Sunday, 13 April 2014

Wanted: extra hours

I need more hours in my day.
AQC started with an introduction meeting at 7.30am, then at 8.30 we could shop at the show or view the amazing quilts, a quick comfort stop and off to class by 10am.
Where i spent a whole day putting 14 blocks on my design wall. Not creative stitched blocks, just 8 and a half inch squares.
Luckily the next day I managed to make the fabric shimmer in "Shimmering Triangles".
It's taking me days to write this blogpost, now i have completed three days at AQC.
Does this make another UFO? I will get this little Pam Holland tree finished.......but not in Melbourne.
Last night was the GALA dinner and award presentations. It was nice to see so many clever people recognised.
I do wonder, how can the judges choose a winner from so many beautiful quilts from so many different genres?
Does the traditional hand stitched delight beat the amazing modern and innovative artwork?
I guess the judges take years learning to define the subtle differences...........
I've filled my few spare moments catching up with friends.
Taking very bad photos of very good speakers and eating!
There is barely enough time to sleep.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

AQC

Tonight was a hoot. My first ever visit to the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. It hasn't even started yet and we have been given a huge bag of goodies, met all the tutors, seen very cute young breakdancers twirling their heels in the air and wined and dined with everyone involved.

Bring on tomorrow.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

I'm in the city again.

Another trip down south this weekend..........Ii delivered DS3 to a job interview and rushed off to buy some stuff for the AQC in Melbourne next month. purple is not one of my favourite colours so of course i had to buy some threads........none in my stash already.

Then my boy and I took his girls to Cottesloe Beach to see this exhibition...."Sculpture by the Sea". Great photo opportunities here.

Then as if my old legs weren't tired enough we went to King's Park to climb the DNA tower four.....yes FOUR times!


Well someone had to stay on the ground to take the photo, right!

Today it's off to celebrate an early St Paddy's Day with my gorgeous Irish friend Marie.


I've got my shoes ready and i've made 50 tiny Irish flags to celebrate the anniversary of Marie's move to Australia. It's going to be a fun party, i can't wait.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

99.........

Thats the number of followers I have on this blog. I'm not sure how long it has been this many, the list is right at the bottom of the page and I don't look at it often.
I wonder if I will ever make it to 100?

I guess if I write more often and try to say something interesting it might help.

Last weekend I went to a workshop with the talented Kerry (Wettenhall) Moore........
I had the choice of three Jelly Roll quilts to make.




I choose this one and made a cool crisp slice of Watermelon.

But there were others to do too so keeping with fruit and veg theme.....
Two table runners to suit my 3 metre long table, i'm calling this one SALSA.


Finally the third quilt hasn't made it the flimsy stage yet.....it's just a pile of blocks.
Still with the Salsa colours but not yet named. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Safe Asset

I've spent the evening listening to this talented man tell his story.

What an inspiration. We ooohed and aaahed over his quilts, tapestry and knitting.
Entertaining, interesting and "Oh so talented" and everyone of the 300 people in the auditorium now knows exactly how to pronounce his name.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Thank you

This dear little mug rug appeared in my mail box today.
Thank you to my dear friend for stitching it and using such gorgeous colours.
I am so lucky.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Time to sew

Life has quietened down a little now.
The grandies have returned home, the house is a tiny bit tidier and my sewing machines are all mine.
My sister, Jill, became a grandmother for the tenth time yesterday. I'm a bit excited because my youngest grandy is already off to preschool this year.........we are fresh out of babies!
So Great Aunt Susan (that's me) has made brand new little Sophie Elizabeth a snuggly quilt.

A simple Rail Fence design in pink and aqua with lots of white.


The quilting has butterflies scattered through the stippled pattern and I'll finish it off with a scrappy pieced binding using up all the coloured pieces.
I hope Sophie gets lots of use from her quilt when she is a bit bigger.


She doesn't look very interested right now........bless her.