Monday, March 31, 2014

A Trip and Bits and Pieces

There will be something more substantial on this blog soon I promise, but in the meantime, here a few instagram photo's I took while away in Sydney a week or so ago. I flew up there with a couple of gorgeous girls (Emma Treehouse Textiles and Deb 72 Derwents), our main goal being to visit a few fabric shops (of course!). We stayed near the Hyde Park Memorial and reflection pool which is so beautiful at night...

...and walked all over the place, which was just as well for all the amazing food we ate (including a brekky at Bill Grainger's yum!). First visit though was to Material Obsession, I do love that place. An hour or two spent there along with a little cash...!

Kathy Doughty's new book Adding Layers is a treat, full of inspiration and colour and energy, just like the woman herself!!! Alas she was away the day we were there, but all the staff at MO are so friendly and helpful we felt right at home. Then we were driven by a lovely friend I met in MO (Hi Jenna) over to visit Quiltsmith. Another hour or so and cash spent then onto lunch at 3pm!

The next day we were up and walking to a fabulous fabric find called Cloth Fabric. Wonderful screen printed designs on natural fabrics, rugs, bedlinen, art, etc kept us amused and delighted for a long while! I came home with this wonderful linen large flower print. This is a close up of one of the flowers, I will show more when I get to quilting it.

A must do trip to Manly on the ferry topped off the evening with a fabulous pizza dinner at Hugo's. I did get the usual tourist photo of the opera house on the way back, the moon overhead was a nice touch!

The next day was brekky at Bill's then back home again, these trips are always over too fast! 

Since then I've been doing some secret sewing which I can't show just yet, as well as working away on getting this beast quilted. I'm doing this totally on the machine. Because it has been hand paper pieced, I wanted to quilt it in a manner that it will not ever come apart, so the machine it is. Photo's soon hopefully.

As well as that I've now finished hand quilting all five long flower panels on this quilt....except I haven't had time to take a photograph, so this is an older pic!...

Now just the borders to be done! 

So that is me for now. Oh, except to say I am teaching one of my free motion classes at Treehouse Textiles in a few weeks (sat 26th April). There are two spots left if you have always wanted to learn how to quilt using the free motion technique. You can also expect a delicious morning tea and lunch, good company as well as a stunning view of the lake. See you there. xo

Monday, March 17, 2014

Shops and Shopping

As you know I love a certain shop in Melbourne (Gardenvale) going by the sweet name of Amitie! I have plenty to show from them at the moment. Firstly, some finished blocks from the Bring Me Flowers BOM...

These sweet blocks are going to make a beautiful quilted garden one day.

The good news about this BOM is that if you missed out on joining up, the pattern will be released in May, yay!

Next I had two fabric stash clubs arrive (do excuse me for photographing the fabrics amongst my coloured candle holders, I couldn't resist!!)....

The great thing about the stash clubs is receiving fabrics you may not normally choose. And I really like being able to see the fabrics in my hand rather than through a computer screen before I go and buy my favourites from Amitie!!!

And the Liberty Stash club...oh my there are many favourites amongst this lot.

Then my latest block for the above BOM arrived. Oh these are gorgeous....

So that's it from Amitie. The other shop I will be visiting this week is Material Sydney!! I'm off early tomorrow and can't wait to pop into Sydney for a couple of days. I will be back soon, hopefully with a little stash to show. xo