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I'm off to Toowoomba (again)

This time of year always calls for a visit to friends in Toowoomba, So today is the day.   I had my Xmas party for the cottage patchwork group last night and stayed in town at the apartment so that I could get an early start today.  I love staying here.  It is close to everything yet still a bit secluded here in the trees.

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I have gifts to deliver including this lovely print  of skylines for Angela and little bundles of Xmas cheer for all the other ladies. 

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With all that has been going on I doubted that I would have all this ready in time.  But I made it.

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The patchwork storage box.

I decided to stitch a prototype first before sewing the box I intend to give as my gift and I am so pleased that I did.  It isn't quite finished as yet but I think I have worked out everything that can go wrong.  At least I hope so.

Firstly, the interfacing that is recommended is very stiff and bulky, which is great to support the shape, but horrible for seams and hems.  So I turned a hem at the top first so that the interfacing sits in the fold.

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I followed the instructions and cut out the fabric and interfacing , sewing the two together around the edge and then quilted them.  It worked but I think I will quilt first and then cut out the shape .  Another problem was of my own making.  I thought I would use a gold metallic thread for the quilting.  Big mistake.  The thread just broke, so I switched to a rayon thread and got a better result.

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And those clips around the edge.  I couldn't find my quilting ones so used some clear pegs from Ikea.  They do a terrific job at a fraction of the cost.  Now to finish the real thing.  I have to have it done by 3:30pm so I can catch the 4pm ferry.

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Count down to Xmas

Now that kind of crept up on me.  Xmas that is.  I have been putting bits and pieces away all year and now is the time to pull them out and see what else I need to buy.

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Plus I have a Xmas gift to finish sewing for Thursday based on this design.   

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I have the fabric, just need to put it together.  (Just!!!)

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After that is the Xmas cards.  On top of all this I have to have the next Children's Class finalised for tomorrow.  Talk about tight time lines.

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WIPW

WHAT WORK IN PROGRESS?

I'm still trying to get my feet back on planet earth.  The state my brain is in, still, is a disgrace.  But  that isn't entirely my fault.  Today I looked at the packet that my medication comes in.  Turns out I should have put it in the bin a couple of weeks ago because it is supposed to be kept under refrigeration.  There were no refrigerators where  I went so my medication hasn't been working.  No wonder I've been walking around like a zombie.  I've been taking those tablets for well over 30 years and missed that notice on the packet.

  Actually, I have quite a bit of work in progress.  Problem is, there hasn't been a lot of the 'progress' bit.  When I got on the barge this afternoon I see that the oyster catchers are back, in force.

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I have been thinking about doing a small series about sea birds that I see around the island.  I haven't finished this but it is a beginning.

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Problem is, it's been a work in progress since 2012!!!!

I  promise, I will finish it.

 

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Sleeping, writting and getting my feet back on planet earth

I think I am back on planet earth again.  After arriving home the proverbial hit the fan and I was flat out just getting through each day.

The grandchildren were so eager to get their gifts, so they were first on the list.  Then I had to visit all the family and distribute their gifts.  Next came my quilting buddies and my daughter had to fly away to another job and I had to get the dog and fix the apartment for while she was away.  Then I had an assignment to write.  It was on a subject I know far too much about so I had to cut and cut my word count.  Then I just fell asleep and slept for 24 hours.  I hope the body clock is now back in sync.  OH. I forgot the washing.  I haven't got to the housework as yet.

For my quilting buddies I bought fabric in the USA that I was going to make into 'mug rugs' for them.  That was until I made one. 

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Then I decided they would 'much prefer' to make their own.  So I packed up some kits for them and 'showed' them the sample I had made. 

 

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I hope they have fun making these.  I have another lot of kits I have to put together for my friends up at Toowoomba but that is not for a week or so. 

I also got the painting I bought in Guatemala back on a wooden frame and up on the wall.  I carried this rolled in a piece of plumbing tubing all the way back home, cursing it all the way. but I am so pleased with it now.

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But first I have to organise my work room.  What a mess!  I have a list of projects that have to be finished before everything breaks up for Xmas.  OMG, Xmas.  I had forgotten about that.


Houston

Oh boy.  I have been running around.  Got on the flight from Brisbane, changed flights at Auckland, flew to SAN Francisco and got stuck in immigration and missed my connecting flight.     Only thing to do was get another flight via Seattle and ended arriving 2 nights and 3 days later in Houston.  Then the hotel gave me someone else’s room and I had to start again.

