Monday, August 26, 2013

The Saturday Quilters go to Brisbane.

I've just had a whirlwind weekend away with my sewing buddies. A trip to Brisbane to see an exhibition of Quilts from the V&A Museum in London. 
We caught Trains
Planes

and Automobiles!!
Of course we needed to celebrate our arrival in Brisbane with some bubbles.

I think all quilters know that as you look around you see quilts everywhere.
This building was around the corner of where we were staying. Giant glowing hexagons that slowly changed colours!

Big chunky modern stripes.

On Saturday morning, we fueled up with coffees and headed off to the exhibition...
Noticing some fun things along the way.



Don't you just love that feeling of excitement of being about to see an exhibition you've so looked forward to... 

The show exceeded my expectations. We don't get to see many antique quilts in Australia so seeing work dating back to the 1700's was really special. It was a beautifully curated exhibition with a wonderful selection of styles. Every quilt was amazing with tricky piecing, creative applique, beautiful fabrics, hand stitches and hand quilting. So many gorgeous fabrics!
A highlight was bumping into Linda Collins of Quilts in the Barn and walking around sharing our favourite quilts and pointing out details and fabrics to each other

Unfortunately we couldn't take photos of the quilts, but I can show you what we had for lunch
 A 'Patchwork Platter'. and Yes, it did taste as good as it looked. 

We walked the long way back to our hotel and spotted more street scape quilts along the way. 




Not just up, but down as well.



and some small details peeking out.


Sunday morning. A happy snap of my roomies, Sue, Mandy and Lorraine, before checking out.

And back to wandering around enjoying the sights of Brisbane. 



Mandy and I went to the Museum to see an exhibition called Collectomania. At the end we got to make our own collection using magnetic images. I picked my favourite images and presented them in vertical rows of colour. 

Quilty inspiration everywhere!!
This was on the ceiling in the  lobby of a building we passed. The pattern was constantly changing. An entrancing entrance!!
It reminded me of the formations I made with the fans I showed a few posts ago.
Beautiful colours on this painted board.

Sunday afternoon, relaxing on the couch before heading to the airport. 
We had a fun time and there's already plans being made for another trip. Watch out, here we come! 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wild Child


It's time to show you what I made with the Jane Sassaman Wild Child fabrics
 

A plethora of Pot Holders and Oven Mitts!



I used Denyse Schmidt's Holiday Hostess Hot Mitt pattern for this handy glove.



The fabrics have such fun names. These are Delirious Dots separated with a band of Sassy Stripes.


This square pot holder is based on Oh Franssons Quilted Potholder Tutorial. 
That fabulous feature fabric is Flower Fiesta in red.

Jane's fabrics are so ideal for fussy cutting. There are lots of wonderful examples on her Ideas Blog

Oven Mitt action shot...


This gorgeous fabric called Passionate just had to be a round pot holder. 
It's like a bouquet of pretty pink petunias.

A bit of Sassy Stripe for the pockets on the back.


The Masquerade fabric was perfect for a long Two Handed Pot Holder. 

I couldn't resist using some thistle flowers from Jane Sassaman first range, Prairie Gothic, for the hand pockets.

 I'm stocking up on Masquerade in the 3 colourways it comes in, blue, red and black. It's such a strong graphic print and will look great used in quilts.

The next few pot holders are a bit more liberated, using bits and pieces. Letting my inner child go wild! I love the way the colours in Gaillardia pop against the hot pink. 

In fact all the fabrics work so well together in a wild enthusiastic way.



I even used the selvedges. 

So that's my adventures of being a wild child playing with Wild Child.  A huge thanks to Melissa P from 100 Billion Stars blog for sending them my way. 

To see all of the Wild Child range of fabrics pop over to Jane Sassaman's website, and while you're there have a look at her Quilt Gallery, her quilts are simply amazing. 

I asked Gbf if he had a favourite seeing he does most of the cooking here in Daisyland. His pick was the round potholder. The 2 handed Masquerade stands out for me. 
Do you have a favourite? 

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