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Fresh from Tasmania...

by Andrea Kelter on 10/07/15

In early September, my quilting pal and soul-sister Ange Torlop sent a care package fresh from Piper's River, Tasmania.  Ange's care packages are always filled with incredible stitcheries and, usually, some unique-to-Australia treats and goodies as well.  The day they arrive on the shores of Nova Scotia is always a GREAT day!


Because there was a lot going on in my house in early September, I emailed Ange and asked if she would mind if I deferred opening the box until our family crisis was resolved - because I wanted to truly enjoy the moment with some tea and a treat...and enough time to properly appreciate the beauty and effort I knew would be in the box.  And, being the great friend she is, she was absolutely fine with that.

It was a good decision...



Because inside was this beautifully and lovingly handmade pillow featuring hand and machine embroidery, lovely piecing, quilting and embellishments.  I just adore this pillow. It is so absolutely, perfectly and wonderfully pretty.  It has pride of place in the middle of my bed - and I even fought off my daughter trying to abscond with it!  This one's mine - no sharing!!!  Not even with Alex...





I just love the techniques Ange has combined in this pillow...and the embroidered quilting is such a fun concept - perfect for this pillow - and I think perfect for pretty, feminine quilts and baby quilts!  Since I love making baby quilts, it's a technique I think I'll be trying out soon.

The other wonderful things that were in the box were Minion Cupcake Mix (Ba-na-na - of course!) and Minion (Stuart) Tic Tacs (they are Ba-na-na flavored!!!!)

I took a photo of them alongside my daily Tim Horton's tea - yes, I'm Canadian, and we are shamelessly addicted to our "Timmy's" - as they are not available in Canada.  Sigh.



And, speaking of baby quilts - I have just started a project that's been on my quilting bucket list for a long time.  The pattern is called "Elephant Walk" and was featured in the Fall 2013 edition of Quilter's World magazine.  I loved it the first time I saw it, and (at last) have an opportunity to make it.  It combines chevron and row piecing with applique, and it's the perfect baby size 41 x 56 - I'm having a ball making it!

Here are the first peeks at my take on Elephant Walk.





I'm linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River, and Lee over at Freshly Pieced - looking forward to seeing everyone's new projects!

Have a happy quilting day!

Comments (10)

1. Sharon said on 10/7/15 - 01:23PM
What a fun quilt! Bright and happy fabric!
2. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 10/7/15 - 03:05PM
Thanks, Sharon!
3. Deb from Frugal Little Bungalow said on 10/7/15 - 05:57PM
That pillow is just precious! So much detail and intricate work...love it! The baby quilt will be adorable!
4. Stephie @ DawnChorusStudio.com said on 10/7/15 - 06:29PM
Your baby quilt is going to look so fresh and bright - what a lovely selection of fabrics :) And I bet everyone wishes they had a friend like yours!
5. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 10/8/15 - 10:15AM
Thanks for stopping by, Stephie! Ange IS a wonderful friend...I am very lucky to have met her...and I'm glad you like the fabrics! Had fun pulling them.
6. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 10/8/15 - 10:17AM
Thanks for stopping by and leaving such kind comments, Deb. I really should have used my good camera to shoot the pillow, instead of my phone. It is so much prettier in real life!!!! (next time I will do it right!)
7. Soma said on 10/9/15 - 06:11PM
It will be a very pretty quilt. What a lovely friend you have to make you such a beautiful pillow. Enjoy! -Soma
8. Connie said on 10/10/15 - 02:25PM
What a precious pillow and your fabrics for the elephant quilt are so cute!
9. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 10/13/15 - 09:05AM
Thanks very much, Connie. Appreciate your stopping by!
10. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 10/13/15 - 09:07AM
Hi Soma, Ange is a lovely person and a very special friend...the pillow is a most cherished gift!


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