Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Lovely stuff

I am pleased to show off the fat quarter shop mystery BOM flimsy finish.

Next summer I am redecorating my bedroom with new white plantation shutters in the bay window, repainting my chocolate feature wall in a duck egg blue, and stripping back my tallboy and bedside tables and redoing them in a distressed shabby chic finish. And when that's all done this quilt will go on the bed. It's quite large so I think I will send it to a long arm quilter rather than tackle it myself.

I love the pinwheel cornerstones

I have also had a play with some of the tumblers cut with my new go baby, and whipped up this fun table runner, using only a quarter of what I cut up, I didn't realise how many blocks I had actually done.

Last but not least, this thoughtful birthday gift arrived in the post today from Cathy, our gorgeous Christmas swap co ordinator. Thank you for this perfect gift, I love it x



Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fabulous fifty

As many of you know, last Thursday I celebrated my 50th birthday, and on Saturday night we continued the celebrations with a family dinner in a private dining room at a local hotel.

My gorgeous daughter Sheree took care of all of the arrangements, and my husband took care of the bill. ( Ha ha ) All I had to do was turn up, I did however get to select the menu and wines. Here is the room all set up, the staff did an amazing job.

Sheree ordered the cake from a local lady and all I can say is wow, it is so me. Didn't she do a fabulous job. Everything was edible, except of course the pins that are in the pin cushion. The cake was chocolate and served with raspberry coulis and cream.

One of my birthday gifts (from DH) was this gorgeous dress made by Adelaide designer Liza Emmanuel. It is a navy satin and I noticed on the label that the dress was made in Australia.

The dinner was family only, and I decided on a private room so all of my seven grandchildren could come and we would not upset other diners. The only exception to this was by best friend Deb, and her husband Peter.

Here is Leo ( in yellow) and Jack having a sneaky taste of the cake.

And here is my beautiful girl Sheree.

It was a lovely evening and everyone had a good time.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Apple cores

I have spent some time this afternoon playing with my new toy and have converted this red and green scrap stash

Into red and green apple cores.

I have found that using it for this length of time I did get a bit sore in the shoulder from turning the handle. The scraps left are either not the right colour, to small for the die, or some are still full fat quarters so I didn't want to cut them.


Friday, May 24, 2013

Go baby

My 50th birthday gift from DH was a Go Baby, which we purchased from a lovely bloggy friend that had one which she never used.

It arrived today and I was super excited to play with my new toy.

As you can see, it came with a large selection of dies such as flowers, hearts, birds, and stars. I was very pleased that the apple core and tumbling block dies were part of the collection as these were two that I really wanted to have to use up all of my scraps with.

Today I used up a good portion of my blue scraps, as this was the biggest scrap pile I had. In fact I had two of these tubs one with big blue scraps and fat quarters, and the other lots of smaller scrap bits, and I have converted them to one tub of scraps, and one tub of blue tumbling blocks.

I won't stitch these together tonight as I really would like to complete block12 of the FQS mystery BOM.

Then I can put this all together and complete it. I purchased the finishing (border) set and backing set when I first signed up for this BOM so there is no excuse for not getting it all done in a timely manner.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Testing blogsy

Since my lap top is unable to be used, I am having to post blogs with my work iPad, the only challenge or difficulty being photos. So I downloaded an app called blogsy and this post is to test how it works.


AREC13 - Gold Coast

As many of you would know I am here on the beautiful Gold Coast for a few days, and it is how they say, beautiful one day - perfect the next.

The reason for my trip is to attend  2013 AREC, or Australian real estate conference which has been on for the past two days that has been on at the convention centre.

We flew up on Friday afternoon and spent the night and most of Saturday with my nephew, his wife and gorgeous daughter Kai. They live in Brisbane and we only get to see them a couple of times a year when they get the chance to holiday in Adelaide.

The speakers at the conference were mainly high profile real estate agents, but there were also non real estate speakers too, such as Alan jones, who I found very political in his talk.  We laughed along with John Symonds who created Aussie home loans, his story was certainly that of an Aussie battler that made it, and was humous and interesting to hear.

The keynote speaker was Chris Gardner.  Chris is the author of the book in the pursuit of happyness, which later became a movie (played by Will Smith). His was an amazing story of his life being homeless as a single parent with a 14 month old son ( not a 5 year old) like in the movie.  He had the audience in awe, as well as laughter and tears as we went with him on his journey of life, and his message was clear, never take anything for granted.

As I am writing this post in my iPad, I cannot upload any photos, so it's a text only post.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

itching to go stitching

The last of my threads have arrived, and I cant wait to start the stitchery.  Everyone tells me that the Cottage garden threads are beautiful to use.

I am part way though GDO block 8, so once this is done I will start this one,  I have yet to finish drawing all of the stitchery design on to the appliqued block 1.

IMG_0009 Country threads

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Two more sampler blocks

Here are the next two jelly roll sampler blocks.

Block 2 – Rocky road
block 2 rocky road

Block 11 Arrowhead
Block 11 Arrowhead
Quite obviously I am doing these in a random order.

Only a week now till my big 50th birthday.  I don’t really think a lot about birthdays, but there is certainly something about turning 50 that is making me reflect on my life and where I have been and what I have accomplished.

I have next week of work and on Saturday DH and I take off to the Gold coast for 4 days, its a joint trip, firstly I am being sent to a conference for work that is being held there on Sunday and Monday.  So since I was going anyway, and I had previously taken the week of work for my birthday he is joining me and we are extending for a couple of days to relax.  Then next Thursday, (the BIG DAY) Mum and Dad are treating me to lunch out. Then next Saturday night is my party so certainly a busy week. I am really looking forward to all of it.

