Irish Circles

Irish Circles
Last years block of the month

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April news.

I thought I had better have a last blog before I head off to the U.S
 My packing is going to be organised today seems like the weather is as changeable as ours so layering clothes will be my best bet, always hard to know what to pack especially when you have to take into consideration my very own internal heat waves.
Here are two of my friends Susie and Anne getting hexagons ready for the trip.
I have never seen them work in class this diligently.

On Monday I had my last class at Killara Village Quilts very sad as I have been working there for about eight years. You get to know all the locals when you are in an area that long so I will miss going. The girls in class have all been able to squeeze into classes in Sydney so thankfully I didn't have to say goodbye to them as well.

I will be in Mittagong tomorrow so I had better post last months pictures, sorry it has taken me so long to blog but I needed to get all the correspondence school sorted for two months which was a huge work load but I couldn't go away with May missing, typical mother everything has to be done before I go.
The applique is of block one of The Marriage Quilt.

A blast from the past Megs Lemon and Lime.

Karen with her Bumble Bee and First block.

Here are my blocks so far.



Love making this quilt I have read such interesting things about this quilt, the debate on is it African American or not very interesting.
I have drawn a few English quilts and I find drawing this quilt is very unique experience.

Further reading: Signs and Symbols. African Images in African quilts Author Maude Wahlman.

Hart Cottage Quilts: really great reading.

Whille we are reading Barbara Brackmans Blog has some lovely photos of the quilt Irish Circles was based on in the Cheltenham Museum England.
Well back to class this time Cottage Quilt Works.

Two very different starts to French Mosaic.

Ruth and Helen with the centre of Miss Austens Garden.
I am making a quilt with the lovely John Hewson Centre, just love it.

Gina used her beautiful Dutch Chintz fabrics to make her version of the V&A quilt.

Finally Patchwork Plus Miranda, the big news here is that Michelle did her homework!
Robyn is hiding behind her Plain and Fancy.

Michell's version of Bluebell.

Vicky with her version of The Folk Art quilt.

This month I also visited The Camden Guild, I was the guest speaker at the meeting and held a workshop the next day.

Such a great group the meeting was very interactive with everyone participating.
The raffle quilt for 2012 Camden show is a beautiful hexagon quilt so I hope I win that.

Well I best look through some clothes and dust off my bag but first a cup of tea is in order.
I will not be blogging whille away but when I get back I will pick the best bits for you, hope to meet lot's of quilting friends in the U.S

My grandson is doing well and has put on lot's of weight.
Such a shame I had to cuddle him for ages the other night whille his mother had dinner in peace, fantastic.

Take care everyone, all the girls coming on the tour, see you at the airport!

Karen x


  1. Karen is there a website in the US that sales your patterns? Your work is beautiful!

  2. Have a wonderful time see you when you come back

  3. Hello Karen, I am also looking for your patterns. Are there being saled in Europe or can I order them by you?
    I hope you can reply to me.

  4. are you going to put photos of your trip up so we can all have a look

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