Tuesday, 4 December 2012


A great opening night for the 2nd year students exhibition  'Amalgamate' last month.
The wonderful Jenny Kee opened the exhibition.  The students were very excited when Jenny said she would be happy to come down for them. One of the students, Anna pictured below said they all squealed like girls at a Justin Bieber concert when they heard. I think the comparison would be a new one for Jenny. On the other side of Jenny is my very talented knitting teacher Rohani.
I have always been a big fan of Jenny's work, so I politely made way to the front and hung on her every word and I was also lucky enough to meet her and get her autograph . 

I was able to get pictures of some of the students work .

This is the work of Mollie Roberts.

These works by 'GUS' are really out there.

The woven and embroidered jewellery is  by Anna Woodruff of 'Almost Francesca'
catch her work at WWW.ALMOSTFRANCESCA.COM'

There was lots of great work by the students I am sorry that I was only able to get a few photo's, the venue got very crowded very quickly. 

Monday, 26 November 2012

Clever Claire

                Congratulations Claire ! 
Claire (another quilting friend) has been designing quilting projects for awhile now.
A very excited Claire was On the Creative Abundance stand at The Melbourne
Australian Quilt Market was held at the exhibition building's on the weekend.
Yes!  Claire has joined the Creative Abundance team and was launched as one
 of their designers on the weekend. Her business name is Matching Pegs
Visit Claire at www.matchingpegs.com

A Bit of Quilting History

I have to share this quilt top, it has came all the way from  The Houston Quilt Show with 
Wendy a fellow NOTYQ member. A traditional Dresden Plate made with 1930's fabric,s.
I've taken some close ups so you can seethe fabric designs. The scalloped edge border
 just finishes the top.  The white background and the bright colours gives the top a fresh modern look.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

I'm Back

Wow! It's been a long time since I last posted. My only excuse is that I went back to school. I am studying
Textile Design at RMIT,  Brunswick in Melbourne.

Lets catch up!
 I'll start at Queenscliff  2013, yes I know 12 months later

Drink snorkling
The Caption and his bevy

Save Me

 This year was a beach theme obvious because we were at the beach . The good thing about taking the photo's I am not in them.
A great time was had by all once again. I must take some pictures of our sewing next year we do work honest.
A great bunch of girls I do enjoy their company.
Oxymoron nice pirates

Fishing grandma and nice pirate

You can laugh!

It's alright you can open your eyes now

Daughter and mother nice pirates

I do like to be beside the sea side

Friday, 29 July 2011

It's a hard life

Wow I am posting days apart. Go me!
This picture needed editing before I posted it.
The bottom half of me was not good, so I had to cut us all in half.
Left to right is Kim, Diane, Julie and myself.
I got into trouble for not putting myself in the last posting. I tried to explain that I am not photogenic.
Anyway I dug around and decided with some cropping this one would do.

The Second weekend away.

This weekend was a bit quieter with just 7 of us. We stayed at a place near Mansfield. Its very rustic and we would have froze if it hadn't been for the wood fire, which gave the place warmth and atmosphere. Cooking for seven is much more pleasant than cooking for thirty.Although we take turns for meals there is always someone to lend a hand and someone to clean up. My  meal was a roast lamb it's become a tradition for Saturday night.
There was lots of stitching going on and this time I have photos of the projects the girls were working on.
Marilyn's work area some serious sewing going on here
This is what Marilyn is making "Blocks on Parade"
Diane's "Blocks on Parade"

This is Lee madly zoom zooming away

This is what Lee is making 

Diane, Lee, Marilyn, Maree and Jackie

As Jackie is binding in black
she has tucked a little light into
her top and has it shining on her
work To me it looks like she
is about to burst into song.
Denise working hard
I don't know when she sewed this braid
We had a teeny little mouse pop in for
a visit. Brave Marilyn!
I spent the weekend working on my niece's quilt it will be summer
 again before I am finished hand quilting it.
I am very pleased with my hand quilting this is my first time
trying it. I know I am crazy using green thread as it shows
up more but I think I will get away with it.

I will post again after the North of the Yarra Quilters Guild's Retreat next weekend

Yours in Stitches

Margaret Louise

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Time Flys

I was all excited about starting my blog I thought I would post at least once a week. I like to think I have some pretty good reasons why I haven't. Two weekends away and organising a retreat for 80 members of North of the Yarra Quilters in 9 days time. Yeah!I think I'll give myself a break.

At the end of June I had a fabulous weekend away with Christina and her quilting group a wonderful bunch of ladies I laughed myself silly all weekend. The venue was an old guest house built in the late 1930's. There were 30 of us and most of us had a room each. The house is just amazing. I could just imagine it in it's glory days, apparently it catered to the elite who travelled over by ferry. I could just see the guests sitting in cane chairs on the veranda's, playing tennis and dancing in the ballroom downstairs.Sigh!

Day dreams aside I was there to sew, eat and be merry with my friends Diane, Julie and Kim. My project for the weekend was "Leaves" by Jan Mullen I've been sewing it on and off for years. I still didn't finish it.
I was a busy girl though. On Saturday I taught a class (I still can't believe it, me teaching!). I had made a lap bag and called it the"Twisted Dilli Bag"I have also written a pattern (amazing!).  So a group of the girls had a go at making it, some made two. They all said the class was a great success, I got a real buzz from the comments.

Saturday night we all dressed up in 1920 outfits and drank Pimms. It was good fun.
We spent a lot of the weekend in our PJ's. I even cooked Sunday lunch in them. The four of us took our turn and made a tasty soup and yummy apple dessert. But boy! Cooking for 30 was a big job, we were exhausted.

I didn't get any photo's of the sewing projects the girls were working on. I am going to have to get more savvy with the camera. Anyway here's some photo's I did take on the weekend.

The Front of the Guest House (you now enter from the back)

The view from my window

Looking towards the main street in the 1920's
this was lawn and the main entry

Twisted Dilli Bag

The Swedish Flappers

The Shep Feather Set

Christina's Cover Girl models

Julie and Diane Gangster ----------

Bron passing out the Pimms

Denise drinking on the job tsk tsk

The Good Time girls

The Grand Dames

Kim and Julie out of dress ups into PJ's

Until next time

Yours in Stitches
Margaret Louise