Originally from Nebraska, I have lived in Oz since 1989. I love to quilt in my spare time. My days are filled with family and friends and of course, the 'day job'. My list of 'to do one day' seems to get longer all the time... but my motto is 'Never give up! Never surrender!' I will, one day, use everything in my stash... you believe me, don't you?
In between work, taxi mum, sight-seeing (see previous post) and the other normal daily activities that get in the way, I have been making a little progress on my nine-patches for Julie's swap. I wanted to work with brown and pink and fell in love with the delicate flowers in this reproduction brown print. My LQS did not have enough of either pink to do them all the same. But I was able to get enough to do half and half. As each swappee receives two nine patches from each swapper I thought it would be ok to have two different pinks instead of two the same. Strip piecing certainly makes the process smooth and straight-forward. I'm really looking forward to seeing what the other ladies will send! There's been a few sent in already and they look fabulous so far.
Even if you are not in the swap - go and visit Julie's blog - she's a very inspirational lady!
PS: My fabrics are Judie Rothermel from Marcus Brothers. The brown and dark pink are the Charleston V collection and the light pink is the Rocky Mountain Museum collection.
Mr Fixit and I spent a day at the Western Australian Museum to see the special Pompeii exhibit. I always like to get whatever booklet, book or brochure that accompanies the exhibitions we see. I read them several times, and now that I am a quilter I look at every image with new eyes. More info on Pompeii here.
My little momento of the visit is this thimble in the shape of a gladiator's helmet typical of the era. I have a very small collection of thimbles which I will share sometime...
That's a pretty deep philosophical question to ponder with coffee at 8:30 in the morning...
Is the question really what's 'real' - or what really matters?
To me, what really matters are people. And we are to interact with people (a.k.a. mankind) with acts of love and kindness and generosity, giving of ourselves and our possessions as we are able to make the world a better place for people.
And sometimes we need to graciously accept these acts of love when it is our time in need.
There were other quilts, but they got away without photos...
(Remember, these are not digital photos but scanned in to the computer from prints)
The blocks in this quilt are friendship blocks made by ladies from my church for a friend who moved over East (lovely Donna). When I was helping my friend get ready to move, I found a sample block she did with appliqued hearts on it and I sneaked it in to my pocket and put it in the quilt. She is the most excellent friend and I do miss her.
This quilt was made for a friend and work colleague (Elizabeth). She had breast cancer that recurred after a few years and she decided to move over East to be with family. I wanted something bright and cheerful for her. She has since passed away.
This pattern was from a magazine but I can't remember which one...
Here is another early quilt I made for the granddaughter of a work colleague. I made this from stash and was glad to use the fairy fabric up. I was careful with the placement of fabric to keep the fairies all going the same way. Don't know if that made such a simple quilt better, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. I quilted it in the ditch.
(Remember - these are not digital photos but scanned in to the computer from prints.)
This is the back of the quilt. And of course every little girl's doll needs a quilt too. This will help you to see the fairies on the fabric.
Back of the doll quilt. I would probably make something a little different today, but I do like working with squares and rectangles and sometimes you do need to just make a blanket for a kid to drag around. This quilt is still in use and much loved.
I made this quilt in 2004 and donated it to the primary school for fundraising. It didn't raise as much money as I thought it should but it went to a little boy who I hoped loved it... the pattern is from a magazine. (Quilter's Companion No. 7) (The designer is Maureen Rayner)
This quilt was made by my daughter's year 4 class in 2002 to celebrate the Year of the Outback. The children traced the kangaroo shapes on to vleisofix, mums helped cut out and fuse to the background, and the kids then went around the edge of each shape with fabric glue (with glitter as I recall). It was quilted by a local machine quilter who donated her time to the project. (Quilts by KayCee, WA) The quilt now hangs in the administration building.
A little detail...
I think the teacher went on to do other class quilts in different years with other techniques, but I was not involved. Just a reminder that these are not digital photos but scanned in to the computer from prints.