>There are no fairies round here

>… but if ever there are, I can provide them with plenty of suitably diminutive seating

so what are they ?

fabulous fungi ?

t’riffic toadies ?

marvelous mushies ?

magic mushrooms ?

or maybe

freaky fungus ?
I’m assuming they’re not edible
I mean, would YOU care to be the guinea pig? Nu-uh!
so we’ll go with a provisional appelation of toadstool for the time being

and if, for some reason, you have a deep and abiding interest in fungi, the photo set is here

>if you like tiny treasures

>this week the Quilting Gallery’s mini quilt show is … appropriately enough … miniatures
I didn’t enter one of mine
instead I submitted one that Nadie made about 10 years ago … I think it was actually her first ever quilted effort. Unfortunately the photo I have of it doesn’t really show the detail properly as a thumbnail so here it is a bit bigger

… and that whole thing is about 5 inches square.

>Daffodil Day 2010

>
for Marc
for my Mum
Brother-in-law Jim
Auntie Judy
Uncle Bill

and for the survivors:

Ma-in-Law
Auntie Billee
and Jeanette

who sat with me at the IGA for the last 2 hours taking donations and selling Daffodil Day merchandise for the Australian Cancer Council

and with positive healing thoughts directed towards a newly-diagnosed quilting friend who will be undergoing surgery very soon

>Blacker than Midnight

>I will be the first to admit that the recent reportage has been more than a little quilt-centric
so just to prove that there has been a bit of sticks-and-string action as well
I give you [ drum roll ]
the Blacker Than Midnight Brangian



I’ve been getting such a lot of wear from my lovely grape-y wine-y black trimmed Brangian that I decided to make a second while the pattern was still fresh in my brain.

I thought that I really needed a nice plain black go-with-anything shawl … although after spending copious amounts of time pulling [ mostly white ] cat and dog hairs – and a few that may have been goat – out of it, maybe not such a bright notion.

Seeing I used the same yarn and needles, the specs are exactly the same as the last one, except that I didn’t need to dye the yarn, which is stock standard BWM Luxury in Black from the back room at the Mill.

started August 6 and finished today [ currently blocking on Nadie’s bed, well away from any and all animals with white in their coats ]

>woo-hoo!

>I’m ecstatic for two reasons.
Firstly I got another wonderful care package from Caity – four more issues of Machine Quilting Unlimited, a really interesting mag that I’d never seen before Caity sent me one a while back.
So a huge thankyou to my friend for her generous spirit. I’m not at all sure what I’ve done to deserve it, but thankyou.but I did say I had two reasons to be excited, right ? Well, I opened the top mag on the pile and was flicking through when I found THIS

…this quilt Circles Of Life was made by my very very dear friend [ for more than 25 years ] Linda French of Centerville, Ohio
and if it looks familiar, well, yes, I DID show it to you once before when it picked up Best of Show in the American Quilters Society show in Tennessee last year
and she’s done it again

This spread was in honour of her Best of Show at the Machine Quilters Expo earlier this year
and now I have to ask you all to keep your fingers crossed for the next little while because this special quilt is on its way to Houston ! [ which, for you non-quilters, is the biggest most prestigous quilt show in the world … and to even be juried in is just a huge huge deal ]

Am I proud of my friend ? you betcha!
Am I surprised ? Not in the slightest

edited to add:
I found a wonderful article about Linda here [ and yes, I still have that quilt she made for ‘Susan’ in 1985 ]

and another article [ covering much the same ground ] here

>no W.O.M.B.A.T.S. allowed **

>Now children, are we all sitting comfortably ? good!
because your Aunt Catsmum is going to tell you a story, and as all such tales should, it begins with

Once Upon A Time

back when Microsoft was little more than a gleam in Bill Gates’ eye, I read a magazine article about an Alaskan quilter Judy Hopkins and her idea for mystery quilt classes.

I was teaching maybe six or eight – or more – quilt classes a week, and this idea of creating a class project where only the teacher knew the end product … well … I just loved that whole concept.
YesI know
I’m a control freak
so what’s new?
anyway:
I began working on some suitable designs:
they needed to have enough steps to keep up interest, no one step should drag on too long [ so no designs that needed 364 right angled triangles all made in one hit ] should not telegraph the result too early, and needed to be finishable within a set class timeframe – usually 12 hours spread over 2 days or nights.
I naively imagined that I could probably come up with about 6
In the end, the tally was more like 30

and so for quite a few years I taught these Mystery Quilt classes about 8 – 10 times a year
It was great fun
Of course, eventually the ‘regulars’ who did every class were churning out quilt tops faster than they could finish them, AND with the growth of the internet, suddenly there were vast numbers of mystery quilt designs readily available online.

So with these two factors, it seemed like a good time for the MQ Days to evolve into UFO [ unfinished objects ] Days … and so they did
for several more years
and then I moved up here and they sort of petered out

Until yesterday

so what’s changed?
well
for one thing
my darling daughter has decided to finally bow to the inevitable, and embrace her destiny – or FATE – as a quilter.
So we decided [ well, she suggested and I agreed ] that we needed to reinstate some form of regular get-together, involving quilting of course … but also knitting, spinning, crochet, embroidery, beading or what-ever-takes-the-fancy.

to be known henceforth and forever as WIP Days [ Works In Progress ]and, if nothing else, I figured it’d give Nadie and I yet another mother-daughter bonding activity

and so it came to pass that the word was spread and yesterday morning the cars began to arrive from all points of the compass
platters of food appeared in my kitchen
and wonderful projects were unveiled … knitting, patchwork, applique, and beading all had their moment in the sun
many cups of tea were made and enjoyedgood food
good friends
good conversation
a modicum of actual productivity
Sheepie was reunited with a long lost sibling


and Nadie was initiated into the mysterious sisterhood of Textile Mavens


and of course we’re going to do it all again next month

** WOMBAT = waste of money, brains and time