Thursday, 17 April 2014

Mrs Billings in York!

One of my long time wishes has been to visit the original Billings Coverlet in the Quilt Museum of the British Isles. This week my dream came true! Sue and I have travelled to the UK to make a special visit to the museum and visit with this amazing quilt. We were treated to a private viewing and when all was done my Mrs Billings was laid out for the curator Heather to see... and here she is placed carefully on top of the original. One interesting fact we learned was the the original quilt was a simple coverlet with no backing, many of the original papers are still in situ!




If you are lucky enough to find yourself in York, check out the museum! If you are interested in viewing the quilt for yourself, contact the museum and find out when or where it might be on show!

Thank you to all of the wonderful ladies we met including Heather and Christine.... Sue and I had a wonderful day!

Chat soon, Karen

Monday, 7 April 2014

Look what I picked up today!

We're off! Look what I picked up today!

Sue and I are heading for the airport on Sunday where we will catching a flight to London! I haven't been to London since I was in my early twenties, that was only last year wasn't it? :) I wonder how much it has changed.
We are flying into Heathrow and catching a train up to York to visit the original Mrs Billings ... can't wait to see her in the flesh. I know many of you have already, because you have let me know about it over the last few years - but its my turn now!


After our short but exciting visit with Mrs B we are heading back to London and over to Paris using these tickets. Have you been on the Eurostar? They tell me its an interesting trip. (I will let you know what I think soon!)


The Friday girls gave me an early birthday present last week ... spending money for the next part of our trip!


A visit to this amazing quilt show!!!!!!!


I hope I can find some time to keep you up to date with our adventures.

In the meantime I will be at AQC here in Melbourne, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Call past and say hello if you are in town!

Bonjour,









p.s I wonder if they have any nice red shoes in Europe?

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Show and Tell...

Its been a little while since we have had some show and tell from the shop, so I thought you might like to see what we got up to today in class!

Mrs Billings stitched by Sue, this is such a lovely lighter/brighter version than mine.


Joan is working on Lucy Boston, also known as Patchwork of the Crosses, have a look at Linda Franz website if you are looking for a copy of her wonderful book. This is the start of a new block...


And another... this one has its borders attached!


Joan completed the next round during the morning... Fantastic fussy cutting!


We also had a couple of deliveries today too! These amazing Yuwa fabrics, mmmm I think I need some of these :) 


And......... whats inside these HUGE boxes? Finally, the fabrics for the new Block of the Month!


Borders are on, I took some time out yesterday to quilt and tonight I have attached the binding, just need time to hand stitch it in place! I will try and post a photo of the finished quilt soon.


Back soon,



Monday, 17 February 2014

Block of the Month 2014...


I have spent the day today working on this years new Block of the Month. Not sure of its name yet, but I know that will come to me soon. It has taken a few months to get this far unfortunately, (the heat here in Melbourne has been my excuse :) and I'm sticking to that!). Today was a perfect sewing day.

I started the morning with a finished (at last) centre block, just needed a little trimming to be done. Very happy with the end result! These fabrics are simply perfect for fussy cutting.



Then I added this mixture of blocks. The BOM this year features fabric from 'Peace and Plenty' by Judie Rothermel. The colours are a little different to my usual colour palette, but they have come together very nicely. A challenge is good!


And as the day has moved on the smaller blocks were added to the centre. By the end of the good light today all of the blocks were stitched in place. The only thing left to do is cut the borders and a good press! Oh, and of course another photo.


Until next time,



Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Too much fun!

We are having too much fun working on these Lucy Boston blocks. Everyday there seems to be someone new coming in with a different colour way or layout! This is one of Shirley's gorgeous blocks. Have a close look at the fussy cut centre.

I have had lots and lots of requests for another Lucy class - Sue has agreed to host another stitching day on Saturday 1st March. If you are interested please let me know by calling the shop on (Melb) 03 9807 3399 and put your name on the list.



I have been working on my project bag again this week. The front is finished and the back is all decided, just have to attach the selvedge strip to the pocket. How do you like Sue's bag in the background? The squares are very beautiful too!



Keep stitching,



Tuesday, 28 January 2014

One more Lucy!

