Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday's Treasures - Old Cars and Groovy sunglasses

Mum,cousins (Kay and John), Nanna Shallala and Aunty Audrey
My sister has sent another photo from the family archive. Don't you just love the cars and those way out  sunnies my nanna and aunty are wearing? Very Dame Edna.

Join Melody at the House on the Side of the Hill blog for Tuesday's Treasures. What's your treasure?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Serenade

Danielle is well known for her love of appliquéd leaves. I sent her a Jelly Roll of Kate Spain's Serenade collection to make a cushion showcasing all the beautiful designs and colours of Kate's autumn toned fabrics.



You can read all about Danielle's cushion here at MesPetitselefants. Thank you Danielle for making such a beautiful cushion. You are one lovely and talented quilter.

Bunnyconnellen

Every year we go to Bunnyconnellen vineyard and olive grove for lunch. Usually we join in the Bastille Day festivities with a French themed lunch but this year we enjoyed some Spanish cuisine made with ingredients fresh from the gardens, olive grove and nearby farms.

The Menu
View from the tables
Olives from the Olive Grove. The Broccoli for the mains was cooked in their
Verdelho wine
Orange Sorbet - Made from the sweet oranges from their trees
Bunnyconnellen is only a couple of hours drive from Brisbane via Toowoomba. They have many activities on during the year from Jazz to themed lunches. In September they will be hosting 'An Amble In the Garden' with Richard Jones' After your visit, make sure you stop at all the charming country towns and wonderful antique stores along the way for a treasure or two.

Friday, July 27, 2012

One very Happy Camper

What has happened in my quilty world this week.

Augustine received the quilt.


Two Bee Blocks done for QCA.



The DHWQ quilted and ready to bind.


Three beautiful hexies received.



Winner - Field Study 6" Charm Pack

The winner of the charm pack is:



I think I would name a block Norphastaria in honor of a kindergartener at my last school. I am so glad I named my son Andy - that is all he could handle when learning to write - ha ha!! Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous charm pack!!
Cool name for a block and very original for a wee child.

Becky I have sent you an e-mail regarding your mailing address.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Flirt and Eat Your Fruit n Vegies

Just listed in my little e-shop a taste of what is to come from Sandy Gervais and Pat Sloan.

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies by Pat Sloan
Inspired my whole life by fresh produce, I created a fabric line with all the yummy colors of my favorite fruits and veggies! This tantalizing collection of prints of and coordinating batiks features various fresh-picked shades from the garden: purple eggplants, luscious strawberries, wonderful orange carrots, fresh green beans, delicious apples, and let's not forget to put a cherry on top, my favorite fruit of all!


Eat Your Fruit n Veggies

Flirt by Sandy Gervais
Flirting is saying, "Hey! I like you" without a single word. It's a coy glance … a wink and a grin … it's blushing when you say hello. It isn't a skill; it's an art. Flirting makes you wonder what else is in store. And there is more in store … much more in Flirt – the latest line of fabric from Moda's Sandy Gervais. The patterns are shy but deliberate … the colors, subtle but energetic. They're a sidelong gaze paired with a quick smile. And just like the fine art of flirting, they're irresistibly playful…in fact, if you wink, they will probably wink right back!



Flirt

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Christmas in July Block-A-Thon

It's my turn to present my 18" block for the Christmas in July Block-A-Thon at the FreeSpirit blog.

Star-a-licious
Quilt along with other bloggers to be in the draw for some fantastic prizes.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/2022427@N22/



I will be giving one lucky blogger a chance to win an Anna Marie Horner 'Field Study' 6" charm pack


COMPETITION is closed. See this post for winner.


To enter, leave a comment on this page telling me what fabulous and interesting name you would give a star block that you designed.

