Sunday, 31 July 2016

hellooooooooo....

Hello, anybody out there...
Blogging mojo hasn't been too evident lately but a day out with the city girls today has sparked a few flat batteries. A day of fun and frivolity with some wonderful girls.....Elyte, Robyn, Anne, Annie and Jo... spent at the craft and quilt show at Jeff's shed. It started off with brunch and ended at 4.30 when the show was closing. Talk about the last to leave!
I had such a wonderful day.... looking at beautiful shops, amazing quilts and throw in some retail therapy and good company and the day was perfect.
even though I didn't have any fabric needs I managed to bag myself a bargain from the Gail B stand.
I absolutely loved this fabric range when it was released and was always disappointed I never bought any but at $4 a fat quarter it was too good to pass up.


 these lovely fabrics were a gift from Elyte.... so different for me as are the ones above but it's good to step outside your comfort zone.... the ruler was a gift from Robyn. We all scored one of them, they are a fantastic idea for tracing circles for applique. Those little ones are so not happening!

Some Caswell blocks have been completed in the past few weeks too.
I do like this little bird.......the flowers were quite fun too.
 love this one but the right flower took some work, I think I undid the large dark petals about 4 times.
got there in the end...


this mini has been waiting some time to be quilted and I finally co ordinated wadding and backing and sent it off to Fiona of Bubz rugz who has worked her magic touch and quilted it beautifully. I haven't had much luck showing the quilting but take it from me it is amazing! so much detail in each layer! Had to get it bound and hanging asap.
Love love love it.
I've been preparing clamshells for a travelling project. 318 so far all cut out ready to baste. Some more will be added tonight from my lovely gifted fabrics.

had to share two favourites from the quilt show today...
Don't need to explain why, you'll so get it.
so much detail in this beauty.
 this Caswell was stunning and I am very interested in the outer border idea...
Well that's all caught up with what's going on here.
Thanks for making it to the end.
Thanks for good friends and good times.
We should never miss a chance to make happy memories, they carry us through the difficult times.
Cheers
Marina

20 comments:

I am said...

How lovely to spend a day with the girls and those fabrics are gorgeous as are your blocks,glad you had a wonderful day

sunny said...

Your blocks are beautiful! And the quilts from the show are amazing. Glad you got some good inspiration and had a fun day with friends.

Anthea said...

Yes Marina, we're here!
Wow Caswell is coming along beautifully...glad to see you got a good re-charge on your day out with the ladies.
xx

Els koetsier said...

What a lovely fabrics you get from a friend. You're blocks are geourgius. The clamshels are for you trip to Europe.

Jeanette said...

Love your blocks &the quilt looks fabulous. The quilts from the show are stunning especially the blue one. Hugs,xx

Susan said...

Sounds like a perfect day out. I love the magpie fabric, very Australian without being too cheesy. Always so inspiring to go to an exhibition, but I find your applique blocks do the same for me! Worth the rework on the flower, it looks amazing. Lovely work by Fiona on your quilt.

Fiona said...

some times you just need a day out with friends to fire up mojo again... lovely fabrics and pressies. Your blocks are just gorgeous and thank you for being so kind about my quilting - it was a lovely one to do. So lovely to see those amazing quilts... gosh what a lot of work
Hugz

Michelle Ridgway said...

Oh my so many lovely things to admire! Love your fabrics...the Maggies are such fun. Beautiful blocks of yours and the quilts are amazing xx

Lin said...

Sounds like a great day with the girls. Interesting fabrics there - I am wondering what they will become. Well, the combination of your beautiful patchwork and Fiona's amazing quilting makes for a stunning piece, I love it and as for those two quilts they are amazing. Well, your Caswell is going to be just as amazing I am sure! Have a great week. xx

Jo said...

So glad you had a fun day with friends. It's always fun to catch up...

elliek said...

Looks like a great day and those Caswell blocks are stunning.

Helen said...

Nice to hear you had a fun day with friends, love your Caswell blocks !

Karen S said...

Nothing like a quilt show to stir up some enthusiasm. Love the quilts you chose to show, too.
Love the work you have done on your blocks.

Marie said...

Well said about making happy memories - too often we forget their importance. Looks like a terrific collection of new fabrics to play with.

Maria said...

Always fabulous to have a day out with friends for great food , chatting topped off with some retail therapy...your gifted fabrics are different from your usual. Enjoy them.
Your blocks always look beautiful how good to see a quilt finished with them. The border does look great.

Deb R said...

Your Caswell blocks are gorgeous! Nothing like spending the day with sewing friends!!!

kiwikid said...

Helloooooo back!! So good to hear you had a day out with those girls, I bet there was much laughter and fun!!! Lovely fabric purchases you made and were given, they will fit in beautifully with your clamshells. Fiona's quilting is just gorgeous, she is a very clever lady! Your blocks are beautiful too Marina, it is going to be one amazing quilt!! There were so many beautiful quilts at the show weren't there!!!!

Lisa said...

Ohhhh tram fabric, how adorable, what a lovely wee stash of fabric. What a fun project that will make. Your bird is divine!!!

Ondrea said...

Such different fabrics! Never seen them before and I look firward to seeing what you make with them. Very inspiring I reckon. Looooove your blocks, absolutely gorgeous and I really love the backgrounds you have chosen. Great to know you had such a fun day. Lol about those teeny circles on that ruler. Great idea.

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