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News from Flowerpot

It’s been a while since I last wrote here, and a lot has happened.

In a  nutshell – annus horribilis I think it could be called.

Mid January I had a fall, so easily done, and broke both ankles in three places.  Three months off my feet, no walking, no driving, no sewing. Then learning to walk again after the second lot of surgery.

It’s been hard going but I am getting there.  Crutches gone, one walking stick in the car as my security prop when walking on uneven ground.  The surgeon said it would take 12 months to fully recover, and with the help of much physio-therapy I am determined to make it by Christmas.  🙂

They say retail therapy is good for the soul, well my therapy is doing this in reverse.  The Tasmanian Quilting Guild is having their major quilt exhibition Island Quilts as part of the Tasmanian Quilt Expo 16-18 September in Hobart.  I will be there as Flowerpot Quilts selling lots of fabrics, kits, books, patterns, threads etc.

Tas Quilt Expo Poster a3

More later.  Keep smiling 🙂


Best of Show and the Craft Fair

It is a whole week since the Craft Fair and Quilt Show in Hobart, and I have come down to ground level once more after having the honour of having my art quilt judged first in the Art-Professional category and then Best of Show in the Tas Quilting Guild’s Island Quilts quilt show in Hobart.  For my regular readers, you may remember I wrote about it last year when I was creating it, and when it appeared as my centrepiece at the Deloraine Craft Fair

Heavens Above

Heavens Above – Fireworks series #2

My prize was a Bernina 750QE –

Bernina 750QE

Bernina 750QE

It’s bigger than my old Bernina 1230, which I have used for more than 25 years. The sewing table just isn’t big enough now, (it was a school desk in a former life)  – I think that’s a good enough reason to have something larger and specially built in the new studio don’t you?

As a first timer at the Craft Fair with my shop, I think I did quite well, and might seriously think about it again next year

Flowerpot Quilts at the Craft Fair, Hobart

Flowerpot Quilts at the Craft Fair, Hobart

Till next time, keep warm 🙂



Fiery sunrise followed by fog

I am having a few problems with my new Samsung Tablet, bought now so I could take it overseas with me.  Yesterday’s post happened accidentally while working out settings on the unfamiliar screen.  DD was guiding me through  – blind leading the blind, she has an iPad, a bit different – when she said “Ooh, you posted that!” .  Hurriedly edited the picture with the apology and updated.  Now I think about it, I could have deleted it then instead, but it was already appearing in readers’ mailboxes, so too late anyway. 🙂

This was yesterday’s sunrise, absolutely brilliant for about 10 minutes –

Red sunrise

Fiery red sunrise

And then today was nothing like it.  The sun didn’t ‘come up’ at all, we had one of our regular May fogs, actually the first one for this year I think.  Behind the fog is the neighbour’s vineyard.

Fog over the vineyard

Fog over the vineyard

I have been madly quilting my tunnel quilt hoping to have it finished ready for the guild exhibition (end June) before I went away, but that is not going to happen.  Adding layers of tulle and organza has slowed down the process, and this needs very careful painstaking stitching, which I’m not able to do at the moment – that can wait until I get back in July when I hope to be more relaxed.  All other quilts are being left with friends who will be delivering them for me.

Less than a week now before I leave for Europe and the Internation Quilt Festival of Ireland. I shall be taking lots of photos of course, and hopefully I’ll have found a way to get them onto my Tablet by then.

Ha, the sun has come out now and we have a bright sunny day.

Sunrise and the Channel Art Trail

Yesterday morning this is what we could see while having breakfast at 7.15am

and then again 10 minutes later –

and it all went downhill from there.  The wind and rain that followed blew off most of the blossoms on the pink camellia, but the golden leucadendron (spelling ?) is still looking good.

and the red-flowering agave / aloe (?) will look brilliant in a few more days.

The biennial Channel Art Trail will be happening in a couple of weeks –

and I am among the 15 studios to be open for the 3 days.

Marcato Designs (my daughter Jennifer with her jewellery and mixed media) and the Circle of 4 Art Quilters (a display of small quilts) will be sharing my studio space, as well as having my fabric shop open to the public for the first time in its new home.  I will have a wide selection of silk scarves, journal covers, small quilts, hand-dyed fabrics and other bits and pieces on display and for sale.

