Irish Circles

Irish Circles
Last years block of the month

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Road trip 2

I have had quiet a few emails regarding Summer School  so before we get on the road I have done the costing and double checked all the bookings, my local School did not get back to me so I have sourced a much bigger hall on the highway and directly across from the railway line and the local Rotary club will be doing the catering for morning and afternoon teas and lovely lunch. The cost will be $80.00 per day There are two two day workshops and a one day workshop.
Wednesday 18th-Thursday 19th
Friday 20th
Saturday 21st- Sunday 22nd
Susan and I will both have workshops on these days.
At this stage quilts are not ready so I can not send emails with pictures yet but if you would like an email later send me your details, if you want to book in without seeing the quilts let me know.
Where to stay?? I have spoken to The Redleaf Motel at the top of my street and if you say you are part of Karen Cunningham's Summer School the room will be $110.00 very reasonable.
Otherwise get on line and google accommodation in Blackheath.
That did take a lot of my day today but the best part was my friend Yvonne came for a cup of tea and I even made a cake!
(packed cakes best thing since sliced bread.)

I think I best show you my latest purchase, you know the retirement fund, I received my Chintz Panel from Reproduction Fabrics I love the Bouquet of Flowers with Scrollwork so even though I don't know what I am making yet I went straight to my nearest shop Post Office Patchwork Glenbrook and Rhonda and I put some fabrics together that go with it.

Just delicious, thank god for Margo Krager!
I am just thinking it is tea time again, is cake a nutritious meal, obviously yes.
Let us look at more show and tell from Port Maquarie.
This is a great idea use an old Dollie for you quilt label.

Yes we do sometimes use brights in my class Ros with her Jester block.

I have to say that block just makes me smile...
Leigh Latimore had some lovely show and tell, her purchase of the lovely 1800's sampler just beautiful.
And I never get tired of looking at a Trundle quilt.

I forgot to show you Pat has finished her Folk Art Quilt what a legend.

I ended my road trip with a visit to my mum and dad's very nice to catch up and they live on the beach here are some photo's to warm us up.

Fish and chip shop, yum

Mr pelican looking on.

There is a boy surfing in the background.

The thing with the beach is I realised because I live in the mountains I am actually not just white I am pastie
must get a tan in summer probably a spray one even orange would be better than alabaster.

O.k finally gosh I have a lot to say,( so unusual) Correspondence school is for girls who live too far away to do regular classes it is like being in class you get to pick a major work most are doing Irish Circles or The Sampler or Hidcote garden and you also get the quick quilts we do in class as well.
This runs for 10 months each year and cost's 15.00 per month payments are 150.00 up front or three Lot's of 50.00 over the ten month's. I just don't have time to print the big patterns correlate them into a folder and send them overseas as this is so time consuming and expensive the only way I can cope is to print patterns once a month all at the same time for classes and correspondence school if you belong to the school you can order other small patterns and I can mail them in line with the monthly posting. I have tried to keep up with individual orders but found I was running around like a chook with it's head cut off.
So I hope that answers your questions to sign up just email me.
Apparently cake is not sufficient so it looks like I will have to cook...boring
Hope you are all smiling wherever you are,
hugs Karen

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Road Trip

Well I am finally home and glad to be back. Blackheath had such dreadful wind storms and my poor family were freezing with no electricity meanwhile I was cosy on Janet's farm.
I have had a look around town and there is so much mess to clean up plus all the trees missing make it seem so bare. my neighbour over the road has a tree down which ripped up her driveway lucky everyone we know is o.k

Just to answer a couple of questions first Summer School is from Wednesday the 18th of January and runs for five days. Two day workshop wed-Thurs one day workshop Friday and two day workshop Sat-Sun.
Hope this helps booking holidays from work.

First stop Janet Edmonds farm Gresford, three days of stitching, great company and so much lovely food!

What a lovely setting for our dinner.

Great view's

And here are all the girls hard at work, love the little nook the hand sewers generally gather there.

We had a great time with plans in place for same time same place next year.

I drove across country through  Dungog, Stroud and then joined the Pacific hwy at Bulahdelah, I was listening to a talking book so the time flew by and the next thing I knew I was in Port Maquarie!
My two day workshop went so quickly so much chatting to the girls from previous years and meeting new quilters is always lovely. I of course had to buy some new bits of fabric as I explained that my stash is my superannuation it is the law that you invest a percentage of all earnings into your fund.
Here are some photos of the girls and their show and tell.
Hard at work making Anna.

Always beautiful The Trundle.

I love the adaptation of Yorkshire Dales.

Trish agrees with me our Lucy Boston quilt is a favourite.

Well that is the first instalment lots more to come but it is dinner time and once again snowing so my boys are cold and hungry so will continue the road trip on Thursday.
I will also be packing patterns for all the girls who joined correspondence school, thank you everyone.
happy quilting to all,

Sunday, July 3, 2011

July news

My road trip starts tomorrow! I think I am ready but still have a little packing to do, looking forward to catching up with all the country girls.
The quilt show was lovely so many fantastic quilts to see, so glad I didn't have to choose the winners.
I did catch up with Susan Smith so we had a good talk about summer school we have decided on the quilts we will teach , just need to get them ready!

I have been working on my Hidcote garden quilt, here is the latest block.

Leonie has decided to do her small blocks in embroidery. The thread is available from
Cottage quilt works.

Elizabeth from the Quiltsmith class had two quilts for show and tell, below "All about the brown"

Lemon and lime.

Julie has one of her basket borders complete, love the blue background.

Georgia and Julie hard at work.

As you know this semester we will be making our machine quilt, to help with fabric selection here is a sneak peek of the centre. You need twenty centimeters of 12 fabrics.

Ruth has picked these lovely fabrics for her machine quilt.

Here are the Cottage Quilt works girls Antique Applique blocks, they have worked so hard!



Terry has finished her beautiful English Autumn.

Wow what a fantastic month! perhaps the cold weather makes us want to stay home warm and sew.
I will be sure to have lots of news for you when I get back.
Take care everyone,