I think it is the first time since I planted them,about 14 years ago, that all 3 colours have flowered at the same time! The beautiful yellow “Bahloo” iris really supports the tradition that a touch of yellow in the garden (as well as in patchwork) gives the eye, and heart, a lift. The other 2 colours are “High Waters”, a rich dark blue & “Jesse’s Song”, a variegated white with a purple edge. Even the names make me think of the names we give to our textile projects.
Fortunately they are all long flowering varieties so, even though I was away at patchwork events over several weekends in October, I still managed to enjoy the floral display.
I also enjoyed the North of the Yarra Quilt exhibition early in the month. It is held every second year and for the past few years the exhibition has been at the Eltham Community Centre, a lovely building set in a bush garden on a gentle slope. This location adds to the wonderful ambiance that the Guild creates with their innovative exhibition layout combining a mix of quilts, bags and other small textile objects made by members.
I was there as part of the Market Hall. I don’t take the shop travelling very often so, when I do, I appreciate the opportunity to talk people about Aurifil thread. It is also fun to see everyone inspired to go home to stitch after they have seen the exhibition.
When I have a market stand at quilt shows I try to stock the “travelling shop” with a variety of Aurifil threads, braids, patchwork & quilting tools, quilt labels, gifty items & greeting cards.
As one of the Exhibition sponsors it was also my pleasure to select the winning quilt for the Surface Decoration Category.
I hope you agree with my selection. I chose this delightful Jacobean candlewick style quilt, embroidered by Lily Sislov and machine quilted by Leanne Kaufmann of Leanne’s Quilting Service. (Photos listed with Lily Sislov’s kind permision)
In her quilt description, Lily says that she used one colour of pearl embroidery thread to stitch out designs from an Anchor “Crewelwork” embroidery book. Leanne’s quilting design complimented the embroidery perfectly.
Lily is now the lucky owner of a varied collection of Aurifil threads, the prize for the category.
My other October weekend excursion was to join the Waverley Patchwork Guild’s Retreat at Forest Edge, on the edge of the Latrobe River, just out of Neerim.
I was invited to be the guest shop for the weekend and, although I was officially there to work, I could enjoy all the usual benefits of a textile retreat.
No meals to prepare!
No washing up!
No need to worry about the weather outside!
Plenty of time to stitch from breakfast to supper!
Lots of laughter!
A themed dinner party!
Lots of entertainment!
I even managed to stitch down 8 leaves on my ongoing appliqué. I started this appliqué 2 years ago, in a class with Mariya Waters. If you ever have the opportunity to take a class with Mariya it is not to be missed. She is a talented and generous teacher who explains the techniques very patiently.