I will draw a winner next Friday 27th July

List of Bloggers!
July 2th - Heather at Fiberosity  http://www.fiberosity.com/
July 5nd - Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com/
July 6th – Melanie at Melanie Dramatic http://melaniedramatic.com/
July 9th - Pam at Pam Kitty Morning http://pamkittymorning.blogspot.com/
July 11th - Kelsey Creates  http://www.kelseycreates.com/
July 13th - Katie @ Swim Bike Quilt  http://www.swimbikequilt.com/
July 16th - Kim at Persimon Dreams http://www.persimondreams.com/
July 18th - Amanda at Sasikirana http://amandasasikirana.wordpress.com/
July 20th - Jane at QuiltJane http://www.quiltjane.blogspot.com/
July 23th - Kristy at St Louis Folk Victorian http://stlouisfolkvictorian.blogspot.com/
July 25th – Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop  http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
July 27rd - Lee at Freshly Pieced http://freshlypieced.blogspot.com
July 30th - Jennifer at MJandCo http://mjandco-quilting.blogspot.com/
August 1st – Mishka at Quilting Gallery http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/
August 3rd - Tiffiny at www.freepatchworkquiltinfo.com
August 6th - Tacha at Fat Quarterly http://www.fatquarterly.com
August 8th – Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations http://canoeridgecreations.com
August 10th – Jocelyn at It’s Sew Emma http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
August 13th – Final Quilt Reveal!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Flockwave Finished

I finally bound the 'Flockwave' quilt which you can read about here. I guess I can call it a Friday Finish. Now onto a pile of WIP's.

Loopy quilting (a reflection of me) and a 'nude' binding. I loved
sewing with the Cotton/Spandex solid. So shiny and luxurious.
Back of Flock - Left over FQ's from Flock and a little Kate Spain
Flurry in Blue
Poodle guarding his 'Flock'

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Man of Cloth Quilt


The Man of Cloth Quilt is finally finished and bound. This quilt was made for Fr Augustine to welcome him to our Parish and to Australia. When I asked Augustine what colour he would like, he cheekily said,"Pink". For those that know me I do have a warped sense of humour and was almost tempted to add some pink but refrained from doing so and dove into my Parson Grey Curious Nature stash instead.

I apologise for the photos. It has rained non stopped for the last few days and I have not been able to photograph outside.


The quilt is a simple design using free form lime crosses. It is mostly negative space using the Kaufman Quilters Linen in grey and quilted in multiple fill patterns using a light teal thread.


The backing is one of my favourite prints from Emily Herrick's - going coastal range - Crab Walk in Grey. I thought the crabs made it a bit quirky and fun. Although, one may have nightmares with all those clawed creatures lying on top of them.


Augustine will receive the quilt on Friday and I hope it brings him much warmth and comfort in his journeys.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

That time of the year again

The Albany Creek Fair is happening this Sunday. Last year I spent 6 months of my life with the help of some beautiful friends to make craft for the fair. This year I had to opt out of the craft stall so I decided to work all day at the Fair Cafe. Judith, the convenor, found some bargain white aprons so I added a little appliqué of teacups on each. If I had more time, I would have loved to screen print 'Cafe Corner' on them.


The Cafe supplies tea / coffee / hot chocolate plus fresh scones, pikelets, cupcakes, biscuits and fresh sandwiches. I will making my triple choc cookies and Lemon myrtle Macadamia muffins - all gluten free. Yum.

It has been raining all week so, for those who are doing a rain dance in the Southern Hemisphere, please have a rest this weekend and let us enjoy the sunshine.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Christmas in July Block-A-thon has started


The Christmas in July Block-A-Thon has started. Visit the Free Spirit Blog to see the tutorials for each block.

2 GRAND PRIZES include all the fabrics to create the Christmas in July quilt. They will be randomly selected at the end of the QAL in a comment manner.

Post your progress in our Flickr group that you can find here. 
Also, if you are joining in, grab our button on the sidebar to post on your blog!

