Friday, March 14, 2014

Swooning Southern Belles signed, sealed and delivered......and lots more

Lots of photos!!!

Swooning Southern Belles has been finished for a while now, but recently we went for a road trip to deliver her to her new owner.

My MIL loves her new quilt!!! My MIL was a trained tailor,so I was a little nervous about making a quilt for her, knowing the piecing would have to be perfect! (or as good as I could get it!) I'm glad to say, after some inspection, my stitching passed! It is great to know that someone who realises all the time, effort and love that has gone into this quilt, she really appreciates and values it.

Next are a few photos from the trip. (plenty of fabric and stitching too)

The devastation of a bushfire along the highway near Morwell, Victoria.

The day we went through this area the air was quite clear. For almost 4 weeks the fire continued to burn, out of control, in an open-cut brown coal mine. The whole area was covered in smoke and ash. It was so bad people with respiratory problems, children and the elderly were encouraged to move, temporarily, from the area.

In contrast, this is the view along the road in far East Gippsland, Victoria, not too far from the border with New South Wales.

Tree ferns and tall gums.

Narooma, on the south coast of New South Wales.

A seal resting on a rock

 Moving on to the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

Now back to fabric and sewing!!!

Here are 3 delicious fabrics I found at Somerset last week. These are Dutch Heritage Gujarat by Petra Prins and Nel Kooiman. The left-most fabric is a wonderful border fabric, then 2 prints of different scales.

I have finished block 19,  of CCCQ.

While we were away I was also lucky enough to win the monthly door prize at Magic Patch Quilting in Tyabb. Quiltmania magazine and 3 fat quarters.

Lastly, some happy mail!!! A new pattern and fabric to make it.

I saw a quilt like this at Quilts in the Barn last year and I have been looking for the pattern ever since! This one I found online, through a newsletter from Mary Koval's shop, Mary Koval Antique Quilts in USA. I believe Di Ford also had a hand in designing this quilt. :)

The first block of Mountmellic is coming along. Photos soon.

Have a great week everyone! Tomorrow I am going to Castlemaine to see the inaugural quilt show organised by the Castlemaine Applique Group. (lots of details on Threadbear blog)


  1. I love taking a long drive where you go through all kinds of scenery - it makes the drive so much nicer I think - love the sea views you show and the seal. Love the quilt too and I bet she loved it.

  2. Wow Miriam, your Swoon is beautiful -- I love the way you've quilted it. And your scenery pictures are gorgeous too -- it makes me anxious to see your part of the world!

  3. I love see the Australian country. It's a beautiful country. Gosh, I want happy mail like that! Might have to check it out. And your new Dutch chintz is beautiful.

  4. You have been your Swoon, have fun at Castlemaine, I have a few friends going.

  5. Your Swoon is lovely, and yes, it's a wonderful feeling to gift a quilt to a happy recipient. You've been visiting some lovely places, I'm sure Castlemaine will be fantastic too.

  6. The quilt is quit lovely. The scenery is beautiful. Thanks for the mini tour of New South Wales.

  7. Love your CCCQ quilt and the new fabrics and pattern - more lovely chintz! Did you bring all that rain to the Southern Highlands? Thanks so much - we really appreciated it - everything is green again. Would be nice to see you in Castlemaine tomorrow - have had a wonderful day today at Threadbear's Applique School :)

  8. You cant go wrong with that Dutch chintz.
    Glad our MIL loved her quilt.
    Lovely photos of the countryside. We only got around Sydney and the BLue Mountains on our visit - we missed too much!