Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Deloraine Craft Fair

Just Back from Tasmania for the Deloraine Craft Fair. This wonderful event is held every year , run by hundreds of dedicated Rotary volunteers. Deloraine comes alive big time for this fair. The whole town gets involved. The organisation for this is immense and all comes together for 4 days.

Silly me just back from hot Vietnam I just bought dresses and a cardigan, I should have known better.. It was freezing.....

I was asked to have an exhibition of my current quilts and to demonstrate free motion quilting sitting on the Bernina Q20. Which I was very  happy to do.

Every day there was hundreds of people watching me quilt and with lots of questions.
I just had fun doodling along on the Q20. I had forgotten how fabulous this magic machine is.
On my one day list to purchase that's for sure....

This lovely man came to watch me quilt on day one and was fascinated. He is a retired engineer and was happy to sit and chat for ages. I must have been on his mind as he came back on day 3 for more. So , I got him to have a go on the Q20 machine. Now he is a free motion quilter He loved it ...
He was wonderful company.. made my day :)

I had fun getting families on the machine. Some kids don't have a sewing machine in their home and they were fascinated. I think it is so important to introduce stitching skills to those who are not so lucky to have a quilter in their lives.  I even had as young as a 2 year old on my lap quilting....

Part of this show was also for the Deloraine Textile Challenge.
This is run by Diane Brittlebank and Robyn Miller formally of Sewknit Launceston and Sponsored by Bernina Australia.
The winner of the challenge where they have to use the challenge chosen fabric in their piece was
Jacque Boxer. A wonderful quilt beautifully made and the winner of a Bernina Sewing machine. Congratulations Jacque.  

 Here is Diane , Robyn and Rotary Organiser Tim Biggs with Jacque with her presentation.

The fair is a wonderful opportunity for art and craft all over Australia to be showcased.

Glass blowing  ( worried about the beard)

Hand made guitars

For the dearly departed.

Cocktails!!!!!  which I did not partake in :(  , lots of wonderful Tassie food, wine and goods.

Live entertainment of street acts and music bands of all types.

I had a visit from Lorraine Hunter a student of mine from past Tassie visits.
With a quilt I taught her , trapunto and machine applique and Lorraine entered it in the AMQA show this year and won a First prize. SENSATIONAL Lorraine . A huge congratulations to you.

So that was the very last away trip for the year for me. Now Sydney classes and then a 2 month break to quilt and explore new quilting possibilities.

Exciting things in the pipe line for me

ON LINE CLASSES: machine quilting, machine applique and how to use your Bernina machines. All coming in the next 5 months..... 

I will give you more info soon. But watch out for me on line  in 2017


class list for 2017 uploaded now..... see the tab above

Happy quilting
X Deb

Sunday, October 30, 2016


Every time I write a blog post I end up apologising for the length of time between posts. Well I shouldn't I know , what can I say except we all have busy lives.  I will try to think of this blog more like a diary, what has been going on every week in my sewing room and what beautiful progress in class by my very talented  students .
Okay Deb a new positive direction... lets go....

Stay tuned as I have lots of new teaching opportunities and very exciting times for me  coming in the near future.


On October 4 John and I with 2 great friends of ours ventured off to Vietnam. First stop was Singapore. What an amazingly efficient city I loved it .. a train every 3 minutes. We fitted in so much and here are just some quick visuals .

We had the have that iconic photo at departures.....

Beautiful street art

inspiration everywhere
Loved the old architecture

 Modern marvels
sky garden spectacular

go to Singapore and not see the orchid garden .. no way  

a magical instillation of old pots and pans

getting my feet sucked by fishes.....

Then off to Vietnam

We went with Intrepid tours for a  10  day trip then had a week on our own

  John and I did everything  rode push bikes, motor bikes, tunnels, museums, ate everything even frog, ate street food, had a home visit dinner, loved it all. A spectacular country with beautiful people and Crazy traffic......

a marriage that has lasted a very long time so beautiful. He is 93 and his bride is 87 and they still tend to their farm everyday , so inspirational....

Graduating students   4 roses and an old thorn !!!!!

Rice fields

8 million scooters in Saigon , a challenge to cross the roads there ...

Cat Ba island our last stop for Rand R

This photo is my favourite of the trip I think. John and I kayaking on Halong Bay at sunset not a worry in the world , really being in the moment. Pure Joy.....

John and I have not travelled overseas much at all BUT I think this will all change....

Recent students work.

Month by month in my regular once classes, the work being produced blows me away.

