Saturday, September 14, 2013

Visits–Quilts 1700–1945, 80th Birthday & My Sewing Room

It has been a busy couple of weeks.
While I was in Brisbane on 5 Sept I went along to the Qld Art Gallery and saw the fantastic exhibition of historical Quilts from the Victoria & Albert Museum.  As I walked around the quilts and articles I wondered at the workmanship and attention to detail the makers managed to achieve in challenging times. It was one of the best displays I have ever seen at our wonderful art gallery.
If you would like to view some of the amazing quilts go to the QAGA site HERE and click on the videos to watch them.  Some of the stories behind the quilts are inspirational.
(View across the river to the City)
Last Sunday we drove to “Serenity” for a friend’s 80th birthday.  Serenity is what they call the property and it is easy to see why.  Surrounded by rolling green hills and friendly wallabies it is indeed peaceful.
Here is the birthday boy with his giant pavlova birthday cake.  He got an OBE presented to him which hangs around his neck.  No, not an Order of the British Empire – an Over Bloody Eighty award. 
Yesterday I visited the sewing room for a clean out of the project boxes. In my present decluttering state of mind, I decided ‘enough is enough’.  Some of the unfinished (and not even started) items went to either the op shop box, the trash, our local community quilting group or repurposed.  It was quite liberating!! 
Project Box 2 no longer exists!!  Hooray! They have been amalgamated into one. Of course, I would be lying if I said these were the only unfinished items in the sewing room.  There are some lurking in other placesSmile
In 2009 some friends and I went to ‘Stitchers Day Out’ at Highfields and I completed this little stitchery which I re-discovered in my clean out.  So I was momentarily distracted from my decluttering duties and went ahead and made the book cover for which it was intended.
The stitchery is an Ella & Skysie design and I coloured it with prismacolour pencils.
Book Cover outer                                                Book Cover Lining.
The fabrics bought on the day were just perfect for the stitcheries.
The finished book!  I am going to give it to my gorgeous Goddaughter, Gabrielle as part of her 21st birthday present.
100_2711  Gabrielle
The next couple of weekends are going to be busy with Gabrielle’s 21st party next weekend and her sister, Angela getting married the following weekend. 
Pale mauve Iris
Iris in my garden.  Did I tell you how much I love Spring time??


Marilyn C said...

It helps to make you feel good when something is achieved, I will have to take a leaf out of your book with the decluttering!!.Good work.
The flowers in the gardens are beautiful at this time of the year.

Anneliese said...

I am laughing about the OBE award - what a lovely idea. One can't believe the birthdayboy has this age!!! Very nice cupcakes - good, they kept fresh in your boxes. And thank you, Dianne, for your lovely comment on the Little Thing - Lavender Honey Needle Case is its official name. Well, yes, for the quilting needles it will be very practical. I must search where they are, haha!!

Anneliese said...

And of course this wonderful Pawlova Cake !!!
! I forgot to mention

shirley said...

Just looove those cupcakes. It will be a lovely treasure for her to keep. Your garden must be looking bright for spring. The Quilts would have been wonderful to see. The birthday day was great.


Hello DI, OH, how I love Spring too.. Can I come to Toowoomba an enjoy Spring in Australia too???? Lovely Iris. Your Sweet Treats stitchery is very pretty... Love the 80th Birthday boy photos... I need to do a clean out too.. Maybe I will do mine next Spring. LOL Hugs Judy