Karen Cunningham brought along lots of gorgeous quilts and inspired me to embrace the year ahead once again.
I am mindful not to take on too much this year, as I have my father very ill, and I know I will have to increase my trips to Melbourne, so along with my own doctors visits to Melbourne, I am imagining quite a few trips in the car.
Summer school ended and two days later I had to go to Melbourne, then arrived back home and then my husband and I went to Hobart for four days. It was gorgeous, beautiful and cool, quiet and relaxing. I am glad I dont still live there, but its possibly my favorite place to visit.
There is a wonderful art supplies shop in Hobart "Artery", and as I also love to draw, I made my annual visit to the store. They have probably been there for years, but I found some great pencils, "progresso" graphite pencils. They are woodless pencils, finished in a lacquer, but absolutely wonderful to mark dark fabrics. They are easily sharpened and with a bit of sandpaper, the point can be kept sharp. Best thing is they were $1.70 each. I bought a silver and a white one, but they came in all colours.
Somehow I think we get a little ripped off with our quilting pencils! I have to go to Melbourne this weekend, so I will search for them down there. Now I have discovered them I need back up supplies!
In my few hours I have done anything, I started on my Hope Valley quilt. I had a pack of 25cm strips of each fabric, so along with my stash of black and white shirting fabrics, I am slowly piecing a quilt. It will be large as I am determined to use up fabric this year, and I just wanted a new quilt to put in the car. I had a pile of 2 1/2" squares left over from a few quilts, so that determined the size of the corner triangles. A big effort this week might see it finished.The collection is such a happy one, I love it.
Now I must get back to work, tonight I have my Monday night girls back for sewing. We have a new member Portia, born in the break, so I hope she comes with her mum.