We are so excited to announce the projects that have been chosen for Marg Sampson George’s upcoming class in November. Marg has kindly provided us with this image of her quilt (my apples aren't playing nicely at the moment) but as always encourages her students to add their personal touch making each quilt an individual reflection of the maker.
Marg is joining us for three days of classes starting Friday 22 November with a workshop in Deconstructing Hexagons. In this class Marg will be teaching students how to draft hexagons and then show the many different ways of dissecting them into smaller triangles, diamonds and hexagons. This class offers many techniques to add to your box of quilting tricks – this is definitely a class that I am looking forward to.
For the two day weekend class Marg is teaching versions of her Rabbits - not completely sure this is the correct name of the quilt but I am sure that you get the picture. Her whimsical style of quiltmaking truly does shine in her latest creation. Just arriving in store are some delicious choices for backgrounds and this fantastic print perfect for broderie purse applique – if you are coming to Marg’s class and would like to be the proud owner of these fabrics please contact the shop.
We have three fantastic tutors visiting us in the next three months –
Susan Smith in October, Marg in November and Sarah Fielke in December. All of which will be held in our newly renovated classroom with more space and new design walls – yah!!! Roland is busy painting and new carpet should be laid in time for Susan’s class. I am sure the girls, (Susan, Marg & Sarah that is) will be excited by the extra room and layout. Can’t wait to see their reactions to the changes since their last visits.
Sorry about the image issues - will try a post from my Ipad. I'll just hop to it.......lisa
Sadly we have had to change our class dates with Sarah Fielke - her DH has to have a back operation the very week Sarah was due to teach for us. We wish him and Sarah well.
But the good news is that Sarah will now be joining us on the weekend of December 14 & 15 for a two day class. The new classroom will definately be up and running by then so we will all be very comfy in the new space. Sarah is a relaxed and encouraging tutor who is generous with her time and knowledge. This is the third time Sarah has visited and many of our ladies have been to every class and can't wait to spend stitching time with her once again. You can choose any project from her long list of quilts to stitch for the weekend. The first time she visited I started to make her Whirlygig quilt - Majella has just finished quilting it and now all that is left is to bind it and put on a quilthanger. It was my weekend job but as you have seen I had a little bit going on.
I love the quilting designs and the binding has been chosen....
And don't you just love the back. I see lots and lots of divine quilts walk in the door only to leave me once they have been lovingly quilted....so glad this one gets to stay with me. Thanks Majella - I love, love, love it!
Happy stitching until next time..... lisa
By the end of two days the girls heads were swimming with fabric selections for their tessellation blocks - so many fabrics to choose from. The centre was easy - that gorgeous feature fabric that you fell in love with and just had to use - after that it got a bit tricky. Thank goodness for Brigitte.
Bronwyn was auditioning fabrics for her first block..........and ta dah!!!!
Linda's elephant was looking for friends...
Blocks were slowly being built - fabrics were cut, discarded, new friends were discovered .....and on and on it went until the combination was just right.
Once we all got over the nerves and had a better understanding of where we were heading the blocks started to come together with more ease....
What a wonderful weekend we all had and now we are left to our own devices - wish us luck.
After the fussy cutting workshop with Brigitte we are all on the lookout for fabrics that are perfect for fussy cutting....and these bolts of deliciousness arreived on the door setp today....
Spring is just around the corner and for Toowoomba that means lovely events, concerts, quilts and gardens to visit. The program for the Carnival of Flowers this year is outsanding and begins on Friday 20 September. I hope you can find the time to visit.
What a wonderful weekend of stitching we had with our guest tutor Susan Smith.
By Sunday afternoon the ladies definitely had a hand on all the tricks and tips shared by Susan to help them create gorgeous hand pieced and hand appliquéd blocks.
When I go to class it's not all about the stitching - yes it's good to keep learning new techniques and colour/fabric placement but for me it is also about the companionship of the other ladies in the class. I can't tell you enough how lovely Susan's class was - she was extremely generous with her knowledge about all things quilting as well as ensuring the girls were confident with the new techniques they were shown.
Not only was there lots of new learning but Susan had so many interesting stories to share with us all. At the moment she is working on her new quilt Stonefields for an upcoming film in Ireland for Paramount Studios. It is one of three quilts that Susan has been commissioned to make for the Studio. Amazed I asked how this happened - how did they find you? I soon discovered that Susan has been doing this type of work for over 20 years and she has made many quilts for film and television both here and overseas. Of course I had to make this quilt after several of my quilting friends had shown me their blocks - what's another quilt! I can't fit my pictures in of my blocks in this post so I will pop them in another post.
As you can see from the blocks at the bottom of this post the girls worked diligently all weekend. The last image is Susan's fabric stash - purchased over the weekend - Susan lashed out a little after a 6 month diet from buying fabrics. They all have a purpose and are earmarked for a number of projects. You will have to keep an eye out for her new creations.
The girls had such a fantastic weekend that they have asked Susan to return as a regular tutor at Precious Time. We will update the blog with dates as soon as we have them confirmed.
Keep an eye out for these not to miss classes.
the weekend weather was so pleasant and inviting that I hope you were able to put some time aside to stitch......lisa
If you are looking for something special to do this weekend there are still spaces available in Susan Smith's weekend workshop. Her love of fabrics and antique quilts is uplifting and inspiring - by her own admission she has been collecting fabrics for the past 45 years.
Susan is teaching her new quilt titled "Sweet William".
With a wonderful selection of quilts to her name Susan has chosen a few of these to make available at Precious Time.
So with Susan taking care of feeding our sewing souls - Patrina will be taking care of us with her delicious home cooked meals for the two days.
If you would like to join us for this weekend of quilting call the shop to reserve a pink chair.
Happy stitching ........lisa
We are so blessed to come to work each day and be welcomed by Susan Smith's latest reproduction quilt Sweet William. It is an adaptation of a quilt that appears in the book "A Treasury of American Quilts". The original quilt has a few extra baskets to Susan's and was made on a background of pink.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Susan's quilts, she was the co-owner of Patchwork on Stonleigh in Albury Wodonga, Victoria. Sadly Susan and Christine made the decision to close their shop in March of 2011 after 11+ years - Christine wanted to spend more time with family and Susan needed some time to get her health back on track.
So we are thrilled that Susan is making the trip to Toowoomba to teach Sweet William on August 10 & 11.
If you would like any further information on Susan's class please contact the shop.
Look at the time - "hi ho hi ho it's off to work I go".
I have quilts to share for Brigitte's upcoming classes so I will be back later.......happy stitching until then......lisa
The girls blocks were so lovely - I had to share all of them with you.
We are having another crazy trip around the world on Sunday 18 August if you would like to join us.
Hopefully a car won't come crashing through the fence again - yes that's right - what more could have happened. No one was hurt - except my poor fence and the car of course! Never boring.......talk soon. Lisa
A last minute decision on Friday afternoon saw us rounding up a group of regulars who were in desperate need of a sewing Sunday. Everyone had been wanting to make a crazy trip around the world for ages now so it was decided that would be the perfect project for the day.
Everyone brought strips to swap with each other - as you can see the green bags were filled with strips ready to be made onto blocks.
I don't think I have ever heard so much noise coming from the sewing room - it was filled with chatter and laughter - such a lovely sound - it is truly uplifting.
The room was full and busy as a hive - as you can tell. The girls did a fabulous job and I hope you enjoy their efforts from a day of frivolity and stitching.
Next month we are off somewhere else exciting to continue our journey.
We have an exciting and very busy week coming up with Gwen arriving and Sue Ross moving us along with Auntie Green and her mystery quilt.
Until next time........lisa