Sewing in the Gardens is 2 days of workshops held at the beautiful and serene Linton Gardens, 611 Wisemans Ferry Road, Somersby NSW, which is conveniently located 1 hour from both Sydney and Newcastle with an easy 10 minute drive through the country once you exit the M1.
You'll enjoy a fun day of sewing in a lovely location with like minded people.
The cost is $100 per workshop which includes a delicious morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, your pattern and 6 1/2 hours of tuition
You can choose to attend just one workshop or come for both days.
Please enjoy reading through the workshop descriptions below:
Quilt as you go Sewathon
Sunday 12th of June, 10 am till 4.30 pm
The humming bird quilt is an interesting array of directional lines made prominent with light and medium shades of fabric.
Have a fun day whilst you stitch and flip as many blocks as you can and at the end of the day I'll show you how to join them together with my fully machine sewn quilt as you go method.
You can make it scrappy from your stash by cutting up 2 1/2" strips or just use 2 jelly rolls.
The finished quilt size is 62" square which is a generous lap size.
The quilt can be extended with a 10" wide QAYG border to make the quilt a queen size measuring 82" square. This can be decided upon and fabric purchased after the workshop.
Mirabella Bag Making Workshop
Saturday 11th of June 10 am till 4.30 pm
This versatile bag converts from a shoulder bag to a cute backpack. It has a secure zipper top closure, a set in zipper pocket on the front as well as pockets on the inside. I'll guide you through all of the steps as well as how to attach bag hardware for a professional looking bag.
Announcing my next special sewing workshops........
Quilt As You Go 5 Ways Workshop
Saturday 2nd April 9.30 am till 4.30 pm
Come on a “quilt as you go” journey with me, it's the only way I make my quilts. The project is the QAYG Sampler Quilt, where you'll learn 5 different QAYG techniques. A quarter of the quilt will be made in the workshop or you can just use scraps to make a sample piece that you can refer back to in the future. The workshop includes an inspiring trunk show of My quilt as you go designs. This workshop will revolutionise the way you make quilts forever!
Cost: $100, includes the Quilt As You Go Sampler Pattern and My How to Quilt as You Go Booklet to help you design your own quilts, 7 hours of tuition, gift bag, a delicious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Piccadilly Bag Workshop
Sunday 3rd of April, 9.30 am till 4.30 pm
The Piccadilly Bag is a stylish yet practical bag where you'll learn how to make a zipper closure, an internal zipper pocket, a piped side panel, comfortable and smart handles as well as how to attach bag feet. I'll also share with you my tips for making a firm base and the perfect interfacing to use to give your bag body and shape. The design also includes a handy phone wallet that has compartments for your cards, a zipper pocket for change, a wristlet strap and a neat piped edge.
Cost: $100, includes the Piccadilly pattern, my special Bag Shape Interfacing, specially pre-cut for you, 7 hours of tuition, gift bag, a delicious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Come for 1 day or spoil yourself and come for 2!
If you would like to be part of this special event,
I am very excited to announce that my book, "Quilt As You Go the MoonShine Way" is now available as a downloadable PDF book
This book was first published in 2009 and after 2 very successful print runs was completely sold old and is now out of print but the great news is that I can now email the book to anywhere in the world.
This book is all about my favourite ‘quilt as you go’ technique that enables you to quilt each section of your quilt with ease before joining it together with my simple fully machine sewn method. Even the bindings are machine sewn with a neat 1" (25 mm) wide modern finish which looks great and is perfect for busy sewers. This book contains quilts to suit all levels of sewing experience, from beginners to advanced and each design has the option of a lap, single or queen size.
The quilts are not tricky or complicated, they have been designed to make you say, “Yes, I can make that” The patterns are also great for jelly rolls and fat quarters.
The book is only available from me and the cost is AU$ 19.80. To purchase a copy simply email me I'll then email you a PayPal invoice for payment, PayPal will automatically adjust the cost to your country's currency. Once your payment has been received I'll then email you the book in a PDF document.
Here are pictures of the quilts that are in the book:
I'm very excited to announce that bookings are now open for my holiday bag making workshop to be held at the beautiful Gosford Art Gallery and Japanese Gardens, conveniently located 1 hour from Sydney and Newcastle in NSW Australia.
