Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas is over

With Christmas done and dusted for 2010 we can now concentrate on the New Year ahead and what highs and lows that may bring us.

Before I sign off from Christmas mode I just have not had to chance to thank all of my bloggy friends for their lovely warm Christmas wishes and from many of you Christmas cards received in the mail.  I would be impossible to show them all but I did want to share this one that I received from Mary Chow in Canada.  A most unusual timber Christmas post card, hand painted. 


Whats in store for me in the New Year....... lots of sewing and crafting time I hope.  I also have 2 more additions due to the family to add to my 3 grandsons, my step daughter Jessica is expecting twins in March (if she lasts that long), and I have not even made a start on their baby quilts yet so that my first project for 2010.  Here is my favourite picture of Christmas, with my sons little boy (my grandson) Leo, who is now quite an active little chappy.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

10th Day of Christmas was lucky ole me :)

A big Christmas cheer thank you to Cheryll for her sensational bloggy 12 days of Christmas.  I have not been on blog for awhile with grandsons having 1st birthdays.  Son and other grandson arriving here from Townsville I have been otherwise occupied. 

So imagine my surprise when Mr Postman gave me a big pat parcel today as the lucky recipient of the 10th day of her 12 days of Christmas blog give away.

I received one Ham bag, a selection of Christmassy ribbons, a pack of 10 cards for giving and 10 pins for quilting.  Thank you so much Cheryll, you are truly a Christmas angel.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Showing of some stitchery

Long before I was a quilter I was always a knitter and a stitcher.  I tended to prefer x stitch but have also made a couple of needlepoint cushions.  I have quite a few that are not framed, mainly due to the high cost of getting this done.  But they are safely tucked away for me to get out and admire from time to time.

Here are some of my best works:

Flowerpot cats - 1996

Le Caffe - 2001

Teddies - 2002

And here are the two needlepoint cusions I have finished, I have a WIP thats been sitting in my cupboard since I took up quilting, I never seem to get back to it now.




Monday, November 29, 2010

Lucky lucky me

A big thank you to Leona for her very thoughtful gift of a quilting block magazine and a beautifully made scissor keep.

I have had a brief look through the mag and already earmarked a couple of blocks I would like to try, and I plan to sit with a cup of tea later this evening and devour the magazine a little more :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Chocolate Friday

I have called my post Chocolate Friday rather than Brown Friday as it sounds much yummier, and of course with a name like that I could not resist including some of that yummy stuff on this post.

I have chosen some iconic South Australian choccies - Any one that really knows South Australia will know Haigs chocolates - they are divine, the pic is a half eaten bag of their choc coated caramels, (yum).  Also Menz fruchocs.  I purchased one of these to send to Leona in Florida so she can experience some local treats.  I also could not resist showing off (again) my lovely sewing table, and lastly but not by any means least is my beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Billy.  He is one of the great loves of my life and brings me great joy with his companionship and funny antics.


The other collage is some snippets of quilts featuring Chocolate prints as well as a few blocks I have made and sent to members of my Block swaps group.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A gift from Alex

A lovely surprise was waiting in the letter box for me when I got home from work today.  Alex had kindly send me some pretty fabric and a sweet thank you card for my participation in her quilted hugs quilt.

Thank you so much for this lovely gift Alex, you know you didnt have to do that, but I really appreciate it.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Double the Hoot

Leona, my first PIF recipient requested that I make her an owl.  She left it up to me to chose the colours, and seeing that it is almost Christmas I decided to make a Christmas Hoot.  DH popped his head into my sewing room this afternoon just as I was putting the finishing touches to Hoot and asked me if I could make one for his secret Santa at work.  So I set to work making Hoots twin brother. 




Hoot # 1 is going to be heading off to Florida in the morning on a holiday,  and he has his bags packed along with a few other Christmas goodies for Leona.  Hoot #2 is waiting patiently for the Staff Christmas party.

A day on the green with Crowded House

And it was a crowded house.  We were very fortunate to walk through the gate, through the A reserve section and set up camp one row from the front.  Most of the day was drizzly with a shower here and there but the rain stayed away for the main show and with some bopping I even managed to get warm and took my layers of clothing off :)

As expected Crowded House were a polished Act - right from the opening song Mean to Me.  Neill Finn is such a superb performer and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.  Tears sprung to my eyes when they sang Dont dream its over ( I have picked this to be played at my funeral - when that day comes).

Peter Lehman winery is such a fabulous setting for a concert, a large grassy area offers a perfect amphitheatre with a ring of gum trees which is all surrounded by the lovely vines that make the wine we all enjoy.



The only regret is that the concert only lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes, much shorter than any concert I think I have been to before.






Friday, November 12, 2010

LAVENDER FRIDAY

Its that time of the week again, and this time its to share all things Lavender.  Its not a colour I have a lot of but here are a few snippets.

The first collage is my lavender (and purple) quilts or bits of quilts and some stitchery.  The snail trails quilt was made for my step daughter Nicole who loves all things purple.  It does not show in the photo but the border is a shiny lavender and I quilted large hearts around the edges and filled it in with bubbles, it looked very effective.


