Monday, June 27, 2011

Threads and more threads

Sew here I sit after at least 2 hours. Got a heap of the beautiful Cosmo threads at the wholesale show last week.

Winding threads onto cardboard can sure take time.

And as you can see I have alot of spaces to fill. The thread feels gorgeous though.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Good office staff is hard to find

You know you're in strife when you really do have 'birdbrains' on the computer!!

I keep telling you all I can't do compters so maybe Henry and Freddie can do it better....

Speed typing is much easier when their are two of you

Friday, June 17, 2011

Beenleigh Quilt Show

When you are as lucky as me you have wonderful friends to help you when life gets crazy. Joy from Joys Patch is sharing a stand with me at the quilt show which runs from 9am to 4pm today and tomorrow at the Beenleigh Show Grounds.

Between the two of us we have a huge display and lots of goodies for you to see. Joy has gorgeous patterns. Please say hi to her for me.
I am off to the wholesale show in Sydney this morning. Just had breakie in the Qantas Club. Can't say I miss the traveling. But breakie is good. LOL

So I'm off to show my wares and see how I go. Hope you wish me well!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Robyn pandolf quilt

After quilting like a mad thing for the last couple of weeks, my new quilt design sample is finally finished!! Yahoo

Pictured here on my lovely old bed

The quilting part I left to my number one favourite Quilters, Genevieve Jackson in Laidley

I hope you can see the detail of all her beautiful work. The quilt will be featured as a pattern in the November issue of Australian Patchwork & Quilting. Fabrics will be available in stores across Australia in the next couple of weeks.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lamp at Textile show

Just finished the first class making our lamp at the Textile Art Show. Total hoot! Lots of beautiful lamps made.

Here's my attempt

Love it! 2pm each day for two hours and just $25. Book in at stand 133. Hope to see you

Button bouquet

Carina is running this fabulous class at 10am & 3pm each day. Making a gorgeous button bouquet.

Made in a color of your choice

I so want them so badly!!! The photos just aren't good enough. So come into the Textile Show to stand no.133 and make me jealous!!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Flood quilts

Wandered down to Cleveland Star Sea Quilters today to show the finished flood quilts that we were able to make using the blocks that were so kindly sent in by every one.  Thanks to a wonderful friend of mine, Val who put them all together so beautifully.  I was so confused as to how to get them all to fit that I figured I would leave it up to an expert and what an expert she was.
Here are the eight so far and another wonderful friend, Anne, is still going on the last one.  As soon as I can I will take a close up photo of each one and post it for you all to see.
Thank you to every one who donated a block and helped make these lovely quilts possible.  I am sure they will be loved by the people who receive them at Grantham.
Hope you had a fabulous day like I did.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cooparoo Quilt Show

Finally took a photo of my little stand at the quilt Show before opening today.
Another angle.  Just love my little IKEA storage boxes for my patterns.
Di and Adele working hard.  Well as hard as you can surrounded by so many lovely things.  The mug bag challenge was a real hoot.
Thank goodness for the girls in the kitchen.  The home made cakes and slices were so yummy!!
Vice president, Lyn, hard at it on the sales table.  Needless to say I bought way more than I ought to have but always find these great places to get the stash of Birthday and Christmas gifts.
Cheryl hard at the demo table.  Needle turn appliques are just so beautiful!
Jane doing the ironing.  Jane made a beautiful quilt during the show.
Finally got a shot of the placemat that I made for the Placemat challenge.
All the placemats are being donated to 'meals on wheels' when we have a few more.
I had a lovely weekend and it was great catching up with every one that I only see at the shows.  Hope fully a few will stay in touch and come see me in the shop.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I'm so hot

My buttons are so 'hot' we set Cooparoo Quilters show on fire.

-Note the foreground.....
All was safe but extra exciting

Quilt show this weekend

Look what we're up to at my Gravatt. Cooparoo Quiters show and meeting lots of friends

Having fun with all the buttons

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

Having a blast today trying to get a million things done in one hour.  For those of you that know me must be thinking 'yeh so whats new?'  LOL  Well some people just can't change no matter how much we try.  Anyway if we were all the same then things would be boring.  I keep telling John I keep his life 'interesting' and when he tells me he is 'trying', then we always know what sort of 'trying' that is.  Rapid response is "I'll say your trying"  LOL
Anyway back to the day.  Which brings me onto Dayview Textiles.  They are the importers of the lovely Robyn Pandolf fabrics.  Just so you know here is something I have only just found out.  We here in Australia, actually get the fabric 3 months earlier than the USA.  Yay is all I can say to that......

Anyway the fabrics are just lovely and very different for me as they are all floral and pretty and soft.  I think I am becoming an addict....
Dayview offered some fabrics around a couple of designers to make a quilt for the wholesale show at the end of this month and I just had to have a play.  So I am nearly finished the top on my beautiful Robyn Pandolf quilt.  Genevieve Jackson (my super wonderful quilter) is then going to quilt it for me.  So it is all exciting!!!  No buttons but lots of yummy fabric.  The quilt is going to be about 2.3 metres square ( 8 foot) so it is a lovely quilt and guess what.  Even though Dayview have supplied everything, I get to keep the quilt.  YIPPEE.
Heres a sneak look.
 Isn't it pretty.  Still needs a fair bit to go so don't think this is the finished quilt.  But the fabrics are just too lovely.  They will be available in our shops extra soon.  Australian Patchwork and Quilting will be running the quilt as a project in their magazine which is due out in November.  Totally Cool.

Along with working on the quilt I had three friends in today to help me.  Esther was cutting fabric for screen printing, Karen was in cutting buttons and Sandra was wiping the rough edges of all the little chaps getting them ready for me to paint.  They all worked like mental and I didn't have to get the whip out once which was good.  More slaves to add to my already enormous list.  LOL  Thanks girls...

I also got one kiln on last night and a small kiln on today so I am feeling a bit like a super hero!!!  I love getting the kilns on as then I get to open them.  Love all those little lovelies when they have no dust on them.  They are so shiny and wonderful.
I took a photo of this kiln load as I just loved it when I opened it and found all those cute little faces shining up at me. (The ginger bread face is only new and I don't even know if it is up on the web site yet.)  This was just the best kiln load to open when I was so tired and it was early in the morning.  How could that not make your heart sing???

I have also been out to the shops and done the normal 'mum' stuff and done the groceries etc etc.  Boring as hell but you know it is sad on the grocery side when you are eating breaky cereal for afternoon tea and your son ate the cereal for his lunch.  Gee I hate grocery shopping!!

Anyway I am off now to start on a mug bag and a placemat for the cooparoo Quilters Quilt Show this weekend.  If you didn't know I am on the committee and have to look right by being a part of it.  I am also having a trade table there too.  Here are the details if you are interested in coming along.  Let me know if you saw my blog and I might just have something special for you.

Cooparoo Quilters Quilt Show.

4th and 5th June 9am to 4pm
St Agnes Church Hall Cnr TudorSt and Logan Road, Mt Gravatt.
Entry to show is $4.
parking available and wheel chair access available.
Loads of quilts, vendors besides me and lots of other wonderful things to see and enjoy.
Food and Drinks available.

So off to stitch I go and I'll show you tomorrow what I made.  LOL  Wish me luck.