Sunday, September 7, 2014

This week

This week I was blessed to capture a snapshot on my phone of a stunning sunset across the bay...what a picture. It's wonderful just to stop for a bit and marvel at God's magnificent creation!

Another beauty discovered in the gardens at Heronswood (Dromana). Those more knowledgable about plants than me on instagram told me it is a Peacock Iris, and I can see why! It looks as though someone has carefully marked it with beautiful blue inks.

I had a lovely delivery from the gorgeous Etsy shop Polka Dot Tea, thanks Girls! This Melange Chambray cotton yarn dye from Lecien will be paired up with Liberty fabrics sometime soon. It's absolutely delicious.

Also I was working last week at Treehouse Textiles new shop in Mornington...and loving it! I will be there this week (Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs arvo) if you are in the area drop in and say hi! (2B Empire Street, Mornington).

How has your week been? xo

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Unconventional & Unexpected...A Book Review

To say that Roderick Kiracofe's world has been touched by quilts would be an understatement. He has spent many fruitful years of his life searching for, collecting and cataloging quilts across America (predominantly from the last half of the twentieth century) and now he shares his incredible collection with us in his exceptional new book "Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below The Radar 1950-2000" released 9th Sept.

Roderick has long been involved with craft, painting, photography, art collecting and co-authoring quilt books. In the introduction to this book he shares how he fell in love with quilts and how his magnificent quilt collection came to be.

Woven throughout the book and striking photographs of the quilts, are fabulous essays from renowned quilters (some of whom you will recognize I'm sure!).

I have thoroughly enjoyed sitting down with a cuppa and losing myself in the essays that, along with the quilts tell stories about the people who made these quilts, their lives, the influences on them and the communities they lived in.

Roderick shares that his collection is based on "quilts (that) are not precious: they are "real" and were made to be used" (pg 13). Personally I love the quirkiness and colour, the design and sense of adventure a lot of these quilts possess and could easily see these quilts both being used on my bed, or hanging on my wall! (oh I wish!!!).

Some of the quilts are shown with their beautiful, patched backs.

I've been inspired by so many of the quilts in these pages, and one of them has already made my fingers so itchy to create I've started my own based on this fabulous quilt called Mosaic Rose (pg 176).

I am making my version of it out of Liberty of London fabrics, and I'm thrilled with the result so far. Two blocks done, I will probably do 30 in total. Perhaps I will call it Liberty Rose?!!

As I wrote to Roderick...the quilts, the colours, the essays, the eye-catching flyleaf cover, even the beautiful weight and finish of the paper used to create the book, and the collection of quilts he has spent years putting together, all combine to make this a very significant book in the quilting world. I am thrilled to have it in my collection!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Insta Snapshot

Are you on Instagram? Do you #like or #dislike it?!

I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I must say I do enjoy it over there, the connections with others, the inspiration and encouragement, the photographic record of little snapshots of your work and life. A little like blogging I guess, only a lot faster! 

Sometimes I like to look back over my photo feed and see the work (quilting work of course) that I do get done. Doing a lot of handwork I often feel as though I don't achieve much. Looking back on instagram though, I can see that actually I have created a lot of stuff, some finished, some still in the works.

Sometimes it's just for fun!...

Our very tolerant Groodle Millie getting her Groucho Marx look on

Or to remember a show you loved....

David Tennant AND Matt Smith arggh!

And other times it's nice to capture a 'this caught my eye' shot!

Raindrops on Roses...ahem...Nasturtiums!

I do record a few little snacky things from time to time...

Raw Peanut butter on a date topped with a pecan, yum!

Simple Vegie Fried Rice

...but mostly it's a record of what I'm creating at the time.

I'm loving the Liberty fabrics. More of this to show soon!

Little 'butterfly' units ready to sew onto my Mandala quilt

If you are on instagram and I haven't found you yet, let me know, I do get very inspired by seeing what you do! xo

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Burbling Along

Burble: (noun) a bubbling or gentle flow.

I think burble is a great word to show what state I'm in at the present. Things are getting done, but, as a few of them are hand work, they are just burbling slowly along!!

My Mandala has had another wee round added...I just adore this hot salmon/pink with grey dot fabric.

It's been so much fun to watch this quilt change and grow with each new round.

