Thursday, September 30, 2010

Email Tags

Well another week over and last week's tag, for those to whom I didn't write was

It's hard to be nostalgic when I can't remember anything.

A new tag has been added to my emails for the next week. It  is fun finding new ones for each week.  I wonder how long I can keep it up?

Friday, September 24, 2010

More Quilts

Well at first glance you probably won't believe this but both of these blocks are the same. Well not exactly the same but the same principal. These blocks were made by ? at the recent Jamberoo retreat. The quilt was a mixture of Dresden Plate blocks and each one looked so different that you need to study it for a while before you realised that they were really the same block.
Isn't it amazing how different they look when you make just a few changes here and there. The first block uses plain fabrics for each spike where as the second alternates between a plain (red) fabric and top and tails of a piece of strip pieced fabric. Now you may be wondering where the similarity is that I spoke of first up.. well both blocks are made using the Dresden Plate rotary template.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

One Week One Thing Challenge

Amy's Creative Side 
Well this week I have decided to join the One Week One Thing Challenge. At this stage I think one thing a week is about the most I can complete. My target for this week is to finish the binding on my guild challenge quilt... so here's hoping.

If you are interested in joining in just click on the link here and if that doesn't work then try the link in the side panel.

Jamberoo Retreat

A couple of weekends ago I went to the Sydney Guild annual Quiltaway at Jamberoo and saw some amazing quilts in progress.  These two blocks were made by Shirley Gibson whose work has to be seen to be believed.... my photos definitely don't do justice to her skill.  
These two blocks are reproductions of a quilt in the book which accompanied the recent display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London..... and here I am planning on visiting in a few months.. which unfortunately will be several months after the display has well and truly finished..phooey!

I don't know how fast Shirley works but I suspect that this quilt will be on display in next year's Sydney Quilt Show so if you attend be sure to look for it.

Email Tags

I have over the years enjoyed many tags that people include at the bottom of their emails and have decided that I am going to try to find a new one every week.

For the past few weeks I have been using -

If pain is natures way of telling you you’re not dead yet,
I’d much prefer an email or even a quick SMS

this one was sent to me by a dear friend Bruce.... some days are not so good while others are just plain bad! 

Have changed the tag over...will update next week in case you didn't receive an email from me this week.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Where does the time go?

Well today is Richard's 21st birthday?  
Where did the years go?  
Richard is my baby and he is studying in the US.
Here is a photo he recently sent us of his trip to Norway.  Isn't he good looking? 
No I'm not biased in the least.

Just two days ago he began the second year of his masters in biostatistics at Harvard.  He is now living with some friends in South Boston - crime central for those of you who don't know the area:)  

To celebrate his birthday he planned to spend the first few hours on the phone talking to us, his brother in England, his girlfriend in Norway... it's a different world these days isn't it.  

Friday, September 3, 2010

Sydney Guild Challenge entry

Well I would love to say here is my entry for this year's guild suitcase challenge.... all finished and da dahh!!! But and this is a big but I muffed it.  Made the star months ago.  Finished the quilting about two weeks ago.  Bought the binding. Cut off the excess.  Sewed on the binding.  Found the entry form and started to fill it in..... read the challenge guidelines.. reread them.. went looking for the original entry form... read those.... OOPs  
My delightful quilt, which I struggled to find an extra piece of fabric when I was short one 2in square in the making is a well balanced 16in by 18in which makes it just a mere 6in TOO SHORT!
Phooey!  Oh well no rush now to finish the binding off is there.  Unfortunately I think it is also too small to go into the regular show as it isn't a miniature... win some you lose some.
At least I now know how I will need to modify my colour placement for my feathered star bed quilt which has been in the planning for only six/seven years!