Addictive paper piecing. This gorgeous paper pieced cushion made by Kara from MonaLuna's Taali range, together with a few well chosen complimentary fabrics! I just love the fussy cutting drawing attention to the little features in the fabric. Lots of fun.
I have long been a fan of Kellie Wulfsohn's pattern "Memories". Kellie's from Don't Look Now and here's her Joslind tree...
This is one of 3 similar sized designs in the pattern which can be interchangably stitched as cushions or wall hangings so the pattern is great value and the projects are achievable - always essential! Here's Kellie's Family Tree....
So I finally bit the bullet and made the third of these projects (see below) for the upcoming quilt show made from one of my kits. This one is called "Memories".
This one is destined for a picture frame - but to quilt the background or not is the question. I have to cut it to size to fit it in the frame - so I can't quilt it once it's gone in the frame.... What a dilemma!
I think it's pretty stunning either way - but the dense quilting in the background is kind of addictive!!
Have you yet been tempted by Vignette? This is an amazing magazine for patchwork and stitching enthusiasts and has been very popular. It's by Australian designer Leanne Beasley who has a talent for making it all too appealing.
Easy to read, beautifully photographed, with great ideas for small (and large) projects.
Vignettes 1 to 9 feature the Vignette in Stitches Quilt and Vignette 10 will be out at the end of April.
All issues still available through my website and at the AQC
I just found this blog post sitting in my drafts - but thought as we have the AQC coming it that it is a good taste of things to come... in April.
I was very lucky to be able to borrow Kellie Wulfsohn from Don't Look Now's new quilt "Jessie" which had everyone's jaw dropping and was a real star of the stand. Its pictured here on the wall to the right. Hopefully this beauty will be at the AQC with me too as well as some other stunning things to see.
The bunting was also really popular and is one of my favourites - a great one for football fans.
We have been more than a little busy over the last year. Anyone who has recently moved will likely understand!
Looking for houses - our work had begun:
thousands of hours pooring over house ads
hundreds of homes views
tens of weekends lost to house hunting
one house we seriously considered
one auction where we were the only bidders
no house bought!
Finally, three months or so later, when we had lost almost all hope, our offer was finally accepted!
Then I realised the real work had begun!!
sorting, throwing, storing, boxing, packing with every spare second
all those hours watching selling houses australia, location location location etc - were all worth while!
cleaning, shining, gleaming with every spare minute
we worked so hard!
The auction day came. I was a bundle of nerves as we had already bought and the market was so flat. But to our great relief, the auctionwas a sucess - our agents were wonderful! 2 bidders that really wanted it. We couldn't have asked for a better situation.
We loved living in our house after the auction, finally a chance to relax a little and not clean everything that moved! We fell in love with our house all over again. The first house we owned. The house we had brought our babies home to after they were born. The house they took their first steps in. Spoke their first words, and had every birthday cake of their lives baked in. It was the home we loved. Such happy days.
Then we moved - and I realised, again - the real work had begun!!! Unpacking, for hours, and days and weeks!
So taking stock and looking around our new but dated decor house, with all the memories to be made in this home, I have now finally realised - the real work? That hasn't even begun.
Come and see Jessie, Kellie Wulfsohn's latest quilt featuring raw edge appliqué techniques at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair - stand B14. Simply stunning. Pattern only $22.
I also think this would be great, adapted to smaller projects too. Think cushions, or use just the Joseph's coat central design for a cot / lap quilt.
Kellie writes great patterns with a lot of detail relating to free motion quilting and raw edge appliqué. Believe it or not, raw edge appliqué is one of the fastest techniques for appliqué and makes it much more achievable than you would otherwise think!
I love Kellie's original on white, and this also works with a dark background, charcoal or slate, or as pictured. It makes the patterned fabrics pop!
Come and see the quilt in person this week if you are in Melbourne.
Don't you love this paper cut print by famille summerbelle. Available here http://www.famillesummerbelle.com in prints (which I have) of both London and Paris. I also see that they now also have laser cut versions which must look exactly like the originals. Awesome. A very talented artist.
We had a great time in England, visiting family, friends and both old and new places...
Some of the new things (all highly recommended) were
- seeing tower bridge with its Olympic rings on and doing a tour of it with great views of London both up and downstream
- St Paul's cathedral tour with iPods ( which greatly engaged my "not another cathedral" 9 yr old son)
- general wondering around the south bank of the Thames from the wobbly millenium bridge to Tower bridge. So much more accessible and much closer together than you would think looking at a map
- science museum, V&A, and museum of London. The launch pad area in the science museum was loved by the kids!
- Warwick castle which is a fantastic castle to visit. Brilliantly done. http://www.warwick-castle.com
- foxton locks which have an staircase of 10 locks which were really interesting to see barges going up and down and not an everyday sight for us! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxton_Locks
- tree top aerial adventure (kids only) http://www.aerialextreme.co.uk/page/milton-keynes
- doing a "spy mission" in Milton Keynes (not just kids and I do have the bruises to prove it... Not sure I have what it takes to be a spy!! But I zip wired out of the "helicopter" with the rest of them and made my way across a laser filled room... So very nearly like Catherine zeta jones!!) http://spymissions.co.uk/home.html
- fish nibbling feet (kids only)
- Althorp stately home and childhood home of Diana, Princess of Wales http://www.althorp.com
Not quite a typical list of uk must do tourist attractions, but after 25 years living and working in London and the uk and many return trips from Aus there are still so many things we want to do next time....
I love London and England! And the bunting everywhere this time (jubilee/ wimbledon/ olympic fever) made me feel very nostalgic for the country I grew up in. But I do call Australia home and am so very fortunate to feel home here and there...
Wish I could show you the camera stills I have of the Olympic rings which can go up and down to let the tall ships through.. Super cool!
We went up tower bridge and got some great views over London. In the clouds, but great views nonetheless. There was a really good exhibit on great bridges of the world and also another on the Olympics. There were kids activities like quoits and hoopla and the kids both got a tower bridge gold medal when they crossed the finish line... So, everyone was a winner. It was really good and something I'd never done before, even after years of living in London.
Then on to the science museum and the V&A which were something else I haven't done since primary school!!!
So lots new to learn for me...
I'm sure you recognize this iconic site... Had a fantastic trip around with the kids who were delighted with their personal iPod tour guides with quizzes etc. they were very taken with the efforts to save the cathedral during the blitz.
Please forgive any slight delay in website sales while I'm away....
This album contains the beautiful Amy Buttler patterns which are available for order.
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Have you heard about Moda's mystery quilt "Piece and Plenty"? Here are some images of blocks completed by those undertaking the challenge through In Stitches of Williamstown... well done Miffy and Linda! Thanks for letting me take the photos and pop them on the blog. If you are interested in taking part please contact Laura through www.institches.com.au or by email firstname.lastname@example.org