Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Love it.....

Last week I received another postcard... this time from Lin in France...

It is really intricate... there is background writing and stitching and then additional layers of seeds (at least they seem to be empty seed cases to me)... then fine fabric and more stitching.... so much work and detail  ....


I love it.....

My Boys Story quilt top is together now.....


waving in the wind out in the sunshine


...even the lorikeet was having a look (can you see it one the branch?)


I had some help from Kris and Marion at Quilters Angel with the fabric choices - I'm thrilled how they came together

I have some 'robot' flannellette for the backing and I will do a plain binding I think

I love it

I'm rather sad to have finished the top... at least I can still play with it for the quilting

Boys Story is by Anni Downs.... and it is a book with quite a few other projects in it that I would like to do..

This quilt is going to stay at my house.. for when boys come to visit....

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I have long followed Michelle's blog at Raspberry Rabbits and have just loved to see her projects .....

so I couldn't resist her latest book and was so excited when it arrived this week....

Michelle calls her craft Folk Art Fusion and is a different technique....



I love it....

As with books there are lots of projects that I want to do.... think I might start with this one though....



... but I might change my mind????


My hoya plant (given to me by a neighbour) has it's first ever flower....


you can even see the honey drops on those amazing waxy flowers....

I love it....

Righto, Gotto Go... lots to love today....

30 comments:

Terry said...

Your quilt top looks wonderful! I had a hoya plant, but it bloomed white. Yours is beautiful! :0)

Jan said...

What a great post for this grey day in Ballarat, Fiona - beautiful flowers and such gorgeous projects too. Love the postcard - honesty (the plant depicted on it) is one of my cottage garden favourites; I like the purple flowers and adore the seed pods which dry to a beautiful silver colour. I have some seeds at home; would you like some?

retdairyqueen said...

The quilt is looking good and what a great postcard

debbie said...

That quilt looks great! How are you going to quilt it? Such a pretty flower too. xx debbie

Michelle Ridgway said...

Boys Story is wonderful. Well done. Beautiful post card as well. It is always exciting to get the first blooms on a plant. The Hoya flowers are exquisite...Mother Nature is just so talented!!

Susie said...

so much going on! I adore the postcard - very unusual.

Sheila said...

Wonderful postcard from Lin . Your story quilt looks fabulous blowing in the wind , you must be so pleased and great idea to keep it at gramma's house so you all get to enjoy it ;-) Michelle's book looks great and I k ow you will make some lovely projects . My mom has a plant like yours and it has light pink flowers that don't even look real , quite a unique plant. Hugs Sheila

Christine M said...

Your quilt looks great Fiona. The boys will love using it. Those hoya flowers are so pretty.

Marilyn said...

The hoya flower is gorgeous. I so love your Boys Story. It is a beautiful postcard. Your post is full of lovely things.
Hugs xx

Maria said...

Beautiful post card you received..
I just love that boys quilt. I may need to buy that book.....
The lorraket probably thought they were his friends flapping in the wind..
Oh great new book.
Hoyas are just sew pretty.

Charlie and Wendy said...

The card is very pretty and your quilt is awesome, I look forward to seeing how you decide to quilt it! Hugs Wendy

Anthea said...

Ooooo, what a gorgeous post Fiona! Boys Story looks wonderful - congrats what a great quilt it is, and it has so much character, the grandies will love it. And how clever is Lin?! yes she is so talented... such skill... enjoy x

Susan said...

The boys story looks great, such a fun quilt. Beautiful flower.

Jane Galley said...

It reminds me of the honesty seeds, it's beautifully stitched! Well done on getting the top finished, love the splash of yellow

Anonymous said...

That post card is so cute Fiona and boy love your boys story ,it looks fantastic,love Michelle,s designs,hope you had a lovely day my friend.xx

Karen said...

Your quilt looks wonderful all put together. The colours are great. I think it is a lovely idea to have a special quilt at your place for visitors. Make it exciting.
I have also been looking at Fabled Fusions. The projects are gorgeous!

Cheryll said...

Always a pleasure to visit Fiona! :)

marina said...

Wowwwww love your boys story quilt!! it looks fabulous and the addition of the darker fabrics really pop the other colours. Well done!
Lin's card looks great too, are they money plant seed pods?
Haven't seen a hoya plant for years. such beautiful flowers.
your new book is very inspiring. lots of loveliness in this post.

Chrissie said...

Love the boys story quilt, I'm sure your boys will love it when they come to stay with you. Your flower is very pretty, never seen one like that. What a lovely postcard to receive, the petals are from the honesty plant, I used to sit with my grandmother gently peeling away the outer covers to reveal a beautiful shiny, gossimer petal.

Lin said...

OK so you don't have honesty plants in Australia? Love your quilt top and the Hoya flower is stunning. Can we see a picture of the plant please as I do not know it.xx

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Your quilt is amazing...lovely postcard..

Sisbabestitches said...

Gorgeous postcard :) Oh the boys will love visiting the quilt, oh yeah and you, lol. The top has turned out brilliantly, and I give thumbs up to the colours too :) (Like my opinion counts, lol) Oh my, your Hoya is bringing back memories :)

Cheryl said...

Your postcard is beautiful Fiona, and love your Boys Story quilt - great to have the top finished

Mistea said...

Lots to love at your place.
Your quilt top is amazing.
Enjoy your lovelies.

Chris H said...

The card is stunning... and that quilt! It is gorgeous, well done you!

Nicky said...

The honesty seed postcard is gorgeous, the detail is incredible! Your Boy's Story looks wonderful, bet it feels good to have it together in a top! My MIL had a beautiful hoya, the flowers are incredible, you'd almost think they were fake they were so perfect...

Sharyn T said...

Fantastic boys quilt Fiona. I have a Hoya that is huge with creme flowers. Yours is a beautiful colour. Sharyn :)

debbie said...

Was it you who mentioned beer and cake for FNWF? Count me in!!LOL. I'm bringing some cheese I made (so good)! and some fresh herbs I have growing...they will go great with beer and stitching. Good idea to do simple quilting on the boy's story...will it be hand or machine quilting? xx debbie

Raewyn said...

Congratultions on getting the Boys Story top together - the boys will love coming to stay at Grandma's! The postcard is incredible - the honesty seeds on it are a great idea - I wonder if customs had a little think about it?

Wendy said...

the quilt is wonderful! It never ceases to amaze me how quickly you get them done!

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