Tuesday, October 21, 2014

QITB 2014 and Brenda - Patty workshops catch up!!

 
Post QITB, and its been a busy and incredibly exciting time the past 3 weeks.
 Trying to do a massive catch up before l head to Houston
tomorrow, for more Quilty fun.
 If your going to market of festival, say hello if you see me!
Or email if you want to catch up!
l have 2 quilts that will be exhibited in the Ruby Jubilee Exhibit and
I'm pretty excited to be able to stand in front of them and have my photo taken!!
So sit back, relax and enjoy our catch up!
 
 
Here we are, Meredithe, Brenda P, Glenda and myself wearing
our brand new aprons that Glenda made especially for us to wear!
What a clever girl! We had many compliments across the workshops and QITB weekend,
and many thought the blocks were real, not the cheater cloth that they are!!
 
 
The barn was packed to capacity for Brenda's lecture,
and many a rousing laughter almost raised the roof,
as she entertained the crowd, to their great delight!
 
 
 
A very happy bunch of ladies at the completion of the first Dear Jane workshop.
We had participants from near and far, some coming from Sydney and Adelaide
 to take part in the only workshops Brenda held in Australia.
 

 
These ladies enjoyed a workshop on Gracie's Garden,
 based on a new released pattern by Brenda called Susannah Culp.
 

 
 
These were the final lucky ladies who took Dear Jane with Brenda.
And because the numbers were low, Glenda, Meredithe and myself
were able to take the class!! Happy days!!

 
Below are some photos of completed blocks
 and WIP'S from across the 2 workshops.
 


 
 
 
 
These ladies enjoyed Patty Harants workshop,
Rebecca Kohler Crib Quilt and also had a wonderful time.
Patty, a huge thanks for making the trip to Australia.
The ladies in your class certainly enjoyed it,
 and are grateful to have had the chance to learn from you.

 
These are some of the results after the 2 days.
 
 
Of course, we kept them well feed, starting with tons of scones baked fresh every morning
 
 
Warm pastries treats, made by Glenda, Meredithe and myself,

 
Divine Gourmet bagels with Smoked salmon and cream cheese,
or chicken salad with rocket fresh from my garden.

 
And then the customary fresh fruit and cheese platter to drool over.
You can read more and see more photos over on Meredithe's blog.
She's been a much better blogger than me!!

 
In between workshops, there was also plenty of preparation happening
 behind the scenes  for the exhibition.
Here is Brenda and Patty D putting bindings on 2 of my quilts that
 Katrina had worked her magic on just in time for the exhibition.
( Go check out her blog, she does amazing work! )
 
 
 
Then the all important day rolled around!! The one we all work so hard for!
Here is the queue at just a minute past 10am, our opening time,
 and the barn already has many ladies inside!

 
There were many stunning quilts on display, enjoyed by all.

 

 
Lots more blogs to read about and see pictures of
the event's can be found here, here, here and here.
 
If you have done a blog post and shared photos,
drop me an email and l will add your link here, many thanks.
 
 
Brenda is in there somewhere!!
Her corner was always busy, meeting and greeting many devotes, signing books,
sharing stories , admiring quilts they brought along to share.
 
 
The Quilted Crow Girls were also kept very busy,
 especially as they had their new fabric and wools for sale!!

 
This bus made the long journey down from Wodonga,
and we also had the Essendon quilters join us on their annual trip to the  barn.

 
And we had a special visit from Narelle Birchall from Cooma in NSW,
who brought along her completed Love Entwined top,
 pattern by Esther Aliu, who was also here to see it.
There was quite a buzz, and we were thrilled when her hubby
 pegged it on the fence for us all to admire and take photos!

 
Then after all the quilts were pulled down, sorted into piles, some collected,
many returned to my house, all the chairs stacked, the tables folded back up,
 the final washing of cups and saucers, all the last cakes and slices tidied away,
the tea towels put in the wash, the props returned to their rightful places,
and many other chores that just magically happen, it was time for a QUIET drink!!
( did l really just say that?? ) and a wee celebration for a wonderful weekend!!
 
