I am busy at the moment cutting and folding fabric, making up colour cube boxes and bundling together little fabric packs. I have been invited to be a stall holder at this weekends Ballaarat Quilter's exhibition. It promises to be a great exhibition, with over 100 member quilts on display, including Art, Contemporary, Traditional and Modern quilts. There will also be a raffle, shops, viewers’ choice and a display of red & white challenge quilts. Here are the details.
Ballaarat Quilters Exhibition
Saturday 4th November 2017 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 5th November 2017 10 am – 4 pm
Venue: St Patrick’s Cathedral Community Hall, Dawson Street South,
If you are able to make the trip to Ballarat I am sure it will be well worthwhile. I will have a great selection of my reproduction fabrics with me. The shop in Nullawarre will be closed on Saturday while I am attending this event.
I have been totally absorbed in a new project I am working on. It involves hexagons....and a lot of them. I have long admired an antique quilt in one of my many quilt books. It is quite a large quilt and every time I have of thought of reproducing it, I have been able to talk myself out of it.
If I digress just a little. This time last year I was very fortunate to have the amazing Leah Zieber, an award winning American Quilt Historian and author visit me. She held an amazing workshop in the Nullawarre Hall with her antique quilts and introduced a new series of novels she is writing, the first called Libby Morgan: Reunion.
Libby Morgan: Reunion is the first part of a series of books, that underneath a lovely story, celebrates America's rich quilting traditions. In this first book, Libby is introduced to patchwork and starts making her first quilt, a hexagon mosaic quilt. You can read more about and purchase the book here.
At the moment, there is a great Facebook group, the Libby Morgan Mosaic Quilt Sew Along 2017. If you search Facebook, you will find it, it is a closed group but open to people who request to join and you can also search the hashtag on Instagram.
As fate would have it, this group was forming at a time when I was again looking at this lovely antique quilt. After days of my heart saying, Yes Do It, and my brain saying You Don't Have Time, I made the decision to join the group and start sewing hexagons. So I am on the journey and totally absorbed in hexagon making.
Here are some of what I have made.
I am sharing them on Instagram and Facebook, and when I remember I am even showing the fabric I cut them from. I am really enjoying searching through both my stash and also the bolts on my shelves. Each Rosette will be fussy cut, which is making the project really enjoyable.
I have a plan of having the quilt completed by April, in time for the Australasian Quilt Convention, but it is quite a commitment, and to be honest I am a little nervous of the time it involves and the time that I have available. However the Facebook group is certainly keeping me inspired and motivated, and apart from our annual harvest which is in full swing at the moment, my farming commitments are minimal from now till April.
Speaking of our farm, my sons have just hatched a second brood of chickens in their incubator.
and we have a gorgeous new pup, Harley.
So life is good all round.
Happy Stitching, Lenora.