Irish Circles

Irish Circles
Last years block of the month

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.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Hi Everyone,
Well I have had a birthday now 56 it always seems odd when you remember how old you are, I don't feel any different probably because I have medication to keep everything normal.
Also it was my wedding anniversary 34 years! That's amazing the time just flys by  so much has happened over the years I never thought I would accumulate such an outstanding stash!
Throw in Mothers day and all my special days were done in the space of two weeks, fantastic.
My son made me a birthday cake.
Flowers were from Chris and Jan (cottage quilt works)
So cute the tablecloth and cake stand.
My friend Helen bought me an adorable owl from the famous Alex Callow, so cute.
These are also cards given to me, also made by Alex.
She really has such a wonderful eye for detail.
A couple of finished quilts from Cottage Quilt Works.
Miss Austens Garden By Sue.
Irish Circles by Terrie.
Wendy, Megan and Kerrie are making progress with their May Baskets.

I love little pictures in a quilt.

How about new fabrics, so many this month.
These are from Post Office Patchwork Glenbrook.
The green on the left would be a lovely alternative for the Elephant fabric.

And these little beauties had to come home with me.
I just got home from a walk around the neighbourhood with Saxon and picked up this amazing Autumn leaf, beautiful.
Two girls are leaving classes this month. Lynne is retiring from Sydney to the country, we will miss you Lynne but wish you well on your new adventure.
And Natalie is having a baby in July so of course we are all excited for her and can't wait to have a cuddle in a few months.
Saxon is fast asleep I have worn him out!
He is snuggled in my little Jane Austen Quilt, won't get away with that when he's older.
Take care everyone,
Karen x

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter.

Hope you are all enjoying your Easter eggs this morning.
I have a quiet moment to update my blog before the entire family arrives for dinner.

The girls in class have heard all about Cinnamon Buns and Barry, two bunnies I am looking after for my daughter who now lives in Adelaide.
I thought Easter was a good time for a photo.
Cinnamon Buns, really likes her food.
Barry, still going 18 months after the stroke, defying the vet who predicted he was not long for this world.
Barry Cunningham.
They are cute Saxon loves feeding them.

Back to quilting!
I have bought some of the new French General material to make a quilt for summer school.
Just letting you know as it is available in stores now.
Here's what I bought.
2 mtrs of each and 20 cm of lots of bits and pieces.
The quilt will be nine blocks fourteen and a half inches. Appliqué a small amount of foundation piecing and put together on the machine, perfect easy quilt to show case the fabrics.
Of course it could be made with what you have on the shelf.
I have started my Dear Jane!
It really is a lot of fun.
Birds and Blooms has created some wonderful blocks, a few girls have commented how lovely our Lucy Boston blocks are, Birds and Blooms is a hexagon rosette block but the fabrics would be good for both blocks.
Here are a few more.

The girls are really coming along with their samplers.

That's all for today, I love family get togethers hope you are all having a happy Easter Sunday,
Karen x

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