Monday, November 20, 2017

I'm a farmers daughter .... and mother.....

My Dad was a policeman but when I was 9 years old we went farming, to support my grandparents and Dad was retiring after 25 years of police service.

I loved the farm life (except for having to go to boarding school which I absolutely hated).  We grew fruit, and had our own dairy cows, chickens and a very good vegetable patch.


My eldest son is a farmer ...... he has worked for some years here in Australia but the family now live in the UK at his wife's family farm..... He looks after the cropping and of course I think he's an amazing farmer .....

I have pinched some of his pictures off social media ...

Baling the hay ....


Harvest time....


Collecting from the combine harvester....


Summer is crazy busy harvesting and then autumn is heaps of getting the land ready and planting the winter seed... it's quiet on the land for a little while over winter but that's when all the machines and sheds etc are cleaned and maintained... then crazy busy starts again in spring ...

That's farming life - every day looking at what the weather is going to do and making decisions based on it ... 

I love visiting the farm - love the big spaces and big machines, big skies and big hearts....

Big love to our farmers all over the world

This weekend I sewed (surprise surprise!!!)

I have had this panel for ages and been meaning to quilt it for a wallhanging....


I went around all the leaves on the tree and used the swirl print to guide the background quilting....


Mostly outlining the pictures ....


very sweet panel and I love the colours too....

The quilting is done and the hanging loop and binding on - I just want to hand sew it down sometime....


I also finished up this block for Gardeners Journal... these blocks go with me to any hand sewing groups... sometimes not much gets stitched!


... and a Dutch Treat block done.. this one was nice and easy with the straight lines... the next one is going to take a while!


Righto, Gotto Go.....  stuff to be done....



Saturday, November 18, 2017

My week......

We have a Hoya plant which didn't like it where we had it after our move 2 years ago..... we finally set up a trellis and moved it against a wall outside our bedroom - it's not in a good place for viewing but it is happy there and covered with flowers - I have never seen it flower so prolifically...

This picture gives an idea of the flowers... and the buds coming up for more....


Hoya flowers fascinate me.... they are waxy and have those wonderful drops of sweetness coming off them...


I have two plants side by side - different colours... the darker one has much more flowers ...


My parents home had a huge Hoya growing at their veranda door - I think I love them as it gives me lovely memories

the last colour for my houses was the browns.....


I now have heaps of little houses... and a plan..... I just need to work out how to make it work.....

I've been quite busy with various quilting lately and enjoyed some stitching in the evenings using just one thread...


Very relaxing and hard to put down.....


These are Tags for the quilt in No Fuss Stitch-a-long

This is a sweet cot quilt I worked on.... the panel and border fabric is from The Quilters Angel and is so sweet...


The leafy border suits the woodland theme ... and I love doing those little ribbon swirls in small borders...


The quilting on the wider border doesn't show so much but it does on the back.... I need to draw a guideline to get the waves ...


I like to outline pictures to show them off and then I did stipple swirls in the background...


There is enough quilting to show off the pictures, but also still keep it soft enough to snuggle

I am enjoying looking at some of the fruits of Hubz work in the garden



the other evening our outside sensor light switched on so we went to check what set it off..... this pair of Tawny Frog Mouth's were having a rest....   (poor picture but you can make them out)


Righto, Gotto Go... today I am going to sort out my embroidery threads.. they seem to have got out of hand and I can't find what I need when I need it...

Have a lovely weekend....


Monday, November 13, 2017

Lucky me......

... to get to go to a retreat this weekend (well I managed 2 of the three days).  Marion from Quilters Angel hosts this for us and it's always such fun with a lovely group ....

First thing I did was put the sashing and corner stones on quite a few of my Anthology blocks as I had got behind.....


... and they are now fitting in with all the other blocks.....  over half way now


Then I added ribbons and went around the edges for my Christmas decorations this year....
(woohoo 32 OPAM finishes in one fell swoop!!!)  Most of the work for these had been done but I just needed a bit of sit down sewing time to finish them off.


Then I sewed up the block for this months Stitch-a-long....


and finally I worked on sewing up blocks to make these stitcheries into cushion covers....  I still need to quilt them and add backings etc etc..... but it's progress.....




... once I had done the sewing I brought I just generally made a nuisance of myself - as captured here by Kris.... (hmmmmm... so much for what happens at retreat stays at retreat!!!)


We stayed at a new to us venue... lovely big room and stunning views of the local bushland



The reason I left early is our little local family signed up for a charity colour run (for RSPCA)


even after 2 washes I still have pink streaks in my hair!!

Widget needed some motivation to get covered in pink.... I was very persuasive!


Lucky me received a lovely gift this week from a friend who is downsizing her home....

Since I started my quilting about 10 years ago I have fancied a treadle machine.... this one is beautiful on the outside....


... and the inside.....


I spent a bit of time on Thursday on the phone with a friend who knows these machines and with some oiling and cleaning and learning the treadle motion I got her working... and she stitches beautifully.

I'm thrilled......

Righto, Gotto Go... I need to recouperate from the last few days....


Monday, November 6, 2017

Meet the artist....


On Saturday Hubz and I got in the car and went on a road trip.....

These chaotic cloud formations  got my attention on the way ....


Outside the centre were some ponds with beautiful water lilies....


... they are such perfect shapes...


... and inside I met up with one of the artists for the Queensland Wildlife Artists exhibition....


Lovely Michelle was exhibiting for the first time.....  you can see more of her work HERE


Of course it was amongst lots of other wonderful works of art too - really accomplished group and if I could I would have come home with a few pieces - I did get some lovely cards though...

Lovely day out and well done Michelle - your work is extraordinary and so lovely to see it there amongst the other pieces of art.

Outside the hall was a lovely little rainforest and we had a wander around - a hot day but in the shade of the forest it was beautifully cool... 


... a little stream passing through....


... and up the hill for some lunch and splendid views of the city..... This is Mt Coot-tha


Of course I have done a little bit of stitching.... these critters are for my Gardeners Journal quilt


Righto, Gotto Go.... Monday has come around again -  and there is always lots to do.....


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