Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bits and Pieces

It has been a busy month since the last post from the Sisters so the following is a sampling of what we have all been up to over this time.

First up, Houston.  Di, along with Michelle Yeo and Carolyn Konig, were the featured quilters in an exhibition of Australian quilters and their work.  The enthusiasm from all who came and viewed the quilts was overwhelming.
Di and her quilts at Houston
 As well as being exhibitors, Di and Michelle conducted an open studio where they demonstrated different methods of doing broderie press.
Di demonstrating needleturn broderie perse
There was time to meet up with friends.  Petra and Nel from the Netherlands with their Dutch Heritage fabrics.  They were virtually sold out by the end of day one!
Nel and Petra on their stand at Houston
And with Mary and Joe Koval.   Here they are with a strike-off of the Palampore that Mary has designed for Windham Fabrics and the marketing pamphlet for the associated fabrics.  All will be available in April 2015.  They are stunning!
Joe and Mary Koval
 Back home, and there have been two sewing days since our return. First up was Thursday at Sue's and look at what was waiting on the table for us when we arrived.  Beautiful red roses from her garden and a luscious cake.

Ann was working on a new quilt, Luscious Berry Baskets by Sharon Keightley (a New Zealand designer).  Just love the background which is a toile from an early fabric collection by Kaye England

 Clare was working on a block for her Margaret Sampson George - Going Green - quilt and was very happy when it turned out perfectly and sat flat.

 And remember that broderie perse block that Di was using for demonstration purposes at Houston, well here it is almost finished.

Next was Saturday sewing at my home.  Barbara brought along a finished giant nine patch quilt that she has made for a family member.  It was made from fabrics raided from a few of the Sister's stashes and looks much better than this very poor photo indicates.

Heading to Houston I wanted a portable hand piecing project so started this double wedding ring using mostly Petra and Nel's Dutch Heritage fabrics.  There was very little sewing done while away but on the Saturday I managed to complete 2 melons.  I think this quilt is going to take a long time to make.

And finally, yesterday I picked this up from long arm quilter,  Loreen Horsnell.  The quilt top was finished late last year and was part of the Sister's challenge for 2013.  Loreen has used a combination of feathers and in-the-ditch quilting and it looks lovely.The pattern is from Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle's book, History Repeated and uses the Carpenter's Wheel block.
Until next time,



  1. Oh, this was interesting, beautiful photographs, love your post.
    Just got the last Di Ford Mystery kit for Mountmellick at Petra Prins Patchwork & Quilting, Netherlands. I wrote them an email last week, and they wrote back beginning of this week, that they were really busy. Now I know why. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Lovely post Meghan and nice to meet you in Houston. I always look forward to reading what your all up too, it never disappoints.

  3. Very nice post and thank you for sharing these lovely moments in Houston !!
    I really enjoy to read you.... :)

  4. Nice to hear from You again and then with amazing photo`s.
    Broderie Perse block from Di...begining from a new quilt ????
    It looks very good !!!!

  5. I so enjoyed meeting the Australian quilters in Houston! I was able to attend part of the Open Studio, study the quilts and go to the lecture. My Christmas wish - a Broderie Perse/Fussy Cutting class taught by Di Ford at Houston!

    All the projects are lovely but I'm especially admiring the double wedding ring block. You are so fortunate to belong to a group with so much talent!

  6. What a thrill it was to see Di's and Michelle's quilts in Houston. I'm enthralled with Australian quilting. Thank you for sharing photos of your group's work.

  7. I saw the quilts in Houston and once again (have seen Di's quilts before in The Netherlands) was amazed. First time I saw Michelle's quilts. Such beautiful work by both of them.

  8. Wonferdul thank you I remember my heart when I discovered the exhibition of Di Ford patchworks to SMM 2012 in France, I bought the book and many fabrics before go to my home to begin Phebe, great Australian aides

  9. Lovely quilts. i"m always inspired when I see what you are up to.

  10. I know you don't post that often, but it is always worth the wait! I thank you once again for all your inspiration. It makes me want to visit Australia.

  11. It's always inspirational to see what the Sisters are sewing. I'm just swooning over Di's broderie perse, its so beautiful!


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