Friday, 12 January 2018

First Week of Summer School

I had a lovely week meeting up with lots of lovely students and meeting some new ladies as well.  I have tried to give Summer School Classes a relaxed new year kind of feeling.  I taught at The Stitchers Cupboard for three days and at Hobbysew Kings Park for two days.

Lots were working on making my “Summer Winds” Block Keeper.  Here are some of the gorgeous and varied blocks created.

Gorgeous bird fussy cutting by Lyn.

Pretty brights by Glynne.

Cute 1930s by Jenny.

Lovely blues and reds and yellows by Jan.

Gorgeous pink and green by Vicki.

Apples and trees by Alison.

Monkeys by Maryse.

Beautiful florals by Jen.

Reproductions in autumnal colours by Natalie.

Lovely blues and yellows by Julie.

1930s by Wendy.

The two sides of Vicki’s Block Keeper are now together.

Meanwhile, Sharon was working on her lovely version of my “D’Arcy” cushion.

Meredith concentrated on making blocks for “Charlotte” in string piecing.

Here is a good motto for the new year.  Lol.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Summer School Starts Tomorrow

It sure is Summer here in Australia.  It is 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) in Sydney today.

I have been working hard on typing, printing and collating all of the patterns needed for Summer School.

I have offered my students the option to purchase a booklet containing my own cutting and piecing instructions for 48 different 12 inch Sampler blocks.  The booklet forms a reference manual to be used anytime you need a pieced Block.  Three blocks would make a table runner, nine blocks would make a lap quilt  and twelve or more blocks would make a great bed sized quilt.

The blocks have come from three major workshop pieces I have taught for some years.

The first is called “Elegant Sampler” (yes, I know it is not a very original name but hey, I was just starting my teaching career!). This bed sized quilt contains twelve pieced and appliqu├ęd Sampler blocks set with unique triangle sashings which turn each block on point.

This is “Antique Stars” which contains twelve different 12inch pieced star blocks and a staggered sawtooth star border.  The stars start easy and get more challenging  as you work your way through the quilt.

Here are some close ups.

The next is called “Manderley”.  It contains thirteen 12 inch pieced blocks, sashed and set on point to make a more masculine bed sized quilt.

All three of these samplers were quilted by the brilliant Deborah Louie.

I have also made a new project using two of the blocks from the booklet: “Summer Winds” and “Union” to create a useful Block Keeper with cotton wadding pages to house work in progress.

This is the front of the Keeper.

And this is the back:

This is the Sampler booklet.

This shows the inside with the wadding pages.  Blocks will cling to this surface and remain flat and wrinkle free.

Summer School will take place at The Stitchers Cupboard in Camden on the following dates: 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22 and 24 January (0246558348) and at Hobbysew Kings Park  on 9, 11, 16 and 18 January, 2018 (0296214000).  Please phone the shop directly to book in.

I have spent many hours typing and preparing these patterns.  Please look for my product logo and respect my copyright.  
More of my patterns will be available for sale when I launch my new website next month.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas

May I wish all my blog readers a wonderful day tomorrow with your loved ones.  Thank you for all your support this year.

I have big plans for 2018,  so please keep visiting.

Love from Katrina x

Monday, 18 December 2017

End of Year Classes

Veena was very excited to start “Hartfield” in class at Lyn’s Fine Needlework in Baulkham Hills.  

Jen has completed her “Charlotte” quilt which her Dad loves, so it is going to a good home.

Sharon has almost completed all of her outside blocks for “Hartfield” in beautiful jewel colours.  I am looking forward to seeing it all sewn together in the new year.

Here are Sharon and Jan enjoying the day at The Stitchers Cupboard yesterday.

It was our annual Christmas Party and last Monday class (and my final class) for the year.  Thank you gorgeous ladies and gentleman for a great year of fun, laughter, a few tears and lots of stitching.  See you all in 2018.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Two “Pickled Paisleys”

Here are two totally different versions of my “Pickled Paisley” quilt design.  It is amazing how different fabric choices change the quilt completely.

This dramatic version is by Michelle with bright colours on a black background and a cream paisley feature print.

This one is by Jennie with a very soft flow of colours over the surface with a pretty Paisley feature print in purple, red and teal.

Well done ladies on this challenging sewing pattern.  I love them both!

Magnificent Quilts at The Stitchers Cupboard

Wow, is all I can say!  I have seen some amazing show and tell of finished quilts this week at The Stitchers Cupboard.

I hope you enjoy these photos.

“Hartfield” by Lyn in reproduction purple, red, brown and gold.

“Hartfield” by Christine in teal. Red, brown and tan.

“Hartfield” by Mooneen in red, brown, purple and mustard.

“Hartfield” Centre by Jenny in bright jewels on a black background.

Pretty fairy floss “Hartfield” by Karen.

“Hartfield” block by Jenny in soft colours.

By another Jenny in brights.

By Karen in pinks and reds.

By Sue in pink, brown and teal.

Here is progress on Julie’s beautiful “Netherfield” in pink, teal and tan.

Thank you so much to Lyn for the wonderful Christmas baking.  Just delicious!!