Monday, November 29, 2010

Jessica and Shaynes Wedding Day

The Daylily Garden has a touch of my quilts on haybales, perfecting the setting. This is my old family home, so it makes it all very special. The girls grew up here as much as I did, played on the lawn, had picnics in the fairy garden. Mum would have morning/afternoon teas throughout the garden, in different little vignettes depending on the time of year and the weather. Heres the pile, ready to go. Jemima having a bit of no nappy time beforehand.

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P.S. This is extra special, celebrating my 100th post!!!!!

Jessica and Shaynes Wedding Day -continued

The beautiful Daylily Garden was decorated with haybales covered in my quilts. Having a drink break while setting up @ the venue.

Here's Aunty Dianne with Jemima.
Easel with Table setting plan on entry.

Guest book on the gift table.

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Jessica and Shaynes Wedding Day

Beautiful Sundowner apples with cardboard leaves for place settings, surround the vine twigs. Very significant for an apple grower's daughter and the groom who works on the vineyard!

The venue was perfect for the 'feel' we wanted. Party lights and lanterns helped create the atmosphere.

This is Kelly. Our tireless hairdresser and friend. Kelly did all of our hair so well and Olivia did all of the makeup to make us took awhile!!!

The day was just perfect. The girls and boys all looked wonderful. Jessica had planned her wedding beautifully and all went smoothly. I guess that is all we want on our wedding day. Here are all my girls, all looking so beautiful. Jessica and Jemima, Olivia and Sarah.

Here are all the family.

Bride and Groom, baby and Father and Mother of the Bride.

Here's Jemima underneath all the wrapping from all the lovely presents. She was in heaven!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wedding Bells are in the Air!

Sunday we had Jessica and Shayne's wedding rehearsal. Just an excuse for a Barbie, I reckon! The wedding party and... tag-a-longs or should I say... all important parties(!) hit our place for lunch then (us girls walked and the guys drove) to the Daylily Garden. The garden it perfect, thanks to Kaye and Trevor's hard work.

All systems are go this week. Jessica has been really busy and I'll say the rest of us will be this week! 'Its a Hoot' makes a great young persons quilt. 1 Layer Cake is required for this quilt.

This pic. is @ the top. Sorry my pics. flew everywhere!!
'French General's' next range has arrived, 'Maison de Garance'. Rich chocolates with the traditional reds. Love the linens. We have chocolate- would love to do a stitchery with this with putty coloured thread.

Also love the 'squares of french icons' in burgundy on the putty coloured linen. I'm going to make a pin cushion from ...@ least one.

Here's our little girl ready for bed... just learnt to clap hands!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Its always about the fabric!

'The Adelaide Collection' has arrived. We have the full range by Adelaide's own Michele Hill which has been inspired by William Morris. Michele's new book is due to arrive next month. So many fabrics have come in lately..too many to show (bore) you.. I'll just mention a few by name. This one (below) is 'Punctuation' by American Jane. We have some 'Pure' by Sweetwater.. blue and brown. Also 'Bliss', 'Lizzie', 'Happy', Christmas prints inc. panel for Tree skirt. 'Little Pink Stars'.. these are gorgeous repros.
And a lovely range of Solids.

Lots of preparations here @ the Apple shed. Getting ready for the Adelaide Craft and Quilt Show next week. There's always that big question of what to take??

My DD1 gets married in 4 weeks, so there is that sort of preparations too. Thank goodness, she is a good organiser (and has the time) and doing it all. I'm struggling with a dress @ the moment. Thought it was going to be easy but really its not. There is that mauve 'Mother of the Bride' outfit I'm just not prepared to wear!!
Anyhow, I plod on.
cheers Jane *

Friday, October 1, 2010

Australian Machine Quilting Festival starts today.

Am packed and ready to go!
The inaugural Australian Machine Quilting Festival starts tonight 6pm - 9pm to the public. It is open all long weekend Sat. and Sun. 10am - 5pm and 10am -3pm on Monday.
Shops, quilt displays and classes. Just like regular quilt shows!!
Come and see us.
Endeavour College, Mawson Lakes. SA
Our 'Tried and True' quilt has been quilted beautifully by Sharon @ Patchwork on Parade
and will be on display. BOM or kits available.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What a wet day!

