Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Caring Hearts Quilters Show


Last Saturday was a day of not one but two special occasions. 
The first was the Annual Airing of the Quilts by the Caring Hearts Quilters. This group of enthusiastic quilters makes quilts for various charities. 


I was given permission to share the quilts so I went camera crazy and took heaps of photos. Normally I would give the quilters of the quilts credit but was told they are made as a group and the patterns are inspired by books or magazines but often tweaked to suit the fabrics on hand. 
Please excuse the odd light in some of the pictures, the afternoon shadows were making things a little tricky.

The setting for the show is part of the attraction. It is held at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum in Emu Plains, at the foot of the Blue Mountains. The buildings provide the perfect backdrop from which to hang quilts and it's lovely to see other quilts displayed draped over old fences and machinery. 


As you can see there were a zillion quilts, all destined to brighten up and add comfort to people's days.

Occasionally a breeze would blow gently through the quilts and they would flap their corners in a merry way. Just part of the magic of seeing quilts hanging outside.


I peeked behind a row of quilts and discovered a painted cart bathed in a hot pink glow 


Most of the group's supplies are donated which accounts for their eclectic fabric choices. It's one of the things that makes the show so exciting, being able to see unusual mixes of fabrics used in a clever, crafty ways.


Oh so pretty in pink!

Hello Sunshine!!





What a great modern quilt. It reminds me of fried eggs. 

Pretty applique.





I spied a blue daisy!! How beautiful is the quilting on this one. 

Talking of blue daisies - The second special occasion on Saturday was my 5th blogiversary.
Five years!! It's hard to believe 5 years have flown by in a whirl of sharing sewing adventures, taking photos, making up stories, holiday snaps, and mountain views, flowers and floral arrangements. throw in a new home along the way and a wedding too. On top of all those things I have met so many wonderful, inspiring people from all around the globe. Thank you to all those who have taken the time to share my journey. I do have a celebratory giveaway planned but I think we've had enough photos for one day so stay tuned. 

... well,  maybe we could have just one more photo. 

35 comments:

shez said...

Hi Rachael,wow there are some gorgeous quilts,what a beautiful display,Thankyou for sharing xx

Vickie said...

How wonderful it is to see beautiful quilts made for the needs of others. The way and place they are hung is reminiscent of days when quilts were made out of necessity. My favorite picture is the last one. I'm glad you shared this.

Sujata Shah said...

Wow! What an incredible show and even more amazing hearts and souls who make this possible. I love when those hanging quilts flutter even if it s jet a bit. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Last one is M favorite too!
Congratulations on five-year blog anniversary. I am so glad you are part of the blogland. You are an inspiration!

Patchwork and Play said...

Thanks for sharing all the wonderful quilt photos with us! It looks like you had a great day! Congrats too on your 5 year anniversary of blogging! I have always loved visiting the Blue Mountain Daisy.....

tracie @ beets+birch said...

what a fun day! so much talent and stitches!
ghaaa that cart and pink quilt. pretty fabulous!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

What a beautiful setting for all those pretty quilts!
Congratulations on 5 years. You were one of the first blogs I followed!

Quilteuse Forever said...

What a wonderful show! From far away -from France!- it looks like the Sisters Show in Oregon, in a this small town like a museum itself!
Gorgeous quilts, happy quilts, thank you for sharing!

Dawn said...

Happy Anniversary,
happy anniversary,
Haaaaappyy anniversary!
Beautiful quilts, just love the pink one shading the cart. Awesome setting!

Kyle said...

Those are really beautiful quilts made by the Caring Heart Quilters. Their time and creativity are certainly a very lovely gift to others. And time does go by fast when you're having fun. Happy Anniversary! Thanks for taking some of your time and sharing with all of us.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- what a fun quilt show to attend. Thanks for sharing all of your pictures. And Happy Happy Blog Anniversary!!!

Deborah Patchwork Atelier said...

Ohh..WOW! What a amazing show! Thank you for sharing.
Happy 5th Blog Anniversary, dear Rachael!
I love so much visiting your wonderful Blog world of Blue Mountain Daisy!
Hugs, Deborah

audrey said...

Thanks for sharing. There's nothing quite like an outdoor quilt show and these were for charity! Love that. Congrats on your 5th bloggy year. That's pretty amazing!

the girlfriend gap said...

