Friday, 20 October 2017

Christchurch Symposium activities

 Teaching at Christchurch.

 Just recently home after tutoring at Christchurch NZ National Quilting Symposium.
What a massive gathering of quilters. This event happens every 2 years usually taking turns with the north and south island to host this spectacular event.
Just to give you an idea of the numbers . There was I think 52 tutor, over 600 students every day taking classes. Imagine making 600 sandwiches every day.
 This whole event is run by the volunteers of the local patchwork groups they take turns, usually 4 years of planning, meeting, organising. A huge effort indeed. So I say a big THANK YOU to the organising committee for 2017 you did a fantastic job. The convenor was Catherine McDonald .
This year the symposium was held at St Andrews College Christchurch. A lovely boarding school big enough to accommodate so many quilters.
The school Gym went from meeting place to lecture hall to Circus tent for the Creative Construction Carnival. The school grounds and all of Christchurch has wonderful gardens so green and lush. I really loved the blossoms and greenness everywhere as Sydney has not had rain till right this moment as I'm typing since mid June .

There were lunch time lectures  
Great friends having fun at the carnival a terrific evening , of food, games and circus acts a French sailor who pole dances??? a straight jacket act, acrobats all wonderful.
I was thrilled with my classes 5 days of learning and exploring sewing machines...
Day 1 Glamorous Clam  machine applique everyone did their homework and just stitched and explored their machines.
While I'm talking about machines Bernina NZ hired out nearly 300 machines for the class rooms.!!!!! I would like to Thank Bernina NZ for my 770 and 570's  in class they were perfect.

All of my students clams were happy bright and a fun day. Thank you ladies for a fantastic first day, helps to settle the nerves.

I have joined SAQA and we had a meeting of its members in the motel one evening. Here are the attendees.   As yet I have not really participated in the group activities but I will in time.

There were many quilt exhibitions around the area in various venues to enjoy and this the quilt above was my favourite from a very talented NZ tutor Lisa Call .

Me and my Daisy Paths quilt on show
Day 2  was  Let's Quilt Walking Foot and Theory class  which was very well received. The ladies loved the extra information of my direction of cutting and stitching of fabric for strength.
 Day3 was Let's Quilt Free Motion the magical 6 which was  fun and also well received.
Both of these classes
 are now available on my web site now as on line classes
Day 4 and 5 we had A Little Garden Machine applique and some lovely gardens in the making below .


Great classes ladies Thank you . I truly loved meeting you all.

Symposiums and retreats are a wonderful place for we tutors to network and enjoy each others company.  There were lots of Aussie tutors, Jenny Bowker was there at one of her very last ever teaching gigs. Congratulations Jenny a fine career, and all the very best for the future.
Tutors from the states, England , Scotland, New Zealand of course, Europe, South Africa some ladies I have met at other NZ symposiums and lovely to see and spend time again together.
Below some exhausted Aussies at the end of Symposium at the closing ceremony , Jen Kingwell and Wendy Williams, great to hang out ladies, Thank you.

I had a day to see Christchurch before a early evening flight so a few photos of beautiful Christchurch , working really hard to come back from the devastating earthquakes.

Symposium 2019 will be in AUCKLAND 1-6 TH
Off  this morning to a retreat now at Batemans Bay for Rosemont Patchwork with I a really looking for ward to .   
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Happy Quilting   X DEB                      

Sunday, 17 September 2017

New On line class available now

Welcome to my  latest blog posting.

Happy Spring for those living in Australia and New Zealand. and Happy Fall for those in the States.

The picture above is me sailing on Darwin Harbour recently a sunset. Perfect !!!!
A vision I will keep in my mind for quite some time. 

I travelled to Darwin in the Northern Territory ( you never never know if you never never go) very recently for the Darwin Patchworkers and Quilters guild .

We had 4 days of classes which went really well, free motion quilting, Daisy Paths  and Clam shells machine applique. Thank you ladies I had a wonderful time teaching you and look forward to more classes together in 2018. You all were a delight to work with and so very responsive and open to new techniques. The Darwin quilters have the most wonderful club room, air conditioned 5 star comfort all the way making the teaching so easy.

