Missing in action!

Yes I have been missing in action.  My last post was in May!  So much has happened since then ….. we’ll have a quick catch-up.

I’ve been very fortunate to have been invited to teach by wonderful hosts, guilds and groups.

Lenora from Elm Grove Quilting invited me back to teach clamshells.  This is by far my most successful workshop – it’s a fun, easy, quick way of producing a beautiful clamshell quilt.

The Sydney Quilt Show was another few days away from Melbourne.  I travelled up to Sydney with friends.  We stayed at the Ibis and caught the ferry to the show.  It was a great way to catch up with our Sydney friends and enjoy all the NSW shops, making stops at Quiltsmith, Material Obsession and Cottage Quiltworks (thanks Maree).

I was invited by a fabulous group of women to sew in Wonga Beach a couple of hours out of Cairns.  I’d never been there so was excited about the trip.  We joined Ruth Bloomfield for lunch at her beautiful home.  I had a fantastic fun few days staying with Lindsey and Ted at their beautiful home in Wonga Beach, just a hop, skip and jump from the beach.  There was lots of food, laughter, sewing, more food…..

Having lunch with Ruth
Lunch with Ruth


Workshop at Wonga Beach
Workshop at Wonga Beach – Ted making sure everything looked good!


wonga beach collage


Look how much they've achieved - MOSAICS
Look how much they’ve achieved – MOSAICS


July was another busy month with clamshell workshops at Treehouse Textiles – sorry no photos.

And another clamshell workshop with the Geelong Quilters on my birthday – thank you to all the girls who made my day so special and to Sue for my scrummy cake.  That was a very busy weekend as I left that night for Adelaide to teach at SA Quilt Encounter.  If you haven’t been to Quilt Encounter, check it out.  Next year they celebrate their 25th anniversary and have lots of special tutors including the Tentmakers of Cairo along with Jenny Bowker.  The Tentmakers will be offering five one day classes – not to be missed.  If I’m really good I might get invited to teach as well (fingers crossed).

Patch n Quilt is a shop that I like to refer to as my “local” – Mary is awesome (but don’t tell her I said so).  A group of quilters wanted to do a workshop with me and wanted a special project with birds.  So I came up with my Birdie Bag and Birdie Zippy Purse – I know….. not very original names – but they do look beautiful, if I say so myself.

Birdie Bag and Birdie Zippy Purse - both available for sale
Birdie Bag and Birdie Zippy Purse – both patterns available for sale


August is gearing up to be another busy month for me.  I think I should make a promise that I will update my blog more often.

I will be teaching in Brisbane at Peppermint Stitches on 27 and 28 August.  We will be doing Minerva, Spring Promise and Mosaics.

In September I will be with the Wagga Wagga Quilters on the 3 and 4 September, then at Cootamundra at Patchwork on Parker on 5 and 6 September  and finally in Albury at Avonleigh Country Quilting on 10 and 11 September.

Hopefully I can catch up with some of you at one of my workshops.

I finally also completed  sewing my new BOM – Potty McDotty.  Its now at the quilters.  Once that comes back its photos, patterns etc.  I will be offering this as a BOM with fabric with Patch n Quilt and just the pattern from me.  So look out for this sooooon…..

Happy stitching…


  1. I’m exhausted just reading your list of activities. Is there a pattern for a clamshell quite or in any of your books Is or patterns? It’s a long way from Midwest USA… IThank you. TOni

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