Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It looks and feels like Summer

I've been working on a piece for an online Christmas Swap, so I can't show you and I'm still reading books by Caro Ramsay. I downloaded one of her books to read while I was on holiday and enjoyed it so much, I am now in the middle of a 5th book written by her. I'm going to show you my front garden. There was a lot of rain over Winter and now that the weather has warmed I have an explosion of colour. The roses have all bloomed as well as the tall irises and the Granny's Bonnets. The smaller irises have been and gone just like the blue echiums. Today has been sunny and warm, 28C so they must think it's Summer.
The old common Nasturtiums have spread wide and far and they look good indoors too.

Now that the third flower has opened on my Lily it is looking wonderful. It sits on the verandah and I can see it through the window.  


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Back at Last

Back home from the holiday in the sun and the visitors have moved out.The house is quiet and almost has an empty feeling, with 3 adults and a 18month old gone I'm not surprised. There's  been a little bit of sewing  done and mainly on the Mosaic quilt. As you can see the flowers around the centre are progressing slowly.

and a few more blocks for the Sundial BOM but I'm way behind and have several to catch up on.

Next, the leaves are still progressing and this is now the 7th vine.

Last Tuesday several of us attended a 'Quilt' day at Linda's. Talking, lunching, looking at antique quilts and some show and tell. Randi, was over here for the Quilts in the Barn and staying with Linda and this was a get together before she flew home. Several of us are all members of a Yahoo quilting group. Here are Linda,Bev Randi,Jill and I at the start of the day before the fun began.

Friday, October 12, 2012


Can you tell I'm somewhere else?
Enjoying the warmth of the sun.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Saturday at the Barn

A few more of the quilts on show,today. Here is Jill sitting at the entry with the beautiful raffle quilt behind her.

This next one on the right belongs to Bev, one of my quilting friends that drives  me to Castlemaine for the Applique Society meetings.



Meredithe has several on her blog too and Linda will have them all on her blog after her Show is over.
Here are a few of the quilts Mary Koval showed us on Tuesday night. I thought you might like to see them too. These are all old quilts.
I must remember to add a yellow fabric to my quilts. It was mainly a dull quilt but the yellow just brought it alive.


This was a 4-patch and wonderfully scrappy.
* I've just noticed the bit missing at the bottom and when I checked my  photo it's my finger on the camera and not a fault in the quilt.*

I hope you have enjoyed what I have shown you. It has been a great display of quilts.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday at the Barn

The first day at Quilts in the Barn was beautiful, warm and sunny . There is a wet weekend expected unfortunately. It was busy, busy ,busy. Lots of wonderful quilts to view, raffle tickets, fabric and patterns from the Quilted Crow shop, antique quilts and fabrics to see and buy. Here are a few of the photos I took. This beautiful quilt by Linda greeted us at the door.
A picture of the Quilted Crow shop.

Mary and Jo Koval in front of her quilt.

The small quilts.

Some more of the small quilts in the first aisle.

More in the first aisle.

This white on red applique quilt by Fiona Lindsay caught my eye.You all know how much I love applique.

More tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Night with Mary

 I was invited by Linda  to attend a Night with Mary, last night. Linda holds the Quilts in the Barn, quilt show each year to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research, The quilt show is on this coming weekend and the theme is red and white quilts, Infinite Variety Revisited . There will be quilts new and old, belonging to Linda, Mary Koval and friends, and last night we had a preview of Mary Koval's quilts which she has brought with her from the USA. We all had a very enjoyable, informative evening and the quilts were wonderful. We also got to see her soon to be released new range of fabrics, fabrics from the 1800's and some superb French fabrics.
The last time, Mary Koval visited, I bought a piece of 1800 Chintz fabric from her and last night I showed her what I had made using the fabric. I have always used other peoples' patterns to make quilts and I never realised just how hard it was to design something and work out the measurements of each round so that they all fit together with some equality.

and here is a close up of the piece of Chintz fabric in the centre.
If you're in Melbourne this Friday, Saturday or Sunday come and visit the Barn and see all the wonderful quilts that are going to be there. The quilts will be on Linda's blog after the Show is finished so for everyone overseas, you won't miss out completely.