Friday, April 29, 2011

This Week I am Grateful For ...... Coffee and Cake

Picture via Artskool

This week I am grateful for coffee and cake.

When I think of all the good things that coffee and cake bring with them: good times with girlfriends, stories told and worries shared and occassionally even time on the couch with a good book.

On top of that I do love good coffee and good cake.  Yum, yum.

Do you like coffee and cake?  Do you have a favourite cake recipe?  Or do you like tea and biscuits better?
Either way pop over and see Maxabella and see what others are grateful for.  May I say grab a cuppa?!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Creative Space: Nine Birds

Progress has been made on the Nine Birds quilt by Emma @ Ballarat Patchwork!  Quilt top is finished, quilt layers put together and quilting has begun.  Don't my men do a good job of modelling it for me?

I have even learnt something new.  A new method of raw edge applique.  It doesn't look too bad.  Thanks to Pam for being such a patient teacher.

Smile for a close up birdy :)

Would you like to see their legs tomorrow?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Ruth de Vos @ AQC

This week I will put up a few photos that I took at the AQC last week.  I only wish that I took more photos that featured the name of the quilt makers!  The Exhibition buildings in Carlton are beautiful buildings and were a great setting for the display. 

One of my favorite quilters was a Western Australian art quilter called Ruth de Vos.  Her quilts were amazing. 

The detailed quilting was something to be admired and made me think about some of the quilts that I have made recently.  Sometimes you thik of the quilting as secondary to the making and design of the quilt top.  A means to which you join the backing to the quilt front you have laboured over.  I never would have thought of drawing in extra detail and it definitely added to the impact of the quilt.

Notice how she has done the circles inside the flower by cutting the circles in the top layer of the lighter brown fabric.  The next quilt was what we dubbed the Autumn quilt.  I have no idea what its real name is but again the quilting became part of the design.

The children quilts were amazing and had me standing there quite some time just wondering how they were done.

I love the words.  It is almost like a hidden picture.  You see the large picture from a distance and admire it and then as you come closer you can see the story in words and it only adds to the beauty.  I hope you have enjoyed the photographs as much as I have and they leave you inspired to try new things.

In a couple of days I will post some photographs from a quilter named Dianne Firth.  They are striking and I am sure you will enjoy them.

Friday, April 15, 2011

A Little Birdy Told Me

Well actually nine little birdies told me.  They told me how cute they were and they asked if they could be sewn together in a flock. 

Pretty little birdies, yes you can!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Glimpse

What did you say Dear Husband?  I can go to the Quilt Shop?  Yay!!!

My trip to Ballarat Patchwork gave me an opportunity to drool over the Amy Butler fabrics.  So beautiful!!   I attended the Nine Birds class in the new classroom. 
 Would you like to see my quilt beginnings?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Creative Space

Which deer am I?

Been having fun with felt this week.  It is like playing fuzzy felts when I was little.  I have picked up my reindeer quilt where I left it before Christmas. Only problem is that I don't remember which one this little cutie is meant to be.  Hmm.....will have to look at my notes :(

Isn't it nice to pick something up and love it again?  What about you peeps in Blogland?  Do you like rediscovering old projects?  Or do they become little time capsules in your cupboard? Or are you like me and start more than you finish?  Mrs Sticky Beak today aren't I!

For more crafty explorations head over and see Kirsty

Friday, April 1, 2011

Donkey Date No. 3

I haven't had a lot of time to search and seek out new and interesting lands.  That having been said I think that some of the images I did find will appeal to those who enjoy a little of the "hook and yarn" action. 

Not sure now where I got that image from as I have lost the sticky note...  How about this!

Lark in Daylesford, Victoria

I love this photo too... This is the definition of an obsession.

Isn't it amazing?!  If you would like to see others Pinterests visit Kate at Another Donkey Design
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