Just returned from a week's holiday with 17yo daughter - probably the last opportunity for relaxation prior to her HSC (final year 12 exams, which are a pretty big thing in NSW).
Although it's very early in the Australian ski season we went to Perisher Valley, thinking even if there was no snow, it would be a chance to relax. Surprisingly, there was plenty of (man-made) snow and not many crowds so we skiied every day.
We were even treated to a light snowfall one morning - this is the view from our window. Snow gums have the most beautiful stripey bark.
The rest of our days were under big blue skies - glorious! but cold -minus 4C (thats cold for temperate dwellers like us Sydneysiders!)
Prior to leaving the 1910 string star was finished, bound and bathed. She looks more beautiful now she's clean. The centre star was purchased from a US antique dealer years ago. The entire star was pieced over foundations of newspapers from the mid-west all dated 1910. I'm sure some of the newsprint rubbed into the fabric over the course of 100 years. It was pretty wonky, so each piece needed to be resized, repaired and then reassembled....the joys of working with old pieces!
I made the satellite stars using scraps of antique fabric with only a few reproductions, the shirting and grey squiggle backgrounds are also old pieces and the majority of the black border was an old apron carefully unpicked and reused.
This quilt is for my husband, he prefers the scrappy quilts, and asked for the binding to be red - it was going to be black but red is a good choice, and because the quilt is so scappy, the binding is too with 4 different red prints.
And finally, although there was complaints about the batting in a prior post, the quilt is so warm, a very welcome comfort over the past few nights to this sick quilter!
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