Thursday, December 17, 2015

Jo's workshop.

Its been a busy, busy few couple of weeks,
with a house full of international and interstate visitors,
all who have now returned home, leaving the house strangely quiet.
So time to play a little catchup on our goings on.
Several blog posts coming in the following days, will of course, be a surprise after weeks of silence! So enjoy....

A lovely bunch of ladies joined us for Jo's workshop a few weeks back.
This is the lovely display Jo made with her quilts using the stamp sets.
I'm looking forward next year to swing some of these.

And this is the quilt the ladies worked on who chose to do Appliqué, 
using Jo's back basting method.

The ladies were well feed with muffins for morning tea, 
vegetable frittata and mango, avocado and rocket salad with citrus dressing for lunch,
 followed by some yummy cakes for afternoon tea.

We were joined by 14 lovely ladies, and a great day was had by everyone.
many made good progress on their blocks.

Late afternoon, we had some special entertainment, provided by the local wild birds, 
who are quite friendly and wanted to join in on the quilting fun!

Jo was even able to get quiet close without scaring them away.

Many thanks to all the ladies who came along, 
and helped make such a few day for us all.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Jo Morton Workshops. 21st and 22nd November 2015

Bookings have been coming in  at a steady pace,
 and a super fun weekend with Jo Morton is planned.
There are still vacancies, so don't hesitate to contact me if you would love to join us.
This is the only venue that Jo will be teaching this trip,
 and may well be the final chance to take a class with
 this well known and respected International teacher.
I personally am looking forward to taking both classes.
Jo will take you through how easy it is to use stamp sets when piecing Lemoyne Stars.
She will also share tips on making accurate templates from Template plastic.
The quilt below is just one of the quilts she will share with you in class.

Applique is one technique that l am in serious need of improvement.
And Jo's backbasting method is sure to help me improve.
Jo will share tips and tricks on her back basting technique for needle turn applique.
The block showing in the quilt below will be what you will work on during the day.

So come along and join us in what is shaping up to be a few fun days.
Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


And here she is in all her glory!! 
Jenny has done an amazing job of fussy cutting and piecing the quilt
 and Debbie has done an amazing job on the quilting. 

Raffle tickets have been distributed 
and are available for purchase from the following quilt shops.
Treehouse Textiles in Mornington, 
Amitie Textiles in Gardenvale.
Darn Cheap Fabrics,( Glen Huntly store) 
Cutting Cloth in Fairfield,
Needles and Pins in Warrandyte,
Lily Patches in Boronia, 
The raffle quilt will also be doing the rounds of these shops,
 and we will keep you posted where you can visit it. The photo below does not do it justice!
Grateful thanks for their support.

Tickets will also be available during the exhibition.

If you wish to help sell tickets, please contact Bev 
on and she can put some in the post to you.

Bev also has a supply of our flyers if you have a guild or quilting group or a quilt shop, 
 who might be interested in arranging a bus trip to visit us. 
She can be contacted on 

Bus's of all sizes can be accommodated, 
and early entry can be pre- arranged if needed for ease of parking. 
Just drop us an email at

We are excited to again have Jo Morton visiting with us for our exhibition.

And even more excited to be offering 2 one day workshops the weekend 
before QITB on 21st and 22nd November.
Pre-registration's are being taken now.
Places are limited and these are the only  workshops being held by Jo during this trip. 

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Does absence make the heart grow fonder?

I've been missing in action!
With no real excuse!
Other than busy, busy, busy!
Did you miss me?
Life has a habit of plowing along at full steam,
 even when sometimes we just want to stop and smell the roses.
Its been a full year, as well as a difficult year.
Just after my last post we lost my Father-in-law,
then followed a week later with the passing of my 18yr old nephew.
One could say that took the wind out of my sails for a bit.
And blogging was the last thing on my list of important stuff to do.
I've had an email or 2 asking if we are having our quilt exhibition this year,
 and l guess that's been the prompt I've needed to get
 back on here and get writing and sharing again.
Of course, no blog post from me is not complete without photos,
 so l am sharing a few close ups from this years raffle quilt.

