Irish Circles

Irish Circles
Last years block of the month

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Beautiful Yuwa fabrics

My purchases for today beautiful Yuwa fabrics at Patchwork Plus today.

Shops number 95402786

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Time management.

Hi girls,
Boy doesn't time fly! I am at home more this year and really don't know what happens to the day, I look at the clock and it's nine in the morning the next time I look it's three in the afternoon!

I receive lovely emails each week asking about purchasing my patterns.
I don't sell patterns commercially but I am happy to print a pattern for you.
The only retired pattern is Antique Appliqué.
The patterns for classes 2014 are also unavailable.
Let's look at photos.
Here are two beautiful finished quilts.
Irish circles by Kerrie and Miss Austens Garden by Elizabeth, both girls attend classes at Cottage Quilt Works.

I have a group of girls doing The Sampler quilt in The Netherlands with willeke at her shop Fat Quarters, here they are working hard.

Another group started this year at Patchwork Plus Miranda Australia.

It's such a small world.

I had a request for a photo of my Lucy Boston to see how it was quilted.

Fancy border by Connie Macy a truly gifted machine quilter.
Big blocks in the ditch.
Now for a few Fussy Cutting wonders.
This one always makes me smile.

Many more to come so much fun to do.
Well it's lunch time ,my parents are here and they are fussy cutting mums Birds and Blooms, there seems to be a lot of discussion as to the best method to fussy cut so I best get in the middle, ha ha.
Take care everyone,
Karen x

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fussy Cutting

Hi everyone,
Here is a completed Marriage Quilt by Karen from the Quiltsmith Saturday class.
Just beautiful!
As the class on  Saturday at Quiltsmith is full another Saturday is being organised, If you would like to come along just ring the shop for details.

The Port Macquarie workshop has changed dates to the 19th -20th of July
as the12th-13th is the Sydney Quilt Show.

Now let's look at all the lovely fussy cutting being done for Birds and Blooms.
Perfect fabric Lindy.

Love the magic mirrors.

Well that's all for now I am teaching the next few days at the beautiful shop Cottage Quiltworks on the Northern beaches. So many lovely fabrics I think I might have another walk around the shop  
I will leave you with the following, perhaps I should check my hair is in order!
Karen xx

Monday, February 3, 2014

Back to classes.

IIt seems such a long time since our last classes.
First two days were with the Glenbrook ladies, Sue had finished her V&A quilt.

Anne only needed to sew the border on her Miss Porter and John.

And Jen had reconnected with her 1800's Folk Art quilt.

Remember our Karens Hexagon quilt? 
Well Kerrie finally got the inspiration to machine quilt her finished top, she did a fantastic job!

Rhonda had a beautiful new range to tempt us, perfect for May Baskets.

I did make a mistake for Summer School next year, it is still five days 14th-18th of January, thanks Annette I wouldn't have noticed until someone booked in for class on the 19th.

I have also booked the dates for the Port Maquarie workshop it will be a two day class 12th-13th of July at Stitched 'n' Framed a new shop owned by Jenny Gibbs.
I am looking forward to catching up with all the girls in Port.

Tomorrow I am off to Sydney for three days, one with Melinda at Quiltsmith and two days with Lorraine at Patchwork Plus.
I am sure both shops will have lovely fabrics and plenty of show and tell.
Bye for now,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Blue Mountains Summer School.

Happy New Year everyone!
Lots of news for my first blog.
My daughter has moved to Adelaide to work so I am looking forward to a visit to SA this year, let me know where all the shops are.
Summer School was a great success we had lovely venues, scrumptious food and happy stitchers.
Let's show the photographic evidence.
First workshop in the Bates hall.
Such a lovely light space.

Leigh brought along her in progress Irish Circles quilt.

lots of work underway.

Barb had her Petunia from last year and her Lucy Boston table runner.

Sheryn is very happy with her piecing, gorgeous fabrics.
Angela had a great start with her rosettes.
Lovely fussy cutting.

Angela also had show and tell, her Susan Smith band sampler and her completed Lucy Boston.

Annette had to come on her own this year and found she could really focus and get her work done.
To be fair she was also the coffee run lady every morning and completed a corner by day five.

Wouldn't you love this bag! Shelley bought it from the V&A 
Fantastic first two days, Jo, Ally and Judy were definitely only starting one quilt but couldn't resist, luckily Rhonda had a half price sale as another essential shopping expedition had to be organised.

Friday was held at my home we started with only a few and ended up with 15 we called it fussy cutting Friday and had so much fun.
Shock of the day I made the scones.

Here's a treat Leah's fussy cutting.

A happy home full of friends.

This is what happens when a group of quilters get their hands on a piece of fabric to fussy cut.
I really did make the scones.
Our last two days were spent in the big hall.
Rhonda's girls look very relaxed.
My class, heads down enjoying the relaxed stitching weekend.
Lorraine had a beautiful pop up shop, so many lovely fabrics too hard to resist.

Lorraine was also our guest speaker at the dinner at The Paragon which was so entertaining.
We could all identify with the fads and changes over the last 25 years.
Everyone remembered the patchwork jacket but no one could recall any pattern being flattering.

What a fantastic five days.
Thank you to Helen and Kara such talented cooks your catering was outstanding.
And to all the girls who helped me set up, pack up and just helped whenever I needed it a big hug.
Annette for coffee and keeping me giggling all the time!
Date for next year 14th to the19th of January.
Looking forward to starting classes soon,
Karen x