Monday, 25 February 2019

February News

The first two months of 2019 have been very productive for me and my students. Some fantastic work has been produced during the holidays .

I have a big special announcement coming in a few days .... FOR BERNINA LOVERS stayed tuned...

During January I had a wonderful time stitching and swimming. Summer is my favourite time of the year. This year I have made a new quilt to represent my complete enjoyment of the season.

"Summer Days" it is called.

Reflecting my relaxed mood in summer I have improv cut and improv pieced this bright quilt. The improv work is so enjoyable , I just love it so much.  As with all of my projects there is a beautiful skill building book of this quilt. I have shown step by step how to improv cut and piece to make your own unique fabric.

 I bought a new Mac computer, wow what a difference to write on.  The old Pc was soooooooo slow.

At first with something new it was scary, I admit a few tears were shed trying to get my head around this new format. But now I love my Mac. Summer Days was the first new book to be written on it  and Im very thrilled.

Also, what I decided to do was jump into the Ruler quilting movement with this quilt. Relaxed easy straight line improv organic triangle quilting to reflect the theme of the quilt. I figure one rule technique, for one quilt. Take my time to trial and see how to adapt this formal quilting style to my style of free motion quilting. Goodness knows I don't want my quilting to look like anyone else's. I am an original designer and at times it is hard not to be influenced or guided towards what others do. I have a mantra Run your Own race Deborah. But I needed to jump in and give it a good go for my teaching. 

I had a rule made for me for this quilt. My preference is for a small straight rule with a few lines, keeping it all simple and easy to use. The large rules are difficult to use on a domestic machine, for me anyway, so I had one made for the book. 

As other books I have taken photos during the whole process for a step by step guide to making the quilt.   

Can I tell you how much I love writing these books. With help of my friend Denise, Loz and my sister Doreen who cross the i's and correct my spelling and grammar mistakes we make a great team.
The response to these skill building books is wonderful. They are a wonderful resource for my teaching, quilters refer back to these constantly.

Summer Days will become a 2 day workshop and the first is at Carinya Studio at Pheasants Nest Sydney on June 1-2 , 2019.  If you would like more details please email me at the email below. or for shops , guilds etc Summer Days can be a 2 day workshop in 2020 at your location if you are intrested please email me.

 I had some fun at the location shoot for the book. Photos taken at my local and favourite park, Como Pleasure grounds on the wharf. On the Georges River near my home and very close to my heart surrounded by water and boats  I could not think of any more summer than that.  

This Summer Days book is available for workshop teaching in classes now , but not for sale on the web site for a while.

The second book I have written is "Mums Hibiscus " and this will go up on the web site in a month or two. I am teaching this project at AQC this year along with Dad's Dahlia. Always a fun teaching experience.

Mum's Hibiscus is a bright large flower cushion with fun sketch appliqué and grid 1/2 inch quilting.  A full size pattern sheet with step by step photos to guide you through the whole process ,even with  the front and back of the cushion quilting fully explained and demonstrated. On the website soon

My first workshop this year was one of my special retreats at Carinya Studio which was at Pheasants Nest out from Sydney on the M5 near Mittagong. 
Using an Alexander Henry fabric, I fused the back of fabric, cut out the flowers , made a background and then composed the flowers into a pleasant composition. Sketch free motion stitched and quilted extra elements outside the appliqué . 

Worked well, the ladies will love this I said to myself. Fingers crossed.
At first terror on their faces, then as they started to cut and compose wow what results....This first photo is my piece and then a few of the class work done on the 2 days ....
Deb's original for inspiration 

Denise my wonderful class angel surprised us all with her own runner version she made during the January holiday period.    wonderful... 

Truly unique work. Well done Ladies they are stunning , the weekend was so much more than I ever expected Fantastic ....and I will post others as they are completed. 

Class work photos now from 2 classes at my once a moth classes at and some spectacular quilts are being made so far this year. It is very rewarding for me to see work followed through to make such lovely quilts to have in your home... 
Cushion back from Ros grid quilted pebbles

Teressa's stunning Baltimore see how lovely the blue piping brings out the colour of the appliqué 
More from Ros, she has been very busy , lovely grid quilted leaves in the cushion and pebbles in the other 

Lee-Anne and grid quilting between the lines woo hoo you did it 

Ros has made my jigsaw cushion pattern look so good 

Diane's first ever machine quilted quilt ... Pretty wonderful 

Ros with her  Dresden Plate looking amazing all machine blind hem appliqued.

Daisy Paths Quilt looks spectacular.

 Well that's all from me for the time being. Im on a mission to blog more ...

Bernina lovers watch out something great is coming from me....

Happy Quilting 
X Deb 

Thursday, 3 January 2019

2019 schedule up and running

Mother in Laws Rose... Machine decorative stitched and grid free motion quilted.

Happy New Year to you, I sincerely wish every happiness to you and your loved ones.

May 2019 bring wonderful new adventures and ample stitching time.

That' s what I am after happy creative stitching time, time to see what comes. What new inspiration, new quilts, new techniques can I create in 2019.

My 2019 teaching schedule so far is up on my web site

I have lots of face to face classes available. I am teaching at AQC again in April and in October Auckland Symposium, also Quilt Encounter South Australia in July. All should be great fun. I hope to see you in a class soon.

I have been working for many months in the second half of 2018 on a secret project that I am very excited about. I can share the exciting news with you in March. This has meant I have not been making new work, new classes as much as I usually do. I believe this will be worth it. You have to take a chance sometimes... Jump in and try and that's what Im doing.

Below is a free motion sketch applique cushion Mums Hibiscus and above is Mother in Laws rose which are both new.

