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Just to let everyone know that BLOGGER always gives me a hard time when I try to publish items....SO...
I am going back to using my original BLOG address.
So if you would like to keep upto date then this is where you can find me until I get things sorted here!

Many thanks

Tocal Retreat 2011

Where has the time gone? It seems like only a few weeks ago that I was letting everyone know the dates and information for Tocal retreat 2010 and here I am again talking about the retreat for 2011!
We always have a lovely time at Tocal. The location is just so relaxing, the companies great and the accomodation very comfortable.
This year we will be there over the weekend of October 28th – 30th and some ladies can’t wait to get there with bookings being made already.
Clare Cropano will be joining us this year with her magic fingertips. Clare is my massage therapist and works wonders on tired bodies. Bookings are essential if you would like to be pampered by Clare.
Last year some ladies requested a mystery quilt project for this year and I am hoping to have the quilt made and ready by then…LOL…it is still a mystery to me!
For further information on the retreat you can call me on 04 0042 0074 or email me at cherrypiedesigns@hotmail.com

"Beth", the new block of the month

The weather has now turned to that wonderful season, Autumn, and how I just love the changes in the leaves and the air. Its cold and chilly and just a great time to sit and stitch in front of the fire or a sunny corner in the garden.
 My latest pattern for you is “Beth”. I just love this little quilt. A good size to finish through the colder months of the year and very achievable for everyone. With applique and machine piecing I hope this project will appeal to those of you out there who would like to try their hand at applique. Finished quilt size is 44″ x 56″.

 ”Beth” is available as a fabric/pattern Block of the Month or Pattern of the Month only.
 The lovely team at The Stitching Post of Katoomba are running the Fabric/pattern BOM for $30 plus p/h beginning July 1st 2011 running over 6 months and you can sign up for this through the website or by calling (02) 4782 5809.
The pattern of the month will be available from me at $12 p/m plus p/h and will also be available from July 1st 2011. You can do this through the website or by calling me direct.(0400 420 074)
Don’t forget the Craft and Quilt fair in Sydney is just around the corner…June 22nd – 26th / 2011, so make sure you come on over and see me at Booth No.K23.

Beautiful Books

 Books are one of my most treasured items in life.
I just love to enjoy them anywhere. Spend a sunny day in the garden with a good book and you feel like you have had a day out. Loose yourself in a good picture book...sometimes I don't even read the text, its all about the images.
Imagine back to when time began and marvel at what was used to record daily and other events upon....rocks, wood, wax, bone, shell, papyrus, bamboo, silk, clay and parchment.
Paper was invented in China around the 1st century AD. The discovery of the process using the bark of the blackberry bush is attributed to Ts'ai Louen, but it may be older.
Now look at us we can carry a book around with us in our back pockets all loaded onto our mobile phones. Somehow though it just isn't the same as the touch, feel and smell of a good book.

Just arrived are some new books from Blackbird designs and I can't decide which one I love the most.

Garden club
Garden Club

 Wonderful quilt patterns,sewing rolls and pincushions to be found within.

A stitchers Journey
A Stitchers Journey

 Now this one is my favorite with a wonderful story from our own Powerhouse Museum. Beautiful needlework projects for everyone.

Both books are now available for $35 each and have already been selling well. So get yours now and be ready to spend those lovely cold winter days ahead just stitching.


The Little Stitching Bag

A few weeks ago I received the most gorgeous fabric from Moda. Lilac Hill is the name designed by Brannock and Patek. I just loved the little birds on this fabric and couldn't wait to use them so I have made a cute little draw cord bag with matching needle book and pincushion.

The kit is available for $27 plus p/h  and contains, pattern, pre cut fabric, ribbon and DMC thread. The bag is big enough to fit the needle book, pincushion, threads and all your other sewing necessities.


3 faces of "Evie"

Its amazing how we imagine things differently to one another. And isn't that wonderful because it would be a boring old world it we didn't.
My quilt pattern "Evie" just came to me without too much thought, it was the fabric that told me what to do. I had really wanted to make the pieced block using pink fabric for quite a while, and then when I saw the range of fabrics from Julie Wallace and Yuwa I knew I was on the right path.
 I have used needle turn applique for the orange peel blocks. The rest of the quilt is machine pieced and hand quilted. The result (I think) is a pretty and soft to the touch girlie quilt.

During the weekend of the Eastwood quilt show, Marijke was telling me how much she liked my Evie quilt and had bought the pattern from me at last years Darling Harbour quilt show. The quilt is now finished and she had changed the pattern to utilize the quilt as you go method. This suited Marijke to make the quilt this way as it allowed her to quilt with smaller blocks rather than having one large quilt to contend with.

I just love the colours that she has chosen and oh how different to mine it is. Just wonderful Marijke.

And the back is just a pretty.

My friend Kim also loved the quilt but didn't like my pieced blocks. So Kim decided to use the Jacob's ladder block instead. And what a great result. I just love the warm shades of browns, creams and reds. Really are my colours.

So the moral of the story is Take a Chance, don't be frightened to have a go and change a pattern to suit yourself. If when you have finished and you love it then it was all worth the risk. If not then use the experience as a learning curve for the next time.


Images of Eastwood quilters 2011

Finally I have found the time to show you some images of the quilts and people of the Eastwood quilt show 2011. Just enjoy the images as I dont always have the information for each one.

Jenny Burton was there with her wonderful array of antique and vintage quilts.

Kathy and Bundle from Material Obsession were also there to share in the fun of the weekend. (Thanks ladies for some funny episodes!)

