Monday, 15 September 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Welcome - it's my turn to post for the World Blog Hop. If you haven't been here before my name is Carole and as you can tell from my blog title, I am lucky to live in beautiful Warrandyte - a semi-rural town on the outskirts of Melbourne. The Yarra River flows through the town and there are many trees and bushland plants including wattle, which is currently out in abundance for Spring.

I was lucky to be tagged by the lovely Kel from Always Appliqué.
I'm relatively new to her blog but I love her current projects, especially her beautiful version of Stonefields. I almost have to avert my eyes as this quilt is just so very tempting, made up with lots of small, very cute blocks.

More of Kel's Stonefield's blocks can be found on Instagram if you search #stonefieldsquilt.
Other projects by Kel include Karen Cunningham's Friendship Quilt - gorgeous colours and fabrics!

She is also working towards finishing Gail Pan's very cute A Merry Christmas Garden BOM, in time for Christmas, wish her luck!

Now it's my turn to answer some questions...
1. What am I working on?
Yikes! Like so many of us I am working on a number of projects, 
including Antique Wedding Sampler...

Gossip in the Garden...
Sew Laugh Love...

The Comfort Quilt (this is now almost a flimsy!)

Aunty Green's Garden, slowly growing...

Twelve Days of Christmas (I haven't worked on this for awhile)

12 Days of Christmas quilt
and Sharon Barnes' Chester County Criswell Quilt (CCCQ)

Chester County Criswell Quilt

As you can see I have eclectic tastes and I love appliqué.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?/4.How does my creative process work?
This is difficult for me as I'm not very original - I generally just follow the pattern but try to make it my own through fabric and colour choices. I did design one of my own blocks for the CCCQ.
I was inspired by a picture I found on the internet from the same era...

so I drew my own version...
 I really enjoyed drawing out a design and would like to do this more often.
I guess I'm at my most creative is when I do some broderie perse. 

AWS #7
I was lucky enough to learn how to create broderie perse from Di Ford when I made my Morrell quilt.

For some of the broderie perse blocks for this quilt I cut up a John Hewson panel and made four blocks. This is one of my favourites...

The Morrell Quilt by Carole @ Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus

Anyway, that's more than enough about me, I'm now going to hand you over to two of my CCCQ buddies.
Sharon Barnes of the Chester County Criswell Quilt (CCCQ) fame, who is re-creating a family heirloom and generously sharing the block patterns over a three year period.

The Quilt Today
Sharon does such a great job of keeping us motivated over the journey with interesting stories about the friends and family who created the original quilt, linky parties for each block so we can see what fabrics and colours other bloggers are using and other fun things along the way like guest blogs to share techniques and encouragement to swap blocks.

If you haven't heard of the CCCQ go and check out Sharon's blog and join the fun, it's never too late to start! I even got to meet Sharon in person at last year's QITB.

l - r Miriam (another CCCQ blogger) Sharon and myself
One of my other CCCQ buddies is Chris from Quilting at the farm. I love reading about her life on the farm and the highs and challenges of family life. Chris is the self-proclaimed Canadian queen of the number of projects she is working on. I find Chris' writing and sharing to be very open and honest with a great sense of humour. 
We love many of the same quilts - the CCCQ...

 ...and Dear Jane, she has just finished her stunning top and I'm about to start.
So if you haven't already done so, go and pay Chris a visit down on the farm, she currently has a giveaway to celebrate her blogaversary .

Sharon and Chris will be posting their Around the World Blog Hops next week (around the 22nd Sept) be sure to visit.
Thanks again Kel, this has been quite a reflective excercise!!


  1. So many beautiful Projects Carole, love seeing your Morrell up close! Gossip in the garden is drawing my attention, mustn't let it lol. Loved your stop on the blog hop! Xox

  2. I had not seen the 12 Days of Christmas quilt you are working on. Do you know who the designer is without going to a lot of trouble looking?

  3. Oh, I love everything you are doing! Your color sense is amazing! So you are starting a Dear Jane? I've had the book for ages and got onto Farmer's Wife instead. I just want to do everything! Wish I could live long enough to do it all! Thanks for sharing. I think you are very talented! I'm so happy to have "found" you online! Cheery wave from Bev

  4. Great post Carole - a real treat to see a summary of your work! I didn't realise just how many different projects you have on the go - all lovely and all challenging! Maybe it was a surprise to you too?? And a DJ coming up - looking forward to that! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  5. Beautiful quilt and I'm in love with your twelve days before christmas how beautiful funny and colourfull!
    And when you have spring we become fall...
    groetjes van Marijke
    The Hague, The Netherlands

  6. I love that you have lots of projects on the go too - wonderful applique work!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Wonderful post! Love all the pics of the great projects! Your work is very inspiring.:)

  8. All of your projects are stunning / I am very inspired : )

  9. I love every single project you are working on.
    That tree at the beginning of your post is just so pretty.