Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Also - silly me! - I am ahead of time re the Houston Quilt Show - I think it will be next Wednesday evening Houston time when the winners are announced!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I have talked about Pat before, but haven't shown you this wonderful little quilt of hers (above) ... so creative, whimsical and unusual with the knitted edging. Several of her quilts are on display at Calico and Ivy, one of our local quilt shops. Also, Kaffe Fassett has bought one of her quilts, so what a claim to fame!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I have written previously about a great quilt our group has made ... at first the intention was for it to be donated to an individual as a Charity Quilt ... too many people thought we should raffle it ... left to right we have Louise, Carol and Gwen and ta da! ... the quilt. It is a big thrill to us all to raise $562, which will be donated to Breast Cancer Research. We also asked members to make 12" quilt blocks ... one of which Louise is holding ... and we received 86 ... lots of quilts to be made from these blocks!
A lovely surprise when I arrived home ... a parcel from my Stitchers' Angel ... DH and DD wanted met to rip it open there and then ... I guessed that it may be from my Angel and wanted to open it in my own quiet time! So much of my life is shared, there are some moments I like to keep special ... I guess we all have our funny little ways.
Here are my beautiful gifts from Helen ... thank you so much Helen, I just love them and so much thought and creativity have gone into each and every one. The pin cushion is based on a rose from the Scottish artist, Charles Renne Macintosh ... the needlecase is made from Welsh flannel (Helen's home country) ... the bag by Cinderberry Stitches! I'm thrilled!
It is great to know Kathie from Inspired By Antique Quilts is back in Blogland again ... such a wonderfully talented lady ... always nice to visit her blog ... do pop by!
Off to a sewing day again today ... it has been quiet for so long that it is a real buzz to do the girlie thing again ... enjoy your day everyone!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Sometimes it pays to have a good clean-out - look at the box of beautiful little yo-yos I found - there must be hundreds of them - many years ago, I had thoughts of making a yo-yo quilt (silly me!). This was long before the yo-yo maker had been invented and I really do think the good old-fashioned way was so much neater. I could sit for ages just looking at the different 1930's fabrics that must have passed through my hands over time. I will use some of them in my dqs5 swap.
On the right we have preparation for the runner I am making for my Secret Santa Swap - seems like ages ago I started, so will be nice to get a bit further today. It would be nice to get it finished to post to the US.
We have an absolutely beautiful day here - but, I really don't mind staying inside and sewing! Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Well, I'm back (next morning) - both my boys work in Boddington, a small mining town about two and a half hours drive from Perth. I had a nice pork and spinach curry ready for David, so he was happy after a long drive in the dark, having to really concentrate on driving to avoid hitting any kangaroos.
Helen, of Hugs'n'Kisses, will be happy to know my Stitchers' Angel gift is now winging it's way to Holland - it really has been a lot of fun! I'm looking forward to receiving mine from Germany.
As I was going through old photos, I came across this beautiful one of hollyhocks that I grew in Queensland quite a few years ago. How perfect! I just loved them - it is the one and only time I've grown hollyhocks. It brought back a lot of happy memories browsing through old photos - that's the plus side of spring cleaning!
Both girls (daughters) and I are off to Ikea this morning - wow, it will be great to have a little retail therapy!
Happy weekend again!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Wow - ninety years old - only nine candles - imagine if there had been ninety - we would have had to call the fire brigade! The kids loved the mud cake - a bit yukky to cut and messy fingers and faces - all good fun!
Julia and Reno called in yesterday with these gorgeous orchids and card. I was quite amazed to see a 90th card - it was so nice to catch up and also very timely as some of the birthday flowers were dying off and I'd tossed them earlier in the day.
I think the cold weather has passed and I've been bitten by the spring-cleaning bug, so not much sewing getting done. Never mind - it will feel good when it is done and then I can sew for the rest of the year to make up for it.
'Bye for now!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I am really thrilled with it - haven't read it thoroughly enough to absorb all the "green" issues, but there are several projects I can see myself doing - Nifty Thrifty and Bargain Basement and though very simple Lucy's Shopping Bag.
Must admit though, I am not at all into re-cycling shirts, but really admire Bonnie for her contribution to the cause. I don't have a huge stash, but must admit there is more there than I will get through in a lifetime! I must challenge myself to use what I have for the scrappy quilts Bonnie does so well.
I have been madly searching the internet for fabrics to make the Third Prize Raffle Quilt for QuiltWest next year. I will do my own design Girlie Pinwheels as posted earlier. It is so difficult to guess just looking at a monitor, so I made a trip to Calico and Ivy yesterday.
With the help of shop-owner, Debbie, this is what I chose. "Mmmm ...!" I can hear some saying - "what is she up to here"? It will be quite funky, but modern, fresh and bright. Most of the fabrics are from the Lotus range by Amy Butler for Rowan fabrics. I have it all pictured in my mind's eye , so let's hope it comes up to expectations!
