Fan-tastic


It's the height of summer here in Australia and boy oh boy have we been having some very hot weather!! In the Blue Mountains temperatures have been reaching 40C/104F and over. Ughh!! This post was inspired when wishing for cool breezes on those hot days.


As you probably know by now I'm a fan of collections, but you may not know I'm also a collector of fans - or more accurately - hand held folding fans. 

I love how something so simple can be so useful and also decorative. 


I only have a few fans, just enough to fit in this vase that sits in the lounge room. It's good to have them handy for those warm evenings.  


You would also know by now that along with collecting I like having fun with photos so I guess it was only a matter of time before I took photos of my fans.

So one super hot afternoon when it was too hot to sew I did just that. I teamed my fans up with quilts.

I began with the most obvious partnership - the Zebra fan with Wild Thing, my quilt celebrating the colourful zebra prints from Jennifer Paganellis Super Fly range. What an electric combo!!


A blue daisy fan meets the sunny melons on Ric Rac Razzamatazz.


Dragon fan goes walking through a colourful garden on Gypsy Carnival.


A pretty red fan got a modern makeover in this play of geometry on my Conversation quilt. 


Cool cat lurking under a ricrac arch on Clamshell Carousel.


Pretty curves on Fair and Square


Frilly edges everywhere on my Charming Smiles quilt.


This bamboo fan looks as though to belongs on Dollop of Cream.



Wonderful textures abound from the folds in the fan and the quilting on my Bubbles quilt.


There's just one more fan in my collection. A big whopper!

Thank you for indulging me and my whimsical fan-cies.

Wishing you all a fantastic week.

Fan-tastic

38 comments

  1. love your post. As always it makes me smile :-)
    Your fans match your quilts perfectly, I found the bamboo fan only at the second glance.
    Wishing you a fan-tastic week too :-)

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  2. Such a fan-tastic and funny post Rachael ! I really enjoyed seeing your fans matching your quilts. I'm sending you some cold wet snow ...

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  3. Hi Rachael,wow I am loving the fans and boy that yellow one is big,just the thing to use on those hot days xx

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  4. You've been having fun with your fans. Now you just need a slave to cool you with your giant fan.

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  5. A fan ciful fluttery visit through your quilts. Great photo of you.

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  6. I am a fan girl......I don't envy you those 40deg days, hope a cool wind blows through soon! In the meantime drink lots of water, stay hydrated, stay out of the direct sun....in other words be a delicate blossom.

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  7. How much fun is that?!? Obviously your taste for color and design is consistent and recognizable through the layers of your home and life!!! Very *cool* post and photos!!!

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  8. I'm a fan of this post :) but what I loved most was that it took me a minute to find the fan on the Dollop of Cream quilt. Wow, that made me smile!

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  9. What a good idea to match fans and quilts! have a nice week too!

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  10. Very colorful post Rachael ! I'm loving it !
    I wish you a wonderful week too !

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  11. Oh, we just have to meet someday! Your photos are "fan"tastic!

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  12. What aan eye you have! Such a fun post this a.m. I especially love the taupe fan and quilt and the bird one. Just up my alley! I can image a quilt made with your wonderful textures and colors and ricracs and fabrics looking like fans all over.....half dresden plates?????? alternating with solids to look like fans??? Could be a fun afternoon of play. I always am pleased to see a blog entry from you....they are delightful!...carrolyn

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  13. Such fun photos! It's pretty cool than you have a quilt to coordinate with each fan! It makes me wonder which came first--the fan or the quilt--lol!

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  14. Love the cool cat! But they're all wonderful combinations. I think the fact that these are all favorites of yours, quilts and fans alike, are what make this such a fun post. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Beautiful fans. I did not know there were so many fancy fans made over the years.

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  16. The fans are beautiful but I would love to see larger photos of the quilts. The are all very pretty and interesting patterns. Love all the rick rack.