freespiritfabrics.blogspot.com

List of Bloggers!
July 2th - Heather at Fiberosity  http://www.fiberosity.com/
July 5nd - Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com/
July 6th – Melanie at Melanie Dramatic http://melaniedramatic.com/
July 9th - Pam at Pam Kitty Morning http://pamkittymorning.blogspot.com/
July 11th - Kelsey Creates  http://www.kelseycreates.com/
July 13th - Katie @ Swim Bike Quilt  http://www.swimbikequilt.com/
July 16th - Kim at Persimon Dreams http://www.persimondreams.com/
July 18th - Amanda at Sasikirana http://amandasasikirana.wordpress.com/
July 20th - Jane at QuiltJane http://www.quiltjane.blogspot.com/
July 23th - Kristy at St Louis Folk Victorian http://stlouisfolkvictorian.blogspot.com/
July 25th – Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop  http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
July 27rd - Lee at Freshly Pieced http://freshlypieced.blogspot.com
July 30th - Jennifer at MJandCo http://mjandco-quilting.blogspot.com/
August 1st – Mishka at Quilting Gallery http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/
August 3rd - Tiffiny at www.freepatchworkquiltinfo.com
August 6th - Tacha at Fat Quarterly http://www.fatquarterly.com
August 8th – Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations http://canoeridgecreations.com
August 10th – Jocelyn at It’s Sew Emma http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
August 13th – Final Quilt Reveal!

Tapestry, Warmth and Dear Mr Claus

Tomorrow arriving in my little e-shop are the following Moda pre-release, pre-cuts, Tapestry, Warmth and Dear Mr Claus.

Tapestry
Tapestry by Fig Tree and Co.

Whether the word Tapestry conjures up images of flying carpets or intricately woven textiles, this collection is a medley of exotic influences, colors and flavors. Inspired by a mix of Greek and Moroccan influences, the prints in this group transport you to far away places and take you on a colorful journey in your dreams. Rich, saturated colors such as tangerine, garnet and coral in a variety of autumnal palettes will surely appeal to both the adventurer in you as well as the traditionalist.

Warmth


Collections for a Cause - Warmth by Howard Marcus 
Benefitting Habitat for Humanity
Howard Marcus's latest reproduction quilt collection harkens back to a more simple time and place. In 1830's New Jersey subtlety of color and simplicity of design were common characteristics among local quilters. This quilt features an eight pointed beauty, the LeMoyne Star, in a subdued palette of cream and cocoa brown calicoes. Accent colors within the stars in a variety of faded reds, indigo blues and even a pop of green provide a spark of Warmth. By recreating this beautiful quilt you can play an important role in Supporting the Cause, and help Habitat for Humanity spread Warmth to those less fortunate.
Dear Mr Claus
Dear Mr. Claus by Cosmo Cricket


Monday, July 9, 2012

SEW you're Destashing

There is a great new page on Facebook for Australians called SEW you're destashing. It's a place to find great bargains.

Today, I went wild and listed a few items that I have been lovingly storing for the 'one day' basket to make room for the new.


Make sure you pop over and have a look at all the wonderful items listed by everyone and if you are listing don't forget to read the Rules in the Doc section.

Penny Rug Part 6 - Barn

Melody at The House on the Side of the Hill has been hosting the Penny Rug BOM. Melody has just published part 6, based on an American Style barn.


Here is the rug so far.

You can find Parts 1-5 on Melody's blog along with some 'fabulous free stuff'.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A little Holiday in Tasmania

My husband works hard and we only get one weeks holiday a year as a family. This year we made the trip across the Tasman to Tasmania. It's the middle of winter so it was freezing. Tasmania is known for it's fresh produce, great wine and cheeses and wilderness filled with the most amazing flora and fauna.

Here are a few snaps from our journey across the 'Apple Isle'.

The Bay of Fire - Named for the red algae on the rocks 
Bay Of Fire 
Looking over at Bruny Island 
Mandatory trip to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory 
Cradle Mountain 
Cradle Mountain - Dove Lake 
Hobart Harbour near Constitution Wharf 
Summit of Mt Wellington
Looking over Hobart from Mt Wellington 
Port Arthur 
Port Arthur - Convict Colony 
Pirate Bay - Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow
Richmond Grove Winery
Snow Fight on Mt Wellington
Cold Children at a winery
Paddymelon Wallaby on Cradle Mountain. These cuties and wombats
were everywhere.


The quilts of Deloraine. Made over 3 years using silk and other textiles.
These panels were hand embroidered and appliquéd. 
Backdrops for quilts. I had sewing withdrawals so I imagined my
quilts staged in these beautiful backdrops.