous bright colours.

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Amazing fussy cutting for the outside octagon blocks.

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Amazing work, well done ladies.




Richmond Ladies Work

This is the beautiful version of "Pemberlini" made by Mary.  Gorgeous colours to match the beautiful border fabric.

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Isn't it gorgeous?

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Karol has been working on a stunning centre for "Lambton".  Here it is.

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Love the Dresden centre in soft blues and reds.

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Great work ladies.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Class at Patchwork Plus, Miranda

Another lovely day spent at the beautiful store Patchwork Plus with my great class.

Roh has been working very hard on the one inch hexagon frame to surround her "Longbourne" centre.  She was very excited to baste it on the borders.  Gorgeous!

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Irene has done an amazing job on the centre of her "Hartfield" in beautiful rich colours.

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Jenny has made a lovely "Pemberley" centre in soft, pretty fabrics.

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Love my class, the third Wednesday of the month.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Extra Bits and Pieces

I have another project published in this month's (April) Homespun magazine by Universal Publishing.

It is my "Garden Pond" cushion which features fussy cut diamonds.

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They also have a profile on my work.

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I have been busy sewing some of my favourites lately, hexagons of course.

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I have also started a new project for my July retreat, a paper foundation pieced folder cover in bright colours on black and white.

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I have also written up the pattern for my Dresden Plate Table runner, available from The Stitchers Cupboard. (Phone 02 46558348 in Australia).

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Cathie from Adelaide sent me this photo of her recently finished "Meryton" in purple, green and gold.  Looks fabulous.

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Amazing "Hartfield" Centres in Different Colours

It was great to see all the different "Hartfield" quilt centres in class at The Stitchers Cupboard today.  How amazing to see all the different versions coming together in the various colour choices of the ladies.

Lyn has done a huge amount of work on her centre. Today she added the vine scroll borders and the purple border.

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We also laid out all of the elongated hexagon medallions she has put together and played with the colour placement.  This was the final arrangement we decided on.

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Kerry has also made lots of progress with her amazing bright version.  I love it.

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Here is Sue's lovely centre.

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This one is by Dot using orange, brown, gold and blue.

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This beautiful centre is by Julie.

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This centre is by Robyn with some fabulous fussy cutting.

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I think you will agree they are all beautiful?  Well done ladies.  I am looking forward to seeing all your progress when I get back from the Jane Austen trip in the U.K.