New to the stash

March 31, 2011 § 5 Comments

When I went to Kiama one of the ladies drove down with me and she very kindly gave me a gift of these yummy Kaffe Fassett fabrics and a pack of Titanium Topstitch needles. Wasn’t that lovely of her? Thank you Heather.

While we were down there we visited the local quilt shop in Berry where I found some more text fabrics for my collection.

Tomorrow I hope to show you what I actually sewed when I was down in Kiama.

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A Saturday Morning in Kiama

March 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

After performing my civic duty by presenting myself at the Polling Station for the NSW State Election on Saturday morning, I went for a walk. The day had started rainy but by the time I came out of the Polling Station the sun was out and the strong wind was blowing the clouds away. It was lovely and fresh.

There was a fresh produce market on Black Beach and I had a wander through it on my way up to the Blowhole. The beach is sheltered from the sea by the point so the water was calm even though the sea was really rough as you can see in the second photo.

 

Kiama is famous for its lighthouse on the point and its Blowhole so here are some photos. The Blowhole was really roaring as the sea was running hard and the wind was whipping it up.


Below the photos are a couple of (not very good) videos I took that will give you an idea of how rough the sea was and show you the Blowhole in action. You can hear how windy it was too.

I'm back

March 29, 2011 § 10 Comments

You didn’t know I’d been away, did you? That’s thanks to the schedule posting facility of WordPress. I’ve been to Kiama which is on the coast, 1 1/2 hours south of Sydney. The Southern Cross Quilters’ Retreat was on there. I didn’t go. I had been planning to but in the end decided against it. I did, however, rent a house and shared it with some other ladies – one of whom went to the Retreat. Want to see some pics? In this post I’ll show you the house and view and then during the next few days I’ll show you some more of Kiama itself.

Lounge and view

View from deck

View from deck outside my bedroom

View from the deck along Bombo beach

Sunrise

That really is a sunrise. The smoke alarm battery expired at 3am! The alarm then beeped until the handy many was able to replace it. (Taking the battery out wasn’t an option as they were wired to the mains and kept beeping after they’d been removed!) Not much sleep that night! More tomorrow.

I’m back

March 29, 2011 § 10 Comments

You didn’t know I’d been away, did you? That’s thanks to the schedule posting facility of WordPress. I’ve been to Kiama which is on the coast, 1 1/2 hours south of Sydney. The Southern Cross Quilters’ Retreat was on there. I didn’t go. I had been planning to but in the end decided against it. I did, however, rent a house and shared it with some other ladies – one of whom went to the Retreat. Want to see some pics? In this post I’ll show you the house and view and then during the next few days I’ll show you some more of Kiama itself.

Lounge and view

View from deck

View from deck outside my bedroom

View from the deck along Bombo beach

Sunrise

That really is a sunrise. The smoke alarm battery expired at 3am! The alarm then beeped until the handy many was able to replace it. (Taking the battery out wasn’t an option as they were wired to the mains and kept beeping after they’d been removed!) Not much sleep that night! More tomorrow.

Appliqué Progress

March 28, 2011 § 5 Comments

I’ve been working on my appliqué project and have completed the sun and the grass. I’ve basted the tree ready for needle-turning and so I thought I’d show you where I’m up to. What do you think?

Thinking, thinking…

March 27, 2011 § 4 Comments

In the Sewjournal Survey tutorials came out on top as the thing most people want to see. So I’ve been putting my thinking hat on to try to work out what tutorials would be most interesting to my readers.

It’s quite hard as my readers range all the way from complete newbies through to accomplished quilters, though I’m assuming the latter aren’t interested in tutorials. With that in mind – and bearing in mind that I’m no expert – I’ve come up with another survey to help me deliver what it is you really want in the way of tutorials. I’ll leave it open for a week so that you all get a chance to participate.

Here goes.

The Volckening Collection – more stunning quilts

March 26, 2011 § 2 Comments

Reprinted with permission from the Volckening Collection, all rights reserved

Yesterday I gave you a small taste of the wonderful quilts collected by Bill Volckening and displayed on his blog Wonky World. Today I’m going to show you around  The Volckening Collection. The collection is divided into four sections: Cottons, Wools and Silks, One Pattern, Many Names and Rescue Quilts. I’ll show you just a taste from each section and then I encourage you to dive in to the collection website it really is a feast!

Cottons

The quilt below is called Album with Rooster Medallion, by Hannah J. Swin, New Jersey,1868

Reprinted with permission from the Volckening Collection, all rights reserved

This second quilt is called Black Cat Crazy and is by Nell Breyton, New York, c. 1880

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Wools and Silks

This quilt is a sampler made in 1902.

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And this beautiful Chinese Coin quilt was made around 1905.

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One Pattern, Many Names

This is my personal favourite collection. If you also like New York Beauties then take a look at Bill’s video Beauty Secrets. The first quilt is called a Crown of Thorns from around 1910.

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The second quilt is a New York Beauty from around 1960.

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Rescue Quilts

Or as Bill puts it – The quilts we loved too much. The first one is a Kansas Sunflower Crib Quilt and was made around 1835.

Reprinted with permission from the Volckening Collection, all rights reserved

The second is a Mariner’s Compass variation from 1870.

Acknowledgements

I hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek at the magnificent Volckening Collection and I’m sure you join me in thanking Bill Volckening for his generosity in allowing me to share these wonderful pictures of his quilt collection with you. Thanks Bill. Please visit the Volckening Collection for yourself. When you do you’ll see how hard it was for me to pick just two from each section as they are all stunning, even the damaged ones in the Rescue quilt section.

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