The project is my latest design, the Piccadilly Bag.
I've chosen a beautiful location, centrally located between Sydney and Newcastle.
There'll be plenty of time to wander through the peaceful Japanese gardens.
If you would like to join in the fun then please email me at email@example.com for a registration form.
The Adelaide Craft and Quilt Fair is now over for another year and as usual, Margaret and I had a fantastic time! We were thrilled to be awarded best large stand.
Here is a few pictures of our stand, it takes a whole day to set up and about 2 hours to pack down.
And here's a pic of the stall holders Christmas party, that's Harry dressed as a cracker (he he)
On a more serious note, I would like to sincerely thank everyone that drops by our stand at the Craft Fairs around the country, we hope that you enjoy your patterns and fabrics and that sewing with them just simply makes you feel happy!
The first show for me will be the Sydney Rosehill Stitches and Craft Show, I'll be trading under my own name for this one and then back with Margaret's Fabrics for the rest of the year.
It's now time for me to wind down for this year but to start planning for 2016. I have lots of new ideas in store for next year and can't wait to share them!
PS: If you would like any of my patterns, please feel free to email me or check with the stockist list on the right.
I've been having a great time back in my studio working on some new designs!
First up is Georgina Rose, a quilt name after my lovely Mother that first taught me how to sew.
It's a single bed quilt measuring: 152 x 213 cm (60” x 84”) The fabric range is Chloe by Tanya Whelan.
The pattern has detailed instructions to guide you all the way through the chevron piecing, the rose vine appliqué, simple straight line quilting, that is easily achievable and the easy quilt as you go technique that makes constructing this quilt as breeze.
It also includes a pretty matching cushion with my favourite sketchy applique technique but you can stitch it any way you like!
Next is the Penguin Party Cot Quilt and Cushion Set
I'm soooo excited about this one as it's the first pattern that my daughter Alaura and I have designed together.
A very cute quilt made with simple piecing and fusible appliqué that can be blanket stitched by hand or machine. Each block is quilted separately then joined together with my modern quilt as you go technique.
Quilt size: 101 cm (40”) x 120 cm (47) Cushion size: 40 cm (16”) square.
A lot of people ask me "How do you quilt as you go" so it's all here in my new little booklet that is simply named HOW TO QUILT AS YOU GO.
If you would like to purchase any of my patterns check out the stockist list on the right hand side or just email me, I send patterns post free to anywhere in the world.
Alaura and I have been working on an exciting new website that will be up and running soon with wholesale and retail facilities.
Oh and one more thing, this is my daughter Alaura, she helps me out between her universities studies.
She's a talented artist and loves to sew too (A mothers dream!)
This is a little project she taught in the kids classes when she was my assistant manager at Hobbysew.
Well, I've had my little sewing pattern and tutoring business for about 13 years now, last year I felt like a bit of a change and took on managing my local Hobbysew store. It was a great experience, I learnt heaps, met lots of new people and made some great new friends. Whilst I enjoyed my year as manager, I missed not having the time to be creative, so I've stepped down from the position to give myself more time to do what I really love and that is designing, sewing and teaching. For the rest of this year I'll still be teaching my classes at Hobbysew 2 days a week but with every other spare minute, I'll be working on new designs and some exciting new projects.......so watch this space!
For the rest of this year, you'll see me on Margaret's Fabrics stand with my good friend Margaret Upston at the following shows:
Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair October 7 to 11, 2015
Adelaide Craft and Quilt Fair November 5 to 8, 2015
The Happiness quilt that I designed for Australian Homesun Magazine’s 2014 Block of the month has now reached the final part where you are shown how to construct the quilt, “quilt as you go”
This was a massive project for both myself and the magazine to put together, we checked and double checked to make sure that there were no errors and I was pleased to see that it was smooth sailing all the way through but unfortunately in the final part we do have 1 small error, the quilting stencil should measure 18” long, not 19”. This is easily fixed, just take ½” out of both curved sections of the stencil to get the required length of 18”.
