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March Special Event with An Moonen

On Saturday 17th March – An Moonen, author of ‘A History of Dutch Quilts’ will be at Somerset Patchwork for an informal afternoon visit (2.00-4.00pm); join us to meet and chat with An and purchase your own signed copy of her book. Already have a copy? – You’re very welcome to bring it in for An to sign. 

Sunday 18th March – Quilt Study Group Victoria Somerset Patchwork are delighted to present An Moonen who will deliver a special lecture : The History of Dutch Antique Quilts. 
Time/Venue: 2.00pm, Box Hill RSL (Upton Room) 26-28 Nelson Street, Box Hill 
Cost: $25.00 incl. afternoon tea. Bookings are essential, please contact Janet O’Dell (janet@techinfo.com.au)

Look how far Lynne has progressed with her ‘star a day’ quilt… I think she may be a little ahead of schedule!

Ooops, there have been lots and lots of boxes delivered today! 
Let me unpack and sort them onto the shelves and I will show you what they look like very soon…

I’m not allowed to stop and peek any further just now… I must get back to work.


Until next time


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Social Sewing at Somerset…

The ‘Social Sewing’ groups here at Somerset Patchwork have been very busy this term. I think the Christmas holiday break has recharged the girls and there are some really exciting quilts nearing completion. This stunning hexagon quilt belongs to Jan from the Friday morning girls. 

Look at all of those amazing fussy cut shapes!



Ann from the Thursday night girls has had a quick lesson in ‘Clamshells’ the Patchwork with Busyfingers way and is well and truly hooked!!! One tin is full of cut shapes and the other is quickly filling with glued shells ready to stitch.

Leigh from Tuesday night is working on her final border of Mrs Billings…you’re almost there Leigh – keep going!

Jenny and Helen are the ‘foundation’ members of the new Tuesday morning Social Sewing group and they are looking for some new friends to join them. If you are free any Tuesdays from 10 am till 1 pm come along and join in the fun, we would love to see you there too!

Until next time,










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Back to Reality

Travelling and sewing go hand in hand these days, for a long time I would find waiting at airports and flying a very peaceful time mostly spent on reading or sleeping….but now I spend most of my travelling time stitching projects that ‘must be finished soon’. Luckily for me I had enough stars prepared before heading home from Eumundi earlier last week because my flight was delayed 2 hours and there is only so much shopping a girl can do at Maroochydore airport!
These are the little stars that I was piecing. They will be used in my next Block of the Month ‘Robins Nest’
Waiting for me back at the shop when I landed were lots and lots of boxes of new fabrics. Sue had a wonderful time playing with them and sorting them onto the shelves ready for my return! This first range ‘Bridgeport’ is from Jo Morton. Lots of lovely reds, lighter browns and darker browns.
These interesting fabrics are from the IQSC (International Quilt Study Centre – Nebraska), and are named ‘Delectable Mountains’.
And these gorgeous reds and greys are from the latest French General range of ‘Rouenneries Deux’.

I must finish something before I start looking at these new beauties!!!


Until next time,


Karen
When in doubt, wear RED shoes!

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Beautiful Eumundi!

Beautiful one day, perfect the next… isn’t that the expression they use about our glorious northern state of Queensland. Early last week Paul and I spent a very relaxing few days at Sue Daley’s B&B ‘Kindred Spirits’ in Eumundi. We had a wonderful time enjoying the tropical surrounds and hatching many new plans for 2012. Unfortunately Paul had to return home but I stayed on and was joined by some old friends (Leonie and Deidre from The Quilted Crow in Tasmania and Sarah from Quilt Fabrics Delight in South Australia) and some new ones too! (Marilyn from MK Sew-Able in Toowomba and Sharon from Avonleigh Country Quilting) Sue shared many of her finer points to perfect English Paper piecing and lots more with us all; our imaginations were running wild with ideas and many future projects. We did get up to some serious sewing (really we did!!!) while we were away, but there was also a good amount of time devoted to chatting, laughing and of course enjoying lots of good food and company! 
You may have to look close to see, but there really is some sewing amongst the ‘other stuff’! 
What a perfect picture this was… we went swimming each day. It was just like a tropical resort.

Oh dear back to reality, keep watching as I bring some of those plans and ideas to life……………..


Until next time,


Karen
When in doubt, wear RED shoes.



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New Fabric at last!

We have just had our first delivery of new fabric for 2012. It feels like such a long time since our last range of fabric came through the doors at Somerset! But here it is… ‘Josephine‘ by Petra Prins, isn’t it lovely, I can’t wait to start stitching with this one.
The Friday girls are marching along with their ‘Star a day’ blocks. Today’s stars belong to our over achiever Shirley. She has bought herself a diary and is entering each fabric chosen for that day. Shirley has even added a small comment about whats happening in her world on that day! 

