Eliott Stitchers

With some absent members, we watched a movie this week, The Help, instead of pursuing the adventures of Bea and Evie.

But before the movie some sustenance was required and GJ had made a fantastically delicious pea and ham soup

20140730-160128.jpgWe definitely want that one again!

And on the sewing front, both GJ

20140730-160234.jpgand I

20140730-160300.jpgwere Bird Dancing and Heather hit the hexagons!

Meredithe x

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Sunday stitching

Sunday was Woolly Bits Day at Millrose.

20140728-125428.jpgI missed last class where we started on Sue Spargo’sBird Dance“.

Lynne put us all to shame with her first blocks finished……and looking so lovely!

20140728-124806.jpgThe standard has now been set!! Lynne had also finished her “Greta Roll”

20140728-124849.jpgVicky has this gorgeous sewing basket

20140728-125012.jpgKatrina splurged on these fabulous plains to go with all the fabrics she has by her favourite designer!

20140728-125205.jpgDeb is working on her roll

20140728-125629.jpgBefore we could blink it was lunch time

20140728-125722.jpgthen back to it.

By days end, Jacinta had played with some lace as a background

20140728-125829.jpgnot quite as quick as she’d hoped, as it had to be secured down!

GJ had six blocks prepped

20140728-125940.jpgI had called in to the shop prior to class and had some homework done

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Very pleased with my day!

Meredithe x

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Saturday stitching

Miss Kaye has been over to Adelaide for Quilt Encounter and had a great time. On the journey she scored this unusually shaped sewing basket

20140728-122535.jpgwith a very pretty inside

20140728-122623.jpgUnder Caroline Sharkey’s tuition, Kaye made this fabulous quilt from the picture on the left

20140728-122809.jpgSo clever!

And she started another appliqué project with Katrina Hadjimichael

20140728-123042.jpgand she’s also playing with some very tiny hexagons!

20140728-123120.jpgHelen was thrilled to receive a parcel in the post this week, containing stencils from The Stencil Company and she can now do more hand quilting!

20140728-123330.jpgMrs Mac is playing with my Carpenter’s Wheel templates

20140728-123432.jpgLove these fabrics!

And most exciting of all……..a little while ago, Mrs Mac expressed a fancy to remake the sampler she made in class with me (where we first met!), but by machine instead of hand. So I used my EQ and converted as many blocks as possible to machine piecing and gave her the cutting measurements, and along with the class notes, Mrs Mac has made this utterly gorgeous sampler

20140728-123858.jpgusing a different centre, some orphan blocks that needed sashing to fit and fabulous fabrics, it’s just a delight!

How satisfying!

Meredithe x

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Squishy parcel

The next mailing from the Material Obsession Fabric Club has arrived, and I’m so pleased with it……

20140725-180658.jpgThey are from Cotton + Steel who are all over the web at the moment!

Love them!

Meredithe x

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Class Show and Tell

Carylin (I’ve been spelling her name wrong!!) has made these fabulous pieced blocks

20140724-184313.jpgand Lorraine brought in her beautiful appliqué blocks

20140724-184413.jpgLisa has another star block done

20140724-184457.jpgPeggy is “Log Cabin-ing” again; different layout and different colours

20140724-184625.jpgMarilyn did lots of cutting out and stitched this

20140724-184704.jpgand what is this little crocheted thingy of Chris’s?

20140724-184813.jpgIt’s a tape measure holder!

20140724-184853.jpgIsn’t that sweet!

Meredithe x

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I spent a day over the weekend getting my Quilted Crow BOM blocks up to date

20140722-142528.jpgthese are two of the ten I prepped. Just in time too, ’cause the next lot have just arrived!

20140722-142639.jpgI was banished to “The Good Room” over the weekend as The Golfer watched The Open. I do love being in that room, particularly when it’s cold, wet and miserable; in front of the fire I stitched nearly all of this down

20140722-142909.jpgready to be embellished for the woolly bits block keeper.

And this has arrived in the mail

20140722-143016.jpgso I have some lovely reading to look forward to!

Meredithe x

PS I’m not making good decisions at the moment, so I’m sitting on my TAW waiting for inspiration to hatch!

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Quilts in the Barn 2014

There’s a buzz around town about this year’s Quilts in the Barn exhibition, as Linda is also hosting workshops and lectures with the guest exhibitors, Brenda Papadakis and Patty Harants!!

This post re-blogged with permission from Linda at Quilts in the Barn

The bookings are coming in at a steady rate.
We have had great interest in all our workshops
and we still have vacancy’s in all of them at the moment,
though we expect that to change in the near future.
So if you are still wanting a place we should be able to accommodate you.

These are the only workshops Brenda and Patty
will be doing during their visit here to Australia.

l have listed below all the workshop dates and what each class entails.
The cost of the workshop is $300 for the 2 day classes.
A $50 non refundable deposit is required to secure your spot.

Morning tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea is provided with all workshops.
There will also be a few surprises you!

Email myself or Meredithe at quiltsinthebarn@mail2world.com if you require a booking form,
and/or require bank details.

Workshop dates for Brenda Papadakis

Saturday 27th Sunday 28th September – Dear Jane ( Book required )

Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th October – Dear Jane ( Book required )

Morning tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea is provided with all workshops.
There will also be a few surprises you!

Spend two days learning “Jane Tricks” for applique,
accurate rotary cutting, machine piecing and paper piecing.
Master some of the more difficult blocks in Jane’s Civil War quilt,
such as Papa’s Star, Nan’s Naidad, Wagon Wheel and
Junko’s Rose Garden. Machine and hand.

Monday 29th &Tuesday 30th September – Gracie’s Garden ( Pattern included )

Learn all the tricks and techniques of Back Basting Applique
while stitching this pretty folk art vase with the different
elements contained in the Susanna Culp 1848 quilt.
Never need freezer paper, overlays, glue, starch or templates again!
If you’ve tried other methods of applique´ with little or no success,
or if you’re looking for a simpler way to enjoy hand stitching,
this class is for you. Curves, points, circles, stems, even a little
embroidery are all taught while you back baste Gracie’s Garden.
Beginner to Advanced. Two days, all hand.

Workshop date for Patty Harants

Friday 3rd &Saturday 4th October Rebecca Kohler Crib Quilt.
(Pattern included)

Morning tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea is provided with all workshops.
There will also be a few surprises you!

Spend 2 days learning Patty’s tips for successful applique.
Hear the story’s behind The State Museum of Pennsylvania,
where the original Rebecca Kohler Crib Quilt lives.
This class is based on Patty’s reproduction of the Rebecca Kohler Crib Quilt.
Requirements list at a later date.


Lecture dates

Brenda Papadakis –– Friday 26th September 7pm – 9pm “My Journey With Jane”
Patty Harants –– Thursday 2nd October 7pm – 9pm “Here l am….how did l get here?”

These are also filling fast. The cost of the lecture is $15.
You can secure your place by filling out a booking form, and paying in full.

Email myself or Meredithe at quiltsinthebarn@mail2world.com if you require a booking form,
and/or require bank details.

Please feel free to share this post on your blog or other social media.
We want to give Brenda and Patty a wonderful time with our Aussie quilters.

Hope to see you there!

Meredithe x

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