Sunday, 20 July 2014

Where did that last 8 weeks go!

Its been a while, I know ... but I have been a little busy lately working on some secret projects and plans for the future ... 
I found this post in the draft section of my blog and thought it was probably about time to post it! 

While Paul and I were in Bedford earlier this year we visited the 'The National Museum of the American Coverlet'.  
Wow what an amazing place! They had an extensive display of antique woven bedcovers in all colours and designs. It was very hard choosing a favourite.

Have a look at these pics and see if you can choose...








The Museum is open daily all year round and if you are in the neighbourhood I would recommend a visit.



Thursday, 22 May 2014

Bedford County

We went exploring Bedford County yesterday in search of covered bridges. There are 13 within a very close distance of Mary's Quilt Shop..... We found most of them but not all! They were beautiful, the countryside is so green and lush. The rain came and we stayed in the car for this one, but Paul drove us through!


Back with more soon, Karen

P.s. Still haven't found a new pair of red shoes!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Quilt market - Pittsburg 2014

I am having a wonderful time at Spring Quilt Market -2014- Pittsburg! There are so many things to see and so many friends both new and old to meet. This is the view of half of the floor from above...there are 26 aisles to wander up and down! And where is Somerset Pathcwork?


Don't forget to call in and say hi if you are in town..... Chat soon, Karen

What's next?

Another busy quilt market is done and dusted, now it's time for a few well earned days of R & R spent with friends at Mary Kovals Quilt Shop, followed by a weekend of fun meeting and chatting with new friends. Come along and visit with Lynette, Leonie, Deirdre, Wenche and myself if you are close by. We would all love to meet you.....


Come and visit with us if you can!

Karen 

Friday, 2 May 2014

Nantes.... What a beautiful city

We had a wonderful time in Nantes last week. Sorry for the delay in posting but blogger was a little tricky! Every time I tried to post the inner workings popped up in French! I did manage to communicate face to face but not on a small electronic device written in a language unknown to me.... :)

Here are some of the highlights....

We visited the large walking elephant at Le Machine des I'les..... wow how fantastic is this!


We walked the walls of the ancient city.... beautiful! A wonderful day in sunny, but cold weather!


And ate in this magnificent restaurant.... Le Cigale. Every wall was covered in the most amazing display of tiles. The interior dates back to the 1920's and is largely still in its original state!!


We have been there and back again, how time flies. This will be a city that will stay in my memory forever. Maybe there will be a return trip one day! Would you like to come too!

Until then, Karen 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Two and a half days in London...

How much can you do in two and a half days? Lots!! Sue and I walked and walked, climbed up and climbed down, took the tube and the overground railway and walked some more! We saw lots of wonderful things....
We went to the very top of St Paul's Cathedral, about 500 steps up and of course 500 back down! The view from the top was amazing, lucky for us it was a very clear day! See the sign on the wall we passed, Mrs B is everywhere.


We took the tube and the overground rail to visit the home of William Morris (1860-65) and then walked on to Danson House to visit the Quilt Exhibition 'Things we do in bed'. The quilt that took my eye the most was a hand quilted beauty hanging at the top of a lovely oval staircase!


You may have noticed a little retail therapy was done too! A new umbrella was on my list!


It's time to move on now! The Eurostar to Paris and then on to Nantes where the quilts at Pour l'amour du fil await!

I'll be back soon, Karen

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Out and about in York

There was lots of interesting shopping to be done in York. The buildings were fascinating to see from the outside but when you stepped in there were many amazing treasures to find. This shop had a beautiful staircase made from a large variety of tiles!

Another one we loved was named Duttons for Buttons. There was every shape, size and colour of button you could ever possibly need all sorted into little cardboard boxes. The building was originally built in Medieval times. The floors were all uneven and the shop covered 3 floors of tiny rooms. A real treasure!


Sue and I headed off to the Yorkshire Dales where it was very, very windy.....



and went in search of Lucy from Attic 24, no luck.... we think she was out of town!

Then back to our hotel for a quiet afternoon of stitching in the spring sun! Very pieceful!


We are off to London now. More photos soon, Karen






Thursday, 17 April 2014

Mrs Billings in York!

One of my long time wishes has been to visit the original Billings Coverlet in the Quilt Museum of the British Isles. This week my dream came true! Sue and I have travelled to the UK to make a special visit to the museum and visit with this amazing quilt. We were treated to a private viewing and when all was done my Mrs Billings was laid out for the curator Heather to see... and here she is placed carefully on top of the original. One interesting fact we learned was the the original quilt was a simple coverlet with no backing, many of the original papers are still in situ!




If you are lucky enough to find yourself in York, check out the museum! If you are interested in viewing the quilt for yourself, contact the museum and find out when or where it might be on show!

Thank you to all of the wonderful ladies we met including Heather and Christine.... Sue and I had a wonderful day!

Chat soon, Karen

Monday, 7 April 2014

Look what I picked up today!

We're off! Look what I picked up today!

Sue and I are heading for the airport on Sunday where we will catching a flight to London! I haven't been to London since I was in my early twenties, that was only last year wasn't it? :) I wonder how much it has changed.
We are flying into Heathrow and catching a train up to York to visit the original Mrs Billings ... can't wait to see her in the flesh. I know many of you have already, because you have let me know about it over the last few years - but its my turn now!


After our short but exciting visit with Mrs B we are heading back to London and over to Paris using these tickets. Have you been on the Eurostar? They tell me its an interesting trip. (I will let you know what I think soon!)


The Friday girls gave me an early birthday present last week ... spending money for the next part of our trip!


A visit to this amazing quilt show!!!!!!!


I hope I can find some time to keep you up to date with our adventures.

In the meantime I will be at AQC here in Melbourne, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Call past and say hello if you are in town!

Bonjour,









p.s I wonder if they have any nice red shoes in Europe?

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Show and Tell...

Its been a little while since we have had some show and tell from the shop, so I thought you might like to see what we got up to today in class!

Mrs Billings stitched by Sue, this is such a lovely lighter/brighter version than mine.


Joan is working on Lucy Boston, also known as Patchwork of the Crosses, have a look at Linda Franz website if you are looking for a copy of her wonderful book. This is the start of a new block...


And another... this one has its borders attached!


Joan completed the next round during the morning... Fantastic fussy cutting!


We also had a couple of deliveries today too! These amazing Yuwa fabrics, mmmm I think I need some of these :) 


And......... whats inside these HUGE boxes? Finally, the fabrics for the new Block of the Month!


Borders are on, I took some time out yesterday to quilt and tonight I have attached the binding, just need time to hand stitch it in place! I will try and post a photo of the finished quilt soon.


Back soon,