Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in seeing my applique quilt 'Christmas in the Garden' unfurled and in all its glory. I really like this quilt, it's Christmas-y but not Christmas fabrics. The applique is needle-turned, and it's hand quilted. I don't hand quilt so much any more, I want to get back to it.
A big hello to Dawn's friend Kathie who emailed via Dawn to have a closer look!
This quilt was in Australian Patchwork and Quilting, Vol 14, No 1, the February 2006 issue. If you have that issue, you're also going to be able to read more about me than you're ever likely to need to know!
To take this picture, I had to tidy away the Thomas the Tank Engine railway that had magically appeared in the lounge, there were tiny clues around the place about who had put it there ... little piles of sultanas ... and tiny shoes ... it must have been a tiny man ...
And to give you a little perspective of where we are in the house, I took a picture looking forward from where I'm standing ... I'm in the lounge, looking toward the entry at the front of the house ... you can see where the quilt 'would' have been ... and where it soon will be again. The ultimate plan for this quilt is for it to live on the wall over our bed. I just need to get myself organised and put a hanging sleeve on the back.
My little quilt rack is there on the left. The quilt on the front is one of my most prized possesions. It's a quilt called 'Hat Boxes' it was made by my wonderful friend Linda, and presented to me when I visited with her earlier this year in the USA. In the middle is a wholecloth cot quilt I made when I was expecting Cameron. I hand quilted it, and I was so lucky that it won best hand quilting at our guild show. The quilt on the left side of the rack is my 'Faith of Friends' quilt, which is special to me as it's the first one I ever had published.
I know many of you are interested, lunch with my friend yesterday was AMAZING! We had the very best time, it just flew. It was like we had just seen each other yesterday, not 20 years ago. We just talked non stop. To hear names I'd forgotten about was super fun, and to hear all about what she'd been up to ... well, Nat has been living a huge life. We have made plans to catch up again. This time we won't let 20 years pass by! I'm so pleased we bumped into each other that day at the village, and I'm so glad I found her number again after losing it!
Well, that's it from me ... have a great day everyone!