Life seems to be an endless stream of preparing, experiencing, reviewing and moving on to the next thing. NEXT! is a common thought as one thing wraps up and the next thing rears up. This week we are preparing for the Eastwood Quilt show which is this weekend at Brush Farm in Eastwood. Somewhere someone is reveiwing rosters, floor plans and possibly sewing on bindings in preparation for the big weekend. It is a great time to introduce quilting to a friend. If you are planning on coming to the show this weekend it might be a good idea to bring a non quilting friend along. I know Eastwood Quilters are making a big effort to turn beginners into quilting enthusiasts by showing quilts but also doing demonstrations!
Robyn not only works at MO on Mondays but is also the show convenor for Eastwood Quilters this year. Normally enthusiastic and keen to get involved wherever she can she has worked hard to make this show really appealing to all kinds of people. Here is a sign of Robyn's keen ingenuity!
She has made a take along cutting mat, sandpaper board but over and above the commercial brands available she has also made pockets for small rulers and rotary cutters. Lets give Robyn a clap because she did a beautiful job making these and I am sure they will sell fast on the craft stall. The flap closes to reveal a properly insulated surface for ironing as well.
Robyn isn't the only one that has been making beautiful things. Each day somone at MO brings in a new item. Of particular interest is where Cath is going with her wool bits.
Cath has found inspiration in a huge pile of saved greeting cards and turned them into treasures like this one framed and ready to hang on the wall! How magnetic is it!?! But wait, as the saying goes, there is more...
There are times when you see a made item that take you back. This quilt makes me feel as though I am riding the back fence of our yard when I was 9. We rode the rails as though they were horses whooping and laughing in chase of cowboys or indians. Just the tiniest bits of childhood game memories are enough to bring that playful feeling right back. I am in love with how this snuggle rug makes me feel...as if I am wrapped in warm reminders of the days of make believe!
We took some family time out to watch the number one son play rugby on Saturday. Watching the big boys play is full of conflicting emotions. The sky was blue over the fig tree as we shared the bench with our opposing team parents. It got a bit confusing working out which team to barrack for but it was a glorious time out.
Then we had another outing on Sunday to the Springwood Quilt show. It was a lovely collection of a wide variety of quilts hung beautifully in a hall filled with craft stalls and a kitchen serving quilt show sandwiches and backed goods!
We came across this table of goodies and recognised Susana from Chop Chop Sew Design. We met in the shop when Susana did Wendy's Working with Wool class. Now look at her! Making up lots of sweet things to buy...
I have also been working with the wool but for me it might be called wool for dummies! Not one to get overly involved in stitches I can't remember or even worse...not one to be able to sit still long enough to enjoy process I go straight for simple.
Not quite finished but I am enjoying the work with wool. Cutting shapes and sewing in place is just plain fun!
And this week the prize for dressing to match your quilt goes to Kerry! How fab is that sweater with that quilt! On a serious note, that quilt has perfect balance. Using so many colours can be tricky but Kerry has a real knack for working with her colours so that each one has it's own place.
So, I am off to pack boxes of fun things to take to the show this weekend. I hope you are putting it on your calendar and bringing a friend as well to enlighten them to all the joys of living a quilting life. Where would we be without it???? k