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 morning
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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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
I will be teaching” Albertine” on the Saturday. The class will cover preparation of an appliqué piece, bias, how to deal with points and curves and enjoy the whole process….
Kits will include background fabrics, fabric for the hearts, some stems ( already made, lucky you), and hand pick fabrics for some of the flowers, glue, and Mylar template sheet. And of course the pattern so you can finish the project at home.
Will be rescheduled
Join me for a day of creativity and fun in a workshop at Gippsbeary Cottage, a gorgeous shop nestled in the Gippsland region and meet Cindy the lovely owner.
Do you want to try some appliqué, and even some reverse appliqué. Would you like to practice your embroidery? Likewise what about English Paper Piecing; then the Pêle-Mêle pattern is an ideal project for you to get a taste of different techniques. You probably have some treasured dollies or lace waiting to be used. What about the big print fabrics waiting in a drawer ? If you had started the quilt but ran out of inspiration this workshop will definitely put you back on the right track.
Places are limited!
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…