Friday, 15 June 2018

Weddings,Planes , NZ, quilt show and goings on

  Happy June 2018to you.
Here in Sydney and its winter, chilly and my least favourite season. So bring on spring I say.

We had the most beautiful family time with my sons wedding mid May, nothing like a wedding is there. Bringing family and special friends together to celebrate life’s magical moments and times. The ceremony was very beautiful and romantic on the Shoalhaven River Terara. 

Here is my immediate family just after the ceremony. Below is the beautiful reception venue , full of candles, flowers and love, . a night of great food, dancing , special memories. 

The flowers at the wedding were divine , I just had to bring some home. Are you after inspiration for a colour way for a quilt?
 Look below , how pretty . Rich deep pinks, pinks, lilacs, magenta, pink-purples, creams, corals with gum tree grey greens. A win win combination. A beautiful appliqué, even pieced quilt combination. Stuck for inspiration ? , Look around at nature, you know when a colour way pleases you. We all stop , smile, take a second glance , maybe take a photo on your phone keep it for another time, your next quilt perhaps. 

Look at the many tints (lighter) and shades( darker) of greens in the below photo . See how they blend beautifully together with the complementary tints and shades of the orange-reds which add a zing effect. Stunning...

The autumn colours here are superb and with the bright clean neutral sky. Look how wonderful the contrast is between the sky and the branches. Contrast  here is what catches my eye first.  When choosing colours for your quilts, perhaps look at the design and ask what element of this design do I want the eye to see first. Consider this in high contrast then add related colours like the autumn leaves to blend. Again inspiration from nature.

My latest work is Dads Dahlia cushion and wall hanging.The colour inspiration here is from nature. Related pinks to oranges with the high bright turquoise blue as the background.  This is a hand drawn by me asymmetrical Dahlia with decorative stitches on my Bernina 770. I like the cushion so much, I had to make a wall size version.This will be at the Quilt NSW show next week details at the end of this post . I enjoyed quilting this. The dahlia appliqué was a little larger than the cushion with extra petals in each row and then quilted petals to extend the dahlia out further into the background. The quilted petals are filled with free form feathers and a heavy triple stitch to outline each individual shape.

The final background is quilted with pebbles of various sizes using my 1/2 grid stencil. One square = one pebble,  4 squares = a larger pebble. Grid quilting between the lines is so enjoyable. Colour on colour quilting with 100% polyester thread makes for flat shiny stitches.
My latest book “Quilting between the Lines” and 3 grids , 1/2 inch, 1 inch square grids and 3 inch diamond grid is available on my web site. I really recommend this if you are after more designs , inspiration and to achieve better free motion quilting skills. It is very popular with quilters of all levels.  

Link here deborah Louie web

I am working through a range of large flower designs and a sneak peak of my next work. More soon.  Loving spending time when I can at home making new work. 

I have just returned home from a very successful teaching trip to Tauranga New Zealand. Robyn Curd co owner of Bernina Sewing centre Tauranga invite me to teach for 6 days at her beautiful shop. Tauranga is a pretty town, a growing town 2 1/2 hours from Auckland. A waterfront town, with delicious restaurants and friendly people.

Tauranga is home to the author of Hairy McCleary and friends. A life size sculpture tribute to the Author Lynley Dodd  who resided in the town. The sculptures are so real looking and wonderfully smooth and worn a little where children have lovingly patted the dogs on the head and backs. Yes I couldn’t resist either ... 


And me being an angel. Yeh right...... got to have a go at all that is on offer.
Very cool being picked up every day in this van for work ,  no guesses where we were headed.

 I was blown away by the size of the shop ... huge , workshop area very generous size, also the welcome and hospitality of Robyn and her staff was wonderful.  We had 2 days of a Little Garden cushion with some of the works in progress below. Pretty aren’t they. Lovely seeing ladies using their sewing machines decorative stitches. Please excuse the photos are upside down ...

Then we had 1 day Glamorous clams class machine decorative stitch appliqué  which everyone really enjoyed . Lots of cushions underway , below was my favourite colour combination. 
Then I had a day off to spend with my dear friend Loz who has moved back to Nz. We travelled around and had a terrific day seeing the sights.
Back to work with a one day free motion magical 6 class and a 1 day Quilting between the lines grid free motion quilting with wonderful results.

With the final day being Daisy Paths cushion. Some of the flowers below all looking amazing.
 My apologies if I have not shown your work here only so much room on this post.
I had Brenda who I was my class angel for the week of classes. Brenda has made my Hearts and Lollipops quilt. The pattern purchased on my web site and has done the most superb version. Congratulations Brenda just lovely . Thank you for your assistance which was greatly appreciated. 

Have look at this wonderful machine foot case above . Very impressive indeed . Beats mine in a plastic cutlery tray next to my machine ...😉
Below photo is a bit of bathroom humour from the shop...

Very lovely gift from Robyn , unique NZ produce and fabric. It was my absolute please to teach your wonderful customers , so nice to meet you all and happy stitching. 

Quilt NSW Quilt show is held June  20-24 2018 details below , if your in Sydney it is not to be missed.. 
I am proud to be a bronze sponsor of this wonderful event.

I have 2 quilts entered this year, which is our maximum we can enter. There will be over 400 + quilts hanging and quite the logistical feat to organise. The Quilt NSw is run solely by volunteers who do an amazing job. I am so grateful for the opportunity to show my work amongst other Quilt NSW members. It is a members show, not the best of. Any member can exhibit a quilt or two. Just having a go , I always tell my students, it’s not s quilt show without quilts. If it was only award winners then it would be a very quick to view show. I love being part of the excitement ,the hanging day Tuesday is my favourite day.  We get to really have a wonderful close up look at the quilts. Climb ladders , hang quilts, see an empty hall in the morning and by 6 pm a stunning space full of colour has emerged.   

I would like to wish my students who have quilts in this year, all the very best. Enjoy and be proud of your amazing quilts, stand next to them with pride , share your excitement and the explain the making of your quilt experience with the public. Have fun. Enjoy and good luck. 🍀

 Happy Quilting 

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