Tuesday, 2 February 2016


I have always known how absolutely hopeless I am at social media!!! But Amy Smart has really shown me just how bad I am.
Last week I was so lucky to be part of Winterquiltfest in Logan Utah.
12 months ago Amy Maxfield emailed me and asked if I would come to Utah. Little did I know when I said yes, what a wonderful thing I was going to be part of.
When I found out Amy Smart was going to be teaching also I was so excited.
I flew into Salt Lake City

And stayed with Amy at Marci's home for the night.

I was so excited when it snowed overnight and I was greeted to this in the morning. 
The girls indulged me to a great day of quilt store hopping on the way to Logan.

Here we are at Pine Needles in Gardner Villiage West Jordan. I was thrilled to see their version of Green Tea and Swet Beans. It's stunning.
We drove through "the pass" on our way to Logan. I could not stop thinking of the movie "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and when I spoke to  my husband he asked " are you stopping to pick some sorrel" ?? I know for those of you who are used to snow this is so silly, but for me it was just so special!

We arrived in Logan and met up with the amazing Amy Smart

The attention to detail and welcome by Amy M, Dallin and Jake was fabulous.

Now here is where I get really bad.
Classes were great with everyone getting lots of things done but I always just forget to get the camera out. So here is my very poor effort....thank goodness for Amy S who has lots of photos on her blog!

Here is Lisa Garlick ( who also taught) and her friends. The teaching line up was impressive. It was so great to meet Lisa, Melissa Corry, Jen Alexander, Carol Armstrong just to mention a few of the talented teachers
If you wish to see the trunk shows of both Amy and I go to www.diaryofaquilter.com Thank heavens she is a superstar and has some pics for us

The food was amazing, the company superb and it was just an all out great weekend.

I am so grateful to Amy M for asking me to come, looking after me so well and treating me to a family dinner at her home which was a highlight. ( thanks for the snow ball fight girls) 
The following morning before heading to the airport we crossed the state line into 

and visited the girls at Suppose quilt store in Preston ( the home of Napoleon Dymanite). Kathy and Jo have supported me since day dot. It was great to see their beautiful store.

Such a lovely week. I must say, for me who has not spent any time in the snow I was totally fascinated by the "quiet". It was truly amazing.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Row, row, row your row

Today it's my/Betsys turn in the Moda all stars blog hop (technically it was the 26th)

Last year I was super happy to be asked to be part of this great collaboration between Moda and Martingale.  
A book containing 24 rows and a selection of filler rows for you to create your very own masterpiece.
Something I really loved about this bright idea was that all royalties would be donated to charity and in this case NoKidHungry was chosen.
Throughout this week each of us have been partnered with another designer and "challenged" to make each other's rows. I use the word challenged for the following reason

It's summer here in Australia and this is my back yard ( well not quite but only a 5 minute walk) As I'm sure you can guess it's been hard for me to commit to anything but a swimsuit, sunscreen and a towel!! 

And this is my back yard!!

But I did make a last minute dash before boarding a plane to Utah ( in my thermals)
Here is Betsys row (betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com) 
Here is my row
And here's my "Betsys " row!!

I made my Bitty Basket row using my new fabric lines "behind the scenes" and "lollies". I'm so enjoying these
Here is a few more images from the book

Hope you enjoy making your very own row quilt
Tomorrow (today for some) will be Kate Spain and Sandy Gervais mixing it up

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Blog hop

All the good folk who participated in the making of rows are having some fun this week with a blog hop

Here is the schedule for you to follow along
Brenda Riddle  Carrie Nelson 
Corey Yoder  Janet  Clare
Me & My Sister  Barbara Brackman
Pat Sloan  Edyta Sitar
Camille Roskelley  Kathy Schmitz
Sweetwater  Blackbird Designs
 Anne Sutton  Laurie Simpson  
Lisa Bongean Joanna Figueroa
Betsy Chutchian Jen Kingwell
Kate Spain  Sandy Gervais
Kaari Meng Kansas Troubles


It's been a while but it's all ready to go.
LONG TIME GONE is the name of the 2016 program. This reflects the years I lived in the Middle East and the fact that this poor quilt was "lost" twice. Packed in the container it had a slow trip back home then was packed in a box when I moved house!! 
It's one for machine lovers and all the details can be found at http://www.amitie.com.au/fabric-clubsbom.htm

As you can see it's a little breezy here today

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Fun times

August and September saw me travelling to New Zealand and Norway.
I so enjoyed both of these amazingly beautiful countries. Today I will pop on a few pics of NZ
From the snowy mountain tops to the rugged coast line.
I visited 3 great stores Kitz n Thingz in Invercargill, Cottage Flair in Rotarua and then off to the Apple Basket in Kiawaka. From the southern most tip to almost to the Northern most!

We did do some stitching but a lot of laughing also

Some show and tell. I love seeing what everyone is working on.

A little crochet breakfast. Believe me this was the only calorie controlled meal I had

Thank you Angela, Jill and Ngaire for your hospitality. I had a great time

Tuesday, 9 June 2015


Before I went to Quilt market I had the pleasure of recording an interview with Pat Sloan

I'm a bit late to the party and letting you know but I didn't always have inet coverage and missed the date. Sorry Pat and thank you!
You can tune in and check out more here

Monday, 8 June 2015

Home again home again jiggety jig

It's been 1 whole month since I set off to quilt market in Minneapolis.

Always nice to catch up with everyone

The Moda designer team and a few Aussies too. I apologise for the lack of eye candy from market but I was kept busy on the booth 

 Following market I was very lucky to be  included in a tour of Meredith. The prop room, gardens and craft lab were amazing. 

Then off to Gretna, Nebraska to The Quilted Moose where Debbie and Don looked after me so well. Debbie's shop is gorgeous, filled with dozens of samples to inspire. I stayed at her lodge and classes were held here too. She's quite a cook and a great host also! On the morning I flew out we stopped to visit a friend of Debbie's to see her wonderful garden

Then to Fort Collins Colorado. Tara Rebman aka tinkerfrog made sure I had a warm welcome and a wonderful time.  Her culinary background was sure evident and I can't believe I didn't get photos of the spread she provided for 20+ of us each meal. Classes were held at the Artery. Such a cool place. I stayed there too.....with the gorgeous antique quilt on my bed. A big thank you to Angela who waited at the airport for hours as my flight was delayed and to Michelle for my very own sew together bag.

From Colorado I flew to North Carolina, where I spent the next week. The lovely Lee Monroe aka May Chappell met me at the airport and she and her gorgeous family look are after me.
I spoke at Lees guild then taught at Sew Original in Winston-Salem and Boone, Studio Stitch in Greensbro and A Stitch in Time in Franklin.

Lee and Amy took me to see my very first ballgame and The Dash won!!
North Carolina is gorgeous and I was not surprised to find out Dirty Dancing was filmed near to where I stayed. 

I stayed at Lees family cabin in Sylva then a few days at her family's home in Blowing Rock

The dogwoods were incredible. Made mine look feeble!

Not great photos but the barn quilts were great ( I should have climbed into the properties to get better shots)

The Monroe family treated me to a southern spread, pimento cheese, fried chicken, devilled eggs......delicious! And on the screened porch

Thank you every one for a wonderful month. I have eaten and laughed my way around the country! And without doubt I will be back