Tuesday, 23 December 2008

A quilt shop tour for Christmas?

I have been travelling about with my family for the last couple of weeks or so, and consequently have been away from my computer & blog. A very disconcerting place to be! But of course, travelling throws up many an opportunity to visit quilting shops! A highlight has been Beechworth Quilter's Cottage, in the historic, goldmining town of Beechworth in Victoria. Inside is a most exquisite collection of quilts, many crafted by talented Australian designer, Yelena Elliott.
Delightful displays in every nook & cranny ... ... masterful examples of needleturn applique and amazing quilting ... ... and some always extraordinary Dear Jane Blocks ...
I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Yelena, and you can meet her too, at least via cyberspace at her blog, Flosie Floo. Yelena has the honour of being the only international designer invited by Alma Allen and Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs to contribute to their latest book, You're Invited'. In the photo above is the quilt Yelena submitted for the Blackbird Designs book, and is called In Mollie's Garden'. You can read more about this ámazing quilt here.
She has also recently had this quilt, 'Reg & Rita' published in Australian Homespun magazine. One of Yelena's works-in-progress is the intricate, hand-pieced work above.
One of my favourite quilts was this sweet 1930's child's quilt called 'Freckles'.
I also loved the old-fashioned look of this quilt called 'Connie's Crowns'.
And this would be my long-suffering family! "No Mum, not another quilt shop"!
So from my family, to yours, a very blessed Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The photo was taken during our travels, just in case you thought reindeers were Santa's only means of transportation! Best wishes from the land of emus & gum trees, Bloom xxx


  1. What a lovely blog entry...lots of great quilts to inspire. I loved the photo of your family..I have a family that winges like that too!!
    Have a great Christmas, Cathyx

  2. I never realised you had four kids, I thought it was only three! Have a wonderful Christmas - all of you. Jodie

  3. Thanks ever so much for sharing all those beautiful creations from Beechworth.
    Have a very Happy Christmas shared with precious Family & Friends.
    Janelle xx

  4. Dear cyber friend, I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

  5. Beatiful quilts and love the pic's of the kids! Happy Christmas to you all x

  6. What a gorgeous shop, I'm very envious!

  7. Ohh ..loved those quilts!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Hope your Christmas have bben filled with joy and happiness ...want to wih you the best for 2009 ...Happy New Year!

  8. Thanks for sharing Yelena's beautiful quilts. Hope you had a happy Christmas.

  9. Happy new year !! Keep up with your lovely blog :-)

  10. What beautiful quilts! I love the one with red airplanes on the wall.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

  11. What lovely quilts you have shared with us, It must have been hard leaving the shop. I laughed when I saw your family photo, looks very familiar to me! Have a great new year, I look forward to following what you get up to.

  12. Happy New Year to you and your family Ros, love the "family" photo.... And I can hear your "cheribs" from here.
    Hugs Fiona xx

  13. I wish you a happy Christmas.Family photo is beautiful.


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