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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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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

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Still Winter, Still Wet

First a big apologies to all my customers who have place an order on the website. I have moved to a new version of WordPress and new look, and we (my IT person and me) didn’t to tick some of the boxes and cross the other ones…. anyway it is all running now and ready for you.

On a personal note my daughter has come back from a month in Switzerland ( so nice to have her again) and my son is up to his ears in getting ready for final exams..

As for quilting I am currently working on few (too many) projects at once, one of them with bees (that’s the only tit bit of information you’ll get!) which I cannot put down…. so much fun.

I had never mentioned it ( still amazed) but Di Ford-Hall has appointed me to look after her class at Sewn and Quilted and the shop will be running a fundraising event for the Leukaemia Research Foundation, jump online to see how you can help

http://www.sewnandquilted.com.au  or email fundraising@sewnandquilted.com.au

Anyhow today is still too cold to do anything in the garden so back to sewing 🙂

Cheers

    Our little bit of ” Stardust”
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Pêle-Mêle

Hello all,

It feels like I have hibernating for a long time but in fact the fingers have been quite busy…. After the tremendous success of “Pêle-Mêle” and feeling like more clamshells I designed and nearly completed a second version in modern fabrics with new designs. The release of this new version will be at the Brisbane show in Octobre. And the name ( drumroll ) “Pêle-Mêle …. encore”.

I am now clamshelled out for a bit.

Other exciting news I will be back next year in Nantes at the salon “Pour l’Amour du Fil” with Quiltmania, translating and teaching 2 classes, I am looking forward to it. More details later.

And our bees are doing very well, we are about to put the super ( that’s where they can store honey) on the hive and let them do their magic….

Bonjour à toutes et tous,

J’ai l’impression d’avoir hiberné pendant longtemps mais en fait les doigts étaient fort occupés. Après l’immense succès de “Pêle-Mêle” et le désir d’en faire plus j’ai concocté et bientôt fini une deuxième version utilisant des tissus plus “modernes” et de nouveaux patrons. La sortie officielle de cette nouvelle version est le salon de Brisbane en octobre. Quant au nom ( roulement de tambour) “Pêle-mêle…. encore”.

Je pense avoir fait assez de clamshells pour un moment.

Autre nouvelle très excitante, je serais de retour l’année prochaine à Nantes au salon “Pour l’Amour du Fil” de Quiltmania pour des traductions et donner 2 cours, je me réjouis d’avance. Plus de détails dans un futur proche.

Et nos abeilles se portent très bien, nous sommes prêts à ajouter le super ( c’est là où elles gardent leurs réserves de miel) sur la ruche et après c’est aux abeilles à créer leur magie…..

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new name/ nouveau nom

Wattlebird Designs is changing its name to Véronique’s Designs.

Same style, pattern’s cover will be the same just a different name at the bottom of the front page. And I am working on the website….

And in my free time I have unearthed(?) an old project, time to finish old UFO’s.

Cheers,

Wattlebird Designs sera dorénavant Véronique’s Designs.

Même style, même patrons juste un nom différent au bas de la page de garde. Et je travaille sur le site web…

Et pendant mon temps libre j’ai déniché un vieux projet qu’ il est grand temps de finir.

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Nantes

Last week was the AQC show and  it was wonderful to see so many ladies and being able to talk to some of my fans ( I have more than I thought).  Now the final touches for Nantes at the end of NEXT WEEK . This week is somehow more relax, the garden needs attention, and on the 20th my son and I will be leaving for Geneva and then Nantes, where I’ll be translating and teaching as well… very exciting.

Before I leave here is ” Tuscan Sun” my latest creation.

See you in Nantes ?

Tuscan Sun

La semaine passée c’était l’expo de AQC ( Australiasian Quilt Convention) et c’était formidable de voir toutes ces quilteuses et de pouvoir parler à quelques unes de mes fans ( j’en ai plus que je croyais). Maintenant ce sont les dernières touches avant de partir pour Nantes à la FIN DE LA SEMAINE PROCHAINE. Cette semaine est plus relax, le jardin a besoin de mes soins et le 20 je m’envole avec mon fils pour Genève et Nantes où je vais traduire et aussi donner un cours …. que d’excitation.

Et avant que je partes voici “Tuscan Sun”, ma dernière création.

Je vous dis à Nantes ?

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Classes

It has been a long time since my last post, first a Happy New Year, lots of sewing and laughter.

After a nice break, lots being done in the garden, and I even managed to finish 2 quilts ( shall I start 2 more?).

There are few exciting news for me this year; I am going to start teaching once a month at Sewn and Quilted in Blackburn, but if you prefer you could join me in Nantes for a class at the Quiltmania Salon ” Pour l’amour du fil” or why not coming at The Quilt Shop in Eltham and learn how to make The ChOok Quilt ?

Plenty of opportunities for me to meet some of you….

Cheers

P.S : my son took the picture of the blue banded bee ( native bee) on the banner

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Il s’est écoulé pas mal de temps depuis mon dernier petit mot, tout d’abord une Bonne Année à toutes et tous, pleine de projets et de rires.

Après de mini vacances, nous avons bien travaillé dans le jardin, j’ai quand même réussi à finir 2 quilts ( est-ce que je devrais en commencer 2 nouveaux?).

De bonnes nouvelles pour moi cette année; je vais commencer à donner des cours une fois par mois à Sewn and Quilted à Blackburn, mais si vous préférez vous pouvez me rejoindre à Nantes où j’aurais une classe lors du Salon “Pour l’Amour du Fil” avec Quiltmania, ou alors venez à Eltham “The Quilt Shop pour apprendre à faire ” The ChOok Quilt”.

Plein d’occasions de se rencontrer…..

A bientôt

P.S mon fils  a pris la photo de l’abeille à rayures bleues ( abeille native) qui se trouve en haut de page