Sunday, 29 December 2019

SQT Secret Santa Swap...

This year I played along in the Secret Santa Swap in the on-line Small Quilt Talk group.  I hadn't joined in on this particular swap before and when I was given the name of who I was sending to I had a moment, just a moment, of intimidation...a long-time member with a fantastic sense of nonsense, I mean humour - in her likes/dislikes she stated no puce or zebra stripes! Only Jane! I decided to do stitcheries in quilt-as-you-go hexies for hanging decorations so the rummage for designs began.  Now she has a band of bears that run to mischief when she isn't looking but the bear line drawings I found weren't "quite right". I have a couple of patterns with lovely bears I could have embroidered but they weren't at all Christmassy and I'd by now decided I wanted Christmassy...then a light bulb moment....rummage, rummage, rummage, found it! Michelle Ridgeway's Christmas pattern with drawings of Aussie birds/animals...I love Michelle's drawings...there wasn't a koala (not a bear) so I chose two of my favourites and a kangaroo because, well, going to America so I figured a kangaroo would be recognised...the wombat and blue wren were a bit maybe, maybe not, in the recognition stakes but I love wombats and blue wrens...
I added a couple of other bits - you'll notice everything was "flat" to make it easier for posting...
and gave the envelope to the care of the Post Office Elves and crossed my fingers and toes they'd deliver it in time for the Christmas Eve group opening event...they did...well done on that one Postie Elves getting it there on time.

Then...I waited for the Postie Elves to deliver into my post office box...and waited...and waited...and then we finished work for the year and it still hadn't arrived and I had to go back to the house where my furniture lives - 220kms due east so hardly a quick trip to check if there was mail...I had to wait until I swapped towns again and came back west after Boxing Day...I was very excited to find a red parcel locker key in my post office box!!!!  I took one look at the return address and knew I was a very lucky swapper indeed...it had come a loooonnngggg way...all the way from...Belgium!

And how sweet is this...Christa waited for me to be able to open before she opened what she received...and boy was I spoilt...
Ooohh...multiple surprises!...
Worth the wait is an understatement...a lovely wee tree runner, bear claw variation mug rug, cute pinwheel hanging cushion, christmas stickers, a lovely L'Occtaine travel sized set and Real Belgian Chocolates! handmade by Christa's chocolatier friends (and they are delicious!).  I sat in wonder at each item for a looonnnnggg time.  I love it all.

Happy Stitching...

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Flourish Block....

In June last year (2018) Sharon Burgess of Lilabelle Lane Creations did a workshop for Stawell Craft Shop. It was a fun day and the project was a block from Sharon's Flourish Quilt that she had made into a cushion.  Paper pieced of course being Sharon but interesting with different shapes.  I have finally finished the paper pieced block - it isn't appliqued onto a background nor does it have any purpose in life - yet - but it is done as such.
Going to live in the box of random blocks and stitcheries for now as I don't want to make the cushion but I'm sure it will come into its own at some point in the future.

Happy Stitching...

Friday, 6 December 2019

Stawell Quilters Fat Quarter Swap 2019 - Part 2...

Of course I had a surprise back to me from the fabric I'd put in for the Fat Quarte Swap.

Typically I'd completely forgotten what fabric I'd put in - makes it a real surprise when I open the parcel on all levels, the item and reminding me what my fabric was!

It turns out I'd put in a Tilda fabric and I was gifted with a little travel stitching roll...

A lovely use of my fabric and matched beautifully by my secret maker, love the red spotty binding - who also included important touches in a reel of thread, a small pair of scissors and a good chocolate supply!! ha ha ha.

I'm sure I'll get use out of my gift.

Happy Stitching...






Stawell Quilters Christmas Fat Quarter Swap 2019 (Part 1)...

Stawell Quilters held the Christmas Fat Quarter Swap*(explanation at end of post) again this year.  The fabric in the paper bag I was given was this...
Mmmm, that is interesting and not at all what I'd have expected from the person I was making for. Coincidentally, just that week, I was in the local habby and she had a bundle of fat quarters that I really liked but couldn't justify and that bundle immediately sprung to mind as appropriate colours for this piece of fabric...what a shame I was forced to go and buy that bundle - he he he.  And then when I was in the ACT I found the perfect perle cotton at Crafty Frog in Kambah - the shopping gods were smiling on me with this fabric which I had initially thought would be impossible to match.

