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June 2021

 

Autumn has arrived with some gorgeous blue skies, golden leaves and some time to rest.

The bees are settling for winter, my garden is looking bare, and my sewing room full of new projects. Sign of times the modern and bright fabrics are taking over the soft reproductions style fabrics, but not too worry I am still using it on a very large project all appliqué. Some snippets will be posted in the newsletter.

I have also have been playing with embroidery threads, the latest project “Jardin de Poche” is creating quite a follow-up  and soon an second version with Australian flora and some birds will be available. They are so many stunning flowers that it was hard to choose.

I will add a new calendar to the website with my teaching schedule it would be loverly to meet few fellow quilters on one of those dates.

Keep warm and stitching

 

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January 2021

The Christmas decorations have been put away and I can start a brand new year. Hopefully. this year will bring us some shows !

Last year brought me some challenges (as for everyone else) and it has been a learning curve.

I can now offer online classes, both in embroidery and appliqué, and even online trunk show ! I will plan few dates along the year for online classes, keep an eye on the website.

My garden has kept me busy, the zucchinis are filling the fridge and tomatoes are getting rounder. My chicken have a new coop, and the bees are busy. My best news for this year is my hubby starting is desensitisation treatment for bee sting…. it will be good to be 2 again to look after the girls. The garden is slowly changing looks, trying to make less work for me hence more time to create. When we first moved in 15 years ago I was happy to have a wild garden with bits here and there…. I will keep the bits in one spot now ! With the kids growing up and being less at home it’s hard to have free labor for the garden.

Last year with all that time on my hand I managed to make and finish few quilts, start few UFO’s (oops) and plan new ones. In the January issue of Quilter’s Companion you will find one of my project created in the middle of lockdown, which brought few challenges, you will find out more about it in the magazine. The magazine Today’s Quilter, in the UK, has ask for one of my creation, a new design, very exciting !

The picture below shows my latest pattern call “Jardin de Poche” ( pocket garden), made out of 1930’s and Liberty lawn fabrics and dotted with embroidery. It has been released and is available from my website only (for the present). It is a booklet with the acrylic template for the leaf. And there is room for you to write down some notes (like your choice of colour or a different stitch) as you are making it. It is a small and sweet project, one you can take anywhere with you to do.

There will be more surprises coming, I just need an extra pair of hands to write the patterns and make the kits !

I hope this year will bring us together again, I have missed meeting quilters in classes and see all the new projects, and the finished ones.

Until next time ,

Stay sane and keep sewing.

 

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Spring

Spring hasn’t  sprung it has exploded. Flowers and buds everywhere, even butterflies! And mosquitos ( a bit early ?). The air smells of flowers, the sun is warm, we can hear  lawn mowers. And the black birds are having a recital every morningSpring

My seedlings are looking healthy, the bees are very busy building and the queen is keeping up with the demands for new working bees…

As for quilting… my newest venture “La vie d’un jardinier”, couldn’t call it weeds as a garden is more than that, is finished for the first part and will be available as a online block of the month (BOM) from the 1st of November. This quilt is mainly appliqué with embroideries. It celebrates nature, the garden and the seasons. Later on I will offer it with a monthly class to help you with choosing the fabrics as well as embroidery or appliqué techniques.

Register for the block of the month ->

Sign of times I am starting teaching online, until we can meet again face to face. The first class will be on the 23 of October with the beehive block for “The Bee Quilt”. Only 10 places…. You will need to purchase the pattern if you don’t have one already. But it will be available as a download in my shop.

Register to the Bee Quilt class ->

As for the lovers of reproduction style quilts and fabrics “Toujours Provence” will be available at the end of September. I loved “Provence” so much especially the big sunflowers it called for a second but bigger quilt. Using some gorgeous fabrics from Petra Print it reflects the warmth of the south of France. With some lovely appliqué blocks, set on point, appliqué corners and a scalloped edge, this pattern will delight you.

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On the bright side

On the bright side of things it seems that my weeks have 14 days !

