Sunday, 23 July 2017

A week of Gifts

This week has been full of gifts - both giving and receiving and I've especially been on the receiving end. First up a huge, huge THANKYOU to Chelair of Moda Fabrics for the very generous and gorgeous gift of William Morris fabric! Some time ago I did email Moda to see if they might be able to help me and after no response I was thrilled to finally get a reply. This 2017 Moda V&A Collection is just gorgeous and I am thrilled to have some. I have a yard and half of two prints that I will use for borders in two larger quilts for the new William Morris book....lucky me!.......

I can't wait to see the rest of the range in the shops in October so buy up when you see it as I am sure it will sell fast! I am also enjoying playing with these beautiful fabrics from Curzon Fabrics. The pearl lustre is just divine and I am using them in several quilt projects in the new book too. It is so hard to capture the richness of them but believe me they are divine (and don't fray either).....


We also received gifts during the week, this time for Beau and Maisie. Two parcels arrived from Victoria (thankyou Aust Post for delivering!), and enclosed were the most delightful wooden animals. They are so beautifully made and Maisie was especially entranced with them as she had recently been to the zoo...........

 And among the collection some Australian animals too........lucky kiddies and thankyou Dot x
 Yesterday at sewing Denise handed me a large bag of dolls house furniture....another past-time that Maisie and I share and today we unpacked it together and added it to the existing household.......thankyou Denise x




 Also during the week we were giving gifts to Maisie on the occasion of her third birthday. Those three years have flown and it is so lovely to see her little personality blooming. I left the camera home so the phone had to suffice........
 After unwrapping our gifts Maisie had a quick change of clothes before the other guests arrived.......into two skirts and her slippers!!.......



 Emily and Brett captured the day and despite the wintry weather they had a special day at the zoo.......

During the week I received a lovely card in the post from Goldfield Quilters thanking me for my donation of two books for their library....here it is Heather and thank you so much for taking the time to write to me....I don't have a return address so hope you see this!.......
 Teaching for me finished on Tuesday and sadly I was too unwell to do the class with the Cairo Tentmakers on Thursday. I have been waiting months to do this special class so I was very disappointed. These are some of the photos from their Facebook page that were taken during the event.......such stunning work and many of these pieces now have new homes here in Australia.........


 On Tuesday in class I was thrilled that Julie brought in her finished version of 'A William Morris Garden'. Julie added tiny beads to enhance her beautiful appliqué........

Julie also brought me a very special gift - a Morris necklace made by her daughter at Wild Sage Designs........thankyou so much Julie...
 Gael also brought in her completed block from the design class two days earlier........can't wait to see more Gael! And then on the right an image from Dianne who was also in the design class....thankyou girls and enjoy designing your own quilts......
I did finish my work bag from Sunday's class and decided to add pockets to the outside so it will carry all I need when I am hand stitching (and more!)........

 I was thrilled and honoured to be a part of the 25 year celebrations at Quilt Encounter that included some of my designs ending up on a sewing machine! Bernina supplied several sewing machines as prizes and the machines were adorned with art work including sections of one my quilts. The top section is from the very talented Julie Haddrick and I am sure she was chuffed to be asked as well. Every time the new owners open their bobbin case doors they can think of William and May Morris sunflowers...well my interpretation anyway!.....
So I am hoping this coming week will bring me some positive news with the gift of new knowledge in relation to my jolly ticker. I'm in the middle of a few tests and during the week I struggled with one of them. I am not so thrilled with a future life on nitrates so I am hoping the cardiologist can find someone who specialises in micro-vascular disease and coronary spasm without these drugs ... being an ex RN doesn't help either (!!). The cardiologist's rooms are close to where I grew up and I do so love this architecture.....
So I will finish with these two precious gifts...we enjoyed their company today.......(and one day I must get the piano tuned and restored ....maybe when I win the lottery!)......


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Stitching on a Sunday

As always I start by wondering how it could possibly be 10 days since my last post... but it is and clearly we've been up to tricks! Today was an extra special day of stitching for me....but more of that shortly. Our state Guild had their annual Quilt Exhibition this weekend but I was unable to go as it clashed with another special event and the only day that I could go I was otherwise occupied. Some of that included a sleep over with Beau including some adventures on the cockle train and joining in some school holiday activities at the Whale Centre......






 During the week I also met up with Judy to pick up Maisie's quilt that is now all covered in quilted circles (thanks Jude x). It seems just right to snuggle under a quilt stitching the binding while hearing on the news that we now officially pay the highest prices for electricity in the entire world!!! If you don't believe me you can read it all HERE and ironically it is because we rely so heavily on renewable energy in the way of solar and wind power......crackers! So if that isn't enough we are now going to build the biggest lithium battery in the world as you can see on the front page of our newspaper! I wonder what William Morris would have thought of all of this .......
So while this is going on behind the scenes I've been sharing our love of quilting these past days at our annual week long quilting retreat that is now in its 25th year - Quilt Encounter. There are over 220 participants and 20 tutors and this is the last time I will be teaching here at home. Yesterday I shared a one day workshop on designing and there was a full class of budding designers that I hope will one day turn their drawings into amazing quilts. Sadly I didn't get very many photos.......


 But today I was on the other side of the fence as a student and what bliss that was! Our project was a Japanese style sewing bag under the guidance of Sue Megaw. It was such a treat to have a day with friends who have often been students and of course I just had to use Morris fabrics........
 But there is always an overachiever (!!)......this time from lovely Kells with her pre-prepared panel all hand appliquéd and embroidered from a Yoko Saito pattern...........





 My lid looked so clumsy and plain after seeing hers.........
 and a little large as well next to one of our tutor's samples.........
But I had a wonderful day and I am looking forward to completing mine. These are some of the tutor samples and one bag has a scissor holder and needlecase attached inside with clever stitched on magnetic clasps (I so need some of these.....they would have been perfect for the Peter Rabbit bed runner).................


I also get to be a student again on Thursday hand appliquéing with the Tentmaker's of Cairo and that will be an enormous and long awaited treat! Sharon from Jamestown brought in one of her completed William Morris inspired quilts today in class and how lovely it is........thanks Sharon x
 I was also delighted to receive some more show and tell by the way of emails and this time it was very exciting as both makers had also just received awards.....and both these quilters are men as well.........wonderful! First of all Eddie sent me a picture of his version of "Friends" from the first Morris book but with his own wonderful outer border design....and best of all.....he won BEST of SHOW at the Hot Springs Area Quilt Guild  show in Arkansas! I am so thrilled for him and I am kind of chuffed a bit too! Well done Eddie! .......
And then earlier in the week I had an email from Clint to say his version of "Morris Magic"" (also from the first Morris book), had received an Excellence for the Group Quilt category in the Canadian Quilters National Juried Quilt Show. Clint did the appliqué and his wife the quilting.....how wonderful is that? Well done to you both and so well deserved like Eddie's quilt..........

 I am so thrilled to receive photos and stories....it really means a lot, so thankyou. We are well and truly in the depths of Winter right now. It was 5C as I drove to class this morning and it topped only 11C on the way home. The garden is dull and the trees are leafless but there are still little signs of joyful colour peeking through........



But the biggest joy for us will be tomorrow when we celebrate this dear little girl's 3rd birthday......the one and only Miss Maisie! So until next time I wish you joyful days too x