Rather looks a little like a fig, doesn't it!
Sunday, 29 June 2008
Rather looks a little like a fig, doesn't it!
Sunday, 22 June 2008
You may notice my colour change. I'm going pink for a week. I was so saddened by the news of Jane McGrath yesterday. Being a Mummy of three children, my heart goes out to her children who will be without their Mummy and of course to her husband who has lost his best friend. And sadness for her, 42 is such a young age. You can donate to her worthy cause here. The foundation raises money to provide breast care nurses in the homes of women in rural and regional Australia, when diagnosed with breast cancer.
The stack of basted quilts grew today. It's been a long time coming, but the house was empty for a few hours and I just had to get this quilt basted. It will be sent to Sydney this week for the Mummy of the owner to lovingly quilt it. There's still a few more to baste though. I quite like just looking at the stack.....one day they will be hand quilted.
Friday, 20 June 2008
easy mornings, when the sunshine's just feeling its way into the sky. early morning smiles, open eyes wide and welcome the day. ah sweet sunshine, on my back as i learn to sew, warming my face as i hang out the washing - a candy coloured array, sunshine. like john denver sang - it makes me happy. as do ripe strawberries that burst with flavour, oozing, staining your best top - but who cares when life tastes like this?
©Alexandra Kentmann 2008
I love the use of words, a little bit of poetry each week. It puts the spring into my step - a little bit of quirk in my day. My sister wrote the above piece, she's clever. She writes for a living. Most weeks she posts on her blog Random Poetics. Little pieces of her life that she puts into words. This week was her 100th post so she's having a give away on her other blog - check it out - she has cool stuff ! Oh, yeah, you need to leave a comment - easy!
Speaking of strawberries, these are my favourite strawberry fabrics, some old, some new. I love them all.
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Some vintage belt buckles collected over the years. Just collecting for that one day that I have a special project in mind.
These David Austen roses are for my special friend Lindy (and Mark, her hubby). Today is the anniversary of the loss of their precious baby girl - Isabella Jane - who died 13 weeks after being born full term, 4 years ago today.
Friday, 13 June 2008
The Quiltmaker's Gift is a book that was given to my son Oliver a couple of years ago by Kate, his aunty. He loves it. It's a story of a greedy king with many belongings, who learns, with the help of a generous and kind hearted quilter, to give away his belonging and find true happiness in the gift of giving. The story and it's prequel "The Quiltmaker's Journey" are written by Jeff Brumbeau and superbly illustrated by Gail de Marcken.
Oliver loves the connections between these books and what I do, what I create. He loves nothing more than poring over the elaborate illustrations discussing the quilts he would love me to make him. I love that he loves these books and that he takes such an interest in what I do - everything is quilting in his tender 7 year old eyes - crocheting, sewing, embroidery - he wraps it all under the one tag. Sweet.
Thursday, 12 June 2008
On my last visit to Sydney, I fell in love with this book that my sister had. I kept dreaming of two of the bags in it. Dreaming so much of these bags, I just had to have a rummage through my stash and make one. Shock horror - yes, I used my stash! I ditched trying to make out the pattern and made up my own based on the photos in the book. I quite like my first attempt. I will do my best to fill it up (it's quite big) with all my stuffs and love it tenderly. I've used a blue linen fabric for the outer - I've either got this from a Designer's Guild sale or my brother in laws factory (he's an upholsterer). The interior is a couple of years old - Fruit Cocktail by Chloe's Closet for Moda.
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Sunday, 8 June 2008
Last year I was chatting to a lady at the Kaffe Fassett lecture in Perth. She was a knitter and I was a quilter and we were chatting back and forth about our respective passions. She mentioned that she once had thought she would one day like to do some patchwork, but on looking at the fabric decided against it as the fabric was beautiful as it was and she really couldn't understand why you would cut up something and sew it together again. I sort of understand her thinking - especially when you think of the process of knitting. But I love to cut the fabric up, the more the better I think. So I'll stick to patchwork I think. I've had so much fun creating these octagons. Here are my strips cut with the Marti Michell Kaleidoscope ruler and sewn together again.
This is my favourite one.
A bit of Liberty of London thrown. All you die hard Liberty fans will know which one it is - anyone who's not sure, it's the white one with knitting needles and yarn on it.
Below, is a gorgeous gift of Liberty for my birthday from a gorgeous gal - Danielle. Thanks so much, I just love it.
Friday, 6 June 2008
I've had a great day sewing. I will show some photos tomorrow of my latest quilt progress.
Pete's on his way from the airport after a trip to Sydney. He's just sent me a text saying that he's left the Japanese books he got me in Sydney, in the Qantas Club. Can you imagine how my heart has sunk? After some frantic text messaging - which I quickly ditched and started ringing, I wanted to check to see if he was joking. He had me stringed along there for a while, all desperate, disappointed and despondent. Can you believe he was tricking me!!!! Mean. New books - yippee!
The other day I was chatting to my younger sister and we were talking about our favourite fabrics and she mentioned she loved the Swell range and how she would like some. After finishing the conversation, I headed into my sewing room wondering which of the 10 projects I have going would I do today. Alas, I found a Stash and Dash bag (Amy Butler pattern) half completed in some of that same Swell range that Al had mentioned earlier. I thought I'd finish it and pop it in an express post package to surprise her and reward her as my most loyal commenter on my blog! Of course, to be fair, I will need to make something for my other sister . But first she will need to do some blogs to inspire us. Perhaps she could post about the latest quilt she's making or her latest vintage find or anyone of the beautiful corners or treasures within her stunning home. She has a really cool blue deer on display - with a great story to go with it.....perhaps she might post about that this weekend!
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
A food shot, for those of you who love a food shot!