These ladies below,  including several husbands, and MANY  OTHERS
 who were not able to join us, are the light of my life!!
They pitch in when ever something needs doing, they are the first to volunteer
 when a task is too big for me to handle on my own. They distribute raffle tickets,
  they hang quilts, they help in the general setup for the weekend,
 they put up signs to help make finding us easy,
 they set up tables and chairs,  they help park multitudes of cars,
 they make cakes and slices, they make a million cups of tea,
they wash countless cups and saucers, they shop for supplies when needed,
  they sell raffle tickets and collect entry money,
they make thousands of sandwiches, no task is too big or too small,
and they work in amazing harmony, with no orders needing to be issued,
just knowing what needs to be done to make it all work,
 they laugh,  they share the good times,
they are each and everyone of them so VERY SPECIAL to me.
 And they all know l can't do it without them!
They are the QITB team!! l stand and applaud them!!
 
 
Of course, we also had the presentation of the annual
"Mary- Mother of Quilting"
award,  that is presented to an individual,
who goes above and beyond the call of duty
in the lead up and across the weekend of QITB.
 
Its one of my most difficult tasks to choose just one winner,
as there are so many deserving winners.
 But l can only choose one as there is only 1 trophy!
 
This years recipient, Glenda, became my right hand!
Right from the start, she volunteered for many, many tasks,
 and completed them always with a smile on her face,
 and an extra idea for the weekend.
 l love and appreciate
all she did to help make the weekend a success!
 
 
 
We also had many wonderful sponsors across the workshops and QITB exhibition.
 
Homespun Magazine donated 200 magazines, and everyone who
 attended the workshops received one, with the remaining sold
 during the exhibition to raise money. A huge thanks to them.
 
( who do a lot of work with women who have fight Breast Cancer)
 donated 1,000  x $20 gift vouchers
 and several larger vouchers, and everyone who attended across QITB weekend,
 was presented with one. A huge thank you to them for an incredible sponsorship.
 Please avail yourself of them. We love to support those who support us.
 
Brenda Papadakis donated 60 Dear Jane books, which we sold across
the workshops and QITB weekend. Along with other donations she made,
 the total raised by her very generous donations was more than $3,000.
 A huge round of applause for Brenda!! A most generous woman!
 
A huge thankyou to Brenda for making the trip. l know she hesitated at first,
but l will be forever grateful that she did come. l know l have a life long friend
in you and l treasure the fun times we had together.
 Including my new repertoire of sayings!!
 
Not to be forgotten is our wonderful maker
of our raffle quilt.
Jenny Bear not only donated this years raffle quilt,
she also donated last years raffle quilt, and we are very honoured that
 she has chosen to support us and the work we do with her generous gifts.
 
The winner of the raffle quilt is Kelly Callaghan from Sydney.
Kelly attended the workshop with Patty Harants,
 so we were fortunate to get to know her. .
This is a photo of Kelly just after she took delivery of her prize.
l would be confident in saying she's pretty happy!!!
 
 
 
The total raised across the weekend, which will be donated to
 Breast Cancer Research was an incredible  $16,000
 
A huge thanks to everyone who came along and supported us!
Through your attendance, its certainly a team effort.  
 
My final thanks is reserved for my amazing family.
They offer so much support all year round,
when so many other distractions take my attention.
We share many laughs together, and l am so incredibly proud of them!
They give me so many reasons to be happy,
including the recent engagement of our son ( next to me) Braedon and Kara,
and other wonderful accomplishments l will share soon.
Thank you each and everyone of you! You have my heart!
 
 
And a huge thank you to you if you managed to get to this final chapter.
l know l don't blog as often as l should. Life has been a whirlwind this year,
 and its only going to get busier.
 
 l head off to Houston tomorrow,
and the packing is still waiting to be done, so l will sign off now.
Thanks for visiting.
Linda.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 

 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dear Jane and Brenda Papadakis.



 
Many of you will recognise the quilt below!
Many of you will know Brenda Papadakis is the incredible lady
 who brought  Dear Jane to the worlds attention!
 
