I have been fortunate to have my quilt 'Broughton Castle' featured in the July/August 'Machine Quilting Unlimited' magazine. When I received the magazine in the mail I was delighted to also see that there was a story on the Living Colour Exhibit in the same magazine and that my very dear friend, Chris Dowell, had her entry in this exhibit also featured in the magazine.
Chris has been the inspiration for me to develop my quilts and to put them out there into competitions. This year my New Years resolution was to have a go and do this. 'Broughton Castle' was my first quilt for this resolution. I entered it into the Fibre Art Section of the Art Show at Easter and it won.
Thanks to Chris I am also working on two other quilts, one large and one small, that I hope to enter into two quilt displays in August.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Russellee has had a very busy six months and I would like to thank all those who attended one of our retreats either scrapbooking or patchwork.
The year started off with our first UFO retreat for the year in February. This was followed by the 3rd Australian Quilting Cruise. Ladies came from all parts of the country as well as five from New Zealand.
We arrived home from the Cruise on the 9th March and this was followed by our first Scrapbooking Retreat for the year. Helen Godden fitted her ‘Crack Pots’ workshop into her busy schedule in March. Eleven ladies from around the area as well as one travelling from Victoria. We thank Helen and her mum for doing this for us.
Sandy’s Quilters from Canberra also came in March. This was their fifth year of coming. To finish off March I had my sister’s, Pam, 70th birthday at Russellee.
Laraine and I took some time out and attended the Norfolk Island Quilting Retreat with Michelle Yea. Both Tony and Bill came with us as we had a very enjoyable 10 days of quilting and sightseeing. Norfolk is a beautiful place.
I made and effort and finished a project of raw edge appliqué and entered it into the Tumut Art Show in the fibre art section and to my surprise it won and I also sold it. I find it very difficult to get the time to finish projects for competition and it was hard going getting the piece finished but it was worth the effort.
A group of lovely ladies from Sydney came for a five day retreat at the end of April. Some of these ladies have been on our cruises and one was also at Norfolk. It was wonderful being able to catch up with them again.
Robyn Taylor from Wagga came over and gave these ladies a workshop on her Fabric Mosaic technique. They also invited Roz to join in and the resulting pictures were stunning.
In May a group of ladies came for their third Mothers and Daughters Card Making weekend. This group come from different areas of the state and use the weekend to catch up with each other and make some beautiful cards.
I also had a thread painting weekend in May. It has been three years since I presented one. Had ladies travel from Sydney, Mittagong, Wagga and The Rock as well as local. A small group but the results were great.
The end of May saw Tony, James, Liam and I head off to Uluru for a road trip. (Tony’s idea.) It was a long, long way but the scenery was spectacular. I have lots of inspirational photos for thread painting and hope have one done in time for the Desert Sands Exhibition in August.
Back home and another UFO Retreat. This Retreat was a bit different to our other UFO quilting retreats as we had two knitters and a lovely teenager working on an appliqué project for her HSC. It was great to see the younger generation interested in sewing.
I am working on two quilts for the Canberra Quilt Show in August. Nothing like a bit of pressure to get things moving. I promised myself that this year I would enter some of my work into shows. Have managed one and two more to go. (I hope).
As to the rest of the year. July is fairly quite as far as Retreats go but August has two retreats plus I am doing two craft shows to promote the cruise and the retreats.
October is our Bail Quilting Retreat. We still have one spot left on this. Two ladies are coming from New Zealand to join us at Bail.
I am planning to have another UFO Retreat 7 – 9 November and a Thread Painting workshop 6-7 December. In between I have a scrapbooking retreat plus three private retreats.
The second half is going to be busy but life is best when busy.