The projects in this year's Little Treasures Club are so quick to make I knew they wouldn't keep the class girls occupied for a whole three hours. In the first class they all received a copy of Summer Berries with the idea of working on the quilt over the five classes. This was optional, they could make more little projects, sit and chat or give themselves an early mark.
Sue has almost finished - it just needed the binding sewn down when this picture was taken. I love the fussy cut blocks. Can you spot the birds?
There are still two more classes to go. I wonder what Sue will do to fill in time.
The third project is the Cupcake Pincushion. I love seeing all the different fabric combinations. I want them all!
Another sample ready for the Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fair next month. I love making this scissor keep for the Airline friendly scissors. It's so quick to do and so much fun coordinating the fabrics. This ones a little different with a button in place of the yo-yo. You'll find kits for the Scissor Keep, including the scissors on Stand G29.
When Linda from Gum Valley Patchwork asked me to be a tutor at this year's Stitch in Spring I was very excited. It's years since I last visited this section of Victoria's coast line. Back then cars pulled off the road and parked on the cliff edge. Mum kept a firm grip of the backs of our jumpers, Dad's included, ready to stop us falling or being blown over the edge. We only visited in winter when it was blowing a gale and freezing cold. Of course it's changed a lot since then, but it is still one of the loveliest coast lines.
Now I live inland and while the banks of the Murray River are only five minutes away offering a lovely spot to relax, it's not the sea.
So you can imagine my delight when I pulled into the car park at Port Campbell and saw this.
I decided to enjoy the moment and have a cup of coffee before heading indoors to set up. I would have happily lingered there all day!
The view from the venue was spectacular. I have to admit I wasn't sure how much stitching would be done when there was this to look at. Apparently it's a bit ho hum when you're used to it!
One of my projects for the workshop.
Something with flowers seemed the obvious choice for 'Stitching in Spring'. A bag for a small portable light, for those of us who need extra lighting to see by, a needle case, drawstring bag for a spare set of batteries or whatever you might like to put in there and a trinket to loop around the handles of a pair of scissors.
The pattern will be released in a couple of week. Kits will be available too.
A big thank you to Linda for organising such a fabulous day and the girls attending for their enthusiasm and wonderful company. It was a very special day.
All the girls who attended the Christmas in July workshop at Avonleigh Country Quilting received a gift, including me. Kay & Sharon decided to shift me out of my comfort zone with these gorgeous fabrics. I've been unfolding, refolding and shuffling them around, deep in thought about what I will make with them.
When it comes to fabrics I always need more. Yesterday I had a chance to do a bit of fabric shopping at Avonleigh. Upper most in my mind was finding a few more fabrics to add to the mix.
What I had forgotten, in the excitement of purchasing new fabrics, is I'd already pulled these out of my stash. Well you can never have too much fabric and I do love scrappy!
And what will I be making? It was going to be a baby quilt, but I now have sooo much fabric I think a lap quilt at the very least!
The weekend came and went too quickly. A big thank you to Kay and Sharon of Avonleigh for organising such a great weekend. There was laughter, good conversation, yummy food and a great deal of creativity.
There was a variety of projects to choose from, Felt Birdies, Jolly Santa, Gift Cones, small Red & White quilt, a little tag embellished with a Theodora Cleave button and an ever so quick birdie gift tag. The start is always a bit hectic as two, three or four different projects have to be explained, but it doesn't take too long before everyone is working at their own pace.
The most popular projects were the Felt Birdies. They look fantastic and I love them hanging beside Sue's applique border for Sarah's Sampler (1855). Lots of fun mixing and matching felt colours, combining wool and cotton threads and embellishing them with decorative stitches and trims.
The Santas were a favourite too. Well who doesn't like Santa?
Gabbi decided to make a cone and do it quickly, so with a couple of shortcuts, all perfectly acceptable and encouraged, it was made in under an hour. This inspired more cones.
Di & Beth embellished theirs with felt and decorative stitches.
Miranda chose the small quilt, started Saturday, changed her mind in the middle of the night and put this together Sunday. Can't wait to see it finished. This has to be be my favourite colour combination.
Thank you to the girls for making the weekend so enjoyable and their desire to do it all again next year.
Here it is, the eve of the Christmas in July workshop at Avonleigh. The last couple of days have been spent finalising the details for the weekend, making lists and ticking things off. This year the girls will be working on a selection of projects from the new book 'All Things Christmas', all little-ish projects, just right for making over a weekend.......