I adore Fridays - they are full to the brim with kate-things, a prelude to lazy weekends, buy flowers for the house day, catch up with the daughter day, and first Friday of the month is pamper day (a Christmas gift to myself) for a manicure and pedi once a month - bliss bliss heaven and bliss and some nicely dressed fingers and toes!
LAST Friday was even better than most because it also included a trip to Avalon Quilters Exhibition to view the antique American quilts, enjoy lunch with a great girlfriend at The Armchair Collective at Mona Vale beach, a wee bit of homewares shopping, then a speedy trip to the lovely quilt shop in Warriewood, Cottage Quiltworks. Despite the torrential rain we managed the navigate to the northern beaches, broke two umbrellas in the roaring winds, got drenched several times going from car to wherever and had a really fun time.
Badkate took a few photos of the antique quilts before I saw a sign asking visitors not to ...why is that??? The quilts were from collections owned by well know Aussie quilt historian Annette Gero and Trish Bloomfield.
As always click the pic to embiggen.
Gor-jus triple line quilting c1840
Funny tiny berries and a crinkly ruched viney bias stem also c 1840
Who says flower centres must be symmetrical?
Totally drooly string pieced organised chaos stars c1900
We also sketched up a block layout for a new project for Ms B from a lovely old "cross and crown" quilt with leetle 8 point stars which we think would be 1.5 to 1.75" along the side of the diamond. Tiny stars are just so nice don't you think??
An antique (circa 1890-1920) indigo quilt top stuck to our fingers and made it home...don't scream we plan to cannibalise it for its fabrics split the loot and repurpose it...in its current incarnation it is totally ugly, but was a bargain price and we both need true indigos to repair or finish other antique quilts in our collections.
What news on the quilting front? A program has been mapped out on the calendar for my quilting project and I'm pretty confident I can fulfil the requirements to have Miss Jane quilted by June 3... The centre is almost completed ....
I often have a few needles going at once when I quilt - do you?
a wee little bird, now with wing
..hearts, hearts and more hearts...
...and I have started on the 20 blocks which surround the central medallion. I have then allowed to complete 3 blocks per week, 2 weeks to quilt the chintz border and 5 weeks to quilt the outermost border, bind and do the hanging sleeve!! Easy! Already ahead of schedule.
..still scope to do more but I can go back if there's time..
Sent this mad ecard to some quilty friends this week...
Hope you are filling your days with fun (and quilts)