We live in the sub-tropics, so its a pretty safe bet that not too many of us are really fussed about the cold winter weather, but one of the benefits of living up here is the folks that come to visit us during our mild winter months.
We had 2 visitors today that you will meet further down the post but firstly we have Lorraine's Green Daisy Quilt, and a cure for her habit of buying green for the stash.
Lorraine does a lot of applique and is always on the look out for just the right green, buying a little here and a little there.
When she needed a quilt to take to her quilting retreat, she decided to investigate her 'green stash' and found that she had 81 green fabrics, and that is how this quilt was born, each block has 4 different greens with a daisy appliqued in the center.
The daisy is machine appliqued using a variegated Signature thread. Lorraine is also a fan of the method of leaving a half inch of fusible web at the edge of the applique and using the cut-out or donut for another, smaller daisy. Very effective as you can see.
Lorraine quilted the blocks in a 'quilt as you go' method to reduce the strain on her shoulders, she used a King Tut variegated thread and a leaf quilting pattern.
The only extra fabric Lorraine purchased for this quilt was for the borders, so of course, it's an almost free quilt. Dontcha just love free quilts??
Our 2 visitors today, Dorothy's bought her lovely cousin, a fellow knitter, along and after confessing that she rather liked quilting but didn't think she would have the patience for it.........a knitter without patience? I ask you...........I digress, anyway, she found herself being encouraged to take up quilting, there were some very cheap (read free) quilting 'how to' books on the bring & buy table that she succumbed to. Dorothy will be expecting lots of phone calls from Cuz after the visit.
The other visitor was a friend of Julies, from N.S.W., they were having a ball, chatting away......this was taken on a quiet moment,.truly...
Julie was knitting and Dawn was making jewellery, she made that lovely necklace she is wearing
and she also bought this set along to show us. The clever girl even sells her jewelery, one outlet is Holland Wines Winery in Pierces Creek Road, in Crows Nest. So if you ever find yourself sipping samples at Holland Wines, you can see more of Dawns lovely work and maybe even spoil yourself a little.