Monday, 5 August 2019

Aussie Quilt and Fibre Expo


  It has been a very busy few months since my last blog. 

Some exciting opportunities have arisen for me and I would like to share with you.

Also spectacular class work has been achieved by very clever students which will be towards the bottom of this post. 

Firstly I can now share I will be teaching at Portland Oregon USA at the Aussie Quilt and Fibre Arts Expo November 11-15 th.

I will be teaching Glamorous Clams 5 sets x 1 day class....

That means I get to share with many lovely quilters my style and techniques of decorative stitch appliqué on beautiful BERNINA 570 machines... Yippee 

Along with other great Aussie tutors in not just quilting but many textile areas in the beautiful location of Portland. Classes are held in the Monarch Hotel and Conference Centre. See the link below for more details. 


                                                     www.quiltingdelights.com

https://www.flipsnack.com/E6F755A7C6F/aussie-expo-program-fzc5yuxbl.html



Before the conference I will have also have the honour of teaching at Quilting Delights  patchwork store, Dads Dahlia the 2 day version. Machine decorative stitch appliqué, trapunto appliqué and grid pebble quilting. A beautiful 2 days of learning.

Visit the link below for more details.


Very exciting to also visit Houston The International Quilt Festival , this year for the first time in October. I will drool over the amazing quilts and even take a class or two I think.  Im sure Ill pop into a few Aussies over there.

Before all of that excitement I have 2 weeks in New York and Washington with my sister..... wow never thought this would be my life but wow , here I come.........


Back to current activities.

Quilt Encounter in Adelaide was wonderful , even though extremely cold ( and I don't do cold well) 

there were 200 participants, 8 tutors all live in at Emmanuel College and lots of wonderful work being done.  Such an amazingly well run week from the Quilters Guild of South Australia. Congratulations committee  and Kerryn. 

I taught 3 days of Dads Dahlia , this class was wonderful. I often say that but they are . I love it when a class full of quilters have fun interacting with each other. We stitched, sang, danced, laughed, ate , drank multiple cups tea together and that was just in the class room...  It truly was fiun.. 
thanks ladies I will remember that class for a long time. Below is a video of the finished 3 days class of Dads dahlia.




Then I had a day off with these lovely tutors and saw YESTERDAY. The new Beatles movie .. Loved it ... sorry I sang my way through the whole movie ladies ..... those that know me well would not be surprised.... 


Then 2 days of Quilting between the lines and great quilting was achieved too..


Good times.  Thank you all involved 


P.s Thank you Gina had a blast with you.xx 

Even managed to increase my puppet collection whilst shopping



Quilt show for Quilt NSW was another wonderful event.

I had the honour to present and sponsor 3 rd prise amateur predominantly applique category  to Rebecca Hastings with a really lovely clever quilt. 


Here below is Liz Aitken and her Dream Big quilt , stitched a few times in class.  Looks wonderful.


Here Wendy Ochtman's  quilt designed and made in class. woo hoo.


Jenny Kirk and her stunning appliqué quilt made over a few years and WOW doing her and me very proud indeed.


This is Michelle and her version of daisy Paths so lovely and fantastic machine work. 


Leaving the best to last.... Wendy Ochtman here and the 2ND PRIZE PREDOMINATELY APPLIQUÉ AMATEUR prize. Woo Hoo.  a few tears all round for her and me ..... 



Im so so thrilled and proud of you all for entering such wonderful quilts and LOVING your classes with me , being inspired to make beautiful quilts and learn amazing skills .  You know it does take so much time and commitment to get great work and congratulations ladies you all did it .... 

AHHHHH Im very happy indeed :) 


Indulge in some beautiful work that has been going on in various classes around lately.


Turned blind hem clams 


Glamorous Clams 

Dads Dahlia 


Mums Hibiscus 

Daisy Paths runner 

Daisy Paths the quilt 

Dr Who panel 

Quilting between the lines 

Summer Days 


I have not had any time to make new work except for Summer nights below. A negative from Summer days.
Up to quilting it now when I get a chance.


Im off soon to Darwin for a break and Im   so looking forward to the sunsets, the warmth and having family time.


If you visit the web site I have many of my skill building books and online workshops for your viewing.


Happy Quilting till next time 
X Deb 






Thursday, 2 May 2019

AQC clever students

The wonderful event of Australian Quilters Convention was held again in April 11-14th 2019 at the historic Exhibition Royal Building at Carlton Gardens, Melbourne.
Beautiful gardens and spectacular fountains greet you. This year we found the grand old building cloaked over as she is having some renovations. Maybe a touch up or two perhaps?



This was my 6 th time teaching for Expertise Events at AQC and always a wonderful time.

This year was AQC 's 15 th birthday. Wow 15 years thats a huge achievement. Congratulations Judy and Garry for producing an amazing event for us to learn, share and teach at.

This big pink celebration cake greeted us as we arrived in the building.  )( expected someone to pop out of the top really) There were a number of people who also celebrated 15 years of attending AQC and they received special badges and a certificate.



I had 2 classes both 2 days each, Dads Dahlia and Mums Hibiscus. Both from my latest large scale machine applique collection.

The applique fusible components are numerous, too many to draw in class so the students were all given the fused shapes, book, pattern and goodies in a bag.

AHUGE Thank you to Denise Green my great friend who helped with this process it took us a few weeks to draw and cut but it was well received.

I was lucky again to be in the BERNINA room and had 20  x BERNINA 770 machines in class.  The Wednesday before class I was very lucky to have some fantastic AQC people who managed to get a table for each of the 20 students. This helped so much with the full experience of 4 great days.

Thank you BERNINA Australia crew for your assistance and goodie bags for the students and my tutor gift.

My Glamorous Clams BERNINA Special Edition book sold out at the BERNINA stand. Thank you and if you missed out it is  available at your local BERNINA dealer.






Look at the Dads Dahlias done in class after my words. So wonderful, bright and fun. Each Dahlia was individual as they brought along their own fabrics and threads. It was the first time many of the ladies had used 12 weight cotton threads in their machines. They were a huge hit. Great class everyone, I loved it ......

Saturday and Sunday was Mums Hibiscus and all fused shapes for there hibiscus were in their bags again , ladies were so grateful. This we managed to save so many hours of drawing so we could get on to the fun stuff.... stitching....  We decided to concentrate mostly on 2 petals to learn all the skills then grid free motion quilting in the Sunday afternoon. Another great class....

AQC has many wonderful exhibitions and here are only a few of the spectacular quilts there. My apologies for no names . Literally I had very little time to wander the quilts.
Joe Cunningham

Kat Jones 

AQC challenge winner.   Loved this one.....

AQC runner up ... fantastic 

Korean quillt 



Self portrait.  loved this too

simply stunning in the Korean category


One of the best of state 
Dads Dahlia from AQC 

















Mums Hibiscus from AQC 


















Sadly one of my quilting heroes passed away this Easter Gwen Marsden. Quite a wonderful woman , so creative, and down to earth. Thank you Gwen for the couple of days we shared at Taupo symposium, your encouragement and wise words of "make what makes you happy"..... RIP...


(For those who are in my once a month classes May is the last month I  am collecting the goods for the charity for post natal mothers. ) 


Another big month in class with spectacular work

















Have a happy productive, safe month everyone. 

Happy Quilting

X Deb