Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Exquisite Japanese vintage silk

Here is my first finished piece of vintage silk from Japan. I bought the silk in Tokyo at Rogei. It was a case of letting the fabric do it's stuff. I couldn't bear to cut it because I thought it would destroy the exquisite pattern of the flowers. The colours are purely amazing. I would never have thought that purple, bright red, pink and eucalypt green would go together to make something so gorgeous. All I did was put the wadding and backing on, quilted it in thick red crochet cotton in large stitches outlining the flowers and then I put in a binding. I guess it's a table centre and it does look good on my coffee table. It was a way of highlighting he beauty of the fabric, that's all. I don't really care if it has a function.

What do you think the flowers are? I have guessed that they are rhododendrons. I know they are not waratahs (red Aussie native) but they do look a bit like them.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Myra's Retreat Project

My project for this retreat was to work on the top for a baby quilt. The mother of the baby boy to be borned (as Theo would say) in September loves a rainbow. I just have the corners to do now but got the bulk of the cot quilt done at the retreat. I will embroider the baby's name on the quilt.

Monday, June 4, 2012


The top photo shows the seven finalists. The next two show the quality of the entries. I turned over the mug mat on the butterfly one to show how beautifully the fabrics matched. The Scrabble mug mat and matching mug are wonders indeed don't you reckon?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Jamberoo Quilting Retreat

Here is Georgina with the gorgeous "Pies and Tarts" quilt and Nina with the beautiful red black and white quilt.

Jamberoo relaxing and working

Here are some of us enjoying a pre-dinner drink at the quilting retreat. And here's the big room where we all work and yap and have scones and cream for morning tea.

Jamberoo Quilting Retreat Mug Mat Challenge

Every year several quilting groups (St Ives, Bathurst Flying Geese and Caroline Bay) get together and we have a retreat at Jamberoo south of Sydney. There's always a lot of yarning, sewing and informal teaching going on. Children and grandchildren are boasted about and problems nutted out. The food and drink are yummy and we all thoroughly enjoy ourselves.

 Last year it was decided we would have a challenge for this year. The task had to be something quick and simple but creative. A mug mat was the result. Everyone made a mat to match a favoured mug. Because I had organised it I was to be the judge. I did an entry anyway just in case someone had not done an entry and I could appoint them as judge. As it turned out Me and Glen were the judges so I had to withdraw my entry. Here is a picture of it. It's made from vintage kimono silk and bridal silk (from a wedding dress I bought in Vinnies). I called it ".East meets West". Judged first was the Owl mugmat - wonderful colour matching and handwork. Second came the teapot - great colour and pattern matching. Third came the cat mug for creativity and effective design simplicity. Well done everyone! All the  mats were interesting, creative and beautiful. It was a difficult job choosing them all.