Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Lots of show and tell

I have been somewhat slow in blogging these past few weeks. Tragic news of Mother Nature's fury once again consumes our thoughts. The utter devastation in Japan is beyond all comprehension. We are the lucky ones and all I have to complain about is that our house is still not sold! We have had a contract on it since the end of January in the hope that a young family will be able to sell their home so that they can buy ours. Looks like that may fall through so back to people traipsing through our humble abode once again - and it's only 7 weeks until we need to move - eek!

I owe so many emails and have been slow to put up some of the photos that have been sent to me. Joyce from the USA emailed me to tell me she recently won a prize in the Dallas show for her Kelmscott quilt but unfortunately I was too slow to get a photo from her quilting group site http://www.happyscrappers.net23.net/ She has just emailed me to tell me it has been accepted into Paducah - way to go Joyce - good luck! 

So here is a sample of photos I have managed to save over the past few weeks.......

Above: Charmaine from the USA has also just had her quilt accepted into Paducah - Best of luck Charmaine!

Above: I am sorry - I deleted the maker's name after I saved the photo!
These are a combination of class blocks and the quilt maker's own blocks

Above and Below: Bron from Western Australia has used several blocks from a couple of quilt designs and even got to show it off to Kaffe Fassett on his recent Australian tour as she had
used his fabrics - Wonderful and so vibrant - meet you soon Bron!

Eunice from Canada is on a disability and she asked me if I would give her permission to sell items using my designs. A great thrill and honour and fancy on a stool!

Faye's beautiful interpretation of the Renaissance quilt - so pretty in pastels - just like Faye (a friend now living in New South Wales). Look at that quilting!

Jill used the bunnies from one of my quilt designs to make this gorgeous child's quilt - lucky girl who receives it!
Lorraine has taken a part of the centre block of the Book 2 cover quilt and turned it into a beautiful cushion. Lorraine owns one of our lovely quilt shops - a nice blog to visit; http://www.hettiespatch.typepad.com/

 
A group from North Carolina made this as their Guild raffle quilt and raised over $4300! ($2000 more than they have ever raised - whoopee!). And to top it off they have won not one, but two Group category 1st places in two North Carolina quilt shows. And now they are about to tackle another one of my quilt designs for their next raffle - how wonderful! Thanks for letting me know Ellene
Sheila from the Netherlands obviously had no sleep when the new book arrived! In just a few short weeks she has started the Portiere quilt (above) and also a photo of her Kelmscott quilt from Book 1 in progress (below)

And finally Denise who lives near Niagara Falls - her group used Renaissance for their Guild's raffle quilt and with the left over fabric she made this wall hanging and donated it to the person who sold the most raffle tickets!

I am so thrilled to receive your emails and especially your photos - THANKYOU. It is very humbling and a wonderful feeling knowing that my drawings bring so much pleasure. One day I hope to meet many of you in person - Houston and Canada are on our travel plans later next year!! Loving thoughts to all especially with the sadness around our world at the moment - take care until next time XX


2 comments:

cowpaddocksjulie said...

Michele, you should be congratulated on your gorgeous designs yet again and their ability to appeal to people all over the world. I would love to know who quilted Fay's quilt as it is truly divine.

JessicaSews said...

I am in awe! Every quilt in this post is beautiful. I landed here while looking for a particular pastel quilt, but now that I'm getting my "bearings", I see that you have authored a book that is on my "wish list". I've been in a "Folk Art" mood since the beginning of the year... because I have to travel more this year, I am looking for designs that I can do by hand; mainly, applique and embroidery.

What a happy find! Sending Best Wishes!