Posted on January 26, 2015 | 4 Comments
Happy Australia Day.
Here in Gippsland we are being treated to a lovely sunny day with a gentle breeze. Perfect for a BBQ.
The flowering gums are looking a treat.
The flowers are beautiful. No wonder Leesa Chandler chose to use them on her fabric – Under The Australian Sun.
Congratulations to Rosie Batty who was last night named as Australian of the Year. Such an amazing lady. And congratulations to all the women who took out the major Australia Day awards. It is stunning to see the work they all do.
And what about the tennis! That was an incredible match last night. Congratulations to Nick Kyrgios.
He will play Andy Murray in the next round of the Australian Open. Can’t wait for that one.
I do hope everyone has a wonderful Australia Day.
Posted on January 14, 2015 | 13 Comments
It’s the middle of Summer and I am finishing a Winter quilt.
This is a little lap size quilt using a free design from Erin Russek of One Piece At A Time.
I started it several years ago and then it was set aside as I found other distractions.
I appliqued each mitten with satin stitch using a variegated red and blue thread.
The quilting is a simple meandering pattern.
It is backed with a lovely snowflake fabric.
Good to have the first quilt finished off my list for 2015. Not a big one, but a finish all the same.
Now what’s next?
Posted on January 8, 2015 | 16 Comments
2015 has definitely started here in true Australian fashion … heat, fires, beach and thunderstorms.
I suppose I should be used to this by now. We did have a mild start to Summer with few really hot days, but as soon as the calendar kicked over to the New Year that changed with days up to 40 degrees. Sadly some areas have experienced bad fires with a lot of homes lost. What a hard way to start the year.
We have had crazy thunderstorms going through yesterday bringing good rain in some areas. It was quite an impressive lightning display outside.
We have spent a few days travelling around catching up with family members. One day at Wye River we had the true Aussie experience with wildlife.
This sleepy fellow was in the tree out the front.
We then had a visit from a family of 9 kookaburras, all expecting to be fed. I could only catch 3 at once in the photo.
Next to arrive were the cockatoos checking out the bird feeder.
Apparently we missed the wallabies. They had visited the night before.
Only a little sewing happening here. I did finish a couple more of these. I finally have some to keep for myself.
I have packed away the Christmas decorations and quilts, but found there were a few bits I wanted to keep out a little longer. So I set up a corner in a spare bedroom.
I see lots of people making plans for new projects for this year and I am sure I will have a few to do as well, but at the moment I think I will try to focus on reducing the UFO pile.
I wonder how long that will last!
I do hope your year has started well.
Posted on December 29, 2014 | 15 Comments
Christmas is all over for another year. So what’s next?
I didn’t do a lot of decorating so that has been easy to pack away.
Lots of gardening seems to be on the cards with netting needed to protect the fruit on the trees being first priority.
And maybe a Spring clean in Summer.
I have a couple of photos I couldn’t show before Christmas.
These are scarves made for grandies in the Northern Hemisphere.
The cards I made this year.
A gorgeous gift box.
And a lovely biscuit tin. Loved the design and couldn’t resist.
That’s it for me for Christmas. Done and Dusted.
I do hope you had a lovely time with friends and family.
Posted on December 8, 2014 | 15 Comments
As always at this time of year, Christmas is coming far too quickly. It is hard to stay in front.
But a lovely parcel arrived last week to improve the situation. It turns out Cheryll of Gone Stitchin is my final FHFS partner for 2014 and look at this lovely sight.
How lucky am I?
Thank you, Cheryll, for this delightful parcel of goodies. I look forward to discovering the contents when the allotted date arrives. It’s very exciting.
I have a large selection of ornaments that are too heavy for a normal tree and for several years I have been looking for an idea that would work for the heavies.
I found this perfect tree in a local store on the weekend and realised it would be perfect for the job.
It is as tall as me so should hold quite a few ornies.
I have been stitching away and getting in a few finishes.
These are Marg Low‘s felt Santas. Love the scarf on the back of them.
These little birds are also a Marg Low design.
And also a few more notebooks, also from Marg Low. (Definitely a pattern here.)
