Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Farmers Wife week 2

I appear to be winning here!

4 blocks made over the past few days as well as some machine quilting and class prep for the weekend. 
I am teaching 'all about machine quilting with rulers' at a local shop, so much to get ready- just when I think I have it done! I have taught it before, but each class I seem to update my resources as I buy more rulers and practice more at home with them. There are so many great rulers to choose from!

The red and white blocks are coming along nicely, although I did have to break the "no more fabric purchase" rule and get some 'white with red' fabric, I seem to have lots of solid and darker fabrics, but not much of the lighter ones.

I am enjoying playing with some of the more interesting fabrics too, the stripes, beetles and spots are a bit of fun!

This is a really good plan- the Weekly Art Project, and I hope to stick to it, it is making me more aware to blog each week, and also to upload my pics on Instagram too.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Weekly art project - the Farmers Wife

I have had the Farmers Wife book for a few years now, my son gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago. Now is the time to start the blocks. Inspired by Brenda Gael Smith, it's a weekly project. 
Weekly art project 2017.
My aim is to construct at least 2 blocks if not more each week.
Red and white are my colours, I have plenty of fabric! and I have washed it all with colour catchers!
Posting on Instagram as well might inspire me to finish.
My son is in South America, mainly Colombia, perhaps it will be a welcome home quilt!
My life is revolving around work and machine quilting! Planning classes and preparing class samples takes a lot of time! But in between work and other things that must be done, I am really enjoying using my Bernina Q20.
 Pictures on Instagram janemadlyquilting, as well as below.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Some prizes and some fun!

A little post holiday depression has had me not blogging for a bit. Now that I am back on board, here is the news.
The Queensland Quilters exhibition, held in conjunction with Expertise Events Craft and Quilt Fair was on the day I returned from Italy! what a big week.
One of my quilts won best theme quilt- half square triangles, another received a judges commendation in the small modern category.
This is a special quilt for my fiend Suzanne, she has a particular fondness for flamingo's

The small quilt has also just been selected for the Australian Modern Quilt Show to be held in Sydney in November. A little bit of excitement there, its nice to be exhibiting nationally.

I currently have one quilt overseas travelling with the World Quilt Show, one travelling with Expertise Events as part of the AQC challenge, and another travelling with EE as part of my local Broadstrokes special exhibition, that has also been to Taiwan!

Life is busy, and as we head to the end of the year there are a few competition quilts to be made , and some pieces for another Broadstrokes exhibition. No rest here for me...
I am also playing with my new Berina Q20 and a new ruler foot and some fun rulers.

 Life as a quilter is very exciting, so many wonderful quilts to see, be made and many friends to share them with!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Italy for a beginner!

We have had such a wonderful time in Italy! I was not sure what to expect, however have been pleasantly surprised.
So many secret places to explore. Milan was a bit of a culture shock, but we survived the traffic and shops and had some fun experiences, dinner at a small restaurant after the last supper your was fun!
A short hiatus where we went to Stein am Rhein, the Bernina factory, then onto Strasbourg. What fun we had exploring those towns.
I had a very nice 2 days at the European Patchwork meeting, met some very friendly locals who helped me on my way. I was inspired by the many quilts, both art and traditional.
Next onto Innsbruk- another surprise location! Great food, wine, fun and a time spent watching a skier goingg down the high slope!
Venice was a delight, after we escaped the bus tour groups! Burano and Murano were amazing. Would love to go back and just sit! Fantastically placed Airbnb!
Florence bought us more crowds, but also some fun with a Tuscan dinner , and a spur of the momemt- Fiat 500 drive in the country side! Excellent!
2 days the Cinque Terre was not enough, we did try to extend. A highlight was not Peter falling down and injuring his knee at the end of a vary arduous 3 hour walk in searing heat, but the amazing tracks was unbelievable!
At the European Patchwork meeting, taken by my mew friend, she spoke no English, i can count to ten in French, and order coffee and wine!

Sausages at EPM

Peter in the Fiat we had to Fold ourselves into!

Sunset at cinque terre

At the top of a gruelling Hill!

View from the top of the gruelling Hill!

The Colosseum, just down the end of our street!

Church floor, my fav

More church floor

Cinque terre!
views and the sunset cruise with amazing views!
Now we are in Rome, some history here! Funnily enough some of our best finds have been accidental and unexpected!
Am so not looking forward to the flight home and the fact that my work uniform will not fit! However it's quilt show week and I have won a prize, so a treat awaits me!
We have had some fantastic accommodation, all except the first, airbnb you are really quite good!

Monday, September 19, 2016

European patchwork meeting visit

We have just had a lovely few days in Strasbourg, I went to the EPM, Peter strolled then drove around Strasbourg and its suburbs!
The EPM was interesting, my French is terribly basic, however I managed quite well!
There were many small venues and churches along with larger venues full of quilts , mostly art quilts by European artists, and not , well to my eye, influenced by traditional American patchwork.
There were buses to take viewers to the 4 different towns, I just followed the crowd!
My favourite pieces were the ones curated by Nancy Crow, large, bold, I bought the book. I really wanted to sit for a bit, sadly no chairs. I saw these quilts twice I was so impressed!
There were a few smaller exhibitions of work in series by several quilters, the works by Ann Johnston were magnificent. It was good to see progression over the years in their work and some really simple yet very effective art quilts!
The European quilters seem to work a little differently, which was quite refreshing.
There were also some antique quilts that had been machine quilted by a handi quilter ! These were wonderful!
I saw a woman wearing a Suffolk puff hat, then a bit later  I saw her from the front! She had a colourful Suffolk puff dress on! I thought it may have been a bit rude to take a picture of her from the front!
All in all a wonderful few days. Inspiring, busy full of wonderful things. I bought one skein of thread, one book, a Mola kit and a magnet. Thrifty!
My Mola stitching work from my class with Marion Wetter

A refreshing beer on a busy afternoon

Waiting for the bus back to Selestat, then a scramble to catch a train

That hat! With matching dress under the coat!

Lastly a picture of me taken by a new French friend I met on the bus! I saw her and her friends later on in the day, they greeted me like an old friend.
The find of the day - when I got cold and didn't have a jacket! was a green jacket I bough for 2 Euro's at the local Vinnies! Perfect!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Peter and I are enjoying a lovely and lively holiday. First, a week in London, lots of walking, training and just a little cycling yesterday!
We have seen palaces, galleries, towers and gardens!
A day trip to Stone Henge and Bath with a very lively guide was a fun day!
Excellent porridge at Bill's, they have free wifi and ok coffee, a feature of our holiday- food, wifi and drink!
Afternoon tea with the Queen, shame - paper cups, I did enjoy her dresses! Wonder if the cutlery is biodegradable?
 A tapestry at the V&A, inspiring
 Sunken garden at Kensington palace, a nice little place to sit and rest
 I was warmly welcomed by the London Modern quilt guild, a nice meeting.
Tyvek period costume at Kensington palace.
We went to the theatre to see Michael Crawford last night, sadly he is ill! However the show was wonderful!
We are off to Edinburgh today on the train, seeing and nook packed!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Free wifi and other news

Searching for free wifi in London is interesting! We take our mobile phones and the generic home wifi for granted!
Never Mind, there is so much to see and do, we hardly have time to use computer, however googling addresses and finding shops and other landmarks a little free wifi comes in handy.
Pictures another day. It's my husband's birthday today, also the 19 th anniversary of the death of Diana. An interesting array of memorial notices and flowers at the gate of Kensington palace.
Off to the Tower of London today!