So if you’re in the south of Tasmania on 24-26 August, come on down the Channel and visit some of the exhibitions and studios – especially my studio 🙂 🙂

Deloraine Craft Fair, Hoffman Challenge and gardening

Deloraine Craft Fair was on again this weekend just gone.  Daughter Jenny had never been to the fair, so we decided we would go together.  We packed up quickly  after Woodbridge Market on Sunday afternoon and headed to Launceston, a 3 hour drive, to stay the night, and be able to arrive at Deloraine, another 45 minutes away, bright and early Monday morning.

This is taken on the Mud Walls Road on the way to Launceston.  I think the dam wall has been raised, as these willows always used to be on the bank of the creek leading into the dam, but now are well and truly marooned.  I wonder how long they will survive like that living in the water.

Willows in dam seen from Mud Walls Road

One of the special exhibits at the Craft Fair was the unveiling of the Hoffman Challenge for 2011.  Click also for the 2012 challenge.

First prize - Diana Eaton

Cindy Watkins' quilt

Kate Berry's "Pineapple"

Stephanie Newman's quilt

Just 4 of the entries to be seen there.  It was quite a small exhibit, as not many entries were received.

Also on show were some of the entries from the 2010 Hoffman Challenge (New Zealand) which were chosen for the travelling exhibition.  Here are photos of 2 of those quilts, this one is by Cindy Watkins of Tasmania- her style is becoming recognisable –

Cindy Watkins' quilt

and this one is by a New Zealand quilter.  It is a side view of a lady at the races.

a lady at the races

There is always a garden plant section at the fair, and I did my homework before going and picked the stalls which had the plants I wanted for my garden, and came home with a couple of large orange and red poppies, a tree peony and a herbacious peony, several lisianthus, some named iris, and a leafy plant which has a name I can’t pronounce (or remember just now) but has red ball-like flowers which hang down under these great leaves, a flowering habit a bit like solomons seal.

And a bit of gardening this afternoon uncovered a couple of gems – these tiny fungi in amongst the old mulch, the caps are about 1 cm (or half an inch) in size

Fungi in garden mulch

and in the watering tubes in one of the large pots I found this weed growing up and out into the water bottle in the top of the tube

desperate weed

the picture says it all I think.

One lovely bright spot, or will be in a week’s time is the first rose to bloom this summer.

Red roses in bud

TQG Friendship Day

I am in Launceston today for the Tasmanian Quilting Guild’s annual Friendship Day.  I’ll have a table there to hopefully sell some of my fabrics, and a few scarves as well.  Today is all about quilters getting together in friendship, showing off some of their beautiful quilts, and it’s a great time to see lots of the local quilting and fabric shops all in the one venue.

Here are a few of my fabric packs ready for the table.  First some fat quarters and second some fat quarters in colour packs.


I’ll also have a basket of CanCan scarves, as well as some funky knitted scarves on special.


Quilt Show

This was Thursday morning sunrise, before the river fog got too thick, a good start to the day.  By the time I left for Launceston later in the morning, of course the fog had completely disappeared and it was a brilliant sunny day, just right for a 3 hour drive up the Midlands Highway.

Launceston is where the Tasmanian Craft and Quilt Fair is being held this weekend.  Lots of very lovely quilts to see.  The Best of Show for 2011 can be seen here.  The quilt is more yellow cream than the photo shows though.  It is a really lovely quilt.

I entered my Landfall 3 in the Pictorial section, and I’m thrilled to have won a Third Prize with it.

Landfall 3

It is quite a small quilt, about A2 size.  This pic was taken before I added the sailing ships on the horizon, black pen drawings.

Of course the Craft Fair was great for shopping with those businesses we don’t have in Tassie, that we usually have to use mail order for our supplies.  It is always a pleasure to meet face to face with the voices on the other end of the phone. 

I managed to do one workshop in the afternoon, making a journal cover using table napkins.  Very attractive when finished and dried.  I’ll show you later what I did, when I can get a photo of it.

Did you watch the wedding last night, wasn’t Kate a lovely bride, and don’t they make a very handsome couple.  Those little bridesmaids and page boys were so delightful and very well behaved, I’m sure it was the solemnity of the occasion.