Here at QITB we are so excited to be hosting Brenda in the coming weeks,
 where she will share with us her stories and adventures discovering
this beautiful quilt in her lecture 
 
 "My Journey with Jane"
 
Friday 26th September 7pm – 9pm  $15
 
 then share her tips and tricks to making some
of the blocks during the 2 day workshops she is holding.
 
Saturday 27th  Sunday 28th September 10am -4pm  $300
 
or
 
Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th October 10am -4pm  $300
 
They say we all come to our own Dear Jane Journey in our own time,
and l for one are so excited that my time has come!!


 
 
l want to share the photos here with you used with permission from Temecula Quilt Company's blog.
Every week or so Sheryl is sharing her progress and its incredibly inspiring!!
 
 
 
Come join me on your Dear Jane journey,
 
 
 
Want to start your own or rediscover the joy of making yours? 
 
 
 
Inspired yet?
 
 
 
 
or want to join a barn full of ladies who are equally excited about sharing their Dear Jane Journey with Brenda?
 
 
 
l sure am!!

 
Take home a signed block that will make your quilt even more special!
 
 
 Its a once in a lifetime opportunity that really is too good to miss!!
 
 
 
Can't wait to get to this stage!!
 
Photo: Just put together four rows of my Dear Jane. #tqcdearjane #temeculaquiltco
 
Just love this blue wagon!
 
 
 
Not only is Shery's fabrics beautiful, her stitching is amazing!!
 
Have you been inspired by Temecula's Dear Jane progress? 
 
 At Quilts In The Barn we still have a few spots left on both dates
in Brenda Papadakis workshops.

Contact me on quiltsinthebarn@mail2world.com for a registration form.

l can't wait to begin on this amazing journey with history!

Thanks for visiting.
Linda.

 
 
 
 



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Profile on Patty Harants.

We are so excited to be hosting Patty Harants here
 at Quilts In The Barn in the coming weeks.
For those of you who don't know Patty, she is a fabric designer, author,
pattern designer, amazing quilter, teacher, great story teller and all round good fun!
 
l am sure there are also many talents of Patty's that l don't know about yet,
 and hope to discover during her time here with us.
 She tells me she is a great cook, and so we will be having a few cooking experiences.
 Especially with our Aussie Spring lamb!





 
The original 1832 quilt by Rebecca Kohler.
 The Rebecca Kohler quilt was made as a coverlet by Rebecca for her son Jacob in 1832.
 She was from Berkshire County, Pennsylvania.
 The coverlet was never quilted......the finished size is 42" x 43".
with a knife edge binding..
 


 
Patty Harants's replica of Rebecca Kohler's 1832 quilt.
The pattern will be available for purchase at QITB.
 
 
 
 
 
Patty Harants's replica of Rebecca Garretson Wickersham's 1854 appliquéd album quilt.
Patty will have a limited supply of cd's with the pattern available at her workshop
The book is long out of print.



 
 We still have several spots available for
Patty's workshop,
 in which you will learn her tips
and tricks for successful applique,
 and begin work on your very own version
 of the Rebecca Kohler Crib Quilt.
The dates are Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October.

Cost is $300 for the 2 days and includes morning, lunch and afternoon tea both days,
a fabulous goodie bag, and the pattern.  10am till 4pm.
Here at the Barn
23 Hartley Road
Wonga Park


On Thursday 2nd October 7pm till 9pm
we will  also be hosting Patty
 at her very popular lecture
"Here l am.... How did l get here? "

Hear the story's behind The State Museum of Pennsylvania,
where  the original Rebecca Kohler Crib Quilt lives.
Lecture cost is $15.
Also in the barn.
 

 your only The workshop and lecture are a wonderful opportunity that is only available here at QITB
Patty is not teaching or lecturing anywhere else in Australia. 
 This may be your only chance to hear her lecture or
learn from one of the great masters from America.

 
Here is a little about Patty that can be found
 on the State Museum of Pennsylvania website.

