Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Merelyn Pearce Does Margaret Preston

This post doesn't need much text. Just enjoy the photos!  For those of you who don't know, Margaret Preston was an Australian artist in the 1920's (I think that early) and beyond who mainly worked with woodblock prints, so that her art would be more affordable for the average homemaker. Some of her designs were even published in women's magazines so they could be pulled out and framed. Fancy that! She specialised in Australian native flowers and birds, and I have long been an admirer of her beautiful work. Merelyn Pearce has made a fantastic job of turning these prints into beautiful quilts. I can't describe to you how tiny her appliqued pieces are! Just amazing.  Anyway, enjoy.  Apologies for the not perfect photos. There were so many people milling around, I had to go FAST.



































Wow, what an eyeful!

Only other news I have is that I have booked in for a Sue Spargo workshop later this year.  How exciting.

Hugs

Deb

Saturday, April 14, 2012

It's been such a long time

Doesn't life get busy?  And there is not enough time to do everything. For me it has meant that I have been too overcommitted to think about sewing much, so nothing to show you on the blog. In fact the only sewing I have been doing up to the last couple of weeks has been on my treasured third Saturday of the Month with the SSS. Without them I think I would have imploded!  But things seem to have settled at least for now, and I am trying to get my mojo back.

I have had a problem with my foot, and ended up having a biopsy a couple of weeks ago (which luckily was all fine). However it meant that I spent a weekend not being able to walk much and had a hankering to do some knitting.



This is a Kaffe Fassett pattern. Not too difficult to knit, but the yarn is fine so it grows slowly.  I love the way he uses colour, have done for 30 years!  I will show you when it's done.

Nothing to show you of quilting interest (that I have done), but I have finished panel 7 of Homage to Sallie Ann and started on 8 (of a total of 9) so the end is near.  In the meantime, to keep me motivated - or at least to kick start my interest again, I have been to a couple of shows.  One was the local Essendon quilters show a couple of weeks ago.   A bit of retail therapy cheered me up no end, and a few lovely quilts.


I've always loved the Whig Rose pattern, and this was a really fine version.



 

A lovely quilt by one of our sisters. Nice job Kerry (hope you're feeling well).



Some hexagon madness, which I loved particularly for the fine quilting.





This one appealed to my love of red and the colour saturated Kaffe fabrics.




I liked that this had its main detail in the border rather than the centre!



And this one just appealed



I shall post some photos from AQC shortly, lovely quilts if you can get there tomorrow.

So that's my toe dipped in the water..........I have missed all my blogging friends, and as usual have been lurking to see the gorgeous things you have been making but haven't had time or headspace to leave comments.

A special thank you to Lisa from Stray Threads, who sent me some beautiful fabric, and I thought I had said thanks, but apparently only in my head rather than in the real world!  That about sums it up!

Happy days,

Deb