Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Catching Up



I feel as though I'm a few weeks behind in posting.. so here goes- a jam packed post of bits and pieces.

It's been 3 weeks since the Springwood Quilt Show was held. I did intend to take lots of photos to share but I got caught up chatting to my friends and before I knew it...


it was time to pack up. 


The following weekend was The Eastwood Quilters Show. What a wonderful welcome - quilted flags as far as the eye can see...

And how's this for a spectacular entrance. There's something special about seeing quilts hanging outside. 



There were so many amazing quilts. Lots of variety of styles, great use of colour and fabrics and I noticed a lot of hand quilting with perle thread. 
This quilt by Dale Ritson was one of my favourites. Of course the photo doesn't do it justice. Apart from being impressed by the amount of work involved in a quilt like this, I loved the fabrics used. It was so colourful, with pops of hot pinks and yellows, well really.. every colour of the rainbow. 

 

Last week Gbf's parents came to visit. On Saturday we went for a stroll in a rainforest...



I really loved the tangled vines hanging everywhere.


For Mother's Day we took Gbf's mum and dad for a cruise on this paddle steamer along the Nepean 
River. 




We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day, sunny and warm with clear blue skies. The views were a feast for the eyes.


There was an afternoon sing-a-long in which Gbf's mum was a star!


The next lot of photos are all the way from Tuscany, where my brother, Adam was performing in the Filarmonica Giuseppe Verdi. It turns out the clarinetist is a quilter, but not only that but she's originally from Tasmania, Australia and had also recently travelled to Israel where Adam had just been visiting. It's a small world full of conincidences - that's for sure.

Hello Carol Samuelson !!!!

Here's one of Carol's WIPS, she's still working on the ordering, see the strips either side... I love those bright happy colours!!

 Piles of fabrics.  Just goes to show, all over the world there's quilters playing with colours and fabrics and having a great time. 

Wow, that was a mega post!! I'll be back soon to show off a finished quilt or two... 

22 comments:

Kelly said...

Cool catchup! You don't fancy a house swap do you? I want to take a stroll in the rainforest ;-)

Patchwork and Play said...

No wonder you don't have time to blog....you are having too much of a good time! I love your triangle quilt!

Terry said...

Nice walk and I'm sure the cruse was fun it was a great day.
Eastwood looked great.

Karen said...

You have been busy!! So good you did all those things while the weather was good!
Both quilt shows look great. I do agree that the quilt flags look very welcoming. The building looks wonderful decked out with quilts.
What a beautiful day on the river.
I love the way your brother keeps running into quilters. Good fun!

Mary said...

wow! what a great post! Love the quilt by Dale...that is gorgeous...I can't imagine the number of hours in that quilt. Sounds like you have been having tons of fun!

Barb said...

Wow - that is quite a setting for a show! I loved the flags to welcome everyone.
The trip to the rain forest looks amazing!

Lurline said...

So picturesque, so very beautiful - a lovely read, thanks!
Hugs - Lurline.

Jeneta said...

Isn't life great! I love your photos and I'm glad that you have had a fabulous few weeks!

Heather said...

What a fun interesting post. Sounds like you are having lots of fun!

Melissa P said...

So many fun things packed into your days lately! A bit of quilting, lots of fabric, nature walks and fresh air, family and friends...a full life, right there.

Can't wait to see what you've been quilting!

Nifty Quilts said...

I always love a good quilt show AND a tour of a new place. Thanks so much! Your quilt looks fantastic hanging there at the show. I'm sure it was a hit.

Katy Cameron said...

Well caught up, and love the look of that second show location :o)

Deborah said...

I've enjoyed every word and picture in your post. The area seems so exotic! And it's inspiring to see such a variety of quilts. The quilted flags make a spectacular vision!

audrey said...

I have a hard time taking pictures at quilt shows too. Way to busy talking and drinking in the eye candy! Great looking triangle quilt--very eye catching and lovely. You do a good catch-up.:)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

A lovely lovely post Rachael....that boat ride looks pretty cool!

Shay said...

That triangle quilt is really getting my heart racing. All that wonderful colour !

Great shot of all the quilts hanging from balconies and railings (and the house is the perfect backdrop!)

regan said...

Looked like a great show...and I love the quilts hanging on the railings! What beautiful pics of the rain forest and the cruise! Looked like a lot of fun!

Vickie said...

You HAVE BEEN VERY busy. The photos of the forest are amazing, nothing like that here in Texas that I know of. You're right about quilts outside, it reminds me of simpler days, before we had electric dryers, besides being just beautiful. Very cool that your brothers fellow musician friend is a quilter and that GBF's mom would join the karaoke circuit ! Have a great day Rachael !

Every Stitch said...

Thanks for such an interesting post! Love the Auntie Green applique - I will have to make a point of going to the Eastwood show. Unfortunately I think it was on the same weekend as the Berry one this year.
All the best
Hilda

Pinkadot Quilts said...

You have been busy! Looking forward to seeing what you have been working on.

needleandspindle said...

Quilt shows, in-laws and rainforests...that is a comprehensive catch up post. I love that your brother is always looking out for quilt pics to send you. Brothers can be curiously sweet sometimes.

Karen said...

You have been a busy Rachael travelling around the traps. I just adore your triangle quilt with JP fabrics. Its been busy in our house too.I am hoping after next weekend things will slow down for a bit.

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