 Patty is an artist, and fabric is her pallet. She graduated from Wayne
 State University, Detroit, Michigan with a BFA, leading to a teaching career,
 for several years, in Michigan, Ohio and Massachusetts. She has studied the folk
 art of every location she has visited, and has chosen the appliqué quilt as her
 grandest medium. Her artistic hands have explored various aspects of old world
 techniques, such as decoupage, gold leafing, egg shell inlay and much more.
Patty specialized in historic restoration and interior decoration leading her to every
 facet of design as well as quilting. The appliqué quilt, however, has claimed her
 attention and after many years of lovingly creating her owns works, she began
 reproducing the antique and truly unique quilts found woven
 into the history of the United States.

Patty claims to own the greatest fabric collection in the quilt world.
 Anyone who has been in her studio has to agree. Her studio, full of fabric,
 patterns and pattern books, family mementos, and numerous quilts in varying
stages of completion, is a mixture of artistic creation, color and beauty.
 Walking through the studio, she may stop to arrange a baby quilt she is
 producing for the child of a friend, and then will stop to straighten
 the corners of an incredible reproduction of an antique quilt.
 She has a bulletin board with quilt pieces pinned in place in
 order to test each individual design.
 
 The State Museum of Pennsylvania has a fabulous quilt collection and
has generously allowed Patty the opportunity to reproduce two of their quilts:
The Rebecca Kohler Baby Quilt, 1832; and now The Wickersham Signature Quilt.
 The Chintz Medallion Quilt, 1825, is in process.

Reproducing the Wickersham Signature Quilt required Patty to painstakingly
 trace the quilt and the quilting at the museum. She began hand tracing,
while wearing gloves to protect the original. After several days of tracing,
Patty carried the patterns back to her studio where she reproduced the quilt
using only her notes and a single photograph of the quilt to verify the
use of correct fabrics and appliqué styles.
 
This loving reproduction of the Wickersham Signature Quilt is a tribute
 to the descendants of the early Americans, and an invitation to those who
 came to our shores later (as did Patty's family) to join in the wonderful
 traditions of the United States of America. Each piece is truly unique,
 and these pieces joined together create something bigger
 and stronger than any single design.
 
 Thanks for visiting.
Linda.

 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Brenda and Patty's Workshops at Quilts In The Barn.


The bookings are coming in at a steady rate.
We have had great interest in all our workshops
and we still have vacancy's in all of them at the moment,
 though we expect that to change in the near future.
 So if you are still wanting a place we should be able to accommodate you.

 These are the only workshops Brenda and Patty
will be doing during their visit here to Australia.
 
l have listed below all the workshop dates and what each class entails.
The cost of the workshop is $300 for the 2 day classes.
A $50 non refundable deposit is required to secure your spot.
 
Morning tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea is provided with all workshops.
There will also be a few surprises you!

Email myself or Meredithe
 at quiltsinthebarn@mail2world.com if you require a booking form,
and/or require bank details.
 
 
Workshop dates for Brenda Papadakis


Saturday 27th  Sunday 28th September -
 
Dear Jane  ( Book required )   
Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th October -  
 
Dear Jane ( Book required )
 
Morning tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea is provided with all workshops.
There will also be a few surprises you!


Spend two days learning "Jane Tricks" for applique,
 accurate rotary cutting, machine piecing and paper piecing.
Master some of the more difficult blocks in Jane’s Civil War quilt,
 such as Papa’s Star, Nan’s Naidad, Wagon Wheel and
Junko’s Rose Garden. Machine and hand.

 
 
 
Monday 29th &Tuesday 30th September - Gracie’s Garden ( Pattern included )


Learn all the tricks and techniques of Back Basting Applique
while stitching this pretty folk art vase with the different
 elements contained in the Susanna Culp 1848 quilt.
Never need freezer paper, overlays, glue, starch or templates again!
 If you’ve tried other methods of applique´ with little or no success,
 or if you’re looking for a simpler way to enjoy hand stitching,
this class is for you. Curves, points, circles, stems, even a little
embroidery are all taught while you back baste Gracie’s Garden.
 Beginner to Advanced. Two days, all hand.

 
 


Workshop date for Patty Harants
 
Friday 3rd &Saturday 4th October  Rebecca Kohler Crib Quilt.
(Pattern included)

Morning tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea is provided with all workshops.
There will also be a few surprises you!
 
