Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wedding Ring Quilt Sighting and a New Project.

I yelped with glee this morning when I opened my inbox and found this photo from Barbara in Virginia. It was taken at the Sewing and Quilting Expo in Fredericksburg,VA, where she found my Double Denim Wedding Ring quilt hanging in the show. 
Hello Barbara , I'm waving back at you!! Thank you so much for sending me a photo!!

I've added the tour dates as a page just under my header so if you need to check if the Double Wedding Ring Quilt Exhibit is coming to a town near you the information will be there. The next show is this weekend in Overland Park, KS. 

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Very Exciting News Flash!! I'm getting a new sewing room!!  This sad looking garage area is soon going to have lovely crisp white walls that I'll cover in design walls and cupboards. The floor will be white tiles, easy to sweep and nasty pins won't be able hide in the carpet. Best of all I will have more space so I won't have to put my ironing board in the hallway when I'm trying to sew. My fingers are crossed that I'll be in my new studio sewing up a storm by Christmas.  

And because that was such an unattractive photo I'll show you some lovely native flowers that are brightening up the garden at the moment. 

I love Flannel Flowers!! They look soft but they are tough survivors that grow in hot dry areas. As their name implies they really do look and feel just like flannel!

Pretty furry, flannelly leaves too. 

The spring sun has really brought the Kangaroo Paw flowers into bloom.

Oh and I might have started a new project. I was very tempted when I saw Mel from House on the Side of The Hill blog was making Judy Newman's Dilly Bag with pretty hexagons. It was when Mel mentioned that the bag only needs 36 hexagons and a few half hexagons that I was convinced. It doesn't take very long to whip up a few hexagons after all.
 So I raided my scraps and started cutting, and then I pulled a more fabrics out of my cupboards and when I came out of my cutting frenzy I realised I have a lot more than 36 hexies prepared.

I have enough for at least 2 bags, LOL. Oh well, you can't have enough of a good thing.  

40 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

How fun to see your quilt hanging in a 'real' quilt show Rachael! And how generous of Barb to send you a photo too! I made my own version of a dilly bag for a gift, but I am seriously considering making a genuine one after seeing all your pretty hexagons!

Sharyn Baldwin said...

What a great sewing room you are going to have,I'll keep my fingers crossed for it to be finished by Christmas for you! I might just drop by the house and take a look at this dilly bag you're talking about, I have tons of hexies just sitting around!!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Yay! So great to see your quilt out in the wild :)

Marg said...

Yay to Barbara for sending a pic of your quilt, its so exciting.
Looking forward to seeing the after photo of your sewing room -awesome!

Deborah @Patchwork Atelier said...

So beautiful to see your quilt hanging in a quilt show, dear Rachael!!
and what a great sewing room you are going to have!!
Hugs
Deborah

DeborahGun said...

oh how exciting that you get to transform your garage into an amazing sewing space. And I am with you on the hexies - tempted by the Dilly bag I have basted 30+ hexies but need to start sewing them together! They are not as pretty as yours though :-)

rebecca said...

That was fun to see your quilt and Barbara waving...I waved too, 'Hi Rachael's quilt'.

A Dilly bag! I haven't heard that word since I was a guide and had to make this horrible drawstring bag to hold my plate and cup and cutlery in. Yours will be much nicer I am thinking.

Sooli said...

How exciting to get a photo of your quilt hanging all the way over there! So jealous of your future sewing room too. I'm stuck sewing in my hallway and I'm really looking forward to the day when one of our boys leave home and I can get my own dedicated space to sew.

Diane said...

Cant wait to see the new quilting room! That is exciting for you. The hexies look super cute, it is easy to get carried away with them isn't it? LOL Have a wonderful day!

Heidi said...

What a great photo, how nice of Barbara !!!
Your quilt is looking great, hanging proudly... I can see it blinking at you :-))

Pinkadot Quilts said...

I never made it to the show! Your quilt looks awesome, you must be so proud. A new sewing room is going to be so exciting and inspiring. I can't wait to see all the wonderful things you make.
The flowers are so interesting looking and very different from the ones we have here.
You can never have too many hexies or projects for them!

Vickie said...

Congratulations on MANY accounts ! I'm excited for you your getting a new sewing space ! I hope I get to see your Double Denim Wedding Ring sometime !

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, a new sewing room -- VERY exciting!!! You can definitely never have too many darling little hexies. I met Judy at Amitie -- she's adorable! Can't wait to see your Dilly Bag. And how fun to see your quilt in the wild! (BTW, I don't think we have a state with the initials SK -- we do have KS for Kansas, and there's even and Overland Park in KS LOL!)

