Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A bit of gardening...

 Not sure what has happened.... 3 punnets of mixed coloured primulas.... all flowered white!!!
                                                       My first iris to flower for the season.
Snow peas, they haven't been attacked like the sugar snap peas have. The best they have been for a couple of seasons.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Coaster Swap

An up and coming retreat has asked us to make 2 coasters for a swap. They can be the same or compliment each other. After making the the blocks for my Longbourne border, I thought, they are the size needed for the swap, so it was easy to do.
My dear late Mum started collecting cups and saucers when she was 15,  she would have been 89 this year. I have her collection, I think it is about time I started to use them. I was told that if they are not used they will become very fragile and brittle. So... Mum, thinking of you while I have a cuppa.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

AQC - Longbourne

 I am slowly making progress on the 2012 AQC class quilt."Longbourne" by Katrina Hadjimichael .
The first border is complete using the background brown fabric that I bought in Paducah at Hancocks.
The next border consists of 32 template covered squares with a flower in the centre.  I am using Civil War and Reproduction fabrics for this quilt. It is very relaxing sitting at night covering the cardboard templates. As each square and centre is finished, it is then appliqued onto a square of cream fabric.
Thank you again Katrina, I am loving this process of piecing and hope one day I get to do another of your great classes.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Franklin

 Franklin was a picturesque little town south of Nashville, about 45 minutes drive. The walls of fat quarter rolls were interesting. I suppose you would have to spend the day going through them for a piece that you wanted. They were quite overwhelming...where do you start!!!
 More fat quarter rolls of every colour available. The 2 ladies in this quilt shop were lovely.
 Franklin city centre.
 Franklin Town Hall.
 The town had many quaint gift shops and cafes.
Merridee's Bakery was a recommendation by a local and didn't disappoint. The food was lovely

Paducah

 What I enjoyed most about Paducah, was the size of the town. It reminded me of (for those in Melbourne) Kyenton or Castlemaine. The local shops were decorated with quilts, antiques and nic nacs.
 This shop window won the First Place prize for Best decorated window. Some of them were very cleverly done. An activity of the festival was to walk the town and collect a stamp from many of the retailers for a prize. it was a great way to see Paducah.
 Outside the Quilt Museum were these statues. As you can see, we had lovely weather.
 Carol Bryer Fallots studio and residence. I could have spent hours in there admiring her fantastic work.
 The Quilt Museum. The quilts were magnificent. From traditional to modern to art quilts.
 One of the side streets in Paducah. All paved with beautiful little terrace styled buildings.
 One thing we noticed throughout our trip, were all the rocking chairs within Kentucky and Tennessee. Even
the Nashville Airport had an area for these chairs for sitting on.
The old Market now an Art Gallery in the main street of Paducah. Wonderful exhibition of modern and textile crafts.