Irish Circles

Irish Circles
Last years block of the month

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Catch up


Hi everyone,
Sorry it's been a while but I bought a new phone so I have had my head in The Clouds trying to retrieve my photos and files... Well not enough storage space left and still can't work out how to find out what's up there and how to get it out!
I decided to stay calm and move on.

So the final two blocks of The Friendship Quilt or BOM to the correspondence girls have been given out so now the quilt can be sewn together.
Borders this month (I have photos of the quilt but they are in the cloud)
There are photos on Instagram it is very easy to keep up on Instagram not hard to sign up.

Willeke Van Der Wal has sent photos of her very beautiful Sampler 

I just love it especially her unique designs, looking forward to seeing your students quilts as well.

Two very nice centres for the start of Plain and Fancy.


Wendy's lovely three inch stars.


Helen's blocks for The Friendship Quilt.
I am sitting in my garden on this lovely sunny Sunday getting the required vitamin D will see this afternoon.
I was hoping to have super powers today having been bitten by a spider (not poisonus) but no just a horrible bite mark!
On that note I will go inside for a cup of tea.
Thanks girls for a great start to another year of stitching,
KC or Keesie to some of you.
Xx

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone,
Hope you all had a great Christmas and now the New Year is in full swing ready to stitch new quilts or get a few finished.

The start of 2015 has been fantastic so far. Summer School was the best ever.
The Jester quilt is on the cover of Quilters Companion and there is a stunning photo of Birds and Blooms in Quilt Mania.

I am looking forward to starting a new class in Camden at The Stitchers Cupboard and meeting a new group of ladies.
And of course catching up with everyone in my regular classes.

Back to Summer School here are some photos for you.
As you can see I have finished the BOM
I will be sending mail outs first week in February.
Also Rhonda has finished Ann Randoll if you didn't come to SS and still need some of the pattern let me know.
Denise made a king size Birds and Blooms
Gorgeous!!
 

Everyone hard at work.

My retrospective went well all my early quilts dating from 1997 to early 2000's
Here are just a few.





Rhonda has nearly finished her latest half inch hexie.
So beautiful!

We decided to learn cross stitch, thanks to Karen of The Stitching Post we all succeeded.
A group is now meeting once a month to continue and make a Sampler.
We are called A Flock of Sparrows.
Of course I need my high tech goggles to see the holes in my linen... Not a great look.
We will be incorporating cross stitch next year as we all loved it.
Well that is my first blog for 2015 I will try to post at the beginning of each month this year and of course Instagram 
in between.
A big thank you to all the girls who came along to SS you all make it such a wonderful five days!
Looking forward to catching up with everyone in February.
Karen x

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Block of the Month.

Hi everyone,
Here are the next two blocks.
Block 11
Block 12
The quilt is looking lovely.
Here is homework completed at Patchwork Plus.
The Jester Quilt will be in Quilters Companion in January.
Here is Jans simplified blue version.
Pat has finished Birds and Blooms.
And here at Cottage Quilt Works Megan has finished May Baskets.
Love them all!
Vanessa is making the most beautiful wedding ring quilt.

Thank you to all the girls who have paid for Summer School the requirements will be sent this weekend.
I called into The Hydro Majestic this week to check out the cafe... Absolutely beautiful if you have time on the way to SS call in and have a look.
The view is fantastic.
I can't believe it's the end of the year and I am doing the last classes for the year.
Birds and Blooms and May Baskets have been popular choices this year with many completed.
The new English Frame Quilt has started the shopping for just the right fabrics, French General and Dutch Heritage have been the most popular choices.
I love shopping for a new quilt!
Do you need an idea for a Christmas plate?
Strawberries with the top cut off dipped in white chocolate with coconut and a tiny piece of marshmallow on the top.
Santa's hats!
So yummy!
I will blog again before Christmas and of course Instagram in between.
Take care everyone,
Karen x

Monday, November 3, 2014

Summer Scholl

Hi everyone,
All is going well for Summer School.
Rhonda has sold her shop and finished her treatment so here is the start of her red and cream quilt for SS.


It looks lovely. She is also getting the Ann Randoll pattern finished to give to last years girls, it's wonderful to see her so well and enjoying semi retirement.
There are places left in her weekend workshop.
I have been busy with our BOM
Here are the next two blocks.

I just love making these blocks!

Photos just in of The Trundle made in America by Prue McBride her husband did the amazing quilting.


Just beautiful!

My daughter has returned after three months away.
She called into Petra Prins shop and bought this.

Full of beautiful Dutch chintz fabrics.... So beautiful.
I am traveling next year so that will definitely be on my list.
Anna said the shop was lovely and Elsbeth was so friendly, can't wait to visit.

One more photo.
I am addicted to these little pin keepers!
Take care everyone,
Karen x

Monday, October 6, 2014

Summer School

Hi everyone,
Summer School info goes out in the morning please email me if I miss you.
We are having SS at The Redleaf Resort this year so if you are staying there you can sew in your PJ's!
The new owners have promised good food and a lovely room to work in.
Can't wait!
Well I did have a strange month the block of the month had two block six and no five... It's like the 13th floor just isn't there. 
Thank goodness Wendy  and Anne had the courage to tell me to "take panadol and go to bed" or I might still be only making block sixes.
Here is block Seven and eight.



The quilt so far looks like this.

I have finished the appliqué border that goes across the top, so cute.
 
I had a lovely cooking day with Saxon here is the delicious plate of cup cakes.
Still finding sprinkles.
I used my Be-Ro cook book my grandmother bought me.
Be-Ro flour came from the north of England.
It's lovely to have this memento from my Grandma,so important to remember to sign books.

I have a couple of emails of finished quilts
So here are two from Sheryn.
Miss porter and John.
The Nottingham Quilt.
Here is Lesley's Sampler which was recently displayed at the Maitland show.
Thank you for sharing your work.

This is Michele's amazing hexagon block.
The tech girls... Yes Michele and Brenda showed me how to get on the Instagram still not sure what I am doing but it is fun, thanks girls more time on my phone.

Anna was in Amsterdam and called into Petra Prins shop... So jealous!
But there is a parcel coming home for me, she said it is a beautiful store can't wait to go one day.

I fly to Melbourne on Thursday to visit and go to Quilts in The Barn.
I have so much on my list to do, can't wait!
Good night all,
Karen x


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

On the mend.

Hi everyone,
Thank you for all the get well emails.
I am sorry I had to cancel last weeks classes but I totally underestimated the op I had.
I have never had stitches before no idea
what it would feel like, it doesn't help that it's in the middle of my back.
Gosh the brave girls who have major procedures then arrive in class a month later! Amazing.
Anyway my problem is over apart from having all the stitches out... Does that hurt!
I must also up date my emails as some of you did not receive the email, my apologies girls.
Let's get back to sewing!
Block five and six are ready for September.

 I got the gorgeous cat fabric from Quiltsmith.
 Nice easy appliqué block.
Kelly who is doing correspondence BOM
sent some nice photos.
They are lovely Kelly.

A few photos from the girls in my Glenbrook class.
How cute are the thirties fabrics.




I never get tired of the blocks from Birds and Blooms.
Elvis is back!
A bit Alfred Hichcock.
I will catch up on my emails today too.
Sorry for the delay everyone.
I just want to say thank you to my friend Helen, she's the girl who turns up with flowers, food and friendship and doesn't even hint that you look awful!
Take care everyone, back on the road Saturday.
Karen xx