Monday, May 30, 2016

Cunard World Voyage, 2016

Well we are finally back from our travels and the suitcases are unpacked and stored away again. We had the most fabulous World Voyage on Cunard Lines Queen Elizabeth.  Leaving home December, 2015 to spend Christmas in the UK with family then joining the voyage in Southampton, travelling the world before returning to Southampton then Brisbane, Australia in mid May 2016. What an adventure.

Not all play though. I was the guest Creative Craft tutor during my time on-board and this involved hosting a craft class each day the ship was at sea.  I planned and resourced over 48 different craft activities for guests and with some repeats taught 71 classes.. I am pleased to say they were a huge success and the guest and staff feedback was overwhelmingly positive in every regard.  So all in it was a great way to see the world while engaged in something I am passionate about, teaching others.

Fingers crossed we will have an opportunity to do it again sometime.

If you want to see more of our journey just pop over to my Facebook page where you can view the photos we posted along the way.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Antique Page wall hanging

Recently scheduled a workshop to create this magnificent Antique Page wall hanging.  Unfortunately the workshop did not go ahead but I thought I would share the finished project.  This garland was not my idea but I did put my own small twist on it and I was really pleased with the way it turned out.
I have it hanging in my house for Christmas and it is really quite large, just under a metre across so it fills the family room wall nicely.  I am thinking I will cover the Christmas gold coloured balls with a more flower like centre and find a space for it to hang at other times of the year.  I just love how it has an art feel and is so 3D on the wall.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Guilty of slacking off.

Wow I knew it had been awhile since I had posted but to log on and see the date of my
last post was a real shock. I love reading other people's blogs and would like to write my own but why do I find it so hard to sit down and work on my posts. Does anyone have any suggestions that may help me get underway.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rain hit Houston this morning so I headed down into the network of tunnels that run under the city that office workers use to get around.  There is a whole other city down there!  Came up to ground level to visit Macy's and buy a jacket to protect me from the cold airconditioning in the convention centre. 70% off sale wow! Spent some time shopping - need I say more.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Final Day of Quilt Market

Final day of the International Quilt Market today. We were busy with shops placing their last minute orders after having collected information over the previous two days and reviewing in their hotel rooms at night. This means lots of packing once I return home which is great news for a small business trying to grow, especially in these times.

The stand has held up well over the course of market. I was a little worried as it is all held together with pins and nylon line, hanging from 8 foot metal poles. There are things I will do differently next time but it was always going to be a steep learning curve.

Each morning and afternoon we all catch a show shuttle bus between the hotel and convention centre and it is fun to listen to all the ladies gossip about their day and talk about the shopping they have done for their stores. In terms of market research this is invaluable information and has given me a few tips for tweaking the range of patterns I offer in the US.

It has been frustrating at times being on a show stand as I have been unable to wander the isles to see all the wonderful things but I intend to go wild at Festival and see everything. As I mentioned the school house series of information seminars was very informative last Friday and I have been coming in early to walk up and down the isles looking at the displays in the booths, picking up ideas and finding some wonderful new products to bring out to Australia next year.

I will have a down day in Houston tomorrow and very welcome it will be as jet lag has caught up and the brain is becoming fuzzy. Some would say that is more to do with age than jet lag as I can feel the same way on any given week back home! Houston has thrown everything at us weather wise over the past week but I need to go shopping for a thick jumper in order to overcome the chilly air-conditioning inside the show venue so I will be ready for Quilt Festival which starts in three days. But more about that soon…

Friday, October 9, 2009

Houston Setup Day

Spent a strenuous afternoon setting up the stand at Quilt Market. Kept running into fellow Aussies. Strange to be on the other side of the world and hear your name shouted out across the exhibition hall by a friend from back home. There seems to be quite a few from Australia this year, exhibitors and visitors alike.

Back to the stand. I found it quite hard to create a nice display due mainly to the face the booth does not have any walls. There are white curtains but we are not allowed to hang anything from them or pin into them. The way the system works is your order a set or poles to hang on the inside of these curtains and from these you hang your quilts - easier said than done. The quilts came out of my suitcase all wrinkled, I usually just pull out the creases when I pin them to the stand wall but that won't work here. I did the best job I could but I will have to smuggle the iron from my hotel room in the morning so I can make an attack on the wrinkles and creases.