Thank you , BERNINA AUSTRALIA for the beautiful 770 sewing machine to demonstrate on. 

After the teaching I had the honour of being the guest judge for the annual Territory Quilts show. TQ2017.
This I did not take lightly , actually it terrified me, I'm not an accredited Judge, an accredited tutor yes but not a judge.....Are you sure you want me ? 

Yes they did so on goes the judges hat, big breath and lets go....
I had the BEST day, it really was so much fun. I must thank my helpers on the day assisting with critiquing note taking, turning and folding quilts, cups of tea etc....

The winner of Best of show 

Annie Radomski


Congratulations Annie

This is an outstanding quilt.

Town and Country is from a book , a block of the day challenge designed by Susan-Claire Mayfield who lives in New Zealand. Well Annie has taken this theme from Darwin to Alice and instead of the traditional English blocks has replaced local shops, office and natural beautiful nature and fauna. The detail is stunning so much to look at , scenes of the Olgas, Uluru, Dragon fly Quilt fabric shop their one and only Patchwork shop in Darwin was there with a tiny quilt in the window. Annie uses lots of hand embroidery to add texture. I will look forward to see Annie's Quilt hang at AQC in 2018 for Best of Australia award. It will be a must to see. 

More awards go to

Lyn Bates  Best Domestic Machine quilting 

Art Quilt  Serenity  by Barbara Williams 

 Art Quilt   Jabaru by  Christine Garrett 

Best use of Colour Nicky Honan

Judges Choice  Winsome Jobling 

Any Other Item Doreen Dyer

Viewers Choice and Long Arm Quilting Two or more people large quilt 
Christine Garrett 

My apologies for not showing all award winners . Please go to 
for more pictures 

Luckily there was enough room at the TQ 2017 hall for a few of my quilts to hang. 

He loves me he loves me not 

Daisy Paths Quilt  and Hearts and Lollipops 

Jacaranda on George , Glamerous Clams and Spring in Parkes 

After my work John flew to Darwin where we had a week with our Son Sam and his FiancĂ© Lisa in their new apartment in Callan Bay ,  the sunsets are amazing.

We really loved the warm temperature as Sydney has had a very cold winter . It was lovely to swim in the billabong, cruise the harbour visit the sights and enjoy outdoor dining again. I wont bore you with too many holidays snaps here is just a few.

Sunset Eco cruise on the Corroboree Billabong , fascinating to see crocodiles I their natural habitat, we were very lucky to see a Jabaru and lots of bird life

termite mounds are everywhere

Beautiful natural waterfalls and swimming allowed in the dry season. I must admit it felt a little strange swimming in a waterhole where crocs will be living  in the wet.. but I was brave. 

A beautiful photographic exhibition at the Darwin Art gallery

We were excited to see this exhibition and I fell in love with many stunning paintings 

I visited some  wonderful shops that had Aboriginal fabrics
Paperbark woman was the first 
sells indigenous fabrics and Thank you for my very special parcel of fabric. I will post photos once I have made a quilt with them. 

Injalak Arts centre who have the most stunning display of fashion using their indigenous hand painted and screen printed fabrics from many talented fashion designers around the world. Where my credit card was running hot .......

Then at the TQ2017 show 

Merrepen Arts Centre also had hand screen printed fabrics .
Oh my goodness STUNNING 


I have a new On-line class for you

My Favourite BERNINA features

which is available now

For those of you that have a Bernina sewing machine and perhaps feel they are not getting the most out the machine, or perhaps a little hesitant to try different buttons , then this is for you. 
It is not machine model specific , I do demonstrate on the 770 and the 440 but it is the icons , the symbols that carry through all models that I am concentrating on. Easy to follow , very easy to get on line and watch and follow . 

This 2 hour class has 12 chapters where you can stop and start as many time as you like.

Great value  $30.00 Australian for a life times viewing. 

Free motion quilting using the #24 foot 

12 chapters 


Lets get started 

My books are also on the web site complete with full size pattern sheets and templates 
Daisy Paths cushion and runner
Daisy Paths Quilt
Hearts and Lollipops
Glamorous Clams 

More books and classes coming in the following months.
Bye for now 

Happy Quilting
X Deb