Thursday, 9 July 2015

On the countdown

My how time flies when you are busy having fun, making and creating. I cannot believe it is 7weeks since we have returned from our holiday.  Our next holiday is being planned, we are off to Mexico and USA, ending our trip with 4 days in Paducah, Kentucky for the annual quilt festival. It will be wonderful to visit Hancocks fabric shop. In early June, I attended the Sydney Quilt show with a few friends. I must say the new venue at Glebe Island is very bright and loads of space, not sure but I felt that attendance was down in numbers as well as less stall holders.

This year was a red and white quilt challenge and lots of bright quilts were featured as well.
Below are just a few of my favourites.

This quilt was done by Merelyn Pearce, very intense stippling,also won the R &W category
Just love the redheads also, made by Colleen Harradine, so many others that were wonderful and hard to photograph all of them.

The Aussie true blue quilts were so creative and a pleasure to peruse.

Anzac quilt done by the Central Coast hand weavers, spinners and textile arts "Under pinned Anzac" won the group quilt.

Another favourite was "Round the Garden" by Wendy Williams.

There were many great entries, such a delight to look at and gather inspiration.

On the 5th July, my son Nigel and his fiancée Sarah, had a baby shower for our eagerly anticipated grandson, only 6 weeks to go before we meet our little man. I must say the baby shower was a great success and he will be one very spoilt little boy with all the wonderful gifts given by family and friends.
Both his parents are also getting very excited as the time of his impending birth draws near.
Kerrianne did a wonderful job of making the cake. The cupcakes were delicious.

Nigel and Kylie also shaped a fruit bowl into a baby, yummy fruit salad.
Not hard to guess what we are expecting in August.

With the impending birth of our grandson, time to whip up a few quilts, monkeys seem to be a favourite with the expectant mother.

Pinniocchio quilt
Beatrix Potter fun

Just a little red and white of my own, I bought this quilt top in Houston last year, circa1920-30's, I have just had it quilted to finish it off, I am very pleased with how it has turned out.
Great to own a vintage red and white quilt, a little history,  I Might call it " Lost Property "
Embroidery is stem stitch, and very nicely done.
Finally back from the quilters, continuing on with my normal tradition, not a small quilt, 2.9 metres long. This is my version of MSG "Anne Leven's quilt featured in Quiltmania 
Progress on my African quilt, modelled on Chris Jurds strippy sampler, I'm nearly finished.

What was that "!!!! I am finished, off to the quilters on Tuesday.
This one measures 3.3 metres long.

This was a challenging quilt with lots of creative blocks, a pleasure to sew and I must say I am happy with the overall effect. until next time!

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