Happy New Year! As we plan and look forward to an exciting 2018, we thought we’d take time to reflect back on an action packed, fun filled, creative and adventurous 2017.
So here’s a quick summary...........
We kicked off the year with our Summer Sewing School at the Gosford Art Gallery, it was such a hit that we are doing it again in 2018 over 4 days, January 12 to 15. You can see all of the details here. We are still taking last minute bookings!
Our first new pattern for the year was the Sydney Satchel, a smart practical and timeless design!
Our first first craft fair of the year was at Rosehill, Sydney where we launched Alaura’s new Windows into Africa Appliqué Art patterns.
Oh and not to forget Elka the Elephant!
Some beautiful Mirabella Bags were made in the workshop at Stitched n Framed in Port Macquarie.
Next Craft Fair was the Brisbane IntoCraft Show.
It was straight off the cruise and onto a flight to Melbourne for the Australasian Quilt Convention with Margaret's Fabrics.
Then a quilt as you go workshop in Wangaratta.
The Perth Craft and Quilt Fair with Margaret’s Fabrics.
From Perth to a fun weekend workshop at Muswellbrook with the girls from Finders Keepers where we made an old favourite, the Sweet n Sassy quilt as you go quilt.
It was great to be back at the new ICC building at Darling Harbour for the Sydney Stitches and Craft Show.
Some great Mayfair Bags were made at our Our Winter Warmer Workshops at the Gosford Art Gallery.
More Craft fairs in Melbourne, Canberra and Newcastle.
Our first ever retreat at St Joseph’s Kincumber. Everyone was thrilled to go home with a finished Retreat Bag!
Another major highlight was exhibiting at the Adelaide Stitches and Craft show and having my quilts featured in the quilt show.
Last retail show of the year was the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair with Margaret’s Fabrics, it was great to catch up with Lindsey from Sew to Grow who came along to help us out.
Before heading home, I dropped by The Quilters Corner in Brisbane to teach a bag making workshop, where we made the Piccadilly Bag.
Then it was back to Muswellbrook for another quilt as you go workshop with the girls from Finders Keepers, this time we made the Sea Spray quilt.
The last part of the year was a busy time for workshops, there was one on almost every weekend:
Bag making at Lyn’s Fine Needlework in Sydney.
Sydney Satchel workshop at Stitched n Framed in Port Macquarie.
Our second bag pattern of the year, the Retreat Bag was released as a pattern.
I then hit the road with my husband for a teaching road trip. First stop was Leeton.
Then My Little Patch at Wangaratta.
Onto Bright to teach at Sew Bright Alpine Quilting. That's Ang with a Mirabella Bag
We stopped in at Melbourne for the annual quilt market trade show. That's my Husband, he's very good at keeping me organised!
We then drove onto the Spirit of Tasmania for the trip across the Bass Straight to Tasmania.
We had a few days sightseeing before I taught 2 days of workshops with the girls from the Sewing Corner in Launceston. First day was the Mirabella Bag and the second day was the Quilt As You Go Sampler where the girls learnt 5 different ways to do quilt as you go.
The final pattern release for 2017 were more Appliqué Art designs by Alaura, these come under the banner of The Southern Sky and we can promise you that there will be another 6 Australian themed friends in 2018.
To finish off this rather long blog post, I would like to sincerely thank all of you wonderful people that follow our work, visit our stands at the Craft Fairs and attend our workshops, I think that you can see by the smiling faces that being creative really does makes our world a more beautiful place!
In the coming weeks we'll be letting you know the details of our upcoming workshops, retreat and craft fairs.
Monica and Alaura xo