fond memories

It’s been a year since my trip to America and the Houston Quilt Festival. It was such a great trip and I loved every minute of it. This past weekend was exactly a year since we were at the Festival, and I’ve been seeing lots of photos on social media of this year’s show. It’s making me very nostalgic with lots of reminiscing about what I saw and experienced. I thought I would show you some photos from that trip that I haven’t put here on the blog before to give some idea of the colour and inspiration everywhere.

Houston Quilt Festival 2015

Houston Quilt Festival 2015


Houston 2015

Houston 2015


Houston 2015

Houston 2015


Houston 2015

Houston 2015


Houston 2015

Houston 2015


Houston 2015

Houston 2015


Houston 2015- something for everyone!

Houston 2015- something for everyone!


And in the days before we got to Houston, we were in New Orleans. This was in the lead-up to Halloween, so the whole city was preparing itself for a favourite time of the year! Everywhere we went were skeletons and witches and carved pumpkins- and this was in New York as well, earlier in the trip. The whole country loves their Halloween!
New Orleans- 2015

New Orleans- 2015


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New Orleans -2015


New Orleans- 2015

New Orleans- 2015


New Orleans -2015

New Orleans -2015


We saw this sight when we looked in the window of a house as we walked past in the French Quarter!:
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New Orleans- 2015


Happy quilting!

the weekend

Weekends are what we all look forward to. Ah, the promise of it- all that time to do ‘other stuff’ – besides work! Last week we had a weekend in Brisbane. We had a night out, and of course I took some photos.

Brisbane- August 2016

Brisbane- August 2016


There’s something about city skylines and cityscapes that I love, and often a theme in my art quilts.
This was Brisbane at night…
Brisbane - August 2016

Brisbane – August 2016


just as impressive as New York at night- don’t you think?…
Karen Mundt  NYC- from the Empire State Building; October 2015

Karen Mundt NYC- from the Empire State Building; October 2015


We even had a steam train ride in and around the city. It got me thinking. We live about an hour from Brisbane and even though I visit Brisbane fairly regularly I don’t know it overly well as I mainly just go into the city. There is a lot about it that I haven’t seen so there is always lots to look at and investigate if you put your mind to it.
And I have a couple of photos from the recent Gatton Quilters meeting day. Kaye finished this quilt top that she was working on at our Coolum retreat, using the Grandmother’s Fan block:
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Kaye


This was Cornelia’s blue and green block from last month’s challenge- note the ‘banana hair’ in the centre that she made and dyed that beautiful blue:
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Cornelia


Cornelia

Cornelia


and another one from Cornelia- she was catching up!:
Cornelia- Batik fabric challenge

Cornelia- Batik fabric challenge


Makes you want to just get in there and create!

ten things for 2015

I was reading an article in a magazine recently that asked a number of creative people what ten things they did over the past year. So it got me thinking on what I would add to such a list. Not counting the quilts I worked on during the year or those I finished (which weren’t that many) …

Karen Mundt- medallion quilt

Karen Mundt- medallion quilt


Here is my list:
1. I spent the very first days of 2015 on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria visiting with my son and his fiance.
2. I read this book:
#fmsphotoaday [currently reading..] Christmas gift from my daughter -great book!
3. I tried a tangello for the first time- very nice!
4. Went to Byron Bay for my niece’s beautiful boho-style wedding
5. What has to be a highlight of the year: my trip to America, which in itself included so many highlights, e.g. Visited the 911 Memorial in downtown Manhattan- a very moving experience; visited a number of museums and shops and Central Park, walked down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter in New Orleans, went on a submarine- toured the real one at Pearl Harbour, and went on a reef visit off Honolulu in the tourist-version.
911mem The 911 Memorial in New York

6. I got to go to the International Quilt Festival in Houston – amazing!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe talking about her quilts at Houston

Victoria Findlay Wolfe talking about her quilts at Houston


7. I went to Brisbane on a night in the week before Christmas to watch the parade with my daughter and do some late-night shopping in the city- another first!
8. Had my daughter home for a week recovering from her second knee reconstruction in 12 months.
9. Saw my youngest son finish high school, prepare for his formal and watch with pride as he graduated. The last of my children to go through school, so another end of an era!
10. Took part in a mini quilt swap- it was exciting to see who would be making a quilt for me and what it would look like, and hoping that the recipient of my quilt liked what I made!
Karen Mundt

Karen Mundt


mini-swap-quilt1 Made by Aylin

What ten things did you do in the past year- it’s a little hard to condense it down! I hope you have a wonderful New Year, filled with lots of quilting.

oh, Christmas tree….

