Hi All,

Wow!!!! it is good to know we have a number of persons interested in what we are offering in our 2019 program.

Tonight we wish to share a bit more about the two x 20 session classes we have running from February through to November inclusively.

This year for our “Quilting Plus” program we are being supported by Amanda Murphy from Amanda Murphy Designs while Amy Struckmeyer will provide her knowledge and skill for the “Applique Plus” program. The theme designers for this program however are Arlene and Melissa from the Quilt Company to whom we express our sincere thanks for their creation of the two quilt patterns used as part of the Applique Plus program. Following is a little of their individual stories:

Amanda Murphy

Amanda is a quilt and fabric designer whose style bridges the modern and traditional. She is a BERNINA Expert and Quilting and Longarm Spokesperson, national and international teacher, and pattern designer. Amanda designs fabric collections for Contempo of Benartex, embroidery and quilting collections for OESD, has authored several books for C&T publishing including the best-selling Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book and Rulerwork Idea Book and - in her spare time - teaches for Craftsy. (More info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/amandamurphyfabrics/about/)

Amy Struckmeyer

Amy lives just outside of Chicago with her husband and their two children. Her love for textiles and making began early in her Waldorf School education with lessons in knitting, weaving, and sewing. An architect by profession, she now uses her design skills to create modern sewing projects and patterns, some of which have appeared in Stitch and Modern Patchwork magazines among a number of other publications. With Amy’s support you will have the opportunity to learn about and further develop your sills in applique together with understanding how easy it is to transform everyday projects -- quilts, pillows, bags, and wearable items into one of a kind objects with a variety of hand and machine-stitched appliqué techniques.

Arelene and Melissa

At the turn of the century Arelene and Melissa, her daughter, started The Quilt Company. Arlene and Melissa design all the patterns that you see on their website (http://www.quiltcompany.com) and their pattern instructions are easy to read and follow. Their Tuesday Group quilt buddies quality test each pattern so to capture any mistakes instead of their customers. Wonderful.

We have attached a couple of mosaics which highlight aspects of the projects you will be involved in to further develop your skills pertinent to the class you have chosen to participate in.

Remember, besides each of your 20 class dates and times, the most important date that should be in the forefront of your mind is the 25th January 2019 which is the closing date for the expressions of interest. Just a reminder also that Class numbers have been capped.

Thanks for the messages and emails about difficulties being experienced in accessing our new website/blog. Through the ability of our webmaster you can now access it by either of the following addresses:

https://ripleysewing.com,au or www.ripleysewing.com.au

Until our next chat we will say Good Night from us and wish you and yours a restful sleep.