Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Don't worry ...

Don't worry friends, I'm still around ... but I've been quilting like a mad thing, and it's crazy busy here too. I promise to have a newsy post for you really soon, honestly, I promise!!

(Gratuitous Mrs Billings picture, just for fun) :-)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Still quilting ...

and I'm sure I will be for a good long time yet. It's a lucky thing I love to hand quilt, and it has been cold, so it's nice to snuggle under the quilt sandwich.

It's my aim to move the hoop once per day, and I've pretty much been able to do just that. This is my favourite area of quilting at the moment - but I'm fickle and my favourite area changes almost daily.

I'll check back in later in the week - in the meantime, you know where you can find me :-)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Another shot ...

I had another try at taking a picture of the quilting on Mrs Billings. It was such a grey day that I had little success, but I'll share my efforts with you anyways ...

Not great huh? When Marty gets back, I'll get him to do some pictures. He's a much better photographer than I am, and he has a fancy camera that he knows how to use :-)

And while I'm remembering to take photos, I had promised earlier this week to share the cute slippers I received from the tiny people on Mother's Day:

I just love them, and they're so warm and cosy. I'm wearing them right now. It's all glamour all the time here :-)

Well, I'm going to make dinner for Camo and I, and then settle in for a night of being toasty under my quilt that I'm working on. Chatter soon! xox

Friday, May 17, 2013

Still Quilting!

I'm still hand quilting away on Mrs Billings - and I'm really happy with how things are coming along so far. I've learned it's really hard to capture a good picture that shows off the quilting at night ... let me try again tomorrow ...

In related news - I've decided to shorten my deadline by a couple of months. Nothing like putting a whole lot more pressure on myself, but I have a feeling I can manage it. But I better get my skates on ... there's still a LONG way to go!! Chatter soon :-)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Loving table runners and toppers!

Last week, Lorraine selected some fabrics for me to put a table topper and table runner together for work. I'm just loving the fabrics she chose! I got busy on Monday, and these are the results:

This runner is made with some of our wonderful Adelaide girl Michele Hill's range of fabrics. The fabric is a border print from Morris Meadows - Michele's amazing fabrics are inspired by her love of all things William Morris.

I'm lucky enough to have some of this fabric, so I'm definitely going to make one of my own.

And here is the table topper:

I'm not sure exactly who all the fabrics are by, I think one is a Hoffman, and perhaps some Primitive Gatherings too. I'll be sure to check. You can just see the batting there - I was being frugal with this project and pieced some small leftover pieces together :-)

And how about this darling fabric on the reverse side:

It's just adorable!

I'll select some binding fabric while I'm at the shop tomorrow - I see some binding and hand stitching in my future!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day

Yesterday was such a lovely day. We headed up to Mannum with my parents to visit with my Nanna, it's always so nice to see her. Of course Mum loved the table runner, and I had flowers for both Nanna and Mum too.

After lunch, we set off for a little exercise. As we always do, we prowled around the local antique store, and then we popped down to the riverside park for the little people to have a run around.

It's great to see so much water in the river again - it wasn't very long ago that the water level was so low.

We couldn't believe how many birds were around, playing and calling. When we looked up into the trees, there were so many cockatoos. I think you can see a few in the picture. We were joking around that if one messes on you, it's lucky. Lucky it hit you and not me!

While we were at the antique shop, Mum bought me this cute little blue and white pot stand. I just love how it looks on the dining table. (The white pot I had at home already)

I just picked up the fern this morning at Bunnings, and this afternoon I'll plant it into the pot properly. I love a nice Boston Fern. They're virtually indestructible. Much more hardy than the Maiden Hair Ferns that I adore - I have a series of swap-outs of those for when they start looking worse for wear.

And my dear sweet Nanna sent me home with some pretty chrysanthemums. I love the colour, they're just lovely.

I've this minute realised that I didn't take a picture of the funky slippers that I got from the kids - I'll have to share a picture of them next time. Hope you all had a great day - we'll chatter soon :-)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sewing Day

Today was the day for the 'Not the Farmers Wife' sewing girls to meet at my house. We're unofficially 'Not the Farmers Wife' group, because none of us are actually sewing on the Farmers Wife blocks at all any more - for reasons of completion, out of love, or utter boredom! We always have a fun time, and it's great to see the girls - Kay, Claire, Denise, Shay, Val (also Lorraine and Loz who couldn't make it today).

