Monday, 18 February 2008

What's in the Bag?

A few people have been asking what was in the bag I showed last post. As I said each designer created some new designs especially for the workshop so the bag contained the patterns for each of these. It was really cool being able to see the actual samples the girls had stitched. I will show you some of the photos I took of the samples - I'm sure there are better pictures on the blogs of each designer so make sure you pop over for a look. They will probably also have information about you can purchase these lovely new patterns for yourselves.
Gail Pan from Gail Pan Designs had two very nice projects to share. Firstly, this quilt called Summer's Bouquet.

The little stitcheries are appliqued using needleturn applique. (I learnt to do this at the weekend - but more on that in a future post.)

I really like the chain stitch scallops around the stitcheries. Gail said she was thinking of old-fashioned cameo brooches and necklaces when she added this. Very effective, I think.

Gail's other project was a bag called Saturday Morning.

Here you can see the detail of the applique. After Gail showing me how she does needleturn applique, I am confident to have a go at this one.

Local Tasmanian designer, Rose Johnston from Threadbare Creations designed this beautiful project called Summer Garden Tablerunner. Sorry it's not a very good photo - Rose has some much better ones on her blog.
Here is a close-up of one of the blocks. Anne Ida worked on this project and finished one of the stitcheries. As you will see in a later post, I didn't actually do that much stitching - too busy talking and taking photos!
Natalie Lymer from Cinderberry Stitches designed this gorgeous bag called Blossom and Bloom. I just love the fabric - check Natalie's blog if you want to know the name of the range.
Natalie also shared this very sweet quilt called Fresh Breeze. Again, the photos don't do it justice so check Natalie's own photos on her blog. She is definitely one of the best blog photographers around.
Isn't this cute?
The final designer for the weekend was Rosalie Quinlan from Rosalie Quinlan Designs. Rosie is also the 'me part' of Melly and Me. She designed two lovely cushions called Summer Garden Cushions and a very cute dolly called Sally.
When I've had a bit more practice at needleturn applique I'd love to have a go at these cushions.
Here is Sally who lots of people (including me) had a go at making. Rosalie had lots of tips for us about doll-making and showed us how she paints the faces on her creations.
I hope you like all the eye candy. It's taken quite a long time to do this post but it was fun seeing all the lovely projects again.
P.S. Blogger won't let me have spaces between my text and photos tonight. Does anyone know how to fix this? It's so annoying!


  1. I realy envy you this weekend trip...
    Must have been very inspiering and it is always nice to meet other quiltfriends.. I love the different patterns though I am not a very good stitchers.
    Have a nice week comming!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to share this post -- definitely full of eye candy! Love the little doll -- she's adorable.

  3. How wonderful to get to see all of the new projects! Thanks for sharing the photos. It must have been a great time.

  4. I love seeing these projects and hearing about your weekend. It all sounds so dreamy!

  5. All I can say...LUCKY YOU!!!Must have been a great weekend...Thanks for letting us have a peek into the goodiebag ;D

  6. Sounds like you had a wonderful retreat. All those wonderful projects to admire and meeting all those wonderful quilt designers. You are so lucky. Wish we had something like this in Holland.

  7. OMG..OMG..OMG..what beautiful patterns...I am very jealous...

  8. You sound a lot like me too much talking not enough stitching LOL.

  9. It was a fab day Christine!! I have finished my doll - actually finished it Sun night LOL!! Going to put Gail's and Natalie's project on my To Do list as well :o)
    Great meeting you, hope it wont be the last. Have fun with the Burnie Girls.
    Sarah x

  10. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos- oh I wish I was there... lots of great inspiration :-)

  11. Wowee! Thank you for sharing this with us:) Such gorgeous patterns and fabric choices. Do remember to share your progress with needleturn:)

  12. Wow!!! I'm inspired. So glad you enjoyed your weekend in stitching heaven. I hope you can share some of the techniques you learnt for needleturn applique and doll making. Anything to help make the job easier I say...

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  14. I was going to go on the week end with Sarah and kristy but i Could not go had to get my wedding quilt finished .I only have two week to get it finished .Sarah said that you all had a good time . I am so glad you did .

  15. how lovely! Sounds like you all had a great time.

  16. OMG, Such a wonderful eye candies!!!
    Thank you for sharing your pictures!

  17. I love your work, Christine. So colourful and beautifully stitched.


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