Thursday, March 23, 2017

Out and about

Yesterday I went up to Gisborne, driving in the rain and then the fog as I went from Bacchus Marsh to Bullengarook, was quite spooky and always in my mind is that fact that kangaroos are often on the roads there! But I arrived safely ( and late!) for a hair appt and had a great catch up with Marg and Karen. We went to Donna's place for lunch and it was lovely, then we sat in her Studio The Owlery for a cuppa and some sewing
I pinched this from Donnas blog (hope that is ok Donna) as I forgot to take a photo!! I was too busy taking photos of the kangaroos outside who have made Donna's place their home

I enjoyed watching the kangaroos in the next paddock!
We went back to Margs for dinner and then returned to Donna's for a sit and sew evening which was very enjoyable...always great to catch up with sewing friends I don't often see now we have moved.
Donna has finished her kitty quilt, the quilting is flowers and cats!! Very cute!!

I managed to sew up 3 and three quarters stars!!
Was so good to catch up with the Gisborne girls, Marg and her hubby kindly let me stay with them
Posing in the kitchen with Margaret.

I visited Tracee on the way home and got a beautiful photo of her and her gorgeous dogs Justice and Artemis, these puppies keep her busy!! 

I nearly forgot, Marg has finished her fabric mosaic of her Mum, taken from a photo when her Mum was 16 I think. It looks amazing! Well done Marg!!
I picked up Chinese on my way back thru Geelong today and I can now hear the microwave, so it must be dinner time!!
Happy sewing.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A finish...woo hoo!!

I have been sewing away this afternoon and managed to get the Snowball and Nine Patch quilt finished. (Well the quilt top!!)  This was started back at a class at the Guild on Sunday April 10th 2016!! Hey I might get it finished in a year if I am lucky!!
I am very happy as this has been made entirely from my stash, no new fabric was bought. Next job is to plan the quilting.

I have been working away on the Christmas stitchery bit by bit,

I am all over the place, doing a bit here and a bit there, but I am enjoying it. Hopefully a good press later on will straighten it up.
I have been enjoying sewing with the rain beating down on the roof!! Such a great sound.
Off to write a letter now.
Happy sewing.

Monday, March 20, 2017


Today was Bellarine Quilters it and sew once again, there was lots of show and tell today, here is just a little sample
have a look at this beautiful quilt made by Margaret...amazing!!

There was a call to the group to provide some quilts for the Bellarine Agricultural show this year as they didn't have any entries...this bag was entered by Lesley,

and won best in show!!! Well done Lesley.

Jacquith with a quilt she has just finished

and a great bag made back in the 80's for carrying rulers etc

Another Margaret with a quilt she has just finished, the centre fabric provided the start for fabric she had in her stash and wasn't sure what to do with.

Magda made this beautiful baby quilt from a panel. It is all flannel.

These blocks were donated to the sewing group, Chris and Rae decided to put them together and then Chris joined them into a quilt top, it is now going to be a Quilt for Others.

another beautiful quilt under construction, I don't remember the name of the lady making it I am sorry.

Lesley's beautiful antique (from the 1800's) quilt.

another Margaret quilt, made after a class in the New York Beauty block at the group.
There are lots of very clever ladies here.
I think I did about 5 stitches in my stitchery today, too much chatting and catching up!!
Happy sewing.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Seachange Quilt Show

The Quilt show has been on this weekend, and it has been busy with lots of duty and helping out.
Not many photos as I was told I was not allowed to , but I managed to sneak some!!
this was the traffic queue to get to Barwon Heads this morning, it was the Festival of the Sea and it was busy!!! 

but it is a beautiful beach day!

my hexie quilt is on display, beautifully  quilted by Leeanne of quiltmekiwi

the Christmas Row by Row is done and hanging with the others, there were some beautiful row by row quilts 

two sneaky views

and look who I found in the kitchen!!! Karen (our President) was doing kitchen duty....looks beautiful despite not wearing her lippy!!
The show went well, we had lots of visitors and now it is all done until next year!
Happy sewing.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Gisborne Retreat - super photo heavy

Last week I was up in Gisborne on retreat with some ladies from the Bellarine Quilters, there were only 6 of us as some ladies pulled out. We had a great time, lots of sewing, chatting and eating of good food happened, also some singing and even dancing!! I was too slow to catch that on film!!
I forgot to take a photo early on but this was my progress on the Dignity Quilt for the Guild.

Sue J had her Japanese quilt all set out ready to sew.

Margaret finished her first block on a maze quilt..this took a lot of working out

decorations near the cutting table

Good advice

More decorations on the wall

Lesley made her first butterfly block, it needs a body but that will come later

Lesley was also adding borders to her Kissing Fish quilt

progress, I had to remake two blocks, they had slipped thru Robyn's and my quality control the week before!!

Margaret's progress

Angela was making New York Beauty blocks..

Tuesday morning the Dignity Quilt top is finished!!
Sue is making great progress

a few more butterflies have arrived

the first of the next four blocks is done by Margaret.

Carleen and I went out to do a spot of a good way to clear the head and return fresh to sew some more! I did have to scramble up a bank and got stuck coming back down, but eventually found my way!! Sometimes I forget my age!!

this beautiful Swoon quilt decorates one wall

we could choose a pillow from the Buffet!!

Angela was working on this quilt as well as the New York Beauty blocks...another border was being created
Tuesday I started work on Shane

the girls were working away

Sue J finished her quilt top.

Margaret finished her blocks,

and then put on the final borders..isn't it an amazing quilt!!

We had a late night visitor!!

I was really happy with the progress I made with the mosaic pictures 

Carleen was doing some work on her Japanese lady 

Thursday morning found Carleen and I in the Gisborne Botanic gardens looking for another cache, and yes we found it!!

We also paid a visit to Mary at  Patch n Quilt 

she has a beautiful shop and there is so much to look at!

The girls at the other end of the table, creating!!
Sue J moved on to some interesting paper pieced blocks

Our final lunch together

On Thursday morning Margaret put together this quilt top with blocks Angela had cut ready to go.

On the way home Carleen and I stopped to find two geocaches in Bacchus Marsh, it made a good break to the journey.
Are you still with me???? Hope I haven't put you to sleep!!
We had a great few days.
Today was Geelong Guild Day and our speaker was Michelle de Groot. She spoke about her quilting journey and showed us some beautiful quilts, sadly I left the camera at home!!
Tomorrow I am back to Barwon heads and the Seachange Quilters exhibition..I have duties to do!!
Happy sewing.