Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Quilts In The Barn This Weekend!!!

Piles of quilts on my lounge and sewing room floor!!!

Its getting exciting!!!!
Not long to wait now.

Hope to see many of you over the 3 days.
Please do say hello. Its always great to put a face to a name.

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Our weekend in pictures!!

This lovely  bunch of women joined me at Sorrento for the weekend.
l think you can tell by the smiles on our faces, that we had a GOOD TIME!!!

Here is Sue having a lesson in hand quilting this antique quilt
she bought at An Evening With Mary.

Meredithe started with this pile of fabrics,

Pedal to the metal!!

And by the end of the day, this top was complete. ( sorry no finished photo)

Bonnie was working on her applique.

This is going to be one stunning quilt when finished.

One the second day, Meredithe changed tack, and was working on these blocks,
using some yummy Japanese fabrics.

My tumblers in  progress.

Bev is working on this stunning red and white applique quilt.

Only one long border and 8 blocks to go!!!

As my tumblers grew, we needed to use the floor, as the design wall was too small.

Not only sewing happened across the weekend.
Here is Di having her first experience with this kitchen tool.
" Oh, is that how it works?

There were plenty of cooks in the kitchen, whipping up a delicious meal.
Note Bev checking the recipe!!

Di took some time out to press some tumblers for me, so l could keep sewing.

Then we all shared this magnificent meal.
Slow roasted garlic and lemon chicken,
 potato, leek and silverbeet gratin, and  lovely fresh salad.
Accompanied by champagne of course.

Followed by this divine chocolate cake and sauce, made by Di.
Totally decadent!!
And responsible for the 2 kg gain over the weekend!! LOL

Over the weekend, l made lots of progress on my tumblers.

Here is Meredithe and Di doing a little measuring on Sue's antique quilt.

Bonnie making food choices.

l would say all in all, we had a great weekend.
Food, friends, fun and fabric. What more could you want.
Can't wait to go back again with this group of girls!!

 If you want to see some other pics of our weekend, visit Meredithe's blog over here

Oh, and by the way, those ginger jars are hard wired into the security system!!

And after a further 5 hours in the sewing room on Monday,
my tumbler quilt is finished. Its off to be quilted this afternoon.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Show and tell at CAG.

Of course, show and tell is much anticipated. Its a great productive group,
with the main focus being applique, but that does not stop us sharing
 any finished and sometimes unfinished quilts.

This first one is Di Hall's ( Ford) stunning new Antique Wedding Sampler - Revisited.
This quilt is available as a block of the month from Threadbear in Castlemaine,
along with many other stunning quilt patterns.

Dorothy brought along her finished Ann's legacy, A Tribute to Ann Daggs,
pattern  by Di Hall ( Ford) ,  also available from Threadbear

My apologies for not knowing the name of the owner of the design,
 but we were all fascinated by the outer border which was pieced.

This charming quilt is  so pretty. Not sure who made it, maybe  Chris Serong?
If you know, can you please let me know and l will made amends.

Another quilt, also by Chris Serong?
All hexagons and very beautiful.

Again, no known maker or pattern. But a very charming quilt.
Let me know if you know who's this is, thanks.

As you can see, lots to keep us inspired.
We certainly look forward to our next meeting in November
for some more wonderful quilts and inspiration.

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Castlemaine Applique Society Meeting

Bev, Dorothy and l took the drive to Castlemaine last Saturday for this months
 meeting of the Castlemaine Applique Group.
Carolyn, one of the members, was our guest speaker, and she shared with us
her antique quilt collection, telling us stories of how
 and why she collected the quilts she owns.

This first one is just a top, but its color and design is stunning.

This second one is also a top, Jacobs Ladder.
Carolyn hopes to one day hand quilt these tops.

Carolyn always wanted to make a double wedding ring quilt,
 and now that she owns an antique one, she does not need too!!

This 9 patch was quite charming, and
from a distance has an Amish look to it.

This stunning red and white quilt caught my eye.

This quilt was just charming, an album block.

This was probably my favorite on the day. Love that red and black/grey.

