Thursday, 24 May 2018

Next Meeting - Friday 25th May, 2018

                             9:30 am at St Luke’s Anglican Church Hall, Berry

Guest Speaker—Jann Baker   

I love old scrappy quilts and where I can certainly admire the work and talent that goes into modern “art style” quilts they are not me.

I have been sewing all my life and patchworking for over 40 years. After being talked into going to beginner patchwork classes with a neighbour when my boys were little I was hooked and started making bags, cushions and other small items (not quilts) to sell to a local gift shop. 

On moving to the Snowy Mountains town of Berridale in the early 80’s I started to teach in the Fabric Salon in Cooma and also for Monaro Continuing Education in various Monaro towns.  Several years later with my friend Raine Phillips who now lives at Bawley Point and is a member of the Cygnets Quilt Group we introduced patchwork fabrics and classes into our little craft and gift shop in Berridale, Country Bumpkin Crafts.

Fast forward 10 years or so and after working full time at Lake Crackenback Resort when my boys were at boarding school I decided it was time for a change of career and bought myself one of the first industrial handguided quilting machines so I could work for myself, at home and at my own pace.  Cottage Quiltworks was born and operated out of a cottage on our farm for several years.

In 2000 with boys in Sydney at university and aging parents in Sydney needing more care, we made the decision to reluctantly move back to Sydney and Cottage Quiltworks came too. 

I joined the Avalon Quilters and there I met Chris Lean who had just returned after living in Indiana for several years.   We hit it off immediately and it wasn’t long before we were talking about going into business together adding “just a few fabrics” to the machine quilting business.   After working out of my sewing room for a few months we soon realised we needed more space and bit the bullet renting a small shop in Bilgola.  This soon grew to the shop next door as well and after 4 years even bigger premises in Warriewood.   We grew Cottage Quiltworks into one of the biggest quilt shops in Sydney with over 4000 fabrics and were very privileged to have many of Australia’s most well known tutors teaching for us on a regular basis, as well as hosting several workshops with Kaffe Fassett, Gwen Marsden and Sue Spargo.
After 10 years Chris and I decided it was time to move out of crazy Sydney and I moved to beautiful Central Tilba and she moved to Tamborine Mountain in Queensland to be nearer to family.  We were not ready to give the quilting industry away completely and so after selling Cottage Quiltworks, Tamborine to Tilba was created as a mainly on line store.  We also organise workshops in Tilba and Tamborine and take our fabrics and goodies to quilt groups in our areas and are happy for groups to visit us at our studios.

Hope to see you at the meeting,

I prefer to hand piece, and needleturn appliqué and although my taste in fabrics has certainly changed over the years I still love to use lots of scraps.  I will  bring a selection of my quilts made over many years to show you and will also bring lots of fabrics and a selection of haberdashery, patterns, templates etc. to tempt you.   I will also have card facilities available as long as the internet gods are smiling on us.

I look forward to meeting you all on Friday 25th May.





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