Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Bendigo Agricultural Show - 2016

There's been so much happening behind the scenes here lately that I have barely had time to keep my blog updated, but there is something rather special that I would like to share with you.

Last Friday & Saturday was the "Bendigo Agricultural Show".  I had never been before but my sister-in-law is a regular patron and this year she talked me into entering some of my quilts into the needlework section of the show.  I have never entered any quilt shows before so I kept it very hush hush in case nothing happened.  When I told my BFF Michele, she insisted on coming up and she drove up from Melbourne the day before.  

I chose to enter "The Circle Game Quilt" & "Savanna Safari" both in the "Patchwork Novice Section" since this was my first ever show.  This section is only open to those who have never won a prize at any show before.

We had planned to go to the show on the Friday morning before the crowds got too bad (I hate crowds).  The alarm went off at 6am & as I lay in bed contemplating moving, my local radio station - 3BO - announced that they had three sets of double tickets on offer.  I have never entered a radio competition before but I rang up at the designated time and I won us a double pass!  Cogho & Ez even interviewed me on the radio *embarrassing*

When we were ready to leave, our first stop was at the Southern Cross Australia studios in Bendigo to collect our tickets and then off to the showgrounds we went. My parents & sister-in-law were instructed NOT to phone me if they found out before I did how my quilts went...

Southern Cross Australia - where we collected our free tickets to the Bendigo Show.  Thank you Cogho & Ez & 3BO!

Erin (Ez) from "Cogho & Ez" (3BO) won a prize for her Lamingtons.
When we arrived at the Home Crafts Pavilion, we looked at all the displays in order.  Michele got to the quilting section ahead of me & I called out, "Don't tell me, let me find out for myself!" When she turned around to face me I saw the tears in her eyes and I knew that I had won something.  OH MY GOODNESS, I went into a state of shock!  Not only did BOTH of my entries win FIRST PRIZE in their categories, but "Savanna Safari" also won "Best Exhibit" in the Patchwork - Novice category AND the Society's Sash for "Article of Excellence - Needlework" - the TOP award for the entire needlework section (except for the hand sewn needlework)!
Savanna Safari's Awards
Savanna Safari on display
Yes I was crying!  Me in front of The Circle Game & Savanna Safari
The Circle Game Quilt & Savanna Safari
The Circle Game won C66 - FIRST PRIZE for "Quilt - non commercially quilted - Patchwork Novice"
Savanna Safari won C65 - FIRST PRIZE for "Quilt - commercially quilted - Patchwork Novice" (this quilt was professionally quilted by Linda at Ladybug Quilting in Bendigo).  This quilt also won The Society's BLUE RIBBON, & $20 voucher sponsored by Canterbury Quilts in Eaglehawk for BEST EXHIBIT in the Patchwork Novice section and The Society's purple SASH & $25 voucher from the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club for the "ARTICLE OF EXCELLENCE - NEEDLEWORK".  There are only 3 sashes awarded in the entire Needlework category and this is the only one that quilts are eligible for.  I don't know how many times a novice has taken out the top award.
Savanna Safari's awards.  It was very difficult to photograph as everything was displayed behind glass.
This is the winner in the Patchwork Open section and it also won The Society's Rosette (it came second place overall in the entire needlework section).  Quilt made by Shona Barton.
This was another quilt made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics that I liked.  It won a second prize in the open section.  Quilt by Donna English.
Winning entry in the Bra Competition
C62 - Applique Patchwork
C62 - Applique Patchwork
BC - Junior Decorated Sheep - this one caught my fancy & also won the Society's Rosette for the Best Exhibit Decorated Sheep
my post winning show treat - Nutella mini cinnamon donuts
Ewan from 3BO was broadcasting live from the show in "Van Diesel". I wanted to go up and thank them but not whilst he was on air.
some of the rides
showbags, games, rides...
some of the showbags
Michele bought a Kewpie Doll - why anyone would want a doll with a stick up it's butt??????

