30 June 2009
I haven't stopped making quilts. Really! But since hand quilting takes so much longer than machine quilting, I haven't had anything to show. This is a corner of my latest selvedge quilt. It needs a name but nothing has inspired me yet. Maybe once I finish the binding something will strike...
28 June 2009
It is very funny and I confess I chuckled quite loudly during certain passages. Grahame-Smith has reworked the story line to include the skills of the Bennet daughters, particularly Elizabeth, in the fight against the zombie menace, although I was disappointed that Elizabeth was unable to belong to the League of Gentlemen for the Encouragement of Continued Hostilities Against Our Most Unwelcome Enemy.
Such a fun book (and wonderful revenge on Mr Wickham for being such a cad).
27 June 2009
If you read Deborah's comment ("I have a suggestion for how to escape...let's go to London and Paris!"), you'll be pleased to know that she was serious and we ARE going to London and Paris! Best of all, we will be spending two days at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, where I am sure to be overstimulated. Bring it on...
24 June 2009
I'm annoyed with the constant stupid predictions by 'economic experts' - there are no such things. All these people offer are opinions and, frankly, most of those are less accurate than my own observations. Why does the media give them such credence?
I'm totally over people acting as victims. Some whole nations do this - they become used to violence and conflict as a way of life. Nothing will ever change as long as they hold onto their hurt and seek revenge.
I'm fed up with our media working themselves into a frenzy over totally trivial political issues. They need to get proper lives. Indeed, if I never hear a politician's voice again, I'll be a happy woman. Is it all a show or do they actually believe what they're spouting?
So I'm changing my radio station, I'm not watching the tv news, and I'm going to focus on the positive part of life. Small actions maybe, but I just can't absorb anymore of the world's angst.
Now I'm going to start by enjoying the latest copy of Quilting Arts magazine...
23 June 2009
22 June 2009
21 June 2009
It's always interesting viewing works that are outside my own experience. From most of today's pieces, I gained inspiration, while others triggered ideas that may result in some of my own future work. Creating a new design is a complex matter, as initial thoughts jostle with later, more considered ones.
Now it's raining again.
20 June 2009
Maybe you'd like Pamela to present a workshop for your group? You can contact her here. Or if you'd just like to play with Angelina fibres yourself, you can purchase them from Unique Stitching. They certainly are fun.
18 June 2009
16 June 2009
15 June 2009
There were three lucky door prize winners at our table. Here I am with Sue Dennis and her prize - a wonderful framed print of one of Caroline Sharkey's textile works, donated by Caroline. To say Sue was thrilled is an understatement!
I won a gift voucher from Blue Willow Cottage, which I promptly exchanged the next morning for this roll of 20 Hoffman batik strips. Yum. Thanks so much to Blue Willow Cottage for donating my wonderful prize.
13 June 2009
10 June 2009
09 June 2009
In addition to the quilts, there are many, many vendors selling their wares. I'll be on the Unique Stitching stand, so come and say hello. I'll be surrounded by the best selection of dyes, fabric paints, paint sticks, silks, wool and yarn that you can imagine!
If you are new to visiting a craft show, there are 10 handy tips on the blog of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc that are good advice.
Are you wondering why I have included a pic of my spotty mugs? Just because I like them and I thought you might too! Later this afternoon, I'll be brewing a hot cup of tea and sipping from one of the mugs while I browse the new SEWN website. Ooh, more anticipation....
08 June 2009
I have emailed you both, so look out for my message in your inbox. Hope you enjoy the pincushions. So much fun... I wonder if I've won anything from another blog?
07 June 2009
One more sleep until the SEWN blog party starts...
06 June 2009
04 June 2009
03 June 2009
02 June 2009
Don't know what I'm talking about? Sarah's new website for sewers, SEWN, is having a wonderful launch party next Monday and you can join in. There are 100 bloggers (at last count) just waiting to give away the most wonderful things. To join in the fun and read all about it, click here.
I'll be part of the launch party. Go here to see what deliciousness you could win from me. Only six more sleeps to go...
01 June 2009
My only other purchase were these gorgeous little felted balls. They are stitched with shisha mirrors and beads and I think they look like eyeballs. Aren't they cute (and slightly out of focus - sorry but I couldn't stop quivering with excitement).
I'm sure this Festival will be bigger and better next year, so start saving your money.
What an exciting time it is this month! Next Monday is the big launch of SEWN (more on that tomorrow) and then, on Wednesday 10 June, the Sydney Quilt Show opens (more on that later). Before then, I have my Slow Burners hand piecing class at Material Obsession on Saturday and plenty of crafty things on the go. I think I'll go and have a cup of tea to gather my energy!