Monday, July 29, 2013

Amitie BOM & a Whirlwind Weekend!

Are you making Amitie's latest Bom called Bring Me Flowers?

 They are such gorgeous blocks with delightful fabrics.

These are month two. You can see more of the quilt and further info here. Another winner like anything that Jen Kingwell puts her hand too! Delicious.

Today I am resting a little after three fabulous days with two gorgeous friends, Jo and Marie, from Brisbane. On Friday we firstly visited Emma at Treehouse Textiles then spent some lovely hours at the Tyabb Packing House stuffed full of antiques. Next day was an amazing day in the company of Gail PanLeanne Beasley and Natalie Lymer, and a large bunch of very friendly women at the Friends in Stitches retreat. We were thoroughly spoilt and came home with, amongst other things, a gorgeous stitchery from each designer.

I chose to begin stitching Natalie Lymers sweet Room for Friends pattern.

On Sunday we went to town (Melbourne) and started off with a scrumptious morning tea at Hopetoun Tearooms, where just deciding what you will eat is delightful.

After that we visited the Quilt Show and ran into some gorgeous people...Jodie (RicRac), Linda (Quilts in the Barn), Sue and Julie (Millrose Cottage), a couple of friends from our stitch group and a lovely blog lurker, Hi Jean!!! And of course, came home with a bit of a haul....

...a sweet buddy case and Sue Spargo's 'how to' of stitches book from Millrose Cottage....

...a funny little portable light to take to my stitch group. I love that it is usb rechargeable, and that it is so tiny it will fit in my handbag! From Daylight/Scissorman here. well as a couple of beautiful books from Quiltmania.

I was thrilled to learn from Linda that her Quilts in the Barn this year is 'All About Chintz' and will feature some of the quilts from the above book (right), 'A Promenade in a Dutch Garden'. Wow, these quilts are so beautiful, I cannot wait to see them in the barn, I'm marking Fri 27th - Sun 29th September in my diary right away!

I think it's funny I didn't even buy fabric! My dear friends have now returned to their homes in QLD and I will miss them, but will live on the memories of this weekend for a long time to come.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

There and Back Again!

We are safely home (been back a week now) from our trip to Brisbane to visit with family, some we hadn't even met yet (my two year old nephew). It's been three years since we made the trek up there and it was so wonderful to see all our family again. We set off on the 1800km trip on a foggy morning, kept company in the car by the heavenly voice of Stephen Fry whispering Harry Potter stories in our ears!!! We do love to travel with a good audiobook.

A highlight of the trip was wandering around Southbank with my sister and her four nephews, and visiting the QLD art gallery to see the amazing quilt exhibition there.

Smaller than I was expecting, it was awe-inspiring none-the-less. The level of perfection achieved by the women who created these works of art some around 300 years ago was almost overwhelming to me. Of course, I had to buy the book so I could continue to re-visit these quilts whenever I wish. Anyone else been? Thinking of going?

I did manage to get the bag for my Mum finished, phew (very late birthday pressie) and she loved it. 

We were treated to some amazing vegan foods by my incredibly creative brother. This chocolate tart was amazing, all made from fresh young coconut, cacao powder, nuts, agave, raspberries, etc. Yumeeee!

We got one day of gloomy rainy weather...

But the rest was warm and sunny...

Lucky for me I love the cold weather, cause we are home now and the cold has set back in here on the Mornington Peninsula!!