Irish Circles

Irish Circles
Last years block of the month

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


  1. Soooooo impressive...there will be a Lucy Boston in my future...the tablerunner looks like stained glass with the light shining through... I love love love both of he LB pieces!

  2. So nice to revisit Summer School in pics...had such a fabulous time as usual, missing my daily Helen's Florentine fix now...thanks for everything, including the giggles!...looking forward to next year already (14th to 19th? - 19th, that's the Monday, are you planning a six day extravaganza - not that I'd be complaining?)...

  3. Thank you Karen, we had a fabulous weekend.

  4. Thanks for the great pictures !!

  5. Thank you Karen for a great Summer School