Thursday, October 18, 2012



All Summer School workshops run between 10am and 3pm.

Samples of the Workshop projects will be on display in the shop as soon as possible.


JOANNA SOUTHCOTT’S COVERLET      Friday 11 & Saturday 12 January     
Two Days        $140.00                               Machine pieced and hand or machine applique centre.

This is a reproduction English medallion quilt made originally by Joanna Southcott in the 1800s.  It is a great way to utilise that beautiful piece of fabric you have tucked away in the broderie perse centre.  Also a great stash buster for all of those reproduction fabrics you have been collecting.
TEA CADDY PARADE                                             Monday 14 & 21 January                
Two Days        $140.00                                              Hand Applique
The original “Tea Caddy Parade” quilt has a gorgeous piece of fabric in the centre and an equally gorgeous applique border of an exotic parade – elephants, giraffes, oxen, dancing girls, soldiers, animals and much, much more. Join Linda in this two day workshop to learn how to make your own parade. Whether you want to replicate the original quilt or customise it to your own design, Linda is there to provide all the assistance you need.  Small pattern fee will be charged.


DAINTREE                                                                 Tuesday 15 January              
One Day         $70.00                                                    Machine Piecing

Go wild with Kaffe Fassett style fabrics in this fast pieced quilt. Fun and Fast, perfect for Summer School.


A WING and A PRAYER                  Wednesday & Thursday 16 & 17 January    
Two Days       $140.00                      Hand Piecing/Machine Piecing
The symbol of an eagle is often found in American antique quilts. This quirky quilt is fun to make and the large appliqué shapes and bright fabrics make the sewing go quickly.  Sarah won her category at the 2011 Sydney Quilt Show with this wonderful quilt.


THE WELSH GYPSY                                                Friday 18 & 25 January                     
Two Days        $140.00                                              Hand Piecing/Machine Piecing

 Make this beautiful Welsh style medallion quilt with Lynne.  It is a quick machine pieced quilt with minimal appliqué.  Make it with the beautiful rich colours Lynne has used, or use your own favourite colours.


KANTHA PEACOCKS, PARROTS & PAISLEYS      Saturday 19 January  
One Day         $70.00                                                    Hand Embroidery
We are lucky again this year to have Marg Light back with some of her beautiful Kantha embroidery inspired projects.  You will learn the basics of Kantha style embroidery and come away with a lovely and useful object. In this workshop, students will learn the traditional stitches of Kantha embroidery and how to work the background stitching in the field of the fabric. These are mostly variations of running stitch and simple filling and interlaced stitches, all worked with stranded cottons in vibrant shades.

The two designs will be supplied on sufficient silk broadcloth fabric to make up a mobile phone pouch and a glasses case. Comprehensive notes will also be supplied.  NB additional costs for the silk broadcloth apply.

AVIGNON                                                                  Tuesday 22 January 
One Day         $70.00                                                 Machine Piecing
 With colours inspired by a trip to France, Avignon features machine pieced “ric rac” strips and a funky machine appliquéd panel. Learn the tricks of piecing ¼ square triangles, fabric placements in a design, fudging the maths of the strips. This quilt can easily be adapted to larger sizes.
BIRDS EYE VIEW                             Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 January
                         Two Day      $140.00                                              Hand Piecing                                                                                                         
We have just received confirmation that Marg is able to join us again this year.  Marg will be teaching one of her new designs, Birds Eye View, in her inimitable style.  You won’t be disappointed as you may also receive a short lesson on hexagons as well.  A workshop packed full of fun, fabric and surprises.
DRESSMAKING FOR QUILTERS                         Tuesday 29 January              
One Day         $70.00                                              Machine Piecing
Join Anne for her ‘Kwik Stiks’ pull on pants in a day workshop.  You will produce a comfortable, custom fitted pair of pull on pants.  Create a wardrobe of fabulous original looks from this simple pattern.



SMARTY PARTY                                                      Wednesday 30 January        
One Day         $70.00                                                 Machine Pieced

How much fun can you have with fat quarters? Loads in this class with Michelle Marvig. Featuring machine pieced backgrounds and pieced, machine appliquéd circles, the exuberance of the centre blocks extends into the borders. A raw edge machine appliqué features in the centre of the piecing. No need to be afraid of circles any more.

EMBROIDERY EMBELLISHMENT TECHNIQUES      Thursday 31 January             
One Day         $70.00                                                       Hand Embroidery
Come and join Kirsten from Prints Charming and learn different embroidery techniques.  You will use one of their screen printed panels which you can then turn into the centre of a quilt, a cushion, table runner or simply frame your finished masterpiece.  We have the panels and the Perle 8 or DMC stranded threads in stock in the shop. 

