Monday, October 29, 2012

Christmas is Coming

Hi everyone I just thought I would "show off" with this Christmas Quilt that’s been in the making for 10 years.

My sister Marg was in Canada 10 years ago and brought these gorgeous Santa blocks while she was there. Our group of crafty ladies in Ballarat decided we would all make the blocks and set them into a quilt of our own design. We all started with enthusiasm with the first few blocks then Christmas come and went and the blocks were put away. Over the years I have done a block or two and before I realised they were all done. So this year while I was having the year off from designing, I found these little blocks in a bag while tidying my craft room and decided to get out my graph book and draft a quilt for the blocks.

I am still to add borders BUT so excited it’s now complete and will be ready for this Christmas along with my newly extended family room.

My Ballarat friends, Marg, Pam, Elizabeth, Rose, Jenny and Elsa are all keen to dig out their blocks and get started again on theirs.

How many of us start a quilt then put it aside to get started on yet another one.

I did say to my sister the other day that I would complete all the quilts that I have started over the years IF I live long enough and stop buying more….haha … as if that will happen.


Monday, October 8, 2012

"What Been Happening"
Hi everyone
Sorry it been so long since I have been in for a visit, BUT this morning as I sat at my desk and looked out at the sunshine, I decided to just take a minute to say hello and catch up.

In February I went to Halls Gap for the week learning a new textile medium “felting” with tutor Martien van Zuilen. I had a wonderful week with a fantastic group of ladies. We completed a (felt mandala) a round floor rug. To actually make a rug from just a felt fibre was so rewarding at the end of the week. I was so far out of my comfort zone to begin with BUT so pleased with the end result.

In April my hubby and I flew to Perth and drove along the WA coast up to Broome stopping in on my friend Sue and family in Roebourne just out of Karratha for a few days along the way. What a wonderful time we had. Finishing our journey at the beautiful Broome Cable Beach resort . I even braved the camel ride…haha.
In June on the 16.6.2012 our gorgeous grandson “Lincoln James Gillespie” was born.
He is such a beautiful little man. Oh Boy!!!! I love being a granny…haha.                                               Christmas will be fun this year with a little one in  our home again.

In September my poor hubby had a work place accident that severed half of 3 fingers on his right hand….yet he is right handed of course. That has had a huge impact on his work (lucky he has his own business) but is improving day by day.

I have been still teaching my fabric painting throughout the year at Quilters Harvest Warracknabeal, Sovereign Needlework’s Ballarat  and Mill Rose Cottage Ballan.
I have just started designing again as I have had the year off just catching my breath.
I have a new floral quilt, baby quilt, Christmas table runner etc in the making.
Here is a tiny peak at my new baby blanket stitchery.
Hope this year has been kind to you all.

Cheers Kerry x