Friday, September 3, 2010

New Pattern On Our Website - "Geometry and Grace".

Hi Quilters,

This is just a little blog note to let you know that we now have a new pattern on our web site called, "Geometry and Grace". It is a pattern made up of blocks in an unusual configuraation. They have a centre part made from 8 triangles and the outer part is a wavy border that has it's edge covered with leaf stem bias. It has some great secondary patterns as well. It would suit either an experienced quilter or someone wanting to start out, especially if their foray is into the world of applique.
For our Australian web browers we have a special of free postage on any patterns for the month of September. But I am sorry that we are unable to extend that to our overseas customers as postage is just too expensive for such a small business as ours.
I hope you are all still thoroughly enjoying your quilting and that there is sunshine in your life.
Actually, I feel for the USA people because I have been watching some of the tennis - another love in my life - and you guys have had some pretty hot weather over there.

Til the next time,
Happy quilting,


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick little note to tell you about my big win at the Victorian Quilters Showcase Quilt Show in Melbourne last week. I won Runner Up in the Mainly Applique - professional section for my "Hearts and Vines" quilt. The same quilt also won a Judges Commendation. I was so overjoyed as it is a state show and I didn't expect to even get a look in there. I won some beautiful prizes, too.

It is the second time I have entered a show and won prizes and I still find it hard to believe because there are so many divine quilts being made and entered.

The quilt that won Best of Show was staggeringly beautiful with such fine detail and gorgeous work. So often these days I am stunned speechless (no mean feat) by the scale of magnificent and spectacular creativity that is going on among women (and increasingly, men) around us everywhere in the quilting world.

It was also wonderful to see some many young people taking up quilting as well, and putting their work in the show.

It is still quite cold here and I am longing for the warmer weather, although it is still very dry as we seem to have had little rain this winter.

Til the next time,
Happy quilting,

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

July 1st - Quilting

Hi Everyone,

Again, it is an age since I have done a blog post but here I am.

June was a very exciting month with the Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine having my quilt, "Fuchsia fanfare" on the front cover and a profile of me inside. It was such an honour to be in the magazine, let alone have my first published quilt pattern on the front cover. I was elated.

I have recently completed another quilt that may go into the magazine and I have also just finished a small Jacobean wall hanging which was a lot of fun. One day I will work out how to put photos on my blog and will show you what I am on about.

We are in the middle of winter here and it has been very cold. I have just read in today's paper that we are having a colder winter than the previous couple of years and it really does feel that way. However, it is perfect quilting weather.

I have spent a lot of time in the garden of late, too, as it seems that winter in the garden is a very busy time; there always seems so much to do like pruning and preparation for spring. But even when it is cold it is still nice to be out there in the crisp air, if it isn't windy.

Til the next time, happy quilting.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

For The Love of Quilting

Hi Everyone,

It's a new year and already we are well on our way to Easter. Time really does fly, especially when we have lots of fun projects that we want to work on.

I wish to inform everyone that we now have a change in our PO Box number. We used to have our box in the city but when it came up for renewal we decided to get one close to home. So our new PO address is Robian Applique Designs,
PO Box 7545, Geelong West, Victoria, 3218 Australia.

I went off up to Bendigo early yesterday morning, to see my nephew play soccer and what a lovely little surprise, of the quilting variety, I had. Tom (nephew) didn't have his first game til after lunch so we had some free time. AND, what else does a quilter do when she/he has free time away from home, but go to the quilt fabric shops, of course.

I found a shop in Bendigo called Honeysuckle Stained Glass and Patchwork which, as an appliquer, had me salivating. Nicky stocks among the best, most beautiful and somewhat prolific range of tone on tone (among other things) fabrics that I have come across in this state. Her fabrics are to dye for (sorry) and she also stocks a full range of Fossil Fern Fabric. WOW - I was over the moon and will be telling everyone about it and returning to that shop again. If you love applique, as I do, you will be in applique paradise in this shop.

There are several other quilting stores in the beautiful city of Bendigo, also, so it is well worth a drive if you don't live in the area.

Tom played brilliantly in his two soccer games and kicked most of the team goals. They won their first match and had a draw in the second. I would have loved to have been there again today to see his other games but we were unable to find accommodation. But there will always be another time. I hope you have good matches again today, Tom. Congratulations on your fabulous playing.

I hope everyone rushed out and got their copy of Homespun magazine in January which had my pattern "Wattle Day" and profile in it. Also, I hope you all get Australian Patchwork and Quilting for February as some of my quilts were in that also, from when we had our Geelong Quilting Exhibition.

Til next time - happy quilting