Friday, September 23, 2016

Carnival Time....

This time of year out nearest city (we live about 20km outside Toowoomba, Queensland) has it's annual Spring Carnival of Flowers... I always love to go to some of the many things on show.  The gardens are a feature of course, but there are also some other girlie/sewing/tea type things to enjoy too!

Outside the city winning garden.....


outside the city winning garden...


Inside a church - beautiful floral stain glass windows...


one of the windows....


In the church hall was the orchid show....


tiny delicate orchids....


and brighter bigger ones too....


winning rural garden.... 

... and another....


... and another....


Laurel Bank park tulips are always gorgeous....


... more tulips....


... they have live music there ....


a winning garden with a man made waterfall...


... we just fitted in the winning native garden too... it was lovely and my picture does not do it justice...


... and the next day we went to Geham school crafts market... where I treated myself to a scented wax burner and was given some lovely scented wax's as a gift...


It really is a fun time .....

Righto, Gotto Go - more pictures to sort out....

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sewing.... sewing... quilting... gardening...

At the weekend I was lucky enough to win a lucky door number prize (there are always heaps and it's so fun).  This glasses case was made by Steph from The Quilters Angel under Me & Leigh Creations....  her work is just lovely and I have bought a few gifts from her over the years....


I have been lucky enough to be quite busy with quilting... it's other people's quilts so I'm not showing them off here...  I still do my own handwork at night  and here is another 4 of the Dutch Treat blocks.... as you can see they are all so different....



Dear Shez had a birthday this month and we always trade gifties at this time ....  I didn't realise until too late that it was an extra special birthday she was celebrating but I did put this bag together for her and fill it with a few goodies....  I think it's always nice to have a little pampering and Shez is doing a bit of travelling around so hopefully this will be of some use....


Sylvia's Bridal Sampler has been a bit neglected and I had been meaning to put some borders on the sides to square up the shape a bit...

 I cut up a whole bunch of 2 1/2" squares in coloured and background fabrics and sewed these together...


.  then just added these strips to the two sides....


... now I can truly say the top of this quilt is finished....


I got rather keen with organising the leftover fabric (I was sick and tired of them being all over the place as they have been for the last year) and cut up some 10" squares, 5" squares and 2.5" squares...  I wish I would do this more often instead of a pile of odd bits...


One of the best things in the first year of a new home is discovering what is in the garden...

We have a hedge of this port wine magnolia... the scent in the evening is like port wine jelly - almost too sweet to be there for too long.... It is just covered in blooms...


I have quite a few clivia, which we split and moved to fill up some gaps when we got here... it's lovely to see the two colours  - so bright and cheerful...


we were given a wisteria so it was our first planting and it has had it's first flowers this year.  I'm sure it will do lots of growing this year now it has settled....


I do love the bunches and they have a lovely delicate scent...


This is the one I had in my last house.... it was just amazing and what I am hoping the fence will look like in a few years....


Righto, Gotto Go... I want to prepare some more Dutch Treat blocks today...

I hope you have a lovely day doing something you love

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ooh La La..... in Paris.....


.... was the theme for our Stitchers Day Out hosted by my favourite quilting shop The Quilters Angel..... as usual Marion and Steph put on a really fun and pretty day together where we can only feel spoilt and loved..... It is the only event like this that I know of in this area and this time I met people from Cairns, Mt Isa, Bribie Island, Brisbane (amongst others) as well as our lovely locals.

I prepared for the weekend by purchasing a red feather boa... I was at least going to be in the French colours!


Tables were set with eiffel towers and cases, bags and boxes....


Chairs were covered and tied with elegant bows.....


... the room was full with chatter and laughter....


... the three of us who sew together on a Tuesday  with our boa's....
(ok so mostly we got cursed because those feathers go EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!)


I was naughty and didn't take many pictures of the day and sat with a table full of other naughty lovely ladies ... 

.... we had personal bags with goodies at our seats.....


... and patterns for projects...

This is a bag design by Nicki Tervo..... lots of detail in her stitchery....


A drawstring bag by Debbie McGee....


... with lovely stitcheries all around it ....


Debbie was kind enough to have extra little patterns for us... I loved these butterfly needlecases....


the top of a case designed by Nicki,


.. and the hand bag insert designed by Debbie....


