Friday, 28 June 2013

Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair 2013 Part II

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

I was all ready to get all the fabric together from the Craft and Quilt show and start taking photos, however, this happened.



The weather fairy decided to turn my driveway into a river and knock down the fence for the horses' paddock. Never fear, I checked that the power was off before playing with it!

So all the fabulous photos were never to happen today. The ones that just look amazing (if you don't own a studio, fancy lighting, backdrops etc) are achieved in daylight. Today's daylight was like being stuck in a cloud. So no photos :(

I haven't forgotten, I really wanna show them all off!

Cara

Friday, 21 June 2013

Chronic Fatigue gone. Time for Fibromyalgia.


As you may have read from other posts, I have a chronic illness. I don't usually name it. This is because it is hard to be diagnosed, and even then, you can sometimes find out years later that advances in medicine have discovered that your illness is in fact something else, or, because it is a 'syndrome' your signs and symptoms may not fit perfectly under the umbrella of its diagnosis, as not all cases are the same, nor is the condition completely understood. You may have most (plus others they're not sure about) but not all that they are aware of ...... So far. And so you are left hanging, suffering, not even having a name for what is torturing you incessantly. You may sense some frustration.
     One of the frustrations of having illnesses like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia is that of obtaining a diagnosis. These illnesses are diagnosed through a process of elimination. I have had blood tests with so many things written on the request, even the pathology worker had to look up some of the acronyms allocated to the obscure tests. I've had nuclear medicine bone scans, MRIs, X-rays, seen physios, doctor after doctor. After each person eliminates an illness or group of maladies covered by their specialty, I was referred back to my GP that said I had Fibromyalgia. 

Thursday, 20 June 2013

My life story.


I will continue with the photos of my spoils from the Craft and Quilt Fair as soon as I am physically able.

Unfortunately, as you may have noticed me referring to it, I have a chronic illness.

I think it is time I explained a little about what is up with me. *rolls up sleeves*

Monday, 17 June 2013

Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair 2013

The 2013 Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair was on from the 12th - 16th June and I was lucky enough to go in for two days. Although it's no Houston, it's good enough for me!! FABRIC HEAVEN! Quilt, fabric and sewing shop owners/designers etc, come together and the public (fight over) are able to  purchase fabrics and supplies that aren't available their local shops or only online (with ridonkulous postage), network and stuff.


After last year, we had planned to do it in two days - and with a wheelchair. Last year when we went, we didn't manage to see more than about a third of it because I was unable to walk or stand any longer - so we had to leave early. It was a bitter disappointment, but we made up for it this year!

My wonderful mum and I went in on the Friday night and we stayed for two nights, allowing us to be up nice and early for two full days at the show. Knowing we had two days, we didn't feel rushed, and we soon realised it was a good plan to do it that way, because on the Saturday, we only got from aisle A through to D....and the aisles went up to K! Eeek!


We checked in at the iconic Great Southern Hotel in the centre of Sydney, right next to Chinatown/Haymarket, and for the first time in my life I was upgraded for something. We were moved to an executive suite! Oh yeah! Still, only two single beds. Not the two king sized beds I was expecting :P

I loved the hotel decor (recently refurbished). It was art deco inspired with deco style fonts, memorabilia from when the hotel was operating between 1903 and the mid 1930s.



We settled in, snacked on random goodies. Mum on chocolate and red wine. Me on chocolate and wraps. No-one but my twin sister seem to understand why eating wraps on their own is so delicious, but trust me, get the right ones and they're marvellous!


We went to bed early, all starry-eyed and excited for the weekend to come. >*o*>


To be continued.....what did I get while I was there?



Caroline

Have you ever had a free upgrade? Flights? Accommodation? Anything? It's awesome!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Low Volume / Value / Impact Quilt Progress and Other Doings.

Welcome.

