Monday, 20 March 2017

Craving Autumn

Larry and I have never liked Summer and our current Summer season started way back in October.... six long months ago! I was a red-head as a child so the sun and I did not mix very well and Larry has had a few melanomas removed so we are content with our pale complexions while keeping out of the sun! The long hot nights can be very draining which exacerbates emotions while sharing life's challenges. All too often we are hearing of health scares and challenges from family and friends along with the recent ridiculous news of our country not having enough energy to provide us with basic power! One issue is that we apparently export so much gas that we are not leaving enough for our own country....how can that be? This article sums it up well with the title of the article declaring the situation as "absurd"! But up beat we must be and there is so much to be thankful for.....my roses for one are loving the sun......

 And this recent burst of stitching from yours truly made us all smile.......
 And this sure made me smile! We caught up with a friend from Perth who delivered a special gift from a dear friend who moved there some years ago. This beautiful piece is made up of William Morris fabrics - is it a bed runner, a wrap or a scarf? Denise's card said she thought I would love to be wrapped in Morris prints so a scarf it will be............
 The ruffles at each end are trimmed with ribbon and I just love it! Thankyou so much Denise xx.......it will be well used when that cooler season finally arrives (I suspect we will be moaning about the cold next!!)
 And a little cheer up that I baked for some family members that needed a hug in the form of lemon meringue pies.........
 As time goes by I can see myself turning more like my late mother who absolutely detested Summer but also loved sewing! I find myself more drawn to the fabrics that she loved and I still wear a nightie that she made me almost 30 years ago, so I thought it was time I made myself a new one with the very same style pattern........
 I found this lovely Japanese lawn to make my nightie and it wasn't until I zoomed in on the fabric that I discovered there are little rabbits and deer amongst the flowers.........what fun!
While on one of our coffee jaunts recently I came across these serviette rings in a second hand shop and also a set of six bread and butter knives which I love.........
 Something that was not such a bargain was for the four lemons we purchased yesterday for a whopping $6.17 so we think a lemon tree might be in order............
 Today was a Monday catch up with Rosie and Janie as we continue stitching goodies for the Mbale Children's Health Foundation and this time it was my turn to host lunch and a new sewing project. The company as always was wonderful and the Pinot Rose wasn't too bad either! (And Denise who made that beautiful scarf should be part of our little group but Perth is a three and a half hour flight away!).......

 During the week I received this wonderful card from C&T Publishing who are doing a version of my book Stitching with Beatrix Potter. The card has been signed by key staff and I was thrilled with this wonderful gesture of being thanked for allowing them to print the book (and I will forgive them for spelling my name with two L's!!)........
We've enjoyed the company of these two a couple of times and one day I had them on my own while Larry was at work. So we caught the bus to the nearby park for a picnic and an obligatory ice block as it was so hot as you can see on Beau's face......

 Late last night I received the most wonderful email from Judith Notley who you may recall was our special guest on our Beatrix Potter tour last year as the mature Beatrix Potter - Mrs Heelis......

 I had no idea that Judith was appearing on book launch day so during proceedings I discreetly disappeared upstairs to our room to get her a copy of my book. Well it turns out Judith's sister-in-law is a quilter so the book was put to very good use and I am just delighted! Judith's sister-in-law is also a first time grandma to dear little Jessica who is modelling the quilt here....
 Hi there Susan and what a wonderful job you have done on the quilt and how wonderful to see it being enjoyed by your dear little grand-daughter....and a red-head too - extra special! Thankyou so much Judith and Susan for allowing me to share it all on the blog (and I love your hand quilted circles too Susan!). Much love to you all xx
 So that is it for another blog post. As I sit in front of the telly each evening I am surrounded by all that I love with reflections from the kitchen lights shining on the books that have inspired me the most........ 
 And as I type this post tonight and look across to the lounge I find myself smiling at those socks and thongs (flip flops in the US I believe!), as he masters yet another word puzzle.......and Autumn is just around the corner too!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Fabrics to make you smile

Today I had an unexpected visitor and what a visit it was - just what I needed with feeling so flat! Tim from Curzon Fabrics was down our way with his sons on their way to a football game so he thought he would call in. We talked fabrics of course and he shared some new swatches that I can't quite show just yet. But it is very exciting as they are in a similar style to the pearlised cream antique acanthus that I have used as a background in so many of my Morris quilts. I know many of you have been waiting so it won't be long.......
 and I am already planning some new quilts as there will also be shades of black and gold too (and more colours to come).....so I'll let you know when they are available. But my biggest surprise and incredible gift was the most luscious bag of fabric. I have been embarrassed many times with Tim's generosity but his intent is always to show that there are people in the quilting industry who care.........

 The prints all remind me of the beautiful fabrics that are associated with Liberty and they are a beautiful soft cotton too. There are retro hexagon designs and some in the Monet garden style.........click on the photo to get a closer look.....
 and how about some gorgeous new blouses from these?..........
 They are all from Jason Yenter of In the Beginning Fabrics and the range is called Garden Delights and to say they are delightful is an understatement...........



 Jason has also produced a book to go with the fabric collection and this book is simply beautiful. It is full of timeless quilts including some appliqu├ęd too............
 The photos are gorgeous with step by step instructions...........







 and there are even some recipes...........
 Jason says in the front of the book that he wanted to "combine modern with pretty" and present projects that are both contemporary and traditional. He also says he hopes "this palette of fabrics and quilts patterns will spark your creative juices and inspire you to create something beautiful"....well my creative juices are well and truly overflowing and I am already planning another version of a Beatrix Potter quilt.......Wow and Wow Jason.....they are simply gorgeous!. Check your local quilt shop for the fabrics and the book that has six timeless quilts (and a cushion design), and it all makes one smile!
 And thankyou Tim (and Jim) from Curzons who have always been so supportive of the quilting industry but especially to me......I feel very blessed. As I drooled over the fabrics I made the last stitch on this little friend for Maisie this afternoon. It was a pattern by Shelly Down from the Mollie Makes magazine and Shelly's blog is full of so much more - I think a book from her might be on my purchase list soon! I know cats are not pink and one of her eyes is too far to the left but it's my first attempt and I am sure Miss Maisie will love it as much as I love the Garden Delights fabrics!