Hi All,

Today is International Women’s Day for which Australia’s 2019 theme is “More Powerful Together”.  It recognises the important role we all play – as women, men, non-binary and gender diverse people. It stresses how it takes all of us, working in collaboration and across that which sometimes divides us, breaking down stereotypes and gendered roles to create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities.  When reflecting over a cuppa this morning it brought to mind the popular song "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion. The song is the most popular song from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and is also featured in the 1972 film of the same namestarring Peter O'Toole.  Amazing how thing come to mind and we believe that by having this quest, and striving together, is the most powerful dream we can all follow.  Happy International Women’s day to you all.

On this day we would like to introduce Deborah Louie - decorative quilt artist and tutor – who grew up in Sydney where her love of colour, sewing and textiles was fostered through her family textile business which specialised in hand dyeing laces and beautiful fabrics.   Deborah believes quilting is a labour of love, and each quilt is a beautiful piece of textile decorative art to add to your home or a gift for a special friend. How true is that!

Deborah has just released her latest book titled ‘Glamorous Clams BERNINA Special Edition”.  https://deborahlouie.com.au/product/glamorous-clams-bernina-special-edition/  This BERNINA 125-year anniversary special edition book and templates will give you skills to master your machines with decorative stitching. Deborah explains what, when, why and how to use the many wonderful BERNINA machine features.  

This book has full colour photographs showing all of the steps needed to make a cushion or wall hanging, including domestic free motion and walking foot machine quilting. Deborah explains threads, fabric choices, preparation technique, machine set up and stitching the clam shells as well as how to maximise features like mirror reverse up/down/left/right, combining stitches, centre-line and side-line stitches, satin stitches, single repeat, stitch density and pattern elongation.

Photos of stitched clamshells and the machine’s computer screen make this book a complete user’s guide and a must have.  We are planning a workshop around what wonderful ideas are contained within this special edition book. We are waiting the arrival of copies which we will make available for you to purchase.  Please let us know if you would like a copy ASAP as this will be a ‘sought after resource’.

Go Deborah Go!

So until next time we chat from all the team at Ripley Sewing we wish you a safe and restful weekend.