Chicago: 2

The second part of our trip to Chicago was at the International Quilt Festival. It was my first big quilt show and while it wasn’t Quilt Con or one of the more modern shows, it didn’t disappoint!

Mum and I took three classes and spent the rest of the three days checking out the quilts (and introducing our credit cards to the stores!).

Here are some of my favourites from the show.

Here we go!

Here we go!

"Paint Drips" by Angela Pingel, quilted by Krista Withers

“Paint Drips” by Angela Pingel, quilted by Krista Withers

Detail from "Paint Drips" by Angela Pingel, quilted by Krista Withers

Detail from “Paint Drips” by Angela Pingel, quilted by Krista Withers

"Cherry on Top" by Catherine Redford

“Cherry on Top” by Catherine Redford

Detail of "Cherry on Top" by Catherine Redford. I loved this extra little detail in the corner.

Detail of “Cherry on Top” by Catherine Redford. I loved this extra little detail in the corner.

"Magnetic Attraction (Tuning Fork #25)" by Heather Pregger

“Magnetic Attraction (Tuning Fork #25)” by Heather Pregger

"Paint the town red" by  Diane Doran

“Paint the town red” by Diane Doran

I'm obsessed with vintage working toy sewing machines! I could have walked away with all of these!

I’m obsessed with vintage working toy sewing machines! I could have walked away with all of these!

"Raised on Bluebonnets" by  Suzan Engler I took this one for my niece who works with cows.

“Raised on Bluebonnets” by Suzan Engler
I took this one for my niece who works with cows.

My finished "Exotica" quilt block from my class with Laura Murray

My finished “Exotica” quilt block from my class with Laura Murray

WIP "Exotica" quilt block from my class with Laura Murray

WIP “Exotica” quilt block from my class with Laura Murray

"Judy" by Jennifer Day

“Judy” by Jennifer Day

Detail from "Judy" by Jennifer Day

Detail from “Judy” by Jennifer Day

"The Remarkables" by  Camilla Watson

“The Remarkables” by Camilla Watson

"Not a City" by Betty Hahn

“Not a City” by Betty Hahn

My second class was "Fearless Freemotion Fillers" with Jenny K Lyon

My second class was “Fearless Freemotion Fillers” with Jenny K Lyon

"Purple Prisms" by Wayne Rhodes

“Purple Prisms” by Wayne Rhodes

"Rebel Rebel (David Bowie)" by Kristyn McCoy

“Rebel Rebel (David Bowie)” by Kristyn McCoy

Detail from "Rebel Rebel (David Bowie)" by Kristyn McCoy

Detail from “Rebel Rebel (David Bowie)” by Kristyn McCoy

"Bouncing Ball" by Coleen Walter

“Bouncing Ball” by Coleen Walter

"Beauty of the Beasts" by  Barbara Yates Beasley

“Beauty of the Beasts” by Barbara Yates Beasley

"Now you see him..." by Cat  Larrea

“Now you see him…” by Cat Larrea

"Polka Dodo" by  Susan Carlson

“Polka Dodo” by Susan Carlson

"Modern Roue Chromatique" by Laurie Ceesay

“Modern Roue Chromatique” by Laurie Ceesay

Thank you Chicago!

Chicago: 1

I started writing a post about my recent (ok, ok it was in April!) trip to Chicago with my Mum to check out the sights and head to the Chicago International Quilt Festival, but I never posted it because I’m just not a travel blogger and hated everything I wrote! Don’t get me wrong, I loved the city and all the sights but I don’t pay enough attention to the details of everything – where we ate, what we saw etc. I’m too busy taking in all the pretty things! So, instead, here are some photos of a few of the pretty things we saw (and ate)!

Best donut I have ever tasted, GF or not. This was the Meyer Lemon & PIstachio GF. I still dream about it!

Best donut I have ever tasted, GF or not. This was the Meyer Lemon & PIstachio GF. I still dream about it!

Harris Theater - Millenium Park

Harris Theater – Millenium Park

Willis Tower

Willis Tower

Picasso

Picasso

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

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The Chicago theatre at night

The Chicago theatre at night

Greetings from Chicago - seeing this was worth every penny of the $20 cab fare there!

Greetings from Chicago – seeing this was worth every penny of the $20 cab fare there!

Beautiful buildings round Astor Street

Beautiful buildings round Astor Street

The building from the movie High Fidelity in Wicker Park

The building from the movie High Fidelity in Wicker Park

Breakfast with a view at the John Hancock Centre

Breakfast with a view at the John Hancock Centre

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My favourite buildings in the city - Marina Towers

My favourite buildings in the city – Marina Towers

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Cloud Gate - Loved this so much. I could probably photograph it every day for the rest of my life and not get bored.

Cloud Gate – Loved this so much. I could probably photograph it every day for the rest of my life and not get bored.

I loved the city. I can’t say I loved the weather, this English Rose isn’t so good at -3*C in the morning and then 20*C by the afternoon! Everyone we met was lovely, the food was amazing and the city was just awesome. I’d definitely like to go back, but in the summer next time!

Have you ever been? What were your highlights?

Mini Raspberry Kiss

I’ve been seeing the Raspberry Kiss and Mini Raspberry Kiss blocks all over the internet for a long while and finally got myself together to have a go. I raided my scrap bins and was please with the results!

Mini Raspbery Kiss WIP

I used mainly Cotton and Steel basics, with a few precious bits of Anna Maria Horner and some Alison Glass with Kona Silver (I think – I’ve lost my colour card!) as the background.

Mini Raspberry Kiss Top

I’m happy with the outcome, now need to find the time to turn it into something, another cushion, perhaps, a wall hanging? I’m not sure, what do you think?

Pattern: Mini Raspberry Kiss by Michael Ann Made (Original Raspberry Kiss by Rachel of Wooden Spoon Quilts)
Size: 13.5″x 13.5″
Pieced by: Me
Fabric: Cotton & Steel basics, Anna Maria Horner, Alison Glass, Kona Silver
Lives: On my WIPs pile until I can make it into something!

Love

Another ‘better late than never’ post was this cross stitch I made for the wedding of my dear friends Emily and Tom. The pattern was from Cross Stitcher magazine and is another one by Emma Congdon. I decided to change the colour scheme from the reds and pinks to the colours of Emily and Tom’s wedding (and bedroom) yellow and grey which for me, really freshened it up and made it look more modern. I’m so pleased with the way it turned out and they did too!

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In true Sydney Rose 2015 style I didn’t get a good picture of the finished, framed article, but think this shows it pretty well.

Pattern By: Emma Congdon @ Cross Stitcher Magazine
Stitched by: Me
Threads: DMC
Lives: Emily & Toms House

Constellations Star Quilt

Apparently I have a thing for Lizzy House and her fabrics! As I made a cat quilt with her Catnap Line, it seemed only right to make a star quilt with her Constellations line!

I finished this quilt last year, after starting it the year before, so it seems only right to blog it a year later?!

Monster approves!

Monster approves!

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The all over quilting in a triangle design took forever but I’m so happy with it, my favourite part is the rounded corners, I’ll definitely be doing more of that in the future. The quilt now lives on our bed and is loved by all of us!

Quilt: Constellations Star Quilt
Size: 75″ x 89″
Pieced and Quilted by: Me
Fabric: Lizzy House, Constellations & Lizzy House, Pearl Bracelets in Aqua
Lives: In my house on my bed!