Sunday, September 22, 2019

School's out....


Carnival is in....

Spring holiday around here is busy busy busy....  last weekends lovely stitching and this weekend is gardens...


 Although there is still a horrible drought the flower festival brings in a lot of income for the city so water is pumped in ...
 

These poppies were outside the Information Centre... of course our local bees are very happy at this time of year


They also had these lovely beds of pansies....


Meantime my lovely stitching cushion has had to be retired.....


you can see why …. it's very tired and most of the stitching is no longer there!


This cushion was made in a round robin stitch-a-long that I did many years ago.... and made lifelong friends as a result

Note to the lovers of EPP - the hexagons have held up very well!


In my own garden the Dendrodiums (spelling) are looking wonderful... such a lovely show - well done to Hubz the gardener


Hubz had some business in Brisbane so I was able to hitch a ride and go and spend a few hours with Michelle...  here we are in front of some of her wonderful art



Car journeys have meant some knitting has been done and a second penguin jumper is completed


… and whilst I was with Michelle, and of course many other evenings I have been working on getting more postcards stitched


I only have 4 more to stitch.... but of course lots of blocks to put together

My son and his youngest daughter are coming to visit in November.... little Miss 4 nearly 5 Grandiegirl has not been before and she (with help from her Mum) made up this lovely date caterpillar.  She can tear off a circle every day to see how many more sleeps to go.


I'm a bit excited!  It's almost 3 years since a cuddle.

Righto, Gotto Go... cuppa time.  Hubz and I visited more places today so I need to sort some pictures.




Wednesday, September 18, 2019

SDDO 2019


The Quilters Angel (which happens to be my favourite LQS) hosts a wonderful weekend "Stitchers Dream Day Out" 

Last weekend was this years and both days were fully booked....

A school hall is hired for the weekend and transformed, bows are tied and tables set....


Bags filled with treasures, flowers and pretty tables....


The stage is all set up to look lovely too...


This year's theme was Vintage Market....


A little corner shop is open...


I loved all the little extra's..... 


…. to fit the theme...


Beautiful old trunks...


.. and spools of thread....


These are the fabrics used for the day...


All day tea and slices.....


.. and the designers had displays of their work....
Leslie and Kate from Faeries in my Garden.....


 amazing needlework....

I loved this Alice in Wonderland stitched cloth...

Katie and Pam from Cottage Garden Threads was the other designers for the day


Very cute... (they distribute patterns for Hare's Nest)


Silly silly me didn't take pictures of the projects that were provided .... there was a bag, a needlecase, a cushion.... hmmmm  

Was treated to this lovely sunset on the way home.  We still have a lot of dust and smoke around.... which does increase the redness of the sky …. beautiful...



It was a beautiful weekend... so many happy friendly women coming to enjoy themselves.    Days like these are good for the soul.....

Righto, Gotto Go....  time for that second cup of coffee... then quilting time!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

A couple of finishes....


Another zippy bag was made which was sent off as a gift...

I made it in civil war fabrics and as you see the vinyl front so you can see which project is in there.... I used Marilyn's lovely free tutorial.... found HERE....


I've made quite a few for myself and use them all the time....

My crochet blanket is about half way through the stripes....  I am enjoying doing a few rows each week...


I spent some time at home finishing off this Thread Wallet which used this embroidery .....


I learnt so many new stitches doing this embroidery....  The whole piece is 8" square.

The pattern is by Leslie at Faeries in my Garden.... so beautiful and I am pleased with my efforts



Here it is opened out.... it folds up into 3 sections.... 


… of course I had to add a little bit of free motion quilting!


… and opened out with a couple of threads popped in.... it will hold 30 all together....


I got lots of help with the new stitches by ladies at the Thursday sewing group I go to once a month at The Quilters Angel....  there are some really skilled embroiderers...

This morning I wanted to spend a little bit of time machine sewing and made a few more sisters.... (actually they took me quite a long time as I sewed the hands to the wrong piece and had to cut more fabric and unpick and resew... what a pain!  Silly me getting distracted....


Oh, and I might have pulled out some fabrics... this is Maria's fault as she generously sent me her templates after I admired hers.... and so now I am making the Bloom quilt


Block 1 is cut and ironed... but not sewn.... I plan to get all the blocks ready and then start stitching by machine ....



Righto, Gotto Go....

My favourite goto sandwich at the moment is peanut butter and banana... (Hubz shudders at the idea of it but I find it yummy)


Hoping you have a lovely weekend... safe and well.....xx

Sunday, September 8, 2019

A fun day....


The lovely Sunday Stitchers from Brisbane are on a retreat close by me and I was so lucky to be able to go and sew with them...

I'm sure some of them will be recognised…..


I did have a delivery to make.... lucky for me to have had some of their lovely quilts to play with.....  


Another retreat was on next door… there might have been a morning tea party and show and tell during the morning... and another next door in the afternoon....  


I worked on putting together a bunch of precut postcard blocks..... 


I had taken photographs of where I wanted the colours so after setting each out they went together fairly quickly.... 


Then I started my sisters blocks..… Sue is doing these and since I have some African themed fabrics I knew that is what I wanted to do with them...... 


'Sisi' is a Shona word for Sisters


I love love them.... so fun to do

Righto, Gotto Go..... it has been a horrible windy and dusty few days.... luckily no fires near us but many places do have.... tough times for so many...

Hope you have a lovely week....


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