I had a wonderful time up at Toowoomba, as I knew I would. Great friendships, lots of shopping and I even got some work done.
Some of the shopping was mundane, like new sleepwear. It has to be 100% cotton, cool to wear and easy to wash. I'm not really concerned if it is fashionable or not.
I managed to leave my coffee mug behind up there, good thing there were 2 in the set. Oh dear. But when shopping I made a bee line for the throw out table at Hanna's in the soft furnishing department and was rewarded with a mighty haul of manufacturers samples. The sale sign said "fill a bag for $5" so I filled two.
After removing all the hangers etc I was still left with a full bag of beautiful fabrics.
I finished each one with a special hand made bead that I had bought from a man in a small village just outside of Dehli in India. He had a small furnace and made each one by hand.
I am sure there are beads that are more beautiful but non that are so special.
I didn't make a lot of progress on my sewing,
but I did work out why it was so slow. I had added a layer of 'Insilbrite' along with the wadding to each layer. I remember it was very hard to cut the fabric after I had quilted it, it was that metallic layer. I ended up having to use my walking foot, enlarge the stitch length and use a 'jeans' needle to be able to sew through the layers. I also had to double the bias binding to get it to sit properly. I measured every thing and then found the bias binding had to be bigger on smaller depending on the thickness of the fabric I had used. I don't think I will be finishing these any time soon. I also gave one of my quilts to the Toowoomba Quilters 'Donation Quilts'.
The cost of posting this to NSW plus all the border restriction made me rethink what I would do with this quilt.
I know it will go to a good home.