Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Big catch up....Photo heavy sorry!!

 Lots to show you today....
One of the quilts for show and tell on Saturday at the guild meeting...quilted with little clamshells, Anna has done about two thirds of the quilting.

I was given some lemons and found some passionfruit at the green grocer in Ocean Grove so made some lemon and passionfruit butter....hubby's verdict, "I guess it is ok!!" He might wear it one day!! Lol!!
I have begun working on another Aussie hero quilt, silly I know but couldn't help myself....
the request is for Queensland rain forest and boots....a bit hard as I do not know the Old rain forest, but not to worry, we wont let that hold us back!!

a cockatoo and a musk parrot...they need some detail on them

some butterflies and dragon flies

some ferny leafy things

the boots, they need some more stitching on them too and some laces,

this is how far along I am...Jill gave me a  1600 quilt so am using that for the base. Need lots more vegetation I think

I had to take a photo of this, it made me laugh......re the listening device in the All Blacks rooms last weekend...

and I forgot earlier photos but was back at the long arm quilter at Seachange with Pat and Valda today and we quilted this I Spy quilt...all ready for when I get to the binding, we used a yacht pattern, you can kind of see it along the blue fabric..I called into Bluff Road on the way home, hubby has been busy placing rugs

in the lounge area

by the front windows

last I saw him he was up the back digging over the vege garden...

I have put stuff away in the sewing room not that you can tell, I am waiting on a book case to empty some of the boxes. My excuse and I am sticking to it!!! 
Suppose I had better go and do something, my choice is  more boxes to pack or tracing out some more clamshells...no contest clamshells win hands down!!!!
Happy sewing.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Busy day

today, I have been packing and unpacking and finding places for things to go in the new sewing room
only just beginning, there is a long way to go.....
view from the dining table, there is a new path and set of steps over the road from us, so we have excellent access to the park and  beach now

the ducks have waddled over to look out the window

back garden, I fogot to take a closer photo but Ethel is settled in on the left hand side

and for you Ondrea, my get on with it reminder person, the clamshells joined together so far

the next lot tops turned over ready to be glued in rows

and fabric ready to have the shape traced on and cut out. This will be my thing to do when we are visiting my mother in NZ in a couple of weeks. Hope to do some on the plane too if they let me take the needle on board!! 
Off to sort some more boxes!
Happy sewing.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


it was sewing at St Leonards....
Jill has been busy with  the border on her beautiful quilt

and her clamshells are finished just the border to go on 

Linda has finished this quilt for her grandson..front

and back. 
Wonderful productive ladies.
Happy sewing, I am of to pack books in boxes!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

I have had

a lovely start to the week, yesterday was sewing at Port Arlington...I pinned the side hexies onto the border of the hexie quilt and have one part nearly sewn on...pretty exciting!!!
Barbara was working on her Japanese quilt putting on the borders
barb has some great fabrics in this quilt

Sue was working on some cathedral windows, love the fabrics in these, there was lots of other things happening but I didn't get any photos.
Today I have been to Seachange quilters over at Barwon Heads and had some wonderful help quilting the Minions quilt. The Three Musketeers, Pat, Heather and  Valma  have also just learned to use the machine so they were happy to have another go.
We had everything happen to us today that I think could have happened, we made a mistake and had to unpick, (groan!!) then the needle fell off...that was scary!!.....the bobbin ran out mid run ..talk about lots of learning experiences!!!
But we got it done and I am very happy with it!

the Three Musketeers ready to go

the pattern we are using

at the controls!!!

Who is in charge here???Lol!! Pat was a huge help to me today.

trying to look like I know what I am doing!!
the quilted, trimmed quilt...ready for the binding! Love the pattern.
A very productive happy day.
Happy sewing.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Here and there

We have had a busy time the last few days and not a lot of sewing has happened. We had settlement on the new (to us) house on Friday, so on Saturday morning we moved some things in, just a car load for me, I lost count of how many times I walked up and down the stairs both here and there.
this is where we are going to.
Then Saturday afternoon we drove to Queenscliff ad got the ferry to Sorrento, big experience for the Supervisor, he did not like the stairs so we had to take him on the lift!!!
The  we drove to Neerena (2hrs)and found our friends at their holiday place.
They have 5 acres in beautiful dairy country, it reminds me of NZ.
Jenny and I did some geocaching in the evening
first cache at the local cricket ground

second on the side of the road...fantastic cache holder!!

just because!!

the view from the house in the morning

I love these ducks by the pond, which was full of frogs!!

We went for a walk along the Great Southern Rail Trail, we did a return trip of about 6km, punctuated with finding geocaches!!!

The supervisor was ok on the ferry home, just not sure about what was going on!!
I didn't get a lot of sewing done but some bits and pieces
a little applique on a block for the Seachange Quilters raffle quilt for next years show

a little stitchery, sorry this one has gone sideways!!

and the start of a scarf for KOGO.
I am off to return my library books and then off for a sewing day at Bellarine Quilters.
Happy sewing.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Busy days

The  last few days have zipped by, we have had Dr visits to the city..one more to come this week, hopefully they will ease off from now on.
I went to sewing with the St Leonards girls today
but first this is the floor at St Vincents, in the old part of the hospital....love the hexies!!!!

Kaths clamshells are growing each week

so are Marys
Linda has been working on this quilt as you go quilt for a grandson using the twisted four patch blocks. Love how it is working out.
I did some more stitching on the Minerva quilt.....taking a break from the hexies that are getting a little closer to finishing!!
Happy sewing.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

FNWF update

I was sewing away last night and hubby was organising dinner, his night to cook, which means he orders in pizza, only to ring and find they had run out of gluten free bases!!  No pizza for me, so we decided to have fish and chips instead!! Meant I had to go and get it but at least I didn't have to cook. I did manage to get quite a lot done so I was a happy sewer!
some stitches were done on the hexie quilt

I made one more New Hexagon block, this project has been sadly neglected!

and the binding and hanging sleeve are on the wall hanging...just need to stitch down the sleeve edge. Wobbled off to bed at 11.15pm!!! Happy but tired!!
You can see what the other FNWF'ers did by visiting the lovely hostess Cheryll.
Today I have been to a UFO day at Port Arlington, soup and rolls were supplied for lunch and much chatting and sewing happened
Jill working on her clamshells carefully!!

Judy and Carleen sewing away

Barbara was working on her beautiful quilt...

with the most beautiful Japanese fabrics
it took me from 10.30 until 2pm to make this star block, not perfect but I am happy with it, it will go with the other Star blocks I have made...it is called the Pinwheel Star, there was quite a lot of unsewing today!!!

I also joined a challenge from the Gisborne Quilters ...we were given a country and had to come up with a quilt, could be from postcard to one meter square... the country I was given was Finland. So after much pondering I decided to draw in chalk on the purple fabric, paint in some areas and then free motion quilt...this represents the mountains and the Northern lights.
Happy sewing.