Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A wonderful day with the Illawarra Quilters

Last Saturday I followed the ocean breeze to Woollongong for a workshop teaching my Ric Rac Razzamatazz quilt to the Illawarra Quilters.

The venue was the Figgy Bowlo. Isn't that a fun name! It's the Bowling Club in Figtree which quite sensibly explains the name. We had a beautiful sun filled room and lots of space for everyone to spread out and work in.  

I arrived early and found a lot of the class had arrived earlier. I loved that enthusiasm!!

Some of the ladies were shy about photos so I'll concentrate more on showing their colourful work rather than their smiles ( these ladies made me laugh all day with their happy ways) and and busy bee ( they really got down to work!) photos.

Lots of cutting resulting in a rainbow of loveliness..

Matching ricrac colours is a big part of the fun.

Gorgeous purples!!

Wonderful play with patterns and colour.


These look good enough to eat!!

especially with this gourmet ric rac.

I love how dynamic these fabric combinations are.

and how wonderfully the red ricrac pop with these blocks!
 The day resulted in a smorgasbord of happy melon blocks.

We had a sassy super star in the class. Her name was Julie Juu and she rode in on a yellow scooter

This wonderful fabric belongs to Roslyn. Her daughter brought it back from South Africa as a gift for her mum. 

It has so many fun and quirky details. 

You can't help but smile at it.

I love that Roslyn wasn't nervous about cutting into it. She grabbed her scissors and went for it. 

A little while later a quilt plan started to emerge.  Stay tuned for more photos as this fun quilt evolves. 

A big hearty thank you Illawarra Quilters!! You ladies are the best!! I loved every moment of our fun and colourful day together.


A few behind the scenes photos now.. 
In preparation for the class I pulled out my ricrac which somehow has turned into a tangled nest. It's funny how that happens...

I sorted through the colourful strands and looking around for something to wind them onto I thought of my vintage playing cards. I've got zillions of these cards so I could easily spare a few. I'm happy to say my trims are now organised and nestled neatly in a tin. 

I also couldn't resist playing with some of the shapes I cut out..

and soon turned them into a flower.


I'm not the only one making flowers out of different things...
I was out walking one morning and at the bottom of my garden I came across this pretty leaf flower. I looked around and there was not a soul in sight. Try as I might there's no other way to explain it other than fairies.  What a lovely garden gift.

Wishing you all a magical week.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Glossy Pages - and a little giveaway!


Last week when the latest Quilter's Companion became available I raced out to buy mine because they sell out quickly in my local newsagent and I didn't want to miss this edition,

In the bottom left hand corner you'll see my name...

and inside is an extensive article about me and my quilting journey. It covers everything from why I'm called Rachaeldaisy, how I came to patchwork and quilting, inspirations, what it was like for me to win Best In Show, my sewing room and more

Plus there's lots of photos of my quilts. 

It's not all about me of course. The magazine is jam packed with great articles and projects. The cover quilt is by Christine Lethlean and there is also a lovely feature about her in her studio. Amongst the many patterns are ones by Chris Jurd, Deborah Louie, Anorina Morris. There are exhibition overviews and product reviews and all the regular columns. 

Sending out a big thank you to Michelle Marvig, Quilter's Companion Magazine for featuring me and to Erica Spinks for making my colourful ramblings sound coherent. 



On the other side of the world in a French magazine called Les Nouvelles. Katell Renon has written a wonderful article all about Pine Burr quilts focusing on US quilter Betty Smith and her traditional pine burr quilts and then my contemporary approach to the blocks through my Whizz Bang quilt.

Gorgeous cover!!

From the traditional

 Flip the page

To the modern..

The magazine is in French but as they say "A picture is worth a thousand words". The many pictures definitely say a lot! The articles focus on a wide variety of styles from modern, traditional, red work, Japanese quilts. I've been thinking I should work at translating them to learn some French.

Sending out a hearty Merci beau coup to Katell for including me in her article and to Les Nouvelles for having an interesting feature about Pine Burr quilts. 



Now for the giveaway part. I have an extra copy of Quilters Companion to send to a lucky reader. Just leave a friendly comment and I'll include you in the draw. The giveaway is open to everyone in the universe. Beware of being a no-reply commenter, if you're not sure put your email address in your comment. I'll pick a winner randomly next Thursday 25th May, 5pm Blue Mountains, Australia time. Good luck!! 


You know I always like to squeeze in one last photo... Today's pic is in response the lovely comments about the sunny scene of my lounge room in my last post. I was playing around with my iPad and somehow took this photo. I like to think the kaleidoscopic view is a bit "Alice in Wonderland".

So keeping with the theme I'll wish you a happy, colourful day and with a swish of a quilt I'll disappear down a rabbit hole!

Friday, May 12, 2017

MO Class Fun Times!!



By golly the days are really swinging by! 

Before we knew it it was time for another Whizz Bang class at Material Obsession. In each class I teach another method of making folded point blocks. It's interesting to see how many different ways there are to approach the blocks. 

Of course catching up with each others news is an important part of the day. I love how friendships grow from sewing together. 

I had to quickly snap this photo of Danuta. She's an amazing hand sewer and mostly sews her blocks by hand so it rare we see her at the machine.

Heather's blocks have a beautiful glow to them. She's basing her colour choices on colours in nature. It's a beautiful theme and I'm loving seeing her collection of blocks grow.

Helena is our wild child! We love her enthusiastic use of bright colours and lots of Kaffe collective fabrics.


Christina has been busy with her blocks and finishes them into mini quilts and table toppers.  She has mastered the ability to use pattern to create kinetic movement in her work.

She bravely made this giant 35 inch circle for her coffee table. It's just amazing. She fondly calls it "The Pizza". 


We've also thrown this prairie point table center into the mix. This is one I made a few years ago. I know it's not a great photo but if I wait to take a photo this blog post will never happen :) .

I love Danuta's addition of ric rac in her projects. It really adds a graphic interest to this fabulous piece.

Christina's is a shimmer of colour.


Here's another layout I've made. Prairie point geese! When you wave it about they truly fly!

So thank you to all the lovely ladies who come to my classes and impress me with your beautiful work, and make my heart happy with your enthusiasm for fabric fun.


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Now for some random photos from my week. A couple of these photos I've shared on my instagram but so my blog friends don't miss out I thought it nice to share them here too. 

I was chopping veggies the other day and was surprised by this fun variety of beetroot

It reminded me of my Wild Thing quilt.


Another fun foodie thing... Pretty quails eggs. We get our veggies delivered from a farm each week. Every time I place an order I order quails eggs but never get them. It's a little joke I have with myself. But last week the box arrived and lo and behold underneath the kale was some speckled treasures. After admiring them for a few days we had them in a salad. Such a treat.

Talking of treats. A lovely friend recently surprised me with a home made baked goodie, a pecan and finger lime muffin. Oh my golly goodness, definitely the best muffin I've ever had. The gnomes thought so too.

Here's a peek into my lounge room. Last Sunday I noticed how pretty the afternoon sunlight looked shining through the window. I'm usually such a busy bee but it was a lovely afternoon to just sit for a while and enjoy the views out our window.

With that I'll wish you a wonderful day and I'll buzz away and get on with my busy bee tasks. 

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