Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A humble moment

Today has been an extra special day for me as I travelled to Canberra to meet a stranger! It all began back in August when I received an email from the convener of the Canberra Quilters' quilt show to tell me a gentleman had expressed interest in purchasing my 2013 Best of Show quilt………
Well that was a thrill in itself but then when I found out who the man was I began to feel quite overwhelmed. Peter Travis is an artist, designer, colour expert and collector of art. (and also the designer of the infamous Speedos 'budgie smugglers'!!). So today was the day to deliver the quilt in person. With my luck of losing quilts in transit I decided to use up all my flyer points and deliver it in person. Down side of using points is that I have seen four cities in one day! Adelaide to Melbourne, then Melbourne to Canberra, Canberra to Sydney and now waiting to go home via Sydney… has been a very long day! I only found out in the last couple of weeks that Peter was also responsible for the colours of Parliament House Canberra! If you click on this link HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page you can watch a video interview with him……amazing! So today we met in person and the quilt has a special wall all ready for the quilt to be hung amongst many more collectable works of art. Preparation took a few hours at home last night with pockets and rods and a brand new label for the brand new owner. So farewell from home and then waiting in Canberra………..
 I was lucky to be picked up by Jenny Bowker as I only had 45 minutes with Peter (thankyou so much Jenny)…..and here is our memorable photo and you can see in the background Peter already has another quilt in his possession. I am chuffed to bits and incredibly humbled to have someone of his calibre admire and want a piece of my work….still saying WOW!!…..
 I left Canberra airport in a state of awe and wonder…….it is hard to say in words how I feel so instead I will leave you with some images of my day of airports……...

WOW!!! How lucky am I?

Thursday, 6 November 2014

A moment of magic

I received my very own personal copy of Thorngrove Manor's new DVD in the post today and it immediately stopped me in my tracks….I think I have found a way of meditating for just two minutes and 52 seconds! So see if you can find just two minutes and 52 seconds out of your day and be transported to a magical place in our very own Adelaide Hills. (and you will see a glimpse of some of my stitching too!) Thankyou so much Nydia and Ken x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Show and tell

Spring is definitely a time of change with the recent weather events here in Adelaide. We have gone from a record breaking October heat-wave to chilly and cold. Last week we had a spectacular storm which resulted in us losing power for 16 hours. One forgets how much we depend on electricity and it was a challenge doing nothing in the dark for hours. It was actually very frightening and loud with extreme lightning and thunder overhead. I tried to get some photos but I think I need to learn how to get spectacular shots like these (credit is beneath the photos)……..
The website for the above photographer is well worth a visit as it is full of photos from near where we live too. So here are my attempts as the sky started to change colour…….

All is calm once again and it is high time I shared some quilt photos that have been kindly sent to me over the last couple of weeks. First is from Judy in Queensland with her version of my Renaissance quilt pattern. She won first place in her category as did her long arm quilter. My version is on a black background and it is lovely to see it like this……your quilt is beautiful once again Judy and thanks for the photo and congratulations on your award!
Marina in Perth sent me an image of her version of the My Walk in Melbourne pattern and it is stunning as you can see…..thanks Marina and well done too…….
Julie from Sydney has been very busy with several Morris designs and all looking fabulous. I love the quilt on her bed…just divine with all those bunnies. Thanks Julie……

More from the Queensland quilt show and some more winners too! Rosemary attended one of my design classes and came up with this fabulous result. Her reward was a second place and a judges choice award. Congratulations Rosemary - it is beautiful! (and I am teaching another design class here next year for those of you thinking of going to AQC!)
And finally Jenny with her version of A William Morris Garden pattern. Jenny told me she loved doing this as all the flowers reminded her of her childhood garden in Wales. I love it Jenny - the colours are glowing (as are you too!), and thanks for the photos……

 So a little other news from home. We have had some more work done around the house - part of the process of making it "ours". I've been spoilt with a new kitchen sink and benchtops………(the benefits of Larry back at work!)
 And also a pergola out the back which has helped immensely with the hot morning sun on the back part of the house. I call it another "room" and Larry has his own lounge-about which he has already enjoyed while reading………..

