This week started off with the sadness of a funeral. It was a wonderful tribute to her life and we were reminded of her strong commitment to her family and community. It was with heavy hearts that we left to return to work - unsure of what awaited us. Something so wonderful – friends. The sewing room was filled with happiness, laughter, the busyness of projects and food (yum). Homemade food – made with love for those who share it. Our hearts were immediately lightened by the joy we felt in the room. We are all blessed by the gorgeous friends that fill our lives playing different parts – we have friends we can depend on – we have friends that depend on us – we have “funtime” friends – friends that challenge us – friends that love us regardless of our faults (thank God). At the end of the day I hope that I am all of the above and more to my friends.
So what are these gorgeous friends of mine sewing?
Kyleigh is making Majella’s (Kookaburra Cottage) quilt French Bouquet using Pom Pom de Paris. She has been working hard on a stack of pieced stars but the piece de resistance is her centre block, which has been fused and blanket stitched by machine. We all want one, especially me. I can’t believe she said no……..really Kyleigh what else do you have to do.
Today started with the joy of seeing a fabric rep. I love days that start this way - sometimes there are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds (true) of samples and at other times like today there are a just three or four hundred. I decided on the new range from Blackbird Designs called Blueberry Crumb Cake – yummy blues and creams that will be fresh and cool in the warm months of Summer. We can’t wait to make something delicious with them. I couldn't leave the cross stitch and gorgeous background fabric so they can look forward to a new home when they arrive.
The other range that I loved was Urban Cowgirl by Urban Chiks. Urban Chiks are two young designers from Moda – one with a fashion background but modern lifestyle and the other a graphic designer with a passion for vintage textiles. I hope you fall in love with their fabrics as much as me. Here is a sample of the gorgeous fabrics we have chosen from their range. Enjoy.......
We had some lovely visitors from overseas today - Jeltje van Essen (on the far left) and friends from 100 rozen Quiltshop in Holland. The girls are over here on a holiday with a list of 40 shops to visit. What a holiday! They are already talking about posting their purchases home and they have only been here a week. It was a delight to have them visit and share their love of fabrics, quilts and Kaffe Fassett (big fans) – we may come from different countries but we (quilters) have our own language and we happily talked quilts, fabrics and designers.
It was a delight for them and me that Lorna arrived with her finished bordered diamonds quilt from the Kaffe class earlier in the year. We were all so excited Jeltje was taking a photo for her blog and I was taking a photo for my blog. It is so inspiring that quilts unite us regardless of where we are in our lives or where we live.
Our lives are like quilts we make - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.
Until next time……………lisa