Kerry Swain’s Blog
Well Girls Day in the Country has been all over now for a week, I should have shared some photos before now but better late then never. It was a fabulous weekend - Everyone loved the project Lynette Anderson design for the weekend, I am sure we will see lots finished for show & tell 2015. Lynette and myself smiling before class on the Saturday - I was very pleased with how all my organisation fell into place Here is Lynette showing a group how she does needle turn applique with her tools Sunday saw everyone very busy working on their projects It was a great weekend with ladies traveling from as far away and Victoria and Qld and from all over NSW. Dates for 2015 are March 21 & 22 - Lynette will be our guest tutor once again - bookings are already at max but if you would like to be added to the list please email me ASAP to pop your name down. Thanks everyone for making the effort to travel to Nundle - I am sure you all enjoyed the weekend Kerry
Mid week retreat this week - here are some of the great quilt tops made Fran with a great star quilt for her grandson Noelene with her version of my "All Dressed up and No wear to go" quilt pattern Clare used fabrics from "Wishes" range by Sweetwater to make her version of Hanky Panky Great quilts ladies
Project week this week - Yesterday my Tuesday ladies were all very busy with this months technique/project I designed this sweet little quilt as you go Octagon basket for them all to work on. No doubt they will be bringing them to class each week to use a thread catcher. This technique could also be made into all sorts of other projects - imagine using up lots of your scraps to make a quilt using this technique.
I found some special time today to sit behind my machine and start to piece together my 9 patch blocks from our friendship swap last year, I am very happy with the way they are looking - hopefully I can make some more time this week to continue sewing. Gosh I love Scrappy quilts, I have a few others I would love to make this year but we will see how the year pans out. Do you have a favourite scrappy quilt pattern??
Well after a very busy January my break from retreats is over, my first group for the year spent the weekend inside out of the heat, the air conditioner going all weekend and made some lovely quilt tops. Linda decided to use a kit of my new Flannel Heart Quilt which she was very pleased with. Pam used a mixture of prints teamed with a strip, a dot and a french print to make this simple but stunning throw rug. Julie made this crazy block quilt in soft pinks, creams and grey for her grand daughter - just beautiful. If you to would like to join me for a 2 day retreat contact me for further details. Stay safe and happy stitching Kerry
For those of you who don't follow me on face book and who aren't on my mailing list to receive my e-newsletter - then this post is just to let you know that the kits are on my website to purchase for the Hexagon Needle Case - pattern usually sells for $14 - but on sale now is the kit to make this little one up for just $18 whilst stock last. Follow this link if you would like to purchase one. Also if you would like to subscribe to my e-newsletter and go in the draw to win one of these little kits, jump online and subscribe before the end of the week. it looks like another close to 40 degree day coming up, maybe a good opportunity to stay in side with the air con on and do a little sewing Have fun Kerry
Whilst baby sitting Eliza earlier this week I did a little hand stitching on a pattern I've been going to make for ages. Sue Daley's "Hexagon Needle Case" pattern. I made it up in Button Tree Lane fabrics and it looks very great. I am just in the process of kitting it up, details about the kit will be in this weeks newsletter - so if you haven't received a newsletter from me recently, jump on line at www.cottageonthehill.com.au an subscribe to my newsletter. Anyone who subscribes to my newsletter in the next week will go in the draw to win one of these kits. The winner of my Facebook competition drawn this morning was Khristine McCarthy - thanks everyone for leaving a comment Back to cutting Kerry
Wow look what the delivery man dropped in store this morning - the brand new fabric range "Wishes" by Sweetwater for Moda. These fabrics will be on the web site in the next few days - priced at $20 per metre. Wow gorgeous fabrics - I can feel some new projects coming on
This gorgeous fabric range from Anni Downs has been very popular here in store - I have a special on while stocks last which include - a fat 1/8 of all of the fabrics in the range except for the panel fabric,which there is a 55cm x 60 cm piece of this in each pack. The fabrics are packaged inside these cute little tins. Cost while stocks last $55 which includes free postage within Australia for a limited time only - click here to purchase
Hi everyone and welcome to my new website, how exciting. After many long months and thanks to Kate for all her hard work I now have an up to date website that is so much easier for me to work on and for you to keep an eye on all my latest patterns and fabrics. You will also notice the new "Cottage on the Hill" logo and colours - a fresh new start to 2014. I have been busy in store with some paint tins and muscles - a new look store as well. You will be able to subscribe to my online newsletter by completing the box at the bottom of the page, and like us on Face Book. After many years with Typepad you will now be able to follow my blog and my website altogether.