Irish Circles

Irish Circles
Last years block of the month

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas.

Hi everyone,
I have found a quiet moment christmas eve to-catch up and wish you all the best for Christmas.
My shopping is done and wrapped and the food is ready to cook, looking forward to the next couple of days.
The first Christmas gifts I bought were these hearts which never left home.

The Christmas get togethers were lovely as always thank you to all the girls who brought along beautiful food.
A group of us went to the Queen Victoria building for high tea and some shopping.

It's hard to see your friends through all the food.
You all know chop chop sew.
The tree was stunning.
Me and my lama. Too large to wrap.

Prue Mc Bride in the U.S has almost finished her Trundle quilt and it is a beauty.

Ruskin getting festive with his piece of tinsel.
I will have more quilts to show in the new year and updates from Summer School.
Thank you all for your friendship and support this year I look forward to next years classes.
Have a wonderful time with your families and have a safe and happy holiday.
Love to all,

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thank you everyone.

Thank you everyone for your kind donations the clothes were really lovely I can assure you all it has been delivered directly to families who lost their homes.
A lovely quilt top was donated by a lady from Eastwood which was then quilted in the mountains all I had to do was the binding and deliver it to a lovely 86 year old lady who lost everything, she loved it!
I know a lot of community work is still being done and it seems rentals have now been arranged.
The Mountains seem to be finally settling down.
I unpacked everything but still can't seem to find some things.

Good news from Houston Rhonda won first place for traditional appliqué and viewers choice! well done Rhonda a much deserved win.

Thank you all for Summer School payments I will be sending requirements to you all over the weekend.
I thought you might like this photo of all the lovely items one class has accumulated from the talented Alexandra Callow.

I know Alex has finished all the birds for Summer School but can't take any more orders for a while.

Classes have been very busy great progress on our Whimsical Wool quilts.
So here are some photos for you.

So many variations, love them all.

Our end of year classes are here again I am looking forward to all our Christmas get togethers and of course the planning for next years quilts.
Take care everyone,
Karen x

Monday, October 21, 2013


Hi everyone,
I am still o.k I am prepared my car is packed, I can't take everything so the decision of what to take and leave has been very difficult.
Of course the pets all have a carrier ready, Barry will be the most nervous, he's the black rabbit.
The community meeting tonight was very good we all know what's going on.
Thank you everyone for all your emails and messages it does help.
The offer of homes for my quilts has been very generous unfortunately I can't get them to Sydney hopefully with all the back burning tonight Blackheath will be o.k 
I do have a request girls a family I know lost their house in the fires left everything behind as had no time to pack, even lost  the family pets. They are in need of women's clothes size 18 and 22 not many donations this size so if you have anything spare bring it along to our next class.
They are staying with friends so don't need goods or anything else, a charity quilt is already on the way.
Susie and Anne are also still fine it's all just so unsettling.
We are all looking forward to getting back to normal soon.
Lve to all,

Monday, October 7, 2013

Spring cleaning.

Hi everyone,
Hope you are all enjoying the beautiful spring weather.
I have been tidying my sewing room and stash, you all know how much work that involves.
Good news is there are great scrap bags ready for Summer School.

But first Bev is the first to completely finish the marriage quilt.
All hand quilted and ready to give as a wedding present.
Congratulations Bev what a lucky couple.

I will be sending the invoices out later today for Summer School, thank you to the girls who went ahead and paid anyway you make it so easy to organise.
It was also lovely to hear from the girls who can't make it this year, I hope you all have a great 2014.

Here is proof of my tidying skills.

Wow now I don't want to mess it up.
I bought this lovely book so of course I keep finding a nice spot to sit and read.

And I have been doing a bit of crochet.
I am making the Game of Throws from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

And May Baskets is almost finished!
I think the warm weather has done something to me, I can't sit still.
Here are some class quilts.
Karen found the border for her lovely Bumble Bee.
And is also getting on with County 
Kilkenny, love the vintage piece of fabric in the middle.

Lynne has finished her wedding ring and as always it is hand quilted.
Another gift!

