I had everything traced and ready for cutting during the long hours on the road……...
and this was one of the "bridges" I talked about to keep things together before pressing……..
The quilt also came with me to the UK and back so I could make the most of the very long hours on the plane. I managed to do about 30 more hours of embroidery while it travelled. We always have a show and tell evening on the tour so the quilt came out for that. These are the only photos I can show you that were taken by Diane on that night (thanks Diane)…….
Tomorrow I am volunteering once again so I hope I can get some better photos. This was the last one I took on the floor before I packed it for the show…….
So yesterday it was a blessing to unwind a little from the emotional excitement and I spent it with some very special friends who joined us on one of the William Morris tours in the UK last year. They came all the way from Canberra and Victoria and timed it so they could also visit our quilt show. So yesterday we saw a very small selection of some William Morris in Adelaide. We started our day at the Art Gallery of South Australia where we had a chance to see a special piece that the gallery kindly got of our storage for us. This is Acanthus Portiere and the embroidered panel was completed in the 1890's. It was so special to be so close and an absolute thrill that the European and Australian Decorative Arts Curator, Robert Reason joined us to talk about it…….
After viewing some more of the Gallery collection we decided it was time for a coffee..and take a look at the paper table covers…...the girls each got to take one home …..
and then we noticed the art on one of the coffees!!…...
Next stop was Carrick Hill with Morris curtains and incredible embroideries. No photos of them but the house is always very photogenic…..
Sadly the heavens opened as we had lunch but we were still smiling…...
Final stop was St Augustines Church to see the famous Morris windows……….
And then to finish the day - another coffee break! There is so much more to see and hear about William Morris in Adelaide but this was just a very brief look. I am planning a big Morris event in Adelaide in 2016 so stay tuned for that! Thanks girls for such a memorable day xxx