Flower Fun with Hexies!

Flower Fun with Hexies!

I've had my very, very long term hexagon project out recently. There's just something lovely about hand sewing in winter when one can get cosy in a heated room with fluffy slippers and happily stitch away. On the other hand they're also perfect for putting in my bag and taking to work at the flower shop. Sometimes in the afternoon there's a quiet period where I can work on them for a little while.  Occasionally I'll notice a flower that matches my little fabric shapes and I can't resist a photo or two.  Here are some happy snaps I've taken over the past few weeks. Hello Sunshine! Zebra hiding in a silver forest An orchid moment Buzzzzzzzz A flock of birds in paradise Blue skies and a cottage garden Golden times It's easy being green! Think Pink and Purple too. Wouldn't you think that with all these photos I'd have some photos of the blocks I've been sewing.  Alas no, and now i

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Upcoming Quilt Shows & A Denim Flower

Upcoming Quilt Shows & A Denim Flower

With all the posts about shows here lately I thought I'd mention a few exciting quilt shows that are coming up over the next few months.  I've been known to say there are 2 shows I really want to attend some day, one is the big Houston show and the other is  Quilts In The Barn, held from Fri 10th -Sun 12th October.   The show always seems to fall on a weekend that I'm busy so I'm yet to get there but I always follow Linda's blog to get peeks of the show. It's a popular show that everyone who attends raves about.  Every year Linda features a super star quilter, often international, and this year she has two!! Brenda Papadakis - She's the quilter who brought Dear Jane to the quilting world!!  and Patty Harants, an appliquer extaordinaire.  Both Brenda and Patty are doing workshops and at this stage there are still spaces. These are their only Australian workshops so jump in. Brenda and Patty are also doing some interesting lectures. For more inf

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My Other Ribbon!! & Show Quilts

My Other Ribbon!! & Show Quilts

Winning a ribbon for my Happy As A Clam Quilt was amazing but I never thought in my wildest dreams that I'd win two ribbons at The Sydney Quilt Show! My 2nd ribbon was a second place in the Modern-New Traditions From Old Favourites Category for my Neon Bounce quilt. Would you believe neither MrD or I took a full photo of the quilt hanging at the show?!! We each assumed the other had taken a photo, but no. Too funny! I thought I might get back in today but in the end decided another photo of it will do. This was taken on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. To be honest I wasn't sure how this quilt would be received. I thought some people might think it was a bit too modern , or a bit too neon but I only had the most wonderful feedback from people who really liked it because it was fresh and different.  Let's move onto some other quilts. The policy states that we can only show quilts if we have permission from the quilt makers. Luckily I know

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Happy As A Clam - The Quilt!!!

Happy As A Clam - The Quilt!!!

Roll up! Roll up! Ladies and gentlemen, children and chickens,  it's the moment you've all been waiting for...  The unveiling of my  Happy As A Clam quilt!!! The zaniest quilt from down under.  With butterflies, bicycles and big bits of watermelon And secret gold stars hidden in a pocket. It's one of those quilts that the more you look the more you'll see.  Even the back is a daisy garden of fabrics. Some of you might remember I made a quilt of squares back in March, and I said it might just pop up again one day. Well here it is... Yes, that's right, I made a quilt, quilted it and then sewed the clam shells onto it.  I should add that I hand sewed them on because I couldn't imagine quilting a denim top with all it's embellishments with my domestic sewing machine.  This is the part you tell me I'm crazy, and I'd agree wholeheartedly! I could only sew a row a day because it's was tiring for m

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A Bunch of Flowers - Happy As A Clam

A Bunch of Flowers - Happy As A Clam

Happy As A Clam is finished, label and all. Yippee!! I've delivered it to my designated drop off person for the Sydney Quilt Show that opens next week. It's my first time of entering a quilt in the Big Show as I call it, after all there are usually about 450 quilts hanging. Of course I'm a bit nervous and excited but I'm confident that my denim clam shells   will add something a bit different to the variety of quilts that make it such a great show. I'll wait to do the big unveiling of the quilt until next week so I can share photos of it hanging. In the meantime I hope you enjoy this bunch flowers I've picked for you. I've spent most of my life around flowers. When I was a little girl I'd pick flowers and make daisy chains. I enjoyed pressing and drying flowers, watching them transform into something that would last forever. A favourite game was finding pretty fuchsias and pretending they were fairies with full ball gowns. I'd decor

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