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.
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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!


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