It would be very easy to dwell on what we cannot do but I have decided to enjoy the time out to pack as much as I can. Next year, fingers cross, my teachings will resume and the weeks will feel like 5 days again …

On the bright side I can now do a lot of gardening, create new patterns (be ready for those) , finish some UFO’s, even tidying the sewing room.

I do miss sharing my passion with you all through classes or friendship groups but I know it’s only just for a short time. Imagine what we all be showing and telling when we get back together. We might have to have overnight sessions.

“Pêle-Mêle, au revoir”pattern is now ready for you,

” Toujours Provence” pattern will be ready by the end of August

And on the bright side I am about half way on the next reproduction quilt. And it’s going to be one of my favorite. Cannot wait to show it to you.

I am also working on a  BOM in modern fabrics. It will be online only.

And it is about the garden and the weeds, and more.

I have something exciting coming up for the end of the year work related….It’s a bit of a surprise

Well on the bright side of today I have the whole day to play with fabrics and my fingers are hitching to do a bit of sewing. Better listen to it.

Stay safe and mostly sane and keep sewing…

Post scriptum

I bought last year a calendar called “My perfect imperfect life”, and so far all the little sayings each months are quite spot on. July is ” The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain” ( Henry Wadsworth Longfellow).

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Autumn 2020 had started so well

2020 had started so well for me. We had a lovely family holiday in Singapore, my son had started university and going back into good habit ( bed before 10.30pm and less computer games). My daughter passed her certificate for rope climbing and I had workshops ( here and overseas) planned as well as few shows and then the virus.

So now I have everybody home, son goes to uni (online) in pyjamas and daughter is climbing up the walls because she cannot climb anything else !

BUT looking on the bright side instead of choosing between gardening or updating my website or sewing I can do EVERYTHING. Keep an eye on the website as I am realising some patterns as download version.

I have also have join a UFO group from Red Thread Studio in the States and the big blue quilt, started 10 years ago, might get finished. I made it before designing and writing patterns and it has been tormenting me since, as well as my daughter ( it will be hers)

My blocks for the Dutch Sew along Dutch project are done. It was an interesting experience as I am more of an appliqué person than a machine pieced one, loved some of the blocks and some not so much.

“Pêle-Mêle , the final” is nearly completed (yes!), pictures will be posted on Instagram, quite few surprises on that last one.

Patience is the keyword, we all have few projects to complete and soon the day will come when will be able to resume our day to day lives and complain about the lack of time.

In the meantime stay home and safe

Cheers

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3rd of January 2020

A very happy New Year to all of you, wishing you health and lots of time to play with fabrics.

My resolution for this year ? Enjoy everyday and stop racing around ( if it’s possible) and most important finish a couple of UFOs…. pretty sure the due date was sometime last year.

Keep an eye on the shop as I am going to have some downloadable patterns

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Houston – Florida – Houston – Melbourne

It has been too long since my last post, sorry. I am slowly finding my rhythm again….

Ok ,I went to the Quilt Market and Quilt Festival in Houston with a detour in between to teach my “Pêle-Mêle ” pattern in a lovely spot in Florida, Stuart. It was the highlight of my two weeks in the States. Jennifer from Redthread studio http://redthreadstudio organised my stay and it was magnificent, I met some lovely ladies and saw more inspirations for PM no 3 ( if I can get to it)!

The Quilt Market and Festival were awesome, an eye opener. The American quilters are different, I learned a lot, got some ideas and was quite surprised to found out there are some who are quite scared of needle turn appliqué. The Quilts on display were gorgeous, a lot done on domestic or long arm, and their Sapphire Celebration very inspiring. By the way I believe that our AQC show in April is as good as the Houston Show, on a smaller scale of course…

Back home I had to face a jungle ( the garden) busy bees ( they behaved and didn’t swarm) an 18yr old ( my son) going through final exams and schoolies ( glad it’s over) and a very messy sewing room with so many projects on the go it’s depressing…. so I started a new one ( small).

But the good news is “The BEe quilt ” is finished and the pattern nearly done, just needs to be check out by a couple of friends. And I am looking at selling some of my smaller patterns as download patterns…. Will let you know.

The view from the class room. Magic

Talk to you soon