Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Civil War story quilts

As promised, here are the quilts, the 'Civil War Girls' made on our mini break. This is Sara's original design deplicting the whole Civil War. The flag, colours (north and south), Mississippi River flowing through the fields, slavery, the bloodshed and the Underground railway. I hope this is right (Sara). You all get the gist of it all anyhow. A lovely quilt.
This is Vicki's version.
And Kathleen's.

And Anne's. Border still to come, as is Rhonda's.

Perhaps this is another good class idea. Lots of quick rotary cutting techniques involved never lone the story factor.
Lots of storms and bad weather bringing lots of rain here in the Hills and S.A. over the last day or two. Flooding, storm damage and broad-acre crop losses have been reported. For a change the Hills weren't too badly off, Adelaide having more rain than us!
Yesterday on my day off, I actually had a few hours of sewing. With the weather like it was, I was only too happy to stay indoors. Can't believe it, I started the quilt for the shop's 15 years of business, '15 stars for 15 years'. I'll take some pics and show you and @ night I'm working on the 'Pies and Tarts'! Will show you some of them too soon. Don't know what's gotten into me!!
cheers til next time, Jane ***

Thursday, September 17, 2009

CWG retreat

After work on Saturday, I headed off to Victor Harbor for our first CWG retreat. The 'Civil War Girls' had a project designed by Sara to work on, while I HAD to catch up and finish projects. Below is my Layer Cake quilt, using 'Gypsy Rose' fabrics. A little sample to 'show off' the 'Wiscasset' range.
The CWG will have a show n tell on Friday, so I will have some quilt pics to show you.
Next Year, we are planning to have an exhibition of reproduction quilts. So keep a look out!
Here is Anne, (alias TT) looking like she's working!

This is my 'work in progress'.
Thanks go to Stuart too, who unselfishly hopped on his Harley and had to deliver some dumb persons bag, which she forgot and left behind... I know it was a hardship for him but very much appreciated by her!

And here we are set for home, sadly. They all have huge smiles but that is all show.. a facade.. we didn't really want to go home... yet anyhow.
What a great bunch. I feel I have such close buddies, it was just what I needed and we'll certainly do this again. hey Sare?
Rhonda, Anne, Vicki, Kath and Sara.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Sarah!

Happy Birthday Sarah! This is my baby girl - 20 yesterday! Where has the time gone.
A dear little red haired baby, my smallest, arrived on the due date on a sunny day. I'll never forget DD1 meeting her for the first time (she had a cold and hadn't been able to visit for a day) and as I put the baby in her arms... her little face just lit up and it was love-at-first-sight, she doted on her little sister. They have always got on well. All three do get along well now but of course we've had some moments!
Sarah began the year in the U.S.A. for 2 months. Since returning she had put everything into getting a job and working hard and her mission is saving for a house.

Sarah and Olivia and I went to BTS Cafe (or Better Than Sex) for afternoon tea yesterday. That was Sair's request. As you may have gathered, we love cupcakes and especially the cafes they come from! This one is amazing! An absolute gorgeous store in the city (Adelaide), selling the best cupcakes! A must see here.

Then we came home - that's was all we did! Dinner with all the family and Sarah's bff, Kimberly.

Another era has passed. No teenagers @ home. Congratulations my darling. Wishing you a lifetime of dreams coming true.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

'French General' Giftware has arrived.

Just arrived ! 'French General' giftware, all using the 'Rouenneries' fabrics. Gorgeous Sewing Bag, Sewing book, Scissor roll, and Notebook. We have the 'Rouenneries' Honey buns in stock now and waiting for more Jelly Rolls, Fat 1/4 bundles and Layer Cakes. I suppose you think, us Quilt Shop owners sit all day and sew. How wrong are you! How I wish. This is what I've been doing a lot of lately... cutting kits for Quiltaid. This is just a few!
And there.. more to mail out. This is just one kit! We do lots of kit cutting, folding and packing.
Fun hey! Actually I don't mind small doses of kit cutting. eg a new one is fun! Once a few are done it can then be tedious. Oh the hardships!

Now I've said how I don't get time to sew...much. I have had a bit of a spurt on lately. Im doing some 'Pies and Tarts' to show you our Block of the Month. We have two alternatives, clear and crisp colours or other. (which is just not as clear!) I wouldn't go as far as muddy but not as white.
Anyhow, they are really fun to do and Im so enjoying making them. Will show you when I have a few together.
I'm off for a day or two of retreating! Going to Sara's house @ Victor Harbor with the Civil War Girls (girls who are addicted to Civil War type quilts and making them here in the shed, in class).
Should be a nice time and I can get some more Pies made!
Check out my newsletter/class list on my website.
I've finally got it done. Its packed with info. Classes are filling already.
Til next time, I'll show you some of my 'retreat' work.!!?? (it might end up, just a lot of eating and drinking!) cheers Jane