Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Meeting a Legend !

Last Saturday I had the opportunity of meeting the delightful Bronwyn Hayes from Red Brolly. Bronwyn is one of the few Designers, who pioneered the combination of stitchery work and patchwork in Australia; creating her memorable quilts which we all know and love.
The softly spoken Bronwyn is as charming as her design work and it was such a joy to meet her.
The girls from 'A Quilters Hive' made this possible by inviting Bronwyn to be in attendance at their stand at the Newcastle Craft Expo; thank you girls.....

Candy also thrilled me with this gorgeous floral trim on this pretty cushion. Alas it was completly sold out by the time I got to the stand, but I'm assured that as soon as it comes in, it will be on the Quilters Hive Website for us to grab a few metres....can't wait!

this was another gorgeous trim that made my heart stand still........Candy sent me home with a piece to experiment with...thankyou sweetheart;

The girls also told me that they will be hosting a Quilters Retreat, commencing Friday 20th August, 2010 at the EcoPoint Myall Shores Resort, which is in the Great Lakes/Forster area
of NSW. The fabulous Libby Richardson will be the Guest Tutor, so if you have seen any of Libby's quilts i.e. 'Girls Day Out', Teddies Garden Treasurers' or 'Remember When', you will be drooling at the thought of a retreat with this wonderful Designer. Visit the Quilters Hive Website to make enquiries.....bookings are being taken now; so don't miss it;

The Craft Expo was an amazing event; isle after isle of stalls brimming with fabrics, papercrafts, beading, stamping etc, etc. Photographs are not encouraged so I am limited to the ones the girls from A Quilters Hive allowed me to take young girls was more than happy for me to take a pic of her cash register........isn't this about bling, every inch was covered with sparkling stickers!!!

Although I've been to Newcastle and back; I am still busy with my usual "secret sewing" for publication. So; when I was making a fabric frill this morning; I thought you might like to see how I make's a sneak peak of the project;

This is a single frill, so I have turned under both edges and stitched them down. Then; I placed a length of crochet cotton down the middle and sew a zig zag stitch, so that it steps over the crochet cotton all the way to the end.

This is how it looked when I finished sewing;

I secure one end of the crochet cotton then; pull the cotton and the frill gathers up;

It's an easy peasy way to make a frill....!


  1. Hi Judith,
    Looks like you had a fantastic time at the show.
    Oh, that easy peasy frill looks great.
    I'll have try that.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. That show sounds awfully fun - and looks wonderful - I adore that cash register! Love your frill.

  3. You did it--you got to met Browyne herself--how great that must of been!!!
    Love the pictures and frills--thanks
    hugs, Di

  4. Hi Judith,
    How fun for you to meet Bronwyn!!
    I too love her embroideries.
    Sounds like a wonderful time.
    Love love love that first trim and thanks so much for showing us you way of doing the frill... fabulous!!

  5. I am so looking forward to meeting THE Bronwyn Hayes too, when she visits Townsville for a workshop in!!!!
    Love all your frilly bits too!!!!
    XXX Sugary hugs Wendy :O)

  6. I love Bronwyn Hayes designs!She is a super talented lady and how lucky for you to meet her! I would have been shaking at the knee' meeting a rockstar! Hope all is good with yourself, hubby and your baby??? Love Jo xoxox

  7. You're looking gorgeous, Judith!! Love that floral trim - oh my, be still my beating heart!!!

  8. I enjoyed the pics and the rose trimming was beautiful!

  9. Wow I love those rose bud trims. Florence

  10. I love the look of that satin-rose like trim! Gorgeous. And that cash register ... my girls would love that!!

  11. Another fantastic tip... Thank you
    Caths Blog
    Cath Ü

  12. Oh what a very pretty cash it and thank you for the tid bit on the frill. appreciate it..

  13. Thankyou for this tip Judith, I HATE gathering, this will be a very helpful tip. However I need to ask, when gathering, do you gather with the machine thread or the crochet thread? Also when finished do you take out the crochet thread or leave in the frill? Cheers Kaylee

  14. WOW, can you please tell me how many crystals were used for the till, and how long did it take, it looks amazing. xx



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