First Class Fun!


I had my first class at Material Obsession on Tuesday, 14th February - Valentines Day!
Most of you know I was a florist for many years and so Valentines was the always the biggest day on the calendar. How perfect that classes should begin on such an ominous day.

We had Sooo much fun!!! What a pleasure to spend time with such a lovely group of women. You know what quilters are like... friendly, happy and enthusiastic about playing with fabric.

I didn't take many photos,  Time flies when you're having fun and I really kept moving around the room helping everyone with their blocks.

Some chose to make their blocks by hand, others by machine, there is even one person making miniature blocks. It was fun adapting the design to accommodate the impossibly small pieces.

Heather, whose instagram account is bessie_souch, finished her block at home and it's a beauty!! I love all of those rich colours with a sunny center. 

I know I've said this before but just being at Material Obsession is inspiring. I know many of you live further afield and haven't been to the shop so I'll try to take a few photos each time I'm there to share with you. I've fallen in love with this Sue Spargo wool. So many gorgeous colours and it has such a dreamy soft feel to it. It's certainly got my creative cogs turning.

And this wall of quilts!! These are some of Kathy Doughty's quilts from her various books. Such wonderful fabric choices and beautifully hand quilted.  

Talking of quilts, I realised I haven't shared the Springwood Community Quilt Show's 2017 raffle quilt with you. Let me introduce Cherry Time...


It was made by the members of the quilt show committee. Each of us making a couple of blocks, then getting together for sewing days to complete the top. The quilt was finished off with custom quilting by Susie Anderson of Leura Quilting. 
The 2017 show's featured quilter Anne Sommerlad created the pattern especially for the show. It pays homage to another raffle quilt she designed for the show in 2009 called Hanzano which also had applique hexagons. 
Anne's pattern is called Cheritaimu but we chose to use the English translation Cherry Time. A perfect name seeing the quilt was made with Japanese fabrics and many of the hexagons have fussy cut cherry blossoms. 

Our quilt show book marks can now be found in quilt shops throughout the Blue Mountains region and Sydney.  They have everything you need to know about the show in a handy size  I know some people collect them from each year.

For Valentine's I couldn't resist a heart. You know I like to play :)

Entries for quilts are now open to quilters of the Blue Mountains region for our 2017 show. Even if you don't enter a quilt you're welcome to sign up as a volunteer to help out over the show, or why not start telling your friends and organise a fun day out to Springwood on the last weekend of April, 28-30th. 




Some of you may have noticed I'm a bit quieter in blogland these days. It's just a matter of not having enough hours in a day. I've got finished quilts to share and stories to tell but I can only sit in front of a computer for so long so they'll have to wait until another time.
Towards the end of last year I discovered Instagram and how wonderfully quick and easy it is to post a photo. I aim to share a photo every day so if you want a daily dose of Blue Mountain Daisy colour you can follow me there @bluemountaindaisy. 

I'll leave with you with some snaps taken over the last few weeks, and I wish you all a happy time until my next post. 








First Class Fun!

24 comments

  1. The classroom looks so inspiring, I haven't managed to visit Material Obsession yet, (one day) so I will be looking forward to your photos :)
    I agree there aren't enough hours in the day, there should be an extra six just for quilting time.

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  2. Lots of busy happy stitchers there by the looks....love the completed block. Such a stunning quilt from Springwood Quilt group! Always enjoy your photos x

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  3. Hi Rachael oh your class looks so much fun,wished i lived closer.The computer can take up so much time,some days i find i have been at it for half of the day,hope you have a lovely weekend Rachael.

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  4. Your stories and snaps are always first class.

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  5. Sounds like your class was so much fun! I've visited MO shop once, there was inspiration everywhere I looked! Wonderful raffle quilt!

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  6. A great day to commence your journey as a teacher. I am attempting to FINISH !!!!!!!!! some quilts this year so no new starts for awhile. The class looks like everyone was having a good time with the pine burr blocks.

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  7. The class looks wonderful. Everybody looks totally absorbed in what they are doing. If really must have been a lot of fun. But I bet you were tired at the end of the day. Thanks for showing some of the blocks they made.
    It is also great to see what is in the shop. Love the wall of wool fabric. I am enjoying playing with that at the moment.
    The raffle quilt is stunning. Congratulations to all of you for making such a desirable quilt. Should sell loads of tickets for you.
    Looks like you are extra busy!!!

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  8. Wish I could have experienced this it looks delightful ! I get So much inspiration from Kathy's books . This also makes me want to dig out my pine burr blocks I acquired and try and see what I can do with them to finish them up . Lots of quilty sweetness in your corner of the world . Janita

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  9. Well done Rachael , wish I could attend your class.
    Hello again Mr Daisy.

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  10. What a fun class to take, I'm sure everyone loved it!

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  11. As always, very interesting post, Rachael :-) I enjoy "following" you around.
    Thank you,
    xx

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  12. So pleased your first class at Material Obsession went so well. The shop looks amazing- I would love to visit it, not possible, so your photos will be my "virtual visit". Hope the Show goes well.

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  13. YOU, in the country down under, and me, in the old world -namely France, we share the same interest for this kind of patchwork, it is so much FUN!

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  14. How fun to teach a class in such an inspiring environment! I agree with your thoughts on Instagram--so much easier to post a photo and a quick thought. The downside is that it's so addictive--lol!

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  15. Oh how I would love to take your class! The photo of Kathy Doughty's quilts is quite stunning. I love seeing all those eclectic fabrics sitting so beautifully with one another. My favourite photo is the third last (is that Mr Daisy?); I'm not exactly sure what is hanging on the wall, but I LOVE it!!

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  16. Looks like a great day of quilting, and Material Obsession looks very cool!

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  17. No doubt your students spent a wonderful moment with you ! They are very talented !
    The quilt is absolutely gorgeous....congrats ladies !

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  18. You must be getting a double dose of creative high when you teach at the shop! So much going on to stimulate new ides.

    I agree, it's so easy to share on IG. I miss a lengthier format but it's a great way to give and receive quick inspiration. I always love your posts!

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  19. Fortunate le signore che hanno la possibilità di frequentare la classe!!!

    Bellissima la trapunta...grazie di averla condivisa...

    Ciao

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  20. Super post. And, yes, I have missed you. I think I am the only person left in the free world who doesn't have a smart phone so I haven't done the Instagram thing yet. My family says I have to "grow up". They may be right. If Instagram is so much quicker I should jump in. I am up for anything that gives me more quilting time. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  21. Sounds like a real fun time at Material Obsession Rachael, what a buzz it must be! I'm with you on Instagram...nice and quick as the computer gives me eye problems after a while!

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  22. So glad you had a great time at your first class - knew it would go well! Lucky participants to have you as their teacher. How exciting to see the students' work evolving.

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  23. So fun to see what you've been up to! And what fun to teach at Material Obsession. If I ever get to Australia, that is on my list!! And to see all those Sue Spargo wools: I would have walked out of there much poorer!! :-) I've been taking her embroidery stitches class on Craftsy, and it sure has got me over the moon about wool!! It even got me digging in my OLD stash of wools from my college days! :-) There's always a good reason to never throw things out! LOL!! Have a great week!! Hugs, H

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  24. So happy to see you and the fun you are having. so sad that you moved to Instagram....lonely without you.

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