Another lovely red and white. This one belongs to Carolyn's friend, Sharon.

Carolyn also brought 2 bears.
This one has been made using an antique cutter quilt.

This one was made using a school blazer. Quite charming!!

Here is a picture of our group in the hall we use.
About 50 members. We always have a great day!!!

l will be back in a few days with some of the quilts
from Show and tell. A few stunners to share!!!

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jo Morton Books and fabrics.

EDIT-more books on their way, so lots to go around. But don't delay and miss out!!!
Order yours today to be sure.

Things are really gearing up here for Quilts In The Barn.
Quilts are being finished, quilted and bound.
Rosters are being made, loads of lists of last minute things to do.
Flights are being booked. Boat trips planned. Cars being readied!!
Phone calls made. They are coming from all over to be here!!
Last count there are people coming from at least 5 states.
Anyone from N.T. or W.A.  coming?

And look what arrived in the mail last week.
By Jo Morton.

A box full, very generously donated by Jo.

l have decided to put these here for pre -sale.
If you want to buy any of them, l will put your name on them and keep them aside for
you to collect over the weekend of Quilts In The Barn.
Jo will also sign them if you want.
There is only 6 of each book available , so it's first in, first served.
All proceeds from the sale of these books are going directly to Breast Cancer Research.
And that means every cent!!

If loads more people want them, l will have Jo post me another box,
so please let me know in the next few days, or you will miss out.

This book, Coming Home, is full of wonderful projects.
For sale at $37.

This book, Remembrances,
 has loads of inspiring projects.
For sale at $33.

This book, Timeless,
is another you will want in your collection.
For sale at $25.

This is Jo's most recent book, Banner Day.
Full of great ideas and projects, all 16 of them.
For sale at $35.

If its fabrics you are after, take a look here at The Quilted Crow's blog.
They have just had  a stack of boxes of Jo Morton fabric delivered,
and l have managed to convince them to bring them all over on the boat!! 
Leonie tells me they will have over 100 different Jo fabrics for sale!!!

 Many of the quilts in these books will be on display at the exhibit,
so you will get a first hand, closeup look at them.
This is going to be our best ever Quilts In The Barn.
l know l can't wait!!!!

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tumbler quilt.

Here is some progress on my tumbler quilt.

Wish  me luck on getting this one finished in time for the exhibit. Need to lock
myself in my sewing room, and not come out for a week!!! That would be heaven!!
l have missed my sewing machine sew much!!!
Mind you , l think l have cut enough tumblers for about 6 quilts!!!

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Then there's the Red and White quilt!!

Well, its not exactly red and white, but its close, and it was definitely inspired by the
Infinite Variety Exhibit in NYC earlier this year.

This is just the first in a series of red and white quilts l am working on,
that are directly inspired by the exhibit.  When l came home,
l just wanted to sew red and white, but with no white fabric in my stash,
 l just used what l had. l still love it!! Can't beat a 9 patch in a 9 patch.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

That Quilt!!

Did you guess right again??

Again, l just love!!! this quilt. l have been in love with this zig zag setting for so long,
and finally this was the right quilt to use it on.  l love how the different fabrics can make
 the block look so different. Can't wait to see this one finished. 
It will also hang in our exhibit.
 l can see more quilts with this setting in my future.

l still have a few bags of blocks to use, so need to keep plodding along with them.
Spent the day at stashbusters today, nothing much to show,
just cutting more tumblers for my tumbler quilt.
Have used about 285 different Jo fabrics so far!!
Though l here that there are about 1,000 different fabrics Jo has designed.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

This Quilt!!

 Here is what l chose. l wonder if it's  what you would have done!! 

 l really love this pink/red fabric. And l am very pleased with how the quilt  looks.
Can't wait to see it quilted. This quilt will hang in our exhibit in 4 weeks.

Next l played with these blocks, also from a swap online.
Again, all Jo Morton fabrics.

Hhmmm!!!   This fabric or that fabric for the setting???

You know the drill. Come back tomorrow!!!

Thanks for visiting.