Ally's secret garden quilt coming along beautifully

Decorative hexagon small wall quilt by Diane and Sue

Little garden cushions

a feathered chevron

tumbler quilt always a great one to free motion quilt

Baltimore blocks looking stunning

Daisy paths stunner.

Garden runner so happy and beautiful

Hearts and Lollipops

free form triangles

Hearts and Lollipops all done quilted looking amazing, a huge accomplishment

what a great cushion addition to any home

another runner looking fantastic

a cot quilt free form triangles, love it

applique bird of paradise woo hoo

look at this stunning Baltimore , I cant wait to see the borders on.

Beautiful free motion quilting Diane... very proud of your work.

Of course there is a lot more .

For 2017 I have 4 locations in Sydney for my once a month classes.

My sewing supplies Kirrawee 5 days in the month
The stitchers Cupboard at Camden 2 days in the month
Hobby Sew Kings Park 2 days in the month
Berry quilt and Co Berry 1 day in the month.
For dates and contacts see the classes tab at the top of the page.

till next time
Happy quilting Deb x


Monday, July 11, 2016

May and june

May and June goings on......

Yes I know as usual its been ages since the last post.. what can I say..... been busy.

June is Quilt NSW show month and what a show it was

This photo shows how happy Jan , Bev and myself were that our quilts were acknowledged by the judges. Well one proud teacher here....
Jan and Bev are both from MY Sewing Supplies classes, the once a month class. Both showed their own version of my Floral Garden Baltimore quilt.

Such a happy day from the left Jan , me and Bev on the right.

This is Jan and her stunning quilt. Jan won 2 ND prize Predominantly applique Amateur. FIRST time entrant woo hoo. Such a spectacular quilt.

Jan took her time doing the most stunning job of the stitching. Look the sashing has applique too and those full luscious borders . A huge credit to you Jan. I'm so very thrilled and proud of you.

Bev also with her version Baltimore. Bev started with the stripe sashing fabric as her pallet and it grew from there. Get this, Bev won same category as Jan's , Judges Commendation and Best Domestic machine Quilting Amateur.  Congratulations Bev spectacular. Wow first time entrant too!!! The stitching also was wonderful and beautiful placement of colour throughout the quilt.

How special it is , I cant articulate in words , to have the trust from student's, to keep going it will, be beautiful. This Baltimore is a very large  long term project.  So much work, so much commitment, so much time sitting blanket stitching. Then the machine quilting a huge quilt is hard. Yes hard BUT they persevered , head down and got on with the job. So if your in the process of making yours , keep going , pick it up when you get a chance , little bites ,it is well worth the time .

Oh yes I won Judges choice Jane Gibson ( pictured below with me)   and Hangers prize . wow thank you  For my Secret garden quilt. Lots of lovely comments from the public.

The Best of show was Rachaeldaisy
The most stunning quilt . I loved it ... Rachael is a delightful lady so talented.
Wonderful NSW lady winning best of show ... The way it should be .. Congratulations...

There was a beautiful hoop display by Bob James of some members work.

 This one was mine.

This I don't say lightly at all. The results from ALL of my classes where you go home apply what I teach you in either  the monthly classes or specialty classes as a guest tutor. You go off, and apply learnt techniques makes my heart sing with pride.. I am so lucky  to have this as my job. Thank you everyone. Thank you for entrusting me .

Now some photos of work in classes lately no names just beautiful work

First Machine quilted Quilt a cot tumbler

Garden Cushion magic

daisy paths quilt

 Hearts and Lollipops
 Clam cushions

Great free motion quilting
 The happy quilt and a happy quilter :)
woo hoo very happy quilter here after first machine quilted quilt was finished and looks sensational

Hearts and Lollipops

daisy Paths and stunning detail below

Hearts and Lollipops

 Another Baltimore look how the peeper shines here around the navy blocks

Tumbler bold in black, grey and red

 Quilt and colour going on here
Free form work in triangles

Hearts and Lollipops  and border detail

 A Very pretty pair of cushions

Hexagon wall hangings

 Softly does it Hearts and Lollipops

 A new garden cushion next to the original  so pretty together

Trapunto cushion looking stunning.

Well I'm exhausted after all of your hard work. Fantastic everyone.

Ill post again soon. Lots going on for me at the moment .
Off to Quilt Encounter in 2 days. This is the annual retreat for the South Australia quilt guild . Teaching 5 days and really looking forward to meeting you all. Also having time with my friend the talented  Gina Burgess, a good catch up and a sew between friends . who could ask for more ...

Happy Quilting X Deb