I love Christmas, I love Christmas trees and I love families coming together at Christmas. There’s a real festive spirit when all the shops have Christmas trees and decorations. So, when I was away recently, the last leg of our trip was a stop in Hawaii and we did a spot of shopping- well, more looking than actual shopping! But, I couldn’t resist taking some photos of the Christmas trees that were all through Macy’s department store.
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They didn’t just have trees trimmed with the same colour scheme on all the store levels as normally happens here, but each tree I saw in this one store was different!
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They were all decorated so beautifully.
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So cute and sparkly and colourful!
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You can’t have Christmas without a Christmas party or year-end break-up, and Gatton Quilters was no exception. In addition to the gathering together we also bring along any ‘Show and Tell’ that may have been finished since last we met.
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Meryl- White Challenge square

Meryl- White Challenge square


Lyn- Orange Challenge square

Lyn- Orange Challenge square


Jan M- Black colour challenge square

Jan M- Black colour challenge square


Marilyn- Red colour challenge block

Marilyn- Red colour challenge block


Meryl- workshop with Robyn Christoffel

Meryl- workshop with Robyn Christoffel


More of Meryl's work, originating from the Robyn Christoffel workshop

More of Meryl’s work, originating from the Robyn Christoffel workshop


We have lots of talented and creative people in our Quilting Group!
Happy Christmas to everyone :)
Myer- Toowoomba

Myer- Toowoomba

mini quilt swap

This year, for the first time, I took part in a Mini Quilt Swap. It was run by a website but also via Instagram. I signed up to make a mini quilt for a partner assigned to me living in the USA. Back in early October I showed you my finished quilt:

Karen Mundt

Karen Mundt


I posted it to her while I was in New York, and she has since received it and by all accounts is very happy with it!
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I also made a couple of extra little things to include in the package, because that’s apparently the thing to do! A little birdie….
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and some quilted art pieces…
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Last week, I received my mini quilt in the post- its lovely getting a surprise in the mail! This little quilt was made by a German quilter:
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Lovely colours, and I think the design is her own. The quilter’s name is Aylin and she also has a blog.
In addition to the quilt, she sent me some fabric and this cute little pouch which will, I’m sure, be put to good use.
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So, if you’re thinking of joining a Swap, go ahead and give it a try. It’s all good fun!
Some more pictures from my trip now – these ones taken in Hawaii. First, I saw this skirt when shopping at a huge shopping mall in Waikiki- don’t you love the quilting blocks fabric! It’s actually made by a big-name fashion designer (whose name escapes me at the moment), with a price tag to match, so needless to say it stayed where it was!
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You can also design your own flip-flops in Hawaii:
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and I came across this shop specialising in Hawaiian quilts:
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This particular shop only sold ready-made quilts and smaller items-lovely to look around.
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Happy quilting until next week!

on show…

One of the main reasons for my recent trip to the US was to visit the International Quilt Festival in Houston. It was huge, with rows and rows of vendor stalls, let alone another equal-sized area full of quilts on display.
These photos are taken from a window on the top level looking down:
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We left late each day, trying to pack as much in as we could.
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Quilt Festival- leaving for the day

Quilt Festival- leaving for the day


Next time I’ll show some more photos taken at the Festival- I saw some beautiful quilts there!
The members of Gatton Quilters have certainly also been very busy over the past month, if their ‘show and tell’ display at Saturday’s meeting is anything to go by. I unfortunately don’t have any finished projects for showing at the moment, but can show you the works of these busy ladies.
jan_m_bed-runner This is a bed runner made by Jan M, in a French Braid style.
There were a few ‘scrappy’ style quilts:
Shirley M

Shirley M


Pam This was made by Pam.

Trish K

Trish K


and another..
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Marilyn has been busy making some Christmas gifts:
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and one of our newer members has also done some lovely hand-work:
Helen H

Helen H


I must get busy!

visiting the French General shop

My trip to rhe USA has so far been busy, full of movement and colours and neck-turning moments. We look like the typical tourists, heads looking up, laden sown with cameras and maps- but who cares!
In Los Angeles we visited the French General shop. Such beautiful things to look at-
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Apart from the actual fabrics, there were lovely little haberdashery items..
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Vintage linens…
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Paper crafts
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Needless to say, we spent a but of time there!
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