 Spend 2 days learning Patty's tips for successful applique.  
Hear the story's behind The State Museum of Pennsylvania,
where  the original Rebecca Kohler Crib Quilt lives.
This class is based on Patty’s reproduction of the Rebecca Kohler Crib Quilt.
 Requirements list at a later date.

 
 
 
 
Lecture dates
Brenda Papadakis –– Friday 26th September 7pm – 9pm "My Journey With Jane"
Patty Harants –– Thursday 2nd October 7pm – 9pm "Here l am….how did l get here?"
 
These are also filling fast. The cost of the lecture is $15.
You can secure your place by filling out a booking form, and paying in full.
 
Email myself or Meredithe
 at quiltsinthebarn@mail2world.com if you require a booking form,
and/or require bank details.
 
 
Please feel free to share this post on your blog or other social media.
 We want to give Brenda and Patty a wonderful time with our Aussie quilters.
 
Thanks for visiting.
Linda.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

More info on Brenda Papadakis and Patty Harants workshops and Lectures.


Thank you to everyone who has inquired about our lectures and
workshops with Brenda Papadakis and Patty Harants.
We are very excited to be hosting them here at QITB.
 
 
Please find below more information about each of the classes.
There is a $50 non refundable deposit for each workshop,
and places are limited and filling fast.
 
Don't delay!  These are the only workshops Brenda and Patty
will be doing during their visit here to Australia.
 
 
If you require a booking form, please email quiltsinthebarn@mail2world.com
and we will also send bank details. 



 
Lecture dates
 
Brenda Papadakis –– Friday 26th September 7pm – 9pm "My Journey With Jane"
 
Patty Harants –– Thursday 2nd October 7pm – 9pm "Here l am….how did l get here?"
 
 
Lecture cost is $15 and includes a light supper after.
 
 

Workshop dates for Brenda Papadakis
 
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th September - Dear Jane ( Book required )
 
Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th September - Gracie’s Garden ( Pattern included )
 
Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th October - Dear Jane ( Book required )
 
 
Workshop cost is $300 and includes morning & afternoon tea and lunch.

 

 

Dear Jane®


Spend two days learning "Jane Tricks" for applique, accurate rotary cutting,
 machine piecing and paper piecing.
 Master some of the more difficult blocks in Jane’s Civil War quilt,
such as Papa’s Star, Nan’s Naidad, Wagon Wheel
and Junko’s Rose Garden. Machine and hand.
 
 
 
Gracie’s Garden
 
 
 
Learn all the tricks and techniques of Back Basting Applique
while stitching this pretty folk art vase with
 the different elements contained in the Susanna Culp 1848 quilt.
Never need freezer paper, overlays, glue,
starch or templates again! If you’ve tried other methods of applique´
 with little or no success, or if you’re looking for a simpler way
 to enjoy hand stitching, this class is for you.
Curves, points, circles, stems, even a little embroidery
are all taught while you back baste Gracie’s Garden.
Beginner to Advanced. Two days, all hand.

 
 
 


Workshop date for Patty Harants
 
Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th October
Choose between the Original
 Rebecca Kohler Crib Quilt (pattern included)
or
Rebecca All Over Again ( Pattern included )
 

Workshop cost is $300 and includes morning & afternoon tea and lunch.

 
 REBECCA KOHLER CRIB QUILT
 
 
Spend 2 days learning Patty's tips for successful applique.
This class is based on Patty’s reproduction of the Rebecca Kohler Crib Quilt.
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for visiting.
Linda.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Workshops at QITB 2014

We are very excited to announce that some special international tutors will be joining us this year at QITB!!


Contact me via email at quiltsinthebarn@mail2world.com for a copy of this form. Fill in the details  and email back to me asap.  This is a fantastic opportunity not to be missed - these workshops will be their only teaching engagement whilst the ladies are in Australia so we feel very fortunate to have them. 

For those of you coming to the Craft and Quilt Fair in Melbourne this week, I will have these forms available on the Quiltmania Stand E25.

Further details regarding the workshops will be available at a later date.

Thanks for visiting,
Linda