Oops! that sounds bad.  I’ve been a very bad blogger!  It’s been so long since I’ve blogged I don’t know where to start.  So I’ll just post some pics of random things and see how that goes.

Margaret & Irene were barely back from their trip to the US when it was time to go up to the Sydney Quilt Show.  Last year it was just Margaret & I who went, but this year we five of us from our local quilt guild and Irene flew up and a jolly time was had by all.

We all did a little shopping at the show.  I was far more restrained this year that I was last, although some weren’t.  Just as well some people took very large cases!

Some lovely fabrics from the show

Note the Smithsonian fabric, 3rd on the left.  I was walking around the aisles, and stepped back to look at a quilt on a shop stand wall and stepped into some mad woman going helter skelter through a box of fabric.  It was Margaret, of course, who had found Smithsonian fabric!  All I can say was just as well I bumped into her or I would have walked right past, and it was a fabric I didn’t have!

We did a little shopping the next day away from the show, I don’t think any of us thought to take a photo of us as we hit Kathy Doughty’s lovely shop Material Obsession on the Saturday.  I picked up some lovely fabric for my modern fabric basket quilt I’m making, even if it is on hiatus at the moment.

I couldn’t resist the top fabric with it’s lovely background

I’ve been using my design wall regularly, there’s always something left up, so I don’t know how I lived without it before.

I’m not sure yet how I’ll set these, I have some ideas circulating in my head.

and I’ve finally finished my Texas Rose Baskets quilt and written the pattern, which I’ve named Leanah in tribute to the maker of the original quilt who was only 12 years old when she made her quilt.

I’m really please with how Margaret quilted it as it’s a sweet little quilt and I think she found the spirit of it.  Here it is waiting for the binding which you can see on the left.

Waiting for the binding.

Margaret kindly let me take photo’s of Leanah using her new beaut quilt photography stand.

From the back

and another from the front

Leanah aka Texas Rose baskets

I put a little history of the original quilt in the pattern and I’d like to thank Sue Garman for kindly letting me use one of her photographs in my pattern.

Well there’s lots more I could talk about but I’ll try and leave that for another post, in the not to distant future.