The Second collage is items from around home, other than the coral that I photographed when I did a snorkeling trip to the Great Barrier Reef in May.  The stone birds are something my Hubby and I collect, you may recall my orange parrot from Rio De Janiero. 
Well the purple one here on the green rock is from Thailand, and the parrot on the cut amethyst is from San Paulo in Brasil- I didnt realise until posting this that the image of the parrot has been cut off and you can only see the stone - never mind. DH was born in Sao Paulo


I am looking forward to visiting every body elses lavender.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

PAY IT FORWARD - WITH QUILTED HUGS

I first posted this a while back and only have one taker so far- Leona who I am making Hoot the Owl for.  How it works is I make 3 people a gift, within 365 days of them registering, and in return they put a post on their blog to invite 3 people to have a gift made by them - paying it forward.

Its a nice way to share the love, and gifts can be anything from Hoot the Owl, to a table runner or a stitchery, Its up to you.

But I have 2 more places to fill so come on - let me make you something nice :)

Just pop a comment on this post to sign up.

Quilted Hugs,  Sue
ps sorry for any confusion, I accidently popped this post on the block swap site and then changed it. :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

PINK FRIDAY

Today is Pink Friday, I am a little late in posting this as I forgot this morning.

I am a girly girl so Pink has always been a firm favourite of mine, especially in quilts.  I love all the soft flowers that come in lovely shades of Pink

My favourite item in this PINK collage is the baby dress, my mum bought this for me to take my daughter home from hospital in when she was born.  Sheree is now almost 26 years old :-)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Melbourne cup - did you back a winner

Well I didnt, but I did get a placing, better than nothing.  I had a lovely lunch with the girls from work at the Old Lion Hotel in North Adelaide.  South Australians will all know about this fabulous venue. 

With facinator in my hair, and rose pinned on my jacket I was looking pretty swish.  Best dressed of the day went to the lovely Charlotte that works with me. So our table had style.

Everyone can have a chance to be a winner by visiting Leonas Bloggy giveaway, as always the prize is fabulous.  View her blog for more details http://oneygirl-myquiltingadventure.blogspot.com/

Good luck, Sue xx

Sunday, October 31, 2010

A hoot of a day

What else can you do on a wintery Sunday in Adelaide?  Sew Owls of course.  I cant believe how cold and miserable the weather is for this time of the year.  So I decided to spend the entire day tucked away in my sewing room. With Kate Ceberano on the ipod I was all set.

First I made this cute Owl softie with a pattern I purchased from the lovely Robyn (visit her blog http://daisyquilts.blogspot.com/- she is the co ordinator of the fun colourful Fridays).

 Next I made an Owl themed block for Melody who is hoping to make a quilt of owl blocks, either pieced, appliqued or stitchery. (pic on the swap group blog).

When I got up from my chair for a stretch and to make a cuppa, my cat Josephine decided to nap in the warm spot I had left, so I could not resist a pic of her either. 


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

too busy to sew- too busy to blog but FNS is coming.

Sorry ladies, I have not left for the moon.  I have just been so busy with family life (and sadly work) that I have not done any sewing or blogging this week.  I do try to keep up with everyones blogs but have not had the chance, so a big hello to everyone. 

I hope to get my sewing mojo back this weekend. And I WILL be sending out all the November partners this weekend - a several hour job as you can imagine. - where did October go.

But before I sign off- I have to mention not to forget to sign up for Friday night sew in - there is a great give away if you participate this month - whoo hoo.  I plan to make some birdies with the pattern that the lovely Melody kindly posted me.  So fun fun fun. And if I get time I can work on some UFO's and my hand appliqued bees on my Bee my baby quilt.

ps, here is another pic of Leonardo.  I managed to spend most of Monday with him which was bliss

Quilted hugs, Sue

Friday, October 22, 2010

Orange Friday

Orange is such a happy colour, and so it seems its a colour I have quite a bit of in my wardrobe.

I do love to paint my nails orange, and I wear a coral shade of lipstick.  I own a fabulous orange leather Coach bag that was a special treasured gift to me a few years ago from DH.  I have quite a bit of orange clothing from scarves to necklaces, and dresses to jumpers. 

I do not however have much in the way of orange in my quilting stash, only Mrs Perkins who is a new member of my quilting life. I like to eat orange fruit especially the lovely mango's that are now in season.  