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  17. Hi Nana,
    Thank you so much for complimenting my quilts. If you would like to see the full quilts pop over to my " My Quilts" page, you'll find the tab at the top of the page or here is the link http://bluemountaindaisy.blogspot.com.au/p/my-quilts.html
    If you have more time have a wander through past posts on my blog and you'll come across my quilts.
    Cheers, Rachael

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  18. Such a clever idea, Rachael. Superb collection of fans, all beautifully matched with your lovely quilts. You must have had a lot of fun setting these up. Never seen such a huge fan as the last one - where on earth did you find that one?

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  19. What a fun post! You've paired your quilts with your fans beautifully. I love the fan on your 'dollop of cream' quilt, almost hidden!

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  20. How FAN tastic.... lovely to see all the fans on your wonderful quilts...
    Hugz

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  21. I thoroughly enjoyed this post! It was so much fun. You have some beautiful fans and the quilts you matched them up to for the photos were absolutely perfect!
    Thank you so much!
    And while you are in sweltering heat, we got a blanket of snow over night here in the Pacific Northwest!

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  22. Definitely a fan fan here. Yours are so pretty and love your quilt/fan pairings. Stay cool x

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  23. what a wonderful collection of fans you have! wow - they are so neat seen paired with your fabulous quilts.
    I have collected only a couple while in Europe. Travel locations are great places to find them.
    Love that giant one!!
    Stay cool

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  24. Combining your fans and quilts was a fantastic idea. It was amazing how each pair coordinated so well.

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  25. Of course you are a fan collector!!! So love..xxoo
    I knew your would choose the daisy reds...xxoo

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  26. Goodness, I love what you've done with these fans and your quilts, never, ever seen a fan the size of the one in your last two photos, it's a beauty!

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  27. My 7 year old son is very impressed with your fans ("They are very lovely fans. She is making art work with her fans."). Haha - 'fan-cies'!! By the way, I imagine you need big muscles to use the enormous yellow fan!

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  28. Such a clever post with beautiful photos!

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  29. In Italia le temperature sono bassine...

    suona strano quel caldo di cui parli...

    ma si sa il mondo gira, gira...

    bellissima la tua raccolta di ventagli...

    ciaociao

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  30. What fun! And a great way to stay happy on a hot day. It's nice to think of the heat from here, where it is almost freezing temperatures. Maybe you'd like to think about the sprinkling of snow we just had! Another delightful post, bringing smiles to my day.

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  31. What a fan-tastic post, Rachael. Thanks for the giggle. You paired the fans up with your quilts perfectly!

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  32. You have some truly wonderful collections. Love all your fans and it doesn't surprise me one bit that you could match them up with quilts. Your interest in colour and pattern does show through. Hope you get some relief from the heat!

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  33. Love your fans and wish i could send you the 8 to12 inches of snow we are getting tomorrow! Lots of love from Carol on Cape Cod. XOX

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  34. Well Rachael, when it is that hot here (not often), I can barely move let alone figure out all those fan-tastic combos with your fans. I am wishing you some of our cold days from Oregon. I wish we could split it down the middle because i sure could use a warm day or 2. I would be sitting right down by that delightful waterfall you are always showing us. Does the waterfall run all year or does it dry up when it's in the 100's. We might get a 57 here by end of week, if the weatherman can get it right. It actually snowed here again yesterday, but whew- rained just before I had to head out for my appointment. Only 2 more treatments to go!!!!

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  35. Love your "fan dance"! You have some really beautiful fans, and it's fun how well they go with your quilts. I don't know how you managed to play with the quilts with those temps! I just melt when it gets that hot here.

    I suppose that last one is for your slave boy to fan you with, because it would take some muscles to wield that baby! Do you think Mr. Daisy would go along with that scenario? hee hee!

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  36. Lovely fans, great compliments to your Quils!

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  37. What a lovely lighthearted post; such fun to see how you have paired your quilts up with the fans. Thanks for making me smile.

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  38. You're too funny! What a fun post -- cute pictures and a great collection. I'm particularly fond of the kitty cat!

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