Monday, November 21, 2011

"I'm Not Going Overseas"

Two of our sewing group friends were lucky enough to travel overseas during the month of October, leaving the rest of us green with envy and missing their company each week.  We decided to make a "I'm Not  Going Overseas" doll quilt as a bit of fun and have something to show them when they returned.  We chose the "Shoo Fly Doll quilt" from the Civil War Sewing Circle book by Kathleen Tracy.  This is mine pictured above all quilted and bound.  I love how it turned out.

Here is a group photo.  Back row left is Marg's,  then mine.  Front row left is Jan's, then Nicole's.  We had so much fun making them, we decided to make another one from the same book.

"One-Patch Doll Quilt"

Back row left is Jan's, then mine.  Front row is Marg's.

I am still working on Irish Circles.  I am beginning to wonder if I will ever finish this quilt.  Above is the last of the circles and two of the corner blocks.

Another of the corner blocks and some of the little circles that go in the centre.

My mother and father's wedding day 7.1.1956

I had the pleasure of going on a road trip with the girls a few weeks ago.  We headed off to Bendigo to visit the V & A Wedding Dress exhibition.  I was only going along for the ride and was surprised at how much I really enjoyed it.  There were wedding dresses from the 1700's to modern day.  The detail and work on the dresses were stunning and it is really quite amazing to think they are in such good condition after all this time. 

After Bendigo, it was onto Castlemaine, the home of Corliss and Threadbear patchwork shop.  I love their stand at the quilt shows in Melbourne but had never had the opportunity to visit them.  I was not disappointed.  Their shop is amazing and I wish it was closer and easier to get to from here. 

Another outing of a different kind on Friday night.  The Cold Chisel concert.  We were very lucky to have it in our town and they played to an audience of 12,500 people.  It was a fantastic night!  The weather was great (just as well as it was outside).  I know its not much of a photo but there's Barnesy in the white.

Buddy Boy

I have been such a bad blogger lately.  I have been "lurking" at everyone but being really lazy and not leaving any comments.  I'm sorry  and hopefully can get back into some sort of routine.  I don't know where my head has been lately!

Sue-Anne xxx


Susan said...

Glad you're back Sue-Anne. Looks like you've been busy - really love the doll quilts and those Irish circles....I'm feeling some strong temptation every time you post about them! Cold Chisel was fantastic in our town too, and Buddy is a darling.

Shirley said...

It is always a pleasure to see you post something Sue-Anne and I can see how busy you have been. Irish Circles is going to be an amazing quilt and such lovely dolly quilts too.

Frances Leate said...

I just love the "I'm not going overseas" quilts and as that has been me for the last couple of years I feel I should make one too. The Irish Circles are looking good and it will be an amazing quilt. Happy stitching.

Doniene said...

Lovely quilts!! How fun to do group projects like that!!! Love the fabrics and your Irish Circles always amaze me!!!

Have a great week. Blessings

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Just love all the Shoo Fly Doll quilts... so pretty!

baukje said...


gloria said...

Te felicito por tus trabajos, son muy bonitos. Saludos.

Meredith said...

Please keep working on Irish Circles, I have not even started mine. I enjoy watching your progress. The doll quilts are adorable.

Karen said...

Fun to see the doll quilts made with different color ranges. Hard to pick a favorite. The one with all the blues does pique my interest.

Ineke van den Akker said...

Fantastic! Just love this!

Terry said...

The doll quilts are great eye candy. Love the colors. I remember Castlemaine but not Threadbear. Then again I was into spinning and dying in thoes days.
Irish circles will come together. It's the sort of quilt that takes time. I find I need other diversions along the way.

Julia said...

Lovely quilts..Love the doll quilt, and the Irish circles.
It's so hard to keep up wuth everyone's blogs..so much time!
Julia ♥

Elyte said...

Love the quilts and the concept of the "Not going overseas quilts".
A great way to share time with friends.
I look forward to visiting Threadbare sometime next year.
Your parents make a very handsome couple, lovely photo.
How are the ears after the concert?

Cybele's patch said...

You have been busy lately. the doll quilts are adorable. Love them all. the Irish circle are beautiful. They look very difficult to me.

Lisa said...

Love your circles! And your quilts are my favorites of the doll quilts. Maybe because they are both blue. ;) I love that border fabric in the first one, and wouldn't have though to use it the short way.

Karen said...

Well done, so many lovely doll quilts!

Kathie said...

this made me laugh! I love your little quilts, especially the first one, ah blues are just so pretty, great border fabric!
I love them all, and those blocks your making are great, the circles I LOVE those blocks!!!!