Monday, October 23, 2017

A short break......


This week 8 more blocks were added to the Anthology quilt.....


I've started placing them sideways on my design board so they will fit better... 


We have had lots of lovely wet days.....


I am always amazed at how forgiving nature is - only a couple of days and there is green already.... and within a week the lawns needed mowing again...

Another block for Michelle's Holly Cottage Christmas quilt is done....  I'm enjoying the applique and simple piecing....


... and another little Dutch Treat block in reverse applique has been added to my collection....
(growing slowly but surely)


Hubz had a work trip away so I decided to be a supportive and dutiful wife and accompany him.....

...... I find it very hard to resist a trip to the seaside....


... amazing how slim one feels there.....


this is a coastal town called Yamba in NSW.....


the next day we went inland to a town called Grafton which spreads on each side of the Clarence river..... while Hubz had meetings I walked across the bridge and around the area....(I took this picture from half way across the bridge)


this is the bridge from one of the little spots under a tree where I sat and took in the view...


... and looking upstream - you can see quite clearly two parts of river coming into one...


... then onto Coffs Harbour, where the beach was more pebbly .... - here is a heart pebble I found specially for you Debbie....


I love beach walks.... even if it's a bit wet!


The wet did come down for our day of no meetings but we still found things to do...

you can see two of the 'solitary islands' here.... there are several and they cause a special system of currents ....


There is a science department studying the currents and system and they have a small aquarium which we visited... 

  
just amazing how the corals and sea plants glow flurescently.... so beautiful


hard to get nice pictures with glows in the background of the glass.... the fish are snuggling up to the  plants here - this fish can do it and gets a nice massage and scrub -  but the plant will sting other fish


We drove by the big banana at Coffs Harbour - I didn't bother to go and stand in the rain next to it.... 


but we did get a lovely forest walk which went round other beaches .... always lovely to see and listen to


... and found a lovely spot to eat yummy seafood in the evening


It was a lovely short break for me... lots of meetings and driving for Hubz

Righto, Gotto Go.... going away means a big pile of laundry to be done (small price to pay). 

Wishing you a wonderful week ....x


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 ...


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