We're in the middle of a heatwave here in Victoria, Australia, at present and it's a doosie! As most of you know the work for magazines has to be designed and stitched about six months ahead of getting that magzine in your hands. This means stitching Winter projects in Summer.
So yesterday found me finishing off some quilting and adding the binding to a Winter project for Homespun magazine! I can tell you there is no way to quilt or bind comfortably without having a quilt laying on your body! LOL. I just kept thinking about those of you over in the USA who are having the opposite of our extreme weather in those freezing conditions, especially in the Ohio area.
It's so hot here that the power companies have been turning off the power to prevent a huge breakdown of the system. So that means that there's no computer (hence why I'm doing my blog entry very early today in case I'm one of the areas that gets turned off), no sewing machine, and no lights in the studio. Good chance to catch up on that stack of quilting magazines! So as I promised, a little more information on the 'Breast of Friends' quilt in the current issue of Homespun:
I was pretty thrilled to be asked to participate in this project along with Rosalie Quinlan, Anni Downs, Bronwyn Hayes, Natalie Lymer, Amanda Browning, Lynette Anderson-O'Rourke, Natalie Bird, June Gilchrist, and Belinda Betts.
It's pretty exciting that the original quilt will be auctioned by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, hopefully in Pink Ribbon Month this year. I will keep you updated. Even though the completed quilt can't be revealed yet I am sure you'll love the finished project. Maybe it will become a piece of history in Australia's Quilting story. Each block is signed by the designer that designed and stitched that block/s:
A few of you have asked about the fabrics used in the quilt. They are 'In the Pink' (the second range) by J. Leutenegger Pty. Ltd. (mixed in with a few fabrics from each designers personal stash). I know there has been a degree of difficulty in getting hold of them but you can try 'Patchwork with Gail B.' as they have been trying very hard to get all the fabrics for this quilt together. They are one of my local shops and can be contacted at email@example.com or on (03) 9729 3635 and are located at 202 Canterbury Road Bayswater in Victoria.
Anyway back to my quilt washing day! The best thing about a 43 degree day!
Leanne Beasley xxx
P.S. Have a peek at Missymack's blog (27th January) to see her version of the 'Breast of Friends' quilt in divine blues and creams. It's also appliqued with blanket stitch and looks just lovely - you'll be inspired.
P.P.S. If you need a kit or would like to join a class for the quilt (if you live in Tasmania) have a look at Calico Crossroads, blog and shop. Lots of information there.