Photo mosaic made at BigHugeLabs Mosaic Maker

I have also been working on my Linen whole quilt piece that is going to hang on the wall in my lounge room. I'm using a darning foot and free motion quilting this using the 1/4 inch quilters tape as my guide.

My Kantha-like quilt is still happening after all the unpicking here, I have now restitched one border...three to go and I'm done!

I received another beautiful stash of Liberty charm squares from Amitie this week, delicious. They were making pretty patterns on my design wall, with a few of the charms from the previous stash added in. Sweet.

I have loved liberty for a long time, and have been showing a few favourites over on instagram like these two..

This little bundle of Liberty Love also made it's way to my door from Westwood Acres. Very nice.

So that's about it, work happening, but slowly. Sometimes life is like that too. It's kind of nice. xo

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Another Round a Whole Quilt and a Class

My Mandala rounds are slowing down a little now as the quilt grows. It's measuring roughly 33 inches (84cms) across and I'm not sure how much further I will grow it, or even how I will finish it yet!

I think I will bring the centre greens and blues back into the design next. For more info on this quilt see this post.

The other project I'm working on now is to quilt my beautiful piece of hand printed Linen I purchased from Cloth Fabric in Sydney a few months ago.

I decided to quilt this fairly simply and quickly, so I will free motion quilt it on my domestic sewing machine (Janome 6500P). After pinning the quilt sandwich, I have laid out 1/4 inch quilters tape to mark out some unusual triangular shapes.

Next I will stitch inside each shape, beginning just inside the taped outline, then working my way in towards the centre of each shape. A little hard to describe, I hope to be able to show it soon. I don't know that this is the best way to do it, because the centres may get a little puffy, I will give it a go and let you know!

Last Saturday I taught free motion quilting to such a beautiful bunch of talented women at Treehouse Textiles. Now that Em and Sarah have opened a shop in Mornington, the Treehouse at Merricks will be used once a month or so for special VIP classes. It is always such a treat to work there, in such a gorgeous setting, with beautiful food and new friendships made.

Em will also run regular weekly classes at her new, fabulous shop and you can see upcoming classes and book in for these on their website, here. For upcoming VIP classes...Judy Newman's classes are always very popular, her next one is 26th Sept here, and don't miss out on a class with the talented Trish Harper on 18th Oct here. For more info about their new shop, see this post. See you in the shop!!! xo

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A new Shop and an Open Day

I'm thrilled to be able to announce the opening of a new Quilt Shop in the heart of Mornington (Victoria, Australia)! Yesterday Treehouse Textiles opened their doors and began trading.

It was wonderful to walk into such a fresh, charmingly fitted out space which was warm (it was freezing in Mornington yesterday), friendly and filled with colour and inspiration!

The team that is Treehouse Textiles, Emma and her Mother Sarah, have put a lot of thought and creative touches into their beautiful new shop.

They will continue to run their fabulous quilting, crochet, knitting, etc classes, see their website for details here.

The girls will be having an open day this Saturday from 10am-2pm which will be a great time to pop in, experience their wonderful new space for yourself and say Hi. There will be bubbly and nibblies, I'm definitely going!!!

You can find Treehouse Textiles at 2B Empire Street, Mornington. See  you there. xo

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Mandala

Hubby and I have just returned from a lovely small holiday down to Phillip Island. It's nice to get away for a bit from the house, the phone and other day to day distractions. We didn't have any internet coverage either so we really had a break!! And while he surfed, I read and stitched (of course!). For a long time I've wanted to stitch up a Mandala, so I have started...

 The pattern for this is from this lovely book, Liesels Funfecke....

This book is written in German, however all I needed were the templates, and I was set.

Part of the Mandala is shown on the back cover.

I decided last minute to take this away with me, so I had about 10 minutes to grab some fabrics to play with. I had a few old repro fabrics, to which I added a few newer brighter fabrics. I threw them all in my roomy Bolga basket and I was ready to go!

I don't know if these fabrics are going to play well together, but I'm not sure I mind. I'm using the hand piecing method (rather than the english paper piecing as shown in the book) and it is so therapeutic just to sit down with a needle and thread and lovely fabrics. Next round done, now to get some stars made. xo