Thursday, March 31, 2011

Red and White

No, not wine...

I'm sure by now you've all heard about the amazing Red and White quilt exhibition being held in New York. Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of 650 Red and White quilts. Sadly I wasn't able to go and see it myself but thanks to lots of wonderful bloggers out there posting photographs we can get an idea of what an amazing spectacle it must have been.

I've gathered a list of posts with lots of lovely photos of the show. I figure this way I can pop back and have a linky look whenever I feel like a red/white quilt fix. I'm sure you'll all enjoy these mind blowing inspiring pictures too!

Victoria from Bumble Beans- The exhibition is in her home town and it was her birthday during the show, what a great birthday present from the city of New York!

Regan from Floating on a Quilted Cloud. Regan always makes me laugh, in fact she might just win the funniest blog on my blogroll award. I'm laughing just writing about her.

Megan at Will Work for Fabric 's post title is Pinch Me, I Can't Believe I Was There. Her photos are simply wonderful.

Linda from Quilts in the Barn, gathered up her girlfriends and they flew all the way from Melbourne, Australia just to see the show. They've gone back to look every day!! Her post has some links to videos about the set up of the show.

Sujata from The Root Connection has written a beautiful post about her visit to the show.

Kelly from Pinkadot Quilts went with 6 of her friends ( including Sujata) hence the fabulous post title- Six in the City- Lol!!

Enjoy the photos!!!


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Circle Work

I started these little circle blocks in my class with Chris Jurd on Saturday and had so much fun I kept sewing them as soon as I got home.

Some are paper pieced, others just sewn together, there's a few that are to be English paper pieced and a bit of applique thrown in for luck. I've never made a sampler quilt before and am really enjoying the challenge of a learning a new pattern for each block. The circles are 6.5 inches. Silly me trimmed some a little too small but I'll do some clever cover up work somehow and no one will ever know... hmm...or maybe they'll end up as coasters.

The fabrics were pulled from my stash just before heading off to my class. Sometimes I don't want to think too much about what to use, just let my intuition do it's stuff. Though I did try to pick a combo that was different from my usual jewel brights.

I've included some fabrics that I bought a while ago with Gbf in mind - Space Invaders, the ghosts from Pac-Man fabrics and these bikes. At my show and tell for him after my class I was rewarded with big smiles, "Cool!" and informed that the pacman ghosts are called Inky Pinky Blinky and Clyde. How does he know these things?!

Here's my bit of Sis Boom - I just have to have some in every quilt! Red Claire Blocks from the Bell Bottoms range.
This was a fun block to make...
But this is my favourite!!!
I've recently taken on some extra study and somehow have to fit learning time into my busy schedule so as much as I want to keep making these little blocks, they have been packed away till next months class. It's also why I haven't been blogging or blog hopping as much as I'd like to. I might not be as regular but I'm not going away...

Till next time...


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ducks A L'Orange

Look what flew into my lounge room...

In true down under style ducks fly north as the weather cools. These beauties have come up from Adelaide where they were made by Deliah Devine.

I've always wanted a set of 3 flying ducks and when I saw these on Etsy in all their vintage wallpaper glory I knew they were perfect for our 70's inspired lounge room!!

Aren't I a lucky duck to have these lovely ducks grace my walls. I arranged trio of vases with garden fresh sprigs to make them feel welcome. Hopefully they'll hang around a while.

I'll leave you with some duck jokes... these made me quack up... hee hee

Q Who stole the soap
A The Robber Ducky

Q What do you get when you cross a duck with fireworks?
A A firequacker

Q What do you call a cow and 2 ducks
A Milk and quackers

Kat from Mummas Time to Create put this joke in her comment and it turns out it's one of GBF's favourite jokes of all time so I had to add it to the list.

Q: What's the difference between a duck?
A: One of it's legs is both the same...

Yeah, I don't get it either, but I like its absurdity.

Heee Hee giggle


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Magic Wheels

My Magic Wheels top is finished!
I was hoping to get some photos of it hanging artistically outside but just as I was sewing my last stitches the clouds blew in and brought the rain.

At 92.5 inches the top is too long for my design wall but perfect for my bed! I probably should've ironed it before taking photos but I was too keen. So please excuse the wrinkles.

I'm not quite sure how I'll quilt it yet. I'm thinking Ill stitch in the ditch the blocks then do a mixture of free motion quilting and some perle thread hand quilting. But then I find myself wondering how custom long arm quilting would look.
As you all know by now I've really enjoyed using Saffron Craig's Magic Lands range. There's also some Dan Bennet's Wild Garden, Tula Pink's Eye Drops in Dusk, and of course some Sis Boom's Queen Street. It seems I always like to use some of Jennifer Paganelli's fabrics in every quilt I make. For this quilt I used Queen Street's Jodi and Dolin from the green colourway and Maritza Spots in aqua.

GBF says the wheels look like pizzas. I'll take that as a compliment!
Maybe we should celebrate my finish with some real pizzas! Yum!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

I've Been Adventuring!!!

I know I've been absent from my blog for a while but I've got a good excuse...

The other day I was sitting in my sewing room thinking it would be nice to have a holiday when from the distance came the sound of tinkling chimes. All of a sudden I found myself surrounded by wonderful patterned pink, purple and green hills. "What Magical Lands are these!?!" I exclaimed. There was only one way to find out so off I skipped on an exciting adventure.

I travelled through the patterned purple and blue hills, over the fields and into a forest of Magic Trees that stretched as far as the eyes could see.
The leaves rustled and bustled in gentle breezes. I saw many a wonderful thing.

Soon enough my busy adventuring days started to chill and soon the forest became a splendid Snowy Woods. with snowy paths and silent falling snowy flakes.

Brrrr, I'm not a huge fan of the cold so I found some big Tree Pods to snuggle underneath and was soon cosy as a warm apple pie, without ice cream of course.

The seasons turned and Spring arrived and the air filled with Ginko blossoms. I celebrated by doing a little song and dance.

"Ginko Blossoms over here,
Ginko Blossoms over there,
There's Ginko Blossoms everywhere
La la lovely Ginko Blossoms, Yeahhh!! "

After all that singing and dancing I needed a nice place to rest my weary legs. I looked around and found just the spot! A Magic Spot indeed!

I sat down and closed my eyes... in my dreams I heard a strangely familiar tinkly chime sound and found myself back in my sewing room!! I pinched myself quite a few times and wondered if it had just been a dream. But I looked around and found I'd brought some mementos back with me...

I'll have more to show of my adventures with Magical Lands soon, so stay tuned...


PS. All fabrics shown in this post are designed by Saffron Craig. Check out her website and lovely blog for more information and inspiration.


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