It's been 3 days since the Craft Fair in Townsville, so I've been away from my blog a while haven't I?!
We're enjoying the school holidays you see...lovely long walks with the dogs; quiet stitching in the afternoons while we watch favourite movies; simple dinners; swimming at the pool; basically we just enjoy this time together as a family. It's still another 7 days until school returns, so I may be absent most of this week as well.
The Craft Expo.
I didn't purchase much at all! This surprised me. However, Blossom stocked up on lots of beads (she loves beading!), and she did spend a good deal of time drooling over the gorgeous array of Japanese linen fabrics at the Be Be Bold stand. (shop online HERE) I also loved the Japanese fabrics at Indigo Niche (shop online HERE) I bought some home to have a play with of course!
Kelly, from Be Be Bold gave us a pattern with our fabrics to make a little lunch sack. I'll be using the owl fabric in the photo above, so I picked up an owl button from another stall for it. Maybe next week I'll have it made and ready to show you.
I found some lovely bias at another stall...
...and as we were leaving I spotted a basket with $2 fat quarters. (Those overseas may not realise that fat quarters in Australia are normally priced between $5-7) As I rummaged through I found 10 Amy Butler fat quarters, and I *love* Amy Butler, so they came home as well.
The absolute highlight of my few hours at the Craft Expo was the display of Kathy Doughty quilts! Have you seen her Material Obsession books (with co-author and designer Sarah Fielke)?
The covers are different in the US, but the books are the same.
I saw about 8 of Kathy's quilts from these books and all I can say is that their *wrappability* factor is higher than any other quilts I've seen! To see them up close is to be transported to a place of serenity and comfort....hence my newly invented term for judging quilts - *Wrappability Factor*!
I have wanted to make some for a couple of years now, but spend so much time on my stitcheries that I never get to them, however, now that I have seen them up close I MUST make some, and soon!
Kathy's blocks do not have perfect corners, and her hand quilting (with Perle threads) is not perfectly spaced either, and this is another reason I love them so much! They are more than works of art, they are captivating in their complexity and their simplicity - for they have both within them.
Love, love, love them!!
Here are some UFOs I finally finished. This is ~Flourish~, a new Dilly Dally Daisy design of mine...
...I have framed this beautiful stitchery, and then pasted some funky fabric (a gift from my darling friend, Dawn) to the frame, mitreing the corners.
It will be published late in the year in Patchwork & Stitching (an Australian craft magazine), but I'll be putting the pattern up in my Etsy Shop for overseas stitchers later this week.
I have also finished a little market bag, using my bonus Umbrella stitchery.
The stitchery has become a little front pocket for a mobile phone.
How are you going with our 4 for 4 April Challenge? You need to finish 4 UFOs in 4 weeks! :-)
I received this lovely bundle of pretties from Stephanie last week...the fabric has roses AND spots. I love them both! Also in my present was some lovely vintage ric rac and pretty butterfly buttons. Wasn't I spoilt!?
And one last thing to show you.
Blossom bought me a beautiful vintage inspired frame for Christmas. I have a very old and worn photo of my mum and dad that needed to be framed to be saved from further disintigration, so when we found this frame we knew it was the *one*.
My mum died in a car accident at age 21, just after my 3rd birthday. Having this photo is precious to me as I have barely anything else of hers to cherish. This was their wedding day and she was just 17, my dad was 25.
The lovely young woman at the photo shop made a copy of the photo for us and popped it in the frame. As she did so she began to cry...she said, "They look so happy, and she is so beautiful...I don't know why I am crying." I told her how mum had died very young and she shed more tears. I am an only child and I cannot tell you how special her tears were to me because I was able to weep with someone over my loss, something I never do.
Beverly Anne Parkinson...I miss you terribly, I miss knowing you as my mother.
Eric Desmond Parkinson...my heart aches with loss for you.
I have more to show you and more to chat about but you have lingered long enough over my chatter today...go and enjoy a nice cuppa with someone you love. Make sure you tell them just how special they aree to you, and tell them why.