Forget me Knot

Forget me Knot

I recently made a little sampler of knots that can be used for tying quilts.  It was a great excuse to play with buttons, daisies, ribbon and yarn. It ended up being a sweet little quilt of 17inches square.  Of course I called it  Forget Me Knot.  And to make sure I really don't forget I've written a post about popular knots used in quilting. Pop over here to the Craftsy blog  to check it out. Feel free to let me know if you've any got handy Tying tips. I'm sure there's lots of clever tricks out there. I seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment. A photo of my Double Denim Wedding Ring quilt appears on page 21 of Modern Patchwork Spring 2014 . The quality of the photographs is really excellent. You can actually see the stitches of my quilting. It's a great magazine with lots of patterns and a focus on fun bright modern quilts.  I've also heard Blue Mountain Daisy has been mentioned as a blog to visit in the cur

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Springwood Quilt Show 2014

Springwood Quilt Show 2014

Another Springwood Quilt Show has been and gone. As promised I have some show and tell for you. There were approximately150 quilts on display so this is just a selection of quilts made by my friends.  I'll start with Chris Jurd 's quilt. Aptly named Fiesta  it looks as though lots of wonderful New York Beauty blocks are having a wild colourful party!  A lot of the quilts I'll show you are Chris Jurd patterns because a lot of local quilters are lucky enough to do classes with her. I really enjoy seeing the same patterns made in different fabrics. The next 6 quilts are based on her patterns. You'll recognise my  Octopus's Garden  quilt.  And Scrappyluscious Stars .  By chance it was hung opposite Sue Geldard's version of the same pattern. She has called her quilt Supernova . Sue's border takes it to a whole new level!  Lorraine Titcume called her version of Chris's Hatchet quilt Tiffany after the person she made it for. 

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Behind the Scenes And Behind The Quilts.

Behind the Scenes And Behind The Quilts.

The Springwood Show opens tomorrow at 11am, and it was all happening behind the scenes today as the quilts were being hung I was up a ladder when it occured to me that us hangers not only get to enjoy unfolding the quilts but we also get to see lots of wonderful quilt backs too!! It's like a hidden quilt show where the behinds are as are as wonderful and diverse as the fronts.  How about these Super Stripes that show off the swirly quilting.  Lovely giant lime dots or Teeny tiny puppies Floaty flowers If I was a bird I'd want to be on this wonderful back. The flowers on this backing looked real!  Of course there lots of quilts are backed with gorgeous reproduction fabrics. and some use fabrics that are more contemporary.  There's colourful pieced backings And here's one that looks a bit like a storm brewing. Simple plain backings show off clever quilting. Even when they're orange chenille!!

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Picking A Winner From a Bouquet of Flowers

Picking A Winner From a Bouquet of Flowers

Well here it is - the enormous bouquet of daisies you all helped to create with all your wonderful comments about my 4th blogiversary!!  Thank you so much! I couldn't have asked for a more lovely gift than a big bunch of colourful flowers.  I had planned to pick a winner by choosing a flower straight from the bouquet but after receiving so many entries somehow that just didn't seem enough so I extended the process a bit. Here's what I ended up doing.  I wrote your names on individual flowers and then mixed them all up so I wouldn't know which flower was where. Then I went and got Gbf and asked him to choose 25 flowers.  We folded those 25 daisies and put them into this white vase. Then 10 flowers were randomly selected from the white vase and given to the blue boy to put in his wheelbarrow. From here 4 blooms where chosen  to become ducks wings! While I placed the wings into position Gbf looked away and thought of a number.

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The Chickens Of Daisyland.

The Chickens Of Daisyland.

I've been meaning to introduce my chickens for some time now and what better time than Easter. We'll start with Ginger Fluff. Her motto is "Can I have a banana?"  She's the adventurer of the two. When we let them out of the coop she heads straight for the horizon. We soon learnt to have a banana nearby to lure her home.  If she could be anything she would be an explorer and go in search of tropical islands full of tasty exotic fruit. Or an Astronaut because she thinks there are bananas on the moon.  She is an Isa Brown chicken but we think she has some Leghorn to give her such pretty marbled toffee coloured feathers. Her best friend is Maybellene whose motto is "Eat now and think later!"  She lives for eating! Her favourite treats are bugs, and tomatoes, and silverbeet, and most other things too. If she could be anything it would be a chef cooking big hearty meals using all sorts of interesting and unusual ingredients.  We thin

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