Its been a while……………….

So where does the time go?  They say that as you get older time flies, but this is ridiculous.  Its already February and soon it will be Christmas – well……… sometime soon.

I had a great workshop at Yangery Cottage Quilts over the last weekend – for those that don’t know Yangery is just outside of Warrnambool.  10 eager and enthusiastic women attended.  And what a fun class that was.  We were doing Confetti – which is full of hexagons and I’m sure everyone knows that  I LOVE hexagons.  I’ve been doing them for so long that I’ve devised lots of little shortcuts – which were shared with and welcomed by the group. 

Its always fun when I have a group where we can bounce off each other – the teaching becomes a pleasure and I don’t feel like I’ve been working at all.  This was one such group.  Of course we had a couple who wouldn’t shut up – and they know who they are!  Criss was our very gracious host and despite not actually doing the class, she did hang around and help out and, I hope, learnt new methods as well.  The room is large and bright and it’s a joy working there – well, actually “playing” there. 

For those that know me, know that I DON’T have any purple in my stash – I don’t know why I have this thing against purple – I do wear purple clothes very very occasionally but I just can’t bring myself to use purple fabric in my quilts.  Of course, Betty who loves all things purple found her way next to me– but I managed to contain myself and smiled and complimented her on her choice of fabric!  

Anne and Sharon (x2)
Betty and Julie / Catherine


Glenda / Juli behind the counter where she spent most of the weekend - thanks Juli
Michelle / Pam - at a loss for words


The Class (BTW that's Mosaics in the background)

I recently received a photo of my Floral Beauty done by Carolyn Maxwell.  I love the fabrics she’s used – really quirky stuff and look at that binding – just gorgeous. 


What a beauty - thanks Carolyn!

I’ve also just completed my Message in a Bottle and its all ready to be sent to one of my quilters – I like to spread my machine quilting around.  It will be read as a pattern at the end of March.  The quilt is made up of about 26 blocks and when writing the pattern I had to ask myself “why do you do it?”  because it looks soooo lovely. 


Message in a Bottle (sorry about the photo - doesn't show the colours well)

Till next time…………….


  1. It looks like such a fun weekend Irene, I wish I could have been there. Carolyn’s version of your Floral Beauty is so vivid and quirky.

  2. Irene thank you so much for such a fun class. What an amazing time we all had; new skills, friends and ideas were shared by everyone. I have really enjoyed trying out everything we learnt with you and my quilt top is coming along nicely. It was just wonderful to have someone of your calibre and notoriety share your tried and true skill set.

    1. Hi Michelle
      now i know that you are speaking tongue in cheek – “calibre and notoriety?? ha ha! And yes, what a fun time we had. I truly enjoyed interacting with all you girls – when i could get a word in that is! I hope that we can all catch up in the future for another great day of sewing.


  3. I just came across your blog and I have to say that I am stunned by your wonderful quilts. I like applique and I’ve taken some classes but I wouldn’t say that I’m great at it yet. Your patterns seem challenging but if I lived anywhere in Australia I would definitey attend some of your classes! Kathy (Pennsylvania, USA)

    1. Hi Kathy
      I am of the view that nothing is challenging – if you love applique you just tackle it one step at a time! In my classes i welcome all levels – I believe if you have a love for applique and needleturn then anything is possible. Thank you for your lovely comments.


    2. Hi Kathy
      Thank you for your comments. Practice, practice, practice – and have fun with it. I think I still have lots to learn but I make sure that i have fun while learning! Maybe one day i might be fortunate enough to teach in the US – here’s hoping.

  4. Hi Irene. It’s been a long time since I saw your blog; happy to see a new post. It sounds like you’ve been very, very busy. I love the piece your group was working on in the class. I’d certainly love to take a class from you too, but I can’t drive the RV over there! Lovely patterns you make!

    1. Hi Marsha
      Good to hear from you. I actually spent yesterday with Margaret and Jenn – catching up after a long time – just chatting and sewing and designing. What a great day we all had.

    1. Hi Sue-Anne
      Good to hear from you. Don’t you just love it? I’ll be up your way soon so please come in and catch up – i know you have “visiting rights” at the shop to come in and sew whenever you like! LOL!

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