Saturday, 28 April 2012

This fabric jumped into my bag....

...honestly, it did! Last week we were putting new fabrics away at Millrose and Sue pulled these out of the delivery box!!





..truly they just hopped right into my bag and begged me to take them home with me, I really felt that I had to oblige  ;o)


Anyway, however they got there they are the new Christmas range from Primitive Gatherings and I fell in love at first sight. I had some dirty creams from the Presents Worn and Loved range from a few years ago so I used some of those for the wool appliqué squares and decided to make a table runner. I spent last Monday and Tuesday cutting and sewing and started to quilt it on Wednesday night. shouldn't take too long to hand quilt it and I'm hoping to have it finished by this time next week...
..oh my, I love these colours and aren't those tiny reindeer just too sweet...sigh, deep, rich and christmas...perfect!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Free Class...

..to make this... 








go here to read about it!

I'll be there but I'll be working so I won't get to sample the bubbles but I'd love to see you. It's the Farmers Market weekend too so you get to pick up some amazing local produce at the same time..


I'll be back in a day or so to show you what I made this week...woohoo, nearly a finish!!!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

it's been a while....

...again! 


I don't seem to get much time for blogging just lately, I've still been reading your blogs just not had any time to sit down and put pen to paper......well, you know what I mean...  :o) 


 So where to begin, hhmmm, the last time I posted on here was before Easter!!! Well, it was quiet for most of the Easter weekend at this house in the country. I did some catch up with housework (just enough to look willing of course) got some serious sewing time in in-between housework and managed to get my Museum Medallion quilt up to the first border....




...loving the colours in this and I'm looking forward to getting the small stripe border then the tiny squares done..! 


 Did lots of baking and cooking too for Easter Sunday, the girls and their families came up for a lovely long lunch, lots of food to eat including this Lemon Meringue Cake....



...trust me it's as delicious as it looks. It's a Nigella recipe from her 'Feast' book and such an easy recipe, simple and quick to make, I might just have to make it again soon...Yum!!! 


 So what else has been going on? Oh yes, I've been doing a little sewing on my Quilted Crow pattern, '1864', while I've been sat visiting Mum.......



....it's getting there .........slowly..!! 
 I did start something else though!! I know, really bad aren't I, but I've been thinking of doing this ever since the very talented 
Irene from Focus on Quilts gave me some of her patterns, a little swap for some photography, gotta love a good barter system don't you? Anyway I've been wanting to start it in wool and cotton appliqué ....

 


..say hello to 'Blooming Springtime', she's lovely isn't she?



 ...this is a close up of one of the long blocks and this....

 

...is how far I've got so far...hhmmmm, need to find some extra hours in the days I think to get a move on with the 6 trillion projects I have on the go right now...sigh!! 


I cleaned my sewing room a few days ago and transferred all my projects that I'm working on at the moment into their own clear storage box.....big mistake I think!!! I now know exactly how many I'm working on this year, that doesn't include the ufo's stashed away in their own boxes on top of the bookcase and dresser!


...........ahem, we won't be telling the railway man just how many I've got now will we...?? :o) 


 I haven't had much time to play with my camera in the last few weeks either, the only shots I've taken really are of the amazing sunsets we've been having during our beautiful Indian Summer..! The weather has been just perfect, days warm enough for short sleeves with a chill in the air at night....

 
..this one taken a couple of weeks ago just as a storm swept through at sunset....

 
...taken from our small driveway one night last week, love the jet stream from the plane heading to warmer climes to the west of us. At this time of the year here we have a lot of smoke in the air from the burn off of scrub and bush as well as farmers burning stubble, this gives some spectacular sunsets ....

 
...and finally, last nights spectacle as I was driving home from my day in Geelong... Pretty impressive hey?

Monday, 2 April 2012

Somebody told me it was April already....

...that can't be right can it...?? Where did March go, I know I was busy but that's a little ridiculous isn't it..?


