Tuesday 24 January 2012

More Morris quilts and the USA!

Hello friends far and wide. I do hope the unseasonal snow is not creating too many problems for you in the Northern Hemisphere. We are in the middle of heat and more heat here in South Australia! I have some more William Morris quilts to share - first from Maureen in the UK. Both projects are from the first book and Maureen also created placemats as well. Maureen also shared her personal  cancer journey with me and said it helped her through tough times.......I am glad Maureen and they are all just beautiful

Sadly my packages of quilts are "still missing". But this amazing 'replacement' cushion came in the post all the way from New York........just stunning - Thankyou Eli

And Denise from home made the Peacock quilt for me.....thanks Denise

Fay joined me last year in the 'Morning Chorus' quilt class at an interstate retreat and this is the result. Isn't the graduated background fabric sensational! (I am doing this class soon in New Zealand and I gave away my sample........whoops....have had to do another!!)

During last week my brother sent me a link for an exhibition that was coming up that he thought would interest me.....Stephen Bowers is a ceramic artist and how is this for a collector's piece......well just one piece would be nice......
If you look carefully behind the Australian birds the backgrounds on the plates are William Morris

My final note tonight is this little snippet (!!!)

Yes my arm was twisted and I am coming for a visit to New Jersey to visit the Garden State Quilters before venturing on to Houston. WOW....I might finally meet some of you in person!! But first will be the exciting William Morris tours. More in the coming months - Have a good week

Wednesday 11 January 2012

Back drawing and stitching

Thankyou for all your messages about the continuing saga of my lost quilts. Sadly mine are "still lost". For those of you overseas: Castlemaine is a long way from home and my packages would not have ended up anywhere near there........well I think they wouldn't have!! So for now I am getting back to designing and stitching my way through that list! I have also had a chance to potter and plant in out new courtyard garden.
 Tam and Sue............the William Morris rose is blooming!
 I've planted one of my favourite trees - a silver birch
 ...and a Gingko tree

 And a sneak peek above and below at the grand baby's quilt! The new parents put in their order for 'Vintage Mickey and Minnie'. Now I am not sure about copyright here and I hope I am not in strife for putting this on the blog....but a few of you have asked what I was doing for the baby!! This design is only for personal use and I have to say I think William Morris designs are far easier to draw and applique than these characters! But I do know Emily and Brett are thrilled with the little peek at the work in progress
Now to the best part of my week...........My wonderful husband has found a new skill!! I hate not being able to help more with the cutting of kits for the Bedford mystery quilt project... so who better to take my place? Larry has found a new skill and just in time before he retires in a few months! Yeah - no more cutting for me! Maybe I can train him to quilt all my quilts as well. What a treasure and such a great cause...

Do go and visit the  Bedford Mystery quilt blog for more pics and the latest info (and thankyou Larry XX)

Friday 6 January 2012

No explanation needed!

From the ABC news:

"An Australia Post worker in a small Victorian town has been sacked after police charged him with stealing mail.
More than $60,000 worth of property was seized - equating to four trailer loads of items - including WWI and WWII medals, women's lingerie, televisions, jewellery and piles of registered mail.
Peter Martin Jackson, 53, has been charged with obtaining property by deception.
He is charged only in relation to cashing in three Bunnings vouchers stolen from the mail after he was caught on CCTV cameras.
Property and mail has been going missing from the post in the Castlemaine area for the past six years.
Police are now trying to reunite more than 1,000 items with their owners.
Australia Post says it understands the distress caused by the thefts, but says it has rigorous detection measures in place and it is an isolated case."