Saturday, June 30, 2012

This years raffle quilt at QITB.

The wonderful Secret Sewing Sisterhood quilters
 offered to make our raffle quilt this year.
We had a sneak peak at the progress recently.

Hmmm!! Wonder how many tickets l can afford to buy this year!!!
Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Something Magical Happened at Market!

You know, when you come home from a long trip away,
 its so great to see everyone again.
They all want to hear how you enjoyed the trip,
 where you went, what you bought,

and then they all hit you with the same question.

What was the best part???

And that always stumps me!!
Because its ALL the BEST PART!!!
Every little bit is just so wonderful.

But if l have to choose,
 l would say that walking into Edyta Sitar's booth
 at market was a little like being Alice,
 and falling down the rabbit hole into a Quilt Wonderland.

l had over the years kept an eye on Laundry Basket Quilts,
 and even bought the odd pattern.

But walking into Edyta's booth and seeing her quilts,
 up close and personal at market reopened my eyes
 to the beauty and magic of her quilts and her designs.

 l was introduced to Edyta by a mutual friend Val,
 and from the first minute l felt a connection.
When 2 minds think alike!!

Her kindness and friendship that she offered was incredibly touching.
And while we only shared snatched moments over the next few days, 
 they were magical.
l was drawn back to her booth like a moth to a flame.

We share a love of antique quilts, which is Edyta's
 inspiration for many of her quilts and fabrics.

Beauty even in the simplicity!

This was probably my favorite quilt in the booth.

The pattern came home with me!!

 Now, l know that to true reproduction lovers,
Batik can be an unspoken word among us.

But look at how Edyta manages to combine beautiful reproduction
fabrics with batiks. They simply make her quilts sparkle!!

Click on picture to enlarge and see the fabrics up close!

Who doesn't love a star quilt!!

And these umbrella's are just fun!!
This quilt is made with fabrics from her new range,
 Dancing In The Rain, by Moda. Due out later this year.

This was another favorite.

And another pattern that came home with me.

Now, l don't do much applique, but Edyta has designed these acrylic
 templates that l am hoping will encourage me to give applique a go!!

This is her latest book to be published.
There are many stunning quilts inside.

This is such a beautiful book to read. Stories of Edyta's journey in quilting,
and the reason's for many of the quilts she has made.
 There are also many pictures of antique quilts in Edyta's collection in this book.

This book and the following one promise to be a lot of fun.
My Sorrento Sewing Group already swap blocks.
l am hoping this book will take us on a new journey
of swapping strips and scraps,

And this book will have us swapping half square triangles, because


Well, l am off to dream about making quilts
 as beautifully as Edyta does!! 

 l hope l have inspired those reproduction
 lovers amongst us to try combining some batiks in our quilts.
l know l will be!!!!

So tell me.
 Do you think after seeing Edyta's quilts,
 you might be inspired???

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Fabrics and books from market to look out for.

Fabrics. YES!!
The list below is just what l saw and appealed to me.
All these fabrics are coming soon, or later this year. Some may already be available.

Some l have pictures of, others you will need to check out the links.
Have a look on Blue Hills Fabrics. There are a few new lines l like lots.
 Pomegranate, Cotton Crazy and Ohio Star.
 All based on antique quilts from the Rocky Mountain Museum.
 Some l like more than others. New Colonies is my fav.
Newcastle. Pam Weeks - Prussian Blue , Civil War Album 2,
Anna Barnes - Civil War miniatures.

Metropolitan Fair - 1862 battle Hymn - both by Barbara Brackman
Civil War Legacies by Carol Hopkins.
 These are repeats of past patterns, so if you have her patterns,
 you probably don't need this book. But its nice to have them all together.

Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts. A MUST!!
 this book also has some antique quilt pictures.
l went to their school house and it was great, They had the antique quilts there.
Of course the Quilted Crows book. That goes without saying.
These 3 books are in my collection now.
Well, heading to Sorrento for some much needed sewing time,
and a chance to get re-acquainted with my machine after 6 weeks.
Will be back next week with more from Quilt market.
Of course, l have saved the best till last!!
Thanks for visiting.