Just before Sarah's wedding I picked up a squishy parcel at the post office and to my utter surprise and delight it was this... ..do you remember last year I was part of a quilting bee, The Bee Balm, we had members from around this blue planet of ours and I made some amazing friends online through it. anyway, September was supposed to be my month (I was the last in the round) and I pulled out. I had things to sort out with my parents as you know and life was piling up around me like the flotsam and jetsam of the oceans, I was okay with not having my month, I had after all had a great time doing the other eleven months but my very good friend from Western Australia, the lovely Sue, decided that she would organise for the modern log cabin blogs I wanted, to be done anyway...!! Not only did she bully (in the nicest possible way of course) the others to finish the blocks, she put the quilt together herself and quilted it....I've already told you Sue, but I love, love, love my quilt! It's the first totally finished quilt I've ever been given and the friendship and love that's sewn into it will warm me every time I touch it, which just happens to be every night as it lives on the back of my couch, thank you again to all my BB friends..XXX 


I have been doing some stuff for the last few weeks, just not had time for blogging in the last few weeks :o) 


Hmm, where to begin?


Well of course a huge slice of time was taken up with our local quilt show, lots of hard work setting up then on your feet for the whole weekend, it's hard work looking at all that amazing talent  :o)


it was a fabulous weekend and we all had a ball....




Karen (no blog) and I on the last day of the show...


..the theme of the show was 'Stars in your eyes', so there was plenty of movie paraphernalia around, movie posters and such... ..and Karen doing a little extra curricula flirting with Darth... (sorry Karen, couldn't resist :o) there is no way I can tell you what was being said here, I'd have to be R rated I think..  ;o)
 Brenda wrestling with the floral arrangements....and lastly on the quilt show front....




this is the very talented Margaret from Quiltstation. Margaret was at Millrose on the Thursday before the show for sit and sew with us, she just happened to have brought some show and tell with her, her latest finish 'naughty but nice', and we hijacked it to put in the show....she won a first prize!!! Congratulations Margaret, aren't you glad you let us quiltnap your piece... ?


I've also been working with Sue at Millrose, really, it's more like playing than working!! I did some photography work for her last week, they had the first of the cooking classes with their chef and I took the photographs which was heaps of fun plus they fed me too.......yummy!!

 
..here's Shane showing Judith how to make beetroot pasta, if this was a colour shot (it was originally) you would be able to see the pasta is red and let me tell you it was delicious too..!!




  this was our lunch on the way, making me hungry just looking at the shots again...!!


I've been running up and down seeing mum and dad too, dad still isn't comfortable driving across town to see mum on his own so I've been picking him up and going with him a couple of times a week, we've cut our trips down to once a week now, it's better for mum as she hates a disturbance to her routine now, it really gets her agitated when things change..she's doing well though, as good as we can expect so that makes things a little easier...


On Saturday I did a class with Judy Newman at Millrose, it's a hand pieced quilt that I think I showed you before? 
 this is 'Museum Medallion' and it's just lovely. everything a quilt should be, soft with a beautiful drape to it, gentle colours, hand stitched and quilted and just a pleasure to look at and touch...




these were the fabrics I chose to start with, I've been wanting to make a red and teal/aqua quilt for a while, so thought I'd start with those colours and add some buttery yellows, orange and blues in the triangles and squares...

..please don't look too closely at my centre points ...! I unpicked a couple of times and I'm not doing any more reverse sewing!! I do love the colours though :o)

left to right..  Judy, Karen, me, Melissa, Carolyn and Sue at the front..
awesome day, great fun, great company, great food and hopefully a great quilt down the track...


so, I think that's it, I'm pretty sure I've covered everything, at least I hope as it could very well be another two weeks before I get back here....
perhaps not though, it's Easter this weekend and the kids are all coming for lunch on Sunday, looking forward to that and hoping we can have Easter lunch on our newly closed in (partly anyway) verandah. Perhaps I might make a Simnel cake again this year, it was delicious last year...

XXX

ps. I'm just uploading all the quilt show photos onto Flickr so I'll come back and leave a link when it's finished so you can see all the over 100 quilts if you would like to.....xx

here's the flickr link for the rest of the quilt photos

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