Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Due North

It's 4.30am here and I am getting for the 21 hour flight to Houston. Squeeee ! I will be going to my first Quilt Market and I am very excited about the prospect of meeting many quilters and designers and seeing all the new and wonderful quilting fabrics, patterns and notions that will be coming our way soon.

I have packed some hexies to sew on the plane and left a tiny bit of room in the bag for some goodies. 
Where permitted, I will take lots of snaps on the iPhone and post them on Twitter and Instagram as I go.

I wish I could take you all in my suitcase.
Source: Graphics Fairy


P.S All the orders that came in up to last night have been wrapped ready for shipping. Orders placed while I am away will be shipped on my return (01 Nov)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Simply Fatquarters Showcase Tour and Giveaway

 

How excited was I to be asked to re-create one of the quilts featured in Simply Fat Quarters, the first published book from the team at It's Sew Emma. I am a huge fan of the Fatquartershop and the design team who create the fantastic It's Sew Emma patterns. Simply Fat Quarters includes 10 fat quarter quilts in four sizes (crib, lap, twin and king) with a variety of styles perfect for quilters of all skill levels.
'Zap' is the quilt featured here on the back cover of the book on the left. 


I selected the Twin size quilt (78" x 89 1/2") using the divine Art Gallery fabrics by Pat Bravo, 'Indie' and Pure Elements 'Mirage Blue' for the background, Mandarin Dynasty for the backing and Dusk Afro Fusion for the Binding.


The luxurious Art Gallery fabrics are beautiful to cut and sew, just perfect for this project. The Zap pattern was simple to make using the easy to follow and excellently written, instructions by Sarah Price. A wonderful project for the confident beginner to seasoned quilter, this quilt would be a beautiful addition to any home to be loved, used and cherished for years to come.


Zap was pieced with Aurifil 2805 50wt cotton and quilted with Superior Art Studio #208 40wt polyester with Aurifil 2805 in the bobbin. I selected a very fun and girly, flowery and feathery design accompanied by Matildas Own Wool/Poly wadding to provide warmth and moderate loft.





Don't forget to visit the last three sites to see their beautiful quilts from the book.

11/5   Kaye Prince (http://miss-print.blogspot.com)
11/12  Katy Jones (http://imagingermonkey.blogspot.com)
11/19  Pat Sloan (
http://patsloan.typepad.com)
Wrap-up post on Jolly Jabber

and if you have not visited the previous bloggers, here are their links:

10/8    Kick-off on Jolly Jabber and Sherri McConnell (http://www.aquiltinglife.com)
10/15  Natalia Bonner (http://www.pieceandquilt.com)

I would like to extend a big thank you to the team at It's Sew Emma for inviting me to make one of their gorgeous patterns and showcase it today. I feel very privileged. 

If you would like to win a copy of the book and a kit to make my version of the Zap quilt please leave a comment. Any comment will do.

Well, I'm off to Houston in 2 days to attend my first quilt market (Eeeeeek! So excited). I will be sure to post some pictures and keep you all informed by Twitter, Facebook and blogger. I am only taking carry on luggage and have sworn to myself I will not buy any fabric. We will see how long that lasts.


P.S This quilt will be travelling to Houston with me to be used as a folded sample quilt in the Art Gallery booth.






Saturday, October 20, 2012

What's up this week

What's been happening here.

Received 'Just because' flowers from Melody 
Finished pillow for Sally. For those that commented about the
Aurifil threads, just letting you know I shall be buried with them LOL
A cushion for Lynne
Another cushion for an upcoming Blog Hop
My pure Elements Stash ready to be made into a quilt
A secret squirrel project in Kasuri
Another secret squirrel project in Summerville 
Sqeeeeee! Some Liberty cottons 
Grapes are appearing so wine o'clock at chez Davidson soon 
My Jacaranda finally bloomed after 12 years.
My bounty from the Brisbane Quilt and Craft Fair. I love my glow in the
dark skeleton fabric, jellybean scissors for travelling and new
permanent fabric pens
And heaps of client quilts ...


Blog hops galore and many, many things I cannot show you. Enjoy your weekend.


Winner of the Sweet Celebrations Giveaway


Thank you everyone for your very entertaining pen names. I had fun reading them all. The winner of the giveaway is:

Hmm.. A pen name. How about Kitty Sleepy! I would love to sleep as well as my cat does.
Congratulations Joanne. Please contact me to I can send you a copy of the book and a Kasuri Layer Cake.



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pushions to Go

Some say Cushions and others say pillows. I say Pushions! These two pushions are destined to find a home in the US and UK.


Pushion 1 is made for Sally in the US. I had made a block for the Home Sweet Home QAL, which I wanted to make into a pushion. It features the Moreton Bay Fig. Moreton Bay Figs (Ficus Macrophylla) are whopping big rain forest trees, indigenous to the east coast of Australia.


Pushion 2 is made for Lynne (Lilysquilts) in the UK. I made a little EPP centre block filled with British things and framed it in a Spotlight British themed fabric.



Pushion 1 has an envelope backing and pushion 2 has a fancy covered zip. Both are trimmed with binding.


I hope they arrive soon x


Monday, October 15, 2012

Love, Wish Hexies

There was a bright yellow envelope in my PO Box this morning addressed to Jane Davidson 'Just Because'. Inside were these two beautiful hexies from Melody.


Melody is one of the most kindest and talented stitchers I have the privilege to know. Melody has made my day. They will look fabulous in my garden.

Melody's site is the House on the Side of the Hill. A blog full of stitchy goodness and lots of 'Free Stuff' 


Winner Sweet Treats Blog Hop


The winner of the $25 Fatquartershop gift certificate is:

I have a number of favorite mini-charm packs, but my favorite would have to be Simply Color.
Congratulations Vicki. I have sent you your gift voucher code.

Thank you everyone for your kind comments regarding my project and thank you for joining in the fun of the Sweet Treat blog hop and giveaway.




Sunday, October 14, 2012

A walk in the garden

Spring has Sprung and so I thought I would take you for a walk in the garden amongst the trees and shrubs (and weeds).

Strawberries nearly ready to eat
Yum, blueberries

My poor, long suffering Jacaranda that has taken 12 years to flower.



The white Jacaranda is ready to flower.


The orange flowers of the Silky Oak.



The North Queensland Ice-Cream tree in bloom. It produces large seed pods that when scraped out and eaten, taste like vanilla ice-cream.


A little visitor - Rainbow Lorikeet
The cousin of the red flame tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) - Brachychiton Bidwilli (Little Kurrajoing)



My coffee bush. One year I gathered all the beans, roasted them slowly for hours, ground them and made a cup of coffee. It actually tasted OK.