My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Friday, November 13, 2015

~Catch up after the Show~

It's hard to believe that this time last week I was down in Auckland at the Festival of the Quilts and run off my feet at The Country Yard's booth. It was a new experience working at such a big show, a lot of fun and I really enjoyed soaking up the buzz that happens when you're at a quiltshow.
Setting up the day before was a big job!
But it finally all came together.
A bird's eye view - the netball centre was a spacious venue.
I was just working on Friday so on Saturday I treated myself to a 'play day', and spent my time having a good look around. There were lots of gorgeous inspiring quilts and lots of gorgeous inspiring booths :-) so it took me quite a while!
I had read that any photos of the quilts could not be posted online so didn't take photos for my blog... instead my photos tended to focus on a clever bit of quilting, great block, colour and so on...however there was no signage or notices about this so there are a lot of blogs showing pictures so if you're interested in seeing some of the variety there was, have a browse through the Kiwi blogs listed on my sidebar. Hopefully the Auckland Guild will have some photos on their website sometime soon.
I can say that Best of Show went to a Dear Jane quilt. I thought it was beautiful and a well deserved win - such a lot of work goes into a quilt like this... who knows maybe I'll have to pull out my DJ book one of these days!
I was delighted to meet some bloggy/online friends while at the show. One of them, Linda of Koka Quilts, has introduced me to a new hobby... a while ago she offered me her mother-in-law's loom. She'd seen that I was learnng to spin and thought I might like to give weaving a try as well!! The show was a good place to meet up so that I could collect it. Once I have mastered the spinning I will play with the loom. Thank you Linda, it was lovely to meet you :-)
Another plus for me during my few days away was that I got to spend time with YD and her hubby. They live only 5 minutes away from the venue so that was great :-)
And isn't it nice to see things we do rubbing off on our children? I felt very welcome when I saw this small bear sitting on my bed waiting for me ♥ YD made this wee fellow a few years ago.
Since the show I haven't had a chance to turn my sewing machine on - apart from giving both machines a good clean, needle change and oil at the start of the week. I have squeezed in some evening handwork though —
Another one of my Country at Heart stitcheries, isn't she a sweetie?!
And I've been hexing a bit lately [not related to Halloween or Guy Fawkes :-)] 
Some of these may or may not be part of a new project.
Some of these may or may not be part of my Chooky-blue SSCS gift.
Rounding the week off nicely, we had a skype session with our wee family the other night. Our son has bought a new web-cam - wow what a difference that made.



Finally, last post I mentioned the super-dooper Ganma cotsheets I've been making. Below is a picture (an old one apparently) showing the sheets in action. A noodle fits in the flap and keeps the girls close but with no roll-together :-)
hehe a good excuse to show a baby photo!
Till next time, 
happy stitching,

25 comments:

Noela said...

What a great idea with the sheets and the girls are beautiful. The show looks like it would have been fun. Good luck with the loom. You are definitely a lady of many talents. Hugs.....

Julie said...

My Nan used to spin and weave, so seeing your loom brought back lots of memories. Glad you enjoyed the show, hopefully I can get there next year.

margaret said...

the girls are so beautiful just want to reach out and give them a big hug so next time you visit give them one from me.
Like you love a quilt show always so much to see and be inspired by. Shame photos not allowed, here we do not have restrictions, just as well as I always take loads to browse through.
Enjoy your weaving I think once you get the knack it will be very relaxing to do and hope to see something that you have created soon no pressure

Gina said...

What a lovely picture of your girls. So cute.
I'm glad you enjoyed the show. Working there must have been hard work but so enjoyable. I love the cow stitchery xxx

marina said...

The show booth looks great and always enjoy seeing a new Hexie project.
Your baby girls look gorgeous, love those chubby little legs!

Lin said...

The show sounds like lots of fun - no sign of any purchases though! Lovely hexies - the colours are gorgeous, as are the babes. xx

KaHolly said...

No excuses needed to show baby pictures!

shez said...

Hi Raewyn oh your girls are so cute ,I think that roll is a great idea. How good to get yourself a loom and glad you had a good time at the quilt show

Cottage Tails said...

Aww what lovely wee girls. And how neat to see them viap skype it must be. I do believe these girls have stolen the blog post.

sunny said...

Oh my, what a wonderful weekend!!Quilts and spinning and weaving and new friends and babies. Are you rested up yet??

Susan said...

Sounds like a week of all your favourite things! It would have been very exciting to see behind the scenes of the quilt show.

Deb R said...

setting up for quilt show, how exciting...theres a lot of secret sewing going on at the moment....
love Skype, your grandies look gorgeous!

Janet O. said...

Sounds like you had an exhilarating experience! Would love to see a really big quilt show someday.
I can't get over how clever those crib sheets are. Such a sweet shot of the babes!

Doniene said...

So glad the show went well! And that you got to spend time with the kids!!! Always a treat! Those little wee ones are just soooooo cute! Love those chubby little legs and chins!!!

Blessings and hugs!

Sew Quilt Designs said...

Skype is fantastic isn't it...brings all your family home. Sounds like you had a great weekend. I didn't realize no photos and there was me working at the show as well! :)

Sue said...

The girls are growing Raewyn, must be time for another visit and some more cuddles.

Egléa Senna said...

Look at these little girls ... the folds of the legs ... Very cute!
You had a great show! This is very good!
Her embroidery and hexagons are lovely.
Hugs!

Fiona said...

well done at the show.. it is a busy time and your non halloween hexies are lovely. how cute are those little girls and I bless every day modern technology - it makes distance soooo much easier...

Hugz

Needled Mom said...

The girls are growing so quickly. I love the idea of the split sheet. That loom is just gorgeous. I can't wait to see what you do with it.


Anita said...

Thanks for sharing your pics. That show looks
amazing and I love your stitchery too.
Cheers, Anita.

Michelle Ridgway said...

The show looked like it was great. Love your hexies. I have stalled on my Country Alphabet at Q ...need to get back on track. How beautiful are your wee girls x

Chookyblue...... said...

the display looks good.........OMG the babies are growing..........have fun finishing your SSCS parcel......

Karen S said...

It looks like a wonderful time at the show. Very busy but also enjoyable.And a great way to meet up with people.
I look forward to seeing how you play with your new loom.
Lots of lovely work with your hexies and stitching. Just not enough hours in the day.
Love the way the sheets work. That photo made a lot of sense. And the babies are growing quickly!!

Starr White said...

Sweet babies! and all your stitching is so lovely. I wish I lived nearer so maybe you could teach me how to piece those hexies! I pretty much think you're a downright genius :))

kiwikid said...

The show venue looks great..lots of space....good to hear younhad an enjoyable if busy time. Hexies looks great as does your stitchery...love the babies photo.