Friday, 22 March 2013

Happy Easter Holidays

There is a touch of chill in the air for us in the Southern Hemisphere I guess that means Autumn is on its way.
With Easter being early this year the holiday is still warm and sunny and a great time to be out gathering for the winter. I do think of Quilters as hunters and gatherers don't you?.We make purchases often for a later time and a future project and for a "just in case we need it."and a" just because we like it". I was over in Dargaville this week teaching a Squedge class at Country Dawn in Gladstone Road and could not help myself with doing some gathering of my own. Sue has the most amazing collections of fabrics I have seen for years. I spent all my teaching fee on fabric. A win win situation for us both. Now will stroke it and find a space to put it.

Ainsley at the Gem Class
As promised in my newsletter(if you did not receive it click here and it will take you straight through) here are a few pictures from the classes I have taught recently. I do hope they give you some inspiration.

X Block Class

Squedge class at One Tree Point

Crafters Heaven in Greytown

 Coast Quilters at Whangaparaoa

Kerry  at Warkworth
Warkworth Quilters Mariners Compass

Warkworth Double Wedding Runner

I have done a little bit of patchwork my self over the last couple of weeks.I 've made a kaleidoscope quilt for my Aunts 80th, 
some cushions for my friend  Barbara who also had the same special birthday using the Squedge tools. Just love working with stripes ,and have created a special category on my web site for my Bali stripes,  until the end of April there is  a special price listed. 
Butterfly Reborn

Best of all I have been making the Butterfly quilt featured in Cheryl's Quilts without Corners Platinum edition. I have used a Hologram thread to create glitz. This quilt will be on display at AQC in Melbourne (Australian Quilt Conference)on my stand 40. I was able to obtain the same stripe Cheryl used and it is now available on my website.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Here we are in Palmerston North...

As the title suggests I'm currently in Palmerston North at the Craft & Quilt Fair. I thought you might be interested in the busy quilting related week I've had so far.

The Craft & Quilt Fair is being held in Palmerston North for the first time this year. As I had to drive all my stock down from Northland; the hubby and I decided to make a wee trip of it.

We had a lovely trip down from Auckland to Cambridge. When I travel around New Zealand I love stopping at all the places along the way and meeting quilters from around the country. This road trip was no exception. I really enjoyed meeting the ladies from the Waikato area and Jill from Tauranga. We also stopped at the Quilter's Patch, Bev has such a lovely shop and its well worth a look if you are ever in or passing through

From Cambridge we moved on to the Hawkes Bay and more specifically Napier. Just a quick fact about me, I was born in Hastings, Hawkes Bay; so I always love the opportunity to visit family while I'm there.

In Napier I taught my Simple Double Wedding Ring class using the Simple Curve. This was at Rachael's shop the Patch and Quilt, it's right out in Wine country. I also made sure we stopped at a couple of wineries while we were there, combining my two loves is always an enjoyable experience.

Unfortunately I haven't got any pictures at this stage to show you from the first leg of the trip.

Because the trip couldn't possibly be all about me...I made sure the hubby got in a couple of games of golf which kept him happy. Also while we were in Napier there was a vintage car conference on...more points for me.

There he is...doesn't know which way to look!

From Napier we went to Martinborough for the weekend. It is such a lovely area and should be on everyone's list of places to visit in New Zealand. While we were there we went to one of the winery tour shows. Even if you're not a particular fan of the artists playing, it's still worth the experience. We had a very enjoyable afternoon/evening.

On Tuesday we drove to Palmerston North, in time for set up at the show on Wednesday. It is now halfway through the show and I thought you might like to see what's been going on so far.

Some images of the stand, there is a strong focus on the various wedge tools this year.

The girls next door to me from Elna Sewing & Jan's Patch.

Here's Elwin from Just Patchwork, based in Australia. I'm sure you ozzies will be familiar with them.

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Until next time...happy quilting!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Happy New Year

*Please Note: This is a re-print of the blog posted 18/01/2013, the images weren't uploaded properly in the previous version. 

Happy new year, haven't posted on the blog for a while

Just prior to Christmas the new website was launched, there's lots of new features on there, had a few glitches to start off with but that's all been sorted

You can now access the blog and newsletter directly from the site (newsletter link)

I have sent out two newsletters, the first announced this years new series of free patterns using the squedge tool. To celebrate 2013 the 22.5 squedge is on special at the moment until 31 January, check out the newsletter

I've been making new samples; the Double Wedding Ring is my new class sample, done with the Simple Curves and Simple Bands pattern.

I will be teaching it in Napier at Patch and Quilt  on the 8th Feb and Whangarei Patchwork and Quilters group on 6th  April and the  Auckland Quilt Guild on 8th June

The other samples I've been making are quilts out of Cheryl's new book, Quilts Without Corners Platinum

I haven't quite finished the quilting and binding but here's a quick preview, these will be the display quilts at the Craft and Quilt fairs I will be attending this year, the first  is a new Expertise Event show in  Palmerston North.

I'm currently cutting fabric for this show 

 On my way to Palmerston North I'm doing some Show and Tell talks at

7th Feb  Quilters Patch   5/39 Victoria St Cambridge Call Bev  to find out more

 11 Feb    9.30am   Crafters Heaven  Greytown . email Rita for the time

11 Feb 7.30pm    Quiltworx Lower Hutt 517 High Street Lower Hutt Lynettes new store

12 Feb 10am  and 7.45pm Cherry Pie Levin Phone Lynette 06 368 3680

In the latest newsletter I announced that I am having a quilting class retreat here at sunny One Tree Point, I put the wrong date but it is going to be 22nd to 24th march, teaching for two days doing Drunkards Path Stepping Beyond contact me directly for further information  as there are only 12 places, if you are interested you will need to contact me fairly smartly.

I'm thinking about the girls in Australia, dealing with the heat, hope you are sitting inside in the air conditioning  and quilting.

Till next  time .