This is one of the last quilts I finished (I do have 2 more from Alda that I am working on, but they may have to wait until the Berninas and I get back together in Kansas you see I have this wonderful plan for them). This quilt is from Marguerite in the UK. She cut up a Laura Ashely dress to get to the floral lawn fabric. And I must say that this quilt feels so wonderful.
I used a really wonderful Wool Batting with this one and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how it feels beneath the lawn. I did not quilt this one densely because I wanted the wonderful loft that the wool would give and I was NOT disappointed when I took it out of the dryer. Oh my goodness. I do love it so.
Here is the front. All those hearts are hand stitched on with the most tiny stitches. Marguerite sure made an heirloom here didn't she?
After I finished the binding on Marguerite's quilt and while the quilt was in the wash (I wanted to make sure it washed up well before sending it off to Victoria) I packed up my sewing room. Most of my fabric is now in boxes out in the living room. That is a ton of fabric, but so much potential huh? When I open those boxes in Kansas I will be ready to create wonderful things! I can't tell you how happy my husband is that I have packed up some of the fabric. He immediately took down the shelves and took me out for Thai food. Not a bad deal.
Here are the books that I am reading right now. I am thrilled for the new Material Obsession Two to be out here in Australia. It is lovely. I have not really had a chance to sit down and look at it closely, I just thumbed through it a couple times. It arrived wrapped in batting with a stripy bow! I wrap my gifts with fabric, how clever to use batting. I may try that in the future too.
Juliet Marillier is one of my new favorite authors. She writes old fairy tales and legends as novels and she can paint a visual image wonderfully. If you are at a loss without Harry Potter and Twilight and you have read all the Out lander books give Juliet's books a go. I would begin with Daughter of the Forrest if I were you. It is the story of the "7 Swans" and it is beautiful.
** OK here is an update since I started this post. I LOVE LOVE LOVE MO2. I like it so much better than the first one. I really can't put my finger on why, but I do. So, next year when it is published for the US market make sure you all get a copy. For those of you here in Australia, I completely recommend it now. I will dedicate a whole post to the book after the movers cart all my goods away. I will have heaps of time on my hands then.
Here I am with 105 quilts ready for Toby and Marianne to come collect them and load them all up onto their trailer for the long drive down to Victoria. How awesome is that? I was moping around fretting about how I was going to get all these wonderful quilts to Victoria (Australian Air Express WAS going to ship them all for free, but we ran out of time and there were more than they bargained for. Woops.) Anyway I was worried. The movers are going to be coming soon and I can't even get around my living room with all the boxes in the way...well I ran into Marianne and her husband Toby at the store and over a hot cinnamon donut they offered to drive them down. He has a trailer to return to his dad and Jan is right on the way! Hot dog.
Here they are all loaded up and ready for their next leg of the journey. Sooooo if you would like to see your quilts again check Jan's blog Oz Comfort Quilts. She will be distributing them. I have gotten a few since we packed all these up. They will be going to another quilt distributor. I will put more information about that later. For now I need to go back to sorting for the move. Isn't it amazing all the rubbish you accumulate in 3 years? I am sure there is tons of stuff I have forgotten to put in this post, but I am so scattered right now, and I really wanted you to know a bit about what is going on.