Saturday, October 14, 2017

My week.....


First up this week I finished off the binding for my new quilt.....

It was made from a layer cake and extra metreage from a set of botanical type prints that I just totally fell in love with.....


 ... so no cutting up was done, I used the squares as they were and added sashing, corner stones and a border....

Then quilted it with shapes based on the oak style shape leaf in some of the prints


It just goes down the sides and the foot end a little, which is all we need on our cool/warm evenings


I love sitting in bed looking at the prints and stroking the texture ... gosh I really love the feel of quilts!!!

Tuesday we got back to sewing our blocks for the 4 x 5 anthology.....  these 8 were done....  every now and then I do a little bit of fussy cutting for the blocks.... occasional little peeks of a picture....


...we are over 1/3rd of the way through our blocks now....


... these two little pictures were stitched for my Gardeners Journal quilt....  still a few more to go....


... and this Dutch Treat block took quite a few evenings of stitching ....  


Christine has designed this gorgeous embroidery focussed quilt... and gifted a pattern to me..... it is so pretty and detailed .....  my picture doesn't do it justice at all but I have been lucky enough to see the real thing.


Last night my daughter invited me to join her going to a workshop to learn about Komboocha.... I gather it has been around ages but it's my first time trying it..... so I brought home this lump of fungus and am going to give it a go... supposed to be good for you... anybody try this and any effects?

It tasted nice so I thought even if I end up making our morning fruit juice drink it will have saved us money in the end....


looks like it is an alien thing...and might take over my kitchen! 

I sent off this quilt to my son in Melbourne.... I've had it in the house for a while as it was a pattern I wanted to try.  It was made using up 5 hawaain print brand new shirts from the op shop... I had to buy for the sashing and a fun retro sheet from the op shop....


A fun way to try something new, make up a fun quilt that I'm not going to be precious about if it's jumped on, food spilt on etc...


I am hearing rain on my roof... I am happy today.... and I have some quilting to do ...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend....

Monday, October 9, 2017

... the weekend that was ...


Weeks and weekends are going too fast.... doing too much? getting old?  what is it to make time just spin by?

I finished off my last scrap baskets.... black and white, pink and brown....


... and here all 12 of my baskets fit in the bookcase....  I hope they don't just gather dust.  I need to sort out a little box of scraps and put them in their special places now....

The baskets are quite big so I doubt if they will ever fill (in fact some are almost empty) but it will be useful to have them sorted in their colourways.... I adore scrappy projects.


I stitched another little block towards my Gardeners Journal quilt that I am sewing with Michelle....


... and took up my Dutch Treat which has been a little bit ignored lately...



...out and about I came across this counter top....  that could match my Dutch Treat blocks?


Ages ago I made up this quilt top and quilted it... but never got round to finishing it off.

With the weather warming up but evenings still cool we like a light quilt on our bed and this one is the one... so I need to finish off this binding...


This weekend we had a Lost Trades Fair at our local Cobb and Co Museum.  Hubz wanted to go and I reluctantly tagged along...

Gosh I loved it.... 

This wonderful character was making little stools that twisted to adjust the height 


.. this is one of his finished stools.... so beautifully done...


... candle making with real bees wax....


... here he is making pieces for restoration of buildings....


... like this to include into an ornate ceiling....


... another stall for fixing heritage buildings but using an age old method of lime.... fascinating...


... of course lace making.... I just cannot keep up with the movements these ladies do for this....


this guy makes chairs, completely by hand..... so interesting.. he chatted the whole time while he worked...


... this is what he was making.... all by hand... so so clever...


... making wooden spoons ... you can see some of them hanging on a bar behind him...


... and another character making wooden buckets.... just gorgeous and I would have loved one of these.


They were quite expensive but would last a lifetime.... if I was 20 years younger I probably would have ...

But I did make some purchases......  I do love honey and wanted to try it creamed.... Hubz uses honey in some of his homebrew too...



All in all a very interesting few hours ......

Righto, Gotto Go.... Monday jobs are calling... hope you have a wonderful week ...


Friday, October 6, 2017

The big smoke....


I am very lucky to be able to take advantage of a bus trip to the Craft Fair in Brisbane.  As a member of Twba quilters we get a very reasonable fare and it's wonderful being dropped and picked up at the venue and a lovely tea on the way added on....

Of course it's an excellent opportunity for some fun with friends...

Michelle and I had made plans to meet and play.....


... and a bunch of us gathered at lunch time.... every year Lynda and I go on the same day and not see each other - this year we made a plan!!   I met Liz from Victoria and lovely to catch up with Jeanette from Ipswich too....  thanks to Robyn who took the picture of all of us together....


The quilt display is hosted by Queensland Quilters and they include best ones from the other states too.....  they were wonderful to see... great great quality of work....

Michelle also has some pictures on her blog - but otherwise just scroll through here - I have done a few close ups...





this next one is by Sue Mobilia from WA - she's not blogging now but we have remained facebook friends and I have enjoyed watching here art works coming to life...









Rachaeldaisy won best on show in NSW with this one... stunning stunning and I could have spent hours looking at all the detail...










Uluru done in 3 panels.... outstanding....







It wasn't a shopping trip for me but when the others left I went to get a coffee before my bus trip home and passed this French General stall for the second time - I thought it clearly was a sign from above so these came home with me....


A fun day out.... 


I had a nice rest in the bus on the way home!

Righto, Gotto Go..... it's already the weekend coming up...   hope you have a good one!


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