Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Does absence make the heart grow fonder?

I've been missing in action!
With no real excuse!
Other than busy, busy, busy!
Did you miss me?
Life has a habit of plowing along at full steam,
 even when sometimes we just want to stop and smell the roses.
Its been a full year, as well as a difficult year.
Just after my last post we lost my Father-in-law,
then followed a week later with the passing of my 18yr old nephew.
One could say that took the wind out of my sails for a bit.
And blogging was the last thing on my list of important stuff to do.
I've had an email or 2 asking if we are having our quilt exhibition this year,
 and l guess that's been the prompt I've needed to get
 back on here and get writing and sharing again.
Of course, no blog post from me is not complete without photos,
 so l am sharing a few close ups from this years raffle quilt.

The quilt has been designed and made by Jenny Bear,
with all Jo Morton fabrics,
then  machine quilted by Debbie Burville ( Quilts From Nana's Trunk)
The fussy cutting by Jenny has to be seen to be believed,
 and so as you can see by the photos I'm sharing,
its a truly stunning quilt,
 and both ladies have gone above and beyond my expectations with this quilt.
Their collaboration on this quilt has been amazing!
The full quilt will be revealed soon! Promise!
Our flyer is currently under construction, so will share that as soon as possible.
l can however give you the dates so you can put them in your diary.
This years exhibit will take place on the 27th, 28th and 29th November 2015.
Usual place, usual times, hopefully the usual people!
Our special guest this year is Jo Morton.
Many of you may have visited us back in 2011 when Jo was our special guest then.
She loved her time here with you Aussie girls so much,
she jumped at the chance to make a return visit.
 And this time we are planning some workshops with her.
Details will be released at the end of the week.

However, please feel free to contact me to put your name on a wait list.
The classes, which will be hand piecing, will take place
 the weekend of 21st and 22nd November.
They will be 1 day classes, and I believe Jo will be teaching different things on each day.
Details are being firmed up this week.

Didn't l tell you!
The fussy cutting!
The quilting!!
Raffle tickets coming soon!

Mary Koval will also be here again this year,
 with bags full of lovely antique quilts and goodies to tempt us!
The Quilted Crow will also be here again,
and she is planning on having lots of lovely Jo fabrics available for sale!!
All Jo's fabrics play so well together.

So hopefully by  having all these lovely photos to look at,
you have forgiven my absence.
And l plan on posting more regularly again.
Thanks for visiting.
You can find me and the other girls over on instagram for more regular updates.
Hope to see you there!


Friday, April 24, 2015

More pictures.

Just because l could!!

No explanation needed!

 Just enjoy!!! 

More photos coming! 

If you want to know more details about the money raised from this amazing exhibition, 
head on over to  Broderie's blog

Thanks for visiting,

Thursday, March 26, 2015

MSG and Students Exhibition is almost here!

Its here! Our long anticipated Marg Sampson-George exhibit!!
The quilts are hung, the cups are ready, the shops will be here to set up today!
The helpers are organised, the cakes have been baked and
 Marg is ready to welcome you all to this wonderful exhibit!!
Here are just a few snippets to entice you!!
l look forward to welcoming you at
Quilts In The Barn this Friday and Saturday!!
10am till 4pm both days.
Funds raised are being donated to Beyond Blue.
Raffle tickets available at the door.
Refreshments available all day.
Goodies to purchase from several locations within the barn and a marquee.
I will have antique blocks, tops and quilts from the Mary Koval Collection.
Hope to see you there!!
Be sure and say hello!
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Marg Sampson-George Exhibition 27th and 28th March 2015

Excitement is growing here at Quilts In The Barn!!
Its only 3 weeks till we open the barn doors on what is shaping up to be an amazing exhibition.
Featuring the quilts of Marg Sampson-George
( an amazing teacher from the Blue Mountains in Sydney) and her students,
there has been many sneak peaks flashing around Instagram
and other social media, as many continue to progress towards finished quilts to display.

The lovely Jean, and Liz, along with Marg are the main organisers behind this exhibition.
These 3 ladies  have stitched their little fingers off over the Christmas break
 to make a stunning raffle quilt, which was hand quilted by Trish Harper,
that one very lucky person will win.
Raffle tickets are selling fast, and they can be found in many quilt shops,
 both here in Victoria and other states.
The list can be found on the back of the flyer.

( photo from Broderie Blog)
If you haven't seen the flyer, here is the front,
Proudly supporting Beyond Blue.

And here is the back of the flyer with a little more info.

