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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Hello dear friends, 
We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas. 
Family is very special and we spend the day with our families, eating too much and enjoying being around those we love. 
Our heartfelt thanks to you all for supporting Max & Louise Pattern Co. We have made some amazing friends through quilting and we THANKYOU for your friendship. 
We hope you all have a wonderful day. 
Love 
Lou & Lisa

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Blog Wednesday

Hi and welcome to Blog Wednesday and "Giveaway Day"!!!
First can we just say thank you all so much for all the lovely comments you left for us.
We really appreciate the time you take to read our blog and to also leave comments.
Thank You All.
So we do we talk about what we have been up to or.......
Draw the winners?
Call in random son generator and his girlfriend to draw the lucky winners.
There will be 2 winners as there is 2 of us so our 2 winners are.....


Congratulations on 100 posts. The pattern I would choose would be airlee.
and

  1. Congratulations on your 100th blogpost. It would be great doing one of your patterns with the new collection for a cause range. Good luck with your new designs. Coriene
    ReplyDelete
  1. And the pattern for this is Tessellatte...
  2. So if Susan and Coriene would like to email their address to us at starshollow@iprimus.com.au we will pop your patterns in the mail!!! Congratulations ladies and thank you all so much again.
  3. So what have we been up to? Well as all will know the silly season is nearly upon us so sewing can take a little side step at the moment. We still have to finish our samples which must be nearly done. So this is our first photo free blog post too. Something we promise will not happen too often!!!
  4. Talk soon
  5. Lisa & Lou
  6. xx






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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Blog Wednesday

Hi all its Blog Wednesday and Give Away Day!!!
Today is our 100th post and we would like to thank you all for reading our blog.
So if you leave a comment and tell us which is your favorite pattern we will pop one in the post to you!!!
this is open to Australia and International.
We will get a random number generator ( husband probably) to draw a name.
Please don't leave your address but as it's public. We will get in touch.
And what have we been up to...
last weekend saw us at Quilt Market to check what's new and we found a new paper piecing company that we'll be working with for our Summer School. More info on that soon.
We also brought some charm packs of 2 new ranges due out next year which we love
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Union Blues from Barbara Brackman and the new Collection for a Cause ranges.
We are designing like mad ladies at the moment for a few projects happening.
All in drawing stage at the moment so will probably start on at least one in the next few weeks or after
"silly season" so will post as we go.
Thanks again for following us and make sure to keep an eye on Insatgram and Facebook.
Have a great week
Lisa & Lou
xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Blog Wednesday!!

Welcome to Blog Wednesday!
Now I'm going to try really hard to do this every Wednesday.
So what are we up to?
This Saturday we are off to Quilt Market which is a trade only show and always fun to see what new fabrics are coming out and the current trends. We always find ourselves a bit different to whats there which is good for us. And we always come home with more ideas.
We are still working on the samples for Karen and Summer school in the opposite colour ways to what each other has already done.
this is the centre of Lisa's circle/9 patch quilt.....
Project 3.....Quilt: Lisa's Quilt

Thanks Karen for the pic!!
So hopefully this Sunday it will go together. Lisa also has son number 2's 18th Saturday night so we'll see how the sewing goes.

Lou is also working on her Hexagon quilt and you can see they are going to be quiet opposite...

Project 2....Hexagon Quilt
Lou has oldest daughter off to New York for Uni which will be great.

We got some nice mail the other day...

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This is the new Collection for a Cause range and French Generals Petite Prints. A fat 1/8th bundle each.
Very nice ranges.

Thanks for dropping by and next week will mark our 100th post so better talk to Lou about having our very first Give Away!!!

Lisa & Lou

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Lost in the world of......

Well it has been a while again since we posted on our Blog. We get so caught up in the easy world of Instagram and also Lou does Facebook that our poor Blog gets very neglected. So then I thought maybe we should make one day of the week Blog day but.......which day should that be and what if we have nothing to say! mmm who us 2 nothing to say.... Yes I hear all our friends laughing at the moment going yeah right you 2 speechless!!
So what have we been doing? 
First we have Summer School on the 17th January with Mrs Martins Quilt Shop so we have been busy finishing samples for this fun day.







Barb our lovely side kick of Theodora Cleave fame will be joining us for the day with her gorgeous buttons also.
You can call Karen if you would like to join us she said today we have about 6 places left so be quick.

A couple of weeks ago we added a column on the right for where we will be next year.
We are pleased to announce we will be having 4 relax and sew days in conjunction with Lilly Patches.
These are days you can come along and work on anything you would like to. See the dates to the right and call June if you would like to put your name on the list as numbers will be limited.

On the 11th July Barb and Max & Louise will be having a Christmas in July workshop at the Uniting Church in Boronia also ran in conjunction with June from Lilly Patches.
Come along for a great day of Christmas projects designed by Barb and ourselves. Go home with patterns for all the projects from the day. More info to come end of February for that day.

We are also very excited to have been asked to design a quilt and teach for the Ballaarat Quilters 20th Birthday retreat in November next year. We are very honored to have been invited to such a special occasion with these ladies, and have already so many ideas for how their special quilt will come together.

Also we hope to run our first ever weekend away in August so watch this space!!

And last but not least we are hoping to have our first booth at Houston International Quilt market next year!!
We are pretty excited about that we can tell you now.
So we have 9 new patterns for next year on the drawing board ranging from mini quilts to big quilts some stitchery, applique and loads of inspiration for our antique treasures. 
If you don't follow us on Instagram or Facebook you may like to as we really have become lazy bloggers but promise to try a little harder ok!
So maybe Blog day can be Wednesday not sure why other than its "hump day" 
See you all next Wednesday!!!
Lisa & Lou.






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:

Patty:

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 December...mmmm...how 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. 

Sunrise...

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 

Friday, 4 July 2014

This time next week....

This time next week we will have already been to the Sydney Quilt Show at Glebe Island and be getting ready to teach our first workshop for Kim at Jukejema Quilting Barn!


Shop Front


We will be teaching our Gracedale Doves pattern are looking forward to meeting the ladies in our class.


We love going to the Sydney show and spending time down at the Opera House Friday night listening to the bands in the cafe and looking at the beautiful lights of the city and bridge.
The Sunday we'll drop by Quiltsmith another store we LOVE!!
We'll have some pics of our weekend to share.

Tomorrow we are off to the Essendon Quilters Show.
Stitching our Stories.
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Will be an amazing show by an amazing group of ladies. You won't want to miss this show!!!
Lisa & Lou