Sunday, 20 September 2009

Mid Autumn Festival

On Saturday evening my mother in law and I were invited to go to the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown. The Guest of Honour was the President of Singapore. It was a wonderful evening full of children performing dances, dragon dances and fireworks. The highlight of the evening was when a quilt made by my quilting ladies (Granny Quilts) was presented to the President (below left).
What a great privilege it is for the opportunity to make something special for a head of state. Congratulations to the ladies for a job well done!
The quilt is called "Mid- Autumn Festival through Chinatown Windows" and was designed by my boss Terence.
My mother in law is going home to Holland on Tuesday. It has been a real blessing having her here and the house will be terribly quiet when she is gone. I know Misty will really miss her too...... hmmm, time to put the dog on a diet!
This week I have been working on my black and white quilt....not that I feel like I have made much progress on it. It still is hard to see what it will be. Yesterday I had to cut a whole piece out as I wasnt happy with one of the fabric choices. Still not sure about this one......
The remainder of my quilts are now in NZ waiting for the upcoming Quilt sale in October. My walls were looking a bit bare so I have hung up one of the pictures from the pastels course that I did last year. My son asked me the next morning where the picture came from....and boy was he surprised when I said that I had made it. He didnt know I had made another picture (with orchids) and that has been hanging on the wall in the lounge since the beginning of the year. Maybe I need to sign my name a little larger!
Well thats all from me....till next time

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Day 2 Quilting

I had another day of working on my quilt today...two days in a row is something that rarely happens. Did make some progress on my quilt today but it still doesn't look like much.

working with a limited palette should have made it easier (or so I thought) but it has really been a lot harder than first thought. I seem to have been pulling more pieces off than on today and the red just seems to jump off the page.

Here's hoping that once the centre pieces are done that it will actually look like something. Hmmm I need to think about this one for a while. No time for quilting tomorrow.....I guess my family will want some food in the cupboards!

Happy quilting

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

big red red blobs?

Today I spent the day working on my new quilt. Ahhh it was lovely quilting again. I havent had much time for that lately. Here is a photo of my progress so far........

Can you guess what it's supposed to be? Hmmm. Maybe it really does look like a bunch of red blobs ( like my daughter thinks)

Watch this space.....

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Lunch in Chinatown

This last week my mum-in law and I went out for a traditional chinese lunch with the ladies (and Terence) from "Granny Quilts". We were treated to lots of different kinds yummy food and my first time eating Peking Duck. Delicious!! The ladies have been working so hard and it was lovely being able to share this meal with them and try some local food as well.

Today I got a copy of the article about "Granny Quilts" in the "Voices" magazine. This is a local magazine put out by the Central Districts Council Development Board which our co-operative is part of. Its great publicity for these ladies and a real encouragement for them.

I have started a new quilt this week. It is based on a photo that I took of the Marina Bay Bridge in Singapore. I have been playing with this photo in Photoshop and even managed to print it out to a workable size. This quilt will be a bit different to other quilts that I have done so we will see how it works out! Watch this space!

My "tree" quilt will be winging it's way to NZ later in the year as it will be going to my Mum and Dad.

Well thats all for now...Happy quilting!