Friday, July 25

Vintage Dresden....trapunto!

At last all the border is now quilted...1/2 inch cross-hatching....I thought I would never get around it all. Then it was onto the setting triangles...
I've never done Trapunto work before, but I was so inspired by Janet of Quiltsalott trapunto work on her  award winning quilts, I thought I would give it a go....
The quilting in the setting triangles just needed something to make them stand out...and I think that something was the trapunto work....
I managed to find a similar yarn as to what Janet used at my local Spotlight craft shop....
 
 I struggled a little pulling the eye of the needle through, but I think the effort was well worth it....

As I quilted each setting triangle I also then added the trapunto yarn....as each one came to life it inspired me to go on to the next one.....
I'm a huge fan of Janet's inspiring blog...
Thank you so much Janet for the beautifully written tutorial on the trapunto work......♥

Sunday, July 20

Needleturn, without Needleturn.....Applique Brush

I thought this may be of interest to some of you...

Just another tool to buy....the technic  is good.
Enjoy...

Thursday, July 17

Quilt Show Buys...

This is what I bought from the Sydney quilt show....and not a single fat quarter came home with me.
If I had a quilt in mind I think I would have bought lots of fabric....the fabrics I did see at the show were beautiful, but these lovely patterns will be on my to do list later this year...
I thought this would make a lovely centre medallion piece for a repro quilt...
Can't have too may rulers, one needs a special ruler for certain jobs...
The Bloc-loc rulers will certainly be very handy.....should make trimming those half square triangles easier ....here's a tutorial on them...
I bought two, one for me and one to gift...
As for the Hex N More rulers....I will have to find a tutorial on that....
Sweet pincushion pattern plus ground walnut shells to keep pins and needles sharp.
Ah, yes, just had to have this pattern, I have always wanted to do a machine appliqued William Morris quilt....
Wool pieces for the sweet pear pincushion...
 
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These tiles just popped out at me....could be a great new quilt design....
Some tiles....
 
 
Some of  these tiles were actualy in a fireplace...
...and how gorgeous are these amazing tiles....now I could see these in a quilt...
These were in the beautiful Carrington Hotel built 1880......a link to read it's amazing history...
we had our last dinner there...
These antique plates also came home with me....so pretty
 
Busy day ahead...hope yours is a good one... 

Tuesday, July 15

I'm back!.....I've been on an 8 day Quilt Tour...

Only arrived home late last night, but I could not wait to share some photos ...
Does this bridge look familiar .......
From the moment  we arrived we set off sight seeing Sydney,
Yes, 8 gorgeous days with a group of 34 ladies on tour.....can you imagine the fun that was. I haven't laughed so much since I don't know when.
Our tour guide / organizer Samantha was amazing.....everything was just so perfect, accommodation, meals, day tours, everything,  could not have been better organized.....I will have group photos in another post.
I would also like to give a special mention to Patchwork on Homespun....a great quilt shop, friendly staff and beautiful fabrics, for making this trip possible...
 
....but this is what we were so keen to go to....
 
Here I am meeting up with Chooky Blue, Cardygirl sitting, Sue-Anne on the right and another blogger... I'm so embarrassed that I can't remember  her name....I'm sure one of the other girls will leave me a comment and refresh my memory...

EDIT.....The lovely other blogger is Fat Quarter Bird...
Such fun to meet up with the girls, all so friendly, just as they are on their blogs and as I imagined they would be...♥
 
We have been on the go so much.....it's been just wonderful.
While taking a lunch break and a few moments to rest our legs, we met this lovely blogger, Di Jobbins.
Di made that skirt out of selvedges, beautifully sewn and colour matched together like a rainbow...how lovely is that. 
 
Just a few quilts on display that I loved...mostly in reproductions... beautifully pieced and quilted...
 
Janet Treen's amazing  Coxcombs and Currants Best of Show...also won first prize in the Traditional Professional category,  Retaining the Tradition prize, and  Best Hand Quilting Award.
I felt so honoured to actually see this beautiful quilt.....Congratulations Janet!
I'm sorry I didn't get the quilters names...
...gorgeous browns with some lights scattered around for contrast...
Very beautiful hexagon quilt.....a Blue Ribbon on this lovely Hexagon quilt
This beautiful Auntie Green's quilt done in different unusual colors...
.....and one could not just walk pass this lovely William Morris design quilt without a closer look.
 
I will share what I bought and some photos of  interesting places we visited in my next post...
 
Still unpacking, and need to go food shopping....we were very spoilt having everything organized and planned for us.....♥

Thursday, July 3

Amazing Tea Cosies fundraisers...photos heavy.....and friends quilts...

I just had to share these amazing tea cosies.... made by a dear lady who donates all the money raised to Alzheimer's research......I'm so sorry but I didn't get her name.....shame on me!
This one had sold on the label.....Mr Wise Old Owl...
 
The blue cosy is a fish....You may be able to double click and see them better.
....I don't know how she comes up with the designs.....she said they just happen!
Here's a Strawberry patch and  Birthday cakes complete with chocolates and candles...
My DGD would love this cat one,....
Aren't they amazing.....!!....♥
 
Two quilt flimsies made by my local quilt group friends,,,
Glenys's quilt for a DD...
 
Marie's donation quilt....
and....
I'll leave you with this saying....which is so true, my dear quilting friends and I are doing just that....
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