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.
I am working on that post from my Adelaide trip but in the meantime I wanted to share this trio of modern funky cot quilts, designed and made by Sarah Rowe, a lovely client of mine.
I love the way Sarah designs in such a creative and non traditional way. Her use of colour is amazing in these cot quilts and so perfect for that modern baby (and mum!)
I have quilted these three quilts with the same allover pantograph pattern ‘Sunday’ by Anne Bright. The difference comes from changing the colour thread and the contrast that it makes (or doesn’t) to the fabric in the quilt.
This picture shows the thread more clearly and how if the thread matches the main quilt fabric the quilting is more of a texture and when the tread contrast more clearly the quilting shapes are more defined. Something to think about when you are making your patchwork tops.
In quilting I don’t believe there is a right and a wrong, just different, just as all quilts are different. Every quilt deserves to be treated as an individual piece of work and this is the basis that I make my quilting decisions on, just as Sarah does in her choice of patchwork design and colour.
I am back to Melbourne now. Enjoying catching up with my family and friends. Yesterday we had a lovely North of the Yarra Quilting Guild sharing trading tables and travel stories.
This week I will put together some photos of my Ricky Tims teaching day experience. Awesome guy very inspirational.
I WILL get better at this blogging lark. I have so much to tell you about the last month. The people I have met and had the privilege to set on their machine quilting journey be that on domestic or long arm machines…the quilts I have seen…the quilts that I have designed in my head after my trip to the Red Centre of Australia…the list is endless.
Watch this space!