Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Does absence make the heart grow fonder?

I've been missing in action!
With no real excuse!
Other than busy, busy, busy!
Did you miss me?
Life has a habit of plowing along at full steam,
 even when sometimes we just want to stop and smell the roses.
Its been a full year, as well as a difficult year.
Just after my last post we lost my Father-in-law,
then followed a week later with the passing of my 18yr old nephew.
One could say that took the wind out of my sails for a bit.
And blogging was the last thing on my list of important stuff to do.
I've had an email or 2 asking if we are having our quilt exhibition this year,
 and l guess that's been the prompt I've needed to get
 back on here and get writing and sharing again.
Of course, no blog post from me is not complete without photos,
 so l am sharing a few close ups from this years raffle quilt.

The quilt has been designed and made by Jenny Bear,
with all Jo Morton fabrics,
then  machine quilted by Debbie Burville ( Quilts From Nana's Trunk)
The fussy cutting by Jenny has to be seen to be believed,
 and so as you can see by the photos I'm sharing,
its a truly stunning quilt,
 and both ladies have gone above and beyond my expectations with this quilt.
Their collaboration on this quilt has been amazing!
The full quilt will be revealed soon! Promise!
Our flyer is currently under construction, so will share that as soon as possible.
l can however give you the dates so you can put them in your diary.
This years exhibit will take place on the 27th, 28th and 29th November 2015.
Usual place, usual times, hopefully the usual people!
Our special guest this year is Jo Morton.
Many of you may have visited us back in 2011 when Jo was our special guest then.
She loved her time here with you Aussie girls so much,
she jumped at the chance to make a return visit.
 And this time we are planning some workshops with her.
Details will be released at the end of the week.

However, please feel free to contact me to put your name on a wait list.
The classes, which will be hand piecing, will take place
 the weekend of 21st and 22nd November.
They will be 1 day classes, and I believe Jo will be teaching different things on each day.
Details are being firmed up this week.

Didn't l tell you!
The fussy cutting!
The quilting!!
Raffle tickets coming soon!

Mary Koval will also be here again this year,
 with bags full of lovely antique quilts and goodies to tempt us!
The Quilted Crow will also be here again,
and she is planning on having lots of lovely Jo fabrics available for sale!!
All Jo's fabrics play so well together.

So hopefully by  having all these lovely photos to look at,
you have forgiven my absence.
And l plan on posting more regularly again.
Thanks for visiting.
You can find me and the other girls over on instagram for more regular updates.
Hope to see you there!



  1. Wow! Truly gorgeous work here. The fabric selection is amazing!

  2. Please include me on the class wait list.
    Looking forward to QITB.

  3. The snippets are beautiful so the whole quilt must be amazing. Also would like to go on the waiting list. Wow, I follow Jo on instagram but to take a class with her would be great.

  4. Hi Linda,fine to hear from You again.
    And then with these breathtaking pictures !!!!

  5. It's always great to see your blog pop up, no matter how long its been. Those sneak peeks of the raffle quilt are gobsmackingly amazing.

  6. It sounds like you've had a challenging time and it was great that you took the time you needed. That said, I'm thrilled to see you back and salivating at the great photos. Again I say, wish I lived in Australia!

  7. Many of us have been a bit sluggish in the Blog department this summer. I'm happy to see you back. Love the raffle quilt and surely wish I could attend!

  8. My condolences for your losses, especially your nephew.

    I love everything on your blog. I want to go to Australia!

  9. Wecome back and thank you for sharing all these wonderful pictures. What a stunning quilt.

  10. So glad to see this post....it is wonderful.....the pictures are truly amazing. Will look differently at my Jo fabric from here forward. I have seen you several times on "others" blog posts...love photos.. so have thought of you this hard year.

  11. The quilt is stunning! Absolutely beautiful! How do I buy a raffle ticket?

  12. Glad to see you're back! I can't wait to see the full reveal - it looks like a gorgeous quilt! Wish very badly that I could come!!

  13. Please put me on the wait list for Jo's class, I'm extremely keen to come! Jill Kennedy

  14. So sorry to hear about your family losses this year Linda. Thank you for blogging again, I love to read AND see your quilts. I've been a fan of Jo for a long time and can't wait to come out to QITB to meet her. Unfortunately I can't make the weekend for a class with her but will definitely be there for the show.

  15. Welcome back Linda. I'm sorry to hear about your losses. Hopefully I'll make it to QITB again this year.

  16. Of course I missed you !! But life is not easy with us sometimes and we have to take our time to feel better......
    Welcome back Linda ! France is a little bit farther than Australia but I am going to read your blog and admire the quilts on it !!

  17. Is there a pattern available for the raffle quilt shown above? I already have more than enough of Jo's fabric to make one like this - beautiful quilt! I am way to far away to come and see it in person.

  18. Wonderful to see and read from you again!

  19. So sorry, Linda to hear of your loss, hard when it is someone you have known for so long and it is so very difficult when you lose someone so young.
    I look forward to coming to the exhibition.

  20. What an amazing quilt and a lot of time on this. I live too far way to see this.Happy Stitching.

  21. So sorry to hear the sad news...glad u r back blogging. Love your stars quilt...many hugs. Mary


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