Thursday, March 31, 2011

Debbie's trunk show

Dearest Mom, On the last Thursday of the month the Buderim Patchwork group have a trunk show - it is our Breast Cancer fundraiser this year. We do it alphabetically - so this month it was Deb's turn. This is her first quilt. Debbie likes to have a stitchery on the go at all times.
This is Debs - you met her when you visited me last year. She is possibly one of the nicest , kindest people I know.


Funny little ladies..............


Stitchery and crazy......................


This crochet blanket is beautiful...................


The double wedding ring - hand quilted with trapunto - is her favourite - you can see why........


One of her crazy projects that she has done with me............................


More of her lovely handwork.................



This complicated quilt was done in a workshop..................


A quilt Debs made for her sister...............



What makes you think that Debs loves blue and white???

Thanks Debbie for an interesting trunk show.


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Jenny

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I am jealous................................

Dearest Mom and Button, I know that jealousy is not a good thing - BUT at my crazy class on Tuesday - Rosemary, Anna and Trinity - three generations of a family together sewing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! While Rosemary (creator of the wonderful Mary Poppins bag) and Anna got on with their crazy, Trinity quietly created her own masterpiece. Beautiful child!!!!!!!!!!!! I hauled out my Suffolk puff quilt that I started a few years back - Charlotte has been using it as secret sleeping place in my sewing room cupboard - was quite surprised at how close I am to getting them stitched together. I enjoyed making them - a bit like paper piecing - nice and mindless - very relaxing!!!! I have used 1930's reproduction fabric in keeping with when these quilts were in fashion - back in the time of the Great Depression.


Shortly after immigrating to Australia I started to collect vintage chenille fabrics - bought quite a bit on eBay. I made a quilt for Button with them. I am teaching this little boxed bag as a class at the Patchwork Angel - I whipped this one up with left over fabric - how sweet is the fabric - little roses.

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Jenny

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rugby, a cook off without Button, and beginners embroidery........

Dearest Mom and Button, Can you believe that we are into another season of rugby? It just seems like the other day that the Stingrays made it to the finals. I certainly hope they can find a shirt bigger than this for Gareth - looks a bit tight under the arms I think!!! You know how much I enjoy watching rugby - the problem I have is what quilt to do during this season. I normally can get one quilt top done during a season - many hours spent in the car to Brisbane and Gold Coast.

I always English paper pieced them - it's easier and very accurate. This kite quilt I started years ago but finished it two seasons back.


The elongated hexagon quilt - Button's favorite was done the year before Gareth went to the UK.
And of course, the half inch hexie quilt that I started last year with Jane. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm I have no idea what to do this year.




With Button not at home - my "bake-off" was a tad boring - banana bread, cupcakes and carrot cakes. You can be sure that if Button was here the baked goods would be way more glamorous!!!!!!!



I am teaching a beginners embroidery class soon - here is the sample - decided to stitch on black this time. It sure looks a bit boring compared to all the other crazy - I had to seriously reign myself in while stitching this!!!!!!!!!!!


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Jenny

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gem squash, Mrs Balls and binding.............

Dearest Mom and Button and Nunu,

Can you believe that Vaughn last had a gem squash 9 years ago - I can now buy them at the veggie shop across the road from the Patchwork Angel!!!!!!!! I know the dinner does not look good - but it is Vaughn and Gareth's absolute favourite. The ingredients include the famous Mrs Balls chutney - also available from the same veggie shop!!!!!


I made this quilt top about 2 years ago - Fiona quilted it for me - I sewed the binding on last night. I am teaching this as a class in the next few weeks. Oh, by the way, pop onto Marg's blog, she has a lovely post on the class she did with me this week.

I frustrated myself so badly on Monday - you know with me being so disorganised, losing things, etc, etc, etc, (being me really) - that I promised myself that I would change. One thing that I said that I would not do is start ANOTHER quilt until I have finished at least ONE that I have sitting in my sewing room. SO what did I do yesterday??? I started another quilt, well, I had to really..............I was going to the hairdresser (one of my pet hates - sitting still for 2 hours) so I HAD to have something to sew. AND I did have these little triangles all nicely cut (left over from the above mentioned quilt). AND I did have some of these precut papers that belong to Jane - don't worry Jane, I will replace them!!! - so..........................


Dad, the little guinea fowl you bought me in SA - sit at my front door............. Jane, Debs, Donna and Letitia loved theirs too.

Button is coming home for Easter!~!!!~!!!!

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Jenny

Crazy exhibition photos........

Dearest Mom
Pop onto the Buderim Patchwork blog - Andrea's photographs are WAY better than mine.

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Jenny
PS Remember Mom just click on the highlighted words and the site will pop up!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

French Roses at the Patchwork Angel

Dearest Mom I have had a very busy last few days. After our successful (well, I think so anyway) crazy quilt exhibition I ran a class teaching the French Roses Quilt. I decided to teach it in the "quilt as you go " method. This is my version of the quilt - I used 1930"s reproduction fabrics.
This is Helen's quilt for the first class we ran. Helen used up some her scraps to make this lovely scrappy quilt. Penny joined us while she had her lunch.
Therese concentrating!!!!!!!!!! Christine told us that she was a beginner - but - boy - you would never had thought so.
This is Therese's quilt - so very pretty and fresh.
Christine - the beginner - such elegant colours.
Bev also decided to go the 1930's look - don't you just LOVE the black and white sashing???
The only quilt that I did not get to photograph was Marg's - who knows why. Sorry Marg.

Another productive day at the Patchwork Angel.

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Jenny

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The crazy quilt exhibition................

Dearest Mom and Button and Nunu,

The crazy exhibition at the Patchwork Angel was held this weekend - and the amount of people that came to see all the girls work took me quite by surprise.

As usual, my friends were there to help - with setting up and being on duty. Thank you Jane, Sue, Debbie and Cheryl.

...........quite an array of gorgeous crazy..............

........."Old" friends popped in..............

.............wall hangings, bags..........................


.....wooden boxes.......................


................work in progress.....................

......................hugs....................


.................family...................

...................white gloves...................

.......................two of my very first "students" at the Patchwork Angel ...................... Debbie and Valerie.............still with me after all these years........

.......................catching up with friends...................


................getting up close.....................

.....................stunning framed crazy....................

.....................the highlight of my day - Vaughn and Gareth.

A big thank you to Penny and Chuck. AND to all the crazy girls who allowed us to display their work. The money that we raised will be donated to Breast Cancer Research.

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Jenny