Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Show and tell

I haven't had a chance to share my show and tell from the Quilt and Craft Fair at the end of July so here it is.

I raided the bargain bin again at the Kelani shop ... an annual task. This time I found a nice pack of Prints Charming prints (destined to be new cushion covers), and remnants of "Sherbet Pips" and a linen blend fabric with retro kitchen crockery on the print. I also bought a length of Alexander Henry's "Heath" in black (see in the background of the photo) which is such a useful print to have and might be the backing for the cushions.

While I looked closely at three brands of sewing machines, my only tool purchase was a replacement 45 mm rotary cutter as my Olfa no longer works and can't be fixed. This time I chose Fiskars from Finland as my Fiskars cutting scissors have lasted me 25 years plus and are fabulous. I also got some English paper piecing papers and cutting templates for a few dollars, so as to have a hand sewing project, but haven't decided on fabric yet.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Spring Blossoms!

On the last day of July our magnolia tree burst into bloom and now a week later it is in full bloom. Luckily the two windy days last week didn't blow off all the petals but a few are looking battered. It makes a pretty sight through the living room window and from our bedroom balcony above.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Favourites at the Quilt Showcase

I did two lots of Quilt Angel duty, which was bad for my feet but great for getting a detailed look at most of the quilts!

It was interesting that most of my favourites won ribbons.

This won best of show:

This was the winner in my category:

I have always liked the reproduction fabrics in yellows and this deep navy.

This New York Beauty in batiks really caught my eye and was also a winner:

My quilter, Karen, won with her Amish style quilt:

And these two I just liked as they were pretty and fresh!

Monday, 1 August 2011

My Quilt at 2011 Showcase

My first entry in a Victorian Quilters Guild Showcase - "Nest" - entered in the very popular category of "two person: amateur and professional". It was a thrill to see it hanging there with all the other entries and although I didn't win a ribbon, I am glad I did enter.

Machine pieced by me and machine quilted by Karen Terrens of Quilts on Bastings.