Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year All.....
 Rusty our peacock is in full party swing today!!
Glad he's up to party mode which is more than we can say.
So here's hoping you all have a fantastic New Year.
Don't normally make any resolutions except maybe that going to loose weight one..mmm
So here's to lots of quilting
Lots of fabric purchases
Lots of finishing of our PHD's because we are very smart!!
Lots of quilting gathering with our friends
Lots of road trips, near and far
Lots of new quilts as we have sooo many idea's
and of course lots of chocolate hence why the resolution thing never works!!
What are your big New Year plans...... What new or old projects are on your list?
Have a great night and thanks for reading our Blog to see what we are up to.
Thanks for our comments also.
Hope this year brings lots of show and tell and new creations.
Lisa & Lou

Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all.
We wish you all a safe and Happy Day!
May Santa bring you special gifts and may your day be filled with love and laughter.

Thank you all for following us on our first year of blogging.
We hope the New Year will bring more quilts to share.
We look forward to time spent sewing with special friends, and road trips to fantastic places.
We have Sydney and Brisbane in our plans next year so can't wait to share our adventures with you all.
We look forward to reading about fellow bloggers treasures, trips and quilts.

May your holidays be spent with family, friends and quilts( or crafts you love)!!
Have a fantastic day.
Lisa & Lou

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Christmas at Sandra's

Last Saturday night was our Sandlyn Christmas party hosted yet again by dear Sandra!
She had done a wonderful job setting up her home to have us all over for dinner.
The evening starts by decorating the Christmas tree and carols.
Then we all move out to the dining room for our yummy dinner.
Sandra cooks roast pork with amazing crackle ( the best bit right!) and turkey. Then we all bring either salad or dessert to share. We have the best time together.
After dinner there is gift giving.
For those who want to participate you make a mini quilt and wrap it.
Everyone gets a number and the parcels are handed out.

Then everyone unwraps to reveal gorgeous mini quilts!!!!


This is the back of red quilt above. Christine quilted it on her long arm for Val!!

These two are from last years exchange and came back for show and tell.

We then had some show and tell from Sandra.
She recently entered two quilt in the Lilydale show and both won prizes! Well done Sandra.

Even the back is stunning.

Love the fabrics in this quilt.

Love this strippy quilt too!

Hope you enjoyed the show and tell.
Hopefully in the next two weeks we will have our new quilt to show you all. We are hoping to release it at the Annual Outer Eastern Fabric Frolic that will start on Jan 18th.

Follow the link to see the shops you can visit for a lovely day out.

Have a great weekend
Lisa & Lou

Sunday, 9 December 2012


What a great day we had today.

We taught a workshop for The Unknown Quilt at Lilly Patches in Boronia.
Sue was the star of the day, having started her cactus rose flowers before coming to class.  Her pink and brown version is going to be gorgeous.
Sue, Cheryl and Ada have all done some hexagons too.  With fussy cutting for many of the fabrics, they are looking fantastic.
Kaye was a surprise close second to Sue in the Speedy Gonzales stakes!  She was quietly working away until she finished with a very beautiful flower with cheddar points to make it simply pop.
Fiona is making a red & white version that would have looked fantastic at Quilts in the Barn this year. 
Sandra's blue and brown version is already warm and muted. 
Cheryl's muted tones will come together is Charyl's usual amazing style. Over the years we have known each other, our fabric tastes have change together from Debbie Mumm and all things country, to Robyn Pandolph's florals to our favourite reproduction fabrics. 
And lastly, but certainly not least, Margaret's version with blacks and shirting and other colours, yet to be decided, finally came together.  Margaret decided her "spacial recognition was lacking" but her colour choices never do.

Overall a productive day and loads of fun.
Thank you all.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Christmas at Cathie's

Tuesday night's is sewing night with the St Brigid's ladies.  At some point we have all had children at St Brigid's or worked there.  Lou's son Jedd is in grade 6 and this year is the end of 13 years of education for her children at the school.  It will be a sad farewell to a great school.  Tuesday night sewing, however, will continue.
 Each year for Christmas Cathie invites us to her home which is always beautifully decorated.  Tonight was no exception. 

Cathie's tree is different every year. 
This years decorations include dried oranges with cinnamon & glitter.


We share a lovely "high tea" supper
and make something wonderful. This year we made these:
 They were easy to make and started with a couple of old books
a little bit of cutting
 some glue and glitter
and this is what you get....
They are fantastic.  Can't wait to make some more....
We hope you are enjoying the lead up to christmas.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Ooopps it's been a while!

