Rosemary joined us from Goondiwindi for the weekend and brought in her delicious Blackbird Designs cross stitch. Her work is outstanding - lots of "oh my gosh".
What a weekend! I can’t begin to tell you how fantastic the weekend was – Michele is a giving, funny and down to earth teacher. Her road to fame as not been entirely smooth sailing but this has only strengthened her resolve to remain positive believing honesty and kindness is the path for her. Her bubbly personality and ability to intertwine wonderful stories with her sharing of knowledge, technique and experiences ensured that all in class had a fabulous time.
The success from her books and teaching has given her the opportunity to travel to England being the guest of honour on sold out William Morris tours. This has been the icing on the cake for Michele as her knowledge and admiration of Morris is outstanding. Sharing her photos and tidbits from the first of her tours the ladies in the class were certainly envious of the places, events and once in a lifetime opportunities offered on the tour and for many ladies it is now on their list of must do’s.
Amanda and Linda working hard on their blocks getting them ready for stitching.
Cathie was thrilled with the colours selected for her block.
Sally had some dilemas with her machine over the weekend but with lots of perserverance and some very welcomed guidance and help from Michele, Sally got on top of her machine issues and finished the weekend stitching madly.
Angela decided early on that she wanted to make cushions from Michele's pattern rather than a quilt - Michele very generously brought 3 redrafted blocks along with her, which was a great surprise not only for Angela but all the ladies in class. I have tried many, many times to uplaod the image of Angela's work but for whatever reason it just doesn't want to load for me. Sorry Angela - but knowing her I am sure that she will be in the shop to share the finished objects and I will try again to share them with you all.
Over the two days several ladies brought in beautiful pieces of work and I look forward to sharing all of them with you in another post as I am unable to load them as well. The rain is so heavy and loud on our tin rood that we can't hear the television - which at times isn't so bad. My DH says that may be the cause of my uploading issues - seriously I have tried and tried!
During the weekend Michele shared her knowledge of threads, needles, fabrics along with her quilting techniques. There was a mountain of information shared that enabled the ladies to leave feeling confident with Michele’s technique of machine applique. I can’t wait to see the finished quilts.
We are thrilled to announce that Michele has agreed to return to Precious Time in 2014 when she will teach her design class. I am sure this class will be a sell out!
Looking forward to catching up again soon.........happy stitching Lisa
What a coup for GOMA Brisbane to be presenting in collaboration with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) “Quilts 1700 -1945”. This exhibition is exclusive to Brisbane and will comprise objects drawn from the V&A’s astonishing collection of textiles exploring more than 200 years of British quilt making. The exhibition will include one of the world’s most important textiles, the Rajah Quilt 1841, from the National Gallery of Australia which was sewn by convict women during their transportation to Australia.
In conjunction GOMA will present an exhibition of contemporary quilts by the late Ruth Stoneley (1940-207). Ruth’s patchwork shop “Patchwork Supplies” located in Highgate Hill was my local shop when I lived in Brisbane –without a car I remember having to catch the train and walk the distance to her shop from Southbank. It didn’t deter me at all – I loved every visit. Several years ago I had the immense pleasure of taking some weekend classes with Ruth – I can’t express how much I enjoyed those weekends with her – creating, listening to her experiences and knowledge – she opened my stitching soul to a whole new world. For that I will always be grateful.
To celebrate this wonderful event we have decided to organize a day trip to GOMA. Our day will include entry to the exhibition, return travel (DH has a bus license), and lunch at a venue yet to be confirmed. Numbers will be limited to 20 ladies and we have penciled in July 28. If you would like to join us please call the shop to register your interest – costs and dates will be confirmed as soon as possible. This will be an event not to be missed – come and share this wonderful exhibition with women who share in the tradition and love of quilting.
In the next post we will share all the news from our weekend with Michele Hill
A few weeks ago Majella shared images of a breathtaking Dear Jane quilt made entirely from Kaffe and friends - it is stunning. Majella’s mum Moya found the images while surfing – and how lucky are we that she did. I have owned the book and corresponding templates for several years with the full intention of “one day”…..well that day has finally come. I have to be honest and say that it did take a little convincing - but she just keep patiently reminding me of how beautiful it was and maybe we could just make a few blocks to see how we felt......needless to say her gentle persuasion worked. Yes I know another quilt – but the np (new project) drug is working its magic and I am helpless.......seriously.
So here we go on another quilting adventure and we would love for you to join us for the first night of Jane meets Kaffe on Friday 15 March at 5.30pm. If you have started a DJ in reproduction, pretties or any other colourway we would love to see you - but don't blame us if you get drawn to the dark side.
