Tuesday, 15 May 2018

May Joy and happy times.

Happy May to you. 
This month I am mostly having time off teaching. My son Sam is getting married to the most wonderful young woman Lisa. They are so in love and happy. Taking time to enjoy their wedding preparations, help out where we can. As they live in Darwin now its wonderful to have them here if only for a short time. Today is hair day for me , getting foils etc , got a new dress, shoes ( which I’m in training for ,so not used to heels any more). The earrings   are vintage crystal drop style a gift from my Mother in Law.  Its a lovely 50’s neckline dress. That’s an adventure trying to find a suitable dress, but I took myself off to the City went to Myer and luckily had a few to choose from that would suit me.Tried on this one and knew it was THE one. Funny how you know when something is right... A lot of quilters I find don’t trust that inner voice , please listen to it, you know what suits you, you know what you like. I don’t do a lot of me glamour time really, so I am enjoying it all. Holding on to these special moments and lock them away as a very special memory time. 
Enough  about all of that....

Now Quilting news
The close up above and below is of a new piece named Dads Dahlia.  The first in a series of large decorative stitched flower cushions and wall hangings. The book for this is 3/4 written and will be available to face to face students first , with new face to face class in 2019 with it. Then it will go on my web site. The wall hanging version see a small section of it 2nd  photo below and the background is divided into more quilted petals and a pebble background filler quilted with my 1/2 grid mesh stencil.  The grid stencils are fabulous and I have 3 sizes 1/2 inch, 1 inch and a 3 inch diamond all grids with a book Quilting Between the Lines with step by step photos and diagrams to guide you. I’m very thrilled with the response. 

Quilting between the lines book and 3 stencils 

This small wall quilt will be hanging at Quilt NSW  quilt show at Darling Harbour June 20-24 th 2018. This event is always a huge success and with over 410 quilts this year sure to be worth the travel.  I love to help out with the set up day, a perfect time to see the quilts close up. Climbing ladders, seeing the huge space empty at the start of the day and by days end a wonderful colourful spectacular. Perhaps we might see each other please come up and say Hi if you see me.

I will walk you through the process of the back ground quilting. As you can see below I have used the 1/2 inch square grid stencil, with a white quilt pounce pad. You lightly pounce the fabric with the pad and grid in small sections , then the enormity of quilting a huge area has gone and you look at one small square to fill at a time. One square to have a small pebble or 4 squares for a larger pebble. I used occasionally taken 9 squares for a very large pebble.  I cant help myself I always add spirals inside the pebbles, just for fun and a fluid cute look. 
I have used a shiny 100% polyester royal blue thread in the needle and the bobbin.  A brand new 80 quilting needle and a well oiled clean machine.This is free motion quilted on my BERNINA 770 with a  #24 open toe  free motion foot. I have my machine to 3/4 speed and my foot on the foot pedal to the floor. This is a good way to achieve regular stitch length. Set the speed of the needle to suit your hands, to suit you, your in charge of the machine. Do not let the machine run away too fast and have you feeling out of control stressed, not breathing kind of feeling. You control the work. Your quilt your way. 

Book and grids available from my web site

Early this moth 5-6 th May I had the most wonderful 2 days teaching at my own hosted workshop at Carinya Studio at Phesants Nest. This is near Bargo off the M5  after Camden. A beautiful studio  owned by Lynne and John in a rural location complete with sheep dogs, sheep and a quite county setting. The studio has amazing space, it is brand new, can easily be comfortable for 20 but I keep my classes to 15 then everyone has plenary of room. 
There is a seperate dining area where we indulge in delicious morning teas and lunches next to the class room.

This class was Daisy Paths and look at the results below.... the photo speaks for its self. The cushion tops are spectacular..... A great 2 days was had by all of us. I had 2 wonderful friends help each day Denise and Kylie they did a day each and to them THANK YOU so much for your help. A few photos now of the room and the surroundings. 

Out the front of Carinya studio 

Cushion tops on the design wall at the end of the 2 days 

Light filled , air conditioned brand new studio

A lovely friendly doggy ready for a pat and cuddle anytime , but not allowed in the studio. And he knew it too. 

John ,  Lynne’s hubby giving a few of the ladies a chat about the sheep on the property, I liked that personnel touch very much. 

I have another workshop on August 19th a Sunday at Carinya  “Quilting Between the Lines “ a 1 day free motion quilting class.  12 out of the 15 ladies from Daisy Paths have rebooked in so I have not advertised this class as I have just 2 spaces left. Class runs 9:30 - 5 pm, included is tutoring , morning tea, lunch, coffee, tea, 1 Quilting between the lines book and the 3 grid stencils. Suitable for all levels of free motion quilting.  If you are interested please email me asap.
More weekend workshops are booked in 2019 . 

