Saturday, July 7, 2018

a blue ribbon

Just a short post to say it was an exciting day yesterday, finding that I'd won a first place at the Quilter's Guild of South Australia Festival of Quuilts exhibition - for the quilt I spent many hours quilting but didn't show you. Looking very closely you might see there are some cicles / orbs in the quilting, as well as the many, many close rows.

Not the best picture. I forgot to take any before I entered it and took a couple hurriedly yesterday. (It doesn't seem to be hanging flat on the top rod - makes it a bit ripply). It is my own design pairing charm squares from bundles that I had collected, and cutting and interspersing them to get the graded colourings. It was in the Modern Section - something a bit different for me.

Not sure what comes next. I have a couple of bundles of fat quarters that have been on the shelf for a while now, so maybe I'll do something with some of them. And I have a couple of art quilt challenges to do.

The FOQ is a great exhibition (as usual) with a lot of variety and several special exhibitions. I',m sorry I won't get back to have another look, but I'm off to Tassie to deliver the bunting, and be even colder than I am here at the moment!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Cutting things up

I'll begin with a photo from a couple of weeks back when with my Quilters' Dozen friends I hosted a Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Cancer Council. My photo taking was hardly successful, this being the only good one (I was too busy being hostess)

but the day was. The weather was ideal for our display around the garden, the food was plentiful and the company relaxed, interested and appreciative of the display. We raised  $573, and my thanks go to my Quilters' Dozen friends and all those who supported the event.

Since then I have been busily cutting quilt top kits for the Threads group. There must be something I can do with all these bits???

and cutting to make bunting for my daughter. They are now stitched and ready to attach to a tape or cord when I go to visit her.
 
 In the process I have managed to cut a piece off a finger with my rotary cutter - OUCH. It hasn't stopped me, but it is quite inconvenient, and I don't know how long it will take to heal. That might be quicker if I didn't manage to bump it every now and then - I hold it out of the way, but because it is my middle finger and longest, it manages to bump into something else!

I have also finished a small piece of cross stitch I bought in Sweden. It is a traditional armband piece, but I'm not sure what I will do with it.
To finish, a couple of bright spots in an otherwise dull garden - some pretty pansies
 and an unusually deep red nasturtium
The weather is cold, windy and wet, and here is the first snowdrop

It is time to start a new project, but which one? A ufo or something new?