Catch-up Friday……….

Well…. that’s what I’m calling it.  I know I’ve been AWOL for quite a while now but life gets in the way.  I have also been super-busy chasing my tail for the last couple of months.  In case you don’t know – and you would have to be living on another planet if you haven’t heard because I’ve told EVERYONE about it  – I’ll be in Nantes next week for the release of my new book through Quiltmania.

The cover of my book
The cover of my book














While there I have two workshops to run and I’ve been very busy preparing kits for the workshops.  I’ll be teaching a block from Miz Kelly.

Miz Kelly
Miz Kelly

From Nantes I’ll be flying to the Netherlands and teaching at two shops,  Aztec Rose Crea and De Frottende Freule and then on to Trondheim in Norway to Quiltegarden for my fourth workshop.  Check out my calendar for details.

Am I excited?  You bet I am!!!

I’ve also been doing workshops here – the last two being in New South Wales – yes I do get around!

I had a lovely time in Grenfell.  Keryl from Fabric Sauce invited me last year to teach a two day workshop.  She is soooo organised and had my airfare and accommodation booked almost 12 months ago!  I had never been there before so had no idea what to expect.  Grenfell is a very small community but the women (and man) I met were fantastic – and my accommodation was just fabulous.  The quilters had a choice of Auntie Green’s Garden, Message in a Bottle and Minerva.  Lunch was also provided including champagne! Excuse the poor photography!

Grenfell 2

Grenfell 1

grenfell 4

Grenfell 3

Last week I was in Sydney teaching at Material Obsession.  To be invited to teach there was a great opportunity.  Its a beautiful shop and again, I was looked after so well with Megan in charge – she’s a sweetie!!  We did Auntie Green and Message.  Its wonderful for me as a designer to see these quilts made in such a wide variety of fabric choices.

mob suzie kath

mob maria

MOB - lea ingrid

That's Megan's version of Message in a Bottle in the background - love it!
That’s Megan’s version of Message in a Bottle in the background – love it!
That's my version of Message - see how different they both are?
That’s my version of Message – see how different they both are?

So… I’m off to France on Monday.  I hope you will follow me on Instagram (focusonquilts) as I’ll probably do a lot of posting there and not to0 much on the blog.

See you when I get back…………..


  1. Irene Happy and Safe Travels looking forward too seeing your pics on Instagram…
    Congratulations on Your New Blok it looks Beautiful…hope you will Plug it on IG.
    Take Care

  2. Irene a good time in Europe. My friend Ellie will get the book for me at Aztec Rose because I have to work that day. I love to see the Mosaics on the cover. It was my first applique quilt and I love the technic.
    Safe travelling and succes with your book.
    Happy greetings Anita

  3. Hi Irene, travel safe and have lots of fun. I can’t wait to get my hands on your new book. Congratulations, you deserve all this success. An international star. Well done. From your country groupie!

  4. Good on you Irene!!! .it is so lovely to see you doing so well, congratulations on the book and wishing you safe and excing trip.

  5. The book cover is great! Looking forward to the class on Wednesday. What a trip round Europe you are going to have!!! Auntie Green’s Garden might probably be my 2016 project! Thanks for the address in Europe. I have put it in my files for when I’m ready to start. Safe travel 🙂

    1. Hi David
      Looking forward to meeting you in France. I’ll have arrived the night before so hope I’m not too jet lagged! lol!

  6. So happy to see that you are so happily involved with your quilting. Wondering if you are now able to do this full time. Cudo’s to you on your book. When my life comes back to me, I plan on working on one of the patters I have purchased from you!


    1. Hi Nanette
      I’m still hoping that this will become my full time job – fingers crossed! I sure hope that you can get back to quilting as soon as possible.

  7. Congratulations, Irene! Wow, you must “over the moon”!!
    Your designs are so marvelous; I’m not surprised that they became a book.

    Will be able to get it in the U.S?

    1. Hi Marie-Odile

      So glad you like the book – I thought that Quiltmania did an awesome job with it. Let me know which one you choose and of course photos would be lovely.


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