Everyone was so busy today setting up their own stands so consequently there were no wanderers checking out the other exhibitors. Therefore I have no feedback from anyone yet as to what they think of my designs. I have Blushing Romeo at the front of the stand and I would like get a feel for what people think of him. I am worried he maybe toooooo much for the US audience, but like him or not one thing for sure you will remember a pink zebra!

I got back to my hotel at 7.30pm and after a shower I am in the lobby writing this and watching baseball on the TV. There are quite a few people checking in, hopefully for Market tomorrow. I will sign off now as I have an early start in the morning.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Houston Day One

Had a very productive day. Visited my US printer to check on progress and they have worked wonders for me. The Pattern Place catalog looks great and all of the other materials are in the process of being completed. Everything will be delivered directly to our stand ready for action on Friday. Went on from there and opened a US bank account which was also a very smooth process. This was just like we see in the older movies where the back staff sit in the middle of the room surounded my a half height ornate wooden wall, large wooden desks with green bankers lights and fantastic service. So now I am all set for customers!

Given everything went so well in the morning I had time to slip out to the Galleria shopping centre in the afternoon to engage in a bit of window shopping. No really windows shopping I did not buy anything - well hardly anything. What I did find however was my favourate icecream palour - Haggen Daz and my one weakness Rum n Raisin icecream.

From the little I have see of Houston while out and about it is a lovely city, lush and green but where are all the people, for a major city it is so quiet. There is a vast network of tunnels underground so you can walk around without having to come up to street level and contend with the heat and humidity but even they are quiet. The tunnels are great but boy is it easy to get lost, a few turns and I have no idea where I am.

Currently I am in the hotel lobby bar where they have a WiFi network and I am the only female in the room, I guess that will change when all the quilters arrive for Market and later for Festival. Well today was a great day and I enjoyed every minute catch you all tomorrow.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Pattern Place 2009 show schedule

Newcastle, Craft and Quilt Fair, February 20 – 22

Melbourne, Australasian Quilt Convention, February 26 – March 1

Sydney, Craftfest, March 6 – 8

Gold Coast, Craftfest, March 27 – 29

Townsville, Craftfest, April 2 – 5

Perth, Craft and Quilt Fair, May 13 – 17

Sydney, Quilt and Craft Expo (TRADE ONLY), June 3 – 4

Sydney, Craft and Quilt Fair, June 10 – 14

Hobart, Craft and Quilt Fair, June 26 – 28

Melbourne, Craft and Quilt Fair, July 23 – 26

Canberra, Craft and Quilt Fair, August 6 – 9

New Zealand, Craft and Quilt Fair, September 10 – 13 (Not confirmed)

Melbourne, Craftfest, October 9 – 11

Brisbane, Craft and Quilt Fair, October 21 – 25

Adelaide, Craft and Quilt Fair, November 5 – 8

Melbourne, Australian Quilt Market (TRADE ONLY), November 14 -15

Monday, November 24, 2008

Email sent to our web customers October 2008

Dear Crafters

Many of you will have seen Blushing Romeo , our pink Zebra quilt. After taking the craft shows by storm he is now available through The Pattern Place web store at a special introductory rate. Included in the offer is the boxed Zebra Crossing pattern and a colour pack of your choice, (Pink, Blue, Purple, Green or mixed packs) so you can make your own colourful Zebra! Visit www to view on our web site.

Our original black and white Zebra Crossing fabric kit has also been reduced to a very special price of $69.00 for web shoppers. This kit includes all of the fabrics for the front of the quilt, including the borders, as well as the pattern in our trademark pattern box. There is limited stock so this offer will be for a limited time. We are not planning to remake these kits so get in early to avoid disappointment, once sold out they will not be re-offered.

The Zebra would make a great gift, made up if you have the time, or why not give the project kit to a crafty friend so they can enjoy stitching him for them selves.

WORKSHOP UPDATE - I have arranged a hands on workshop in conjunction with the Craft and Quilt Fair in Brisbane on October 23rd. You will make either a small zebra, giraffe or elephant wall hanging ready for stitching. For further information and enrolment visit our web site and follow the links. This is a fun class and I do hope you will be able to join us.

There is also a possibility of organising a similar workshop in Adelaide between the 6 - 8 November however I need a 'show of hands' to get this running so if you are interested please let me know asap on

Happy crafting and best wishes,

from Susan .