I cannot believe how different each Lucy Boston block is! This is one of mine and I love it, I can't decide whether I will work on a colour theme or simply random choices...... Too many decisions to make and too many fabrics to choose from.

The Lucy Boston 'Summer School' classes were so popular that we have scheduled another for this coming weekend Saturday 1st February from 10 am till 3 pm. SO - if you missed out and are interested in learning the technique - there are still a few vacancies. Just call the shop on (03) 9807 3399 to book your place!


Now what I have I been up-to over the Christmas/New Year break? I have been playing with these fabrics from Judie Rothermel. I will be using them in this years Block of the Month starting in late March! 


Here are some of the fabrics made into blocks, wait a little while and I will show you more!


I also had a play with these cute little things.... 1" clamshells from Patchwork with Busy Fingers and some left over fabrics from a previous project. They are so tiny! But loads of fun. 


You will have to wait and see what I did with them...

Until next time,


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

More Lucy Boston blocks...

The Friday girls have been very busy again this week making more Lucy Boston blocks! The fabric combinations are all wonderful and the fussy cutting is amazing!


These blocks are very addictive - once you start you can't stop. Each fabric creates its own special design whether it is a stripe, a pattern or a flower.

This group are inspired by fabrics from mostly one range. Keep watching because this one will be very special when finished.


The Friday girls turned up again on Tuesday this week .... with a few new friends .... to work on the hand appliqué technique class with Julie Adamson.

This is what they all made in the day ..........  Just joking!!!! (This is Julie's stunning sample)


Now this is what they really did yesterday. A super practice piece covering straight appliqué, curved edges, reversed layers, leaves and small (tiny) circles. Lots of lessons learned and heaps of fun was had by all!


Summer school is almost over, just a few classes to go. Then its back to normal shop activities. 
Lets see what the class participants get up to next!



Thursday, 16 January 2014

Sit and stitch...

Ok... I am officially over the heat! We had our third day in a row of 43 C (110 F) today and we are heading for yet another one tomorrow with maybe a very late change. Yuk! I am sitting here at 7.30pm and it is still 38 C (100 F). The shop is getting warmer but the air-conditioning is coping well.

Todays class for summer school was 'sit and stitch', some of the girls were working on more Lucy Boston blocks! I liked this one. It was too hot to spend much time on anything brain draining so we played with a bit of this and a bit of that.


We found this interesting scrap of fabric today too! An Moonen came for a visit a few years ago and signed a quilt for Sue. Maybe she did a practice run on here!


The Friday girls are back in tomorrow... I wonder what they will be working on!




Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Todays class - Lucy Boston

Well.... and I do have to start with 'well', today we had our second consecutive day of 43 degrees celsius, it was HOT and HOTTER! The weather here in Melbourne is truly awful, we had 2 air conditioners, 2 oscillating fans and a few personal (hand operated) fans going from 10am until we dropped at 4pm. The girls were working hard at creating some gorgeous Lucy Boston blocks. This is a very small selection of their days activities. There were 14 enthusiastic students in the class and most of them made (or laid out) at least 2 blocks each!

There was a mixture of traditional hand piecing and English paper piecing and all of them were gorgeous!

 Do you have a favourite needle? Anne does!!!!!!! Actually she has 2....
I did try to convince her that a straight needle is much easier to stitch with :)

In tomorrows class we will be working on all sorts of things and I will hopefully take some more photos to share!

If you are in southern Australia, take care and try to keep out of the heat!

Until tomorrow,










P.S. If you missed out on this class, we will be holding another one on Saturday 1st of February (10am-3pm). Please call the shop (03) 9807 3399 to reserve your spot!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Summer School - Hand Quilting

Todays Summer School class was Hand Quilting..... BUT this morning we woke to the news that is was going to be 43 degrees celsius!!!!!!! Thats right - a top temperature of 43 C (or 110 F), not really the nicest day for hand quilting. 
The air-conditioners were motoring away all day and the girls worked diligently and achieved some very nice results.

Julie's samples were gorgeous. 



The featured special today are our red spot specials!
Odd sized pieces packaged into bags of approximately 1/2 metre in total.
Priced at $7.50 each.
We have these most of the time, but I have made lots more for tomorrows Lucy Boston class.


Back soon with lots more photos,