Sunday, July 26, 2009

Quilt and Craft Show

I went to the Quilt & Craft Show at Jeff's Shed last Thursday - with my friend Sue and her Mum, Marj. Although we found the show to be a little uninspiring, we had a lovely, lovely day meandering around the stands and viewing the quilts in the quilt show.
Met up with our friends Pam and Alan who came down to Melbourne on the train from Echuca - managed to find a free table in the food area - that's Sue's luck! She is the type of person who always gets the parking spot closest to the shopping centre door at midday on Christmas Eve - get the picture? It must be the scary look she gives to anyone who remotely looks like they want the same spot! Anyway, we had a good chat over lunch.
Pam was busy wearing out Alan's plastic, and filling up the shopping jeep they brought with them. How nice to have a personal shopping assistant to dutifully follow you around with your purchases in tow! (Pam's excuse for all her goodies was that they came to Melbourne to get all the things she couldn't get in Echuca!)
Met up with Nikki Tervo, Lyn Hyland from L'il Bloke's, Rosemary and Heather from Stitch in Time, Heather from Barossa Quilt & Craft Cottage, Bev & Scott from Craft Cubby, Laura from In Stitches of Williamstown, Gail, Russell & Kay from Patchwork with Gail B, and "hello" to Carole from Maggie Robertson Design who was busy every time I passed by!!
I didn't buy much - but was pleased to get a couple of cutting ruler stands, which I have wanted for some time. Lovely Jarrah ones.
Pam sent me a photo of her completed "Alphabears" quilt - isn't it gorgeous!!! I love the pinks!
She has been busy making quilts for children in hospital, and she works in aged care, so her day out at the show was well-deserved!
I'm off now to put on the kettle - I've done the shopping, washed the towels, and printed 100 "At the Bottom of the Garden" photos at the chemist (a very popular pattern , that one!), so I think I'll quickly clean out the fire and have a coffee! Then I'll be working on "Woolie Bears", a new design.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cold Friday Morning

More Bluebird of Hope blocks - the top pic is Natalie Lymer's work, above is by Natalie Ross, the one below by Kerrie Gillespie, and at the bottom you can see Lynette Anderson's work. I hope you have had a look at the QuiltAid website - each shop has made up their own design for the finishing kit - they are all stunning!

I am currently working on a new design, as well as "Birdies" (see previous post) using Maywood Studio "Woolies" flannels - the range is fantastic (checks, spots, houndstooth, plaids etc) and the quality unbelievable. You may think it's a bit late in the season to be thinking flannels, but by the time the quilt is completed and photographed, and the pattern is written up and printed, it will be available for sale in time for it to be made up for next Winter! And the fabrics are an on-going range. It will be "Woolie Bears" (of course!) More info soon.
It's a cold (brrrrr...) Friday morning - I can't wait for the sun to reach the front windows - it warms up the house beautifully in the Winter. A lovely cosy feeling.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Haven't blogged for quite a while - because ........ it's COLD in my office!!!!!! The heater duct in the ceiling was squashed as a result of phone line work being done, and we haven't (for "we" read: the Man of the House) repaired it yet!
So there! Cold hands, cold feet, cold nose .......... brrrrr......
In the meantime, here are a couple more blocks from the Bluebird of Hope quilt.
The first is from Natalie Bird, and the one at the bottom is from Anni Downs.
Going to put my gloves on ....
P.S. I'll be posting a pic of Alphabears made by my friend Pam soon.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Birdie Quilt

Little bears and birdies!
Here's a sneak preview of my Birdie Quilt made using a layer cake or charm pack of 5" squares - the fabrics are just lovely.
I thought I'd make it up in a softer range as well, to illustrate how any bundle of fabrics that take your fancy can be substituted! Simple!
It would suit a little girl's room beautifully! I hope I have a granddaughter one day!
Here are a couple more blocks from Bluebird of Hope. The left one is by Rosalie Quinlan, and the right one by Sue Daley. If you haven't already had a look at the Quilt Aid website, please click on the link to the left! It's a gorgeous quilt!

The Birdie Quilt pattern will be released sometime next month - I'll keep you posted!