Thursday, April 18, 2013

This week

The last fortnight has flown past.
I've been a bit quilt obsessed! 
Making new scarves has allowed me to carry on patchworking with Liberty, and I'm finding it hard to stop making these too.
A quick look at the calendar reminded me that I have another trip to Melbourne this weekend for Shirt & Skirt Market at the always beautiful Abbotsford Convent.
It's been quite a few months since I've been along to this one, so I'm looking forward to being back there this month. 
Fingers crossed for a glorious sunny Autumn day!

Shirt & Skirt Market
Abbotsford Convent,
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford.
Sunday April 21
10am - 4pm

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Enjoying the journey

I'm having a bus man's holiday this week.
I'm winding down to embrace a bit of a quieter time of year after a full on Spring and Summer.
With all the shirt making I've been doing I had a great big satisfyingly stuffed bag of beautiful scraps of Liberty just calling to me.
Some have gone to scarves, but seriously, there's still plenty!
Way back when, I decided I'd have a go at making a quilt from some of those scraps, and with less on my plate, and the weather starting to turn, the time was right.

I've quickly realised that making this quilt is a bit of long haul journey and not a dash.
I'm not used to this long process, mostly I start and finish a project in a day! Perhaps I'll learn some patience while I'm at it.
I had more than half of the blocks made, so finishing the rest of them was like reaching the first port of call.
The fabrics mirror my own journey with Frankie & Ray. There are some there that I used when I first started out, and from then on all the way through to now.
Perhaps this is part of the allure of this quilt, it's a part of my history too.

Laying the blocks out took an entire afternoon.
I had to move furniture, rugs, and animals to get the floor space I needed, and then I felt like I was playing a giant and complicated version of Twister as I shuffled, and shuffled, and shuffled the blocks.
Eventually I reached an arrangement that I was happy with, and so now I'm sewing them all together.

So, that's my journey so far.
I figure I might be half way, and loving the trip!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wrap up

Another fabulous Finders Keepers!

The beautiful Royal Exhibiton Buildings make an amazing venue.
And how lovely to meet new people, and see new things!
One part of me longs to go to these events as a visitor, but I love being there as an exhibitor!
So, there's always too little time to get out and see everything *sigh*.
Just the few things I made a beeline for when I got a little break....

The gorgeous ceramics of Adriana Christianson.

And I am in LOVE with Dandelyne!

My only purchase for myself was a bangle made from upcycled plastic from Dale Hardiman.
Colourful, tactile, wonderful!
It was great to catch up with so many market people, love your work folks!
And thanks too to all those who came and introduced themselves to me. 
I especially love the community that is Instagram, it's such a friendly place!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Finders Keepers!

Marking the (almost) end of my big market season, the Melbourne Finders Keepers is on again at the end of this week!
If you haven't been to this event before, you're in for a treat. There's an amazing line up of talent from all around Australia. And there's great food and something to drink. And good coffee, of course. And live music as well.

I'm fit to burst with excitement, and I can't wait to show off some of my new things too!
The designer directory is a great way to take a first look at what you'll find, and maybe make a little list...