This award is judged from the winners of the 22 different craft categories at the show, so you can see how wonderful it is to receive! Doesn't she look happy? If you are in Canberra this weekend, drop in and view her divine piece of workmanship. Congratulations Fiona!
28 February 2009
25 February 2009
Imagine my pleasure when this new fabric arrived at Material Obsession today. It is actually called Fresh - how perfect! Full details: Fabric product ID - 19284-17, Fresh range by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics. This particular colourway is called Posie Paisley White.
You can see more in the range on the Moda webpage. Drool.
24 February 2009
23 February 2009
That makes it official: I'm an old woman.
Now the string gets tangled in my earrings and I keep swiping at something creepy on the back of my neck. When I lean over to do the washing up, the glasses that had been bouncing on my chest only seconds before, now dangle in the soapy water. It's all down hill from here...
22 February 2009
Yesterday was our quilting guild's market day, where members can sell products to other members. Brenda and I shared a table, where we had the results of our respective studio clean-ups on offer. Books, magazines and fabrics - the lure of every quilter - covered our table. I purchased these gorgeous offcuts from Brenda for a quilt that is still in my head. Just perfect!
Judy asked where she could buy Kim Bradley's Quilting Designs book. I suggest the best way is to email Kim.
18 February 2009
Instead, I asked the wonderful Kim Bradley to quilt my Sunshine on Roses quilt. We chose a King Tut variegated thread and the Bubbles pattern. Sunshine on Roses will be published as a project in Down Under Quilts magazine later this year, so I'll show you the completed quilt then.
While I was picking up my quilt this afternoon, Kim showed me a copy of her latest guide to machine quilting - Quilting Designs by Kim Bradley to Stimulate and Inspire. Of course, I had to buy one immediately because it shows, in simple words and diagrams, how to machine quilt. Just what I need! Kim will be selling these at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne next week.
17 February 2009
Does anyone else feel the same way? Are movies more pleasurable during the day?
16 February 2009
From the range of blocks on offer, most students opted to make this block, Queen of the May.
It is a glorious traditional block, with plenty of straight lines and some gentle curves. After seeing the fabrics that were being cut, I can't wait to see the combinations in finished blocks at our next session.
14 February 2009
Do you know this group? It is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that co-ordinates handmade knitted wraps for people in need. Our group is knitting squares to be sewn into wraps and we plan to meet once a month. Even I can knit a 10-inch square! (Actually, I've made two in the past week.)
I enjoyed meeting the women who came along to the library. It was so casual and friendly and we chatted easily. There was a range of ages there and we hope to increase our numbers each month. It is really satisfying to know that something so much fun can be so worthwhile. If you'd like to start your own group, you can find details here , and patterns here.
13 February 2009
12 February 2009
Instead, I want to introduce you to my current reading matter. I discovered the novels of Louise Penny in that time-honoured way - through browsing. I read her second novel, Dead Cold, first but then I realised it was part of a series so I then read the first book, Still Life. I am now reading the third, The Cruellest Month.
Louise Penny is a Canadian, whose first novel won two Best First Novel prizes and whose second novel won the Agatha Award for Best Novel. I am totally captivated by her characters.
All the books are set in the fictional Canadian town of Three Pines. It is a place that attracts people who are lost in some way; needing nurturing. The characters are well-developed and multi-layered.
Ostensibly, the books are murder mysteries that owe their existence to the much-loved type of stories as written by authors such as Agatha Christie. However, as Louise Penny explains about the fourth book, The Murder Stone:
"The book...isn't about murder at all. It's not about evil or jealousies or festering resentments, though all of those exist in the book. At its heart, The Murder Stone is about choices, and hope. And love. Enduring love."
Isn't this what life is all about?
11 February 2009
Every day since Saturday, the death toll has risen as more bodies are found. Today, the number confirmed dead is 181. There are still many more to be found. It is being reported today that 1 in 5 is dead in the town of Marysville. Such a huge loss.
If you are reading this overseas, you may not realise that the fires are being fought mostly by volunteers. We have a huge contingent of ordinary people, highly-trained in bushfire-fighting skills, who volunteer their time, energy and, sometimes their lives, to protect their communities. These are the true heroes of Australia.
Money is needed to support the bushfire effort and the survivors. If you are able to contribute anything at all, please visit the Australian Red Cross website where you can make an online donation.
It is difficult for me to worry about the trivial matters of everyday life when more horrors are being revealed each day. Focus on the good things in your life and hug the people you love. I am now returning to cutting out triangles for my current quilt project and I will treasure every moment.
10 February 2009
Sadly, 173 people have now died in the Victorian bushfires and the toll is still increasing. If you are able to help, here are some contacts.
09 February 2009
Further to yesterday's post, there are now 107 people confirmed dead in the Victorian bushfires. It is so terribly sad. Edit: the toll is now 131.
08 February 2009
I was going to link this to a photo of my Fire journal quilt, but that seems terribly inconsequential today. Australia has a harsh environment and we are used to bushfires and floods. But it still strikes our hearts and makes us weep every time it happens.
To read more, visit the excellent ABC news website. Meanwhile, it's still over 40 degrees here.
07 February 2009
It is still HOT - did I mention that?
05 February 2009
I'm exited about this class, because I see it as a peaceful couple of hours each month where we can hand piece blocks and enjoy the slower pace of creating unique quilts. I'd love it if you could join us.
To see some of the blocks you could make, click here. To book your place, email Material Obsession or phone 9817 2733.
04 February 2009
If you haven't seen Down Under Quilts in your local shops, you may like to read it online - for free. You will see exactly the same content that is in the print version but you have the advantage of clicking on the hyperlinks to go directly to any websites you see. How cool is that? Anyway, to arrange your free six-month subscription, click here.
If you'd like to read more of my ramblings, turn to page 8 of any issue of the magazine. Sometimes it's a challenge to write a monthly article, but blogging most days is certainly good practice!
03 February 2009
02 February 2009
Now there is a Superior Threads blog to provide even more information. Check it out here.