When I went to bed that night at 7pm I slept though to 8:30am and was 5 mins late for class.  But it was a great class on creative embroidery with Judith Baker Monsanto.   Then we went to the Iron Quilters Challenge to support Pammy and she won.  I don’t have a clue how to put up images as yet.  Hopefully I will work that out soon.


Quilt Show - 2

This is another quilt I liked from the show.  It is reminiscent of Sue Sprago and was developed out of a workshop with Wendy Williams by the maker.  I think this was the original quilt.

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And this is the one in the show.

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There is so much detail here when you look into it and lots of embroidery.  Some of the stitches used are quite novel and I have made a note for future use. For example, this tree.

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And this one also.

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This combination of felt and embroidery.

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The flowers.

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and this great basket of flowers.

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Lots of ideas here.

 

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Two invitations

I got this great invitation to go to a dinner in Melbourne.  Very exclusive, very expensive.  It is on in conjunction with the Dior exhibition at the art Gallery.

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But I also got a 'better' invitation.  To go and stay a few days up at Toowoomba with my Embroidery Stitching friends.  It was a no brainer really.  So, while I am stressed out over the purchase of this unit and getting ready to go overseas, which is also stressing me out, they sent all my tickets and paper work to Boston USA, I have decided to leave it all and go away for a few days.

Now I have to decide what I will work on.  The small purse for the children's classes is one.  I have to finish that shawl is another and there is those dolls clothes still hanging over my head.  But just for fun and because I really don't have time to do it I thought I would crochet some toys.

At the Quilt Show, Kerry Lord was promoting her books and I bought  a copy of "Edwards Menagerie".  Over 40 animals, that should keep me going and I have a small bundle of alpaca wool that was given to me as a gift and I have been waiting for just the right thing to use it on.

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Looking on the Toft web page I see there are lots of other things as well.  There are lots of adorable kits.  Those dogs are tempting and there on the top right hand corner is Charlie.  Have to do that at some point.

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I think this could be the start of another obsession.    There is a great interview with Kerry Lord and some lovely images here

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Quilt Show

I am in the process of buying a home unit and settlement is today.  It is really difficult trying to juggle everything from the island and driving up and down to town sure takes time out of the day.  My daughter is studying for her Phd and has left her well paid job at another university to take a low paid job at the university where she is studying.  Parents to the rescue.  I want to be able to use this property as a city base also, so there are 2 women to satisfy.

We spent a day looking for furniture, which I will have to pay for.  The only thing I bought after a whole days shopping was the couch  and even then that was a compromise. With the rest of the furniture I wrote a list and then eliminated all the very expensive pieces she wants.  As this property could end up as a rental I think I will settle for Ikea.

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On Saturday I went up to town for a pre-settlement inspection and when that was complete I stopped off at the State Quilt Show.

The quilts were good, but not outstanding, with a few exceptions.  (And this is just my personal opinion.)  So over the next few days I will post some images. 

This quilt by Terri Ahrnes was one of the standout.  It was three quilts hung side by side to make a large image.

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She was very inventive with the piecing and used a raw edge technique.

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I also liked the way she linked her quilting to the fabric design, mirroring one against the other.

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The artist statement image had a terrible resolution. (Sorry I only had my phone with me.) I have put a link to her Web page which might be more useful and another link to the great story of her quilt which she has at this site.  She won at the Ekka  (State Fair) with this quilt.  Terri is from Gladstone in regional Q'ld  and this is a wonderful quilt.

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Robyn's House

Robyn asked me not to put her photo up on my blog so you won't find her here.  (TIP:  Look on Facebook)

But I have put together some images that I took when visiting her home.  It was just the most generous gesture to open her door to the public.  Some of the highlights for me were the embroidered books that were scattered around.  A beautiful way to keep memories.

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The little kick-nacks.

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Her order of Australia displayed on a beautiful old embroidered cloth.

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The antique baby bonnets crocheted using silk thread and bullion stitch.

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The dresser with Xylonite pieces.

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The original Gumnut Baby quilt and that collection of post cards that went right around the room.

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Those jelly beans that were in dishes throughout the house.

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Glancing out the window there was a small fish pond complete with gold fish.

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Old quilts and new quilts.  All her quilts are hand pieces and hand quilted.  (The ones on the dinning room table were piled high.) And her huge collection of Xylonite pieces.

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The garden was full of quilts.

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I should have noticed these things as I came in but I did see them as I left.  The big clam shell full of floating camillias.  So old Queensland. (She has over 100 camillia trees in her garden.)

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The bush seed pod wreath on the wall.

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Her Mother's flowers.

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And that bird bath.

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Thank you Robyn.

 

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