My sister-in-law was showing some of her chickens this year as well.  She had only brought a few of them in on the Friday and the rest didn't arrive until Saturday morning (judging was Saturday afternoon) so these are the ones that we got to see:

Derbyshire Redcap - male
Derbyshire Redcap - female
Derbyshire Redcap - male
Orpington - male
Breeding pair - Derbyshire Redcap - male
Breeding pair - Derbyshire Redcap - female
Breeding pair - Derbyshire Redcap - male
These are all the prizes that my sister-in-law's chickens won.
These are my awards for my two quilts.
I also won a $20 voucher to use at Canterbury Quilts in Eaglehawk and a $25 gift voucher to use at the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club (in the bar or bistro - I'm planning on taking Mum & Dad for lunch one day) and $6.00 in cash prizes.
My showbags.  The Cherry Ripe showbag is for my friend Pam.  Michele gave me the Bertie Beetle bag..

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - September

Here are my Farmer's Wife blocks for September 2016:

06 September - Block 3 - Alice
13 September - Block 17 - Bride
20 September - Block 19 - Carolina
27 September - Block 87 - Prudence
Prudence did not play nicely, I'm not sure if I will attempt to remake this block or ditch it entirely.  Not my best work.

There are still 25 blocks to go - at one block per week - that's 25 more weeks.... Hmmmmmm, I am undecided whether I will continue with the pace of this sew along or just whip up the rest of the blocks and finish this quilt off.  Each time I debate this I think of all the other flimsies that I have waiting to be turned into quilts and say to myself - "just keep going for now"... we'll just wait & see.  

After pinning all of my blocks to an old blue bed sheet, I have decided to use a solid white to sash all of my blocks. You may have noticed over the last few months I have started to use the more bolder shades of blues & teals in my blocks.  I have used up all of my original lighter blues/teals shades & after selecting the colour of my sashing I have decided not to add any more of the lighter shades to the blocks - they would look too washed out.  I have enough of the lighter coloured blocks to scatter throughout the quilt top. 

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

L is for Lion

Guess what?  My gorgeous friend Jodie has just released a new pattern.  It is another in her "Alphabet Animals" range, and this one is "L is for Lion". Naturally I just HAD to make it!!

Like all of Jodie's patterns, the instructions are very well written, easy to follow and easy to make.  The lion is all hand sewn & is made from felt.  It didn't take very long to make him except that I underestimated how much felt I would need for the mane and I ran out, so the making of "Lentil" was spread out over a few sewing sessions.

"Lentil"?  Yes, I named my lion Lentil.  Why did I name him Lentil?  Well, let's just say that I had no stuffing pellets so I had to use something else to weight his bottom...can you guess what I used?

A close up of Lentil's head.
Lentil has made a new friend.
If you haven't already guessed why I named my lion "Lentil", here is a clue.
The discussion on Instagram came up with a very funny hashtag #WhatsInYourBottom

Would you like to make your very own "L is for Lion"?  The following link will take you to Jodie's online shop where you can purchase a digital PDF download of the pattern:

L is for Lion
by Jodie Carleton
Ric Rac

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Craftsy 2016 Summer BOM

Back in July I stumbled across a new Block of the Month (BOM) that Carl Hentsch is hosting on Craftsy.  The pattern was modern and bold and featured bright solids on a black background. 

Over the next 6-months, Carl will release part of the quilt pattern and there is also a free online class teaching you how to make that month's blocks and demonstrating the techniques used for that month.  

Here are the first 3-months:


During July we made the centre medallion which was all Foundation Paper Pieced.


August was all about sewing curves.  There were 2 different curved blocks to make, and we had to make 4 of each.  The rainbow blocks were also foundation paper pieced.  It was rather tricky getting all the seams to match up perfectly.


September was all about triangles and squares.  The trickiest part was making the flying geese units which made up part of the 4 corner blocks.

I'm now at the halfway point of the project - only 3-months left to go and the quilt top will be finished. I'm absolutely loving how it's looking so far!!


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt - August

Here are my Farmer's Wife blocks for August 2006:

02 August - Block 18 - Carol
09 August - Block 93 - Starlight
16 August - Block 54 - Magnolia
23 August - Block 73 - Mrs. Taft
30 August - Block 89 - Ruby