Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Lizzy House lecture and trunk show

As part of Lizzy House's tour down under, I have organised a lecture and trunk show in Wellington so that Lizzy can share her story and work with a wider audience.

Lizzy will present the lecture and trunk show on Wednesday 14 October 2015, at Wellington SPCA's Newtown Centre, at 140 Alexandra Road, Newtown, Wellington.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. start.

The venue isn't huge, so tickets are strictly limited to 75 in total, and cost $10 per person.  If you would like to come to the lecture, you will need to buy a ticket in advance, and you can do this by emailing me at adriannereid @ gmail dot com and I will send you my account number so you can pay me $10.

Once I have received your payment, I will put your name on the list and send you a numbered ticket which you can print out at home and bring on the night.

I'm really excited for a wider audience to be able to come and meet Lizzy and hear her story - I hope you're excited too!

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Monday, 31 August 2015

Strawberries and Sugar Quilt

Hello!  Don't fall off your chair, but I have an actual proper blog post for you today.  I finished this quilt a while ago, but I finally managed to get myself organised to take photos this weekend so I can share it here.

Strawberries and Sugar quilt

I started this quilt earlier in the year, when I was teaching a baby quilt class using this pattern.  It was a pretty quick sew, and I really enjoyed working with these lovely softly coloured fabrics.

Strawberries and Sugar quilt 

I quilted this quilt in an organic grid design, using fairly dense but not evenly spaced or perfectly straight lines. I used my trusty favourite Aurifil 2021 thread, but this time in a 40 weight, for slightly more distinct stitches.  The backing fabric is from stash, and is a pretty older Tanya Whelan fabric.

Strawberries and Sugar quilt 

I'm always delighted when a friend announces they are having a baby, and my lovely quilting friend Cathy announced earlier this year that she was expecting a girl.  Her baby shower was this weekend, so I washed and dried the quilt in anticipation of gifting it to her.  It crinkled up quite a lot due to the dense quilting - I really love that look.

Strawberries and Sugar quilt 

It's really hard for me to resist a striped binding, and that's exactly what I did here.  This striped fabric  from Stitchbird was the perfect fabric to finish off this quilt.

Strawberries and Sugar quilt

As usual, I stitched on a label before gifting.  I bought the "made with love" stamp from Typo last year, and I've used it a few times.  I've edited out the parents' names, but I think this will be my new go-to wording for baby quilt labels where the name of the baby is not yet known.  Baby is due in the next couple of weeks - I'm wishing Cathy a smooth and safe delivery and looking forward to meeting the newest member of her little family.

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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Caturday Wisdom #135

The key to camouflage is choosing somewhere super-obvious but staying very still. Ivy

Believe it or not, it took some searching before we found the cats this day. We had both just come home from a walk with our Dad and the family dog, both of which Ralph had laid eyes on but they hadn't come into the house or anything but the cats were nowhere to be seen.
They're very much 'scaredy-cats', they don't like strangers and particularly men with loud voices so they will often disappear temporarily if we get a courier delivery or visitors.
We know their normal hiding spots by now but after checking them all we were flummoxed until out of the corner of my eye I saw something by the window which turned out to be Ivy in weasel-mode! We had spent a good 5 minutes looking and calling them by this point so she had been watching us the whole time from her window spot.
Eventually we also discovered Ralph's rather terrible attempt at hiding, his head was hidden to be fair but there's quite a lot more to Ralph than just his head...

I don't know if their hiding or our seeking is more embarrassing.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Lizzy House Meadow Quilt class - one place left


Unfortunately, one of the participants in the Lizzy House Meadow quilt class I am organising has had to drop out.  It's a real shame, but it does mean that a place has opened up for one more person to join the class.  If you've been thinking about coming along, now is your chance.

The class is in Wellington on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 October 2014.  You can find all the detailed information about the class here.  If you would like to attend, please send an email to adriannereid at gmail dot com.  The place will be filled on a first come first served basis, so don't wait too long.

Make sure you check out all the Meadow Quilts appearing on instagram - there are so many beautiful examples!


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Caturday Wisdom #134

"This is just my face" is always a valid excuse. Paris
Paris the Persian lives in Australia and thus is an international guest!
Ralph and Ivy have had a great week: a trip outdoors on the weekend, I was at home on Monday and Tuesday and they got to sniff my vomit bucket (very intriguing) and Adrianne kept them company working from home on Wednesday (she did not catch my bug luckily).
They have not had any photos taken though, which is why Paris is featuring today. Thanks Paris!