... here are the goodies I got in my bag - fabric and printed design to make up one of the projects, a zippy purse, sweet tin, lovely sewing machine zipper pull and a pair of those sneaky little scissors you can take on a plane.... and of course patterns for all of the projects...


For once I did stitch instead of chat all day and finished the stitchery for one of the hexagons that go around the drawstring bag.  I had a lesson with Debbie on her way to do the little bullion stitches so gave those a go.....  not a bad effort (even if I say so myself!)


Next year we are having Libby Richardson (Art Smart Cottage) and a lovely local lady Lauren from Molly and Mama who popped in to meet us all and say G'day.  I'm already looking forward to it....


Righto, Gotto Go... a weekend out means there is sewing housework to do! 


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Pincushion Parade......


Every now and then I look up and find a couple of new blogs to read....  some people stop blogging, or the blog changes, or my tastes change and a new blog is great to find....

One of these is My Sister Made Me Do It.... now just the name of the blog had me sucked in.... I don't have a sister but this is exactly what my daughters would say whenever there was something questionable going on!!!

A pincushion parade linky is being hosted on her blog this week....
(if you press the picture below you will go to the linky page)


I have some lovely pincushions which I have been meaning to do a blog post on so now is as good a time as any..... and it's so fun to pop over and visit some other new blogs and look at their pincushions too

There is a special place in my sewing room for my pincushions to live.....


Today I will show you a few of my special ones.... special for all sorts of reasons...

This is a silver frame that was my grandmothers... and I found a doily with holes in it but there was this lovely bit of wisteria (and I loooooovvvvee wisteria) so I made up this little pincushion frame....


My bloggy friend Bev is a wiz with her embroidery machine and made me a custom cushion.... I just love it.... so clever..... and makes me smile every time I look at it....


.. another lovely cushion from bloggy friend Susan... as you can see this is the one that sits beside my machine as it is filled with crushed walnut so is handy when I need something to throw at Hubz ... 

It's beautifully made and the bottom is just as gorgeous as the top.....


.. before I started quilting I was with a small craft group and we made some small hand projects... this pin/scissor holder was one of them.... she's wild but she reminds me of that lovely group of ladies....


I got into wool for a while and felted blankets like crazy... then I wanted to make a few things with it.... and this little mouse is one of them.... (it's a freebie pattern from Bustle and Sew found HERE)  Pretty cute....
..

Another bloggy friend is Marina and she cross stitched and sewed up this pincushion.  The cross stitch is tiny and I am in awe of it.... and there is no mistaking it belongs to me either....



... continuing with my wool fetish I made this crazy felt top (you can't even see the pictures) but it's lovely and big and thick so those pins can go right up to their neck and still not stab you on the bottom... This is the one that is safe for grandies to press the pins down (do they all obsess with pushing pins all the way down to the bottom?????)



That is my biggest pincushion... and this is my smallest... one from Susan which I won on her blog

It's pretty gorgeous isn't it and lives in my bag for 'portable projects' so I can have everything on hand.... only 2" wide 



This is a real sweetie and is another from Marina.  The first time I met one of my 'on-line friends' she gave this to me and I like to keep it to remember just how lovely and kind and generous and special are my blogging friends, some of whom I have been lucky enough to meet.


I made a tuffet last year (a real size one big enough for feet, and dogs, and grandchildren to watch TV on) and then I found this cute little pattern online.... there is a bit of EPP (about my limit) and there are beads on the base though you can't see them here....  I keep meaning to make more of these..


.. another made by me from a pattern of Natalie Bird (one of my favourite Ausi designers).....  I made one of these as a gift and then decided I loved it so I had to make another!)


... another of my favourite Ausi designers is Anni Downs and this is my latest addition.  Another bloggy friend Chookyblue kindly gave me the kit for this gorgeous little piglet... who will NEVER EVER have pins stuck into him.... (3" in size and very fiddly to make but adorable)



There are other pincushions that live here ... but I can't show you them all.....  as you can tell I have far more than I need and they are not all used for pins.... 

If you feel like joining in, just pop over to THIS post where there is the linky - and read the chat about what it's all about and what prizes there are......

I'd love to pop over and see yours so let me know if you have a "pincushion parade"...

Righto, Gotto Go... I need to use some of those pins today!!! 



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