Last weekend I was in Armidale with the Quilters & Patchworkers of New England. This was the first time I've driven that far north. To give you an idea it's almost 1,000 kms from home. I drove through places that until now were only names on maps or places I'd read about in magazines or the news.
The weekend kicked off with a trunk show on the Friday night. Saturday and Sunday were workshop days with everyone going home with at least one finished project.
The girls attending were all fabulous and I had a fantastic time.
There is a lot happening over the next few weeks. A workshop in Armidale organised by the New England Patchwork Group 23 & 24 August, the Inaugural Quilts on the Downs, 6 & 7 September and a class at Pioneer Patchwork.
Ingrid from Pioneer Patchwork and I have been trying for sometime now to organise a class and finally we have a date.
When: Monday 8 September
Where: Pioneer Patchwork,
5/20 Somerset Ave, Narellan NSW 2567
It is never easy deciding which projects to teach but this is what we came up with. There will be two classes.
The first (morning) is the bag - Autumn Blush and Cupcake Pincushion. The bag is very versatile and looks totally different depending on the fabrics used. The pincushion is so cute you just have to make it!
The second (afternoon) - Joyful birdie bag and Scissors Keep. The birdie bag is a favourite; make it for Christmas or everyday. The scissors keep is a quick project to make and the scissors are air-travel friendly.
It would be wrong for me to have a favourite club project but this one goes close. Could it be because you combine your special fabrics with ric rac, yo-yo and buttons? I think so.
I've already made three and my daughter has placed an order so that will make four. Now it is quick to make with one proviso, you don't procrastinate over the choice of fabrics; fabric selection can take longer than the sewing time!
I've been designing quilts and other sewn items for decorating and use around the home, since 2003. I especially love making quick things and gifting them to family and friends. My favourite techniques include needle turn and felt appliqué, stitching, hand and machine piecing. I live on the Victorian/NSW border, Australia.