I had a lovely day up at Blackheath yesterday, sewing with a bunch of local
ladies at Patchwork Place. One was ex-SCQuilter Gillian who I think might join
again, and another lady Leah who I think will join too. They both do wonderful
applique. I can see me dragging out the kit I bought in Beechworth and getting
these talented ladies to help me get it started. I managed to get a quick peek
at a black and white quilt that Jenny will be teaching soon and I'm sure she
said there would be a kit available too in the new year. And there's going to be
a Mystery Workshop with Jenny on Friday 25th November that I think I might go up
I managed to get most of the binding sewn down on My Hearts and finished the
rest off last night.
I love the company of quilters, never yet met one I didn't like.
For those of you who live near or in the Blue Mountains, they are bursting with
blossoms right now. Wish I'd taken my camera. Amazing colours in the azaleas and
rhododendrons all over the place. Blackheath has a Rhododendron Festival every
year which finishes on 26th November. There's a few nurseries in the area too so
you might want to buy a few plants to put in at home. We did a few years ago
when we were building this garden and every year my rhododendron's huge bright
pink blossoms are a delight to the eye.
So, go for a drive through the Blue Mountains one day soon. Up thru Katoomba,
lunch in Blackheath, and a bit of SEX then on to Mt Victoria where you can cut
across to Bell's line of Road back to Sydney. Magnificent scenery along that
Well, apart from sleeping most of the time, not too bad. Had a bit of a hiccup with Rod's pension where I went slightly balistic but eventually got it sorted out. Rod just doesn't want me ever going to Centre Link with him again. Apart from that, done a bit of reading, buried a nephew, visiting s-i-l in Syd (his mum) a lot, I did manage to hang the clippers around my neck yesterday which is a sure sign my 'sew-jo' (as in mo-jo) is beginning to work, and got the cutting table clear to cut out some fabric for the binding on My Hearts quilt that I have been hand quilting for a gazillion years. I'm going up to Blackheath on Saturday to check out a new quilting group so I will finish off the binding on that quilt while I'm up there. Plus it will give me something to talk about too. I'll put up a FF photo when I've finished the binding. I love sewing down the binding . . . . . no, . . . really . . . I do! Thats it for now.
Sorry, no quilting photos this time. Here's another picture from my 'Well It Put A Smile On My Dial ' collection.
One of the quilting groups I belong to is 'chatting' about swapping blocks.
People who are new to quilting really should consider going in a few block swaps. You must pay very close attention to measurements which we tend to 'fudge' when only sewing for ourselves. It will also make you think about colour
combinations that maybe you would never choose for yourself. Swaps are a good learning curve for beginners.
I love Nine Patch and would be happy to participate in a group swapping them,but I probably wouldn't swap every month, just the colours/themes that appeal to me.
Likewise for Cobblestones.
I used to swap both over at SCQers a few years ago.
Both are extremly useful blocks and I still delve into my collection to add them to quilts or base a whole quilt around a collection of either.
I think Pinwheels would be a good swap too as they are also very useful, butkeep in mind it's hard to keep them consistent in size (as there are so many different ways of making them), as I found out when collecting pinwheels for a
Maybe plain old Half Square Triangles could be considered as they are anotherblock I find a lot of use for, and they can be trimmed easily if the size is not what you want.
I THINK I would like to go in a Round Robin again next year.(2012) I have only ever been in one and altho it was nerve wracking (because I was working on other people's quilts) it pushed me beyond my comfort zone and I thoroughly enjoyed it and the quilt I received back is one of my favorites.
and NO, I am not volunteering to run one.
I'm good at thinking up ideas but not so good at the organising side of things.
Above ^ pinwheels collected for a raffle quilt.
Above^. Hole in Shed (Barn) Door collected from around the world. I sent a center patch to everyone in the swap and they added the rest.
Above^. The result of a 'brights and black' draw at a Bathurst Bun Fight one year.