Mum turned 90 last Tuesday, so tomorrow we are having a family celebration at a local restaurant - she is so thrilled about it, so I am madly hoping most will be able to make it. She has settled into being at home very nicely and is behaving (no more falls), so God willing she won't have to go back to a nursing home permanently!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I know Nanette from Freda's Hive, is keen to see some contents of the book, so above is another quilt, Nanette - The 'Burbs, which was inspired by Freddie Moran and Gwen Marston. It is on my to-do list and allows for a lot of creativity as it is a recipe, not a pattern. Nanette and Daughters have a great blog and you will enjoy a little visit!
Above, just a little snippet from our current Woman's Day magazine ... as it is October, Breast Cancer Month, the magazine has done a great article "Pink Quilt Campaign"! Kathy and Sarah co-ordinated the beautiful quilt - well done for the great effort, Girls. I felt quite proud to be an Australian quilter when I read the article earlier this week - so do pop over and visit the girls and see more of the quilt!
Wow ... what a beautiful day! Take a peek at my lovely Satchmo rose - blooms galore! I should be out in the garden doing a little weeding in the beautiful sunshine - however, think I will settle for walking the puppies. Shhhh ... don't tell them, they get really excited.
Happy day everyone - hugs!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Maybe Lorraine is peeking at my blog ... if so congratulations, Lorraine! Lorraine was inducted ito the Hall of Fame receiving the Quilt & Craft Award of Excellence 2008.
Also in this issue, we get to Meet a Quilter , Helen Stubbings. Helen has a delightful blog, Hugs'n'Kisses - do pop by - a lovely blog to visit and Helen has put a lot of hard work into our Stitcher's Angel Swap - thanks, Helen!
Girlfriend Kris is not feeling well! This photo was taken in Macy's, San Francisco last October. She was certainly well then - after the long flight fron Perth/Australia to San Francisco we headed straight for Macy's Estee Lauder counter. Why? ... because we could and also Estee Lauder products are almost double the price in Australia!
What fun that whole trip was ... get well soon, Girlfriend!
Not much sewing is getting done here - hope you are all having a lovely weekend - hugs!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Above are my gifts as a Stitcher's Angel - I hope my mortal is happy - the parcel has to go to the Netherlands. I bought the hand painted handkerchief in Phuket, the birdie keyring from a Jim Thompson boutique in Bangkok (they carry beautiful articles, scarves etc. of fine Thai silk) in Siam City Shopping Centre (Paragon - VERY upmarket! - I just love it, but the bank balance doesn't - my big splurge was the scarf I am wearing in my photo top/left).
I really enjoy making these hexagon bags and the pincushions, too. My mortal said she liked "country colours" and also Kaffe Fassett was mentioned, so I went the Kaffe Fassett way - everything is quite colourful - hope I am not taking too big a risk!
This wonderful book arrived yesterday - the authors are Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke - two Australian girls who run a business of the same name, Material Obsession. The quilts are fun, lively and contemporary. I think I would choose another word for "contemporary" as a lot of the 23 projects are based on traditional design, using the gorgeous modern fabrics that are about today - cute, whimsical and colourful, but not overpowering. The Foreword is by Kaffe Fassett and full off beautiful compliments to these two girls - they must feel so special!
I also received a phone call yesterday from Jean Adams on behalf of the QuiltWest Committee who put on our Guild's annual quilt show. Jean asked me if I would like to make a lap-sized quilt for third-prize for our Art Union Quilt Raffle next year, May 2009. I feel very honoured to have been chosen and as proceeds generally go to The Royal Flying Doctor Service and Breast Cancer Research, I am happy to put my time in to supporting these two charities.
Perhaps with the book arrival and the phone call occurring around the same time of day, somebody up there is trying to tell me something! Maybe I should use a pattern from the book - we'll see! There are so many things on my "to do" list!
Once again ... have a lovely weekend ... hugs!
Oopsy ... must have deleted my signature ... Lurline!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
This seems to be a week for doctors' visits - drat! - I should be out with my girlfriends this morning - never mind! I hope to come home this afternoon and get some stitching done - still dying to try out my version of Scrap Happy.
Progress so far for my Stitcher's Angel - the Hexagon Bag is done and now I am chasing little gold rings to thread through the drawstring cord. Let's hope I can track some down today. I made the little pincushion last night and have another on the go - I just love making them. I challenge myself to get a perfectly round shape and equal eights - silly me - simple mind!
I am feeling in a very whimsical, quirky, pretty, spotty mood lately - does anyone else get these get these changes of heart from time to time? Maybe it is because of Spring. I still intend working on my Civil War Love Letters starting 28 October.
Happy day everyone!