Here are a couple of sneak peak of just a few of the quilts we will have on exhibit.
Just to wet your appetite!
This one is Marg's.

This one belongs to Denise.

These cute rabbits, which is one of Marg's signature shapes, belongs to Gaye.

This one belongs to Kerry.

This one belongs to Liz ( who is one of the organisers)

This belongs to Moira.

And this one belongs to Verity.

We also have the event below planned for a few nights before the exhibition opens.
This is an amazing opportunity to see inside the mind of an incredible artist.
So, hope you can join us at one or all of the events we have planned.
Its going to be so much fun!!
Be sure and say hello!!
Thanks for visiting.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Go Four It!!

Its good to be back blogging after my extended break.
I'm relaxed, reinvigorated, rested and rairing to go with a whole new year.
 Lots of wonderful quilty things happening to keep me busy!!
And lots of sewing over the Christmas break, which l will share with you soon!!
I was delighted and excited to be asked to be a featured blogger and Instagramer
by Laundry Basket Quilts for American Patchwork and Quilting Magazines
 latest QAL, featuring the mighty 4 patch.
Its long been a favourite go to block for simple and exciting designs.
Who wants to join in and sew along with us????

Here is a picture of the 3 quilts, whose directions are in the magazine.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Below  is a picture of the magazine that has all the instructions to make the 3 different quilts.
Available from Feb 6th till April 6th at your local quilt shop, newsagent,
or At AllPeopleQuilt.com/shop (click on Quilt Shop Locator) 
You can also purchase a digital issue any time after Feb. 6
at AllPeopleQuilt.com/getdigital.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Being a lover of small pieces, l decided l wanted to make Edyta's lovely version.
Doesn't it look beautiful draped over that chair!!
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
During my lovely restful time over the Christmas break,
 l decided to get a head start on some stitching. Seeing as l didn't have my
 complete collection of fabric with me, l decided that these lovely
 Laundry Basket fabrics l had brought with me were the perfect beginning,
 to be added to along the way.

So l got busy with my rotary cutter, and before l knew it,
 l had some lovely strips ready for sewing.

And not long after, lovely piles of Four patches.
Using the strip piecing method, these sew up quickly.
l decided to make a love heart from my 4 patches, because l am in love with the colours!!

Below is a list of other bloggers who are also taking part in the QAL.
Many of them show their progress on both their blogs and on Instagram,
which is a lovely simple way to share a quick photo.
If your familiar with Instagram at all,
here is the hashtag you can search to see what everyone to sharing!!
Do you instagram??
l use it regularly and post there quite often, then combine those
 photos here at a later blog post. If you want to see what l am
 doing on a more regular basis, find me at
Thanks for visiting.
April Rosenthal, Prairie Grass Patterns
Instagram: amrosenthal
Barb and Mary, Me and My Sister Designs
Instagram: meandmysisterdesigns
Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville’s Quips & Snips!
Instagram: quiltville_bonnie
Camille Roskelley, Simplify
Instagram: thimbleblossoms
Debbie Roberts, The Quilted Moose
Instagram: quiltedmoose
Edyta Sitar, Laundry Basket Quilts
Instagram: laundrybasketquilts
Jane Davidson, Quilt Jane
Instagram: quiltjane
Jo Morton, Jo Morton Quilts
Instagram: joquilts
Kimberly Jolly, Jolly Jabber
Instagram: fatquartershop
Linda Collins, Quilts in the Barn
Instagram: quiltsinthebarn
Lisa Bongean
Instagram: lisabongean
Lissa Alexander, Moda Lissa
Instagram: modalissa
Shea Henderson, Empty Bobbin Sewing
Instagram: emptybobbin
Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life
Instagram: sherrimcconnell
Thelma Childers, Cupcakes ’n’ Daisies
Instagram: thelmacupcake
Vanessa Goertzen, Lella Boutique
Instagram: lellaboutique
American Patchwork & Quilting staff
Instagram: allpeoplequilt

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

I've been absent for a while..... it's been a busy few months
with travel and family commitments.
I am hoping for a calmer year next year, some sewing time, and also blogging time.
 l miss having the time to share photos, chatting about what's happening
 in our little corner of the world, and hearing from all you
 lovely people who take the time to leave me little messages.
l love vintage Christmas cards and
 so l will leave you with a few l found tonight on google.
l hope you enjoy looking at them as much as l do!

And so l wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!!
 May all your wishes be granted.
Thanks for visiting!

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.