Friday, 19 February 2016

Free Spirit Quilt Finish

My Free Spirit quilt has traveled from the lucerne flats of country NSW, to the cubicle offices of Free Spirit in Charlotte, NC, and is now, finally, hanging in the Free Spirit Booth at Quilt Con in Pasedena! If you're at Quilt Con this weekend, please take a picture for me and share it on Instagram!

On the day I finished the quilt, we were just coming to the end of three days of rain, and I was contemplating not getting a photo at all before I shipped it off to Charlotte, for fear of it being dragged through the mud. But it turns out my brother Josh has a camera drone! We rounded up another three friends and carefully held the quilt together, walking down to the Lucerne paddock.

As luck, (or lack thereof) would have it, the storms had created a black out, and the drone wasn't fully charged when we went out for photos, so Josh snapped a few before trying out the video function.  The videos show our beautiful countryside, but not the quilt so much. It makes me so eager to finish my next quilt so we can try again!

I'm so glad to be able to finally share these with you! Glad for great neighbours who have embraced by quilt photography adventures. And really, really glad my Free Spirit Quilt has arrived safely in California!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Watermelon Summer + Skipping Stones

I had such happy mail today! My special, curated, summery little bundle of Aurifil Thread for Ms Midge, purveyor of very fine thread...

...and this beautifully brooding new collection by Anna Maria Horner, called Skipping Stones for Free Spirit. And did you notice those Filigree reprints? Swoon!

I chose these threads for watermelon and Splice icy poles. And today was the perfect day for them to arrive, the kind of warm, summer day where you enjoy stepping outside, enjoy the windows wide open, even enjoy hanging out the washing! Not too hot, and just the right amount of breeze. These are the colours of swimming pools and swimming costumes and bright beach towels. If you've already signed up for Ms. Midge's monthly Aurifil club, you'll be getting these in your happy mail box too! Otherwise, they'll be available for purchase in her shop next month.

The stormy cottons are for a new project for Free Spirit. I can't share much yet, but I couldn't help taking photos of these for you. Lovely, rich, neutral reprints of some of my favourite florals. They are far from your usual, stark, geometric low-volumes. They remind me of lace, and those silhouette brooches my grandmother wore. Warm and friendly.