Sunday, September 22, 2013

Quilts 1700 - 1945

No I'm not lucky enough to make it to Brisbane for the show but I am lucky enough to have a lovely friend, Brenda who did get to Brisbane and lent me her book to have a drool over.
This simple hexie quilt was the one that caught my attention, created by the girl guides in Changi prison for their guide leader it was made from scraps in secret.

Most of the other quilts are much older than this but I think that's why this tugged at the heart, these girls were only 8 to 16 years of age at the time and they would now be about 10 years older than my Mum which somehow made it more real. The Rajah quilt is there too, which I would love to see, amazing to think it was sewn in the bottom of a ship.
The other quilt that stood out for me was the  George the 3rd coverlet and it's pieced circles and round applique panel, made in 1803-1805.

It was very interesting with lots of the quilt's histories were known even a very utilitarian quilt which was made from offcuts from the pajama factory! If you're lucky enough to be in Brisbane it's a must see.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Friday 13th

And blogger wouldn't let me post, 2 days later and I've managed to get it to work through firefox, but I'm not superstitious which is just as well as the weatherman (husband) flew home from Tassie on Friday here's a pic of his ticket
Yep it's Friday 13th in seat 13A boarding at 13:05, needless to say he made it home safe and sound. When they booked his ticket they asked if he minded traveling on Friday 13th.
On to crafty things my spring stitchery in the celebrate swap arrived from Wendy and once again she has outdone herself, she does the most amazingly fine and even stitches I'm thinking I may need some granny glasses to improve mine!
With three fat quarters from the new Lynette Anderson range in pretty mauve and grey to match, now what to make up with it?
I have posted mine off with a small hiccup, I lost it....and found it again, when I was about half way through stitching a new one, greatly relieved I quickly packaged it up and sent it off and forgot to take a photo again!!!! But I did get a photo of my new quilt, I'm almost up to quilting, which I'll have to do without the quilting frame as it's not square, on purpose of course!
I guess you'd call it a stretched octagon, I think the quilting will be rather plain as it's a fairly busy pattern.
Happy stitching.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Party Time!

Lewis' first birthday party on the weekend and boy did he have fun, lots of friends and presents to open and cake, he does love cake!
Talking of cake here is the 10 minute masterpiece, well I should say 20 minute, 10 minutes on pinterest and 10 minutes decorating. I loooove pinterest!
I have been doing some sewing too. I forgot to take a photo of Wendy's birthday gift for Mrs Martins Let's Celebrate swap, but you can pop over to Wendy's where she has kindly put some photos on her blog.