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Friday, December 15, 2017

Something special

I get to see so much great work created in my workshops........................
Denise has been working on her book for quite a while - but, wow, it has been worth it........

Her colours, bits and bobs..........

Not to mention her embroidery....................

Her work is gloriously unique......................


I love it............

Denise, herself, is warm, friendly and so lovely in class...............

I look forward to seeing her next year again.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A few finishes .....................

Firstly, let me apologise for the bad photos - but, we really found it difficult to photograph these "finishes" without the glare on glass affecting the outcome.
Elaine has been very busy with these initials for her granddaughters. On the back of the frame she has written a note to each granddaughter telling them how special and unique they are.

In fact, Elaine's words were so touching that we were reduced to tears - good tears though!

I am wondering what Elaine is going to work on in 2018.

Wendy M also had a finish - actually, this photo does not do her work justice. The ribbon work is so lovely.

My "finish" for the year is coming on, slowly.
Look, its not going to be the most beautiful quilt in the world - but, I so love a hand quilted scrap quilt.

I am of the opinion that all quilts should be hand quilted!!!! I think its a skill that is slowly dying. It makes me so sad when I go to quilt shows and there are maybe 3 or 4 hand quilted quilts on display.
TjuTju, our little Tibetan spaniel, is enjoying the process.

Till next time.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

What a year it has been...................

This year has been both so very good ( the birth of our first grandchild, Finn), so very worrying (as both my parents have been very ill) and so very, very busy (teaching wise). And while I do love teaching embroidery and crazy quilting, I do find it tiring.
This year, along with my classes that are on going at the Patchwork Angel and Maleny Magic, I have travelled from Charleville to Norfolk Island. I have enjoyed teaching people from across Australia.

But, I am now "teached out". I still have 8 classes to go and then its Christmas with my little family.

Glorious Finn.

Stunning Norfolk Island...................

What a pleasure it was teaching on this gorgeous island.

My favourite beach on the island - Emily Bay - perfect for swimming (which I absolutely love to do)

Its an island with the most fascinating history.

I have made all the samples for this years classes so I decided that I would like to "finish" a sane quilt. I looked at my pile of quilt tops (most are vintage, so they will need soaking etc) - too much like hard work, I thought.

A few years ago, I cut all my ugly fabrics into 31/2'' squares. Most of these fabrics I have had for about 30 years !!!!

I simply turned the squares into a half square triangle scrap quilt.

I basted ...............

On my patio.................

I decided to quilt it with Perle #8 ( and, yes, I do work in a mess)

I collected my quilting tools -  and no, those are not condoms!!!!

I found this perfectly ugly little sewing basket a while back at an op-shop.

I had lots of HST left so I simply covered hexagon papers with them - I also love EPP - and turned them into this!

I am so enjoying getting back to hand quilting.

And for those of you who so kindly ask about why I have not blogged for a while, I have had a lot on my mind. I promise to be better at it next year.
Jenny C

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A quick post....................

 After all the excitement of the birth of my first grandchild, I am now packing to travel to Charleville to teach for a few days, I thought I would quickly post some photos of Deb's work.

Please enjoy her interesting and vibrant work.

Thanks for sharing your work, Debs. See you soon.
Jenny C

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Something special - crazy hexagons

A few months ago I was contacted by Margaret from Canberra telling me that she was doing some crazy hexagons. She very kindly told me that she was using the hexagon patterns and finishing technique from my book "Foolproof Crazy Quilting".
As my son and DIL live in Canberra, I got to meet Margret and see some of her outstanding embroidery - not just crazy quilting.
Recently, the Canberra Embroiderers guild had a retrospective of her work - 70 years of embroidery. Oh my gosh, how I would love to have seen all her work in the flesh. Sadly, I could not.

Thankfully, she sent me some photos and was more than happy for me to share her work.

I just need to make it very clear, that I had nothing to do with Margaret's embroidery or embellishing of  her hexagons. All of the creativity showcased are hers , Margaret simply used the patterns and the finishing technique from my book.

Please enjoy her magnificent work.

Many thanks, Margaret, for allowing me to share your outstanding work.
Hopefully, I get to see you next time I am in Canberra vising my very new grandson.