This gorgeous bundle of Lecien fabrics arrived in my letter box yesterday and I could not resist starting to play with them. I love the sludgy dirty colours in this range and am mixing it with some fabrics from previous Lecien lines.
Not really sure what will grow from here but its fun playing. I am off now to cut some strips for either log cabins or courthouse steps....hmm wonder which will look best... stay tuned.
I have been busy stitching all week and have a few things close to completion.
My mind has gone crazy with the theme and now I need to decide?? Book or mini series of patterns, like a block of the month but a project of the month all with the same theme. I am tending towards to the mini pattern series idea as I think it would be great fun to get a series of kits in the mail monthly to make a variety of themed small/large projects. What do you think?
We set off Sunday morning to go and watch some sport.... we got a bit lost on the way and ended up asking for directions at this general store.
Whilst Vince was in the store I took a peek at the train station across the road,
I love how the timber posts have been painted to look like the guard and the porter as you can see the sky was a wonderful shade of blue...
We arrived at our final destination and set up our chairs and picnic blanket etc. There was some ladies cooking hot food so we had a yummy egg and bacon roll each for breakfast....... but can you guess what we came to watch?
The Sunshine Coast Polo teams playing,
My goodness those ponies go fast and the control the riders have is amazing.
Hugo loved every moment.
We had a great day out, now we need to learn how the game is played so next time we go to watch we will have a better understanding of the game. I hope you had a great weekend?
After a wonderful walk along the cliff top we headed to Buderim to take a look at the quilts on display. There was 'no photography allowed' at the show which I think is a shame, however if you visit this blog you can get a peek at what we saw.
There were a couple of vendors there and I had time to catch with my friend Lee and together we had fun choosing a jelly roll for me. You can see my pillow 'Quilt Shoppe' in the background, which Lee tells me is selling very well, yeah!
There were a couple of quilts on display that were from my designs, the first we found was The Butterfly Collection which had been made from a kit and was very nicely made.
The second was 'Apple Tree Farm' which is an older design but still popular because of the horses. This one had been made by Val who is pictured with me. Val has a group of ladies who make quilts for charities, the quilt was made from a kit that was in a large bag of fabrics that had been donated to the group. They plan to raffle this quilt to raise funds for their charity work.
After a wonderful time viewing and admiring the quilts we headed outside for a cuppa, part of our entry fee included a cup of tea with scones and jam, my scone had dates in it and was delicious......sorry I forgot to photograph it!
What fun, Carrie and Camille have suggested a parade of quilts, they ask that we show our first quilt and our most recent quilt.
Back in the early 80's I was into handspinning and dying and funky if complicated knitting, loving particularly designs by Patricia Roberts. This cardigan which is still hanging in my wardrobe is from handspun/dyed wool is showing a distinctively patchworky pattern, maybe the patchwork bug was already getting a hold on me!
After the birth of my first son I needed something that was still portable, easy to pick up and put down but not so easy for a new baby to grab a hold of and pull undone in the blink of any eye!!
My first quilt was a handpieced sampler, made in an evening class over many weeks.
There were no quilt shops and finding coordinating cotton fabrics was hard so Mum and I went on a girls trip to Libertys of London and bought some of their fabulous lawn fabrics for my this my first quilt.
Not only is every seam handstitched but its heavily handquilted, I am looking forward to the day when I can find time to handquilt again.
I still love the border design that I chose...
What did I learn? Well that I love sewing by hand, I enjoy applique more than piecing, if I am piecing then matching points are not essential to me and that I should have done the long seams on my machine as no one would have ever known!
The most recent quilt that I have finished that I can show you? That would be this one using my fabric line Hedgerow. As you can see Hugo thinks its a winner.
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my first quilt and my most recent finished quilt, it was really a good thing that i got to look in the quilt cupboard to find my first quilt as all the quilts needed to be refolded and some are even as I write in the washing machine as they were a bit cupboard smelly (you know what I mean...eeew), soon they will be all fresh and lovely again hanging on the line in the breeze...now that sounds like a good picture for a post later this week dont you think.