Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Thank you!!

Far out brussell sprout!!! The show is over now and I feel as though there's so much to say but where do I begin? I know you want to see more photos of the quilts but first I really want to thank some of the people who have made this past week the best week of my life.  It's not just the honour of winning such a prestigious award but all the wonderful people I've met.

All of the Quilt NSW team were Amazing!! A show with 400 quilts is a huge undertaking but they were so organised in a friendly and efficient way. They really looked after me when all of a sudden I found myself in the spotlight, and treated me like royalty throughout the show.

I'd like to thank the judges Jane Gibson, Linda Butcher and Julie Haddrick. I couldn't do their job. I would have to give every quilt a prize.

A special highlight of the show for me was meeting Merelyn Pearce and seeing her quilts in real life. Merelyn is so lovely and her quilts are mind bogglingly amazing. If you don't know her work Google her name and you'll see images of her quilts.

And now the awesome sponsors - 

First up Bernina. They are huge supporters of the quilt show.  Yay for Bernina!!!

Greg Alexander, the managing director of Bernina Australia was the one to hand over my winning ribbons. I thought I was going to faint and he held me up. What a great guy! He has a true interest in quilting, quilters and the quilting community. His enthusiasm is contagious. I can't wait to get to know my new super machine, the 720QE and learn everything it's capable of. 

As part of my prize Bernina are also flying me to AQC in 2017. Every year I say I'm going to go but I always seem to be busy around that time and don't get there. No more excuses, next year I'll be there with bells on! (Hey Melbourne bloggers - maybe we should try to arrange a meet up?). I get to attend the Gala Dinner where the Best of Australia will be chosen from the state winners. I've heard the NSW ladies really know how to party!

Here's Bree and Karen (who also owns a shop called Sew Can I) at the Bernina stand. A fun sewing machine play ground!

Jenelle Kent of Pieces to Treasure was the main sponsor for the Mixed Techniques/Anything Goes Category.

 So many treasures!!! I've heard lots of wonderful things about the Pieces to Treasure shop in MacMasters Beach. I'm looking forward to seeing it myself one day.

Another prize I received was an amazing craft bag from Yazzii. It has a thousand pockets that will have my sewing sundries organised in no time. I'll do a proper show and tell once I've filled it.
They have bags of all sizes and for everything you could want to organise. I love that they are bright colours, not just the usual black.

I also love the assorted Indian ribbon and braids that Yazzii sell. More yummy colour!

In fact there's an square Indian embroidered patch inside the star on the Whizz Bang! quilt that I bought from Yazzii at last years show.

Vlieseline sponsored a huge bag of their products. All sorts of fabulous goodies that will no doubt inspire some me to make some wonderful creations.

I didn't do a lot of shopping but I couldn't walk past this stall without being drawn in.  Cash Palace Emporium, was full clothes and textiles with sumptuous colour, textures and patterns. I so enjoyed rummaging through and unearthing beautiful fabrics. I could have spent the day talking to these lovely ladies about textiles and India.
Upon finding out that I'd won Best in Show Elaine generously gave me this most beautiful roll of hand embroidered silk border. Thank you Elaine!! If you're in Sydney you can visit their shop in Leichhardt for not only fabrics but beautiful exotic clothing too.
All  those beautiful hand stitches and the colours - exquisite!

I always stop by the Quiltmania stand and admire all their beautiful quilts and gorgeous books. I think it's wonderful they fly out from France to be at the Sydney Quilt Show.

Talking of Quiltmania - you know how much I look forward to reading Simply Moderne, the latest edition is out and about on newsstands. Now the show is over I had a quiet day yesterday reading it from cover to cover with a whole pot of cinnamon tea, a perfect way to relax after busy days.
You think I'd be sick of quilts after looking at them all week - Ha! Never!!!

Last but not least a big Thank You to all the wonderful people who stopped by to lovely things about both of my quilts or left messages on my blog and emailed me. Your kind words mean a lot to me and encourage me to keep of creating my colourful quilts.

More about Whizz Bang! in the next post.. stay tuned. :)

In the meantime you can visit the QuiltNSW website to see the gallery of winners.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Super Big Exciting News!!

I do keep wondering if I'm actually dreaming but it seems that my quilt Whizz Bang! not only won first in the Anything Goes - Mixed Techniques category but it has also won

Bernina Best in Show at the Sydney Quilt Show!!!

Wow!! Wow!! and Wow!!

The description I wrote for the quilt was
My exploration of folded point blocks such as Pine Burr, Somerset Star, Pointed Star and an old Chinese folk quilt have resulted in a sampler that is a whizz bang explosion of colour, form and fun!

