Thursday, August 27, 2015

Things that add colour to my days

My international jet setting cover quilt arrived home today. 

A photo shoot seemed to be the right way to welcome it home. 

 I love the way the Simply Moderne team have done the graphics and laid out the pattern.

 And I think one of my favourite parts of seeing my quilts in magazines is seeing how someone else has styled them.

It's a great magazine overall. Heaps of photos and projects. I'm already keen to see what the next edition has in store for us. If you want to see a preview of the magazine or order a copy go to the Simply Moderne website here. 

Our magnolia tree is full of blooms for the first time since we moved into our house 5 years ago.  Each year just as the tree is about to flower a family of possums come along and has a feast of the buds. At first we thought it was really cute. While our neighbours tree is the glory of their garden ours would look just sad. But not this year. I don't know where the possums are but I'm happy they've left our tree alone this year. I keep popping out to admire the flowers. 

I recently fell in love with a colourful Indian footstool. A big part of my attraction was the festive camel featured on one side. Camels are a favourite animal of mine and this one reminded me of the time I went on a camel trek in a desert in Rajasthan in India many years ago.

There was an elephant on the other side marching along with his trunk in the air.

and the top was a party of colour and mirror work. 

I really couldn't justify getting a footstool, in fact I got rid of one recently and our house doesn't have room for more furniture so I decided to make do with photos of this merry one. I'll have to think about adding a camel to a quilt one day. There's always room for more quilts. 

Here's a little experimental mini quilt I've been playing with. It's just a seed of an idea with more to be added. I'm showing you to prove I have been sewing, not much but a little bit, which is better than none.

I could say the same for my social media appearances. Joining Facebook last week and trying to remember to upload photos to Instagram have made me realise that I really just don't have as much time as I used to due to some changes in Daisyland this year. I'm hoping that you'll agree a little bit is better than nothing. Plus I need to save some time for sewing so I have things to show you otherwise there'll be more of these wintery tree photos and colourful footstools. :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Here, there and everywhere.

Thanks for being patient with me while I've been absent, I could give you a zillion excuses but they don't really matter. Today is a new day. The sun is shining through the trees, The birds are happily chirping, and here I sit writing a blog post.
Could it be that my mojo dry spell has broken and I’m back in the world of blogging??? Gosh, I hope so.
It’s funny how real life just takes over sometimes.

I love blogging, I really do. It’s a place to show and tell, to be a bit playful, to add some colour to the world, hopefully make a few people smile.
It’s a great reason to take photographs, incentive to be creative and tell a few tales,
Most importantly it’s a way to connect with others, to say a friendly g’day with a cheery wave.

And I will keep blogging but it seems there are some other ways to say hello that I’ve been ignoring.
Yes, it’s about time this old dog learnt a few new tricks.
So better late than never, Facebook- Here I come!
I don’t know what the etiquette is so any tips are welcome, things like how often should I post? do I reply to comments?
Of course I’d love it if you followed me to cheer me on and keep me company as I stumble, fumble, and bumble my way through.
My facebook name is Rachaeldaisy Blue Mountain Daisy. (I couldn't decide whether to be Rachaeldaisy or Blue Mountain Daisy so I used both names). Here's a link if you'd like to see.

I'm also hoping to play around with instagram too 
but I’ve got to face my fear of hash tags first.
My instagram name is @bluemountaindaisy.

As for being crafty - I’ve only had time to do little bits of sewing here and there. I’ve sorted through my quilt tops and made a big pile that I’ve accepted that I’ll never get around to quilting myself. They’ll be going off to a longarm quilter to have their merry stitches added.

In the evenings, when I get a free moment or two I’ve been hand quilting a vintage top that came into my life a few years ago. Easy breezy big pearl thread stitches wandering around like little fairy footsteps across the fabric.

I'll be back here with more soon, or maybe I'll catch up with you at Facebook or instagram. :)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

YoYos a la Mode in print.

Hi everyone - 
We've kidnapped Rachaeldaisy and have been chasing butterflies and following rainbows. Now we've taken her on a picnic in the woods so we'll be away a little bit longer.
She asked us to say a big thank you to all those have checked in on her to make sure she's alright. It's nice to know she's missed. Be assured it won't be long until she's back to her regular blogging.

In the meantime you can check out the current issue of Quilters Companion #74 ...

where on page 76...

you'll find the pattern for her Yo-yo's a la Mode quilt.

Beautiful styling as always. Quilters Companion always manage to find the right place to photograph their featured quilts. 

Quilters Companion is an Australian publication so although it's easy to find in our local newsagents I'm not sure about the availability of the magazine overseas but you can download copies digitally here at Zinio.  

You can read more about this quilt and how it won second place in the Modern Traditionalism category at the Australian Modern Quilt Show in a past post here

Thanks for being patient and see you soon for lots of blogging fun!! 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Travelling quilts

I've often said my quilts have more exciting lives than I do. They certainly travel more with trips to exotic faraway places, performing in their in colourful textillian ways. If only they could tell stories of their adventures, I'm sure they would keep us entertained for hours with interesting tales. All I can report is the parts of their journeys that I do know about.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My entries for the Sydney Quilt Show

Here we are finally - my two entries for this year's Quilt Show. These are just quick snaps, I'll do longer posts with more photos and stories about them another day.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Charming Smiles - A finished quilt.

I know some of you are curious after my last post as to what I was up to with my colourful button and pretty fabric combinations. 
I was a tad worried you'd get sick of me showing yet another finished quilt so soon after the last few so I thought it would be nice to have a post of simple eye candy. Plus I thought it was only fair to the buttons to give them a post of their own because little details like that sometimes get lost in the bigger picture.

Anyway I won't keep you suspense any longer, without further ado, here's the big reveal...


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