Below is a close up look at how the quilt is constructed:
If you would like a copy of the pattern for 2014 it's only available in the February to November issues of Australian Homespun but don't worry you haven't missed out as from February 2015 you will be able to purchase the complete pattern from me, I'll let you all know when it's available.
Lay the blocks out in order following the picture. The quilt is joined together with a combination of quilt as you go techniques. The middle row is joined together first with what I refer to as the “traditional technique” and the top and bottom rows are joined together with another method that I call “almost traditional”.
To join with the traditional technique, place 2 blocks from the middle row with the right sides facing. Separate the batting and backing and pin only the quilt top layers together. Sew the quilt top layers together.
Carefully press the seam towards the appliqué block and lay the work onto your table with the quilt top facing down. You will see that the batting is now too big.
Trim the batting away from the edge of the pieced block so that it butts up against the other side. To join the batting together, position a strip of fusible batting seam tape over the join with the rough side facing down. As the tape is nylon, to protect it from the iron, overlap the backing fabric over the join before pressing for 3 seconds with a dry iron.
Next, lay the backing fabric of the pieced block over the join and fold the raw edge of the appliqué block under, by ½” (12 mm) and press. Slip stitch the backing fabric together.
Note: When hand stitching the backing fabric together it’s ok if you catch the batting in the middle of the seam but be careful not to catch the batting in near the top and bottom edges as all 3 layers of the quilt edge need to be separate for sewing the horizontal seams
Join the 3rd block onto the centre row by repeating steps the above steps.
Now join the top and bottom rows with the almost traditional technique.
To join with the “almost traditional” technique, place an appliqué block on top of a pieced block with the right sides facing. Separate the batting and backing from the appliqué block and pin only the quilt top layer of the appliqué block to all 3 layers of the pieced block. Sew the seam with the walking foot attached.
Carefully press the seam towards the appliqué block and lay the work onto your table with the quilt top facing down. Once again you will see that the batting is too big.
Trim the batting away from the edge of the appliqué block so that it butts up against the other side.
For this technique a narrow strip of batting seam tape is required to join the batting together. Cut a 19” piece of batting seam tape and cut it in half lengthwise. With the rough side facing down, lay the narrow strip of batting seam tape over the join with one side of the tape positioned just next to the stitching line of the seam. Once again, to protect the tape from the iron, overlap the backing fabric over the join before pressing for 3 seconds with a dry iron.
Fold the raw edge of the appliqué block under to meet the stitching line of the join and slip stitch in place. Note: The top and bottom edges of this join do not need to be separate for joining the horizontal seams.
Continue joining the blocks of the top and bottom rows with the “almost traditional” technique by repeating steps the above steps.
To quilt between the blocks before the rows are joined together, you'll need to make a quilting stencil with a 4” x 19” piece of tulle, a black permanent marking pen and a blue water erasable pen with a medium tip.
Centre the tulle on top of the quilting design that is located on the pattern sheet in the magazine. This is where you will shorten the stencil by 1/2" in both of the curved sections to make the stencil measure 18" long. Pin in place and mark the design with the permanent marking pen. When dry, double check that the markings are permanent by wiping over with a damp cloth.
Working on the top row first, place the tulle stencil over a join, aligning the centre line with the seam and the outer diamonds positioned ½” away from the top and bottom edge. Pin in place and trace over the quilting design with the blue water erasable pen.
Remove the tulle stencil and you will see that a light blue imprint of the quilting design is visible on the fabric.
Thread your machine with a thread to match the background fabric and a bobbin to match the backing fabric. Attach the walking foot, a size 80 quilting needle and set your stitch to a length between 2.5 and 3.0.
Quilt on the marked line. If your machine has a suitable tie off key then use it to start and finish, otherwise start and finish with 6 small stitches with a length of 0.5. Always quilt in the same direction as this will prevent the fabric from having a twisted and puckered appearance.
Sew another row of quilting on the outer edge of the design that is spaced about a ¼” away from the first, starting level with the side corners of the top and bottom diamonds. For this “echo” quilting you can use the edge of your walking foot, if your foot is too wide then try moving the needle position to achieve the desired spacing.
Quilt the remaining seams of the top and bottom rows only in this way.
