Sunday, 17 June 2012

Poppy, details


This is a block from Part 5 of my free 2012 Mystery BOM Forget Me Not 

When I decided to make 2x of my Mystery Bom at the same time - a light and a dark background, I thought I might struggle to decide which block to use for the light, and which to use for the black.

It was a real theoretical dilemma, because often finding the right hues for just one block can take hours....

But, I have been pleasantly surprised and have found that the flowers really speak for themselves, each month I know immediately which will be the light and which will be the dark quilt.

Of course, you can have delicate pastel poppies too, but I went for vivid colours for my black background quilt.

This is a block from Part 5
of my free 2012 Mystery BOM Forget Me Not
You can download this month's block via my website or my Yahoo Bom Group 

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Forget Me Not, details

Forget Me Not
This is a block from Part 5 of my free 2012 Mystery BOM Forget Me Not

This block was a real pleasure to make
There's just something so joyous about a bunch of forget me nots. Of course, being so tiny and so many hundred being in a bunch, I have stylised the design into more of an interpretation! Being the namesake block of the quilt, I thought it was fitting that my plum bird make it into the design too.

I hope you love this block as much as I do

Select fabrics to compliment your background

I cut away my stem after stitching the inside shape and lines in,
it's so much easier this way

 the little forget me nots in a bright sky blue

 the plum bird
(well all my quilts have a bird in the design somewhere)

 tiny yellow centres
I think the forget me not centres are calling out for
embroidery knots or small beads
putting them in place with tweezers!

This is a block from Part 4 of my free 2012 Mystery BOM Forget Me Not
You can download this month's block via my website or my Yahoo Bom Group 

Friday, 15 June 2012

Part 5 is Launched

This month you have the option of

Forget Me Not


Here are the pattern sketches. Remember, colour in your patterns before commiting to fabrics.

Stay tuned as detailed block images and working pics will be posted tomorrow.
Also, remember to check out the Yahoo Group to see what we are all talking about over there!

Forget Me Not is my 2012 Mystery BOM
Anyone can take part.
Each monthly block is available for download via my

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

WOW: Travel WIP 2

WOW= WIPs On Wednesdays

I've just found out that Hearts Desire
was placed 2nd at the Sydney Quilt Show in it's category- Predominantly Applique!

How's that for some Work In Progress...during my absence??!

Friday, 8 June 2012

A Carriage In Vienna

What can I say about such a historic town?

Horse drawn carriage is probably the best way to enjoy Vienna

It's definitely the best seat for taking in the views: I love looking at the all the old buildings and the rich details of plasterwork and ironwork ....and all without a moments thought for traffic. Bliss!

 Here I am really enjoying the view (and some gentle sun)

 I love the historic statues
the hotdog stands

 the view of the streetscape

the ironwork... just looking at this gate got to me thinking about Sunshine & Shadow, my stencil quilt which was designed around traditional iron scrollwork motifs. I love it!

and more ironwork in windows

Of course once around wasn't enough to take in a city as beautiful as this,
I had to go around again just to appreciate things from the opposite view
and changed seats with my DH who was sitting opposite.

So much motivation for one morning, the only thing missing
was a stop inside a quilting shop for some fabric to go with my fresh ideas.

Luckily, I didn't find one!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

WOW: Travel WIP 1

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays

Not enough hand luggage to bring along any real WIPs, so here's some
airplane food whilst I wait for all your WIPs to join in the linky party...

I was at a newstand yesterday, looking for something interesting
 and all I could think was, I wonder what's on WOW this week?


Monday, 4 June 2012

Up In The Air

As you're reading this, I should be landing in Vienna after a long flight.

It really surprises me how much technology can change your habits and the way you view things.
After so many of you replied to my questions (thank you) regarding the usefulness of a Kindle (over carrying books during travel) I decided that I definitely needed one. DH got us both a tablet instead. I must admit, I wasn't impressed at the time - I mean, it looked like just another device to me....and one I'd have to take the time to learn! Android learn! And I'm already time poor so when it comes to WIPs, I like them to quilting based - not techno learning based!

But I have had to admit whilst packing for this trip that I realised how very grateful I am that he did choose a tablet over a Kindle on it's own. Because now I can send emails, read kindle books, read magazines, browse the web, check into yahoo group, blog and skype ...all in the weight of a sketchbook! It's wonderful. One less piece of baggage - the laptop is now obsolete for travel and that's 3kgs off my shoulders and it lasts hours longer than my laptop battery did too! For once I'm really pleased with technology.

Well, the changes didn't stop there.
Here I am modelling my travel poncho.
Isn't it nice??!

Last year when I was flying, I decided that I needed a poncho. I don't especially like poncho's but I get cold easily when I travel and airplanes are either too hot or too cold for me and the idea of carrying around an extra jumper for the airplane was a waste of hand luggage space...and my pashmina wasn't warm enough and I always feel funny about the blankets on airplanes. So, here it is. I also have one in teal, just for a change on the way back home!

Speaking of hand luggage space, last year I promised myself I would not take on a 'handbag' as hand luggage onto a flight again. All my handbags are too roomy, I always overfill them and it's always such a nuisance to manage as well as a suitcase. So just for the airport and the airplane ...for the first time I have decided to use a backpack.

Here I am wondering if it really is such a good idea, I'm not exactly the backpacking type

but you know, I can't argue with how practical it is and I've reached a point where things have to be as practical and easy and possible. No more limping with an overfilled handbag, I strictly packed mine in my suitcase (at the bottom) so I wouldn't change my mind at the check in counter.

And I'm off!

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