This week I eagerly awaited my copy of the June/July issue of Quilters Newsletter to arrive from America. Why? Because I was chosen to participate in an article about Australian stitchers, and the lovely Joli at Quilters Newsletter had emailed to say she'd express posted my small quilt (photographed in the article) and 2 copies of the magazine back to me!
I can't believe my mini-quilt has travelled from Charters Towers in Australia to Colorado in the USA then all the way back home again! But here is the evidence...
And inside the pages you will find a wonderful article (I spoke about it HERE last week), and photos of my 'baby' quilt.
Here is a close-up of the centre stitchery, a tribute to a well known Australian poem.
Thank you so much to Linda (who wrote the article), Angie (editor of QN) and Joli! They are such professionals, but full of warmth. A perfect combination.
The other Aussies involved were Gail, Vicki, Di, Jan, Cheryl, and Julie. What a special group of ladies!
Now to the heading of my post!
This morning I went for a stroll through the Salvation Army op-shop in the main street, and as I rummaged through a tall pile of craft magazines I found these...
12 old copies of Quilters Newsletter!! ( just 40c each!)
How blessed was I!? It looks as though my Saturday afternoon may include a big pot of tea, some scones with jam and cream, AND a lovely pile of QN magazines to peruse.
Another blessing as I rummaged the craft area of the op-shop was a plastic bag full of vintage sewing items. Zippers that were made of cotton and steel, brass safety pins (they ar so sturdy and strong!), wide cotton bias, machine needles, and more for just $3.
Handling them took me back to my childhood as I remembered the quality of items manufactured locally - the days before 'made in China' conditioned us to accept flimsy products - I miss knowing that when I buy something it will last.
I have finished the applique on my Morning Glory tablecloth, so if I can add the backing and the binding this week I will have the complete breakfast set almost done. I just have one more item I'd like to add...
Recently I purchased this sweet pattern for making vintage style Hexagon Pinnies from Amanda Browning, but as I haven't ever in my life made a hexie (I call Vicki the Hexie Queen because she makes wonderful hexies!) I decided to purchase some hexie templates to help me in my quest to learn this technique.
My good friend Joy sent me over to Possum Blossom to find some, and the lovely Joanne filled my order.
The hexie templates arrived yesterday and now I can finally make Amanda's 'Hexagon Pinnies'! Yay!
(Amanda's pattern can be purchased HERE.)
When I emailed Joanne at Possum Blossom to thank her for the swift delivery of my order she made this very generous offer to followers of my blog -
"How about a free pack of 100 paper or card pieces - any shape, any size - with any order from my website. People just need to send me an email after ordering, telling me it's the "elefantz offer" and telling me what size/shape they want for their free pack. (Existing customers welcome to take advantage of this offer too.)"
So if you would like to take advantage of Joanne's offer just visit Possum Blossom HERE
Maybe we should have a Hexie Challenge in June?? What do you think?
Have a lovely weekend!
PS: Want to know a secret? I will be having a fabulous giveaway next week.... :-)