Friday, 29 June 2012

Friday night........

Emiko Toda Loeb
What do you get up to Friday night? For me, I finish at the shop around 6pm and then I look forward to a glass or two of wine & Mr Smith's Pizza. The routine never fails to please me, the wine & the Pizza are always good. And it's Blogging night - to try and catch up with the events of the week and what will be happening at Berry Patchwork ;-)

I had a call this afternoon from Hiroe Mogi who is very excited that I will be hosting her friend Emiko Toda Loeb next August. Have a look at Emiko's web site: and her wonderful world of reversible quilts. It's very exciting and even though her visit is 12 months away, I have to tell you! Emiko's work is amazing!

As usual Carolyn's group created some amazing pieces on Monday for their final meeting for the term. Carolyn seems to come up with lots of interesting pieces. This afternoon she came through the door with two more projects - it's hard keeping up with everything she does! I loved the journal from Monday (left) and then fell in love with the two cushions that arrived this afternoon - aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - I want to make them all!!! And then look at the gorgeous broderie purse flannel cushion below. The flannels are so tactile this year and the colours are amazing. Isn't Carolyn's Trapunto cushion amazing? If you're interested in joining Term 3, classes start on Monday 23 July but you need to book in.

If you haven't seen Carolyn's version of Jennifer Corkish's quilt in the flesh, then I'd advise you to call into the shop and have a close look. The reds are delicious and Carolyn has produced a gorgeous quilt. Jennifer Corkish runs the First Saturday Club at the shop on the first Saturday of each month. The next class will be 7 July. If you would like to join this great group you need to book in. Jennifer is great fun and she puts a lot of effort into researching new and interesting ideas for her girls.

Carolyn will be running a class on Monday 2 July to make a flannel quilt, and offering quilting tips to quilt this using Lana threads by Madeira (50% Wool/Acrylic). Bring along your machine and play with some of the embroidery stitches which will be used to create the quilting.

Children's School Holiday Classes: We are offering two workshops for children during the school holidays on Thursday 5 & Friday 6 July from 11am to 3pm both days. You can enroll in one or both days. You'll be surprised what the children can achieve even if they don't have any experience in sewing. You need to book though, so please phone the shop - 44643387.
Talking about classes - Lynne Wilson will be back with us on Thursday 12 July. Lynne has produced some great patterns using fat 1/4's and is offering "Stepping Out" or her new version of "Past Times". Class starts at 10am and will cost $60 for the day. Then on Thursday 26 July, you can create a backing with Lynne for one of your quilts - essentially a quilt on the back! I love Lynne's easy style of teaching - she makes it all seem so achieveable and uncomplicated.

Children's classes for Term 2 finished today. We've had some great children sewing this term as usual. Some of the high school girls seem interested in joining in the ONE RED THREAD - Berry Textiles Art Prize. I received 4 entries this week and they all look amazing. It will be really exciting to see them all hanging when we finally gather them in the flesh for the Berry Quilting Exhition on 8th & 9th September. It's not too late to enter and we've removed the photo requirement as many of you got quite stressed about providing a photo of your work in progress. You have until the 30th July to submit your entry form. Remember there are $700 worth of cash prizes to win! The Entry Form can be downloaded from:

Classes for Berry Quilting Retreat - 8 & 9 September are filling well and we are planning to produce a great weekend for you all. The Traders Hall at Berry School of Arts will have some very interesting stalls for you to visit even if you aren't participating in any of the classes. You'll get to see some amazing quilts from each of the Tutors; usually you would have to travel to Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne to see them all in one place. There is still time for you to enroll in any of the classes if you would like to participate and we have a wonderful array of prizes to be won. Each of the Tutors have amazing classes to offer you. Linda Steele and Deborah Louie both took out awards at Darling Harbour Quilt & Craft Show this month. Have a look at the detail on a section of Linda's quilt - she took out 4th Place for Mixed Techniques.

I'm working tomorrow if you feel like popping in to say hello. I'll be trying to get the shop in order for Sue for Sunday!

Enjoy your weekend - I hope it's a happy one ;-)
Elizabeth x

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