Saturday, 31 March 2018

Fairholme Quilt Show

It is less than a week until the 2018 Fairholme Quilters Show.  Every member works towards making the show a huge success. The buzz in the air at our final meeting before the Show was electric! We are good to go!

The show is open from 1- 5 pm Friday 6th April
10-4pm Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th
Please go to the Fairholme Quilters website by clicking here for further details.

I have been busy  hand quilting and stitching on bindings so my quilts are ready for display. There will be at least 80 member quilts on show! I have seen a few already and they are spectacular. Our members are super talented.

Our craft stall is famous for its range of beautiful hand made gifts and fabulous fabric packs. Be sure to get there early. These treasures sell out fast.

We are also famous for our wonderful Member run canteen serving you all through the show. Fairholme Quilters sure can cook! I am trying to limit my Easter egg consumption  ( just for now )  to leave room for some delicious treats. 

There will also be a Sewmiriam Workshop Bag display, a Fairholme Challenge Block Competition, and a display about  our Community Quilts Programme.

And of course we have 2 delightful Raffle Quilts which could be yours if you have bought a ticket or 2  or 3 .......  

Proceeds of the Raffle are going to the artists of Studio Artes. Click here to read all about the Studio.
They will be displaying their work at our Show. 

There will also be a variety of Pop Up Quilt Shops - Kate Quilts, Cottage Quiltworks, Cherry Pie Designs and Linen and Thread.

I look forward to seeing you at the Fairholme Quilt Show. Please come and say hello. I would love to meet you!

Happy sewing, love Miriam x 

Sunday, 25 March 2018

All the way from Canberra!

Every Sewmiriam Workshop is special, but my last workshop was extra special because Jan and Leanne had come all the way from Canberra! That's a long way to Cottage Quiltworks in Warriewood. Thank you ladies for making the journey. 

Wonderful work was achieved so let's take a look. Here are Leanne and Jan sewing up a storm!

Nina chose this beautiful Tula Pink print for her focus fabric and...

created this beautiful panel below. Wow- Wow- Wow!!!

  Leanne made this beauty shown below. I love the fabric combinations and placement.

Jan used a Tula Pink racoon print and surrounded it with dramatic graphic prints to wonderful effect. 

Susan wanted to use up her black and white prints. She combined them with some bold colours. How fresh and appealing is this result!

Susan sent me a picture of her finished bag the day after the workshop. Well done Susan!!

Definitely a high achieving class!! Thank you ladies for coming. I hope you get much pleasure from your Sewmiriam Handy Zip Top bag and many admiring comments ! I did warn you that they are addictive. 

Wishing you all many moments of quiet, restful stitching. This world is so busy, with layers of stress and so much worry. Help me save the world one stitch at a time!!

 I will be busy over the next 2 weeks  putting the finishing touches on 3 of my quilts ready for the 

Fairholme Quilt Show April 6-8 at the Thornleigh Community Centre. 
Please come and say hello. 

1-5pm Friday 6th
10-4pm Saturday7th  and Sunday 8th 

Happy stitching, love Miriamx 

Friday, 23 February 2018

Patchwork Plus Sewmiriam Workshop

It is workshop season indeed and my Sewmiriam Workshop at Patchwork Plus in Miranda was such a delightful day.  Lorraine and her team made me feel so welcome and the ladies in the class were outstandingly talented and enthusiastic. Much was achieved and the results speak for themselves.

This workshop was all about making the Sewmiriam Handy Zip Top Bag.

The ladies learnt about

 *   choosing and mixing fabrics
 *   how to put in zippers
 *   quilt - as - you - go techniques
 *   boxing bag corners
 *   how to put in a pocket and lining, and
 *   how to make modifications to the pattern to create a variety of different bags.

And that's just to name a few of the things that were covered and discussed during the day! What I love about these workshop days is how each participant brings along their own style and works it into a Sewmiriam Bag. Bespoke bag making!

Brenda brought along a beautiful piece of fabric and she used this to make her bag front and back panels. This is what her bag looks like before boxing the corners. If she stops here, and just adds lining, she has a zip top bag that fits an iPad. Awesome !

Here is Brenda"s bag finished. I love how she has showcased a special piece of fabric. This method results in a bag in quick time!

Anastasia curated a beautiful selection of fabrics to create this divine bag. Here is the front 

and equally as beautiful -here is the back. I also love the texture created by the use of a large stitch size and thicker thread. 

Sue is happy with her bag front panel . How effective are her choice and placement of these vibrant fabrics.

Here are Judy, Carol and Elizabeth working away in class

Below is a special part of Judy's bag front. She used an exquisite patchwork piece ( note the tiny fussy cut hexagons) as the focus for her panel. I really wanted to steal this one!

Here is the Judy's other panel- just look at the beautiful fussy cut diamond star centre,

 Carol has a great eye for colour and she created this masterpiece.

Here is a small sample of the lovely panel  Elizabeth was working on . The fussy cut birds provide the perfect focus for this bag.

And last but certainly not least is this absolute stunner of a bag front, created by Denise. Tula Pink and Jen Kingwell fabric used together to perfection.

And here is the back

Well that is a wrap from this wonderful workshop day. Thank you one and all. I hope this blogpost has provided you with a wealth of inspiration.

I look forward to my next Sewmiriam Workshop at Patchwork Plus in Miranda on Friday 27th April. Call Lorraine for details on 02.95402786

Happy Sewing, love Miriamx

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Thorpe and Co Magic

On Saturday 3rd February I had the great pleasure of running a Sewmiriam Tote Bag making workshop at Thorpe and Co in Boolaroo. Maarten, Chris and Janette made me feel so welcome.

It was such a fun day with a wonderfully talented group of ladies. Some faces I recognised from a previous workshop. These ladies had come back for more! No pressure - LOL.  When I arrived there was a lovely display set amongst divine fabrics. Janette had made a sample Sewmiriam Tote using a vintage tapestry - gorgeous!

Let's see what these clever ladies produced in the class. First up is Olga's delightful Anna Maria Horner bag front. I love that large  raspberry spot !

Janelle used this beautiful poppy print as her focus fabric  and framed it with a superb vibrant gingham.

Rachelle had an enviable collection of Cotton and Steel fabrics and made this panel, which is destined to make a stunning bag.

Candy used bold quilting to make this cat panel go from fantastic to FABULOUS.

Deb did a great job by fussy cutting an Anna Maria Horner fabric to perfection and enhancing it with quilting.

Who wouldn't want this bag for their travelling adventures! Panel perfectly done by Trish during class.

Narelle had a safari theme going on. Look at that ric rack fabric!

Chris coordinated these fabrics, and fussy cut the focus fabric to showcase the birds, trees and the house. I love this combination.

Di put together a striking combination of fabrics. I love the way she has used her focus fabric to create a lace looking side frame.

We even had time to make a professional zippered pocket in our linings on the day.

Cathie loves reproductions and framed them beautifully in class with vibrant colours. Clever!

Who doesn't like an aqua and raspberry combination with a Jennifer Paganelli focus! Tiff put this stunner together .

Debbie framed this beautiful butterfly panel with a vibrant tomato coloured print. 

And last but not least look at  Kay's Sewmiriam Handy Ziptop bag that she was working on in class. It features a Tula Pink tiger print.  This will make a very special bag indeed.

As you have seen, magic was happening in the Thorpe and Co sewing space! Thank you ladies.

Thank you for stopping by and reading this blogpost. You are always welcome. Come visit again soon.

Happy sewing, love Miriamx