What a day of rain today! It has rained all day, hailed a bit and is bitterly cold. (I'm glad I'm inside!) Hasn't hailed much this year, yet. You can see it on my car as well as running down the drain. Today also brought the arrival of 'Luna Notte' by 3 Sisters for Moda. It is soft and muted and rather French!! I can picture the florals on old chateau's walls. Yummy.
We've had a quilt made in this range for awhile... Sara's design for a Layer Cake class as well as a pattern. So I was able to make an instant display.
Also in the same delivery were Fat Quarter Bundles, Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes of 'A Morris Tapestry' by Barbara Brackman and 'La Petite Ecole' from French General.
So it was a great day for a change around and new fabric!
Keep warm and dry, Jane

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I've Finished!

Here is my finished top, 'Civil War Journey' quilt. I absolutely love it! I loved making it and I love it even more now its together. Just need it quilted now. It is a wonderful pattern of 6" blocks and with Sara's help during the class we all have the quilts finished. And now on to the next....

This gorgeous fabric range, 'Maison de Garance' by French General is my love at present. I am making blocks for the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Quilt. Supposed to be 140 blocks of 6" blocks but we'll see about how many I'll make!!! Only 12 so far. (We do 6 blocks a fortnight.) So far they've been very easy, especially compared to the other quilt but I think from now will get harder. I think it is for Anne's benefit, who is the newey in the class. I think we are protecting her.... or maybe misleading her!!
Going back to the delicious fabric. This is (was) a fat quarter bundle, we have Layers and Jellys in stock, with more arriving in October. There will also be a yummy chocolate linen. We had this class the other day, 'Scalloped Edge'. This is Kerrie's quilt by the end of the day! A great class using a large design as the centre of the quilt. The fabric Kerrie used is another French General range, 'Lumiere de Noel'. We'll do this class again. It was a beauty.

The new 'Civil War Legacy' quilt girls came this morning for their monthly fix. Their blocks are starting to look great. It was Kris and Jean's first day and already their blocks are really good. Yvonne, Loz and Deb have now had 2 days and are zooming! Loz is believed to be making 2 quilts....there's always one!
A quiet day for retail today...must be the election. People are out but not shopping...maybe its just that the sun is out at last after 5" of rain during the week!
Think I may drop by the DVD store on the way home, for something better on TV rather than election palaver.
Take care, Jane ***

Saturday, July 31, 2010

New Beginners Class.

I'm back! I've been otherwise busy.. it seems.. and now finally I'm back to the blogging.
A couple weeks ago I attended our guild's Quilt Encounter (Quilt Camp) which is a week long retreat, with international, interstate and local tutors, teaching pretty cool classes. I was lucky to be attending as one of the 2 shops, which are invited. For me, it is a wonderful week of meeting quilters and friends and enjoying each others company. Hi to all those who attended.
I have also just published the latest newsletter. If you would to read it, check out my website and go to newsletter.

Since then I have decided to run this quilt (below) as a new Beginners Class. (so its not in the Newsletter) Beginning on Wednesday 18 August from 10am - 1pm, every fortnight until Xmas. It comes as a kit of fabrics and pattern, so there is no need to fuss with colours. Sewing machine is required too.
We have this new kit 'On Freedoms Wings' available. Using the new 'Lily and Will' fabrics by Bunnyhill Designs it makes these simple stitcheries and applique designs, sophisticated and trendy. Vicki has made this beautiful sample to hang in store.

Here is a close up of the pretty stitcheries.

And to finish today, here is a pic of my little cutie pie. Now 4 months old!!

I promise I will be back soon.
Jane ***

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Quiltaid 2010- 'The Greatest Gift'

Announcing Quiltaid 2010.
Twelve Aussie designers join with twelve shops to bring you a wonderful choice of quilts to make with the added benefit of supporting a charity! We are selling Rosalie Quinlan's block (below) for $25.oo and our Finishing Quilt Kit is $130.00 (below)
Visit for all the info. and how to get all the block kits.
Go to our website to order kits.
Come in and see our quilt hanging.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

'Lily and Will' Jellys and Layers and Charms

Big in store.

New release from 'Bunnyhill Designs' for Moda. 'Lily and Will' is gorgeous. It is a bit different from conventional Pre-cuts. 3 Different colourways. I Jelly-roll in Pink and Brown, 1 Jelly-roll in Green and Brown and 1 Jelly-roll in Blue and Brown. Same for Layer Cakes but the Charm packs have all the colours.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I love Autumn!

