Friday sewing

Yesterday was sewing at my home (we have air conditioning!! I can have friends over in the Summer!!), and I decided we’d play “ladies”, so I had out the white table cloth, crystal glasses, butter dishes, fancy salt and pepper shakers, pretty serviettes, and a hand picked posy of flowers from my garden…

20130209-133543.jpgAfter lunch we headed out to a new-ish shop, which is really only 10 minutes from home which I can see will prove quite dangerous, which is so convenient! Sewn and Quilted is the delightful store of Carol Nicholls, set out in the rear of her home. Carol has chosen an eclectic range of fabrics, habby and gifts, thoughtfully laid out in a large room, with a table set up for classes and a long arm machine where Carol can baste quilts ready for hand quilting, or do simply custom or edge to edge quilting.

20130209-134806.jpgWith over 800 bolts of fabric, there’s sure to be something to tempt……there was for each of us!

20130209-134936.jpgDon’t you just love that tin? Unfortunately Glenda beat me to it! (Carol is kindly seeing if she can get another!!)

My purchase….

20130209-135251.jpg….will see the fabrics go into my Cool Trippin’, and the habby bits…….just ‘cos!

Then it was off to the Dear Jane exhibition at the Box Hill Town Hall. If you’re in Melbourne over this weekend, take a trip to see this alluring display of Dear Jane quilts. Unfortunately no photos allowed for public consumption, but there were all sorts of Janes there; traditional, bright, uni-colour, pastel, African print, and several Liberty, including a spectacular one that had been made as hand-quilt-as-you-go in Liberty fabrics and white sashing – 12 years in the making and stunning to behold!

Of course there were shops at the exhibition and true to form we swarmed, finding A Piece of Cloth owned by the diverting and gorgeous Jennifer. Specialising in textiles from 1860 to 1970, there was a sumptuous array of quilts, quilt tops, orphan blocks and fabulous, fantastic, canNOT resist fabrics!! And resist we did not!

Glenda snaffled these scrumptious flower garden blocks…

20130209-141524.jpg…and Helen succumbed to these quirky orphans…

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20130209-141718.jpg…and yours truly was totally captivated by….

20130209-141829.jpg….the large piece of fabric is from the 1950′s and I’m in love!! Cogs are whirring……!

There will definitely be a road trip this year to visit Jennifer at her studio. Hmmm, perhaps I shouldn’t have put this out there……Don’t Take All The Good Stuff Before We Get There….ok?!

Back at home, cuppa and cake in hand, we ooh’ed and ah’ed over our purchases, then
Helen treated us to some show and tell….

20130209-142206.jpg…the first of two identical quilts for her twin granddaughters. Such a sweet quilt! A work colleague of Helen’s bought her some gifts from a recent overseas trip….

20130209-142351.jpg….Lynette tried her hardest to convince Helen that the little purse should be hers, ‘cos it’s perfect with Lynette’s handbag!…

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Another lovely adventure with my besties!

Ooh, just thinking. The DS Flea Market might go quite nicely with my 1950′s fabric. Sorry, gotta go and check that out!!

Happy stitching
Meredithe

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8 Responses to Friday sewing

  1. Suz says:

    Thank you for sharing your latest treasures (and where you found them!) Loving that ’50′s fabric too!

  2. Helen F says:

    Did have a lovely day playing ladies, quilt shop shopping (making a new friend,Carol) and attending a quilt show – all in the one day – one word “BLISS”

  3. Glenda cust says:

    What a fab day ! We even did some stitching!
    I’m so inspired to get my miss Jane out of the cupboard and bring her to life ! Perhaps a new tin to store her bits in will make a difference! I’m about half way thru so I’m ready to start the journey again!
    And I did offer to share my tin with you miss Meredith !!!
    Thank u for another gorgeous day xxg

  4. Susan says:

    What a perfect way to spend a Friday. A new shop close by does sound dangerous. I wish I could see the Dear Jane exhibition, so glad you enjoyed it together.

  5. Anne says:

    What a fabulous day, super purchases and getting to be ladies as well – it is nice to get out the good dishes and glasses!

  6. Pip says:

    Sounds like another lovely day, sometimes it is nice to get out all the lovely china and linen and play ladies. Such a shame that there were no photos allowed “for public consumption” of the Dear Janes, it seems to be happening at every quilt show now.

    I definitely think the DS Flea Market will work with your 50′s fabric, can’t wait to see what you make.

  7. jennifer says:

    Thanks so much for the blog post! Glad you all loved your new finds. See you all in the studio soon. Cheers Jennifer

  8. thimbleanna says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful time with your friends. And I’m thinking you’re right — the DS fabric with your newest finds — looks like a winner!

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