I may be off line for a few days, but will pop all the pics up when I get back.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pinwheels completed

Here is the completed perfect pinwheels quilt,  I was stitching the binding on last night at my MIL’s house when we visited for mothers day and it occurred to me that I have never given her a quilt. (MIL #1 – from my first marriage received one for her 70th) , but my dear 83 year old current MIL hasn’t so, I gave this to her.

Rinas quilt

Here is my new quilt label that arrived last week, I then date them in colour fast ink.  I like these ones as there is room to write a note and personalise them.

  new label
At my MIL’s last night she gave me this tapestry kit that she has had for years and years and never got around to stitching.  She says her eyesight it to far gone now for her to do it.  Its a complete kit with all of the wool.  I will enjoy doing this.

box tapestry  tapestry box

Happy mothers day to all of my lovely blogging mummies I am being treated to lunch out with my darling daughter Sheree and then tonight we have been invited to dinner at my son Jarrod's house – how spoilt am I !

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Feathers and a mini finish

Last night I sewed along with friends on the Friday night with friends face book page, and the task I set for myself was to quilt my pin wheel lap quilt.

I decided as this was a little quilt it was time to be adventurous and experiment.

So…….. I bravely tried my first ever feathers, completely by free motion, with out first drawing a pattern.  Here is one of  the first four stemming up from the centre to the inner border.

IMG_0009 I did a daisy centre, so decided to do a similar pattern on each of the corners.

IMG_0010I then did daisy petals on each of the eight triangles that made up the pinwheels, and I have to say that I am not all that happy with these.  I should have just shadow quilted the triangles.  Then I finished off with a large stipple on the purple peeper border and outer border.

Here it is over the arm of my sofa waiting for me to hand stitch the binding tonight.

IMG_0015 This afternoon I had a spare hour up my sleeve so I decided to make a little purse to hold all of my business cards that I am accumulating.

I received this pattern from a swap partner some time ago and made one which I have since gifted.  I had some odd scraps of Saffron Craig birds left over from some bags that I made, perfect for fussy cutting the little purse.

IMG_0020  This pattern was so quick and easy to make ( less than half hour) so I think I will make a few as tuck in gifts with swaps.  Its a great way to use up scraps in a useful way.IMG_0019

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Ta dah! my pattern is done

I am delighted to say that I have finished writing my first ever quilt pattern.

I am yet to put the finishing touches to it ( photograph of the completed quilt) etc but the hard stuff is done.

Here is the completed flimsy  - don’t you love Josephine my cat peeking out from underneath.

Pinwheel flimsy

pinwheel 1

This is called perfect pinwheels and I am going to be selling it in my ETSY store as a PDF.  BUT  As its my 50th birthday in two weeks time I am giving away 5 patterns to the first 5 people to leave a comment on here (that would like a copy).

I just need to pin and quilt the top and photograph it properly and then the pattern is done.

This week I also did a little red work stitchery.  This is the centre block of a red work stitchery that I have from Teddlywinks

block 1 teddy Last but by no means least are two more stunning table runners from the table runner swap.

I love tumbling blocks and the very lucky Cathy received this one from Wendy, beautiful photography too from both of the ladies

002 (Medium)

And here is the pretty blue table runner that Cathy has sent to Wendy.

018 (Medium) (1)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Good mail

Its always a good day when you get home from work and have a squishy in the mail, and its an even better day when you have two.

My parcel from the FQS arrived with this….

IMG_0005 So tonight I am going to sit and drool and plan which ones I am going to make first.

There was also this lovely fabric in the parcel.  The two purple ones are for my pin wheel quilt that I am writing the pattern for and the two on the left are the border fabrics for the jelly roll sampler quilt that I am making. 

IMG_0006 Last night I relaxed with some red work stitching, I decided to take a rest from GDO for a few days and start on a Teddlywinks wall hanging that I bought to do for last Christmas but never started.  So I figure if I start it now it will be ready for this Christmas.


Sunday, May 5, 2013

The birthday boy

Here is Leo joining in the singing of Happy Birthday to you

He is enjoying his chocolate cake that nana made

His little sister Ziva is enjoying the cream 

After they went home and all of the dishes were done I settle down for a spot of stitching and completed these stitchery panels on my Girls day out quilt, You can see the close ups of the stitchery HERE

We had lots of fun today, but now its time for a tired Nana to go to sleep, thank you to all of my Bloggy friends that wished Leo a happy birthday.  Quilted hugs, to you.

Some one special

Leo is having a birthday, can you believe that he is three already

Well, he is coming for tea tonight, so I baked a cake,

Then made him a dinosaur library bag

And filled it with goodies

Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday night with friends

I set myself quite a TO DO list tonight, and I am pleased to report that I can tick it all off.
First I did my May block swap for QBSA – This is for Cathy in Georgia USA who wanted a mint Ohio star on a chocolate background.

Cathy B

Then I did all the blanket stitch (by machine) on block one of my new Project A Little bit country.  Now I need to drawn up the stitchery and work on that over the month of May.  I am hosting a stitch along of this quilt HERE if anyone is interested in joining us, its not to late to start and there is no time limit to get it done.

Applique B1 LBC

And last but not least I completed another block for my other new project the Jelly roll sampler quilt.  Here is block 1, tulip block and block 8 Garden path.  I am doing them in random order.  I made block 8 tonight and block 1 earlier this week.  This is being made with the tapestry Jelly roll by Fig tree, it is so pretty.

tulip (1) garden trails(8)
Now I will settle down for the rest of the evening and do some stitchery on my Girls Day out quilt.