Sunday, December 17, 2006

I have run away from home for a few days, and I'm staying with my friend Kaye and quilting some quilts on one of her Statler computerised longarms. Her workshop is a place of wonders, a little slice of quilting heaven. I needed to catch up with the latest developments and get some of my tops quilted.

It's a nice break, and I'm enjoying the bushland setting, and the wildlife. These are some Sulphur Crested Cockatoos that come in for a feed each morning. There were 12 of them there yesterday, quite a gathering. There were kangaroos about early this morning, but I didn't get my camera in time.

It's actually been raining on and off since I got here, which is most welcome. The hills and fields here are so dry they look dark red and sunburnt, it's hard to believe that they will ever green up again. Water is a real worry for most Australians these days, Sydney has only a 2-4 year water supply if the normal rain pattern doesn't resume. This drought is very damaging.

I've tried out some new patterns, and I'm designing more, and just having a nice time of it. I will get home just in time to do the last minute Christmas stuff, and then relax and wait for the day. My treat to myself at Christmas is to do a few jigsaws and let everyone else take care of themselves.

The pattern on the Double Weave top is from my Pantograph Plus pack, and doesn't have a name yet. The pattern on the Single Irish Chain is Clover Meadow, which is still my favourite pattern. I just love the way it quilted up on this quilt; it's exactly the way I imagined it.

Time for lunch and more coffee, then it's back to work. Sometimes you have to get away from everyday life to get something achieved.


Anonymous,  2:11 PM  

the qulits look great -- really like the first pantograph... Sounds like a great Christmas present to yourself to take some time away. :-)

Anonymous,  6:23 PM  

The texture on the quilts is wonderful - and I LOOVE the colours and pattern on the chain one - so calming and pretty. A relaxing few days away is always good to recharge the batteries :-)

Anonymous,  6:52 PM  

The clovers on the Irish Chain look terrific. Sounds like you're having a very productive escape!

Anonymous,  9:17 AM  

As usual, just LOVE those quilts- and the colours!
Glad you are having such a good time!

Anonymous,  3:58 PM  

I love the way you have quilted. I wish I could manage to quilt like this. But on my little sewingmachine it is not possible....I think.

Anonymous,  8:35 PM  

Wow, the pics are all great! Look at those birds, just beautiful (the quilts are pretty too of course though!)
It's so nice to kind of get away for a bit especially in this hectic time of year.

Anonymous,  10:44 PM  

Lovely quilt patterns, I use your pantos, often. I had no idea that you all were facing a dought. Hope the rain comes soon. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous,  10:32 PM  

What a seriously good looking machine! I want one, but I'd have to have a new house to put it in - way too expensive don'tcha think?

keryn 3:12 PM  


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