Archive for August, 2012

Patchwork Passion – Auckland New Zealand

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

What a wonderful reception I received at Patchwork Passion in Auckland, New Zealand. Many of the students had created quilts form my designs and they brought them all to share with me. It was overwhelming to see them all. My work in New Zealand was initiated by my friend Jan and her friend Val. Thanks for such great support.

I taught for Robyn who owns Patchwork Passion. We did the classes in a lovely large hall with great light and lots of room to move around. The students were enthusiastic and had lots of great creations to share at he end of class. We used hand dyed velvets, wools and cottons for layering and many fun threads for embellishemnt.

Wendy and I spent a little time sight seeing. Robyn took us up One Tree Hill and Mt Eden which are both very old Volcanos. One Tree was filled with sheep and cattle and Mt Eden had a great view overlooking Aukland from all directions. We had a wonderful visit. Just too short.

Many thanks Robyn for taking such good care of us. We look forward to visiting New Zealand again.

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lives in Aukland and she has been coming to our retreats in Ohio for many years. It was great to be in her home town and share with everyone some of the techniques.

Annie’s Country Quilt Store – Ashburton New Zealand

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

We flew from Sydney to the South Island of New Zealand to teach for Rachael who owns Annie’s Country Store in Ashburton. What incredible views we had of the Alps as we flew into Christchurch. I just wish we had had more time to explore it was so beautiful. The Mountains were covered with snow and the vegetation was like a bright green patchwork quilt scattered with white dots which were of cause the millions of sheep that are raised on this country.

Rachael and Sue picked us up and we drove to Ashburton on the freeway which was a one lane highway all the way down the island. It was wonderful to see all the sheep and cattle farms along the way. All were separated by tall hedgerows which added a whole new dimention to the landscape.

I taught three days of stitching. Many created trees with embellished leaves and added they personal touch. It was lovely to see the variations on the theme.

For the second class we embellished circles with textural threads and fibers. Using an assortment of edging and filler stitches.

Rachael cooked for us each evening. We sampled a couple of lovely lamb dishes which were exceptional and much drank good New Zealand wine. I don’t believe anything could taste as good as New Zealand lamb.

The few days we were in the South Island gave us a taste of New Zealand. Definitely on my bucket list for a return holiday.

On the last morning we took a drive to Christchurch. It was really sad to see the earthquake devastation. Much progress has been made but they still have a lot of cleaning up to do. It was sad to see all the old stone buildings that are being demolished. It was lovely though to see a little knitted art on the streets.

Thanks to Rachael and her family as well as Sue for making us feel so welcome and for sharing your funny stories.  We had many laughs.

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Hatched and Patched Bathurst – AU

Monday, August 27th, 2012

It was wonderful to see Anni and Pete from Hatched and Patched in Bathurst. I spent three sunny days teaching my Flowerbed Quilt and Circle Needle Case. All the students were very enthusiastic each making a variety of blocks form the quilt as well as playing with stitches around circles. Many of the students brought quilts of mine they had made to share with me.

Anni always makes lovely table decorations. The bird cage and tree full of birds was really appropriate. We had great homemade teas and lunches.

Many thanks to Anni, Pete, Sammy and Tim for making Wendy and I feel so welcome.

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Material Obsessions – Sydney AU

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Wendy and spent a few days at Material Obsessions in Sydney. I taught three days to an enthusiastic group of stitchers. The first couple of days the students brought a piece they were working on and I helped them embellish using lots of stitches and some layering. It was fun to have an array of projects on class.

I happened to arrive at the store the day and Brigitte Giblin was teaching a paper piecing class. Her work is wonderful, lots of tiny pieces and very colorful. Of course we had to have a photo together. She just had a book published by Quiltmania which is wonderful.

We were treated to a little coffee at the seaside, a visit to the Hunters Hill Quilt Show opening night, lovely seafood cooked by Wendy Hills husband and a visit to a couple of great Aboriginal Art Galleries.

Many thanks Kathy, Cathe and Wendy for a fun visit.

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Cottage Quiltworks – Sydney AU

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

What a lovely time we had in Sydney. I taught at two different stores. The first being Cottage Quiltworks owned by Jann and Chris. The classes were full of very enthusiastic students all learning new stitches using fun hand dyed threads. It was lovely to see my friend Judy who has been an avid follow of my work for many years and started a lovely wool group at the store. Many of her friends brought quilts to share with me.

Wendy and I stayed in a lovely hotel on the coast. It was wonderful to walk on the sandy beach and collect a few shells. Our room over looked the sea, what a lovely view each morning!

Sydney has great cuisine and we were treated to a few ethnic meals during our stay.

Many thanks for making us feel so welcome. Keep up the wonderful stitching

Take care


Addicted to Fabric – Canberra AU

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Wendy and I spent a lovely time in Canberra teaching at Addicted to Fabric which is owned by our friend Jenny Adams. I have taught at her store on 3 occasions so it was great to see many familiar faces.

I had one day off before I started teaching and our friends Joc and Rollo entertained us for the day. We took a lovely drive to the coast gathered many shells and pebbles, had a picnic lunch and saw many kangaroos, sheep and a large kookaburra.

The 4 days of classes went well each student embellishing a combination of my sampler quilts. We played with layering and stitches as well as an assortment of wonderful fibers. It is always fun to see each piece evolve, the creativity and texture was amazing.

I also managed a few minutes to see the Aboriginal collection at the Museum which was so inspiring as well as a little shopping.

Many thanks to Jenny, Noel, Samantha and Kerry for taking such good care of us.

Also a special thanks to Joc, Rollo and Susan for lovely home cooked meals

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Calico and Ivy – Perth, Australia

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Our third stop was Perth at the lovely store Calico and Ivy owned by Debbie. I taught two different classes each filled with very creative students students. I spent 3 days teaching a large amount of decorative stitches which we stitched in scrumptious fibers.

Many students worked on leaves and berries adding texture and their own personality to each piece.

Debbie has a wonderful store filled with an eclectic collection of fabrics including a large wall of Liberty fabrics, cotton and wool yarns and lovely hand made items.

It was a quick visit but we were very fortunate to have lovely weather and see a little of the area.

Many thanks to Debbie for making us feel so welcome and to Michael her husband for lovely home cooked meals.



The Sewing Sanctuary – Adelaide, Australia

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Our second stop was in Southern Australia in a small town south of Adelaide, Aldinga Beach. I taught at the Sewing Sanctuary  owned by Karen and Jeff. We stayed right on the beach and managed a lovely walk the first evening. Unfortunately rain followed for the rest of our visit.

The 3 day class was attended by very enthusiastic students all working on an assortment of my Altered Texture Classes. Many stitches were done with lots of textural threads.

Jeff was our chef and lovely cappuccino maker each day. We had an assortment of lovely warm lunches.

Many thanks to Karen and Jeff for your great hospitality.

Precious Times – Toowoomba, Australia

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Wendy and I have been traveling around Australia for about 2 1/2 weeks now. It has been very busy with days full of wonderful students and many evening activities. Our first stop was Toowoomba which is about two hours west of Brisbane. I taught at a lovely store Precious Tomes owned by Lisa.

The students worked on my Flower Pot class learning about the use and attachment options of ribbons, layering with textural fabrics and stitching. It was a great group of creative ladies. We had the class at her store and she served wonderful morning and afternoon tea as well as a catered lunches. The weather was lovely and sunny all the time we were visiting.

After the class Wendy and I spent a day in Brisbane and visited the Museum and the lovely Botanical Gardens.

Thanks Lisa for such a fun time.