Well hope everyone is happy and well, it's been a while!
Where did that time go? Maybe because it's nearly the silly season.
So thought we'd show you a few special Christmas Treasures.
This little quilt was made as a special gift from our dear friend Cheryl as a mini quilt swap.
And the little wreath is all beads!! Yes tiny little beads and was a gift from our other dear friend Veronique as a Christmas gift swap. They are both so special they stay up all year round. to cute to go away.
This very cute Vintage Advent Calender arrived yesterday for Lisa's boys from their Nan and Pa. Every year they get a new family Christmas gift.
The cute partridge in a pear tree was also a gift from special friend Jacinta.
Lots of gifts!!!
Hope you are all a little more organised for the up coming festivities than we are.
We still have a few weeks right........  Sewing tonight so will have some quilt photo's for you all to enjoy.
Have a great weekend.
Lisa & Lou

Sunday, 4 November 2012

1930's Hexagon Quilt

There's something about the 30's that we love.
The fabric's the colours of gelati, the furniture painted white and the gorgeous Johnson dinner ware!!
The classic 30's quilt would have to be hexagon's especially Grandmothers Flower Garden.
This quilt is all diamond hexagon's!!!
This quilt is hand pieced and machine quilted with this very cool circle pattern which is the centre photo below. Even all the white in between are hexagon's. It sure is alot of hexagons!!
They measure 7/8ths.

Some of the fabrics are a little worn and loved but most are in really great condition.
It has been washed alot, it has that very soft feeling of being a much loved quilt.
It was not trimmed straight either and it's binding curves around each hexagon!! See the first photo.
 That would be a huge job especially for us "binding lovers".
Not sure what it is about's that final stage but one many of us put off. And there's nothing worse when we can't find our binding that's been put in that really safe place.
Hope you all had a great weekend, or a long one for those in Melbourne who are lucky enough to get Monday before our race that stops the nation. If you have a little bet good luck.
Lisa & Lou

Sunday, 28 October 2012

We have a thing for circles!!!!

By now we have realised we have a thing for circles at Max & Louise Pattern Co!!
Seems we see circles in very cool places.
Today a lovely afternoon was had in the sun down at St Kilda Pier.
And guess what............. there were circles!

Love the lace work up the top.

Which is probably why our "Unknown Quilt" had so many circles and our new quilts also have circles.

They are in progress at the moment so will post as we go.
And we can't get enough of that windmill. So lucky a trailer was not a companion on the road trip.
One day though there will be one in the garden!!
What's your favourite shape???

Hope you all had a great weekend.
Lisa & Lou

Thursday, 25 October 2012

New York Beauty Antique Quilt Blocks

We have paid off our lay-by!
You may remember that Quilts in the Barn had some very special guests this year.
Mary & Joe Koval from Bedford, Pennsylvania had a fantastic array of antique quilts, fabrics and blocks for sale; as well as some of Mary's reproduction fabric for sale.

We bought twin New York Beauty Blocks.  A first antique quilt purchase for Lou and a welcome addition to Lisa's collection of antique treasures.
They are circa 1850.  They have obviously been stored out of direct sunlight as there is very little fading evident.  The cheddar is rich and the greens and red vibrant.  There are a couple of small stains, but we love them..

               We hope you like them too....
                                                    Lou & Lisa

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Magic Patch Quilting, Tyabb

Yesterday saw us take a road trip to
What a lovely shop!!

Carol , the owner, is really lovely; and she is now a stockist for our patterns. 

A few treasures followed us home.....
 Don't you just love the tin!! Carol will habe more in November for all you crazy tin lovers.

 Pinks and greys for her version of our new quilt and some extra bits that she "had to have!!"
 So if you're down Mornington Peninsula way, call in and visit Carol. 
We will also be doing a Cherry's Hall workshop on Saturday January 19th. Can't wait!
 Contact Carol for details.
Hope you have had a great weekend stitching too (or gatherings and road tripping...)
Lisa & Lou

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Baby Janes show and tell

Friday night was Baby Jane's night at Lilly Patches. 
We had a productive night last night which was a change!!  Our normal night involves lots of chatting, laughing and yummy food aka chocolate, which keeps the energy levels going to get lots done...I think!
We worked on our centre and corner blocks for our next quilt coming, hopefully, the beginning of January.
Will have some progress photo's shortly.

The girls were working on Jelly Roll Quilts.......

Apple cores from Spring Fling...

And an assortment of projects from Rose who's doing Corliss from Threadbear's Caswell Quilt, just gorgeous; Divna finished her sampler quilt; Robyn has nearly finished her version of 18th Century Stars and Kaye is making a scrappy 21st quilt.....

A great night with great friends. We are also going to run a one day workshop for the Unknown Quilt in December. For info call June.

Will post tomorrow our great trip to Tyabb to visit Magic Patch Quilt Shop. We can show you the treasures that followed us home ( really they did follow, we had no control!!)

Off to our Sandlyn group tonight, what a wonderful weekend of stitching.
Lisa & Lou

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Dove in the Window Antique Quilt

Today's Antique Quilt is "Dove in the Window"
This quilt is all hand pieced and hand quilted.

The doves are made up of diamonds. Tried to get a close up to see if you see the piecing.
It has some really nice fabrics in it too!!

The quilting is on the diagonal in two rows.

It has a few water stains on it but I love it!!

Would like to draft it up one day for a pattern.
There was a quilt of the same block, but larger at Linda's Quilts in the Barn show. It was lovely. Take a look at her blog to see it in the second photo.
Hope you enjoyed show and tell.
Tomorrow night is Baby Janes at Lilly Patches so will have some photo's over the weekend.
Saturday's road trip is to Tyabb to visit Magic Patch Quiltshop. I'm sure some treasure's will follow us home!! Will take some photo's for you all.
Hope you have a fun quilting weekend too.
Lisa & Lou