Here I am with a super big smiley face. ( How cool is that sash ribbon! )

I'm a bit speechless at the moment. It's been an action packed day full of catching up with lovely friends and meeting new friends and then to win these wonderful awards is quite amazing, like a whole bowl of cherries on top.

I shouldn't forget my other quilt hanging in the show - Blue Jeans and Moon Beams. It's more understated than Whizz Bang! but it has it's own character. Turn it upside down and the scallops flip up the other way and then the backing is a whole other quilt in itself. Something that could be said about my quilts is that they are never boring. 

But wait there's more -
Lots of Dots, the Springwood Community Quilt Show raffle quilt won first place in the Group/Collaborative category. Woohoo!!! 
I'll be at the show Thursday, Friday and Saturday and will be hovering around my quilts so come and say hello if you see me - I'll be the one with the big happy smile. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016


Hello everybody! 
I've been held captive by daily life but have snuck back for a report on my recent ( well, not quite so recent now) quilty news.

First up  - I was over the moon to find out that Happy as a Clam received a Viewers Choice award at the 2016 Springwood Community Quilt Show. It's such an honour to think people chose my quilt as their favourite. Thank you to all those lovely people who voted for me and for the lovely comments you wrote on the viewers choice voting slips. 

The other quilts I had hanging in the show were 
Yoyo's a la Mode, the quilt I made to show yoyos could be modern. If you would like to read more about this quilt pop back to an earlier blogpost here.

and Charming Smiles, a quilt designed for 5inch charm squares. One of my favourite parts of making this quilt was using lots of my vintage buttons. And here's the link to read more about this quilt.

For more photos of the Springwood Community Quilt Show visit the blog here. 


On the same weekend on the other side in France the Pour l'Amour du Fil, the International Show of The Thread was in full swing. I wasn't able to go but lucky for me some friends sent me photos. 

On the left is Diane from Butterfly Threads Quilting blog. I recently reviewed her wonderful book Scrap Quilt Secrets. Next to her is another blog friend Cecile of Patchwork Inspirations.

Cecile lives in France and Diane is from the US, I love that they met up in front of my Aussie quilt. That's Quiltmania/Simply Moderne bringing international quilters together. 

Here's another blogger meet up where my quilt stood in for me. Susan of Patchworknplay and Deborah of Sunshine through the Rain who pictured in front of my Blooming Doilies quilt at the Australian Quilt Convention. 

It's just a few days until the Sydney Show opens on Wednesday!!! I've got 2 quilts entered but I can't show sneak peeks until the opening day. It's not long to wait now...

I'm sorry I've been absent from reading all your blogs. I hope I can catch up a bit over the next few days. I know I'm in for a treat to see what you've all been up to.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Travelling quilts

I know I've said it before but my quilts travel more than I do. A few of my quilts are are in upcoming shows over the next couple of weeks so I thought I should let you know to look out for them in case you're nearby.

Australasian Quilt Convention 

For all you lucky attendees of the AQC in Melbourne, you'll be able to see my Blooming Doilies quilt. It won't be hard to find because it's part of an exhibition of quilts that were selected from the Red and White exhibit held at the Sydney QuiltNSW Show in 2015, and red and white quilts do have a way of standing out with their striking colour combo.
I know some of you will be wondering if I'm flying down for the show, I really, really wanted to but alas I wasn't able to make it happen, life is rather busy here in Daisyland these days.

Event : Australian Quilt Convention, Melbourne
Dates: 14th - 17th April
You can read more about Blooming Doilies in this blogpost

Springwood Community Quilt Show

I can hardly believe that it's less than 10 days until the Springwood Community Quilt Show! I'll have 3 quilts hanging in the show. I'll leave you in suspense for the moment as to which ones I'm showing. It's nice to have a few surprises up my sleeve.
The Springwood Quilt Show is always worth seeing with a big hall filled to the brim with beautiful quilts made by quilters of the Blue Mountains. Chris Jurd is this years featured quilter so there will be an exhibit of her quilts, and of course there are the traders tables selling an abundance of tempting wares. I'm already looking forward to the delicious treats they serve at the quilt show cafe.

Event: Springwood Quilt Show
Dates: Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th April,  10 - 4pm each day.
Venue: Springwood High School, Grose Rd, Faulconbridge.
Visit the blog for more information
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Pour l'Amour du Fil

On the same weekend as the Springwood Quilt Show, but on the other side of the world in France, my quilt Bubbles will be hanging as part of an exhibit of modern quilts at the Pour l'Amour du Fil, the International Show of The Arts of Thread. It's such a big deal for me to have a quilt on show there, I keep pinching myself.  If anyone happens to see Bubbles hanging I'd love to see a photo to prove it's not just a dream. A big Thank You to Quiltmania/SimplyModerne for spotting this quilt and treating it like a super star. 

