Friday, 8 December 2017

2017 Quite the year....

The year is just about over and what a year it has been.
 
I have been so thrilled with seeing my web site come into fruition. A dream I had for a few years , to self publish my own books and have on line classes. Well its worked , I am so thrilled with the response and the wonderful words of praise and encouragement. Students and books from all over the globe. You can not even imagine how special this is for me , to think others like my work and want to spend their precious time making their own version of my quilts. ahhhhhhhhhh... amazing Thank you.
 
I intend to do many more books and classes in this manner for 2018. So please keep an eye out. 
This all take lots of time and work but its happening...
 

Thank you BERNINA AUSTRALIA for your support and wonderful sewing machines in 2017 and 2018.

 

Thank you also to Victorian Textiles Matildas Own for your support.

 
Its been a big year, lots of travelling with teaching at some beautiful locations like, Darwin,
Alice Springs, Christchurch New Zealand ,  McLean , Mogo, and others.... Thank you to all the groups , retreats, shops and Guilds I have taught at this year. I have loved them all.
 
I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate this occasion.
With a  restful, peaceful holiday season with LOTS and LOTS of Sewing time for you.
 

A  HAPPY CREATIVE SEASON TO YOU 


Our Christmas tree

I love this time of the year. I love decorating the tree a tradition of My daughter Claire and I have , we choose the colour theme each year for the  decorations, wrappings, table setting etc.... I love the Christmas bush , just on the left hand side of this photo and on the right is a small xmas hanging which was a gift from a lovely quilter many many years ago. I love getting out the ornaments like our first Christmas together ornament that an aunty of Johns gave us, the ballerina ornament of Claire's , Sam's baby ornament form his first Christmas. I enjoy the cooking but most of all being with the very special people in my life. We have a growing family this year, a future Daughter in Law ( in May 2018 the wedding is ) and I'm a GREAT Aunty to Christian, an absolute angel , a blessing that's for sure.


Most of us are lucky enough to have family traditions , be it sentimental but I love it all.  I take this time to remember how blessed I am to have a loving family and wonderful friends, and a job that I love.

Enough of  all of  that .....

What's been happening....


My once a month classes have finished in Sydney for the year. Thank you to all of my students, you all worked so well during the year , you all inspire me to reach higher, in my skills to develope  new quilts and techniques. Thank you to Bernadette and Ian, Sharon,, Kathy and John, Rosemary and staff for your help during the year at your shops.

 In 2018 I have 11 once a month classes

these are at

My Sewing Supplies

Berry Quilt and Co

The stitchers Cupboard

Hobby Sew Kings Park

for more info please go to my web site for dates and shop details link below

www.deborahlouie.com.au


There is a full program on the web site of the travelling away workshop I have for 2018 as well. These I am keeping to only a few now, as I want to be home more to create more quilts.
 I have been a travelling tutor now for 17 years, WOW that's gone so fast and have a strong desire to be home more to create more work, develope as an quilt artist, for more workshops and books. If I keep up travelling so much I don't have new work , so no new classes etc.....
I am booking for 2019 now if your group or guild is interested please email me

deborah@deborahlouie.com.au


I have another terrific year planned but for now I will be staying close to home , sewing and swimming . As it is  Summer here in Australia for those living elsewhere it gets very hot..... I love to be sitting at my sewing machine  a BERNINA 770  upsatairs in my sewing space , small studio,  in my cossie with a sarong around and jump a dozen or so times into our pool to cool down then into the sewing again. Its my happy time.

I know you want to see photos of  some wonderful  work that has come out of this years once a month classes.
For privacy which I greatly respect  I will not mention names.  Unfortunately  I cant show them all.....

So here you go.....

I will say bye for now
Happy Quilting
and Cheers to a wonderful 2018.

X Deb





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Friday, 3 November 2017

Latest Retreat at Batemans Bay for Rosemount Patchwork

Retreats are always a lot of work for the organisers and this last one was no exception. Teresa and Barry of Rosemount Patchwork , now from Mogo on the south coast of NSW booked me over 12 months ago for a 3 day retreat. The weekend of 22-23, and 24 th of October , John and I ( a rare treat for me to have my husband along with me ) drove down to Batemans Bay where the retreat was being held. We had a lovely 3 days working on The Daisy paths runner and cushion workshop. Have a look at some of the results. The ladies worked very hard and even into the evening on Saturday night.  Great company, fun class , great food, lovely location all adds up  to a happy and creative time. Thank you ladies see you next year.



Looking fabulous 



Working on Daisys 


Such a bright and happy runner


A terrific cushion 


                          A very pretty cushion being quilted 


Pink and green runner 


Contrasting colours look amazing and strong 


A touch of yellow in the daisy petals adds so much viberance to the piece 



Christmas here we come


One of my favourite runners  black , whites  and blues.. stunning 



Sunset on the beaututiful Batemans Bay 
One last away retreat for me for 2017 and that Singelton quilters 11-12 November .

Now for some wonderful once a month students work.  

A medallion wall hanging version of Daisy Paths now in quilting stage . First ditching all appliqué and piecing.



A new lover of free form improv piecing and matchstick quilting


Loving the watermelon colour here with its various values and surrounding colour friends like pinks, corals, deep blue reds , Yum 



A new Baltimore coming along beautifully, all in gold blanket stitching... yum.


  A secret garden runner in blues and greens has worked very well  with lots of decorative stitches been used here. Great work . 



Stunning daisy paths again in  another version. 

It never ceases to amaze me how my design of 4 simple petal shapes can have such amazing  looks with different choices of fabrics. I love working with colour and I am so grateful and thrilled that my students allow me to help them through this colour decision process. 


Yah all completed Pom poms and all. Beautiful. Love it ... Going to a good home 😉


A runner with arms ,,,,, just one happy lady all appliquéd and quilted runner.

These projects are not an over night piece, they take time and patience and lots of skill , Congratulations.... 



Lovely clam shells all appliqué and quilted... A great way to learn about your machine.

On a sad note Dianne Squire a student from Hobby Sew Kings Park sadly passes away the other week. I will remember Dianne as a fun, chatty lady who loved her Sewing , loved the company of other quilters , loved a chat and a laugh. Rest peacefully Di xx 




The Clam shell book with templates and Daisy paths book with templates are available from my web site www.deborahlouie.com.au or click on my name below to go to the site.


The on line classes are doing so well, I am thrilled lovely feedback. Students now from many parts of the world. Check them out ....









Happy Quilting 

XDEB 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

AQC 2018

  With great excitement I am thrilled to announce I am teaching again at AQC IN 2018.

Australian Quilt Symposium in the old convention centre in Melbourne will be held on  April 5-8th .


Class booking open this Thursday 30 October at 11 am so be quick.... www.aqc.com.au


The Exhibition building 


I will be teaching the 2 day Daisy Path cushion picture below class where you learn turned blind hem applique for the paths and sketch free motion applique for the daisy's. We hope top start the quilting  process of the cushion too .



A brand new class 2 x 1 days for Free motion quilting  Between the lines. where we free motion quilt using a  plastic grid stencil to outline the perimeter of a square, diamond, mini square to help us gauge scale and size of our quilting. Really fun and excellent  free motion skill building. 



A wonderful fun event filled with classes, super entertainment, gala dinner which is always a terrific time, lectures , wonderful food and meeting up with friends. 

Hope to see you there.