I know I'm a bit late to welcome Autumn but my favourite season is certainly here. I absolutely love this time of year. My girls get sick of me raving about how beautiful the trees are now, I never get sick of my countryside.
And they love it too. We all went for a long walk on Monday, 4 of us and baby Jemima in the pram. She loved it too, just to keep Nanny Jane happy!
Here are a couple pics of our surrounds. sigh... and my header pic. is the Japanese Maple from our bedroom window.
Haven't posted since our trip to the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. This is our booth. It was small this year but I think we used our space really well. Lovely to see such lovely people and hi to all who mentioned reading my blogs. We had The Quilted Crow girls opposite us, so we weren't without fun and hilarity. (is that a word?)
Di (look out on the road for her!) and Leanne @ Homespun, the lovely Thread and Ginger girls, Natalie and Karen and not to forget meals and drinks with Di and Sandy from The Quilt Basket. There is always lots of people to bump into every year and it is certainly up there for reasons to attend.
At AQC we launched our 'Pieces of the Past' web sampler program. This is our finished quilt, below- 'Liberty Star'. The blocks have been designed by Michelle Yeo and 9 shops have a block kit for sale. You love our Quilt? You can then purchase our finishing kit to complete your quilt.(after collecting all the blocks). to find all the shops and more details.

Make the most of these glorious Autumnal days and make a trip to Woodside to appreciate it all.
cheers Jane ***

Monday, April 19, 2010

Marg Low's Classes

We had a lovely two days with Marg Low as our guest. Friday and Saturday classes were enjoyed by all, Im sure. Marg showed us her samples with her Trunk Show in the morning followed by a pattern buying frenzy. All of us promising to make at least one Xmas project before Xmas!! (we are lucky because somehow there is always another Xmas next year! lol) Here are Rhonda, Shontelle, Vicki, Marg, Kris, Prue and Joanna all hard @ work... All the girls on both days had delicious lunches @ the Lobethal Bakery (next door) which they deserved because their decorated journals were all finished by the end of the day.
Sorry to Yvonne, Nell, Jean, Christine, Jessica, Tracey and tired Cindy (who just did a night shift..) I didn't take a picture on Saturday but you did a wonderful job too.
Here is block 2 for our 'Club Rouge' in gorgeous repro. fabrics.

Have so much on this week including getting my pallet delivered for AQC in Melbourne.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Marg Low Class

Just a reminder. Marg Low from NSW is coming this week - Friday and Saturday for a one day 'class'. I still have 1-2 spots a push for both days. Marg will show you her trunk show in the morning and in the afternoon, you will make one of these delightful journals.
Marg has a brilliant trunk show... which is a 'show and tell' with samples of her patterns... we will of course have the patterns for sale too. She is also a knowledgable and generous teacher. Marg has been here a few times now and has always been well received and enjoyed.
(her journal samples are here - in store for your viewing)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

We are Open Easter Saturday

We have had some fabrics arrive recently I haven't told you about. The gorgeous 'Rural Jardin' being just one. This is my only pic (from French General), sorry this is all the plaids, we have the prints. We also have more Moda being 'Garden Party' by Blackbird designs, 'Verna', 'Bar Harbor' and 'Looking Back' as well as 'Nicey Jane' by Heather Bailey. Lots of pre-cuts. My favourite, 'Lumiere de Noel'. Red and taupe by French General. Being a red lover I do favour this over 'Rural Jardin' which has alot of French blue. Still lovely though. More pre-cuts of 'Fresh Cottons' and 'Whimsy' by Fig Tree and 'A Breath of Avignon' by American Jane as well as the ranges above.

Our Marg Low class is almost full. We have a couple spaces left for the Friday (16 April). Saturday is full. We are making Decorated Journals after Marg's Trunk Show. It proves to be a full day of inspiration with a lovely lady. I have the samples in store for you to see.

I wish you all a Happy Easter. I hope you get alot of sewing done over the long weekend.

Maybe a new cushion (as above using 'Flora and Fauna' by Patty Young) or what about spoiling yourself with a new range of fabric by the bundle! the Whimsy Bundle.

I will be open on Easter Saturday 10am - 5pm. Closed Good Friday and the usual days, Sunday and Monday.

I hope to be doing lots of cuddling with our new Jemima although I have a couple quilts to finish..Jane **