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 

Monday, 13 August 2018

Winter gloom.....

Hi, and welcome
Here in Sydney its winter, we are having wonderful sunny days but cold mornings and evenings. I don’t do well in winter, ill put that out there. I tend to get a little gloomy,  you know with head colds and all that this time of the year brings...there is something in that saying FLY north for the winter!!!!!!!   Indeed.... 
I do hope your spirits are high and happily stitching away. 

I have had a lovely recent addition to my sewing machine family..... A wonderful  Bernina Q20 free motion machine with the fold down extension table. Very exciting .... Here is Bernadette and Ian from MY Sewing Supplies Kirrawee who very bravely climbed our 50 odd stairs  to the top level of my home carrying the big heavy box . They installed my machine in no time. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. thank you...
Here to contact MSS  

At first I had it in a spare room which I was sharing with John and his miniature soldier models. But after rearranging my studio space I have the Big B (I’m calling her that ) next to my loan 570 and 770 Bernina’s.  We’re one happy family together.  
I have been very busy teaching way to much to really sit and enjoy the machine as much as I would love to. But that will come ...

 I did have a few hours stitching a new colour way of Mums Hibiscus 🌺. I was getting thread breakages constantly. I know not to blame the machine... its me not doing something right.. Yes thats right, I was trying to stitch through 9, yes 9 layers of fabric, fusible, and stabiliser. No wonder I had thread issues. As soon as I popped a new 100 topstitch needle in the machine and popped a thread netting, I call them stockings. , over the cone. PROBLEM SOLVED.   Woo hoo 5 hours of happy stitching....  

Theory..... the larger the number of the needle the larger the hole it makes in the fabric. The shaft is I had many layers of course it needed a large needle ... and a Topstitch needle has a large long eye so the thread does not heat up and break.   Solution....SWEET!!!!!! 

The newest colourway of Mums Hibiscus is above. I started to quilt the background with a grid 1/2 inch pop design and I am unhappy with the light blue background. So I have cut the hibiscus  away from the background fabric. I will include this pink hibiscus with 2 others for the wall quilt version. Never  give up on a piece I just re work it.

Above is the original Mums Hibiscus which I am really happy with. All raw edge appliqué, free motion sketch blending colours together . I loved making and designing this flower a great deal.

Dads Dahlia below was the first of this series of large flowers with grid free motion quilting the backgrounds. New glossy full instructional books and patterns will be available late this year on my web site. Ill keep you in the know when they are available.  

I have just returned from the south coast of NSW for the  ROSEMOUNT the Patchwork shop in MOGO’s annual retreat.  My second year running. We had the luxury of a brand new hall to conduct the workshop in with loads of space . Teressa runs a wonderful retreat. It was lovely meeting some ladies that I have taught many years ago and they had come back to extend their free motion quilting skills. We did a 2 day Quilting between the lines grid quilting class.
I am thrilled with the results, the ladies embraced my new designs beautifully and now have many more patterns and ideas to add to their collection. We had a lot of fun. I really enjoy classes especially when lots of questions are fired at me. Give me a challenge , push me , ask away all the questions you can think up. It’s your class your there to learn and expand your skills. Please if your in one of my classes DONT be shy, ask away.....

Teressa is planning of having me back again in 2019 and we will do Dads Dahlia. A decorative trapunto stitched flower with sketch applique  and grid pebble quilting wall quilt or cushion.... 

Teressa from Rosemount with me here 

Thumbs up one happy girl 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

BERNINA is celebrating its 125 years anniversary this year, along with some fantastic new machines they are having a big celebration here in Sydney. At Rosehill Racecourse on the 24th October 2018.  This will be a wonderful celebration , if your interested contact your local dealer or Bernina Australia for more details. Ill be there....    I have made a special Glamorous clams project for the occasion......

The Embroiderer’s Guild OF NSW have  a wonderful upcoming  event of CONTEMPORARY MACHINE STITCH. I have been asked to run my ONE day Glamorous Clams workshop on 7th October which is a Sunday. This being held at their sensational office, studio, exhibition space in Concord West in Sydney . This very popular class explores the possibilities of your decorative stitches on the sewing machine. 
Interested please contact the guild office with the link below: or phone 0297432501. There is a full program of classes, exhibitions and activities to emerge yourself in during their celebrations.embroiderers guild

 My web site has my teaching schedule for the remainder of this year and also for 2019. 
You will also find my 3 online teaching classes and my skill building books with immediate delivery all over the world. 

Thanks for joining me , till next time
 Happy Stitching 
X Deb