Welcome to the misery of winter
 

Above is a photo of an avenue of trees I drive past every week or so. They're a good judge of the season as they are deciduous (and yes I had to google 'deciduous' to make sure that I spelt it correctly - thankfully I did because otherwise you would have been stuck with 'desiduis'. Stupid language isn't phonetic.) I love the road because it is an 80km/h zone and in autumn the leaves fly through the air as you drive over them and they're caught in the slip stream *sigh*. In summer they're a beautiful luscious green that makes you feel like you're driving through a forest.
The photo on the right was at 5pm yesterday. I pulled into my driveway and the fog was slowly seeping across our front paddock. CREEPY. I didn't stick around long enough to discover whether or not dementors were hiding in the fog as I had raced inside and preemptively scoffed some chocolate. We didn't have any chocolate frogs, but hey chocolate is chocolate.

 The winter weather has unfortunately made my pain worse. On the up side, I get to use the quilts I have made, on the down side, blergh. I have been going through more specialist visits and had two MRIs last week to investigate whether or not we will be able to improve my ability to walk. I'm still waiting for the radiologist report on them, but I will be going to the orthopaedic surgeon next week to find out what he thinks. So far he is worried whether his surgery to remove a tumour in my foot will be more scarring and traumatic to my ability to walk than the existing tumour - but we will find out what happens next soon.


On a more cheerful note. My low voltage quilt top is finished!! Here are a few more photos that I didn't want to spam the people on instagram with :D


  
The above fabrics were all possibilities for the backing, however, I didn't have enough and had a massive arguement with a pencil and paper when trying to plan a pieced backing. I'm planning on either looking online for a 108inch wideback, 6yards of normal width fabric or......find something at a random quilt/fabric shop. I just want the quilt finished so I can wrap myself in it and re-watch episodes of Elementary and drink vanilla rooibos tea with red licorice. Is that too much to ask? (a little specific eh?)

Again, follow me on Instagram if you want more frequent updates on my goings on, random thoughts, odd observations and photos of my cat and dog. I know that was an exciting and enticing invitation; I sound super interesting.

I'm off to the Sydney Quilt and Craft Fair this weekend. Hopefully I will come back with some goodies to show around.

Caroline

Friday, 7 June 2013

Colour Crazy 2

As I said, I had more GORGEOUS fabric to share. Here it is!!

YUUURRRRM!!! The red kelp I already raved about, but the adorable circles in squares fabric I didn't. It is from Aneela Hoey's "Sherbet Pips" for Moda line. It is perfect for a big big backing, sashing, patchwork....anything. The size of the squares makes it so versatile. They're not too small to look odd as a backing, but not too big to fit in fiddly patchwork or clothing.


THIS - I really wanted to share. I have fallen for Art Gallery Fabrics hardcore. Their tagline is "feel the difference" and baby, I feel the difference. Slippery, light and smooth these fabrics are AMAZING to fondle. Don't tell me you don't fondle the fabrics. We all do. It's a safe place here. Fabric fondling is good. I don't think I've written fondle (or any of it's derivatives) that many times in one paragraph. Aaaaanyway, the three fuschia, mustardy-yellow and turquoise fabrics with squares on them are from Pat Bravo's "Carnaby St" collection and are called "Kinds Road". These are great as blenders and brilliant as binding. I've seen Rita from RPQ use these a few times and phwoar, luurrrve it. Luckily, Art Gallery Fabrics have seen the potential in this print and decided to print lots more colour-ways in their "Squared Elements" collection to be released in late June. This means, even if Carnaby St goes out of print, Art Gallery Fabrics will continue printing these guys because their "elements" are their go too's for blenders/fillers eg. oval elements, floral elements etc.
 
