I have recently had the pleasure of working with Michelle Rae, an amazing Fashion Designer from Melbourne. She regularly enters the Myer Fashions on the Field Designer Awards and this year asked me to work some quilting magic into her piece. We collaborated on the design which reflected the Flemington Roses, feathery fascinators and the blooms of spring. Here is bodice fabric that was quilted with my hand guided longarm quilting machine. The design graded in size down the piece from very tiny at the top to fairly small at the bottom. This was one occasion when ‘quilted to death’ was the way to go. When you look closely you can see the mirror imaging of the feathery hats. I used a bright pink Aurifil thread to lighten the fabric and create more depth and movement in the solid colour fabric. This 100% cotton thread has an amazing sheen to it and it is my main go to thread for all my quilting. This next image shows the stunning design and construction on the dress by Michelle Rae. Michelle is the petite on on the left. Hannah the model is somewhat taller. I am sure that you will agree that it is an amazing design and very suited to the occasion of the Melbourne Cup. Dave and I attended the Cup and were hosted along with all the beautiful people in the Fashions on the Field Enclosure. It was the best way to spend the day, champagne, nibbles, awesome fashion to look at. You can only image the wardrobe dilemmas I went through.
There was very stiff competition and Michelle went a long way in the competition but missed out on the top spot. It must be a very hard thing to judge with the diversity of design on show.
The winner was Oscar Calvo with this creation made out of wet-suit material and featured laser cut designs.
We all had a fabulous day at the racing. Didn’t see many horses, it was all about the fashion.
As a postscript I would like to add that Dave had a lovely time. He is not normally a man for much small talk. I wonder what changed his mind?
I have just returned from a three week holiday in the UK visiting family and friends. It was lovely to catch up with them all and I visited Yorkshire, Lancashire, Worcestershire and London.
Friends in my quilting world will no doubt be excited to hear about my trip to Liberties in Central London.
If the building isn’t beautiful enough, check out the fabric department.
Of course a couple of purchases were made, it would have been rude not to!
My Mum, Aunt and I spent a week in London visiting the sites and partaking of Afternoon Tea.
We all had a wonderful time and it was very hard to leave my extended family behind, but I am very lucky to have a lovely immediate family who missed me when I was gone. My sons for my washing abilities and my daughter for my company.
I am working backwards through the happening of the last month and will post about my other adventures very soon.
As well as seeing new quilting clients at my studio I have had some visitors of the feathered variety this week. Unfortunately the more common cockatoos are very dominance and chase away the much prettier and more vibrant king parrots
Over the summer Claire from Matching Pegs, Luke her husband and I were busy designing a new image for Hillside Quilting. This was well over due as I didn’t really have a look at all, I just started quilting and as they say…be careful what you wish for…I haven’t come up for air since. This is a wonderful situation to be in and I thank all my past, present and future clients for making this so.
But it was time to make time to do this, so we came up with this…
We were all delighted with the result, especially as it was part of a skill sharing situation. Claire and Luke’s design background and my quilting. I was able to help Claire finish her quilt ‘Bubbles’. This is one of her new patterns that you can find details of at her website Matching Pegs
This was a wonderful quilt for a quilter to get her teeth into those blank areas. Great for anyone wanting to perfect their applique and practice their quilting techniques.
2012 was a busy year for me with lots of quilting for clients but also setting up Domestic Machine Quilting Classes I offered these as intensive one day classes at North of the Yarra Quilting Guild which has now been altered to being offered over two days. I think I blew their minds and sent them to bed with severe exhaustion doing it all in one day!
I am also offering the same beginners course at Panton Hill Living and Learning with sessions on eight biweekly occasions A more relaxed pace with more time to perfect your simple quilting techniques.
This is the sampler quilt we make to learn simple techniques that you can use to quilt those smaller patchwork projects.
More details can be found on my classes page.
I am also running a Domestic Machine Quilting workshop at Panton Hill Living and Learning centre for those with some experience where we get together monthly to discuss quilting techniques and options for current and future projects. You can enroll through this link or by calling 9433 3744.
Would love to see you there
Hello again quilting world.
I have been very busy the last few weeks being very unbusy! My annual time out in January was wonderful. Resting by the beach, some hand sewing and family time with my gaggle of teenagers. I don’t think I have too many holidays with my kids left before they leave the nest. Philip Island and Inverloch were our destinations, tent camping and hanging out with friends.
I do love the beach lifestyle in summer, so laid back
This is the closest you get to seeing me in my bathers…I am behind the camera.
We have had a wonderful holiday and getting back to work isn’t so bad when you do what you love.
I have already had to opportunity to catch up with lots of quilting friends and clients. Mother and Daughter team, Maree and Sherryl Galt from Quilting Gems came for a visit to pick up a wedding gift quilt they had designed for a friend. Unfortunately we didn’t get a photograph of this, but they did bring back a quilt that they designed and I quilted. They had finished the heart edgng which was just gorgeous.
The quilt was filled with hearts and flowers, meandering around the large hearts. Ribbons in the hearts gave just enough quilting and curves in the triangular border were designed to extend into the heart edging.
This was a very pretty quilt which was a joy to work with. Check out Quilting Gems for all the patterns for quilts and softies they design.
I wish all the patchworkers quilters and sewers of every variety a very merry Christmas.
I hope you all have a lovely time with your friends and family.