The joins of the middle row are quilted in a slightly different way. Once again, place the tulle stencil over one of the joins, aligning the centre line with the seam and the outer diamonds positioned ½” (12 mm) away from the top and bottom edge. Pin in place and trace over the quilting design with the blue water erasable pen but do not trace the top and bottom diamonds. Remove the tulle and use some safety pins to hold the layers of the join together as this join is not as stable as the joins of the top and bottom rows.
Quilt the marked design then echo quilt on either side of the design starting and finishing level with the top and bottom points of the design
Quilt the other join of the centre row in the same way.
Now join the 3 rows together.
The rows are joined together with the almost traditional technique, to do this, place the middle row on top of an outer (top or bottom) row with the right sides facing. Separate the batting and backing from the middle row and pin only the quilt top layer of the middle row to all 3 layers of the outer row making sure that the seams are aligned.
Sew the seam with the walking foot attached. (Taking the correct ½” seam allowance will mean that the joining seam will align with the diamond point of the quilting design on the outer row).
Carefully press the seam towards the middle row and lay the work onto your table with the quilt top facing down. Once again you will see that the batting is too big. Trim the batting away from the edge of the middle row so that it butts up against the edge of the seam. For best results, mark the excess batting first using a ruler and cut with scissors.
Join the batting to the seam allowance with batting seam tape then fold the raw edge under of the middle row to meet the stitching line and hand sew in place as previously instructed.
With the right side of the quilt facing up position the tulle stencil over the seam. The quilting design will fit neatly in place with diamonds meeting at the seam junction. Always position an outer diamond ½” away from the edge of the quilt. Trace over the quilting design with the blue water erasable pen, to connect the quilting design, trace in another diamond on the middle row at the seam junction. Continue marking the rest of the seam.
Quilt over the join as previously instructed, connecting quilting lines where necessary
Join the remaining outer row onto the middle row by repeating the above steps
Attach a border to one side of the quilt edge in the following way; with the quilt top facing up, place a 57” backing border strip under the edge of the quilt with the right side up, then place a 57” main border strip on top of the quilt with the right side facing down. Pin all layers together. (The borders are purposely cut a little bit longer to allow for shrinkage and will be trimmed after they are quilted). Sew through all layers with a ½” seam allowance.
Press the borders out, away from the quilt. Place a strip of batting between the top and bottom borders, aligning the edge of the batting with the edge of the seam allowance. If using the fusible batting, iron the layers of the border together, otherwise hold together with safety pins
Onto the border, starting at the seam, mark 5 straight lines with the blue water erasable pen that are spaced 1” apart. Quilt the marked lines using a thread to match the border fabric and a bobbin to match the backing fabric.
Sew the opposite side border onto the quilt in the same way.
When the side borders are complete, trim the top and bottom edges so that they are level with the quilt.
Sew the top and bottom borders onto the quilt in the same way. When marking the quilting lines that are spaced 1” apart, extend the lines of the side borders to connect with the quilting lines of the top and bottom borders at right angles, this way the quilting lines will run parallel around the quilt. Quilt the top and bottom borders then trim them level with the side edges of the quilt.
Trim away any excess batting from the side edges of the border so that all layers of the quilt are level.
To complete the quilting, place the tulle stencil on the edge of the quilt with the centre line aligned with the border seam. Position the stencil so that it fits in with the rest of the quilting design. Mark the stencil onto the background fabric only with the water erasable pen and quilt as previously instructed
The portable block keeper pattern that has been advertised in Australian Homespun Magazine is ready to go!
I’ve named it the Happy Block Keeper.
It has pages made from soft cotton batting where you can store your blocks flat and be able to safely transport them to class. It also has pockets on the inside for your ruler, a medium size cutting mat, your patterns and another pocket for your sewing equipment. It is especially designed to fit large 20” blocks.
You can use any appliqué design that you like on the front of the Block Keeper, provided that it will fit into a 14” square. The Block Keeper pictured in Australian Homespun Magazine has used the block 1 appliqué design from the Happiness Quilt, in 2014 this design is only available in the magazine and is not included in this pattern. This pattern has a brand new appliqué design called the “Happy Tree” which was especially designed for the front of the Happy Block Keeper.
I’m sending out stock today so if you’d like one then email or call the following shops: