Monday, October 31, 2011

Blogger's BOM and much more

Here are my next 2 blocks for the Blogger's BOM organised by Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works. This month's block was designed by Vicki Welsh of Field Trips in Fibre. Click here to go to Jackie's post with  a list of all the contributing bloggers.

I have started the next block of Friends of Baltimore. Below is a progress photo.

Here is where I am up to now....

Still a long way to go!

Today I started my next Roseville Album block.  Much larger pieces of fabric in this one! Lol

I have also done a little bit more to my medallion....

Lots of piecing in the next round.

Yesterday I went to Bendigo with my DD to see the White Wedding Dress exhibition. The majority of the exhibition was from a collection brought to Australia from the V and A in London. A small selection of Australian bridal fashion was also shown.

It was a fascinating display of old and new wedding fashion spanning 200 years. Alongside gowns by couturiers as diverse as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang  were creations lovingly made and passed down by families both in the United Kingdom and Australia. Old and new were displayed next to a dress made from curtain fabric during war time rationing and a beaded gown with a 12 foot train. There were stunning appliqued lace veils and hand made satin shoes. Modern Australian bridal wear was represented by several designers including Melbourne's Gwendolynne Burkin,  Toni Maticevski and milliner Richard Nylon and Akira Isogawa from Sydney.

All of the older gowns and many of the newer ones were displayed in glass cases. For us there were several "how did they make that!" moments where we would have loved to be able to look at the dresses more closely. (from the inside!) Some of the designs were amazing!

It was wonderful to see that some of the dresses had been kept by families for over 100 years.

There is a book published by the V and A that shows a greater proportion of their wedding fashion collection.

On the way home we detoured via Castlemaine to visit Threadbear. (of course!)

I have started collecting fabrics to join in with Janet's quilt along to make a version of Susan McCord's Trailing Vines.  I found the "perfect" backing fabric here during the week. That is the fabric on the right in the photo below.
The red and green fabrics on the left (for the sashing and vines) and the "bee" fabric (for the background) I found yesterday.

It is great to be sewing again!! :)


  1. Your applique blocks are amazing. Requires too much patience for me. I have only admiration for people who can make entire quilts like that. I like the blocks from Canton Quilts blog. Much easier.

  2. Great blocks. Your applique is beautiful.

  3. Great the BOM blocks...must do mine!

  4. Such lovely work. I have both those applique patterns but have not allowed myself to start until I get a few projects done. But you are tempting me!

  5. Well, Your Blogger's BOM looks great!! And the Baltimore album... Wow!! good luck with this quilt. I look forward to seeing it grow. hugs

  6. As usual you have more going on than anyone I know! Everything looks wonderful! I can't wait to see your progress on the FOB block. I'm gathering fabrics for Trailing Vines, too.

  7. I'm just drooling over your current projects and loving that you've got three biggies on the go,
    It looks like applique heaven.
    I have to know the name of the backing fabric, how fantastic for this project. I love the green and red and have to have some bee fabric too because the bee is my thing.

  8. Sounds like you are enjoying yourself jumping from project to project. Good to hear that you were able to have a day out with DD.
    Threadbare is still on my list of shops to visit. I always visit her booth at the shows but the shop has eluded me so far.
    Don't overdo your stitching and take care of those hands.

  9. Oh, that bee fabric is fantastic.
    I did not even recognize your Blogger blocks as being this months block. I made one but the look of yours is so different. Love them.
    I am sure that wedding dress exhibit was fun to see.
    Love your newest Roseville block. So pretty!