Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello Spring!!








Dear Spring, 
It's that time of year when the leaves begin to pop out from branched buds to wave a welcome as you approach. Shy bulb flowers start to show their faces. 
I love the way you arrive in a cloud of blossom, bearing armfuls of colourful flowers and a warm sunny smile. 
Your friends, the birds and butterflies, are always close on your heels and soon it's one big happy party complete with lively bird song and heavenly scented breezes.
 Even the sun stays up later and later to join in the fun. 
Dear Spring, I'm so happy that you've come to visit us again. 


Happy flowers to everyone!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Winter Sun

Hello! It's me! I'm back in blogland! 
Refreshed and rejuvinated and lots of fun things to show you over the coming weeks.

First up to celebrate my return after being away for ages and ages I thought I'd share a quilt that seems to have taken me ages and ages to finish. 

It all started with one of those days where I just felt like doing some easy sewing with my sewing machine. I dug around in my scraps and pulled out some leftovers from my Dollop Of Cream quilt.  I simply sewed the pieces into strips then sewed those strips into a rough square. 

I then cross cut the square to make more strips, 

... mixed up the rows and sewed them back together. 
I couldn't resist adding a few little triangles into the mix

It was hard to capture the right colours of this creamy mix of fabrics so I took it outside to take photos in natural light. The blue sky decided it wanted to be part of the quilt, or maybe the little flimsy thought for a moment that it was really a cloud. 


In my typical way I became distracted by other projects so the little fabric cloud was put aside for a while. 

Finally the day came when I decided it was time it was quilted.  My first thought was to keep it simple, so I machine quilted by stitching in the ditch. It actually looked too simple so I pulled out the stitches, took a deep breath and then started again with my favourite organic chunky perle thread quilting. 

But somehow I just didn't love it. I kind've liked it but felt it needed something else. I tried a few different things but in the end the little pale quilt was put aside again. I've learnt by now that sometimes you need to walk away for a while until you can return with a fresh perspective. 

A few weeks later I was tidying my sewing room and I came across the little quilt. It was lying nearby a skinny off-cut of linen. Eureka! It was just what the little quilt needed.
It didn't take long to sew a circle...

and then a few more circles

and the first circle became a sun.

And indeed the sun showed it's shiny glow of approval when I was taking photos.

It's only a little quilt at 24 inches square but it's had a long journey and it was all worth every stitch

Oh, I nearly forgot so tell you what I've called it ...

... Winter Sun, Don't you think that's the perfect name? 


Saturday, August 2, 2014

A little break...



Do you ever feel as though you're juggling a lot of things at once?

 Or that you have a lot on your plate?

I've been feeling a bit like that lately.

So I've decided to have a bit of time out 
to catch up on things, take time to smell the roses and rejuvenate.

It wont be a long break,  just a couple of weeks. 

And then I'll be back as fresh as a blue mountain daisy. 

Until then, have fun and craft lots!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Flower Fun with Hexies!



I've had my very, very long term hexagon project out recently. There's just something lovely about hand sewing in winter when one can get cosy in a heated room with fluffy slippers and happily stitch away. On the other hand they're also perfect for putting in my bag and taking to work at the flower shop. Sometimes in the afternoon there's a quiet period where I can work on them for a little while. 
Occasionally I'll notice a flower that matches my little fabric shapes and I can't resist a photo or two. 
Here are some happy snaps I've taken over the past few weeks.

Hello Sunshine!

Zebra hiding in a silver forest

An orchid moment

Buzzzzzzzz

A flock of birds in paradise

Blue skies and a cottage garden

Golden times

It's easy being green!

Think Pink and Purple too.

Wouldn't you think that with all these photos I'd have some photos of the blocks I've been sewing.  Alas no, and now it's too dark for photos but I'll leave you with a older photo of my blocks on my design wall.  

Just imagine, if I keep working on these blocks they might just become a quilt one day.  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Upcoming Quilt Shows & A Denim Flower


With all the posts about shows here lately I thought I'd mention a few exciting quilt shows that are coming up over the next few months. 

I've been known to say there are 2 shows I really want to attend some day, one is the big Houston show and the other is Quilts In The Barn, held from Fri 10th -Sun 12th October. The show always seems to fall on a weekend that I'm busy so I'm yet to get there but I always follow Linda's blog to get peeks of the show. It's a popular show that everyone who attends raves about. 
Every year Linda features a super star quilter, often international, and this year she has two!!
Brenda Papadakis - She's the quilter who brought Dear Jane to the quilting world!! 
and Patty Harants, an appliquer extaordinaire. 
Both Brenda and Patty are doing workshops and at this stage there are still spaces. These are their only Australian workshops so jump in. Brenda and Patty are also doing some interesting lectures. For more information pop over to Linda's blog Quilts In The Barn.
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The next quilt show marked on my calandar in big red writing is The Hunters Hill Quilt Show. held from Friday 8th -Sun 10th August. This show is only held every 2 years so it's not one to miss. Some of my very quilters belong to this group and there are always the most wonderful quilts. Even Mr BMD wants to come along to see the show. 
I've heard they'll be showing mini quilts inspired by all 52 playing cards... oh my golly - how awesome does that sound!!
For more info here's the Hunters Hil Quilter's website