Lots of Love displayed here. I love the windmill picture. Thanks for sharing. 5 years :) glad to have found you! You inspire me. Janita

Linda said...

What an amazing collection of quilts, so vibrant and so many colours and designs. They must be a very talented group of quilters. Is this the quilts they have made in one year? What a total!

Linda said...

Forgot to say........ Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary. I look forward to the next 5 years.

Susan C. said...

5 years huh? That is quite some milestone, I may be a johnny-come-lately but I appreciate the snippets of your life and enthusiasm being shared with great dollops of smiles and laughter. (Well that is the sense I get when visiting here) that photo of the cart makes me want to grab anything pink and swathe myself with it, such a heart warming colour. I also feel a great deal of smiles and warmth when seeing quilts that people are happy to wrap around a stranger in need. Sigh...the world does have some lovely people in it, your good self included, I hasten to add....well my dear here's to a future number of years of blogging to come. xx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Awesome RAchael, especially that kaleidoscopi one! Happy Blogaversary to you...gone so quickly!

Sandi said...

The venue reminds me of the Sisters Oregon outdoor show that is he,d the second weekend in July each year. It often gets over 100F in the high desert so viewing is best in the morning.

Lovely photos, I love those old wind vanes one often sees on farm lands.

Great pictures Rachael!

Melissa P said...

What a fantastic assortment of quilts! Thanks for sharing all those photos.

Blog years go by so fast, don't they? I'm so glad you've kept at it! And so grateful for my blog buddy. :)

Diane said...

Your photos are gorgeous...but so are the quilts and the location! Thanks for the inspiration.

Karen S said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. What an amazing group to make all these great quilts for charity. I agree that the setting is lovely, too. The quilts are shown off beautifully.
Congratulations on reaching 5 years of fun filled posts. Please don't stop!

Sharyn Baldwin said...

It would be lovely to visit that show, there was never anything like it when I was living in Sydney, so many, many years ago! It is lovely to see the quilts through your eyes.

pandchintz said...

Great quilts - thanks for showing them. Congrats on your blog-iversary! Love your posts Rachael, always entertaining!!

Quilting Dee said...

Love your photos, your bright and bouncy blog. Congratulations on 5 years. The quilts are gorgeous! As are the wonderful generous quilters! Thanks for sharing Rachael!

rebecca said...

How extraordinary! To complete one quilt just seems like such a huge accomplishment to me. Then to see all these, and to be given away! Wow! What an amazing gift. And such an appropriate post for an anniversary of a blog which is also an amazing gift to its readers. Happy birthday Blue Mountain Daisy.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

What a pretty way to display all those quilts! They look so cheerful in the afternoon sunshine and breeze. I have a soft spot for brick quilts and enjoyed the two monochromatic ones you shared.

Barb said...

Happy Blogaversary!!! 5 years
I'm so grateful to have made blog friends with you and share so much of your journey in quilting and in life!
I alway find some much inspiration here.

What a quilters HEAVEN this event was! wow so many colorful and amazing quilts. The setting is incredible.
Thanks for sharing so many photos with us!
xx

Kim Paula said...

Lovely quilts, beautiful photos, and uplifting inspiration. Thank you for this and all your wonderful posts !

smazoochie said...

All the quilts! And they *glow* in that sunlight!
What a display of generosity!

Helen L said...

What a beautiful place to have a quilt show!! Beautiful quilts, and I love the barn and windmill. Makes me think of lovely days!!

Fisty Muff said...

Congrats on five years of blogging.
I drove past but unfortunately didn't have time to stop. It looked so sweet with all the quilts hanging up.

Judy said...

Congratulations on five years of blogging! Thanks so much for sharing the photos of the quilts with us. That looks like a great show to visit :-)

Swedish Scrapper said...

What a lovely day for an outdoor show. Beautiful sapphire sky with those quilts! And congratulations on Five Years! By in a flash.....

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

FINALLY I got to see this great exhibition and the setting...my computer died for a few days :(
Son-in-law resurrected it :) Loved the Jelly Roll sunshine one and of course the Blue Daisy. Happy 5th !! You do such a great/inspiring job, thanks for cheering us all up!

Chookyblue...... said...

thanks for sharing the quilts......all so lovely...........

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