Irish Circles

Irish Circles
Last years block of the month

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May News

Hi everyone I know it's been a while but this is the time of year I design quilts for next year and I seem to get totally engrossed in the process.
My names for the quilts are as follows: Miss Austen's Garden (no 60 degree diamonds) French Mosaic using Pom Pom range by French General. Nottingham Coverlet. These designs will be for Summer School.
My major work is called Plain and Fancy and will be the focus of class for next year, lots of scraps for this quilt.
So then to facilitate my new designs some serious shopping had to be done, such a chore!

Here  are some of what I bought, I love the new Winterthur Museum range Cadet and will use this for the Coverlet that's the strange stripe I have 1.5 and a few matching fabrics.
The green stripe is Thimbleberries 1 mtr and the gorgeous pink is Kono Sanae Japan.
Of course any colours will work but as next year is so far away I thought I would show you these as they are a  little different for me, I purchased my fabrics from Quiltsmith and some from Cottage Quilt works but your local shop may have them in so check.
I have started a machine quilt for second semester for those of you in class, yes I finally got around to using my V&A Fabrics so get ready for a lovely quick fix.
wow that sounds like a lot, fantastic we are going to have the best time.

I do a couple of workshop's each year at Janet Edmonds farm  Gressford, one in July and one in August this is such a wonderful three days where the main focus is on sewing with all your meals catered for, we have such fun and really love the country quiet a real break away from everything, where all you have to do is sew eat and relax. Janet has a website so you can take a look at the farm, There are a couple of places left in the August workshop.

Let's look at some quilts!
Carol from Killara shop is powering away on her Folk Art Quilt

This is Janet's  Mrs Marpels quilt.

Helen, Mittagong class with her completed hand quilted sampler, love her colour combinations.

Helen Cottage quilt works class with her finished Yorkshire dales. The quilting is exquisite she is giving this quilt to her friend!

Chris from Quiltsmith has her centre of the sampler done lovely clear colours.

Helen, cottage quilt works class with her Simply Red top.

I have also ordered some Chintz Panels from Reproduction Fabrics these are wonderful. I hope to design some quilts with these I have the two large one's and the small one with butterflies in the corner.
Still thinking about design possibilities.
Well that's all this lovely Sunday at home, I would just like to say to the girls in class this month who have had some sadness in their lives my thoughts are with you look forward to seeing you all next month.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Quilt show

Hi Everyone, I had so much fun at the Springwood show, thank you to everyone who said hello and wished me a happy birthday.
Apparently there was a cake for me but as it got taken to the kitchen it was chopped up and sold for morning tea, hilarious.
Here are some photo's of my view from the stage.

The lovely Isobel who demonstrated hand quilting such a wonderful lady still beautiful work at 80!

My quilts hanging behind me, Irish Circles and Miss Emma.

I thought you might like to see Elizabeth's Lucy Boston Quilt, again one of the more experienced quilters and truly inspiring to see her work.
Visiting Diana, Lucy's daughter in law in England and seeing the collection of quilts made by Lucy was one of the highlights of the tour.
I hope all the mother's had a lovely Mothers day. I went to the movies with my son who was very disappointed we couldn't see a Bonnet movie (Jane Austen movies) BUT Thor was a very good show and the servo flowers were as always beautiful.
Sorry I am a little behind with answering emails I will get to them soon, keep sending them I love to hear from you all.
Hope it does not snow too much tonight as I really don't want to get snowed in tomorrow, the girls in Wyong would be very disappointed.
Goodnight to all,