Irish Circles

Irish Circles
Last years block of the month

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Block of the month.

I am so impressed everyone has done their "Friendship Quilt" homework.
Here are the pictures of blocks three and four.

Our first row is now complete.
Wendy has finished her marriage quilt.
Hand quilting around each shape was enough quilting.
It's beautiful congratulations Wendy!

Lorraine has also finished her top.
Anyone needing help with fabrics I will be teaching at Quiltsmith tomorrow then Patchwork Plus Thursday and Friday.
Best get my printing done.
Have a good day everyone,
Karen x

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday in my sewing room.

Hi everyone,
I feel like July has been a very long month!
Today I am in my sewing room preparing block three and four of the block of the month.

I love making this quilt, looking forward to some stitching later on.

My trip to Port Maquarie was wonderful, Stitched and Framed is a lovely shop with a light and spacious class room.
Lots of fun with our magic mirrors, fabric designs take on a whole new use when we fussy cut.
Lovely to catch up with my Port Maquarie friends, see you all next year.
Samples of fussy cutting in port.
Great class room.

My Plain and Fancy above.

I didn't get to Port last year so two years later some truly inspiring finished quilts.

Denise has been very busy.
The sampler just needed a border.
Folk art Baskets.

A couple from Sue.
The Wedding Quilt.
Marie Antoinette. 
The Sampler.

The start of Jester and Irish Circles.

The Jester pattern is going in Quilters Companion this year.
Here is a sneak peek of the beautiful quilting Kim Dolan has done on Sue Brooks Jester which will be used in the magazine.....yes that means mine wasn't ready.
Sue's work is so beautiful, her appliqué is well perfect.

Best get to work or I won't be ready for Cottage Quilt Works tomorrow, still in my PJ's
Lastly my daughter Anna is off to work in Ireland, having an English mother finally paid off.
I haven't seen any of my children off at the airport for an indefinite time, girls that is really hard!
Well I guess that means I get to see Ireland.
Have a great day everyone,
Karen x

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quilt Show

Hi everyone,
The Sydney Quilt Show is lovely I know a few were worried about the new venue but it is light and airy the quilts looked so much better with all the natural light.
My quilt Birds and Blooms got second place in my section, such a nice surprise.
One of the judges was Kim Maclean which brought back memories of me, a young mum, sitting in awe in front of her quilt a 'A Tisket a Tasket one more Basket'at the Sydney Quilt show many years ago. A white glove lady said to me, "you know you just need to practice, you get better every quilt" I said I couldn't imagine ever entering a show like this.
I can't remember how many quilts I have made since then but I have loved making all of them.
I caught up with lots of friends and had a really nice day.
The best of show is a stunner, go see it!

The pattern for Birds and Blooms is available.

I will be sorting out Correspondence today for the Block of the Month, the first posting is Monday.

Looking forward to Port Macquarie and catching up with you all.
Happy stitching everyone,
Karen x

Thursday, June 26, 2014

New Block of the Month

Hi everyone,
I feel really guilty that it's taken me so long to update my blog, when lovely Margaret asked if it was broken I promised as soon as I got home I would post.
We will be starting the new quilt in July.
It is called The Friendship Quilt as it is inspired by nineteenth century friendship quilts.
Each month you will be getting two blocks one appliqué and one pieced.
It will have one appliqué border and three pieced borders. 
The quilt will be 60 x 65 so not too big.
You can do this correspondence.
First two blocks.

It has nice sashing and cornerstones.
I bought my backgrounds from Cottage Quilt Works, they still have the background for the appliqué blocks and some kits.
Appliqué background.

Pieced blocks background.

Corner stone fabric.
Requirements: 1 mtr background for appliqué.
.5 for pieced blocks.
.30 for corner stones.
Of course you can make this in any colours you like.

Sue has finished her Sampler which was inspired by the Sundial Quilt.
It is always lovely to see the personal and unique blocks stitched into the design.
The quilting by the very talented Christie Wong is so beautiful.

May baskets is going well, most are ready for the final border.
Can you see the difference in Elizabeth's basket border?
We all love our tiny basket row!

Speaking of baskets, why do cats think they can fit in tiny's like me trying on a pair of size ten jeans!
I have booked to come to Quilts in the Barn in October so looking forward to catching up with Melbourne friends and visiting some shops.
It is very cold in the mountains today so I intend to sew and drink plenty of tea.
Take care everyone,
Karen x
Just a quick note, I am not booked to teach in Melbourne in October, sorry for any misunderstanding.