Monday, November 13, 2017

Lucky me......

... to get to go to a retreat this weekend (well I managed 2 of the three days).  Marion from Quilters Angel hosts this for us and it's always such fun with a lovely group ....

First thing I did was put the sashing and corner stones on quite a few of my Anthology blocks as I had got behind.....


... and they are now fitting in with all the other blocks.....  over half way now


Then I added ribbons and went around the edges for my Christmas decorations this year....
(woohoo 32 OPAM finishes in one fell swoop!!!)  Most of the work for these had been done but I just needed a bit of sit down sewing time to finish them off.


Then I sewed up the block for this months Stitch-a-long....


and finally I worked on sewing up blocks to make these stitcheries into cushion covers....  I still need to quilt them and add backings etc etc..... but it's progress.....




... once I had done the sewing I brought I just generally made a nuisance of myself - as captured here by Kris.... (hmmmmm... so much for what happens at retreat stays at retreat!!!)


We stayed at a new to us venue... lovely big room and stunning views of the local bushland



The reason I left early is our little local family signed up for a charity colour run (for RSPCA)


even after 2 washes I still have pink streaks in my hair!!

Widget needed some motivation to get covered in pink.... I was very persuasive!


Lucky me received a lovely gift this week from a friend who is downsizing her home....

Since I started my quilting about 10 years ago I have fancied a treadle machine.... this one is beautiful on the outside....


... and the inside.....


I spent a bit of time on Thursday on the phone with a friend who knows these machines and with some oiling and cleaning and learning the treadle motion I got her working... and she stitches beautifully.

I'm thrilled......

Righto, Gotto Go... I need to recouperate from the last few days....


Monday, November 6, 2017

Meet the artist....


On Saturday Hubz and I got in the car and went on a road trip.....

These chaotic cloud formations  got my attention on the way ....


Outside the centre were some ponds with beautiful water lilies....


... they are such perfect shapes...


... and inside I met up with one of the artists for the Queensland Wildlife Artists exhibition....


Lovely Michelle was exhibiting for the first time.....  you can see more of her work HERE


Of course it was amongst lots of other wonderful works of art too - really accomplished group and if I could I would have come home with a few pieces - I did get some lovely cards though...

Lovely day out and well done Michelle - your work is extraordinary and so lovely to see it there amongst the other pieces of art.

Outside the hall was a lovely little rainforest and we had a wander around - a hot day but in the shade of the forest it was beautifully cool... 


... a little stream passing through....


... and up the hill for some lunch and splendid views of the city..... This is Mt Coot-tha


Of course I have done a little bit of stitching.... these critters are for my Gardeners Journal quilt


Righto, Gotto Go.... Monday has come around again -  and there is always lots to do.....


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Open Gardens and some sewing.....


Last weekend Hubz and I visited some Country Open Gardens nearby.  We love to see what others do with their gardens and of course get some ideas from them.....

I liked this whole setting with the old fence and corn behind it... sunflowers and in front of that beetroot with the colourful leaves... then the straw and rusted tin ducks.... very clever....


in the country it is lovely having the garden extend on forever by incorporating the view


... like this...


big expansive lawn areas....


At the next house the old man shed had a fun window....  again with a fantastic view outside


this particular garden had parts that went back many years.... old old trees and new plantings - a garden in progress....


I loved how they incorporated some of the old family vehicles and other equipment into the garden


the Jacaranda's (and those about town) are looking just stunning, especially after the rains and the lovely green grass....


The next house was right on the side of the main road.... I thought it was well disguised...


a very different garden, much smaller and full with quirky little characters...


... they used their favourite old vehicle painted and filled with plants - taking pride of place....



It was  hot day and I was glad for the breeze.  I do admire people who let others come and stomp around their place looking around.... they also had plants to sell  and a couple of them had coffee's, sandwiches etc to have there..... All funds raised went to charity.....

This week on my sewing table I am trying to sort out some of my French General scraps.  I used this range a couple of years ago for Natures Journey (yet to be quilted) and I want to make a few cushions


I am cutting as many 2 1/2" squares as I can .... then smaller squares and strips....

I do wish I was one of those people who did this at the time of finishing a project - instead of having them messed up in a big box and needing all that ironing!!


 These two little stitcheris have been done for Gardeners Journal... I still have a few to go....


I had only a little bit of this Dutch Treat one to finish ... it did take a while getting through all those edges... the next one is nice easy straight lines!


Tuesday girls did another 7 blocks.... these are mine....  We are over half way now!


Christine had her progress with her ... she is sewing her blocks into strips as she goes along and doing quilt as you go.  Doesn't it look fantastic and so different with a change of fabrics.....  It's really fun doing a project like this together. 


Righto, Gotto Go..... have a lovely day!  I'm off to sew (surprise surprise!)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Bye October.....


Already the end of the month and I am doing a summary of my finished projects and progress on UFO's that I have....

Three scrap baskets were made.... that's it for the scrappy baskets now....


I finished off my botanical prints quilt and put it on my bed.....


5 more blocks for my Dutch Treat quilt....


.... some of the other projects I have been working on is my scrappy beach houses....


Holly Cottage quilt....

Anthology


Dream 


... and Gardeners Journal....


Thanks to Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM - I do enjoy looking back and seeing what I finished, and thanks to Joy for hosting Finishing Stitches which is helping me keep focussed on my UFO's......

Righto, Gotto Go..... possibly a bit of attention deficit noted in my sewing life!

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