Monday, 9 March 2015

Mrs Billings update...

Mrs Billings is one of my favourite antique quilts of all time. The original is a stunning masterpiece created by a very talented seamstress at the end of the 1700's and early 1800's. The original maker is unknown but her quilt lives on. There have been many variations made from the detailed pattern I have written and here for you to see are a very small sample!

These quilts have been created by Mary, Laurie, Sue, Josephine and Joan. They are all amazing! Would you like to create your very own Mrs Billings? I will be teaching a two day workshop this April at AQC (The Australian Quilt Convention) here in Melbourne, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th. Visit here for more information and class vacancies.


Monday, 2 March 2015

A Mystery at Somerset revealed...

At last... the quilt is complete! Quilted with binding on and stitched in place - a start and a finish for 2015... 
can I keep up the pace! Probably not :) 

Here is the finished 'Somerset Mystery quilt'. Many of the girls started it over summer school this year and because it was a mystery to them (and in part to me!) there are lots of very different and very gorgeous versions, hopefully I can share some of those with you soon. You may have noticed that it turned out very big (89"x89"), to big to easily photograph in one hit! 
Pattern writing continues today with the full instructions available very, very soon.

Following on with the finish theme... here is Jan's hexagon quilt almost done using Kathy from Material Obsessions fabric. Another beautiful quilt!

More Lucy Boston blocks, I never tire of looking at these!

And as promised... this weeks fabric deliveries. Edith by Mary Koval, very yum in pinks, purples and browns.

Followed by these beautiful gold and grey shades by The Quilted Crow Girls.

They look very inviting in these little bundles!

More fabric updates and lots of show and tell soon...

Monday, 16 February 2015

Normal Programming resumes...

Normal programming has resumed (fingers crossed) and hopefully I will be free to update the blog a little more often! 
Our daily classes have started again with groups meeting every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. 
Call the shop (03 9873 5992) if you would like to join any of these days.

Summer school was a hoot again this year with lots of intrigue with our 'Mystery' quilt!
Some of the girls haven't seen the finished top yet so you will have to wait just a little while before I publish a full photo... 
but in the meantime here are a few sneek peaks :) 
It won't be long now before it will be written up and ready to purchase as a pattern.

My mate Nelson can't wait until I get it quilted. I think he is tired of tippy toeing around it laid out on the living room floor!

During January we had a family wedding. Meet the happy couple... my handsome son Mark and his beautiful wife Jayne. It was a delightful January afternoon, Paul and I are very proud of them both xxx 

We have had quite a few fabric deliveries recently and hopefully I will fill you in with all of those very soon,

Monday, 5 January 2015

2015... it's time for Summer School!

Another year has been and gone... and here we are in 2015. I had a lovely Christmas and New Year and I hope you did too!

This Christmas instead of our usual Gingerbread house we made one out of Shortbread! A little different but very yummy. 
See our little cheeky monkeys peeping through the windows? 

What's happening for Summer School you ask?

Well this year due to some very important overseas visitors and special family events we are trying something a little different. The theme for 2015 is 'A Mystery at Somerset'... over the last few weeks I have been cutting and sewing up a storm getting a secret project ready to share with you in classes over the next three weeks.

Would you like to join us? 
Classes are on from 10am - 4pm Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's in January. There are still a few limited spaces available.

What do you need to bring? 
Lots and lots of scraps, 4 metres of background and a set of our Lemoyne star templates. 

For more details and information call the shop on 03 9873 5992.

Keep watching to see what we get up to...