The tomato plants are blooming as is my Morris rose………..
 There is a special place for the little ones including the beginnings of a fairy house which Beau and I have been working on……….

 The roses have been wonderful and I never tire of them as you can tell by all the photos I share each post! The two Pierre-de-Ronsards are wonderful and I look forward to them cascading over the arch……..

Amongst the many roses I planted are a yellow and white rose that are just delicious!……
 The unfortunate part of my week was reversing out of the roller door garage and having an unexpected car parked in my blindspot in the driveway! Lewis who was working on the pergola at the time was more worried about me than the damage to his car. Amazing how you do something everyday like clockwork…."roller door up, look in the rear vision mirror and take off"! I heard a crunch and still couldn't see anything in the mirror so figured I'd run over something……got out and discovered I had hit a car. But $1800 damage just for this????!!!!!
It has been a busy couple of weeks as we prepare for our annual quilt show. Judging is complete with results to be announced at the gala night on Thursday this week. So for now these are the latest photos of our dear Maisie with big brother Beau reading to her….

I hope life is good wherever you are x

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Summer in Spring and scarf winner!

Can it really be almost three weeks since I last blogged?? Thanks Judy in Queensland for reminding me… email prompt to see if I am okay! As the title reflects we have just had the hottest heat spell on record in an October. We had six days over 32 and no rain for so long now. The hills have quickly changed from green to yellow but the roses have been loving it and the sunsets have been glorious……

 The gorgeous bunch on the right were from a friend..thanks Pam and they lasted well over a week...
 Sadly I had to leave my two glorious William Morris roses on the townhouse garden arch but I did bring one potted one with me and it is now blooming………...
 When we moved to our new home just nine months ago we inherited a front garden of landscaped pebbles. Tons of them so they are too expensive to remove. I do like to get my hands in the dirt so I am trying to live with them. So I have planted several lavender bushes and nine rose bushes which are coming along well. I also planted two Pierre-De-Ronsard climbing roses to grow on a new arch and I am hoping for wonderful displays in the coming years………….

 I hope a newly planted silver birch and crepe myrtle survive our harsh summers……...

 William Morris is still alive and well with more and more popping up everywhere. I recently saw a link to some new Morris fashion from the Jigsaw fashion label using Morris' Brer Rabbit pattern. (have a look via the Jigsaw link). And a friend sent me a link to share that Doc Martens and Liberty have teamed up together so these shoes might be on my Christmas wish list……..(thanks Delma!)

 Those of you in the UK have the "Anarchy and Beauty" William Morris exhibition currently showing at the National Portrait Gallery where you can see a 30 second promotion via the link. Here at home I was thrilled to finally visit our old Stock Exchange building a week or so ago. I knew there were Morris windows but I did not expect to be able to just wander upstairs to see it all! I didn't have my camera with me so these views were taken on my phone. The meeting room is decorated in contemporary Morris but the windows are from 1901 and designed by John Henry Dearle. The top three panels are from Edward Burne Jones figures and represent morning, sun and evening. The six panels were to commemorate Australia's federation and depict the British Empire united by Britannia…..

 So finally some BIG news. I was keeping it quiet but unfortunately my printer decided to tell a friend who was in there on her own business….."Guess what…Michele is writing a book"!! So before word spreads too much…..Yes it is official….I am writing a new book! I am self publishing and the printer and I have been talking figures and layouts for a while, so now it is all systems go! It will be along the theme of "May Morris comes for Afternoon Tea" ….so I will leave it to your imagination. But it will be smaller achievable projects with not too, too much appliqué! So stay tuned. I hope it is ready to go by April next year and you will be able to purchase from me direct! 

One last thing…. it is time to say thank you for your wonderful comments and kind words regarding my last post on 'kindness'. Larry and I did a random draw the old fashioned way by putting all your names in a bowl and drawing one out…….so the winner is……
 even eyes closed!…...
 It is Sharon Hoogland! So please contact me Sharon so I know where to post your new William Morris/Michele Hill designed scarf! (Your email address did not come up when I clicked on your name)
Have a great week wherever you are xx