Sunday, July 19, 2015

It's been a long time

Wow, has it really been that long since I have done a blog post, I keep meaning to, then things happen and I get busy.

since my last post I have had a couple of new finishes, the most recent is this gorgeous jelly roll,quilt designed by Camille Rosekelly, called think Big. This is from her book simplify and I just wanted to do something with my stash of jelly rolls. As always when I take a photo of a quilt one of my pets, mostly Robbie, thinks they need to be in the photo.

I have also played along in a swap, the challenge was to make a table runner with a pack of charm squares, this is what I came up with. the cream linen look strips gave me the chance to practice my feather quilting.


I have also made another owl quilt, this time in lime green.

probably the biggest finish of all is my row along quilt, I was determined to finish this before I got stuck into Lori Holts farm girl. The flimsy was finished in 2014, the quilt was finished last month.

On the non sewing front hubby and I have just finished renovating a unit, here are some pics of the after, it was an original 1960s decor before we got out hands on it. Our new tenants moved in this week, let's hope they look after it for us.



And only four weeks to our annual vacation, hard to believe it's almost a year since we were in Europe. This year we are spending two weeks In Hawaii and are so looking forward to escaping winter.

Having said that it was a beautiful day in Adelaide today, but for chilly as the sun dropped, we spent the day with two our our gorgeous Grandies Jack and Nate at the zoo.



Sunday, April 26, 2015

Churned mint chocolate, among other things.

I am pleased to tick another finish off the list. This quilt is made from blocks collected over a twelve month period in the six and twelve inch block swaps of QBSA. It reminds me of mint slice biscuits which is how I named it.

I have also started playing along in Lori Holts new Farm girl vintage quilt along. The official start in this coming Friday but I have been having some fun with practice blocks.

First I made a table runner which I have called pumpkin in a barn. Pretty original name lol.

Then I wanted to try a few other blocks so I made cherries, pears and a strawberry and turned them into a cute cushion.

It's nice to get a couple more projects finished. It's been pretty cold and Wintery here, but every now and then there is a spot of sunshine.

I have also picked up,a crochet hook, it's been years since I have crocheted anything, let's see where this journey takes me.



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hello autumn.

My favourite season, I love the chill in the air in the evenings, the blue sunny skies and the cooler nights for sleeping, the falling leaves and Easter.

Cooler nights means more sewing time, well for me any how. I love to be snuggled up sewing or knitting while I can hear the rain on my tin roof.

Sewing update has seen me tick off a huge finish. the girls day out quilt. This was started in January 2013, and the flimsy was finished in October 2013. Since then it's sat in the cupboard as a UFO. I have broken my promise to myself not to start any new quilts this year, taking on the new Farm girl vintage quilt by Lori Holt. I am co hosting a stitch along of this quilt with my dear friend Vicki Tuchek.

So I had to get a big finish done before I could start a new one without guilt. And here it is.

I have also completed another custom order, a pretty pink owl quilt for a friend at work who wanted to gift this to one of her friends who had a baby girl.

My quilting group Quilting block swaps Australia has just turned five, how time flies. So most of this weekend has been arranging give aways for the birthday celebrations.

My other new start this year is snapshots quilt, I have made the first three blocks, this is an online monthly free BOM designed by Bonnie and Camille. It started in January, hand I have finally caught up.


My Ballarat Grandies visited for a few days over Easter, here is a cute pic of twins Paige and Conner (4) with big brother Mitchell (5) visiting their cousin Willow. My house was in chaos, it's lovely to see them, but it's nice when you have the house back to yourself.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Busy busy a new baby and a Birthday


Wow, more than a month has gone by since I last blogged, and so much has happened.
Lots of fun was on 6th, 7th and 8th March as I traveled to Brisbane to join in with my bloggy friends at Let's get stitched, this is my third time at this event and this year I got to meet a few more friends face to face.

My roomie was the lovely Sheryl Scholte, and we had a lot of laughs and a few D&Ms. Now I forgot to take my camera and my phone was not taking pics properly so I have had to steal a few from the face book page. You may have seen some of these already.