Also in the above photo are the two florals from Carnaby St. They're called "Ladylike" and I think that is grand. I'm considering making a dress out of the navy one on the left and using the right one for the lining of a bag. I've recently developed a taste for florals. Not all. I mean, some are just atrocious and hideous and belong in a special place called 'never-touch-these-or-you-will-be-exiled-ville'. However, there have been a few that have  managed to escape that black-hole and become either acceptable almost Liberty prints (of which there are still ugly ones) like these, or the cute adorable ones like Pam Kitty/Leicen/Tasha Noel 1930's-esque. And, because I am a woman, I reserve the right to like and dislike certain florals for absolutely no logical reason. (I believe it is in the girl manual for men - women may change their minds on anything for no logical or practical reason and be accordingly outraged if you point this out).

The lovely floral on the top of that vibrant Art Gallery mountain is from "Bijoux" by Bari J. This lady is an amazingly talented patchworker, embroiderer, freemotion quilter and sewist. Follow her on instagram if you want to feel unaccomplished and inadequate. Did i mention she runs a few miles a day?? ugh. I hate motivated and talented people. Just kidding. So this floral is lovely and delicate, completely suits the Carnaby St fabric and I think all of them will go together nicely in a quilt.

I am  looking forward to days when I am well enough to post tutorials and share my love of fabulous fabric and progress on current projects. If there is a bit of a gap between posts, It isn't because I don't want to write, it may be due to my health or I might actually be legitimately busy (I'll faint from disbelief too if that ever happens!)

Caroline

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Colour Crazy

Hello, hello.  What do we have here? 

COLOURS!!!

After weeks and weeks of staring at all the low impact/volume/value/(voltage?) fabric I have used to make up my current project, I kinda went a little colour crazy. I went shopping online. *cue awesome shopping montage with cool music*

Firstly, that little swirl of colour up top is the Anastasia Print from Jennifer Paganelli's "Girls World Vibe" collection for Free Spirit Fabric. This is not the headliner print in this collection, but I like it anyway. I love that the print is purely the block colour and white. I buy a lot of blender/filler fabrics in just one colour and white, or two colours and white. This means I don't have to think too much about the colours that will or won't go with it - because it only has one or two choices (plus co-ordinates, but that's not what a blender is for). I'm thinking this will be a staple in the blenders/fillers section of my stash :)

Next we have three from Lotta Jansdotta's "Glimma" collection for Windham Fabrics. I got the "Little Kita" in Blueberry and Fog because, like the Anastasia print, they looked like perfect simple, quiet and easy fillers. Their modern lines can be used in the most modern of modern quilts, yet they're almost whimsical as they resemble kite tales blowing in the wind - allowing them to be used in kids quilts and/or other rich colour based quilts.

Also from Lotta Jansdotta (I love saying her name...it rhymes and almost has a metre to it!), I bought the "Marby" in Jade. This is a little out of my usual comfort zone, but as soon as it arrived, I was in love. The colours are so crisp and stark. The Jade colour is rich and somehow creamy without looking pastel. Definitely getting more than just the 1/2yard I originally bought.

Finally, I popped in the red leaves because I don't have much fabric with block red. I have low voltage (hehe) fabric with red on it, pink and red, green and red etc. Just not much of blocks of red or anything I could use for fillers/blenders if I needed. I particularly liked the 'Kelp' in red from Emily Herrick's "Shore Thing" collection (Michael Miller), because it could be used to look like feathers or leaves in the wind and that is has that magical mix I like of modern/whimsical without looking too childish.
Next, I managed to find a place that still stocked limited yardage of Aneela Hoey's "Sherbet Pips". I grabbed some of the blue and some of the pink background puppies I have always adored. I can't wait to make some hexagons out of them, use it for adorable borders on kiddy quilts and so many more projects - as my sister is pregnant and I now can think of baby/childrens projects :) :)

I also snapped up some of Valori Wells' "Wrenly" collection. I grabbed two of the most delicate and dreamy designs called "Wildfield", in cobalt and citrus. I could imagine just covering two cushions with this and embroidering along the stems of the dandelions.....*sigh*

I am busy planning new ideas for all my new fabric, and almost finished with the quilt-top of my low value quilt. I will add more photos soon from this delivery as there are a few more fabrics I want to share with you and drool over

Caroline