The quilt has been designed and made by Jenny Bear,
with all Jo Morton fabrics,
then  machine quilted by Debbie Burville ( Quilts From Nana's Trunk)
The fussy cutting by Jenny has to be seen to be believed,
 and so as you can see by the photos I'm sharing,
its a truly stunning quilt,
 and both ladies have gone above and beyond my expectations with this quilt.
Their collaboration on this quilt has been amazing!
The full quilt will be revealed soon! Promise!
Our flyer is currently under construction, so will share that as soon as possible.
l can however give you the dates so you can put them in your diary.
This years exhibit will take place on the 27th, 28th and 29th November 2015.
Usual place, usual times, hopefully the usual people!
Our special guest this year is Jo Morton.
Many of you may have visited us back in 2011 when Jo was our special guest then.
She loved her time here with you Aussie girls so much,
she jumped at the chance to make a return visit.
 And this time we are planning some workshops with her.
Details will be released at the end of the week.

However, please feel free to contact me to put your name on a wait list.
The classes, which will be hand piecing, will take place
 the weekend of 21st and 22nd November.
They will be 1 day classes, and I believe Jo will be teaching different things on each day.
Details are being firmed up this week.

Didn't l tell you!
The fussy cutting!
The quilting!!
Raffle tickets coming soon!

Mary Koval will also be here again this year,
 with bags full of lovely antique quilts and goodies to tempt us!
The Quilted Crow will also be here again,
and she is planning on having lots of lovely Jo fabrics available for sale!!
All Jo's fabrics play so well together.

So hopefully by  having all these lovely photos to look at,
you have forgiven my absence.
And l plan on posting more regularly again.
Thanks for visiting.
You can find me and the other girls over on instagram for more regular updates.
Hope to see you there!


Friday, April 24, 2015

More pictures.

Just because l could!!

No explanation needed!

 Just enjoy!!! 

More photos coming! 

If you want to know more details about the money raised from this amazing exhibition, 
head on over to  Broderie's blog

Thanks for visiting,

Thursday, March 26, 2015

MSG and Students Exhibition is almost here!

Its here! Our long anticipated Marg Sampson-George exhibit!!
The quilts are hung, the cups are ready, the shops will be here to set up today!
The helpers are organised, the cakes have been baked and
 Marg is ready to welcome you all to this wonderful exhibit!!
Here are just a few snippets to entice you!!
l look forward to welcoming you at
Quilts In The Barn this Friday and Saturday!!
10am till 4pm both days.
Funds raised are being donated to Beyond Blue.
Raffle tickets available at the door.
Refreshments available all day.
Goodies to purchase from several locations within the barn and a marquee.
I will have antique blocks, tops and quilts from the Mary Koval Collection.
Hope to see you there!!
Be sure and say hello!
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Marg Sampson-George Exhibition 27th and 28th March 2015

Excitement is growing here at Quilts In The Barn!!
Its only 3 weeks till we open the barn doors on what is shaping up to be an amazing exhibition.
Featuring the quilts of Marg Sampson-George
( an amazing teacher from the Blue Mountains in Sydney) and her students,
there has been many sneak peaks flashing around Instagram
and other social media, as many continue to progress towards finished quilts to display.

The lovely Jean, and Liz, along with Marg are the main organisers behind this exhibition.
These 3 ladies  have stitched their little fingers off over the Christmas break
 to make a stunning raffle quilt, which was hand quilted by Trish Harper,
that one very lucky person will win.
Raffle tickets are selling fast, and they can be found in many quilt shops,
 both here in Victoria and other states.
The list can be found on the back of the flyer.

( photo from Broderie Blog)
If you haven't seen the flyer, here is the front,
Proudly supporting Beyond Blue.