Majella and I have started on the blocks for our Jane meets Kaffe and yes we have started with the easy blocks, which is what the most experienced Janiacs recommend – start on the easiest and work towards the more difficult. We hope you enjoy the blocks that we have made…….
"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." Earl Nightingale
I can't think of a better way to pass the time - can you.
Wishing you a weekend filled with creating your dreams.......happy stitching.........lisa
I have been busily beavering away on my Rare Birds and am thrilled to announce that I have now finished my top. I am so absolutely in love with it and am like a proud mama bear when I show it off. I once heard a customer say that they loved making one of their quilts so much that they could easily make another – at the time I thought are you nuts – why? - there are so many quilts to make. But I have to admit I now know how they could feel like that. When I sewed the last stitch on my top I did feel a sadness (along with lots of happiness) that my journey had come to an end- after all we had spent so much time together, made crucial decisions together and in a way had bonded. I suppose I didn’t want that to end and that is why my stitching soul could happily tread a similar path – it would never be the same of course but it would be a journey where some of the paths cross and travel together at times. I am sure this feeling will pass with time (a few days/weeks – as I said there are sooooo many quilts) but it is comforting for my sewing soul.
I have been keeping up with my stitching diary – sadly though I do have to say I suffered one or two weeks where my hands did not have the joy of holding needle and thread. My time to stitch seems even more fleeting at the moment as I take care of two shops and get back into the flow of the school year. One of the joys of Christmas break is no homework, lunches, school events, extra curricular activities or assignments. The luxury of having the whole evening to myself to stitch seems to have gone by the wayside at the moment. I am not complaining because all of those things are part and parcel of family life and I adore my girls – they may bring trials and tribulations like any teenagers but they are generous, loving, kind beautiful creatures that bring the adventures of youth into a home.
Am on the hop this morning so I will post an update of my stitching diary and another quilt that I have finished in the next post – along with new fabrics – new classes and news of an adventure to GOMA for the V&A Quilt Show.
Happy stitching ……until next time………lisa
Social sewing is back in full swing at the shop so I thought I would share some of the projects that are being worked on…..
Tanya is part of a very special group of girls (me included) that has been working on Love Letters from the book When the Cold Wind Blows by the gorgeous duo Alma and Barb of Blackbird Designs – that was a mouthful. Anyway we have been working on this quilt for a few years now – all of us are working mums and our blocks only come out on a Friday once a month when we are not finding new projects to start or gossip to catch up on or dinner to eat…….I’m sure I have justified our lack of stick ability. We are hoping to finish another block by the end of the year......seriously!
We are all so excited for our wonderful friend Linda as she is expecting her first grandchild in May, so she is madly stitching Bronwyn’s Little Chicken Feather quilt. Linda is also stitching baby bags, nappy stackers, quilts for her home and the baby’s room…..I feel exhausted just writing about it, but very, very happy for her and her daughter.
She did have the cutest little bag to hold her threads, needles and bits and bobs……
Ros is working on her Rare Birds – sorry no picture yet – she wants to get a little further along before I pop a snap on the blog.
Lisa is almost finished appliquéing all her pies and tarts down – not too far away from being finished. To hand quilt or not to hand quilt – that is Lisa’s dilemma at the moment - looking to slow down her making. She has made many, many beautiful quilts and has come to the conclusion that she doesn’t really need any more – it is the joy of making that keeps her stitch-stitch-stitching away.
I suppose that is true for all of us – we will never need all the quilts we will make (or want to make), but it won’t stop us – our hearts are filled with the desire to create and a love of giving seems to be the perfect partner.
I hope to be creating and gifting for a long time to come.
Marcle Proust said “let us be grateful to the people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”
Enjoy your weekend ………lisa
With the months speeding along without a thought of what we would love to accomplish it may be time to start enjoying the comfort of working with wool as the cooler mornings and evenings start to make their presence felt.
Wool Whimsy starts this Saturday afternoon and is the perfect nudge to have you working with this beautiful fibre. Of course to tempt you into joining us we have just packed up our latest collection from Sue – titled Outback Rust. A change from the bright colours that have been sent in the past, but this neutral colour can be found around us as we look to our natural surroundings.
Kyleigh is thrilled to have finished her Flower Vase wall hanging from her class with Sue Spargo last year. It has come back from being quilted and the result is breathtaking. Her stunning embroidery has been complimented by wonderful quilting resulting in a wool applique masterpiece. Congratulations Kyleigh, it is really beautiful and gives everyone the confidence and encouragement that they too can achieve a gorgeous result.
