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