That’s a short and sharp post for today. Too many end of year functions to get to.
Hope you are enjoying a few as well.
Posted on November 28, 2014 | 12 Comments
Here in our part of the world, Summer starts on Monday. In our southern part of the country we have not been hit with the early hot temperatures those further north are experiencing.
As a result the garden is growing well and the grass is still green. It is even cool enough at night to still have a blanket.
This is what is happening in my garden.
As a result I am making my third batch of jam. I am finding that we are able to pick a kilogram every second or third day. So why not turn some of it into jam.
I breathed a big sigh of relief when I posted this parcel today for our FHFS group.
I had bee quite concerned about making the deadline, but thankfully it all worked out.
This is a sneak peek at what I played with that eventually went inside one of the packages.
Now that one deadline is out of the way, I need to catch up on a lot more Christmas sewing.
In the meantime, I have found other distractions. I have a friend who is very talented when it comes to anything to do with paper. I enjoy going to some of her classes.
Last week we made this lovely fold out book.
All the papers used in the pages and on the cover are handmade.
A little bit of decoration was added.
It is made with concertina fold pages.
There are too many lovely distractions waiting to be made. The only solution is to live to 110 – at least!
Have a lovely weekend. I am planning to enjoy the sunshine in the garden.
Hope you have a great one planned, too.
Posted on November 19, 2014 | 17 Comments
Over the past few weeks I have been playing with these lovely fabrics.
This is a baby quilt I have made for our niece. She is due in the first week of December.
It is made using HSTs. I started with 12 fat quarters and still have fabric over. The fabric is all from one of Nancy Halverston’s ranges.
All the quilting is straight line.
I like the way it shows up well on the back of the quilt.
The backing fabric has cute little animals on it – elephant, rhino and giraffe.
The binding is a simple linen look grey.
I am very pleased to have this ready before the arrival of the baby.
I do hope she likes it.
Posted on November 12, 2014 | 20 Comments
It still seems to be very busy here, but progress on some projects is being made in little steps
I have finished the little stitcheries from a FigNBerry pattern. They will have to wait for a little while to be made into a quilt, but I have enjoyed having a portable project to work on.
The Country Garden thread in this one is named Cobblestone.
I am delighted to be back working on my Jacobean embroidery and making good progress there, too.
Only two sections to go!
And I have also completed the main blocks for the Christmas Quilt from a pattern by Viv Robinson.
Here are the blocks together.
In the completed quilt there will be sashing and borders. It may be ready for Christmas ………. maybe.
I am thoroughly enjoying our warmer days and have spent this morning picking a tub of strawberries. Great way to start the day.
Posted on October 22, 2014 | 19 Comments
Here we go. This will really test out whether all the repairs and upgrades work.
If this post works I can then see if you can comment and if I can reply.
Several weeks ago I managed to complete this quilt top and send it to my LAQ. It came back within a fortnight and was bound and ready to take to our 2 1/2 year old grandson.
(We had a week of cloudy days so photos are a bit dull.)
The main animal fabric is Jungle Creatures.
The pattern is from a book called Precut Quilts.
The quilting pattern was a perfect choice as it is made up of zoo animals.
Here is close up to see the creatures.
Lions, elephants and giraffes.
The backing fabric fits well with the animal theme – a herd of rhinoceros. And the binding is a soft linen grey.
The timing of the finish for the quilt was perfect. The day we delivered it was the same day his new grown up bed was being constructed.
Lots of time was spent looking for creatures in the quilt. Lots of fun!
Posted on October 11, 2014 | 9 Comments
Looks like I am out of action as far as my blog and emails are concerned for a while.
Due to all sorts of technical hiccups I cannot access loads of data.
I can post on my blog and receive comments, but cannot reply to them.
I am not receiving any emails on my account.
And I am unable to leave comments on your posts.
So I do apologise to anyone who has left me messages, emails or comments.
I also apologise for not commenting on any of your posts.
I am, thankfully, able to continue to read your posts and will enjoy doing so, even if I cannot comment.
I am sure it will be sorted out, but when is another question.
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