Thursday, May 16, 2019

A weekend away......


Hubz and I went for a weekend away with friends from way back ….. a couple of hours drive for us to Stanthorpe (the one place in Queensland that can get snow) and home of "The Big Apple)

I took this one with a vehicle in it to give you an idea of the size.....


I might have played around a bit.….


Once we met up with friends off we went to find sustenance.... not sure about Hubz choice!


There are heaps of places to pop in and visit..... I kept forgetting photo's....

candles.....


Olives.....

 … fudge....

hand made pottery, wineries, breweries, cherry icecream, etc..... something around every corner almost....

Beautiful days and cool nights, the log fire was very welcome....


We have heard a lot about drought and how it has effected farmers.... a big affect has been felt by the vineyards and olive groves.  One olive place we visited didn't manage to get a crop at all this year and vineyards production was halved...

Here at our accommodation it was clear that a lot of mature trees had died...   


WE stayed at a vineyard and were able to take lovely walks..... amongst the vines.... 


 … and up into the granite rocky areas....


Huge big 'flat rock'.  Gus the resident dog was just delightful and led us along.... 



We went for a long hike the next day ……. 



 It's not called the Granite Belt for nothing....


My calves certainly felt it the next day... so many steps!  and sustenance was needed after.... 


WE also visited a home pottery and I loved this little possum tail hanging out the box..... 


We did visit several other wineries and breweries, had more walks, lovely meals and home made icecreams…. I forgot to take pictures most of the time....

This is the winery where we stayed (this is not our cottage but where they do tastings and events).  The Twisted Gum..... 


of course some came home with us.... 


I did do a few rows of my crochet in the evenings.... not much though, early beds after walks and wines.... 


Righto, Gotto Go, I also brought home a cough and cold so I'm feeling very sorry for myself!  Off to dose up and mix up some lemon and honey.....



Thursday, May 9, 2019

Something new.....

For many years I have promised myself a luxury item.... hand made socks!

My friend Jane, in the UK, is a whizz at making socks and is running an online workshop.... it's just so great for me who has no idea with needles sizes, 4 needles at a time etc as she is there to answer all questions...

I ordered this beautiful sock yarn from Bendigo Woolen mill and went in search of sets of double ended needles.  Luckily I found an odd needle the same size as I needed 5 needles and not 4 for this part...…


I had this lovely bag given to me some years ago which is just the right size for the needles and yarn.... 


Yarn is still thread... right???? 


I finished another needleturn block for Wings (by Michelle) …..


I couldn't make ChooseDay sewing this week but I did sneak in a bit of me sewing time to keep up with this months Garden Sunshine blocks...

The beehive


 … and some flowers....


These are both 12 1/2" blocks... so much quicker and easier than 3 1/2"!!

As you can see I have managed to do a bit more of my sock! 



Meeting up with friends this weekend...... I hope I will get a bit of crochet done in front of a log fire in the evenings.....

Righto, Gotto Go.... my donation towards the weekend needs to be cooked!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

FNWF and this weeks stitching.....


Double date FNWF and Friday night at The Quilters Angel and I started with the chain stitch for Block 8 of Flowerville.....


A lovely evening that went by too quickly....


ChooseDay sewing was spent doing some more blocks for Les Courtiers quilt.....


Lots of Flying Geese were trimmed and joined into various size strips....




Then I had a bunch of 4 square blocks to make and join.....




These will eventually join up with other blocks to fit into the quilt.  I am having a few difficulties working out the instructions and also some of the fabrics need a bit of fiddling around to fit them in....  I think it will all work out fine though...

Thank goodness for ChooseDays keeping me have my machine sewing fix.....


Jane from Loopy's place shared instructions for another block for her sampler.... This time flying geese for a 6 piece block..... the little triangles from the edges were joined... they are pretty small - the main block is 3 1/2"....




Here are all the blocks we have done so far.  A great learner sampler which I am making half size to hone in on my mini quilt skills, plus pick up tips from Jane as we go along....




Evening temperatures have cooled down and my heavier snuggly flannel quilt came out this week.  When Kris moved into Edward house she had a bit of a clearout, including all these pieces of flannel.  Of course I couldn't refuse the offer of giving them a loving home!




These are my latest postcards..... just need to find some time to cut out pieces and I can make a few more blocks for the quilt.....




The crazy hot dry summer ending with a nice drop of rain has made some plants flower out of season.... these ornamental pomegranate flowers are so lovely and bright.....




It's lovely having this pop of colour in the garden...  soon they will be dropping all their leaves for winter hibernation....




Righto, Gotto Go.....  going to have a look for that illusive time....


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Month end.....


April has been a busy month for me..... but thankfully there is still the evenings to do hand-sewing….

This is my ornament for 1 Christmas Item per month.....  the top opens for a treat....


This is a block for Wings by Michelle ……  I love doing needleturn but I am persisting in carrying on with some other stitching projects …. I finished my mice blocks so this is my reward.... 


The second pair of pyjamas was made.....  I am now well set for cooler days nights.....


The ornament and pyjamas are added to my other finishes this month

A wheat-bag for daughter


 …. and one for daughters son... aka Widget.


Pink rose pyjamas…..


Considering how busy I have been I am happy I got all that done.... 

Righto, Gotto Go... I want to get some postcards stitched... then I can treat myself to another needleturn block!


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