My dear bloggy friends, Cheryll, Fiona and my darling roomie Sheryl
I also got to finally meet for the first time, Cheryll Shannon, Michelle Ridgeway, and Fiona Robinson.

Chez and I at dinner on the first night in Brisbane
Fiona and I finally got to meet on the stitching Sunday 
With De, Marilyn, Michelle and Vicki outside a vintage shop on the shopping bus tour 
All the gals on the Sunday stitching day 
Shopping heaven

Even though the event is called let's get stitched, not a lot of sewing seems to get done, Friday was a bus tour to quilting shops, followed by a pizza and games night in the evening.  Here I am spring in a quilt shop with a few treasures..I have some great ideas for the lavender print fabric


On the sewing front I have finished my map of Australia quilt for my dear friend Leanne. I first met Leanne when I was about 20 years old when I moved to Newcastle (from Adelaide) to join my husband who had joined the army and was posted there, I never knew a soul and was lonely and a long way from home. Leanne turned up at my home not long after we moved in with a chocolate cake.

We have been friends ever since that day. Leanne and her husband have just bought a caravan and plan to tour Australia, and wanted me to design a quilt for her to take that she could sew badges on from her travels. This is what I came up with for her.

Happy travels 

I had never sewn with batiks before so the whole experience was new for me. I popped this in the mail to Leanne today, I am so excited to send it to her.  I still have to make a couple of matching cushions to go with this quilt.

I have also done a few little sewing projects for myself. I have managed to complete block one and two in the snaps shots quilt along

lets eat cake
Lets sew
I have also managed to complete a cute little project from one of the patterns given out at let's get stitched. It's a binder cover with clever little pockets for to keep essentials in with your stitching projects.  It was was designed by Teresa.

outside view

Now I can't end this post without any baby photos, the most joyous one is my newly arrived grand daughter Athena. this is my sons third little one, baby sister for Leo and Athena. How good does Katherine look for some one that has just had a baby only moments ago,

Just moments old with daddy ( my son Jarrod) and his lovely wife Katherine  
Proud Nana Sue gets to meet Athena


My daughter Sheree also turned 30 last month, here she is on her special day with Willow.
We had a lovely party for her in a private room at a local hotel, it was on a Sunday afternoon and it was just a perfect day,  Sheree had all her friends and family there.  I cant believe my baby girl is 30 already

Willow has her eye on the salted caramel cup cakes
 Well that's me up to date, sorry it was a long post, I really need to blog more often.

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 But I can't stop without sharing this picture of Willow, such concentration.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A mighty finish. ( or 3)

This quilt was started in 2012, it was a BOM From the fat quarter shop, so with 12 blocks it took 12 months to make + plus the time it took me to add on the borders. I bought the backing fabric, and there is sat in my closet for over a year.

I finally took it to the long arm quilters a few weeks ago, and got it home yesterday. Here it Is being tested on my bed. I also made a cushion to match, so will pop that on the bed when I use it. doesn't it look great with my new shutters and freshly painted blue walls.

Here is a close up of the quilting. Big swirly flowers and leaves that don't detract from the overall design. I finished stitching the binding tonight so it's officially completed.

My other recent finish is Hazel hedgehog, which you saw pinned ready to quilt in my last post. I loved how this one turned out.

I have also recently had a custom order for yet another owl quilt, I think this one has been my favorite. I like the strong primary colours I used in the owls which matched the border fabric perfectly.

Quite some time ago I received a gift of Lori Holts great granny squared book from Ruth Fisher, a lady in Idaho USA who is a member of my swap group.

I had these flower sugar fqs in my stash, and added a few more colours and am pleased that I have finished 16 blocks. Here I am road testing the final lay out. Next to sash them. I love the bright colours and had so much fun making these blocks.

Well that's a lot of quilting, I am happy with my progress so far on getting UFO's done, but have to admit that I have been naughty and signed up for a new BOM. Well New Years resolutions are meant to be broken aren't they?