LynCC said...

Hey, how fun!! Will you leave the garage door "normal" so you can still open it if you ever want to, or is it going to get shut in?

Nifty Quilts said...

How exciting--both to see your quilt in the show AND the shell of your new sewing studio!!! Will love seeing the progress as it develops. Love seeing your native flowers. We have nothing like those here!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

A new sewing space. How exciting! I can't wait to see what you create there.

Great to see your wedding ring quilt again.

shez said...

Hi Rachael wow a new sewing room that's awesome,love your flower pics.xx

Sujata Shah said...

A new sewing room is so exciting! How fun to see some one else sharing their visit to the show.
Your garden pictures are beautiful!

audrey said...

I hope you're getting lots of pics of your quilt making the rounds with the shows! Love that you're getting a new sewing room--super exciting.:)

Melissa P said...

I agree. You can't have enough of a good thing. Especially when that good thing is hexagons.

How exciting to see your quilt on display!

Kyle said...

What a special treat to see your quilt half way around the world. Have fun with designing your new sewing space and I love seeing all of your differentand unusual plants and flowers.

Shay said...

I dont know what to get more excited about - the quilt sighting or the new sewing studio news !!!

Congrats on both - very exciting!

Your hexies look fantastic. I played with some myself last weekend. It must be hexie season.

Chris said...

Bet you can't wait for that new room! No pressure Phil!
The whole world will be watching.

Dawn said...

Two bags will be great!
Your new sewing space is going to be super. A tile floor will be perfect.
I used to grow kangaroo paw in my California garden.
I love your pics from the traveling quilt. One of mine is going to travel for four years...maybe I should ask for photos too?!?

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

Funny, I was trying to figure out what state SK was......here or there :) Maybe my dementia was setting in early!
I was so surprised to see your quilt here, how wonderful is that???
A sewing room is THE best thing, a space of one's own, great. A great place to hide that Naked Aussie Veterinarian calendar hahaha
The flowers are amazing as usual, Flannel no less and a Kangaroo Paw, made me smile. Had to research a Dilly Bag.....more interesting stuff.
Thank you.

Lynne Shandley said...

Wow, your quilt is out in the wild!
Lovely!
A space of your own will be wonderful - I hope it comes together quickly for you, quicker than our garage at least!
And flannel flowers are a fave of mine but we can't grow them in Melbourne. We can grow kangaroo paws though and I've even had some here!

tracie @ beets+birch said...

so exciting on the tour... and that sewing studio!!!! whaaaaaa!!!!
good for you!

the plants are so exotic. i cannot even imagine all the cool flora you have. love that you are sharing them with us.

pandchintz said...

How exciting to be getting a studio!!! You'll love making Judy's bag - such fun and a useful bag to boot.

Barb said...

fun to see your quilt in the US! what a cute photo.
that looks like a great spot for a sewing room. Will you paint the bricks? I love painted bricks.
pretty flowers and hexies

Linda said...

Exciting times! How lovely to see your quilt hanging in an exhibition in America. Your project turning your garage into a sewing room/studio sounds marvellous. I am looking forward to seeing the "after" photo, no doubt with lots of your gorgeous quilts artfully draped over a sewing machine, cutting table, ironing board etc.

sherry said...

I saw your quilt too. I recognized it from the INTERNET.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Exciting to see your quilt touring around and sending 'postcards' back home to you! Looking forward to seeing your new sewing space!

Katy Cameron said...

Lots of prettiness, can't wait to see your new sewing studio!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Such cute hexies! The two bags will be great! Glad to hear you are getting a new sewing room, you certainly deserve one, Rachael!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh wow how exciting to see your quilt from the good old US of A Rachael! Haha about ironing in the hallway...same here upstairs! You cannot have enough bags...I might check out the blog!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I have the pattern. I need to get busy!!

Quilting Dee said...

Love your little story! Delightful. Here I am in bed, lights out, reading your sweet story with a happy smile. Lovely selection of hexies. D

Karen said...

Yay for a sighting of you denim quilt on tour! You luck, lucky girl getting a sewing studio. Can't wait to see it all finished. I imagine lots os data was consumed perusing sites for ideas for your studio. I think planning is half the fun.

Janice said...

A nice happy post. You won't know yourself with a new sewing room. Don't the Australian flowers put on a grand show, as does your quilt. Have fun playing with your hexies.

O'Quilts said...

I have been so out of the blogging loop for so long...and now I am on your blog A new sewing room.. I really cannot believe your lucky luck. I am rooting for you and how much fun it will be to set it up. hugs

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