And here is the back of the flyer with a little more info.

Here are a couple of sneak peak of just a few of the quilts we will have on exhibit.
Just to wet your appetite!
This one is Marg's.

This one belongs to Denise.

These cute rabbits, which is one of Marg's signature shapes, belongs to Gaye.

This one belongs to Kerry.

This one belongs to Liz ( who is one of the organisers)

This belongs to Moira.

And this one belongs to Verity.

We also have the event below planned for a few nights before the exhibition opens.
This is an amazing opportunity to see inside the mind of an incredible artist.
So, hope you can join us at one or all of the events we have planned.
Its going to be so much fun!!
Be sure and say hello!!
Thanks for visiting.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Go Four It!!

Its good to be back blogging after my extended break.
I'm relaxed, reinvigorated, rested and rairing to go with a whole new year.
 Lots of wonderful quilty things happening to keep me busy!!
And lots of sewing over the Christmas break, which l will share with you soon!!
I was delighted and excited to be asked to be a featured blogger and Instagramer
by Laundry Basket Quilts for American Patchwork and Quilting Magazines
 latest QAL, featuring the mighty 4 patch.
Its long been a favourite go to block for simple and exciting designs.
Who wants to join in and sew along with us????

Here is a picture of the 3 quilts, whose directions are in the magazine.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Below  is a picture of the magazine that has all the instructions to make the 3 different quilts.
Available from Feb 6th till April 6th at your local quilt shop, newsagent,
or At (click on Quilt Shop Locator) 
You can also purchase a digital issue any time after Feb. 6

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Being a lover of small pieces, l decided l wanted to make Edyta's lovely version.
Doesn't it look beautiful draped over that chair!!
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
During my lovely restful time over the Christmas break,
 l decided to get a head start on some stitching. Seeing as l didn't have my
 complete collection of fabric with me, l decided that these lovely
 Laundry Basket fabrics l had brought with me were the perfect beginning,
 to be added to along the way.

So l got busy with my rotary cutter, and before l knew it,
 l had some lovely strips ready for sewing.

And not long after, lovely piles of Four patches.
Using the strip piecing method, these sew up quickly.
l decided to make a love heart from my 4 patches, because l am in love with the colours!!

Below is a list of other bloggers who are also taking part in the QAL.
Many of them show their progress on both their blogs and on Instagram,
which is a lovely simple way to share a quick photo.
If your familiar with Instagram at all,
here is the hashtag you can search to see what everyone to sharing!!
Do you instagram??
l use it regularly and post there quite often, then combine those
 photos here at a later blog post. If you want to see what l am
 doing on a more regular basis, find me at
Thanks for visiting.
April Rosenthal, Prairie Grass Patterns
Instagram: amrosenthal
Barb and Mary, Me and My Sister Designs
Instagram: meandmysisterdesigns
Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville’s Quips & Snips!
Instagram: quiltville_bonnie
Camille Roskelley, Simplify
Instagram: thimbleblossoms
Debbie Roberts, The Quilted Moose
Instagram: quiltedmoose
Edyta Sitar, Laundry Basket Quilts
Instagram: laundrybasketquilts
Jane Davidson, Quilt Jane
Instagram: quiltjane
Jo Morton, Jo Morton Quilts
Instagram: joquilts
Kimberly Jolly, Jolly Jabber
Instagram: fatquartershop
Linda Collins, Quilts in the Barn
Instagram: quiltsinthebarn
Lisa Bongean
Instagram: lisabongean
Lissa Alexander, Moda Lissa
Instagram: modalissa
Shea Henderson, Empty Bobbin Sewing
Instagram: emptybobbin
Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life
Instagram: sherrimcconnell
Thelma Childers, Cupcakes ’n’ Daisies
Instagram: thelmacupcake
Vanessa Goertzen, Lella Boutique
Instagram: lellaboutique
American Patchwork & Quilting staff
Instagram: allpeoplequilt