Sunday, September 9, 2012

Freemotion Quilting workshop with Stephanie Newman

I had the best day yesterday! My Patch Fabrics in Milton brought Stephanie Newman over from Canberra for a 1 day workshop in Freemotion Quilting.
If you've followed my blog for a while you'll know that I'm a bit of a perfectionist and as hard as I have tried I just couldn't get the knack of freemotion. My new machine and a few handy tools have really made a difference lately, but actually having a teacher of Stephanies calibre looking over your shoulder and guiding you is such a huge help!
Here's a few pics of my practice, these are some of the first designs we practiced,
 We tried a few of Stephanies original designs.
 and lots of traditional ones too. I still can't master those persky swirls... but I love doing peebles :)
 I think my favourite though was the flowers. All of these designs were freehand with no marking at all.
 I even designed my own pattern, see those cute leaves, they are the leaves from my logo and they might just become a signature of mine I think. They are so fun to do and cute as!
 I really loved doing the flowers!
 I think though I was best at the wood grain design, but then this was the very last design of the day and I had been practicing for about 6 hours by then, so I think I could really become hooked :)
I had a really great day at the workshop and I'm so disappointed that I forgot my camera, but Val took some shots, so I will try and share those when she sends me a copy.

If you are interested in attending a workshop with Stephanie, we will definately be getting her back later in the year for more workshops, or why not talk your guild or local Patchwork shop into bring her to you, she really is a fantastic teacher. Just looking at her amazing award winning quilts is worth the price of admission!

Conatct My Patch Fabrics for more info on 02 4455 4087 or Stephanie can be contacted directly through her blog, just click here. Make sure you tell her I sent you :)


  1. Sounds like you had a great day Paula.I don't think your swirls are that bad at all-you haven't seen mine!! Great to see the progress of the day and I love the flowers and leaves you did. Love following Stephaines blog and keeping up with her Masterpieces.

  2. Having just tried a bit of stippling myself, I'm very impressed! What machine were you using?

  3. Thanks Ladies, I had a bit of time today for somemore practice and I'm just loving it! Crafty Pioneer, the machine I'm using is my beautiful new Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 875. Its by far the most amazing machine I've ever used! It has definately helped in my Free motion success!