I think super long posts are beginning to be my signature style. I just have lots to share I guess. 

It was another fun Whizz Bang and Beyond class at Material Obsession on Tuesday.

Heather has been working on these wonderful blocks and we decided on a striking way to show them off.

She'll be using these fabrics as the background.

Lee made this perfect star in her grey and yellow colourway. I couldn't resist placing it on a doily for the photo. 

She stocked up on fabrics for another project she is making. Such a lovely muted palette with lots of textural prints.

Over to Helena who works in brilliantly in brights!!

We all loved this fabric she pulled from her stash.

Helena also has great taste in black and white patterned pants. If we ever give up quilting we could take up cancan dancing.

Some of our class mates were away this week travelling and having adventures. Hello lovely ladies if you're reading this. 
We always have room for more if you're interested in joining in. Just Call Material Obsession on 02 9819 6455 or email info@materialobsession.com.au or email me of you have questions. 

Material Obsession's entrance quilts of the day were these beauties by Kathy Doughty's and Wendy Williams featuring Kathy's Celebrate fabrics. Such a wonderful bright welcome.

Talking of Kathy's fabrics, remember a few weeks ago I shared my Bernina Suzie-Q Flower Girl quilt? 

Well now's a good time for the longer story.

A little while ago the lovely ladies at Bernina asked if I would like to make a quilt sample for their long arm Q20 workshops being run at craft shows. The idea was to quilt this lovely SuzieQ girl /geometric illustration designed by Sue deVanny.

So I let the panel hang around for a while on my design wall and just let ideas brew. It was the flowers in her hair that made me think of the fun flowers in Kathy Doughty's fabrics.

Big bloomy blooms...

and then there were these cute characters that looked as though they wanted to come to the party. 

So I started cutting and sewing and before too long...

 a garden had grown!!

A couple of things made this a super easy project.
1.Using Steam a seam lite to attach the flowers keeps them firmly in place when sewing and you know there'll be minimal fraying from the raw edges.
2. The other wonderful thing was the fabrics. The thin black line around each shape gave me something to follow plus hid any lines that were a bit wobbly. It would have be great to have more time to add more sketchy lines but maybe that can happen another day.

I have to admit to being a tad nervous that it was supposed to be a quilting sample and I got carried away sewing flowers all over it but I figured I'm known for being a rule breaker so it was worth a try. Luckily Bernina were happy and Sue de Vanny who designed the panel said she loved it too. Phew!!

 Fun party background!

 This is the Bernina Workshop stand at AQC. They'll be running the workshops at the Sydney Quilt Show so you can work on your own Suzie-Q panel using their fabulous Q20 machines.  You can also see the display of all the different Suzie-Q quilts quilted by many of Australia's top quilters.

It's nearly a week until the Sydney Quilt Show opens next Thursday. I'm so looking forward to catching up with my friends and seeing all the beautiful quilts. 

This year QuiltNSW has a new Photography Policy. I'm posting this as a reminder to anyone who posts photos anywhere on social media that they MUST acknowledge the quiltmaker(s) names and also the designer of the quilt. Not only is it paying the maker/designers the respect they deserve but also for copyright reasons. 
A handy trick is to take a photo of the information card that is hanging on the quilt. That has all the information needed. 

Here are some things that have been happening in my sewing room lately...

I seem to be into cute pink things at the moment. 

I've made another version of my Gypsy Carnival quilt that I'll be teaching to the lovely Illawarra Quilters this coming Saturday but that'll be a fun post of it's own... 

I've been spending a lot of time at my computer recently (I'm getting square eyes). On Sunday I went to my desk and found that Mr Daisy brought me a beautiful camelia from the garden. I was impressed that he'd also arranged it in a vase. It was such a sweet and special surprise. 

I started the post off with a tiger in a jungle so I'll finish with a leopard in an exotic garden. 

Wishing you fun times and smiles until the next time.