Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Special Times

Lately I've had a few!! I've just come home from a wonderful day teaching some beautiful women how to assemble their quilt tops at Treehouse Textiles. It has been such a fabulous treat to watch these ladies who have never sewn a quilt before, make their first masterpiece and perhaps even become addicted to quilt making in the process!!! And being at the Treehouse is always a gorgeous experience, if you ever want to treat yourself and your friends, I can certainly recommend a day here. Nicole Mallalieu is the VIP  there this month and her bag making classes are a hit! You will need to get in quick for this one. You can see here for the bag I made in one of Nicole's classes.

Then there was the stitch day at my house last Saturday, another very special time. In the end nine of us spent the day together over lots of food and coffee, great conversation and show and tell, and of course as quilters always do when they get together, much learning from each other. I adore my online virtual quilt friends, but it is so wonderful to meet these women and put faces to the blog names and email addresses!!! And I have some heaps of gorgeous pics to show...

Kay from Shocking Hocking was up first with her beautiful almost finished quilt in French General fabrics. Her machine quilting on this was magnificent.


Kay also had this grey/citrus number. Kay is quilting this using both machine and hand quilting and it looks fabulous.


I need to make a quilt with those colours!!! Next up we made Chris the Quilter haul her incredible hexagon quilt into the garden to take a nice photo under the cherry tree!


This quilt in progress is a work of art, over 9000 teeny tiny hexies (so far!) made out of Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably fabrics. Kaffe and Brandon even got to see this amazing quilt when they were in Australia last year!! The back of it is so neat...


Even Millie loved wearing it for a little while!!


Next we had Christmas come early with Michelle from The Quilted Tortoise and her beautifully appliqued quilt also using the gorgeous French General fabrics...


The details in this are beautiful with buttons and embroidery to finish off each block.


Michelle is also making Trish Harpers pattern Camelot, this will be stunning, I love the text fabrics in there...


Miriam from Yellow Rose Quilts bought her almost finished Bordered Diamonds quilt that we started in Kaffe Fassetts class at Amitie last Feb (mine is still in pieces sitting in a box somewhere, oops!!). Miriam's quilt colours really catch the eye, like jewels I think.


Miriam is a prolific quilter and is a part of the Bloggers Bom, she is making up her blocks in two gorgeous colourways...


...as well as making up Janet Quiltsalott's incredible Trailing Vines pattern, wow!! (My poor photo does not do it justice).


Next was my friend Deb's (no blog) beautiful squares quilt. I love the orange, creams, turquoise and browns and the perle hand quilting will be in those colours too.


My friend Kathy (also no blog yet!!), is a relatively newer quilter (18 mths), but is incredibly prolific already. Her stars quilt in creams, greens and reds is a stunner...


Kathy is also making a lovely Japanese x and + quilt, the browns in the corners of these blocks are giving the quilt a stained glass window look to it. I will show this one when she is done!


Later in the day Bron Whippet Good dropped in with Emma Treehouse Textiles after their class. Bron had just spent the day at Treehouse learning to make the schoolhouse tunic, you can see her beautiful tunic here.


Wow, what a wonderful day! And so inspirational to be surrounded by such talented women. A huge thank you to each of you for spending your Saturday with me. Very special times! xo

29 comments:

Quiltjane said...

Cathy, there is an abundance of talent shared between these women. All the quilts are so beautiful.

Patchwork and Play said...

What a wonderful quilt show you had! I especially love Miriam's Bordered Diamonds quilt! It really does glow!

Christine said...

Wish it wouldn't be so far to travel down your way...

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Bronwyn said...

Thanks again Cathy for letting me drop in on this fun bunch! Would love to put my name down for the next one, hopefully??!!

SameliasMum said...

So many beautiful quilts! Love the Kaffe hexi's. So tiny!

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

Was such a great day! Thanks Cathy!

Miriam said...

Thank you again Cathy for another wonderful day!! It is great to be able to share our stitching experiences in person.

Jackie said...

Wow, some seriously talented ladies! I am in love with all the quilts, but just in AWE of the hexie quilt. I am sure it is much more beautiful in person. Thank you for the show and tell.

Stephanie said...

I need a week like that! Tons of talent but nothing equals fun like food, friends, and fabric.

Nanci said...

I love them all! Sometimes the simplicity of quilts just shows the love doesn't it?
What a time you must have had!

Cardygirl said...

Looks like lots of fun..and AMAZING quilts too!

Anna said...

Fantastic quilts! but I especially love the Millie look! lol

Merran said...

so wish I had been able to come. Would have liked to meet Kay who is in my do.good.stitches circle and Whippet who is part of the medallion QAL (altho she has been a little absent of late.....)
Next time maybe....

Shocking Hocking said...

had a wonderful day cathy - thanks again - and to all the lovely ladies who shared in the day :)

Annie said...

Wow, what gorgeous quilts on show here! It certainly looks like the rest of us really missed out on a great time! Thanks for sharing it all with us.

Nedra said...

This is not your average quilting group. So much talent, I hardly know where to begin. The hexagon quilt. Oh my!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

It looks like so much fun! What a lot of wonderful inspiration!

YankeeQuilter said...

Can you hear the applause from Georgia?! Great quilts...

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

The Hexie top is awsome, absolutely gorgeous, what an achievement!

quilt happy said...

beautiful quilts

imquilternity said...

Wow...what a wonderful day! I'm so envious...wish I lived down your way so I could come by and visit. Lots of great and very colorful quilts too...what inspiration! I don't think I would have been able to sleep that night after seeing and touching all those gorgeous quilts.

Talin's Corner said...

What beautiful quilts! That hexie quilt is amazing.

Chookyblue...... said...

oh how gorgeous was al that show and tell thanks heaps for sharing.......glad you had a lovely day..........

pandchintz said...

Sounds like a lovely day. Great show and tell - thanks for sharing!

Michele said...

All the quilts are nice, but I LOVE the hexie quilt. Can you tell us how large the hexes are? 1/2 inch per side? even smaller?

Cheryll said...

I'm making the night before christmas quilt at the moment... so it was wonderful to actually see it here! Thanks for sharing! :)

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

What great quilts. I'm so jealous! :D Glad you shared the pics.

Kim said...

Lots of beautiful, talented, ladies there! Oh my! what a great little quilt show :0)
That adorable Christmas quilt with the applique is a Bunny Hill design from the talented Anne Sutton....I hope I can finish mine by Christmas!

Happy Sewing