Saturday, 24 February 2007

A new post at last...

Wow, the last few weeks have flown past. Settlement day on the sale of our old house and the purchase of the new house was February 9. We rented our old house from the new owners for 3 weeks so that we could get some jobs done at the new house while it was still empty. The carpet has gone and a floating timber floor laid. The painter finished this morning so the house will look a lot lighter inside. It was painted bright blue in some parts and a sort of mid-orange in other parts. Some of the ceilings are timber cathedral ceilings and the others were painted a dark yellow. It looked very dark inside. We've had the yellow ceilings painted white and the walls painted vanilla frost which is a warm cream colour. Maybe a bit bland but I have lots of bright quilts to hang on the walls. Our furniture and 'stuff' will be moved on Wednesday so we have today and tomorrow to finish packing. On Tuesday we have to go to Launceston as I have 2 appointments there - one at 9.30am and one at 4pm, which means the whole day is a write-off.

Murray and I have just been to Melbourne for a few days so that I could go the the Australasian Quilt Convention which is held each February. We stopped at a hotel which shares foyer space with the convention centre. It was wonderful! I didn't do any classes but went to a couple of lectures which were very interesting. One was by Jenny Bowker ane one was by Ruth McDowell. The highlight for me was a display of work by some Egyptian tent makers from Cairo. It was the most amazing applique work. We bought 2 pieces but they are being mailed at the end of the convention. When I get them I will post some photos.

On the quilting front, I have been practicing quilting feathers. I've really enjoyed it and think I might be ready to try it on a real quilt LOL. I'll add some photos in here so you can see what I've been doing. Let me know what you think.


Anne Brown said...

Hi Cathryn
Your quilting is so wonderful, your feathers look fantastic. I've just spent some time this afternoon trying to quilt hearts on a wall hanging I made last year. They are sooo aweful I was going to undo them. Then I decided the wonkyness of the hearts looked rustic so maybe I'd just leave them alone. Why can't I quilt half as good as you. good luck with the moving, I hope all goes well.
See you soon

kathy said...

Your feathers are awesome!

Susan said...

I just connected to your blog and read back a few days/weeks. I love your feathers and the variations you have created -- I too have just recently figured out how to form feathers, but am in the beginning practice faze! Just doing practice 'sandwiches' and using up my scraps of batting -- hoping to get as smooth and even as your forms are!