Sunday, October 12, 2014

Need a gift?

This post is not sewing related at all but I just had to show you this...
 
My granddaughter's name is Harper and a good friend's daughter Sarah has made this for her.
It's all stickers carefully chosen for a little girl.

It even has her name on it!

And how did Sarah know her favourite toy is a giraffe! We have three of them all the same colour to cover any contingency.
It's on a canvas 10" x 12" and is absolutely beautiful.
If you need a gift for a child - or even an adult - Sarah will make to order.
Contact her here if you're interested.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Misty Mountains Getaway

I've just returned from four days teaching at the Misty Mountains Getaway in Dorrigo, just inland from Coffs harbour. I had a total of 26 students doing five different projects and had a wow of a time.
 
One group was working on the Noodle Box quilt-as-you-go



The one below had the most beautiful machine embroidery in the centre of each block and yes those are my toes.
 Another group was working on Winbourne

 While there were lots doing the Emperors Wheel quilt - more flying geese!


Here are the Emperors girls proudly showing their achievements.
The Getaway this year attracted 143 students over six days with six or seven tutors teaching all sorts of one and two day classes.
If you get the chance to go you should - quilters pretty much take over the town. I know the locals really appreciate it and the girls have a ball.
Show-and-tell and dinner out every night - it's great fun.
My next post will be number 250! so I'm thinking I'll have a giveaway to celebrate.
Stay tuned.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Camping again

Our annual Quilt Camp has just been and gone with two workshops happening over the weekend.
My project was this Southern Wheel block and there were some beauties in the room.
Tracey's beautiful "scalloped" edge using giant ric rac.

Yum!

30 girls joined Ann Murray and me for a fun weekend. Great venue, great food and great friends! What more could you ask for.

WIP
 


Nearly there.
Auditioning ric rac,


The signs of a good weekend!

 Ann demonstrating her workshop on FMQ.
Ann's sample

 

WOW!

Looking good

Sue's amazing soon-to-be cushion


Another Sue's fine effort
 
I think they all had a good time - I know Ann and I did!
Back to the real world today.




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Back into it.

Last weekend saw me as a stall holder at Quilts on the Downs. My quilts were displayed all over the venue - thanks Heather for the opportunity!
There were five or six other traders with lots of goodies on offer.

This was the café area - yummy cakes etc.


Heather has a massive entertaining area - just perfect for the event.
 Her very large quilts made a great display hanging in the garden.

More of my quilts.

Even hanging on the front of the house!
 
Classes are back in full swing after my break. Next stop Dorrigo for the Misty Mountain Getaway!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Want a big day out?

Then come to Quilts on the Downs at Windsor Downs this Saturday and Sunday.
Run by Heather from Heathton Manor Creations blog it's sure to be a fun day.
Lots of quilts - 20 of mine - and around 70 from the Windsor Downs quilt group.
Trading tables - I'll be selling patterns and some linens - plus Marg Low, Patchwork Addiction and a host of others.
Refreshments available both days - all to benefit Staffy Rescue.
I donated the raffle quilt Deauville which was a featured project in Quilters Companion magazine.
You may remember it? It could be yours for the price of a ticket!
So come on over and say hi.
 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Big day out.

Today I had the pleasure of visiting one of my blogging friends from Norfolk in the UK. Cathy Daniel is a ceramic artist who among other things makes pottery with a "quilty" theme. She's just been invited by the Quilt Museum in York to make some pieces depicting the 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet which is the upcoming exhibit at the museum. The coverlet is the oldest dated quilt in the UK and the exhibit will be on from September to December. I'm sure it will be one of the major events at the museum for some time. Pity I'm leaving the country on 30th august!
These are some pics of the bowls Cathy has made as her interpretation of the coverlet. They are so beautiful and will go like hot cakes at the museum. She has taken a few blocks from the original quilt and added her own elements - the border, the threaded ties and a button on each one. 
We had a lovely afternoon with yummy cake and Cathy has given me the most amazing present. That will wait for a post of its own!
Cathy is about to be featured in two UK patchwork magazines - keep an eye out for them to,learn more about her work. She has a blog here http://cathydanielsblog.blogspot.co.uk and you can find her website here http://www.cathydaniel.co.uk. What a shame it's so far to post these beauties to Australia. Thanks Cathy for a great visit and get that kiln fired up soon!!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Exciting times

This was the mid point of our holiday to sweden and the UK. Dubai airport is massive. 
Stockholm is a beautiful city with lots of art and history at every turn. This was an interesting statement about gun violence. 
We are staying with friends who live in Stockholm and have a summer house on an island in the Swedish archipelago. Surrounded by forest with blueberries and lingonberries growing wild. The weather has been so warm we even went swimming. 
Everything is so neat, even the wood heaps!
These,are our hosts, Marianne and Janne on the jetty at sunset while their twin granddaughters are fishing. 
I've found a few fabrics  but no quilt shops. The Swedish textiles and home wares are to die for. Might have to post some things home! Off to the UK,on Wednesday.