Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Summer School - part 3

My Chintz Medallion quilt is almost done, just a little more appliqué and a floral border to go. 
I think you can picture the overall effect!
This class is on Saturday & Sunday the 19th & 20th of January, floral fabric kits will be available.

 As I was finishing up at the shop this afternoon there was a late delivery!
These stunning fabrics from Barbara Brackman called 'Metropolitan Fair' have been much anticipated and, 
when they are completely unpacked, will be just as gorgeous as the sample pack looks. 

'Toasted' by Jo Morton arrived last Friday. Lots of warm creams with very interesting patterns.

And these, also a Friday delivery, are 'Margo's Favourite Shirtings'. Light, clean, almost white shirtings.

Don't forget all of the new fabric ranges can be cut into our - 1/2 30cm bundles (30cm x 55cm) just call the shop for pricing.

Until next time,

Monday, 26 November 2012

Summer School - part 2

Let me inspire you with some more Summer School 2013 projects!

Ring of Roses with Sue - this little beauty can be created using templates for hand piecing or an English paper piecing technique. 
Learn both and then choose your preferred option. A one day class on the 22nd January.
Visit Sue's blog for a closer look.

Clamshells, 24th January. This fascinating technique is much easier than it looks!
My project is a bed runner but you can make any size/shape you like!
Mmmm, a bit of a colour theme happening here at the moment! Sue and I have must be on the same wavelength :)

And a small preview of the 'Chintz Medallion'... I have almost finished enough for you to see! 
A larger photo will follow on the next post......

Are you still looking for some Mrs Billings fabric? 
I recently came across some of the original border fabric plus others from my quilt and have put together a 
limited number of starter packs. If you are interested please email me for more information.

Until next time,

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Summer School - part 1

Here is a small taste of the 'Summer School' classes for 2013, for more information on our class list and event schedule visit here

Hamilton Place - Thursday 17th January  

 Aunty Greens Garden - Saturday & Sunday the 12th & 13th of January
with Irene Blanck
These quilts are just two of the workshops to be held this coming January at Somerset Patchwork 
keep watching over the next few days for more! 

Until next time,

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Show & Tell - and What's New!

We are home at last from our travels and wow, what a year it has been! 10 shows, 4 states and 2 continents all in nine months. I am tired just thinking about it! You can imagine how much am I looking forward to being home for at least the next 4 months ... maybe there will be some time to start and possibly finish a new quilt or two! 

Margaret has finished a 'quilt or two' this year (lucky girl) and brought them in for show & tell during the week. 
The first quilt is 'Marylebone' designed by Sue Ambrose

 And this gorgeous quilt is 'Barrington Court' also designed by Sue Ambrose and made by Margaret.
 Carol is working on 'Barrington Court' too! Very different colour range but just as lovely.

These two quilt patterns are available from Somerset Patchwork, or visit the website for more information.

There were a few new exciting ranges delivered this week too! 
This unusual collection is 'Retro Geo' by Paula Barnes, from the early 1900's I believe. 
 I just love it!!! Can't wait to play with this one.
And this vibrant collection is 'Prussian Blue' by Pamela Weeks for Newcastle Fabrics.... mmmmm, very nice as well!

Until next time, when I will have some 'Summer School' project photos...,

Monday, 12 November 2012

Mrs Billings, Tara and me!

The Adelaide Craft and Quilt Fair was on last week and while I was there I met Tara from Tazzie Quilts
Tara has been working on her Mrs Billings for sometime now and it was lovely to see it up close and personal. 
You may have seen Tara's progress on her blog, if not have a peep!

Tara is using mostly French General fabrics from Moda and it is looking fantastic!
 During the Quilt Show Tara was demonstatrating and stitching her final hexagon border...

Have you seen Laurie Simpson's Mrs Billings? 
Have a look at Lauries blog and follow her progress using a selection of many of her Minick and Simpson fabrics, also by Moda.
It is looking gorgeous Laurie.

Don't forget to send photos of your Mrs Billings, I would love to see them too!

Until next time,

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Touch down...

I have landed in Melbourne again (but only for 2 days) and to my great delight remembered that there was Sunday Sewing at the shop! A smaller than usual group today, but as you can see by the photos that follow, they are all very creative ladies. 

Olga has been working on some houses from a 'Blackbird Designs' book. 
These are two of nine large blocks of appliquéd houses.

Heather has been working on her 'Civil War Bride' quilt by Corlis Searcey. 
These birds will be ostrich's when they are finished.

One of our new members Elaine is also stitching a 'Blackbird Designs' pattern. Not sure which one unfortunately!

 Our other Heather was piecing this lovely little 'Brides Bouquet' block.

Mary is continuing on her 'Baltimore' quilt, not many more blocks to do now I think.

Ann has been stitching clamshells... they are coming along beautifully.

Bonnie placed a little bird on her appliqué quilt today, love the fussy cutting of this one.

Carlene is working on this lovely sampler... I didn't get the name of the pattern for this one.

And I did a little more to my Summer School project quilt and shared a few new books that I brought home from Houston, two lovely books by Laurie Simpson and Polly Minick. These two talented ladies design fabric for Moda and have written books featuring their fabric ranges. I was very lucky to meet them during Quilt Market last week.

I have unpacked my bags, done the washing and will be repacking again tomorrow as we are off to Adelaide for the Craft and Quilt show starting on Thursday 8th November. Don't forget to call past and say Hi if you are in town.

Until next time, 

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Guess where we are today...

This week Paul and I have found ourselves on the other side of the Pacific Ocean! 
It was a very long flight but we have arrived safely at the International Quilt Market and Festival. 
Somerset Patchwork had a booth in 
... at the George R Brown centre, downtown Houston. 
The quilt show takes up the entire building, there is about one third of the complex showing in this photo
... the streets are decorated with lots of banners announcing the event.
 Even the building was decorated with quilts!
Look what else we found when we took an early peek at the quilts...
 'Best of Friends' by our very own Linda Bear... It looked fantastic hanging in such an amazing venue.
Mrs Billings came for a visit too! This one belongs to Patricia Schremmer from 'Stitching Traditions' Topeka KS.

And at the end of a long show... some rest and relaxation, off for a swim now! 

Until next time,