FUSSY CUTTING HEXAGONS                                     Sunday 3 February                  
One Day    $70.00                                         Hand Piecing

This is the ultimate class if you want to create fabulous hexagon quilts.  Learn the art of fussy cutting to create a beautiful secondary pattern.  This is a skill you will be able to use again and again.  Join Suzy for more hexagon madness!
Hope to see as many of you as possible.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

More Aired Quilts

As promised here are some more quilts from our recent "Airing of the Quilts".

The most recent quilt shown.

This is one of the prettiest Yo-Yo quilts I have seen.

I think I have started making this 1930's classic, but I have no idea where it is. 
English silk quilt, with the papers still inside.

A touch of Amish.  This one dates to the 1930's.

Take a good look at the striping fabric in this quilt.  It is a lot older than you first think.  First half 1800's.
For those of you who make quilts with 1930's reproduction fabrics, please have a try at a coloured background.  This bubblegum pink is a classic.


So is this one. 
I suspect the Red and Green applique quilt was a "Southern" Quilt, and the chocolate "Puss in the Corner" block quilt is a "Northern" quilt.  I am referring to America of course.  But it is interesting that these two quilts are of a similar age, 1850, but at that time "quilting" fashions were quite regional.  Also think about the climatic differences.  Hot in the south, cold in the north.   
These are two of my latest purchases.  The 1930's Flower Garden, I bought because the hexagons are all fussy cut; something not very common in the 30's.  The pink and white Baby Bunting quilt dates to around 1920.  I bought this for the magnificent quilting, which unfortunately doesn't show in the photo, and its graphic impact.
I'm off for a fortnight to the Norfolk Island Quilting Retreat.  So as Norfolk Island appears to be lacking in modern communications, I will have to be back here to post the photos.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Quilts have been Aired.

Hi Everyone.
Sorry it has taken me so long to post the Airing of the Quilts from last Sunday, but I'm running away for a holiday next week, so I'm doing a million things at the moment.
I will just show you some of the quilts that were shown.  I will try and fit in more photos next week, as blogger seems to be limiting the number of photos I can have.  (Can anyone help!)
Please enjoy these wonderful old quilts.


It's that Green.
Spot that Green again.  For those who were not there, this quite bright spearmint green, which you see typically in English quilts, is a mid 1800's marvel.  It often looks out of place with the other fabrics in a quilt.  It is a good dating fabric.  I searched high and low to buy a quilt with this green in it when I was last in England.  Well now I know where I can steal some.

I will post some more next week.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Little Bit of 1930.

1930's Texas Star Starter Kit
This is our new 1930's Texas Star - Starter Kit, and it has happened because staffer Marj, who is the queen of machine piecing, made this beautiful hand pieced and quilted masterpiece.  Here it is hanging on the pink wall in the shop.  So many customers have admired it and wanted to know how to make it, we decided to make up the Starter Kit.  Full details of the Kit are in our web-site under "Kits".  Starter Packs costs $65.00 each. 

So please come and visit the shop to see Marj's lovely quilt.

Janelle sent us this photo of her finished Civil War Chronicles BOM.
I'm making this one, I'm up to the green blocks in the corner.  Well done Janelle.  Have a peek at Janelle's Blog to see all her beautiful work. 
We have one BOM program for Civil War Chronicles left, so if you would like to make this quilt ring now.
Elizabeth dropped to show how her Sarah's Revival BOM blocks are going.

Full details of Sarah's Revival is on our web-site under Block of the Month.
Last year, Barbara Brackman, quilt historian and author AND fabric designer for Moda gave us a her Civil War Block of the Week published for free on her blog see our Blog List.  Thank you so much Barbara.  A number of staff and friends took up this challenge.  Here is another completed top, this is Kate's.  Just love the sashing fabric, makes the top sing.  You can still get all these patterns on her Civil War blog.
Barbara has just launched her new Block of the Week, Grandmother's Choice.  The blog address is  I will attempt to add this one to our blog list. In this Block of the Week Barbara is showcasing blocks from about 100 years age, the period of the Women's Rights Movements.  The Suffragettes.  Also an interesting period for quilts. 
Janet, who has completly finished her Civil War, Block of the Week quilt, is now off and sewing on the new one.  Janet has chosen to make these blocks in "William Morris" fabrics, which is just perfect for this period.  
We will track her progress, but these are a intriguing start.
Why don't you start one too.

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