Monday, December 20

the holiday season

The shop will be closing at 2pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed on the following public holidays only:
December 25, 26, 27 and 28,
January 1, 2, 3 and 26.
The shop will be opening at 10 am and closing at 4 pm for the whole of January.

I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I Look forward to seeing you all in 2011!

Jenny

Thursday, December 16

rockin robin round 2 - gina gregory


Gina Gregory Profile:

I was raised in an unconventional household by a politically active, feminist Mother (and Father) who, none-the-less, encouraged her daughters into the domestic crafts. We were often knitting, sewing crocheting and painting – though probably crafting a peace symbol rather than a doily.
I made a few patchwork pieces in my teens; my first was a small, paper-pieced hexagon quilt of which I painted each individual hexagon. However my passion developed with exposure to antique quilts while living in the USA in the early 80’s. Then , after the birth of my first daughter in 1984, I took a class at a local quilt shop and have had several quilts on the go since.
My preference is for hand piecing, so my output can be quite modest especially as I always find it difficult to balance finishing off one quilt with the excitement of starting a new one.
Inspired by antique quilts, textiles, vintage fabrics and my collection of old aprons I enjoy designing me own appliqué quilts. I would describe my style as naïve with an emphasis on visual vitality rather than following the rules and worrying about the size of my stitches.
I am very lucky to have quilting aunts, sisters and many friends. They have encouraged me to teach and challenge myself. For me, quilting is both solitary and a companionable activity. One providing endless creative possibilities and the simple pleasure of one stitch after the other.

FAVOURITES:

Food: Cake.
Drink: A nice cup of tea.
Colour: Pink and Green,
Movie: My Fair Lady.
Actor/Actress: Kevin Kline.
Song: Dance me to the end of love by Leonard Cohen.
I am currently reading: Pilgrims by Garrison Keillor.
Family Recipe: Nanna’s Hedgehog
Fabric: Old aprons.

Monday, December 13

makings

 Laura has used the gorgeous Alexander Henry Christmas fabrics to make this beauty

 Karen and Glenda were picking borders for Museum Medallion in class. What a difference colour choices make. Same quilt but very different

 Jo whipped up the Side by Side quilt for her nephew. Lucky boy.

 The market skirt so beautifully modeled by our headless and nameless ( by choice) customer. How cute is her preggie tummy?

and this fabulous quilt made by Carolyn. Unfortunately the photo does not do the quilt justice. I am so looking forward to the Christmas break where I will have 4 days off in a row. As usual I am planning to get 45 projects done in this time!! It is so nice when there is not a lot to do after all the Christmas cleaning (boy do I have a lot of this to do before though) and cooking has been attended and we can all have a rest and relax. We will be closed only on the Public Holidays so if you are nearby please call in and say Hi. Our summer hours will be 10am -4pm mon-Sat.

Wednesday, December 1

glorious rain


Unfortunately you can't see the rain or smell the wonderfully fresh smell of it either. We have been in drought for so many years now every time it rains I can't help standing and soaking in the sight. The gardens are all brimming with blooms which we haven't seen for so long. Everything looks so healthy and happy.