Friday, 10 April 2015

all good things....

....must come to an end.
I have been trying to make the most of the last few days savouring the time to get things done, having fun in the sewing room and spending a crafty day with friends.
It has been quite a productive break and you can't complain about that.
Yesterday I spent the day with Liz (the village quilters) and Rosalie (Briar Rose). Mum came up too and we shared some laughs, stories and sewing. Liz and Rosalie brought some show and tell with them and we were gobsmacked at how beautiful their finishes were. Liz brought her (my new quilt) AAHH top that has been put together. It is amazing!! I tried to steal kidnap it but there was not much chance of that happening.
Rosalie brought her crazy quilt to show and it was breathtaking. So much detail and such beautiful stitching.
The photos do not do either of them justice but here is a peek They are absolutely stunning.



I didn't take a photo of what the girls were stitching but Rosalie and Liz were working on two gorgeous Teddlywinks quilts. Mum was appliqueing like a woman possessed. She has found her mojo and is working on a quilt for my cousins little girl. I will get pics of that soon.
I wasn't idle and pulled out a 'had to do' project that has been sitting around for too long. Not quite finished but I'll share the finished item when it's done.
I did manage to tick two big things off my holiday list.....
The boys story quilt has been completely finished. The binding went on last night. I am very happy to have this done and it can go to it's new home next week.
the back was pieced from the leftover fabrics... Quilted by Jemima's with a jigsaw design. I love the quilting. They used this design on the dr Seuss quilt I made for No 1 son.
Second tick off the list was to try to complete the top for this special quilt..
Well it's a big 'done' and I have the back to piece then it will be ready for quilting.
I ended up going for an off white background as the taupe seemed to dull the butterflies too much and I wanted it to be bright and cheery.
Well Phew if you're still here thanks for sticking with me through all my pics.
There are just a few more to share..... Our passionfruit vine is flowering and I think they are the most amazing flowers so I wanted to share a few.
this one reminds me of the plant on the Little Shop of Horrors.... Feed me Seymour.....

One last pic of my latest sweet william block..
thanks for getting through all those pics.. there are some more that can wait till next post.
Have a great weekend
Cheers
Marina

26 comments:

shez said...

Hi Marina how lovely you got to spend time with you mum and Rosalie,I have missed Rosalie from our Millrose meetings,I hope she is well. Boy I love your mum and Rosalies quilts they are both so beautiful and well done with your2 awesome quilts,lovely productive post my friend xx

elliek said...

Great day Marina, thanks for having us.

Sheila said...

Thanks for sharing all the gorgeous eye candy , wow , some beautiful work both from you , your mom and your friends . I really enjoyed my visit :-)

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

What talented people you are acquainted with, thanks so much for sharing their quilts. Amazing finishes by you, your washing line looks great with the quilts on it.
Enjoy those passion fruit when they ripen.

Happy days.
Bev.

kiwikid said...

Great post Marina could have looked at lots more photos!! Good to hear you had a sewing day, some beautiful show and tell there!! I hope you get lots of passionfruit on your plant...your Mum is super keen on her appliqué isn't she!! Great you got the boys quilt done and the butterflies look amazing...how will you have it quilted?

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Michelle Ridgway said...

Gorgeous quilts from Liz and Rosalie...love a great crazy patch! Beautiful work! I adore your Butterflies...so stunning! LOved your post xx

Susan said...

Really beautiful quilts, lots of inspiration there. Your butterflies look great on the off white background, will be amazing with the quilting done.

Ondrea said...

Awesome quilts on show!!! LOve them all. Your block looks great.

Lin said...

Lots of lovely things to look at. Your butterfly quilt is stunning and of course your sweet william block. The quilt top that Liz has made is beautiful - such a lot to look at there. And Rosalie's crazy is stunning - thanks for the close ups. Does she have a blog? I am glad you have made the most of your holidays. xx

Elyte said...

Lovely show and tell. A pity the holidays are over for you but you did accomplish a lot. Those butterflies look so pretty flying off into the sky.

Jo said...

I love the butterfly quilt. It was good you all had a great day. Will catch up with liz on Wednesday. Her quilt is great and rosalies is amazing. So beautiful

Maria said...

How nice to spend a day with your friends and Mum. Sew many beautiful quilts and your block is lovely.

Wendy said...

You have been really busy. Lovely Sweet William blocks.

Jindi's Cottage said...

What a productive term holiday you've had...Sweet William is coming along gorgeously, your blocks are so beautifully perfect...well done on the Boys Story finish, looks great and loving the butterfly quilt so far...passionfruit flowers do have a touch of the evil look about them, but they are pretty amazing...

Briar Rose said...

As usual I am a bit late catching up Marina, but thank you for another great day, we do enjoy stitching with you and your lovely Mum.
Thanks also for sharing all the pics, as I do not blog much these days.
Hope all goes well for you returning to work.
Hugs R.

Karen S said...

Lovely to see how much you have been doing.
Great finish on the Boy's Story. It is looking wonderful. I do love pieced backings.
And the butterflies are looking stunning.
Thanks also for sharing the quilts your friends made. Lovely work all round.

Anthea said...

I will look at & love any number of pics you post Marina - so much yummy work to see! - Wow your friends quilts are simply amazing - well done on finishing Boys Story - & I do love passionfruit flowers, they're so arty...

Els koetsier said...

Marina the quilts of youre friends are gorgeous .
Sweet Williams , how many blocks you have to make this quilt to finish? The butterfly's lovely.

Farm Gate Creations said...

Obviously you take after your mother(the woman possessed part)such amazing work all round.

Raewyn said...

Gosh Marina, I seem to have missed a few posts, not sure why! Your Sweet William blocks are just beautiful, it sure looks like you are mastering the applique technique plus that tiny piecing is going well! I love your cal crochet blanket - beautiful - and the ripple will be gorgeous!! Well done on the Boys Story finish - bet it wll be well loved :-) Also the butterflies - another beauty. Have a great week!

Fiona said...

you have made th emost of your holidays I think... great to get together with the others and you are all making wonderful quilts..... boys story looks great and your butterflies are very pretty.... I have always loved passionfruit flowers...we knew them as granadilla's....
Hugz

Cath said...

It is always so wonderful stitching with friends. I wish I was near enough to join in! Love your work Marina. I have a boys story on my to do list.......no hurry at the moment and those butterflies are beautiful!

Cheryl said...

What gorgeous quilts made by your two friends. You had a productive holiday - getting those two most beautiful quilts done Marina

Carrie P. said...

that butterfly quilt is wonderful. Love that flower photo too.