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.
Have a happy quilting day!