Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sydney Quilt Show & "Quilts on the Downs"

I went on an adventure in July.  I headed to the Sydney Quilt Show all by myself, flying up early in the morning, catching a train to the city, then a ferry to Glebe Island, the venue for this event.  It was fantastic, the weather was perfect, I got to relax and get a bird's eye view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour.

I got to catch up with some special people......

Linda, Susan & Chooky

Jean & Cardy

Quite a Gathering!

The quilts in Sydney are quite different to what we generally see in Melbourne and I really enjoyed this Exhibition.  Here are just a few of my favourites.  

My Drayton Hall - Lorraine Wheeler

Thoughts of Yesteryear - Lorraine Haworth

Errant Geese  - Jessica Wheelahan
(I really loved this one)

In The Night Garden - Liesel Moult

Metropolis - Hunters Hill Quilters

Birds of a Feather - Trish Gibbons

Aunty Greens Coverlet - Trudy Johns

Big Birds & Friends - Maureen Teager

Enchantment - Trudy Johns

Coxcomb & Currants - Janet Treen
(bloggers that follow Janet will recognise this masterpiece)

Of course, a visit to a quilt show is not complete without some shopping.  Two Kantha quilts and a bag later ........

I came up with one bag and went home with three!

After an amazingly fantastic day, I headed back on the ferry to Darling Harbour and then onto my son's home for the weekend.

On Saturday night we went into the city and Darling Harbour to watch the fireworks display and have dinner.  This is my new favourite dessert - Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart from I'm Angus Steakhouse.

It was a great weekend away and I can't wait to do it all again next year. 

This is the flyer for the Inaugural Quilts on the Downs Quilt Show and if you are able to go, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.  Heather and her helpers have been working really hard to put it all together and I think it is going to be a huge success.

I've had a bit of help writing this post today, and it's the kind of help I could probably do without but he is nice and warm from the heat of the laptop and purring his little heart out.

Sue-Anne xxx

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Continuing On .....

From where I left off

 I think one of the most exciting things I have done this year is attend a Margaret Sampson George (MSG) class.  I came away with my head spinning of wonderful "elements" like rabbits and Margagons.  Above is my "wheel" which will one day turn into a quilt, when I can settle on what I want to do - so many options!!!
If you ever get the opportunity to attend a MSG class, I 100% recommend it.

  I have also made another bag.  This is a pattern by Shelley at Skellywag Sewing School.  

I finally finished "Soot & Ashes", I love handquilting straight lines with sulky thread.

I have added another couple of borders onto Hertfordshire but have now come to a standstill until I cut out all the fabrics for the next pieced borders.

I'm still working on St Neot's and getting closer to finishing it.  The photo doesn't do it justice, it is so pretty with lots of the French General Pom Pom de Paris range.

Most of my sewing time has been taken up with Stonefields BOM.  I have been trying to keep up to date and so far so good.  Fingers crossed I continue........

I've been to Sydney a couple of times this year and in April I went to see Strictly Ballroom.  We stayed at Coogee and whilst there saw the filming of "Wonderland".  It was quite interesting and a LOT of mucking around just to get one small scene filmed.  I don't know what the locals think of them taking over half their beach on a regular basis.

We celebrated Buddy's 8th birthday in June.  He was sick for two weeks with a cold and boy was he miserable!  I'm pleased to say he is back to his old adorable little self again.

This little cherub has been taking up a lot of our time too.  She is just the sweetest little girl and is now six months old - where does the time go???

Here she is with her daddy (our son) last weekend on a trip away.

I went to the Melbourne Quilt Show on Thursday.  What a day that was!  We caught the train down and because of "signalling" issues it took six hours from the time we got on at Wodonga till the time we walked out of Southern Cross Station.  We also had to be back earlier than normal at the station so it didn't leave us a lot of time for shopping.  I did have a quick wander through a couple of arcades in the city before heading to the quilt show and just had to stop and take a photo of  Hopetoun Tea Rooms window.  If I went in, I may never have come out!

I did make a couple of purchases at the quilt show but really didn't have too much time to ponder, probably a good thing  money wise (will leave me with more to spend in Sydney!)

I took some photos of quilts but not all of them, and will share a couple that caught my eye with you.

Boston Rhapsody by Janet Holland

I love the centre of this quilt

Alexander Henry by Margaret Ryan

Whimsical Whistler by Shelley Kelly

Baltimore by Sylvia Grant

The Gift by Helen Hayes 
(in memory of her mum)

I didn't get the name of the lady that made this quilt but I loved it.  It is an Ann Daggs reproduction and I really love the colours that the maker has used.

This is the Melbourne Wheel and it looked really pretty lit up with a changing colours light display.  I worked out that the travel time was as long as if I drove to Sydney and back in one day, all for 4 hours at the quilt show and shopping.  It was good fun in the train though as lots of us knew each other through our love of quilting.

Sue-Anne xxx

Friday, April 25, 2014


They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

My thoughts today are with all the men and women in our Defence Force,  past and present, who have been and are currently serving our Nation to protect our way of life.

Sue-Anne xxx

Monday, March 17, 2014

Castlemaine Applique Group Exhibition

What a wonderful Inaugural Exhibition of CAG!  All the quilts were stunning and the ladies and gents that organised it all, set it up and helped out over the weekend should be very proud of themselves.  Get comfortable friends, there are a lot of beautiful photos to follow.

Ann Daggs by Sue Jones

 Deb's Not Quite Telling The Truth by Deb King

 Aunty Jean's Floral Garden by Rhonda Coates

 Hand Painted Tiles de Morgan Persia by Jude Liebmann

 Homage to Mary Brown by Merri Garten (Even though this photo is blurred, I still had to share, the work in this quilt is unbelievable)

 The Burnt Quilt by Sue Jones

 Swan Lake by Sue-Anne Jones (me)

 Rotherfield Greys by Di Ford Hall

 A Bride Quilt for Jane Burden by  Jude Liebmann

 Queen Daisy by Kerry Roe

Ode to Annie by Bev Bannard

 The Caswell Quilt by Lyn Wright

Poppies by Jo-anne Star

 Emergence by Margaret McDonald
Gypsy Jazzed by Jan Frazer

Redoute by Rose Piper

Cheltenham by Sonia Higgs

19th Century  Folk Art Baskets by Joy Earle-Quick

Baltimore by Barb Walker

Green Vintage by Judy Gipps

Antique Wedding Sampler Revisited by Moreen Dainty

Antique Sampler by Wendy Gleeson

Sarah Morrell Quilt by Carolyn Mellor

19th Century Medallion Frame Quilt by Maureen Farrell

Civil War II by Jan Manglesdorf

Mrs Miller's Journey by Meghan Leslie

Flourishes by Glenys Clifford

Home Sweet Home by Barbara Walker

Of course we were very warmly greeted at the door by these two gorgeous ladies.

And no trip to Castlemaine is complete without a visit to Threadbear.

There were many more beautiful quilts on display but unfortunately my anti shake setting doesn't seem to be working on my camera and the rest of the photos were blurred.  I have listed the name of each quilt and the maker.  Hope you enjoyed the Show & Tell.

Sue-Anne xxx