Instead of a fat quarter the recipient had put in a half metre of her fabric so that was plenty to play with. I had the idea to make a bag that could be used for transporting knitting but couldn't find a pattern to fit the picture in my head so used a pattern for an all-purpose bag I have made before and found useful myself. I used a mix of the "True Friends Tote Bag" from Natalie Bird's book Red Home with a stitchery pattern from Anni Downs' book The Simple Life, then when being totally flummoxed about what fabric to use for handles I found resin handles that I felt matched perfectly. I had just enough of her fabric left to make the handle hinges.  I hand quilted with big stitches in the variegated perle thread I'd bought home from the ACT.
 Front
 Back
 Handles
 Front up close
 Stitchery detail
 Interior
Quilting detail on back

I think I may have missed the mark with the person particularly liking it but hopefully she'll get some use out of it.

Happy Stitching...

*A fat quarter is put in a paper bag with your name on it and handed in to the Group.  The paper bags are put into a basket and randomly distributed to the participants.  You make something using the fat quarter in the paper bag you are given for the person whose fabric it is.  The fabric the person puts in is the only guide the rest is up to the maker.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Fabric Frolic 2008 Sampler Quilt...It's a Top!...

Yes, you are reading the Title correctly 2008 (not 2018)...back in 2008 Mistea and I played in the Outer East Fabric Frolic in Melbourne and collected the block patterns at each participating shop for the event sampler quilt.  I decided at the outset I wanted my quilt to be blue and white and bought blue/white fabrics along the way.  There were some other fabrics added to the pile over time and the blocks were made here and there and kept together in a basket with fabrics for some day.  Well, Melbourne Cup Day this year that some day came around...that morning I went into the sewing room and spied the basket and that was it...putting the quilt top together became the event for the day. I didn't get it quite done on Cup Day but it went from a box of bits to this...
And then, a week or so later...to this...
A completed top...and an empty basket with fabric released back into the wild of the stash...

One day it may even become a sandwiched quilt, but...no rush.

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Chiltern Yarn Bombing...

A couple of weeks ago I had a few days off work and on my travels up and down the highway stopped at Chiltern for a pit stop...to find the town has been yarn bombed! How cool is this...the whole main street is decked out for a coming music festival... 

Shop verandah posts... 





Musicians at the crossing point...

On both sides of the crossing...

All genres included...

Ladies in the audience...
Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Dressmaker Exhibition...

There was a reason why I was tripping up and down the Hume Highway recently...to go here!...

Or more technically correct the ACT (Canberra) to visit with friends and go to...The National Film and Sound Archive ...to see...
an exhibition of the costumes from the film...Loved it!...the detail and workmanship in each piece - stunning...there was also a short documentary film "Behind the Seams" to watch which was so interesting and informative.  We went around the exhibition, watched the film and then...back around the exhibition for another go...My friend E & I spent four hours at the NFSA and went around the exhibition three times! - having another final look before we left for the day. Did I say I loved it!!...I've seen the movie more than once and to see the costumes and the amazing detail not apparent on screen was well worth the drive north.

OK so the four hours wasn't just in The Dressmaker, we also had the experience of a Virtual Reality Experience as part of the Carriberrie exhibition/event which was amazing and we were lucky to get to see it as it was nearing the end of time it was being presented...it happened to be the start of NAIDOC Week which was appropriate but really was just coincidental...neither of us had ever experienced a Virtual Reality presentation before and we both raved about it afterwards...so much fun...it was like really being in the different communities sitting on the grass or the sand or a log watching the performers tell their stories through dance and song.  We also sat through a number of newsreels showing in the cinema including a tourism "advertisement" for Melbourne leading up the 1956 Olympic Games which was presented as a short film about a family preparing for daughter's wedding showcasing various places around Melbourne as each family member took care of things like travelling to Melbourne by plane (I think on TAA!!!)...Mum going into Town (the City) to buy a hat...Grandpa bringing flowers in from his place in the country (somewhere like Ferntree Gully!)...it was a bit of fun.

A few pictures...taking photos wasn't restricted in the exhibition and I took full advantage of being able to bring home a record...

It was just so well curated and presented.  Each item had a description not only of where it sat in the story but who wore it and details of the fabrics and construction methods used...

Each outfit beautifully presented, not behind glass or a wall so the details and fabrics could be fully appreciated...
 


 Scenes from the movie formed backdrops to the mannequins...
Glass cases showcased props and one set out some of the tools and techniques used by the costume designer and her team in creating the costumes and props.

It was just so fabulous...

Happy Stitching...