Tuesday, 28 January 2020

A new quilt design for a worthy cause

I have no idea where the last three weeks have gone but clearly we've been very busy in the Hill household!! Before I 'prattle' on about the mundane I wanted to share with you a very special project that has been on the design wall at home! As we all come to terms with the ongoing devastation from the Australian bushfires most of us feel the need to give back in some meaningful way. With the Tour Down Under bike race having just finished we've been seeing images that remind us of the devastation. The first photo was taken by Josh Geelan from one leg of the tour last year at the 2019 tour and just a few days ago Meaghan Coles took a photo from the same spot....haunting.......




So it was over a conversation with Tim from Lloyd Curzon Textiles that a new project was born! I've been designing a brand new block of the month quilt that will be a way of raising funds for bushfire aid in particular to wildlife groups. The completed quilt will also be raffled and we are especially keeping in mind the Kangaroo Island bees. The only surviving breed in the world of Italian Ligurian bees were on Kangaroo Island and you can read HERE that over a quarter of this bee population has been lost. So bees will be featured in the quilt along with many species of flora and fauna that are now threatened (some were before the fires). The palette I have been working with is divine...delcious colours and all batiks that are so wonderful to work with for appliqué. These fabrics dyed in Indonesia are only sold to the Australian market and have been produced by Lloyd Curzon Textiles as well. We rely so heavily on imported quilt fabrics so it is is wonderful to be supporting a locally developed product - AYU Batiks......and aren't they stunning?......... 

 Part of the process for me involved researching breeds of flowers and wildlife that are now at risk of becoming extinct. We are flooded with images like these........
But I wanted to look at the other not so well known species. Hours of reading..........
 Plants I have chosen include the wee jasper grevillea, Canberra spider orchid, banksia brownii, bindoon starbush and velvet wattle. The wildlife includes some birds such as the endangered black glossy cockatoo, regent honeyeater and eastern bristle-bird. I also selected the Kangaroo Island dunnart, the corroboree frog and of course lots of bees...all with artistic licence for ease of appliqué!.........
Flannel flowers are also featured as I read that bushfire smoke helps them germinate.......


 The blocks will all be on point......
 with possibly this design for the set in triangles.........
a glimpse of some more blocks.......

 So in the coming weeks I will be having some open days at home for friends that might like to drop in for a cuppa to help me get this quilt completed! So with that announcement behind me I will share some of the 'mundane' family stuff that is far from dull to us, but apologies in advance......you can just scroll past if you wish!! In no particular order we have had some happy times outdoors while the little ones were on holidays.....






 We had a reunion lunch at our place for nursing friends and partners with lots of laughs as we recalled the ups and downs of the past 46 years since we started training........

 I turned some donated embroidered squares into a quilt for charity..........

 I quilted another for a dear friend......a UFO from about 30 years ago!! My hand that had surgery is still not fully functional but it is amazing what you can achieve with one good hand.......
 Miss Maisie did some more blocks for her quilt and her piecing is perfection....unlike her nanna!!....


 And she also had her very first day at school today......
 Larry and I have had some special times together in the unpredictable weather with jumpers one day and sweltering the next.....but the smoke seems to have abated despite some fires still burning......
 It is supposed to be summer but too cold for any basking in the sun this particular day........



 bbbrrrrrr!!........
 and hot, hot, hot a few days later when I ventured up top on my own as Larry has a fear of heights.........

 So if you've got through this mammoth post I thank you! And do let me know if you might like to drop by and stitch with me on the bushfire aid quilt!

7 comments:

  1. I love that new design for a BOM -what I see are so lovely - will these be sold as kits fabric included? I will be watching for this I just love them so much. Well those of us in the states interested be able to purchase?
    glad the fires are not as bad as they were, the devastation is horrible for sure.

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  2. A wonderful new project, if I lived four hours closer I would come and help! My sister in law keeps bees and it is a tricky business, my heart really goes out to them, between the drought, disease and now fire.

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  3. Sandra Freebairn30 January 2020 at 10:22

    That quilt is going to be gorgeous!!! I want to do it.

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  4. Hi Michele....I just don't know how you do it! Well done with your latest project! I look forward to seeing the finished product!!

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  5. Lovely designs Michele, and if I lived closer would be happy to come and help sew. But if you are in need of a quilter, then I am more than happy to help out!

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  6. I’ve been enjoying a lovely read this morning of your posts, Michele. Your photos are all lovely and it is wonderful to see the children. Now I wonder where Maisie gets her natural sewing ability. 🙂
    Beautiful designs for such a worthy cause.

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  7. I would love to come by and sew along on the new BOM, but alas the distance defeats me. What you showed us is beautiful! They are growing so fast!! Maisie looks so grown up in her plaid dress. Take care.

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