Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hello Dear Friends

I have been taking some photos to show you but haven't had a chance to upload them. So this will be a bit of the past and a bit of the present.

You may recall that a few weeks ago, some visitors from the northern hemisphere were in town. By now you have probably heard many of the stories, but I have a few photos to share.

Mary and Joe Koval were in town, and Linda (from Quilts in the Barn) hosted an evening with Mary. It was absolutely delightful. Linda is a fabulous hostess, and invited her quilting friends from various different places. I enjoyed the evening immensely. Mary is so knowledgeable and interesting o talk to. And of course being able to touch these antique quilts was amazing. Remember we don't get to see so many of these here in Australia.

Here are some photos of Mary with some beautiful antique quilts.


One of our favourites, and certainly one to pay homage to.


This was my favourite, the fabrics are gorgeous and it was in such good nick.


Starting to delve into the red and green quilts.



This could be the answer to "How long is a piece of string" but I don't think it was!


We were happy to hear that Mary was very impressed with the standard of our Aussie quilts. In particular that we spent a long time making intricate pieces.

Yesterday we had a quilt show in Melbourne and I was impressed by quite a few quilts. Here are some, more will follow.

This first one is by our friend and machine quilter extrordinaire, Helen Hayes.


Each hexagon centre is made from an old embroidered doily which Helen collected from family, friends and op shops. Looked fabuous.

Not sure who all of these quilts were made by, but their makes are certainly to be congratulated.


This Baltimore is a beauty. Love the border.


That's it for now. I'm still toiling on Panel 6 of Sallie Ann, so nothing to show that you haven't already seen.

Happy quilting,

Deb

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Burn Notice

A long semester over and I never want one like that again. This past week has seen work and home return to normal and I am starting to feel a little rejuvenated and I am regaining some energy to think about what I would *like* to do rather than what I *have* to do or *haven't* yet done.

So these photos are a little old now - I took them a few weeks ago but didn't get a chance to upload.

First one is of my completed Block 1 of Imperial Blooms.

It turned out much better than I anticipated and the stitchery was great fun. Here's a close up.


So pretty. I have started Block 2 but nothing too exciting yet.

I also finished Block 5 of Sallie Ann - here it is so you can see the design coming together.

You can see the oval wreath forming. Can't wait to get that sixth panel in!

We had some very special visitors last week, Petra and Nel from Den Haan & Wagenmakers, Carol and Ghys from Quiltmania and Mary and Joe Koval the very well known antique quilt and fabric experts - it's true - can you believe it? More on that next time.

I'm off to have a Harry Potter marathon in preparation for the final movie - tragic I know - but so much fun.

Big Hugs to all,

Deb