I know, I know....you haven't seen me for a while. Sorry about that. Work and family commitments have been biting into time spent on blogging and sewing. I'm also having problems loading websites - especially blogs.
The resident computer nerd in our family can't seem to locate the issue. Drats! So I visit your blogs when I can persuade my PC to download them.
At the moment I am working on a baby quilt. Hopefully I will have pictures for you soon.
Did you miss me? I sure missed all of you. I feel like I have been away from this blog for an age and so much has been happening. You have all been so busy.
I haven't sewn for so long that I'm not sure I would recognise a needle and thread if I stood on one!
Some wonderful swap blocks came from Theri amidst all the chaos and they are wonderful. Have you seen Theri's design and layout for her swap blocks? Isn't she clever?
I did manage to spend a pleasurable few hours at a local quilt show the other weekend. The quilts were amazing. I liked so many of them and was honoured to have some of the quilt makers tell me about the inspiration for their work, the difficulties they encountered finding just the right fabric and the pleasure they had in completing their quilt.
I thought I would show you the pincushions I made for my swap partner. For some reason she hasn't posted pictures on Flickr. Strange, but perhaps her computer is misbehaving. Been there, done that.
This was a pattern in the issue of Quilts & More I received in the block swap. You can find the online version of the pattern here.
This one is from the book Quilts as Gifts. I really enjoyed making both.
Well, I have quite a bit of catching up to do so I'm off the read your blogs.
Message for Debra - Wagonwife
For some reason, Debra, I can't seem to post comments to your blog posts lately and as you are set to no-reply I can't email to let you know or thank you for the lovely comments you always leave on mine.
Isn't it gorgeous! It was made by owenjulesmommy (Christine) just for me. But that's not all I received. Check this out.
Christine also made a gorgeous folded fabric needle book and a tatted ornament. I love tatting! She included the pattern for the pincushion so I can share the love. There are loads of other treats as well.
Thanks a bunch, Christine! You really have spoiled me!
As if that wasn't enough, more swap blocks and goodies have arrived. You'd think it was Christmas around here!
Fantastic fabrics in the swap blocks - check out that safari print
A beautiful embroidered block with my State's flower - a waratah
A pretty silver frame, vintage buttons, an enormous piece of fabric and some delish choccies!
Thank you so much, Liri!
Beautiful blocks featuring some reproduction prints and a sweet card
Thank you so much Christine!
From Stash Heaven
Two gorgeous blocks - I love the fabrics used
Two magazines, a Hancocks catalogue (drool worthy), some choccies and a layer cake!
Thank you so much Mary and Theri
What a wonderful surprise it was to open all these parcels. I am so touched by all your generosity.
I just couldn't bear to throw away these little half square triangles leftover from making the basket blocks. I think there is a miniature Ann Hermes quilt in there somewhere....
Here is a basket block with its borders. I'm finding it difficult to be random with the fabric selection. I have an overwhelming desire to be too fussy. Must resist temptation...must be strong...
Last, but by no means least, here is my last set of swap blocks. Beth, I have posted yours. Theri and Kathleen - I shall be posting yours this week.
I have joined the Slow Poke Quilters and not just because some folks say I'm slow. They are a group of delightful girls who hand piece all their quilts and I feel the need to start a hand piecing project. Stay tuned for details.
On a technical note: ever since the new PC came into our lives we have been struggling to figure out how it all works. For some reason, it doesn't always like talking to blogs. If I take a few days to comment on your post please be patient. I get there eventually.
This charming image is from American Patchwork and Quilting's Quilt Sampler Spring/Summer 2010.
See that quilt on the far right? That's Papillion by Figtree Quilts. I know, everyone else has had their Figtree moment and moved on but for some reason I have become captivated with Joanna's designs and fabrics.
It has taken me a long time to settle on the design for my new project using a layer cake of Simple Abundance that I got from Busy Thimbles last year.
Check this post for the original design idea. While I liked Late Bloomer, I wasn't completely sold on the idea. Can't really tell you why - it just didn't feel right in the end. I would like to make up Late Bloomer, just in different fabrics.
Then Rachel (p.s.iquilt) held a pinwheel quilt along using this fabric and I do like a pinwheel but I still wasn't convinced. It wasn't until I saw these blocks on Sister's Choice Quilts that I knew I had found the inspiration for my design. Nicole is using a Schnibbles design by Carrie Nelson. She makes a phenomenal number of beautiful quilts.
The Show was fantastic! Lots of lovely quilts and plenty of shop stands. Busy Thimbles had a fantastic display and lots of new release fabrics. TheirBOMs are incredibly popular - 4 of the ladies I went to the show with are doing at least one!
I have my partner for the Pincushion Pass and I really want to make something nice for her.
After mooching about Flickr I have discovered that if you can think of it - someone has made it into a pincushion. If you doubt my claim then just type Pincushion into the search button - there are 6897 images of them.
Go on, I dare you to look through them all! I wimped out after page 180.
Perhaps I should wait until the Sydney Quilt Show in a couple of weeks in case I see kit or pattern.