Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Mrs Billings Heads North!

This past weekend was spent in the Northern Territory with the Darwin Quilters, a very enthusiastic group of ladies who work in much brighter fabrics than I usually choose for my quilts. 
Over the three days we worked on Hamilton Place, Clamshells and Mrs BIllings. 
Wow does she look different in these lovely bright colours! 

During the weekend I was hosted by the wonderful Lynnette who showed me the sights of Darwin, stunning sunsets on the beach, amazing food at the evening markets and the highlight of my trip... a cuddle with a crocodile.
Yes - he is real and was wriggling quite a lot, so I had to hold on tight!

There were lots and lots of crocodiles at this zoo. 
The breading program is in full swing at the moment and there were loads of crocodiles to look at. 
I even had the chance to feed one! 

We worked on the 'Hamilton Place' quilt on Friday, making stars, playing with fabric and fussy cutting for maximum effect. 
All done in the luxury of air-conditioned comfort - thankfully! 
(as those of you who know me best will understand, I am not a fan of the heat)

Hamilton Place stars came first, shall we choose this one or...
 this one!!!

Here is the finished star plus a few others.

How about these for a lively colour range!

Bali Batik's also look just as stunning!
 And here is the large central star in the planning.

Saturday and Sunday were devoted to Mrs Billings... how is this for a colour choice.
 Really warm and cheerful... I haven't seen Mrs B in these colours before!
Here is the centre. Isn't it fantastic!

 This one is a little more like my fabrics, BUT, check out the fussy cutting!
 Thank-you all for a lovely weekend!

AND... while my back was turned again... MORE fabric arrived. These two groups are 'Addison' and 'Civil War Miniatures'.
As you might have guessed by now... the shelves are full to busting, so come on over and have a closer look!

Unfortunately I had better get back to work, cos there are still a few more shelves to sort and a box or two to empty.

Until next time,


  1. Great blog entry Karen, love the crocodile!
    This one must be a Ms Billings, in the brights!

  2. Wow, what a trip you went on Karen. So nice to see Mrs Billings in different colours and fabrics.

  3. Karen...Glad you had a nice time....we enjoyed having you here in Darwin :) I have done my first Mrs Billings blog, the first of many I hope