Dates: 20th - 23rd April
You can read more about my Bubbles quilt here

World Quilt Show

I was happy as a clam when I saw that my Happy As A Clam quilt has been used on the promotional flyer for the World Quilt 2016 show. Happy As A Clam travelled around the US with the show last year and is getting another 15 minutes of fame on this flyer. Thank you to Mancuso Show management for choosing my quilt and for clearly acknowledging the quilts name and also my name.

So there you are, it seems I have quilts all over the place, adding colour to the world and hopefully making people smile. I'd like to add I'm very grateful for the opportunities that have come my way and allow my quilts to have adventures like these. Hopefully one day I'll get to travel along with them to faraway exotic places. 

I started the post with a red and white quilt so I'll finish it with some red and white cards and wish everyone a fun chirpy week. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Swap card follow up and a lucky winner!

Thank you to everyone for such wonderful comments and interest shown in my swap card collection. (I replied to everyone with a picture of a card or two except those who I didn't have an email for. Hopefully the pictures in this post will make up for those who missed out.)
With so many of the images on the cards being American themes I assumed that swap cards must have originated in the US but then I was surprised at how many people hadn't heard of them. I decided to investigate and with a little research I discovered that it was an Australian who came up with the idea of "Swap Cards".
Mr Ernie Colhoun had just returned from WW2 and was looking for a way to make a living. He had the idea after realising "Boys had matchbox cars and Scanlan type football/sports trading cards but girls had nothing."

Ernie Colhoun started by buying large number of playing card decks and making bundles of assorted cards. He sold these onto newsagents and toy shops around Melbourne and then to regional areas. The idea took off and by the 1950's companies started to print swap cards with blank backs.

They continued to be popular until the 80's when schools banned cards due to theft and arguments. What a shame. There were never any fights or theft when I was swapping with my friends. There are still collectors around the world but they are most popular in Australia.
Some people asked where to find swap cards. While you may get lucky and find these cards at a second hand store or garage sale I've found Ebay is a convenient way to purchase them. Sometimes people are selling their collections which is a great way to get a fun mix of random cards. Do a search for "Swap Card Collection" or "Swap card bulk" to buy a few at once and get a head start on your own collection.
So there you go, I've found out new things about swap cards too. I would never have known all this if I hadn't shared the cards on my blog and learned from your comments. I've been thinking it could be fun to incorporate the cards in my blogging in some way.

I'd love to know what you think...

Should I pick some cards to share in my replies to comments?
Maybe finish every blog post with a swap card or two?
A swap card post once a week or month?
Or have you had enough of them and I should leave them be?
Any other ideas?

Scrap Quilt Secrets Giveaway winner!!

A huge thank you to everyone who joined in the Scrap Quilt Secrets Giveaway. It's wonderful to think of lots of versions of Diane Knott's scrappy quilts will be made all around the world. I wish I had hundreds of books to give away but alas there can only be one..
and the lucky winner is Karen S of Sunburnt Quilts - Yay!!

For those who didn't win a copy watch out for it at your local quilt shop or here's an easy link to Scrap Quilt Secrets on Amazon. In no time you'll be turning all those scraps into beautiful quilts!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Giveaway - Scrap Quilt Secrets

Yay! it's my turn on the Scrap Book Secrets blog hop. 

Scrap Quilt Secrets is the new book by Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads blog. Her blog is full of beautiful quilts and handy tips presented in a friendly cheery way. This book has very much the same happy and helpful vibe.

When I received my copy of the book to review I jotted down notes as I read.  As I re-read them to write this post I thought why not just share them with you as they are. So here goes - this is what I like about Scrap Quilt Secrets:

Clever S.C.R.A.P.S formula - different chapters based on Style, Contrast, Repetition, Accent colours, Palette and Selvedges

16 great quilts- all very different from each other using a wide range of techniques, different colour palettes  and a variety of styles from modern, folk, traditional. medallion, repetitive block quilts.

Great for both beginners or advanced. Each quilt has a skill level indicater but I think the patterns are so clearly explained step by step they would be easy for anyone. 

Lots of tips about using colour and choosing fabrics, and how to make scraps work. 

Lots of secrets for each technique, in fact there are clever tips all throughout the book

An excellent all round quilt making reference book. Very complete basics section including everything from design surfaces, different types of applique, to a section about adding fun labels to quilts

Very clear instructions, well laid out and easy to follow, Love the clear colour diagrams

Big full size template diagrams.

Colouring pages of each to copy and colour in. Brilliant! 

Now let's see some of the quilts...

Razzamatazz - a great way to use a multitude of even the smallest scraps

Tipsy Tac Toe - I know this looks like a black and white photo of a colourful but Diane has used black and white contrasting fabrics to create this wonderful effect.

 Detour - There's lots of tips on how to make this quilt really work without looking messy or confusing.

