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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Hugo's quilt

I made a bright little quilt for baby Hugo this week (my cousin's new baby).  
When I make a quilt for children, it has to be able to withstand lots of washing because baby's poop and throw up on everything!  

I used a "what's bugging you" panel 
by Sue Marsh that I bought from Lilly Patches last week, 3 fat quarters and a half metre and polar fleece on the back.   Hopefully little Hugo will enjoy snuggling under this simple quilt.

Thought I'd share my binding tip with you. 
I fold my binding strip concertina style 

and pop it into a zip lock bag. I have this sitting to the left of my trusty old Janome so that it doesn't get tangled or caught up as I sew it onto the quilt in the usual way. 

With baby quilts, I've decided to fold the binding over and stitch it by machine.   
My thoughts are that this will withstand washing over and over and over and over.....

We are off to the trade show tomorrow and I'm hoping to get Tom & Ruve's Glacier Star quilted in the afternoon. Then I can get started on the appliqué for our newest big quilt that we hope to release next year. 
Lisa is already working on hers.... She's a machine at the moment! Multitasking as she does so well, making 3 gift quilts for Christmas too. 
Until next time,
Lisa & Lou

Workshop with Essendon Quilters Inc

A huge thank you to Lorraine, Simone & Janette for inviting us to do a workshop for Essendon Quilters.  Yesterday we headed off to Essendon for a fantastic day of teaching our Bellmont House pattern with ladies from Essendon Quilters and their friends.
Here's some pics for you:

The very talented Barb Smith of Theodora Cleave was there too selling her gorgeous buttons and embellishments.

As was Joanne from Tranquility Crafts & Supplies who brought along her "pop-up shop".  We're sure she sold lots of EPP shapes and glue sticks!

And lastly have a look at the tables that Simone & Lorraine decorated. 
They looked so fantastic and the biscuits, lollies and morning and afternoon tea were yummmmmy.

Happy stitching

Lou & Lisa

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Meeting Brenda & Patty

Firstly a huge THANKYOU to Linda, Meredithe and Glenda. These three ladies have made it possible for us to meet the very talented and absolutely lovely Brenda Papadakis (of  Dear Jane & Dear Hanna  fame) and her friend Patty Harants (of Rebecca Kohler quilt and the Wickersham Signature quilt fame).

These entertaining ladies spoke at Quilts in the Barn over the last week and continue to be guests at Linda's for this weekends quilt show. They have also been teaching workshops. 

Head over to Warrandyte this weekend and meet these ladies and see some beautiful quilts at Quilts in the Barn. 
We'll be there Friday so if you see us, pop over and say hi!

Brenda & Lou:
Brenda signed Lou's Dear Jane quilt top:
Lisa, Patty & Lou:


Be sure to look up Brenda and Patty's extensive body of work. They are very impressive designers.
Lou & Lisa

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Gracedale Doves workshop at Lilly Patches

This afternoon we taught another Gracedale Doves workshop. This time at Lilly Patches in Boronia. 

We like to keep classes small for this quilt and  8 ladies was perfect. 
We had a bag of goodies for each:
Including a Gracedale Doves pattern, our two free patterns: mug bag and coaster pattern and the rotary cutter snap bag pattern, a Pap smear brush ( not to do you own Pap smears!!! They are fantastic for cleaning the lint from your sewing machine) and a chocolate each.

Here are the amazing achievements of our 8 wonderful ladies:
THANKYOU June for another wonderful day in your shop and to our lovely students.
Hope you enjoyed yourselves. 

Lisa & Lou

Friday, 5 September 2014

Nearly ready

Where does the time go?  Have you heard? There's only 110 day till christmas!  That's only 15 more Fridays!!! Freaky huh!  So where is this leading, apart from scaring you into shopping?
We'll it also means that's only 116 days until 2015.  So guess what we bought yesterday from June at Lilly Patches?

Yep, our diary for next year, and as much as we love the diaries in our phones, we couldn't resist this:
We're calender girls....Miss June.  We love Betty's Medallion and are so excited to be featured in Quilter's Companions 2015 diary.

Our next quilts for Quilter's Companion magazine get posted off on Monday.  If you've been on instagram, you'll have seen Lisa's sneak but here is is again:

and here is the sneak of Lou's:

have fun sewing (and shopping for that special day in many diaries can we give as christmas presents!!!!)

Lou & Lisa

Friday, 18 July 2014

Bellmont House and more....

Hi everyone, we are very excited to add our new pattern Bellmont House to the blog.

This pattern is a little different for us!
There are 6 small quilts and 6 Canvas works.
Each canvas is a bigger version of the block in a small quilt and is then appliqued, and treasures like old buttons, doilies etc are added. A bit of fun.
We will be teaching Bellmont House for the Essendon Quilters in October!!
See post from May 17 for some close up pics too.

We taught for the lovely Kim at Jukejema Quilting Barn in Nowra last week. It was a great class and the ladies were so friendly. Thanks so much to you all for coming along to spend a day with us. Kim also gave us these lovely bags to remind us of her beautiful part of Australia.

We also had some retail therapy at Jukejema, the Sydney Quilt Show and Quiltsmith.

Here are some of our fabrics that "had to come home"

We have 2 new quilts just about finished so the pattern writing will begin shortly and a third one started.
we will have pics for you as soon as they are ready.

Lisa has also started the Sundial Coverlet from Magic Patch Quilting in Tyabb!!

See now I have told the world I better get moving and keep up or catch up mmm
will post my progress in Instagram for that one as it's so easy to use.
I look organised but..

We are also excited the Lenora from Elm Grove Patchwork is now stocking our patterns. Thanks Lenora!
her details are in our stockists on the right.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!
Lisa & Lou

Friday, 11 July 2014

Sydney ... Here we come

When we left Healesville at 3:40 it was cold, wet and dark.
Just a few hours later and Sydney has presented us with a perfect start to our weekend. 


We are off to the quilt show today at its new home on Glebe Island. 
Time to let the moths out of our purses!
Lisa & Lou