Saturday, 27 May 2017

Show and tell with Kilmore Quilters

It was lovely to be invited to speak at Kilmore Quilter's special gathering and everyone was so welcoming and generous with their time….and lots of books sales too - thankyou, thankyou! The show and tell was full of Morris inspired quilts and I was so thrilled to see them all. One had to be quick to capture some of them and inevitably names now elude me - sorry girls but thankyou for bringing them all…………

  I feel so awful that I didn't have time to photograph everyone's quilt and catch everyone's name so please forgive me girls, but I did catch some quilt maker's names as I was sitting close by. This is Barbara who made the following two quilts……..(I hope!)

Marion produced these three stunners……..

 More wonderful Morris inspired quilts and others…….

 It is so nice to know that my designs have brought so much pleasure to others and it was nine years ago with Kilmore Quilters that I actually taught my very first design class encouraging others to create their own original designs. This is Patty with her lovely quilt inspired by ironwork in a cemetery…...
 and Lorraine was a wee bit excited that I adored her Renaissance quilt completely hand appliqu├ęd and hand quilted……….
Thankyou so much for having me Kilmore quilters and to everyone for being such fun. Thanks also for allowing me to share my Beatrix Potter journey too. As I wind down my teaching and travel this is the last time I will be "appearing" in Victoria….next time it will be as a participant! Hugs to all and thanks for sharing x

Travels continue

Yesterday was a chilly 12C as we headed east once again…….

We've done about 1,500 kms since leaving home travelling to Geelong first then heading west back towards home to Terang. Yesterday it was back in our previous steps driving east once again but then up north to Kilmore…….

 Along the way we noticed some wonderful wildflowers on the side of the road………

 Our lunch stop at Bacchus Marsh was with Dot and Tony and it was lovely to see them and their beautiful garden again……….

 Larry immediately made himself at home and the bonus was being able to talk football with Tony!……..
 Several birds came for their lunch as well…….
 and these are Dot's final Pierre de Ronsard rose blooms before winter sets in……….
 Thankyou Dot and Tony for such a delicious lunch and as always your company x A short while later we arrived in Kilmore to a home full of style and charm and first up a real cup of tea in fine china……..
 Larry and I have our own room (which we love!), and we are surrounded with the most exquisite quilts…….
 I won't mention names but I do have to say this stitcher makes the most amazing quilts…most of them hand pieced and with a timeless charm. Every corner is filled with visual delights…….. 
 There is even a quilt in the guest bathroom……...
 Our mutual love of Morris keeps me company beside my bed……...
 Every window has a view to the lovely gardens and the pittosporum hedge hides the fence so well - it all reminds me of the grand gardens of the UK. A small blue wren came to the window but when I went outside it had gone……..

 The lady of the house also has a butler's pantry off her kitchen…….

 I'm not really sure I really want to go home tomorrow as I am enjoying the feeling of being in a chapter of a glossy home magazine! We are being so well looked after with fine wine and amazing food……thanks guys! Today we had a wonderful day with 139 quilters driving from far and wide so I will share the wonderful show and tell in a following post