Mums Hibiscus Free motion Applique and grid quilting

I have had some time away in early December,  John and I did a 4 day hire in Tasmania "The three Capes Trek" In The Tasman National park. Now that was a challenge, it had what seemed like a million stairs to climb and a few mountains . But I did it.... Very rewarding and exhilarating to challenge my self like that. When I don't think I can do something I'll endeavour to remember that if I keep one leg in front of the other and keep moving forward yes Deborah you can achieve.....

 My students made some amazing work last year and I would love to show them off to you. This is only a small snap shot of terrific work achieved. Looking forward to more beautiful work in 2019.

My Sewing Supplies are having a Dream Big Flower Panel quilt challenge. Open to all. It's a bit of fun, quilt up the panel purchase from quilt in any way you like and half way through 2019, all the challenge quilts will be exhibited in their store and judged. Please don't think that perhaps your quilting is not good enough, just have fun, even now here is a thought, make the panel into a bag, clothing, see how creative you can get.
 Chat to Bernadette for more details phone : 0295423513

(photo from Pintrest )

So all the very best to you for 2019, Ill try to blog more often, yes Im saying that every time. I know !!!!! 

I do post very often on my Deborah Louie Tutor page

Happy Quilting 
X Deb 

Sunday, 26 August 2018


  Hope this August post finds you well and happily stitching your latest quilt. 

The last few months have been a little tough here at home with my husband not well,  but fantastic news , he is feeling great again , so things can get back to normal. I have my fingers crossed that now I can spend some time in between tutoring to make new work that I can share with you soon. 

I admit if I have an extended time away from creating  new work, then when I do get the chance , sometimes I can doubt myself, get a little anxious. I call this quilters block... all I have to do is go into my Sewing studio space and sew anything, just start stitching, cutting fabric, sketching and usually by JUST DOING , I calm down and the creative juices start to roll again. JUST DO IT... is my mantra.. 
If this happens to you perhaps try and just sew anything. It does not really matter what you stitch, being around fabric,  just touching, folding or ironing your latest fabric purchase, turning on your machine taking some YOU time is so good for the soul. Sometimes it’s rare to have time to sew but it’s always there for us when we need it. We’re so lucky to be quilters, makers of beautiful art. Something I am very grateful of and to be....

Enough of the mushy stuff......

I have had some really nice workshops lately with students embracing my Quilting Between the Lines class. This free motion quilting technique breaks down the area needed to be filled with quilting into small achievable portions. There is 1 inch , 1/2 inch and a small diamond grid mesh stencils that are accompanied with my Quilting between the lines book. It’s been wonderful to see ladies now happy to free motion quilt their quilts with many new designs. I have even had some past students from years ago come to this class renewed with new inspiration and skills.
Here is a few photos of students work from Rosemount Patchwork with Teressa at her weekend retreat a few weeks ago down the beautiful south coast. 

Quilting  between the lines book and stencils 

Pebble quilting on Dads Dahlia using the 1/2 inch grid for even sized pebbles , and pebbles in pattern formations. 

 The stencils with the quilt white pounce pad in action. 

My “Quilting between the lines “ book and 3grid mesh stencils available on my web site shop.

  Keep an eye out here and on my Facebook page Deborah Louie Tutor for Youtube grid quilting designs coming soon. 

My teaching schedule is on the web site 

I am hosting 2 classes at Carinya Studio which is located south west of Sydney at Pheasants Nest,  that I would like to share with you.

The first is “Know your BERNINA Series 5 and 7 machine day “

Learn the beautiful features of your machine that a quilter needs.
We will explore the different feet I use to make my quilts, how to maximise the different setting features of the machine, the open toe embroidery foot and the wonderful decorative stitches, walking foot, BSR free motion quilting, free motion quilting, how to adjust tension, threads to use, needles, the memory features to save your favourite settings , maintenance, cleaning and much more , note this does not include the embroidery module.

Class is on FRIDAY 12 October  9 am arrival for 9:30 start with 4:45 finish. 
Spoil yourself with a delicious lunch, morning and afternoon teas provided in this lovely studio. For $95.00 per student.
Please email me for more details and booking form.

The second class I have is “Dads Dahlia “ at Carinya Studio.
This 2 day machine appliqué workshop is booking quickly with only a few spots remaining. 
We will stitch some beautiful decorative stitches on the 4 sizes of petal shapes, stitch trapunto appliqué , sketch appliqué and finish with grid pebble quilting the background. 
Workshop is Saturday and Sunday November 10-11 th 2018 , $195.00 per student 

Enjoy delicious lunches , morning and afternoon teas for the 2 days, glossy full colour Dads Dahlia book and pattern also given on the day.
There is some simple preparation of fusible petal shapes to do before class,  so studio time is spent stitching and learning new skills. 
Class times 9:00 for 9:30 start till 4:45 both days. 
There is nearby a few comfortable motel accomodation options at Bargo only 7 mins away if you would like  to grab a few quilting friends and make a weekend of it. 

Email Deborah      For more information and booking details.


Some recent lovely work by my clever students below . Enjoy..

Daisy Paths by Julie , now at quilting stage . Wonderful work.

 Ali made my Christmas Lotus May into a decorative stitched table cloth and detail below 
Pattern available on my web site shop.

Joy and her version of A secret garden runner. Such an achievement a huge amount of work.

Such a pretty medallion centre of Daisy Paths by Robyn... beautiful

Glamorous Clams looking beautiful.

Daisy Paths bag this time not a cushion . Cute to shop with..

Enjoy your stitching time. Till next time. 

Happy Quilting