However I have to say without a doubt our 2 most prized orange items are the Pro Hart print that we had personally signed by Pro before he passed away, and our beautiful orange precious stone parrot that we purchased at the top of Sugar loaf mountain in Rio de Janiero.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lovely gifts in the mail today + Halloween celebration

I am popping this post on here as the block has already featured on the block swap site, but not the extra goodies.  A big fat fluffy purr to Rosemary for her lovely blue and white china star block that arrived in the mail today, with a fabulous piece of the fabric for me to make my own version of this block.  That was very generous of you Rosemary, thank you soooo much xx



Also I received another lovely surprise from Mary C from Canada.  When I posted Mary's block to her I also sent her an Australian scenes 2012 calendar, and as a thank you she sent me a Halloween card - my first ever !! As well as two lovely Scotti dogs and one cat to use on a future applique project.  Thank you Mary that was very thoughtful of you. xx

Monday, October 18, 2010

Hooterville Owl quilt complete

Just in time for my 3 grandsons to share.  I pieced Hooterville some months ago, but managed to finish of the quilting this past weekend and sewed on the binding on Sunday evening.






As you know my Sons baby Leo is in town for 2 weeks, and my daughter Sheree (Auntie Sheree) had a day babysitting him today, so my 2 step daughters brought their baby sons to help (its the first time the 3 cousins have been together),  I wish I was there to enjoy the day too.  But the girls all had fun playing with the 3 little boys.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Showing off my grandson

My adorable baby grandson Leonardo lives in Townsville (and I live in Adelaide).  I have not seen Leo since he was 2 weeks old, but he is spending the next 2 weeks in Adelaide with his mum while his dad (my son) is at Puckapunyal army base in Victoria learning how to drive armoured vehicles.

I know they say Nanna's are biased, but he is simply gorgeous.

And the winner of my first give away is....... Drum roll....

Beth Dasecke from Queensland.  Congratulations Beth, you have DH to thank for pulling your name out of the hat (vegetable colander).

I have picked out some cute prints to send you 3 fat quarters and 3 remnant pieces from eye spy quilts I have made.  I hope the lucky little girl that you make this quilt for gets a lot of joy out of having it.  I cant wait to see your post of the quilt when you get it all done.










On another note, the first buds on my Seduction roses are opening, and I am constantly amazed at how perfect the flowers are so I wanted to share them with all of you. 

Remember, try to always make time to  "smell the roses" ..

Friday, October 15, 2010

Results of my first Friday night sew in....









Thank goodness for DH organising dinner and Foxtel for screening Scarface (for the millionth time), as this left me with a blissful evening in my sewing room



I have to confess I got to work early as I started around 5pm, but I am so pleased to have had an indulgent night of sewing, hot chocolate and marshmallows (DH bought them for me).

Not only did I manage to get Mrs Perkins completed, I also managed 2 pin cushions and one scissor keep thanks to Cheryll's inspirational afternoon making these. 

GREEN FRIDAY


Most of these pics are taken from around my home, but the water lillies and frangipanni were taken from a holiay when I went to visit my son in Townsville.  I dont seem to have a lot of green around my house, although I always claim this to be my favourite colour. 
Sorry for the double ups, I didnt realise I had done this till I posted it :-)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Getting ready for Friday night sew in

I have my pattern ready and have picked out my fabric.  Jammies are ready to go, as is the hot chocolate- (note to self )- buy marshmallows. 

Looking forward to indulging in a night of creative sewing.  Very excited !

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

LAST CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN MY GIVE AWAY

Hi ladies,

If you have not already done so, please post a comment on my first ever tutorial to go into the draw to win 5 eye spy fabrics - that you get the choose the theme of. I will try to make these fat quarters or fabric of a similar size.  See my tutorial post for more details.  The winner will be drawn this weekend.  Good luck to all that have entered.  Sue xx

Original post Monday October 4th.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Welcome to my sewing room

After seeing Crafty Pugs, new sewing room, I accepted her invitation to share my room with you all.

My room became available about 4 years ago when my son Jarrod fell in love with the lovely Katherine and they bought a house together and he moved out.  The very day I was helping them move I drove past a second hand store and a Horn sewing cabinet was for sale at the bargain price of $50.  I had an old Bernina that I had got for my 18th birthday (almost 30 years ago), and no quilting fabric.  I have since upgraded to the Bernina 440 QE with thanks to the Government stimulus payment

The following weekend was the Large quilting show that is held at the Showgrounds once per year so I went with a friend, bought a pack of country fat quarters and a pattern and made my first quilt - Roosting Roosters.

Here a few shots of how my room looks today.  I am just waiting on my daughters partner (who is a carpenter) to put some shelves up for me to store my growing stash of magazines.

Fabric stash all in colour co-ordinated boxes
Sewing reels and thank you cards




 

View from where I sit

Inside the robe my wadding and finished items ready for giving

Enter the room - design wall on left

Mags and buttons


Friday, October 8, 2010

BEST BLUE BITS

Well Blue Friday is coming to an end, it how nice to come home to these little treats.

A big BLUE box of Baci chocolates (from a very happy vendor of DH)


An ebay purchase of natures Notebook fat quarters in BLUE and Yellow (to finish of my Lap quilt)




And my Fat Quarter Shop of the month range of BLISS featuring some lovely BLUE prints.




Thursday, October 7, 2010

Blue Friday




Here is my first Coloured Friday,
 I have been rummaging around my house and photographing all things blue (including DH's chest).
  I think I may even wear blue to celebrate.