Friday, 24 October 2014

Bad Bad Blogger!

Bad, bad, blogger.  

No excuses for the lack of posts, except to say that I have been extraordinarily busy, and sadly - this poor little blog has borne the brunt of it.  

Such a busy time of year!  School holidays!  Rose Week!  Local Shows!  So much happens this time of year, and it's only today that I've managed to catch my breath.

But I have pictures!

You may recall that last year our quilting group held its local quilt show in our Rose Week Festival.  It's a bi-annual show, so it wasn't on this year, but our group decided to hold a mini show out at our rooms.  

Somehow it went from being a few quilts and open on the weekend to quite a few quilts and open lots of days.  We are an evening group, which means lots of our ladies work during the day, so being open during the days poses a problem with volunteers.  Which means I spent a LOT of time there.

I took some photos -hope you enjoy them.






















It's been hot, hot, hot here which meant all the roses in town bloomed spectacularly.  And that made our 20th Rose Week a real success.  One day I will do the gardens and take lots of lovely photos to share with you.  Perhaps next year.

In other news - yes, I will probably do Bonnie's latest mystery quilt because I have nothing else started (cough).  Are you doing it?  Are you sticking to her colours or trying something different?  Let me know!

Happy Quilting

Suzie

Monday, 6 October 2014

Annual show

Life, as typical in school holidays, hasn't given me much time to spend in the sewing room.  But we did take our family to the local show in the next town.  I always love to see how other countries do their local show/fair, so I thought I'd share some photos with you.

These are only from inside the show hall.  I didn't take photos of the rides, or the food stalls - perhaps next year.

Our shows in Australia are struggling, as the towns struggle.  Lack of volunteers is always a big thing, and as cities get closer by car, the smaller towns seem to lose people each weekend to various sporting and social events.  Let's face it, we are all busier now.

Our town's show has closed now.  There weren't enough volunteers to help run it, and there weren't that many people who visited.  But as one door opens, another closes, or so the saying goes.  And the town's show next to us seems to be thriving. 

The displays/competitions are split much the same as other countries.  There are floral exhibits, cooking exhibits, craft exhibits.  I didn't take photos of the food or produce section, but I hope you're happy with the following.



Loved this idea.  So simple!  We are about to celebrate our Rose Week so we may use this somewhere around the place.




So many lovely floral displays.


And then bizarrely, in a small, small town - they had enough bonsai enthusiasts to warrant a whole section!


I adore, adore bonsai.  I wish I was a gardener, I really do.  I bought a bonsai plant once but it died.  Of course it did, I can't garden for nuts.



This one above was an olive tree.  An Olive Tree.  Just amazing.





And then, we have orchids.  Oh My God were there orchids.  I think there is a fairly large orchid society around here, and their display was amazing.  Ah. May. Zing.






And cakes.  How lovely is this rose one?



And here is a quilt, that one first prize.  It's a very nice quilt, made even nicer because my Mum quilted it for the owner!  I rang her and told her she'd won first prize with a quilt she didn't even enter.  It was deserving of first prize, the lady who made it did a stellar job.



And even in small old country SA, there was a Bonnie Quilt.







Divinely made cross stitch picture.  This is a famous piece of Australian Art work called Pioneer by one of our major artists, Frederick McCubbin.  Beautifully painted picture, beautifully stitched cross stitch.

And there you have it.  Just a little country show but it was lovely.  An afternoon well spent.

Hope your weekend has been a quilty one.

Suzie

Monday, 29 September 2014

Show And Tell (not mine, sadly)

I’ve always loved a good black/bright quilt.  Something about the combination of colours makes the quilt really pop. 

A few years ago, printed foundation papers were the rage.  Now you can just print them off the internet, but back then a few companies printed them for you and you would follow the dots, so to speak and end up with a lovely quilt.

I’m not a lover of foundation piecing.  I’ve taken to using a washaway stabiliser as my foundation as I cannot be bothered tearing out the paper afterwards.  But I digress.

This is not my quilt.  This is my clever clogs mother’s quilt that somehow has ended up in my cupboard.  That’s a shame.  Isn’t it lovely?

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We would get fabric reps come and visit us back in our shop days. They would have ‘feelers’ (remnants of fabric that we would choose from to purchase in our shop) that they would bring in, in big suitcases.  Thousands and thousands of different samples of at least fat eighth sized fabric.  We would beg and beg and flutter our eyelashes to sometimes get given the old, out of stock fabrics.  We weren’t very successful but one lovely salesperson gave us some brights one day.  This is the resulting quilt.

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Sometimes quilts work really well and this is one of them.  There wasn’t enough fabric to make it bigger, it’s about a lap size.  It’s been stippled with variegated cotton in the border, and I think stitched in the ditch in the pineapples.  But it’s just lovely, don’t you think?

School holidays is currently on here in my house, so stitching time is limited.  But I’ve a few show and tell quilts up my sleeve that I might show if I get some time.

Hope your weekend went well!

Happy Stitching,

Suzie