This is a very old pattern but a great quilt to sew quickly.
The Eiderdown by Natalie with an all over quilting pattern by Susie Anderson.

It's nearly the end of the year and Jan is getting ready for next year by finishing off.
Plain and Fancy

And Miss Porter and John.

Patchwork Plus Miranda has these peeper templates for those of you doing Birds and Blooms next year.
And some lovely new fabrics.

Anne has just returned from a U.S trip and bought this great bag of ready cut wool circles, perfect for Whimsical Wool.
I hope you enjoyed my up date today, I know I don't blog as much as some but I like to wait until I have plenty to show you.
Lovely comments last time great to hear from my cousin in England, hi Irene and I miss you too Lisa!
Have a great day everyone,
Karen x

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Great News

Hi everyone,
Great news Rhonda won a prize at the Houston show!
Congratulations Rhonda your Baltimore is outstanding.
New reproductions from Rhonda's shop   
Post Office Patchwork Glenbrook.
Just when you think you have all the reproductions you need another yummy collection arrives.

Thank you girls for all your bookings for Summer School I will get to the invoices next week, some are still making decisions on quilt choices and which days to do so I will give it another week and invoice you all at the same time.
Saturday and Sunday are the most popular days so if you want to come over the weekend let me know.
A few photos of May Baskets.
One of the quilts on offer at Summer School.
This medallion quilt has lovely tessellated borders,appliqué, tiny baskets and tumblers.
I am still finishing this quilt and just love the journey the pretty fabrics and of course you all know my favourite blue. 

Here are class photos from  the Glenbrook Wednesday girls.

A few Whimsical Wools on the way.

I was going to crop the quilt on the wall but I like it.
Most of you local Sydney girls know Bronwyn peeping behind her quilt.
Suzanne's beautiful Marriage Quilt.

Nicky has done a lot more on her "Black Tea"
That's it for today I am going to have lunch with my daughter.
Girls some of your emails bounced back to me so if you didn't get a Summer School email send me another request.
Have a great day everyone!
Karen x


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Spring at last.

The weather has been so lovely having walks with Saxon in his stroller looking at all the blossoming gardens has been very relaxing and Inspiring as I needed some extra flower drawings for my quilt.

I will be sending the Summer School info next week so I will be sewing the last few items today and tomorrow email me if you haven't received an email by Friday as you know I changed my computer this year so there could be some minor glitches. Summer School is open to everyone if you would like the info send me your email.

Patty Harants has started a class in Memphis Tennessee teaching my Trundle Quilt here are the first photos of the groups work.
Prue Mcbride, love the sweet little birds.

 I don't know who is peeping behind that beautiful centre! Nice work

Georgette Carpenter,such a great background .

Thank you girls for sharing your work keep us up to date.

Speaking of America remember the lovely Amish Tapioca we ate at Katie and Emmanuel Fishers, well I had a go at making it! It tasted the same but I don't remember hers having lumps...perhaps using the microwave to speed it up was a mistake, still better then the Tapioca we got at school, the English girls will know what I'm talking about.
I will never forget that wonderful Amish dinner.

Back to sewing.
Sharon has been working on her Sampler for three years but is finally finished.
What a beautiful quilt and such an achievement.

Photos from class this month.

Birds of a Feather made by Karen in about three months.
This pattern is from 1998 such a lovely little quilt.

Some girls can cope with my Petunia off centre.

But girls like Vicky like to centre.
Both look great.

Plain and Fancy

A beautiful Irish Circles by Kerrie.

Bev has been very busy with her cream tea.

And Suzette has finished.

Had to show you these prawn buttons Margaret is going to use them on Whimsical Wool.

Lenore has finished her Eye Candy I think her son will be very happy.

Some close ups.

Really yummy.
New Fabrics arrive at Post Office Patchwork Glenbrook and of course this is my pile.

A lady handed in her button collection to share with everyone such fun rummaging and finding lovely old buttons.

This is Ruskin after a visit from Saxon he gets so tired running away from him.
That's all for today happy stitching everyone,
Karen x