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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

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Summer/ Eté

It has been quite a while since my last post. The garden has taken most of my time, between weeding and planting and of course the bees…

It is a steep learning curve and fascinating. To my question will my bees swarm I had neither a yes or no and now I know why, basically you cannot predict if they will do it. Ours did, twice, it is a bit scary but magnificent to see a swarm. We caught the first one and put it in a new beehive, and we rehomed the second one. We now have 2 beehives and lots and lots of bees. And hopefully honey to last us a whole year.

And there is something to say about bees or pollinators in a garden, my apricot trees is loaded with fruits, and my red currants ( which never did really well for the past 5 years) the branches bending with the weight of little red berries. And the raspberries bushes…

I made a deal with my bees ( I have told them) I will be in the garden early and late during the day and they can have it for the rest of it, I got stung few times and I didn’t enjoy the experience (and the poor little ones died…).

And in between all of this I still manage to start few projects, and hopefully some will be well on their way to be finished by the end of the year ( at least one)

Stay cool and keep stitching

Cela fait pas mal de temps que je n’avais pas donné de nouvelles, le jardin m’a gardé bien occupée, entre les mauvaises herbes et les semis et bien sûr les abeilles…

C’est un apprentissage rude et fascinant. A ma question est-ce que mes abeilles vont essaimer, personne ne me disait oui ou non et je connais la raison, parce que personne ne peut le dire. Nos abeilles ont essaimé deux fois, nous avons repris le premier essaim et nous avons reloger le deuxième ( il y a une liste d’apiculteurs amateurs). Les essaims d’abeilles sont impressionnants et absolument magnifiques. Nous avons maintenant deux ruches, pleins pleins d’abeilles et avec un peu de chance du miel pour nos tartines pour une année.

Il y a définitivement quelque chose à propos des abeilles ou des insectes pollinateurs dans un jardin, mon abricotiers croule sous les fruits, mes groseillers ( qui jusqu’à présent n’ont jamais bien donné) sont couverts de baies rouges, quant aux framboises….

J’ai fait un marché avec mes abeilles ( je le leurs ai dit) j’ai le jardin tôt et tard et elles peuvent l’avoir le reste de la journée. Je me suis fait piqué plusieurs fois, je n’ai pas vraiment apprécié l’expérience ( sans compter que les pauvres petites en meurent).

Et dans mon temps perdu (??) j’ai commencé plusieurs projets et je compte bien en finir au moins un d’ici la fin de l’année.

Restez au chaud et bonne journée.

 

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The Ch0oks/ les p0ules

After coming back from the Sydney show I thought it would be a good idea to have a break and make a small quilt without a pattern and using most of my bright modern fabrics. It never turns the way you want. It is a BIG quilt, you can buy the pattern and I have another plastic container with more bright modern fabrics. I hope you’ll like it as much as I do…

 

 

A mon retour du show de Sydney je me suis dit qu’il serait bien de faire un petit quilt, sans patron et en utilisant un maximum de mes tissus modernes et pétants, les choses ne se passent jamais de la façon dont on voudrait. C’est un GRAND quilt, il y a un patron que vous pouvez acheter et j’ai une autre boite pleine de tissus pétants. J’espère que vous l’aimerez autant que moi…