Whilst Sue was with us for her weekend class she kindly gifted us a design for a needlecase, which is what I will hopefully be making a start on this Saturday in WW – although if my delightful little birdies (bom), arrive before then I may be tempted to have a little chat welcoming them to their new home. I know that Amanda’s little feathered friends have arrived and she will be bringing them on Saturday – a playdate!
We would love for you to join us on our wool adventure, which begins this Saturday 16 February at 1pm.
I hope you wake up in the morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen....
Today we had a full classroom of ladies wanting to learn all the tricks and techniques to making Winding Ways. They were in exceptionally good hands with Kyleigh who has made two gorgeous winding way quilts in anticipation of the class. The first was made from an array of reds, greys and creams from the French General range Rouenneries Deux. Kyleigh’s second winding ways was made from a mix of fabrics left over from other quilts that she has made for family and friends. The blues, creams and tans look absolutely fantastic – all it needs now is quilting.
The girls in class had a fantastic day as they started to build their blocks – cutting, cutting, cutting finally resulted in sewing and before they left they were confident in sewing the curves together to make delicious blocks. As with any class one of the joys is seeing what fabrics other participants choose for their quilts – in this class we had some die hard French General fans – batiks called Linda – Lorraine has a soft spot for reproduction while Amanda choose vibrant pinks and oranges. We hope they all go home and work hard at putting their quilts together as we can’t wait to see the final results…….pushy aren’t we.
Select + Cut - Sew = Clever Little Blocks
Kyleigh will be taking another class in Winding Ways and with the use of a template cutting is made easy so that the pieces come together effortlessly. We will put the dates up under what’s new on the website in the next few days. If you are able to join us for class you may be able to enjoy a piece of delicious homemade cake – sorry it’s all gone ……....it was very yummy!
If you are in love with our bobble handles and our little hexagon purse – there is good news – we have some more handles on their way to us. Keep watching this space for the dates of extra classes.
There has been a lot happening in the past few days so I still have lots to share with you. I have more quilts to share, my quilting diary which is quite sad at the moment and our latest colour pack from Sue has arrived and been packed as well as this updates on what our customers have been up to.
Usually a night owl my tired little eyes are begging to have some rest so I will have to leave you until another day. I hope that you found some time on the weekend to make a dint in one of your projects.
I know that you have been enquiring after Sue and wondering when she will be returning to teach with us again at Precious Time.
For those of you who may not be aware Sue has had both her knees replaced and there has been a lot of rehabilitation which has been a little exhausting. Sue says that she is definitely over sleeping and resting and has taken up her sewing again. Which is fantastic news - she will have new quilts to share with us when she returns. Yah!!!!!!!!
Unfortunately it has taken her a little longer than she hoped to be back on her feet and even though she is feeling better she is still a little unstable....on her feet that is! So we will have to wait a little longer until she is steady enough to cart herself and her bags through the airports to get to us.
Sue is planning to be back teaching Auntie Green for us the first weekend in May. Make sure you mark this date in your diary.
For those of you that take a regular class or are wishing to take a class with Sue these will recommence the first weekend of June.
I know it has probably been a little longer than we first anticipated in respect to Sue's return but I hope you understand she has needed this time to ensure her full recovery.
Sue has asked me to pass on her regards to you all and let you know that she is looking forward to catching up with you all on her return.
I hope that you find some time this weekend to play with your fabrics. Happy stitching................Lisa
Julie brought in her finished gorgeous Strawberry Shortcake, which she made in class with Sue Ross. Julie hand pieced the majority of her quilt – with the only machine piecing being the four patch sashing. It has a lovely applique border of a flowering strawberry vine. We have had a few ladies start this quilt in Sue’s classes but this is the first one that I have seen finished. Julie is planning on machine quilting it – she is to be congratulated on such a wonderful achievement.
I am suffering from quilt lust after Amanda came to visit and show off her bordered diamond quilt from our fantastic workshop with Kaffe and Brandon. Amanda attended her first Kaffe workshop a few years ago in Canberra and chose fabrics from his collection to build her quilt. Wishing for a different result from this class Amanda decided to make her quilt from her stash of beautifully soft Liberty Lawns. She hasn’t decided if she likes it yet – I know can you believe it! Of course being such a good friend and all I offered to help her out and take it off her hands. Majella said she would fight me for it.
Quilt lust – who knew!
Surrounded by delicious and inspiring fabrics I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring……..enjoy tomorrow........lisa