In other news, on Thursday I picked up the top of a runner I made a while back - and last night I had an epiphany: I could quilt it and give it to Mum tomorrow for Mother's Day. So in the dark hours I set about quilting it, this morning put the binding on, and while the girls were here hand stitched the reverse side of the binding down. I'm really pleased with how it looks:

I have such a talent for taking blurry photos - don't you envy my mad photography skillz??

There is still a TON of this fabric left in my stash, so I think I may make another of these runners for myself. I'll add it to the ever growing list of Things I'd Like to Make.

I hope everyone has a lovely Mother's Day tomorrow, I'm really looking forward to seeing my Mum and Nanna. Chatter soon! xox

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I love parcels :-)

Today I had a nice surprise waiting by the front door when I came home from quilting. A parcel from the UK - meaning two of my Masons Vista plates had arrived.

They're in just perfect shape, and I'm entirely thrilled. My experience so far when purchasing these plates is that items travelling across the globe from the UK arrive in perfect shape, and items that come from other states in Australia arrive in lots of small pieces - baffling really!

These babies bring my total to 13 dinner plates - I still have one in transit from Canada. Once that one is here, I'll stop with the dinner plates and concentrate on other pieces. How fun! :-)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Quilty overload!

My goodness things have been busy here these past few days. I've been so exhausted in the evenings that blogging was the very last thing on my mind - oops!

On Monday last week after school pickup, Camo, Amy and I visited Ikea. I have no idea why we thought this was a good thing, after school is just fine, but the trip home was MAJOR traffic with everyone coming home from work. The things we parents do for our kids :-). This trip I grabbed some fabric kind of containers (as well as other things) that I thought looked to be a good size for fat quarters.

This is the mess that my fat quarters and backing off-cut section had gotten into. It really is an eyesore and needed sorting really badly. Whenever I buy fq's, they're never folded the same way, and I don't mind confessing that I got bored really quickly folding them all again.

There are Moda scrap bags stuffed in there, and even a fq bundle from when I visited the Piecemakers store in CA in 2000! I thought it too pretty to cut up! Someone save me!!

This is how far I got before it started getting late. I stuffed all the pieces I hadn't got around to back into the cupboard again - hopefully I'll have another sort and store attack again soon :-)

On Thursday evening my dear friend Vicki and I went to our local guild meeting. It was the AGM, and in fun news, she and I have volunteered to be on the Committee this year. We have a lovely bunch of ladies, and it's sure to be really fun.

Friday was a shopping and coffee play date with a sweet girl I went to school with, and then in the evening I was getting ready for a big quilty weekend.

Vicki and I had signed up through guild for a Gloria Loughman workshop. Do check out her website, it's just fabulous. We were working on 'It's all about Colour'. We had the very best time, Gloria is a fabulous and very informative teacher. I am often (but not always) a bit of a slowpoke in class, and I didn't get much further than you see below.

I'm really excited to get busy working on the diamonds again, but they will have to wait until I've gotten further with my Mrs Billings quilting. That is a huge priority.

And speaking of the quilting, here is a small section that I worked on today. I'm just loving how it's coming along.

Once I'm done clearning up from dinner and making lunches for tomorrow, I'll get right back into some more quilting. Yay!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Quilts 1700-1945

This year from the 15th June to the 22nd of September, the Queensland Art Gallery is holding a wonderful exhibition of quilts from the period of 1700-1945. This will be a must-see event, and I'm going to move heaven and earth to get there if I possibly can. If only the exhibition was travelling to Adelaide!

(source) The Rajah Quilt 1841 - pieced by unknown female convicts aboard the Rajah

This amazing exhibition features quilts from the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection, quilts loaned from selected UK museums, the Rajah quilt above, as well as other small handmade objects. Click here to visit the main page for the exhibition.

And now the main reason for this post:  I was contacted by the Press & PR Manager of the Victoria & Albert Museum (seriously!!) to share details of a fabulous fabric collection they have in their Gift Shop.

I had no idea they had fabrics, and after checking them out, I know I MUST add some to my fabric collection. They're a delight for vintage style and modern quilters alike. Visit their shop to see all the lovely fabrics on offer.

And a quick sneaky peek of just one of the bundles available:

V&A Fabrics: Fat Quarter Bundles £35 - Available in Teal, Sage, Beige, Fuschia and Coral.
Exclusive to the V&A Shop

Have fun with your fabric shopping - I am advised that they ship worldwide, so click away. And if you get to the exhibition, do let me know all about it, I'm really hoping to get there too.

Disclaimer: I was not paid or compensated in any way for this blog post - just very happy to pass on a wonderful fabric source to my readers.


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