Today is 20/20 cricket Australia vs India and some time at home alone!

And now for another Mrs Billings update… Sue has added the 4-patch border and is motoring towards the finish line. Keep going Sue, it looks fantastic!

Keep stitching girls. 
Until next time,


Karen
When in doubt, wear RED shoes!

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How many Hexagons?

Those two large boxes contained…… 100,000 hexagons! 50,000 of the little darlings in each. Did anyone come close to guessing that number? The funny thing is, we need at least that many again to complete the current block-of-the-month membership! Everywhere we turn at the shop there is another pile of hexagons.

This week we had another ‘Midday to Midnight Madness’ here at Somerset. Non stop stitching for 12 hours straight. There was lots of stitching, glueing, laughter and lollies! Most of the girls made it right through to the end.

Mary was preparing her final border for Mrs Billings, yes more hexagons. She is keeping track of each coloured patch she cuts and glues inside these bags. It is amazing the things we use to store our patchwork bits and pieces; zip lock bags, tupperware containers and fishing tackle boxes to name a few.
Lois has stitched a few more of her ‘star a day’ blocks from the chocolate box. I think she will be up to date very soon. 
Aren’t they lovely!
Jenny brought her ‘Kings Crown’ centre block in for show and tell from last weeks class. 
Jenny was back again today working on a ‘Carpenters Square’ block in Linda Bears class. 
And this block belongs to Tracey, who also joined todays Summer School class. 
We are nearly at the end of classes for this January and thoughts are moving to first term. This next term is a short one, but we will try to include as many workshops as possible to keep you stitching. 
Keeping watching for more Mrs Billings quilt updates, I know there are a few more out there getting close to completion!

Until next time,

Karen
When in doubt, wear RED shoes!

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What do you do in January?

Start a new project of course! 
The Friday girls have decided that they will make a star a day this year… a three inch star! Small but very cute. The basic rules are make a block a day (except on your birthday and Christmas day), no repeat fabric in the stars and don’t worry about whether they all match, the more varied the fabric and colour the better! Lynne has started with gusto and has even pieced her tiny stars into larger blocks.

Our Lynne is one very organised lady… I think she has prepared enough stars for the next couple of months! There are lots of pre packaged fabric for stars ready to be cut and stitched. 
Lois is all organised too! Her stars are even cut into their shapes! I wonder where the chocolates have gone? 
Miriam is working on a house block a day. Still very tiny and very cute… I think they are three inches as well!
And Sue is busy piecing her final border of Mrs Billings. Keep going Sue, the end is now in sight!
Wow, there must be something about these girls.. look how organised Sue is too!

I have had lots of guesses for how many of these hexagons were in the boxes a few posts back. Some of you are getting close but not quite… I will let you in on the total number next time!


Until then,
Karen
When in doubt, wear RED shoes!

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Summer School Update

Our Summer School classes have been very productive again this year… with lots of students learning lots of new things. The clamshell/applecore class was very surprised by the amount of stitching they achieved in a day, and just how easy it is when you know the tricks!
These two examples belong to Glenda and Julie. How do you like Julie’s fussy cutting?
Beautiful ‘William Morris’ applecores!
Mary and Jenny brought along their colourful selection of threads! Yum, just like a box of ‘Derwents’.

These clamshells are mine… I think they will turn into a ‘Bed Sash’, apparently that’s the new name for a bed runner, sounds a bit more fancy doesn’t it!
This January marks our 9th year of Summer classes and the weather has been very good to us so far, not too hot! There are lots more classes to come and hopefully I will remember to take the camera along and let you in on some of the fun. (Remember, I am still new at this blogging game!)


Until next time,


Karen
When in doubt, wear RED shoes!

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Hexagons…hexagons… and more HEXAGONS!!

This weeks big delivery at the shop was two very large and very heavy boxes from Sue Daley (Patchwork with Busy Fingers).
Hexagons… hexagons… and even more hexagons! I know that many of you are doing the Mrs Billings Coverlet Block-of-the-month, well this is what’s included in your final months post!!!! 
Just have a guess how many of those lovely little shapes are in these two boxes!!! Send me email and we will see who comes close. (I will let you all know the number next time.)

Until next time,

Karen
When in doubt, wear RED shoes!

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Happy New Year!

This week we had a visit from Helen, here at Somerset Patchwork. Helen has been very busy over the Christmas break working on her Mrs Billings and she has finished the hexagon rosette border! Isn’t it beautiful, there’s lots and lots of lovely fussy cutting.

Have a close look at the darling little elephants in the corner blocks! Thank you Helen for sharing your quilt.

Until next time,
Karen
When in doubt, wear RED shoes!