Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Strip Chevron

Everyone who knows me knows how much I love strippy quilts and I loved this quilt at our our recent exhibition.  It is so bright and cheerful and was right beside us at the sales table where we were working most days.  
Another one for me to have a crack at.  So many quilts, so little time....

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Yummy Dessert

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We had this yummy dessert after dinner tonight.

I just sliced up a punnet of strawberries and a few apples, added a tablespoon of sugar and finely grated orange rind.

The topping is plain flour, butter, rolled oats, brown sugar and flaked almonds.  (The recipe called for chopped macadamia nuts, but alas I had none of these).  I have made it with the macadamia nuts and it is scrumptious. Eaten warm with ice cream and cream.  mmmmmm.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Quilt display

Our quilt club exhibition is over for another year.  We battled one of the worst dust storms in our history and still managed to come through smiling.  We had lots of visitors from all over the country and the exhibition was much admired.
In the foyer, we had a display of antique quilts from one of our members and this created a lot of interest.  They are family quilts and she had some very interesting stories to go with them.

 This one is from the 1880's (American)

From the 1970"s

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Springing into Action

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Here are some more views of springtime in our garden.  It is a wonder anything flowers in our part of the country.  We are very short on water!

This is usually a busy time for me as our quilt group, Toowoomba Quilters Club Inc.,  gears up for it's annual quilt show - Exhibition of Quilts and other Fine Arts.
If you are visiting Toowoomba next weekend for the Carnival of Flowers, be sure to drop in and say "Hi" at the quilt show.

It is at the TAFE building, 100 Bridge Street Toowoomba from Sat 19 September through to Friday 25 Sept.  Open 9.00 til 5.00 daily. 
Admission $5.00 - (Children admission free)

On another note, 
What about Kim Clijsters?
Is she amazing or what?
I think it says a lot for believing in yourself.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Stitching Day Out

Yesterday I went with a couple of friends to an event called 'Stitchers Dream Day Out" organized by a local quilt shop, 'The Quilters Angel'. 

Love those HUGE cupcakes on the table!

Those big yellow 'cake' boxes were filled with goodies.  There were four designers who designed special projects for the day, and all the patterns of their designs were in the box.  You also received a mystery project to stitch from the designers.  There were also lots of other goodies in the box such as sweet treats which was the theme of the day.
For morning tea we had the most delicious cupcakes I have ever had.  Mine was raspberry and white chocolate.  YUM.
Lunch was yummy too.  Baguette rolls with a chicken,celery and roasted almond filling and a beef roll with caramelized onion and capsicum topped with a mustard cream.  For afternoon tea we had a mini cup cake and some vanilla fudge.  Of course tea and coffee throughout the day.
It was a very well organized event, and will be on again same time next year.

This is the design which was in my box.  I will post mine when it is finished and let you know what I make it into.  Do not hold your breath for that one. We also got the fabric in our box to finish the project.  Maybe I will do a bit more on the stitching this afternoon. (Sunday)
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There is one in every crowd!  I am sure many of us have done this at some time or another.  My friend has stitched her work to the ribbon on her blouse.... the funniest part was, just as she had done this and I was taking her photo, her lucky number was called and she had to go collect her prize attached to her embroidery.  Very funny.....

Monday, September 7, 2009

Selvedge link

Hey!  Karen Griska who has the wonderful and inspiring site has put my little selvedge gift cards up.
Thanks Karen!

Please go here if you would like to take a look.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Leaves - some of them

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I have used some of my few hundred leaves to make this quilt from an Aust. Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I have bought some border fabric for it, but borders will have to wait now as we get organized for our quilt club's big event of the year - our exhibition. 
This quilt may end up on our guest bed, or it may be a gift to a family member.

I have about 250 leaves tacked ready for my other leaf quilt (which is an original design - a design in progress) .  I just love appliqueing leaves.  Boring?  I don't find it so, because when I am hand appliqueing such an easy motif, I don't have to think too much and I am relaxed and  transported to another world free of stresses.