I'm so lucky to see lots of amazing quilts - not just those made by my customers, but those that are bought in by visitors. I actually have quite a few "return visitors", those that have always called in on their travels. This lady's first visit was 15 years ago, guess you could say, she's a regular. This Double Wedding Ring is completely hand pieced - not with papers, just sewn together the old fashioned way with a needle and thread!
Sorry, I can't turn this photo, I took it on my phone, but if you click on it, it should come up larger so you can see it better. It was really gorgeous. The customer stocked up on a whole host of fabrics, patterns and templates, so I'm looking forward to her next visit, whenever that may be.
Next, was a visit from Robyn Coots, although I didn't know her name at first of course. She and her husband were travelling to Townsville and she was teaching a class up there. Lucky, lucky ladies! Robyn has a website www.robianappliquedesigns.com.au and although she has retired the site, the pictures are still available. The work was exquisite and the story surrounding the Anzac quilt, very moving.
This picture was taken from Robyn's website, but I did get to see it close up and it was amazing! The quilting detail, some done in a delicate peach shade was "to strive for"!
Last week, another repeat visitor showed me her project that she's working on whilst on the road. A Sue Spargo wall hanging that involves not just needle turn applique with wool, velvet and ribbon, but heaps of extra stitching to give that extra touch of elegance. First picture is of the pattern, second is the work in progress.
All the background fabric is wool, the trim on the vase is woven ribbon and velvet on the rim. Enlarge the picture and note in the bottom left hand corner around the blue/gold circle. All those little loops are old fashioned loops with blanket stitch - makes it look like a picot edge. Just beautiful! The lady is doing it as a block of month and when it's finished, she estimates it will cost her about $800 as she's getting all the fabrics, trims and special threads as well. Amazing...
Not a lot of new fabric in the shop lately, however, some of the most recent are below.
This is Reel Time. Funky prints, and great colours!
Next one is Evening Mist, a dreamy collection of creams, beiges, browns through to black. The twisted bargello quilt on the right, made from these fabrics is with Tanya at the moment, so that she can create her magic with the quilting. And that's your lot for tonight. Talk soon, Sandy.