The plan had been for me to be up to date by now, but early yesterday I left the house to drop DS off at cricket, before going on the Outer Eastern Fabric Frolic. The Fabric Frolic takes in 8 patchwork shops in Berwick, Tecoma, Monbulk, Boronia, Ringwood, Croyden, Warburton, and Heathmont. The frolic started on Friday and goes for 2 weeks, covering 3 weekends. All the shops are open from 9.30 – 5 Monday to Saturday, excluding Australia Day (Wed 26th Jan), when most, if not all the shops are closed. The Patchwork Tea House in Warburton is also open on Sundays during the frolic.
As my next 2 weeks are really busy, I did my usual of doing the frolic in one day, so by the time I got home I was exhausted and did not go near the computer!
So here are Days 19 – 21.
I discovered Cinderberry Stitches several years ago, and immediately fell in love with Natalie’s designs. This is the first project of hers that I started, but as you can see, I still have a bit to go. This is the main panel and then there are two small panels to also embroider, before including the embroidered panels in a quilt. Yesterday I saw one of Natalie’s designs at Attic Quilts in Berwick. I recognised it from the style of the birds. Her birds have a very distinctive style, that I absolutely LOVE! And she used one of my favourite fabrics. It was from one of the French General ranges of fabrics. I can’t remember if it was Lumiere or Rural Jardin, but I think it was Lumiere. Absolutely gorgeous!
If I was to go back through my previous posts, I am sure that I could find when I started stitching this sampler. This sampler is supposed to be a model for the shop. I hope to get it finished one day soon. But then again, that is part of what this series of posts are about. I am listing here projects that I want to get done this year (among others!) I have only gotten one corner of this sampler completed. There is still a lot more to be done, but being monochromatic, in theory I could take it with me as my travel piece.
What can I say? I started Momma Bette as a take along project late last year when my Year 8 Boys Cricket team were off to Benalla for the Zone Final. I had stitched the border at the Sit and Sew I had attended only a day or so before I went to Benalla, but when I got there, I barely put in another stitch. This should be a quick stitch, so I would not be surprised if Momma Bette jumps in to my current WIP bag soon after I complete LHN’s Neighbourhood and SB’s Sophie’s Roses. BTW, Neighbourhood is almost finished! What is taking it’s time now is the need to constantly finish threads and restart for the leaves around the outside. And I think I have found the missing pink thread too! Yay.
So, tomorrow will be Days 22, 23 and 24 and if I get the camera out as I am putting away my purchases, I may even get some photos of what I bought on the frolic into the post!
Talk to you later
PS. In business we get to know people from all over the place, and several years ago it was my privilege to meet Karen from The Calm Space. Karen is from Queensland, and her family were directly impacted by the recent floods. Today I read her recent article referring to her experiences. Please go and read it – it is quite thought provoking. Today, it is Swan Hill’s turn, as 3 water ways meet the Murray. The people of Swan Hill are working hard to protect their town. And another town in Queensland has recently faced the return of the flood waters, though my understanding is that they were not as bad as the ones just over a week ago.