I just love this scrappy quilt. The stars are made up of many triangles.
And time for one more!

Thank you again ladies of Eastwood quilt group for inviting me to attend your show. I had the most enjoyable weekend of fun and laughter and you all need a pat on the back for your hard work.


A helping hand

We can all do with a helping hand sometimes and that doesnt just mean with making the dinner or washing up (boring)! I am lucky to have a husband that does these things as well as other boring jobs for me when I am really busy with sewing projects that just need to get finished.
Husbands who are not sewers but have skills that we patchworkers need also come to the rescue.

Take Sue's beautiful quilt. Not only does her husband draft the quilting pattern but he removes the glass sliding doors from within their home, takes them outside and and elevates them, places here quilt top over them and then traces the quilting design on for her. WOW! how's that?

Sue has quilted the darker setting triangles with shashiko quilting and the result is just spectacular.

You can see in this image those wonderful even stitches.

Maxine is always busy sewing and bought along her very big elongated hexagon quilt to show everyone.This design was originally made by Lucy Boston of England. Every inch is hand pieced and thats maxine on the left.

My own quilt is still in the "box" unfinished....oh well one day perhaps!

Until next time

A busy day

Did any of you get to the Eastwood Quilters show at Brush Farm at Eastwood over the weekend? 
If you did then you would have been very richly rewarded with the wonderful quilt exhibition and the fabulous old home that was the venue.
I am always left feeling wonderfully happy that I am also a quilter when I see such diversity of work from  this very talented group of ladies.
The show was visited by over 2000 people (and Counting) which is evidence of how popular this bi annual show is . I will be busy stitching and creating over the coming weeks just to replenish my stocks with new creations.


  You can follow images of this exhibition on my BLOG over the coming weeks as well as preview new projects that I will be working on.

 New Fabric Arrivals.

Just arrived are two new lovely ranges of fabric from Moda. The newest range Pom Pom de Parisfrom the French General is so light and pretty in lovely pinks, creams and yellows. Unfortunately I can't have them all so I picked the four I like the most. You can order these now on line for $16 p/m.
Collections for a Cause..."Faith" is the newest of the reproductions from Moda and I can see myself making some lovely little blocks with this range, also at $16 p/m.

Pom Pom de Paris
Pom Pom de Paris

Pom Pom de Paris
Pom Pom de Paris

Pom Pom de Paris
Pom Pom de Paris

Pom Pom de Paris
Pom Pom de Paris






 And just a reminder to keep the weekend of 28th - 30th October free for my annual retreat weekend at Tocal in the Hunter Valley NSW. More information to follow.

Happy stitching

Eastwood Quilters, Quilt show 2011

Here I am again getting ready for a wonderful weekend at the Eastwood Quilters bi annual show. This wonderful group of quilters really knows how to host a quilt show. Their diversity of quilting is just geat and very inspirational.
The event will open on Friday the 10th March until the 13th March 2011 in the wonderful venue of Brush Farm at 19 Lawson St Eastwood.

A view of the home in 1910

And after restoration in 2007.

Come along and enjoy the atmosphere of the show and the house and surrounding grounds. I will be there (can you see me on the front porch?) so make sure you come over and say Hi.

Just to make the event even better ADMISSION IS FREE. There will be donation boxes available for you to make a gold coin donation if you wish.


Petite Projects

Hi and welcome,

"Lilac Hill" from Brannock and  Patek for Moda fabrics has just arrived and is so lovely. Oh what to make with them? I am thinking of something small and cute. The cream base fabric in the range has already proved popular for background fabric in a hexagon quilt. With the hint of the pale green pattern in the background I always find these fabrics interesting to apply applique too.
Lilac Hill
Petite Projects.
 Petite Projects is a new size of pattern I have added for your selection. These are smaller projects that are more easily achieved in a shorter period of time and will include items from needlebooks and cushions to small quilts....something for everyone. They will be packaged as a small size pattern packet but will contain full size instructions and pattens sheets. The only thing small about these patterns is the price!

Here are the first of two new patterns in the Petite Projects range.

The new little cot quilt "Cherry Fizz" is now complete and the pattern available. Measuring 36" x 42" this quilt is achievable for the beginner. I have used fresh Kaffe prints for little girls but this quilt lends itself for boys fabrics also.This is a smaller format quilt pattern and retails for just $5.50. The fabric kit for this quilt is available upon request and retails for $40.

cherry Fizz
The pretty cushion "Zoe" is now also available for $5.50 and is a perfect project if you are looking for a pretty present or just something to make during a quiet weekend. Both of these patterns are now available on the website.

Caroline Bay Quilters.

As some of you may be aware I sew with several groups. One of these groups is the Caroline Bay Quilters. We are a group of approximately 40 ladies of all ages and walks in life. There are quilts made by machine and hand. Quilting achieved by means of machine and hand, applique and embroidery. Not to mention all of those other goodies that quilters love to make.

This is Carol's wonderful quilt featuring raw edge applique of leaves. There are so many fabrics in here and when you look really closely there are little animals featured in the prints.

Vicki has made this wonderful quilt featuring embroidery and applique for her grandchild. Fantastic work and it only took her 2 weeks. I wish I could achieve that much in such a short period of time.
Vicki purchased the pattern (one of Bronwyn Hayes's) whilst on the groups bus trip to Cottage Quilt works at Warriewood and Country Pickins at the Corner at Round Corner Dural.

Everyone enjoyed a wonderful day without the exception of me....I was home sick and missed all the fun.