Inside the book Quilting between the lines 

Just a few of the designs in the book. 

I do also have this class available soon at 
My Sewing Supplies at Kirrawee 18th July  please call the store on  9542 3513 to book 
and Hobby Sew kings Park  14 th September  9621 4000  to book 
contact the shops for more details 

My teaching schedule is on my web site

Now I would like to share with you some spectacular recent students work. 

A secret garden runner  by Namatra 

 How wonderful is this so colourful... beautiful work..

A secret garden cushion  by Diane 

Daisy Paths Runners    Simply perfect.

Daisy Paths cushions by Chris 

Daisy Paths the quilt medallion centre by Robyn

Daisy Paths top 

I am a member of a small group of 9 Quilters, called Whispered Threads. Annually we have a show of our challenge work. Only the first person gets a peek of the original design idea. They have a month to make their 50 cms square piece inspired by that art work. Their quilt only goes to number 2 quilter to get inspiration and away they gpo. This happens for 9 months till we all get a month each. Whispers, the original idea usually is a mile away from the last quilt. That is the fun of it all. This challenge we also had a line elements to connect the small quilts to each other . Here is a photo of the 9 at a recent reveal day. This day we get to see all the quilts together . 

The order of the quilts is top  row left to right, second row right to left, then bottom row left to right.   Can you see mine ? 

Enjoy your stitching time.
Happy Quilting 
X Deb 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018


Welcome back to my blog.
 April 17th 2018 

My new books are being very well received. I am so very proud of the information that I have shared. My mind is running wildly with more much more information, designs and techniques I would love to share with you. As the books take time to write , edit and photograph as well as a busy teaching schedule the aim is up to 4 or so more to print for 2018. Each book is personally signed and packaged by me. A small boutique side of my business that I hope you enjoy.  Some of my books are face to face workshops as well, giving the whole learning experience. While  some are exclusively taught at my once a month Sydney and Surrounding areas skill building mentoring classes. If you are intrested in this style of teaching please see my Teaching Schedule  on my web site Deborah Louie web site   For locations .

 This book is George and Georgie. A heirloom free motion quilted clam shell quilt.

This book is A Christmas Decorative Stitch Lotus 

This book is Quilting between the Lines
A wonderful book for free motion quilters both new and experienced to learn new skills while using a pounced chalk grid on their fabric . The grids which are 1/2 inch , 1 inch and a diamond grid and are included with the book.  This is a one day class that I taught just the other week at AQC Melbourne for the first time and was a huge success. The ladies did an amazing job of free quilting inside the grids and they all LOVED it . Photos of some of the work stitched in classes recently. Book with stencils available on the web site now 

AQC is a fabulous opportunity for quilters, tutors, retailers and the industry to have a sensational 4 days together . I have taught at AQC I think this was my 5th time. It is always a honour to be asked by Expertise events , Judy Newman and Garry , and they run a wonderful event. The emphasise is on having a wonderful experience, fun!!!! 
How can you not with a cocktail party to greet us, lectures by international tutors, a gala dinner which rages till late in the evening, the best of quilts from australia, wonderful quilt exhibitions. All in all a sensational time. 
Held at the iconic and beautiful  The Exhibition Building in Melbourne picture below , what a greeting hey....

Inside where the vendors were having a wonderful time lots of happy customers.

My class room all ready for me with the beautiful new Bernina 535 sewing machine , 21 of them all ready for action. And boy did we have fun on them.

My demonstrating Bernina with a my teachers gift from Bernina. The most beautiful hand carved treasure chest, I am so touched by my gift.  I love it .
Thank you Bernina  xxxx 

The first 2 days I had a wonderful class of 21 ladies doing Daisy Paths and see below the wall of wonderful daisy path cushions. It was such a terrific , really wonderful 2 days of teaching. Thank you ladies I can honestly say it was one of the best teaching experiences I have had. You were all AWSOME.....   

Below is myself and the lovely Bree from Bernina. All the Bernina ladies had these costumes on for the duration of the 4 days and looked so cute. As Bernina are celebrating 125 years in business this year. What an amazing feat. There will be more celebration news about this soon.

Close up of a few daisy paths cushions under way.

Daisy Paths Cushion and runner book is available on the web site 

  The tutors had an exhibition. Here is my two efforts. Daisy paths Quilt and Shattered Squares. 

The Exhibitions of quilts were spectacular.  Caroline Sullivan I have known for all of my quilting career, I regard her as one of my early mentors. Caroline stitches the most stunning embroidered contemporary quilts which are so textural, strong and emotive. Very special work. Photos below. 

So many quilts to show you here is just a snap shot of a few .

That’s all for today , chat again soon. 
Happy Quilting
X Deb