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April 16, 2018

The year is running along at such a fast pace, I am sure time did not go so fast when I was little.  I remember long long summers that seemed to never end, like time stood still and we played all day on the street and under the sprinklers.  All the kids in the street (...

November 30, 2017

Bookings are now open for Quiltessentially Clunes 2018.  If you go to the website eventbrite.com and key in "Clunes" in the search box, you will see two options:

Thursday, Friday, 8th/9th March and Saturday/Sunday 10th/11th March.  

We will be of...

May 29, 2017

Home again after a truly wonderful tour of France, UK and Norway, catching up with family, a brief holiday in Devon but primarily enjoying the fruits of Pour l’amour du fil. 

My first day, seeing my Salon and greeting all the other amazing ladies who were joining me for...

January 12, 2017

1.  Cut nine squares 2 ½” x 2 ½”, make into a nine patch block.

2.  Put a square of batting on the back, 6 ½” x 6 ½” and quilt.

3.  Cut a square of backing fabric 6 ½” x 6 ½”.  Trim the corners into a curve.

4.  Cut a strip of fabric for the edges, 22” x 2 ¼”.

5.  Pin...

December 24, 2016

Its been such a huge year for me, I’ve been travelling and teaching all over Australia, and meeting wonderful people along the way.  But behind the scenes I have been stitching like a mad woman to finish the quilts for my book, Quilts for Life Made with Love, published...

November 22, 2015

Its been a busy time this last 6 months, travelling all over the country.  I've had some wonderful classes in Albury at Avonleigh Country Quilting, in Sydney with Gerri, who is the new owner of Cottage Quiltworks, Melinda at Quiltsmith and over to Perth to Calico and I...

May 30, 2015

Whenever you plan a trip overseas, the preparation and excitement seems to occupy all your time and thoughts many months prior to the trip.  Include in those thoughts, a hatred if not a fear of flying long distances and being stuck up there, the decision to go on a lon...

April 1, 2015

My daughter "Emma Mary" has been living and working in London since last September.
Missing her so much so I have decided to pay her a visit and to my son, leaving today for Florence for a university semester at Monash Prato.  Easy decision to make that one!  I have be...

January 6, 2015

My first resolution of the year is to blog more.  Famous Last words.
There is always the temptation to sew more, cook less, blog less, exercise less.  There is always another quilt calling and I never have to talk myself into starting a new quilt.  Luckily my children...

September 7, 2014

I've always loved a bit of hand piecing, evenings, cat on lap, watching a favourite show!  Lately however, after the demise of the pin cushion obsession, I thought I was in the clear to set about designing another quilt.  While I was thinking I decided to make a dilly...

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