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Last but not least Quilts On The Downs is having their inaugural show on Sept 6th -7th. Lots of beautiful quilts made by the quilters of Windsor Downs.
The feature quilter is the one and only Chris Jurd who is also making the raffle quilt.  
Follow Heather's blog Heathton Manor Creations for updates about this show.
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And for all those too far to visit these quilt shows here's a little button bloom with a zippy leaf. It seems I just can't resist putting flowers in pockets.
If you have any quilt shows coming up that you're looking forward to let us know in the comments. You never know someone else nearby might be inspired to go.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My Other Ribbon!! & Show Quilts


Winning a ribbon for my Happy As A Clam Quilt was amazing but I never thought in my wildest dreams that I'd win two ribbons at The Sydney Quilt Show!

My 2nd ribbon was a second place in the Modern-New Traditions From Old Favourites Category for my Neon Bounce quilt.

Would you believe neither MrD or I took a full photo of the quilt hanging at the show?!! We each assumed the other had taken a photo, but no. Too funny! I thought I might get back in today but in the end decided another photo of it will do. This was taken on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

To be honest I wasn't sure how this quilt would be received. I thought some people might think it was a bit too modern , or a bit too neon but I only had the most wonderful feedback from people who really liked it because it was fresh and different. 

Let's move onto some other quilts. The policy states that we can only show quilts if we have permission from the quilt makers. Luckily I know some clever quilters so I have some great quilts to show you. 

Remember a while ago I showed these fabrics designed by Jessica Wheelahan? 
Well, we finally caught up in person at the show. 
Here's Jessica Wheelahan in front of her wonderful Errant Geese quilt that she has "dedicated to those who choose not to fly in formation"
Jessica won the prestigeous award for Best Quilt Inspired by An Antique Quilt. 

Here's Jess's other quilt Unconditional/Untraditional, made for the NYC Modern Quilt Guild's 2013 Double Wedding Ring Challenge. 

I got to meet another long time bloggy friend in real life Leanne Harvey from Mt Vincent Quilts. Her Metro Medallion Quilt got fourth in the Modern category. She is a long arm quiter and her quilting on this quilt was beautiful. You can see some close up photos on her blog. Mt Vincent Quilts.

Leanne's other entry Spinner was a wonderful balance of modern and traditional. You can't tell from the photo but the white areas were pieced blocks of white fabrics.  

Chris Jurd's Cut Loose Sampler was full of motion, fun fabrics and wonky piecing. Pop over to Chris's blog to see her other quilt show entry and The Springwood Show Raffle Quilt that got a 3rd place for  Group/Collaborative Quilt . 

I always look forward to seeing Pam Westmacott's entries. She's a friend of mine and I know how much planning and care she puts into choosing the right fabrics. This is her version if Chris Jurd's Jacobean Star, she has aptly named it Jacabean Rose. Great job with the quilting on her trusty Bernina. 

I haven't got a photo of the Best in Show to share with you but I was so pleased when Janet Treen from Quiltsalott won this award for the second year in a row. Visit Janet's blog Quiltsalott to see her beautiful Coxcomb and Currants quilt.

And to see all the winners quilts you can follow this link to the Quilters Guild of NSW page.


Now I know some of you are wondering if I bought any fabric. Well I didn't buy a lot at all but I did get some fabulous fabric bundles as part of my prize winnings. A Huge thank you to All the wonderful sponsers who support the Sydney Quilt Show

How gorgeous is this bundle!!  Nellie Hill by Rosalie Quinlan. 

And I also received this jellyroll of white fabric, super sharp snips and the cutest cat organic fabric called Here Kitty Kitty by Penguin + Fish.  - 

I'm excited to have received a voucher to Julie's Superior Threads -Julie has all sorts of interesting and wonderful threads, in all colours and for all occasions- who knows this could be a whole new adventure in threads for me. 
Every winner recieved a roll of Wool Wadding - Thanks MiniJumbuk Nu-Wool Wadding , wadding always comes in handy!!

And finally a huge Thanks to the Quilt Guild of NSW for an doing an awesome job- those ladies are tireless and excellent at putting on a great event and they smile the whole way through! 

So that's the show for this year. Next year there's a Red And White challenge. I already have some quilts planned, I better start working on them, you know how time flies.

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