Tuesday, 8 October 2019

We are off to America......a celebration


Celebrating 20 years of being a quilt tutor

I am having a big birthday. 
I have had the absolute pleasure to be teaching quilting to quilters all of the world now for 20 years. 
It has gone by so quickly.
In this 20 years I have taught quilters face to face teaching at patchwork shops, guilds, groups, retreats , symposiums, festivals and expos. As well as through my on line classes, my books and patterns, through magazine articles , demonstrating at Quilt shows. 
I have met so many wonderful people and have made some life time friends.


So Tomorrow Wednesday 9 Th October with my sister Doreen and I are having a holiday in the United States. Glamorous Clams is joining me every step of the way.  Were visiting Washington DC and the big apple New York. A wonderful 2 weeks together. We will visit the Amish country, attend a Harlem Sunday church service, visit art galleries, museums, monuments  and maybe a quilt shop or 2.....  

So please follow my page  Deborah louie tutor Facebook or Deborah Louie Instagram for photo bombing of glam clams everywhere.....




I then travel down to Houston for the International Quilt Festival. Where I will be attending Market and being a guest of Pauline Rodgers of Pauline Quilters World stand.  I have a few quilts to hang and show my books to the shop owners. 

Just seeing if they like my work, my books etc , get a feel of the American market to see if I would like to further my teaching and marketing of my books there.  You know the saying nothing ventured.........

What a thrill it will be to see all of the magical quilts hanging.
I so remember the very first quilt NSW show I saw back in 1990 at The circular quay overseas terminal and the impact it had on me , so I can only imagine what a million times more quilts ( bit of an exaggeration) will have on me. Something I think as a quilter we all would like to see once in our life time.

So if you are attending the show please come and swing by Pauline's stand to say Hi.....  we would love to see you.



Auckland Symposium 2019

I have just arrived back from a week in Auckland for Quilt Symposium. This was my 4 th symposium and the students in New Zealand are fantastic.. All the tutors loved their classes, we all had a great time. 
Michelle Marvig and I were  roomies which was fun and a great opportunity to catch up .



The symposium was held at St Cuthberts College Epsom. A beautiful school.... as you can see from the photo below on the left ( Mato high was nothing like this ).




There were many exhibitions and they were FANTASTIC...


The Merchant hall was a buzz ,this is Annies Country store and her Glamorous Clams sample ... wonderful ...



 Kathy Anso (pictured below) had  an excellent exhibition called " Passion and Proportion" all are students of Nancy Crow's bi annual visits. I attended a 1 week class in 2014 but these ladies have worked with Nancy for many years and their work was spectacular.


by Liz Clout


By Sarah Ward
( my Favourite) 

By Gail Odonnell

By Kathy Anso

By Robyn Holyoake

By Alison Smith 

By Pat Ashcroft 

By Linda Steele

By Wendy Thiele



by Robyn Clout


HERstory... a celebration of strong women 


This collection was amazing ....  such wonderful role models and full lives .












Below photo is of Caroline Sharkey's Angel wings quilt... I could not resits having my photo taken....



2 days of Daisy paths had wonderful results.


   I had a Glamorous clams huge class and they had a ball creating fabulous clams and learning about their machines , threads and needles along with some stunning decorative stitches.

Last 2 days we did Dads Dahlia and that was fabulous too with some stunning dahlias in progress. I will share more once photos of finished Dahlias come through.



I am back home mid November for the last of my classes for 2019.

2020 is set to be a mother fabulous year. I will post on my web site my 2020 diary once I'm back.



I have big plans to make new work, write new books and enjoy my time with fantastic quilters.

Happy Quilting 
X Deb  






Monday, 5 August 2019

Quilt Encounter


  It has been a very busy few months since my last blog. 

Some exciting opportunities have arisen for me and I would like to share with you.

Also spectacular class work has been achieved by very clever students which will be towards the bottom of this post. 







Very exciting to also visit Houston The International Quilt Festival , this year for the first time in October. I will drool over the amazing quilts and even take a class or two I think.  Im sure Ill pop into a few Aussies over there.

Before all of that excitement I have 2 weeks in New York and Washington with my sister..... wow never thought this would be my life but wow , here I come.........


Back to current activities.

Quilt Encounter in Adelaide was wonderful , even though extremely cold ( and I don't do cold well) 

there were 200 participants, 8 tutors all live in at Emmanuel College and lots of wonderful work being done.  Such an amazingly well run week from the Quilters Guild of South Australia. Congratulations committee  and Kerryn. 

I taught 3 days of Dads Dahlia , this class was wonderful. I often say that but they are . I love it when a class full of quilters have fun interacting with each other. We stitched, sang, danced, laughed, ate , drank multiple cups tea together and that was just in the class room...  It truly was fiun.. 
thanks ladies I will remember that class for a long time. Below is a video of the finished 3 days class of Dads dahlia.






Then I had a day off with these lovely tutors and saw YESTERDAY. The new Beatles movie .. Loved it ... sorry I sang my way through the whole movie ladies ..... those that know me well would not be surprised.... 


Then 2 days of Quilting between the lines and great quilting was achieved too..


Good times.  Thank you all involved 


P.s Thank you Gina had a blast with you.xx 

Even managed to increase my puppet collection whilst shopping



Quilt show for Quilt NSW was another wonderful event.

I had the honour to present and sponsor 3 rd prise amateur predominantly applique category  to Rebecca Hastings with a really lovely clever quilt. 


Here below is Liz Aitken and her Dream Big quilt , stitched a few times in class.  Looks wonderful.


Here Wendy Ochtman's  quilt designed and made in class. woo hoo.


Jenny Kirk and her stunning appliqué quilt made over a few years and WOW doing her and me very proud indeed.


This is Michelle and her version of daisy Paths so lovely and fantastic machine work. 


Leaving the best to last.... Wendy Ochtman here and the 2ND PRIZE PREDOMINATELY APPLIQUÉ AMATEUR prize. Woo Hoo.  a few tears all round for her and me ..... 



Im so so thrilled and proud of you all for entering such wonderful quilts and LOVING your classes with me , being inspired to make beautiful quilts and learn amazing skills .  You know it does take so much time and commitment to get great work and congratulations ladies you all did it .... 

AHHHHH Im very happy indeed :) 


Indulge in some beautiful work that has been going on in various classes around lately.


Turned blind hem clams 


Glamorous Clams 

Dads Dahlia 


Mums Hibiscus 

Daisy Paths runner 

Daisy Paths the quilt 

Dr Who panel 

Quilting between the lines 

Summer Days 


I have not had any time to make new work except for Summer nights below. A negative from Summer days.
Up to quilting it now when I get a chance.



Im off soon to Darwin for a break and Im   so looking forward to the sunsets, the warmth and having family time.


If you visit the web site I have many of my skill building books and online workshops for your viewing.


Happy Quilting till next time 
X Deb