Thursday, 28 March 2013

Show and tell....

We had an amazing time last weekend at our Summer School Reunion. Most of the girls were working on Sue's 'Ring of Roses' quilt with lots and lots of fussy cutting! Visit Sue's blog to see more of our weekend activities.

Check out this one from Ros - love the hexagon border!

Lots more fussy cutting from Leigh -

Sue J. has added a slightly more patterned background -

Anna's little hexies are very sweet -

Anna has started cutting her six pointed stars ... but ran out of fabric!!!!! This piece shown below measures 30cm x 110cm but unfortunately there is only enough repeats for 5 diamonds, not 6 - another 30cm will be required to finish off the star (now that's a dedicated stitcher!)

 Joan joined us with her Mrs Billings centre -

And look what followed me home from Bairnsdale! Mmmm couldn't resist!

Until next time,

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Summer School Reunion

The weather here in Melbourne has finally started to turn, no more 30+ degree days just lovely cool mornings, 
delightful low 20's during the day and back to cool nights (just perfect for a good night sleep).

Now that summer is over we are having a Class of 2013 Summer School reunion - Sat 23rd & Sun 24th March.
Did you start a project? Were you unable to attend? Do you need a little encouragement to continue?
If any of these apply to you and you have some free time this weekend Sue and I will be able to help you start, 
continue or complete one or more of the many classes we held in January. 
There are limited places still available - if you are interested please contact the shop.

This gorgeous 'Ring of Roses belongs to Leigh... I wonder what it looks like now!

I hope you can join us,

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Robins Nest

I have been preparing starter kits over the last few days for a weekend retreat where I will be teaching Robin's Nest. After careful cutting and calculating I have managed to make a few extra sets! If you are interested in a starter pack for this quilt project either email or phone Somerset Patchwork. Background packs are also available. 

Robin's Nest quilt measures 70" x 70" (1.8m x 1.8m)

Until next time,

Monday, 11 March 2013

By special request Somerset Patchwork presents the

☞  CLASS OF 2013   


Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March

from 10 am - 4 pm

$65 1-day or $110 2-days

Lunch, morning & afternoon tea provided....

Karen and Sue are inviting you to come along for a fun filled weekend to continue, 
(or start another...) 2013 Summer School project!

There will be lots of help, guidance and encouragement along with 
a preview of some new projects for this coming year, plus lots of other goodies.

Please contact the shop if you are interested as places are limited and bookings are essential!

Can't remember what was on the Summer School list?
Here are a few photos to bring back that memory!

Aunty Greens Garden by Irene
Chintz Medallion by Karen
Ring of Roses by Sue
And the Quilt-As-You-Go Log Cabin by Linda.
This is Kim's version with the lovely Linda perched on top!
Oooh look Linda matches!!
Don't worry if you missed out last time you can still come along for the weekend...
bring along a project or two and sit and sew with like minded friends!

Until next time,

Wednesday, 6 March 2013


 Would you like a sneak peek of this years 'Block of the Month' Merrimack? 

Here is the centre... just a little more to piece and I will be able to show you the finished quilt top. 
This years project is more of a traditional sampler -
with repeat blocks and larger chunks of fabric than Mrs Billings or Robins Nest. 
The colours are a bit stronger than I usually use too!

There are a few appliqué blocks using simple leaves and pomegranate designs.

Large, medium and small blocks made with acrylic templates pieced on the machine or by hand.

And one of my favourite things... borders, lots of borders!

Must get back to stitching,

Friday, 1 March 2013

Mrs Billings - here, there and everywhere...

I know its been awhile since we have had a Mrs Billings update; so make a cuppa, sit back and get comfortable because I have lots of new photos of some very inspiring quilts...

I don't get a lot of time to look through other blogs, but a new one caught my attention a few weeks back - Mrs Billings in Denmark! I must admit to being a little excited when I found it, I checked in and look what was there... Mrs Billings featuring Kaffe fabrics!!!! Isn't it vibrant, I can't wait for more of an update on this one. If you would like to see more of Maria's quilt and others working with Helene Juul in Denmark, visit here.

Next Mrs Billings in predominantly blues with a touch of purple by Anna.

 Sue has made her Mrs Billings with a soft hue of pink and lots of fussy cut hexagons.

 Josephine, some soft pinks too! How about that centre design, gorgeous.

Lynette started her Mrs Billings in Darwin with me last year and has recently made Melbourne her home, so now I can keep a closer watch on this lovely interpretation made predominantly in green with a touch of red and gold.

Beautiful corners too Lynnette!

Adrienne has chosen a blue background and is using a wider assortment of colours than the others of have shown you today. Adrienne has studied the original quilt and redesigned her centre to match.

Laurie Simpson from Minick and Simpson has been motoring along with her Mrs Billings too! 
I met Laurie last November at Houston Quilt Market and I am amazed at the speed in which she is progressing. 
If you would like to keep up with Laurie visit here!

Do you remember after Christmas I was playing with some new fabrics and templates, Mill Girls by Judy Rothermel? 
Well these arrived the other day...... they are the borders for my new block of the month! 
I am so close to finishing that I think I might let you have a little peep next time!

Until then,