Friday, June 14, 2013

QUILTS


Mr C bought me red roses this week - and it's not even Valentine's Day!


Are you ready, all you quilters, embroiderers, patchworkers and sewists out there?
It opens tomorrow:  'Quilts 1700-1945'

Brisbane is the lucky sole Australian venue for this gorgeous exhibition featuring historic patchwork and quilting work from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Many pieces are 300 years old - amazingly, they have been preserved!

The catalogue is gorgeous, and the Pop-up Shop is not to be missed.
I'll be buying stuff every time I go past...


I can't show you any of those quilts,
so I'll show this Friendship Quilt block I am currently working on...
I find random creative embroidery very relaxing...


and one shelf of the Quilt Cupboard, located in my sewing room.
As you can see, I have had a go at many different quilting fads over the years ...


From my crinoline lady phase, and as the Red Cardinal, there's always a bird or birdhouse in there somewhere..




Sections of a silk and vintage lace crazy quilt I made under the guidance of the late, great, inspirational Ruth Stoneley..


To complement the V&A exhibition, the gallery will show an exhibition of Ruth's contemporary quilts in
'Ruth Stoneley - A Stitch in Time', commencing on 13th July.


It will be very special to lots of Brisbane ladies who knew and stitched with Ruth.


Didn't Kate look great?
An unexpected and playful Dalmatian print for her final pre-baby assignment...
Well done!

The sun is shining, and the temperatures are going down.
Here's to a lovely weekend in front of the fire..

Happy quilting!

XXXX




15 comments:

  1. I have no skills in or experience of quilting but I love looking at them, so that's an exhibition I'd enjoy. Your own work is beautiful - you should have your own little exhibition! I liked Kate's Dalmation print.

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    1. The exhibition is really beautiful, and very much in the English style and very traditional. Glad you like my work - I can't sew as much now due to surgery on my arm so it is nice to look back at my collection.

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  2. So you have even more strings to your bow - you are a needlewomen 'extraordinaire' - enjoy the exhibition.
    Yes, Kate is looking very neat and very well.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary, I have stitched since I was about 4 years old, often several hours a day, though can't do as much nowadays. Kate does look well, doesn't she?

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  3. Beautiful needlework. You have some lovely quilts. Enjoy the exhibition.

    Darla

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    1. Thanks Darla, I made a lot of quilts back in the 90s!

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  4. How lucky you are to see the quilt exhibition. I love quilts and your work is exquisite. Love crazy quilts! I am working on a special quilt for a special person, which I will picture on my blog soon!! Enjoy your time in front of the fire. No fires here, just AC!

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    1. The quilt exhibition is quite wonderful, a bit different from the American style which is more generally seen here. Can't wait to see your special quilt; I have done wedding quilts for my children, and new baby quilts, birthday quilts etc.

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  5. I like best your quilt # 8. Everything centered so beautifully.
    You have a loving husband too..
    So when is Kate due?

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    1. Thank you Mette, I think that quilt made from old lace is my absolute favourite. I believe Kate is due in mid-July, only about 1 month away.

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  6. Red Roses hey, wonderful. I'm super impressed with the quilts! x

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    1. Thanks Suzy, I'm getting the urge to make another one! xx

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  8. Oh I wish that exhibition was coming to Sydney. Never mind I got my yearly quota of quilt inspiration at the recent craft & quit show at Darling Harbour. I've only made three quilts in my life so I'm due to do another one.
    p.s. Very impressed with your stack of quilts!

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    1. Hi Valerie, that's only one shelf in the cupboard - there are lots more. I must have been a fanatic back in the day! I haven't been to a craft and quilt show for years, maybe I should do one soon, but meantime am planning another one, inspired by one of the V&A quilts.

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