Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Soul Blossoms & Hydrangea's

Deb (blogless) dropped in today and I couldn't resist showing off her wonderful new quilt top. She has put it together with Amy Butler's divine Soul Blossoms range, based on Jane Brockets Hydrangea pattern.
It is simply delicious! These stripes make me swoon!
Another pic under the apple tree...
Wow I have to get back to some sewing soon. Thanks Deb, it has been fun to be inspired by your beautiful quilt top.

DH and I are off to see The Kings Speech movie tonight (sans kids, yay!). This will be my second time, I loved it so much the first time I had to go again! Have you seen it? What did you think? xo

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Fabulous Trip!

Our little trip to Ballarat was wonderful! I had not visited Ballarat since I was a young child and the size of it surprised me. It is full of wonderful gold rush history, with many incredibly old (for Australia!) ornate buildings built in the mid to late 1800's. While it was so lovely to be a tourist around Ballarat, our first priority in visiting was, of course, Ballarat Patchwork!

Ballarat Patchwork is a little jewel that beckons you in as you drive into town.
Crammed full of colour (heaps of Kaffes in there!), and patterns and accessories it is lovingly run by the incredibly capable Emma who made Deb and I feel right at home (thank you Emma).
 Emma folding some of my stash!

We had not been there too long when we had a wonderful quilting star visit the shop...Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac fame!
Jodie is a very friendly, funny lady and has many beautiful patterns on sale in the shop. Jodie has two of her wonderfully detailed creations on offer in the QLD flood auctions, you can still get in if you are quick!

We also got to see Emma's incredible Victorian Quilters Raffle Quilt she has made (quilted by Vicki Jenkin)...
Wow, this is one quilt I would love to have come to my place look at those Kaffes set off beautifully by the white. You can find more info about it and see better pics at Emma's Scrap Bag Blog.

We hadn't really set our minds to buying too much, but we did come away with quite a nice little haul....
Most of these are Kaffes shot cottons and Brandon Mably's stripes with a few other luscious colours thrown in. And look what I found...
Aneela H of Comfortstitching blogs new fabric. Absolutely gorgeous!

Deb found some beautiful new Aboriginal prints that she wants to make into a table runner (Deb doesn't have a quilt blog so when she makes it up, I will get a photo!)...
And some gorgeous brights to go along with the beautiful Don't Look Now Little Monsters Pattern by Kellie W.
I purchased another little nifty item that I will get pics for next time. Overall we spent two fabulous hours wandering amongst the fabrics and chatting with new friends. I will definitely be visiting again! xo

Monday, January 17, 2011

A little trip.

I'm very excited. Tomorrow my lovely friend Deb and I are heading off to Ballarat for a day and a night. Of course a visit to this place will be at the top of our tourist priorities.....that's right, tomorrow I get to visit Ballarat Patchwork for the first time ever, Yay!  Will tell you about it when I get back. Oh yes, must remember to take the camera!
See you soon. xo

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Thank you!

...for your patience, for your support and encouragement. I am slowly healing. In the interim from having a bit of a stitchy, bloggy break, I have been spending some time playing with some of the silver findings and lampwork beads I have purchased on etsy over time.
I love these lampwork beads (alas the shop I purchased these from appears to be closed). Those fat bali silver beads are one of my favourites. It is a very comfortable bracelet to wear (please excuse all my wrinkles!!)...
My Little Folks Snowball quilt is being worked on from time to time...
The handquilting is very soothing I find. Big stitches using these gorgeous perle threads...
Had to have a photo of them piled up...that colour is divine!
On a matter of housekeeping, I have changed computers and in the process lost all my email contacts! Also my email address has changed, you will find my new one in my profile. 
Hope to see you soon! xo