Oh My Stars - really shows how different fabric choices can change the look of a block to make an overall interesting and beautiful quilt.

Vintage Village - Who doesn't love a house quilt!

If I'd had more time to make one of the quilts from this book it would have been the cover quilt - Crazy Daisy. I would have used shades of blue and called it the Blue Mountain Crazy Daisy quilt.

Scrap Quilt Secrets Giveaway winner!!

A huge thank you to everyone who joined in the Scrap Quilt Secrets Giveaway. It's wonderful to think of lots of versions of Diane Knott's scrappy quilts will be made all around the world. I wish I had hundreds of books to give away but alas there can only be one..
and the lucky winner is Karen S of Sunburnt Quilts - Yay!!

For those who didn't win a copy watch out for it at your local quilt shop or here's an easy link to Scrap Quilt Secrets on Amazon. It could be in your mailbox in just days. 

This giveaway is now closed. 
Okay - the part you've all been waiting for - the giveaway! Thanks to Diane Knott and C&T Publishing I've got a hard copy of Scrap Quilt Secrets to giveaway to anywhere in the world. 

For your chance to win simply leave a comment. If you'd like to answer a question tell me which was your favourite Scrap Quilt Secrets quilt from the ones I've shown. Don't forget to include an email address in your comment if you're not super sure of your reply settings.

I'll leave the giveaway open until 5th April, 6pm, Blue Mountains, Australian time. 

I always like to reply to comments but seeing this is a giveaway post I'll thank you now for visiting my blog and I wish you a happy scrappy day!! In the meantime you've got more chances to win this great book by visiting the other blogs on the hop. 

3/21    C&T Blog http://www.ctpub.com/blog/
with Diane (that’s me)www.butterflythreadsquilting.com
3/22    Bonnie Hunter http://quiltville.blogspot.com/
3/26    Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com/
3/27    Valerie http://myplvl.blogspot.com/
3/29    Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
3/30    Rachaeldaisy http://bluemountaindaisy.blogspot.com/
4/1       Julie http://quiltjewelry.blogspot.com/
4/2       Barb Www.funwithbarb.com

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Book hop and swap cards

The secret is out!!
Scrap Quilt Secrets that is.
This is the super new book by Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads Quilting. As the name suggests it's a collection of clever quilt patterns plus tips and ideas for using up those ever growing piles of scraps that most of us have lurking in our sewing rooms.

I wont say too much because I'll be back next week for my turn on the blog hop. In the mean time you can follow along the Scrap Quilt Secrets trail by visiting all these great blogs. You'll also have a chance to win a copy of of the book each day. 

3/21    C&T Blog http://www.ctpub.com/blog/
with Diane (that’s me)www.butterflythreadsquilting.com
3/22    Bonnie Hunter http://quiltville.blogspot.com/
3/26    Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com/
3/27    Valerie http://myplvl.blogspot.com/
3/29    Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
3/30    Rachaeldaisy http://bluemountaindaisy.blogspot.com/
4/1       Julie http://quiltjewelry.blogspot.com/
4/2       Barb Www.funwithbarb.com

Now for a bit of Blue Mountain Daisy fun.
I hope you like the way you never quite know what you'll find on my blog. 
Sometimes its sewing related, sometimes flowers, maybe a story or poem...

Today its swap cards.

My fascination for swap cards started on my 8th birthday when I was given the gift of 20 colourful cards. Not only did I love the pretty pictures but it meant I could join in the fun of collecting and swapping with my friends at school. We'd spend our lunch times trading cards or displaying them in themes. I especially liked cards with cats or ballerinas.

I have no idea what happened to my original collection but a few years ago I saw some swap cards and in a wave of nostalgia started a little collection again. I bought some mixed collections and soon had a good range of all sorts of things.

Cool Cowboys

Flocks of birds

Merry couples

Circus fun

Retro advertising

geometric and patterns

And even a pair that shows a quilt.

The playing card sides are fun too. I love seeing how varied the pictures cards are.

Lots of serious regal expressions on the queens.

A few months ago I came across my box of swap cards and couldn't help thinking it's a shame that I keep them hidden in a drawer. Wouldn't it be much better if they were out where they could be seen.
A quick rummage in my kitchen cupboards produced the perfect rectangle plate. Now the cards sit on a coffee table where we can flip through when we feel like it. I know Mr Daisy looks through them too because the top card has often changed.

How about we try something fun and different?
For everyone that is kind enough to leave a comment on this post I'll randomly pick out a card especially for them and email a picture of it. A small way of saying thank you for encouraging me with your wonderful words. Won't it be fun to see which card turns up for you.
(If you don't get a reply from me it's because you're a no reply commenter. If you're not sure you can put your email address in the comment).


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