Irish Circles

Irish Circles
Last years block of the month

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday in my sewing room.

Hi everyone,
I feel like July has been a very long month!
Today I am in my sewing room preparing block three and four of the block of the month.

I love making this quilt, looking forward to some stitching later on.

My trip to Port Maquarie was wonderful, Stitched and Framed is a lovely shop with a light and spacious class room.
Lots of fun with our magic mirrors, fabric designs take on a whole new use when we fussy cut.
Lovely to catch up with my Port Maquarie friends, see you all next year.
Samples of fussy cutting in port.
Great class room.

My Plain and Fancy above.

I didn't get to Port last year so two years later some truly inspiring finished quilts.

Denise has been very busy.
The sampler just needed a border.
Folk art Baskets.

A couple from Sue.
The Wedding Quilt.
Marie Antoinette. 
The Sampler.

The start of Jester and Irish Circles.

The Jester pattern is going in Quilters Companion this year.
Here is a sneak peek of the beautiful quilting Kim Dolan has done on Sue Brooks Jester which will be used in the magazine.....yes that means mine wasn't ready.
Sue's work is so beautiful, her appliqué is well perfect.

Best get to work or I won't be ready for Cottage Quilt Works tomorrow, still in my PJ's
Lastly my daughter Anna is off to work in Ireland, having an English mother finally paid off.
I haven't seen any of my children off at the airport for an indefinite time, girls that is really hard!
Well I guess that means I get to see Ireland.
Have a great day everyone,
Karen x

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quilt Show

Hi everyone,
The Sydney Quilt Show is lovely I know a few were worried about the new venue but it is light and airy the quilts looked so much better with all the natural light.
My quilt Birds and Blooms got second place in my section, such a nice surprise.
One of the judges was Kim Maclean which brought back memories of me, a young mum, sitting in awe in front of her quilt a 'A Tisket a Tasket one more Basket'at the Sydney Quilt show many years ago. A white glove lady said to me, "you know you just need to practice, you get better every quilt" I said I couldn't imagine ever entering a show like this.
I can't remember how many quilts I have made since then but I have loved making all of them.
I caught up with lots of friends and had a really nice day.
The best of show is a stunner, go see it!

The pattern for Birds and Blooms is available.

I will be sorting out Correspondence today for the Block of the Month, the first posting is Monday.

Looking forward to Port Macquarie and catching up with you all.
Happy stitching everyone,
Karen x