Sunday, 28 November 2010

It's that time of the year again......

...you know, lots of secret stuff happening. Lots of 'I can't show you just in case someone is watching.....!' stuff, you know don't you, we all do it don't we..? So anyway I can show you these blocks for one of the online bees that I'm part of. This one is eleven Australians and a lone New Zealander and is on Flickr so I always forget to post the blocks on here. Anyway, December is my month, actually it's Dec/Jan to give everyone a bit more time over the Christmas holidays. I'm making another 'grown up' quilt for another granddaughter's birthday so I decided that I would have this as my bee quilt. Edie (Eden) will be 12 next May and appropriately I thought it would be lovely to use 'Eden' by Lila Tuella for Moda.....





Of course it's such a gorgeous fabric anyway, so there will be 12 blocks like this one in this 'Charming Stars' pattern from the Moda Bake Shop. I haven't quite decided yet what else I'm going to do with it, but I really love this pattern, so for my second block I had the bee girls make me another one but this time in this...



(excuse the terrible photo, it's really Kona Ivory, not pink in the middle. The weather is so horrible here right now, not good photo weather at all)


..Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda, it's just that isn't it...Bliss!! I love it and it's for me, me, me, me..! Did I say that the Bliss quilt is for me?? Hehehe. love it..


Remember the other day when I took you for a walk around my lovely sunny garden..? Hmmm, well, since then we've had huge amounts of rain, one of the driveways is still flooded, the shed/garage is flooded, much to The Railway Mans disgust as all his timber is now wet?? The dam is full, both the little pond in the house garden and the big pond are overflowing, the courtyard is under 6" of water and the garden areas have so much water in them that it oozes out when you walk on the grass. My lovely fluffy poppies are now bowing their heads with the weight of the water...





...and lose their petals with the slightest wind..





..of course, all this rain does make for some great shots of raindrops on roses



...and whiskers on puppies





Isn't she gorgeous..? Of course she is, and settling in very well too. Sleeping, eating, playing and you know what else constantly...! She's adored and adoring, she's made her place in the house and our hearts. She plays and rolls around with Miss Martha and we spend a huge amount of time watching them while the TV plays to itself. She's just started to give little barks when she's playing but if Martha barks she runs and hides under the chair, just peeping that little black nose out to check it's all clear...!
I'm off now to do some more secret sewing, I can't wait to show you what I've done..! I'm ridiculously pleased with myself because I've quilted a whole quilt on the machine, don't laugh, it's a huge achievement for me. Nothing fancy, but it's quilted and ready for binding and it only took me two days...........Wow, I'm clever :o)
xxx

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Do you have a heart....

....I know you all do..!
Can you make a heart..?


Shirley is asking for healing heart blocks to make quilts for the families of the 29 miners who tragically died this week in New Zealand. She has a specific size and type, so go visit her blog here for details, she also has an address to send them to. I saw your compassion, love and care when you sent blocks for Sue's quilt, can you do it again?? Just one heart block sent with love will fit in a small envelope, no customs declaration needed. The price of a stamp will bring 29 families into the quilters hug, you can do it, we can do it............

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The sun's been shining so come for a walk in the garden with me...

The weather has finally warmed up here and with all the rain we've had this year the garden is looking really green and lush, so grab a cuppa and come for a wander down my garden paths....



This garden bed is next to the verandah and is what I see when I'm sat at my computer in my sewing room, I love watching the changing seasons through this window...

..right now I'm really happy that the sun is shining, the wind is from the north and warm..

..and all's well with my little world..

..oh look, the new assistant gardener (please ignore the large prickly weeds..sigh)

..turn around the corner and the May bush is lighting up the shadows...

..the Dogwood is in full bloom..

...tiny Geraniums....

...and Seaside Daisies line the paths...

..Catmint catchs the early morning sun..

..bright yellow Geum's...

..and lurid pink Cistus flowers..

..are calmed by the quiet and majestic beauty of the California Tree Poppy, just getting ready to open it's giant 'fried egg' flowers.



Hmmm, here she is again, she's just learnt to get up the two steps by herself, not bad really, it only took her two days..

Seduction...

..and a tenant..

..inside the creamy freckled flowers of the Foxglove...

..a bright, brassy Paeony flower..

..an Australian rose from Alistair Clarke, I can't remember the name but it's amazing in the shade. (Edit: It's Lorraine Lea, thanks Vireya) Here it's climbing up the trunk of the Curly Willow beautifully...

Miss Martha and her new shadow, and finally.....

..the view from the gate into the house garden looking back to the house. As you're looking at it from there, the garden I can see from my window is to the right, the one with the snowball tree. The window of my room is just to the left of the pots you can see on the verandah, that's where I'm sitting now, looking out to the gate and thinking how lucky I am...





Saturday, 20 November 2010

Here she is.........

500km round trip, six hours on the road, quite a few dollars and this is what we got...





...our new bundle of fluff...





...her name is Molly...





...she's a Maltese/Shih Tzu cross, 8 weeks old...





...and she's decided that I'm hers and tough luck to Miss Martha who incidently is totally smitten and in love with her new 'baby'...

I'm off to sort out sleeping arrangements as it's sure to be a noisy night..! I wonder if I can persuade her to sleep with Miss Martha....sigh, probably not just yet I expect....

Friday, 19 November 2010

Not much sewing going on.....

....just had to make another one of these today....





I made the light one ages ago for Miss Martha. It's really difficult to buy 'nice' dog leashes, they're all either big and butchy, not very nice for little fluff balls, or just plain red or blue or green twill type stuff. Only being a little dog, she doesn't need a big strong thing, she's a good walker too, doesn't pull or wander around. A jelly strip is the perfect length for us to hold on to, a swivel clip that I bought for bags, a bit of lightweight iron on vilene and there you have it...





..oohh, a new leash, thanks Mum, that's nice..........
What she doesn't know is that it's not for her :o)
We're taking a little road trip to Shepparton tomorrow and who knows what we may bring home...........????
xxx


ps. another road trip on December 4th to Mildura, accomodation booked, days off for the Railway Man booked, quilt ready for delivery.....!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

The Sisters of The World Quilt..........

WARNING VERY PHOTO HEAVY

Grab a cup of something, take a break and have a look because..............

Ta Da..........................................


It's finished....





Labeled...



Lot of labels...



123 names...



...many..



...many..



countries..



..each and every one....



...a 'Sister of the World'....


I'm just going to put the photo's on and let you look and admire..































So, that's it, finished..! Just waiting to be delivered..!

Thank you once again to each and every one of you for sending blocks, thank you to my friends (you know who you are) for support and words of encouragment when I thought that the task was beyond me, a huge thank you to Bec from Homestead Quilting for the beautiful (not to mention speedy) quilting and I guess thanks to blogger, without blogging there wouldn't be a quilt..!

I love it, this 'Sisters of the World' quilt..! I want one for me, but I'm happy that I made it. Happy that I'm a part of this wonderful, caring sisterhood of quilters, actually, I feel honoured to be a part of this world wide quilters hug....



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