Friday, 19 August 2016

Melbourne and Giveaway winner

I had an amazing time in Victoria. The quilt exhibition Making the Australian Quilt was exceptional, such beautiful quilts made without the tools and conveniences we take for granted. Of course my favourite was Prudence Jeffrey's hexagon quilt nd Auntie Greens. It was exciting to finally visit Lucellos after the exhibition, a little treasure chest of goodies.
 

It was wonderful to catch up with Elyte and Marina on Saturday. We have been meeting every two years as my niece and nephews turned 21, not sure what next event will bring me to Melbourne but I'm sure I'll be back again. We went to Woolarium for sock wool, GJ's and The Cutting Cloth, and had a lovely lunch afterwards. The girls spoiled me with some rabbit themed gifts including fabrics for my bunny quilt, and a bunny spoon. My sister gave me the book from the exhibition.

 

On Sunday we left Melbourne, perfectly timed to visit Threadbear at Castlemaine. I think I have found my spiritual home. I could have bought some of every single fabric in the store! I was so overwhelmed that I almost couldn't make a selection, but it passed. I stocked up on some great fabrics and backgrounds. Almost bought the starter pack for Celebrating Mary Brown but decided to think about it for a while. 
 

After two days wandering around Daylesford we headed back to Melbourne via Millrose......another overwhelmingly beautiful store. Then on to the plane home and back to work. I'm hoping to spend the weekend finally playing with my goodies!
 

I have finished another pair of socks for my niece, and one sock of the self striping variety bought on holidays. It's quite amazing to see the pattern come out.
 

Thank you everyone for the lovely comments for my blog birthday, I've been a bit slack with my replies. I used my highly technical random number selector (hi honey, please choose a number between 1 and 42) and the winner is number 33, Helen. Email your address and this little package will be on its way.
 


Happy weekend everyone.
Susan x

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Melbourne and a giveaway

I am very excited to be heading off on a little solo adventure to Melbourne on Friday. Of course I'm going see the quilts at the NGV! My sister has created a wonderful itinerary of quilt shops, cake and coffee...... On Saturday I'm meeting up with my Melbourne sewing buddies Marina and Elyte, between them all I will be crossing off a lot of dream destination patchwork shops. I just hope my budget can hold up.

I mentioned in my previous post that my blog turns five this month. What a wonderful, creative world blogging is. So many great friends and happy memories made. To celebrate I'm having a little giveaway. I've made a double sided hexagon pin cushion in my favourite red and cream fabrics, and I'm sure I can find a little something extra to add while I'm away. 

 

Just leave a comment on this post and I'll make the draw on Friday 19th August.

Happy sewing!
Susan x

Friday, 29 July 2016

Small projects

Life has been busy but I need to sew every day, even if it's just for ten minutes. No backing for my quilt yet so I haven't been able to start hand quilting. In fact, I haven't been working on quilts at all........I'm waiting for inspiration to strike and help me decide what to do next. So sock knitting and small projects have been occupying me.

A little bit of cross stitch, over half way now.
 
 I finished this pair of socks for my big sisters birthday......they were hard to part with.
 
And have started a new pair.....
 

And made a small boxy pouch just to carry my sock knitting. Great tutorial from Pink Stitches.
 

My blog has been a bit quiet of late, but I notice it will be five years old in August. Might need to find a little something for a giveaway.

Happy weekend.

Susan x

Friday, 15 July 2016

Big reveal.....

I'm feeling a little bit pleased with myself this week. I have made the last stitch in my quilt "Doing the Rounds". From a rough sketch made in the car last Christmas to a finished quilt top, this has been a fun experience. Just have to find a backing and I'm ready  to start quilting. 

 

That's my very frosty lawn underneath, even the bird bath was frozen this morning. The worst thing is that now I have NO applique to work on, really must try to fix that over the weekend!

In other big news we are having a trip to the US later this year. So I thought I should make a little USA pincushion for 4th of July, and found the closest thing I have to a red, white and blue quilt.

 

I'm having a day off work to spend with my littlest boy today. Hope you have a great weekend.

Susan x

Saturday, 2 July 2016

High excitement!

It's going to be a very exciting few days for me. I haven't been at home alone overnight in more than TWENTY years. Of course I've taken little trips and retreats, but not at home by myself. I'm down to one teenager today, and he's heading off on Sunday. So I have a full schedule of applique, knitting, cross stitching, cake eating and movie watching planned. 

To kick things off, I gathered all my quilts for a photo shoot. Twenty two years of enjoyment, all hand quilted and mostly hand sewn. Not including mini's or quilts I've gifted. How many quilts is enough???

 

I'm thrilled to have finished my first pair of socks during the week. They kept my toes toasty warm.
 
I've also cast on the next pair which are for a birthday gift. Hedgehog Fibres from the gorgeous Convent and Chapel at Rylstone.

 

I had a good time at the Sydney craft show. The Best of Show quilt, Love Entwined, was exquisite. I was mesmerized by the detail and workmanship. I didn't get many of the supplies on my list, but I did make some unnecessary and unexpected purchases, which is always fun too. Not pictured here is Marg Sampson Georges book. Whilst the fabrics in her quilts are daunting to me, the book is a very refreshing and liberating take on how we make our quilts, and I'm sure her designs can be adapted to my more subdued colour palette!
 


Hope you have a great weekend too!

Susan x
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