Friday, November 29, 2013

Show and Tell

Lots to show today! Firstly, I won a second and a third in the Lilydale Show needlework, for "Garden Party" and "The Sewing Lesson". It's lovely to have a big, fat ribbon!
The quilt below has been made by my cousin, Heather, who is a Canadian - she has been having lessons and I think the result is beautiful! I can't wait to see what she produces next.
Last week we had a stand at the Australian Quilt Market (trade fair). It was a great weekend - this was our little 2m X 3m patch of the venue!
Met old friends, took lots of orders and made some new contacts in the patchwork world.
"At the Bottom of the Garden" (what a mouthful - what was I thinking when I named this pattern.....) is one of my designs that is an evergreen - it keeps in selling.
Miche'le from New Zealand has made it in these lovely greens.
I think you will agree that it is simply stunning!

And my final word - this is the machine I learnt to sew on. Right hand turned the handle, so there was only one free hand to guide the fabric.
P.S. I was thrilled when the treadle machine arrived at our house! Two hands to sew with!!! Although it took a while to get the feet going smoothly - to avoid back-sewing and broken threads!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Finally, news of several new designs. 
Above is "Garden party", with birds, parasols, flowers, cupcakes, champagne, a teapot, teacup and even bunting! 
Below is "The Sewing lesson", with Mother Bear teaching her cubs how to put love into every stitch.
I also have some new and very cute pre-printed stitcheries. These are on homespun and don't come with instructions - they can be stitched and used in whatever project you choose.
Go to the New Products page on my website. You will find them all there.
P.S. We will once again be going to some of the Craft Alive shows (Victoria and New South Wales) in 2014, so keep an eye out for dates and venues near you.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

More Neerim Quilt Retreat

 At last! Here are some of the quilts that were created at Neerim during that lovely weekend! The one above is part of mine - a very "Christmassy" look with lots of glitter and gold!
Below is my work area. Ernie left his mess everywhere - champagne and biscuits & cheeses are some of his favorite pre-dinner snacks. And look at his work mess!
I'm much tidier!
I do apologise for the sideways photos - I can't get my head around turning them - they end up very short and wide. But here goes!
 As you can see, the variety of colours and ideas was quite diverse.
Once again, Ernie Dingle had to stick his head in - a precocious little scamp!
 Sue's was distinctly oriental.
 Barbara's was very Australian.
Jo's was (we thought) very arctic. So a penguin was in order.
 With an umbrella.
 And a polar bear.
 Then the Titanic sank.
 And an igloo was built.......
it's a good think she has a wonderful sense of humour!
P.S. New designs next!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Watbag has a Girlfriend

I received a message from Echuca - Watbag has a girlfriend! Here's an update.
Up in the Attic Sooty tried to evict Tigger but she stood her ground and told him to "Nick off hairy legs". He plays too rough. I was asked up for a cuppa. I knew if I was the strong silent type I’d win the girl eventually.

I have a new throne. It is nice and sunny and Little Miss likes it too.
Wotcha doin'?
Ahhh!!! She loves me

You keep watch, I’ll sleep
I really hope she settles him down a bit - he has been a "bit of a lad"!!!!! Ernie Dingle wanted to know when they could get together again, but I think Watbag is a bad influence......
P.S. More news soon!