Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sewing day

Today I have been down to St Leonard's for sit and sew with the local ladies, I decided to walk today as the weather was good
I spied this heron wandering along the beach looking for lunch, on my way back home

It looked like the weather was changing but no rain has fallen.

It always amazes me that fungi push their way up through the ground and mulch.

One loan pelican was sitting near the boat ramp
This months challenge for the Row by Row is flying geese, so I asked Mr Google for some help and found a one seam flying geese, (or is that goose?) as taught by Rickie Timms. So I thought I would have a go and managed to get a row done. Then I got carried away as I had seen the same thing on the Missouri Star Quilt Co, but it had been made into a Christmas Advent calendar...Christmas geese, that seemed like a good idea
Hee hee!!

Ta dah!! All ready to quilt, I am going to have a go at hand quilting, once I do a bit of reading up on how to do it!

the geese make little pockets, where you can put Christmas goodies.
I have just been given a G & T so will say goodbye for now
Happy sewing.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Out and about

Yesterday was a home day for me I spent 2 hours in the garden, the Supervisor was helping by lying on the area I was trying to weed, then rolling on plants, sadly the plants we wanted to keep!! Most of the afternoon disappeared with book reading and knitting...I have been playing with wool from Lincraft
this wool is lovely and soft and it is lovely to sit and knit away in the evening.

These are two Sylvia's Wedding Quilt Sampler blocks I finished on the retreat last week
Today I was over at Barwon Heads for the Seachange sit and sew,  it was a good morning. After that i had a walk along the sea path and around the Bluff, after the rain this morning it was great to have a walk in the sun
Here we go along the beach path

looking back to the bridge

walking around the headland

this dog was having a great run along the beach

it kept telling it's human to hurry up!!

I got a little more done on the Christmas stitchery today.
I am off to get another cuppa, the one here  has gone cold.
Happy sewing.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A few busy days

The last few days have flown by, the Quilt In had come and gone and been successful. Set up was on Friday afternoon, on the way home I stopped in Geelong
I walked past this display in Geelong good do these stars look

I had heard of this project but not seen any of the stars before, it should look amazing all together.
The beautiful Lions Quilt was on display at the Quilt In, I missed most of the talk sadly as I was in the kitchen, but I understand the Lions Quilters are fund raising to establish a quilt museum.

I had to zoom in and the photo is fuzzy I am sorry but the detail was so beautiful, there is braille on the tree stem , dates in the leaves and some of the flowers represent wheel chairs, others eyes, I am sure there was more but that's all I caught.
Our speaker was Michele Hill, she was talking about her journey with Beatrix Potter and the quilts she has made and the book she has published, Michele was also asked to make a replica of Beatrix Potter's parents wedding quilt....made in 1863.

the original is on the left, the new  one on the right. The new one is off to the UK and will be displayed in the home of Beatrix Potter.

part of the crowd at the Quilt In

Marg stitching away

Tracee as you might now is never easy to get a photo of...this is the moving one

now she is sitting stitching...still!!!

This quilt was shown at show and tell. It was brought in by a man who had a stall at the market next door. It was made by his wife who was a book illustrator, sadly she passed away four months ago. Such a beautiful quilt, love the fish!! (sorry about the photo quality.)

More show and tell

Loved this one.

and this one..which might just have been made by Marg!!

Thus was very pretty too.
I got home at 5.15 pm last night, had a quick shower and change and we drove into Melbourne for a friends 60th birthday celebration. We had a great night and caught up with friends we hadn't seen for a while.

I was given this present for my 60th...nothing better than a birthday that continues on and on!! Isn't it beautifully wrapped.
and inside was this gorgeous frog teapot!

Playing ladies with my new teapot!!

Isn't that cute!!
We got home last night near 1 o'clock so I was a bit tired!! But this morning had to be up bright and early as we had visitors from NZ calling in to say hello for morning tea. We had a great visit and catch up, this afternoon has been a sit on the couch time..not much has been happening!!
I am slowly catching up with blog reading and book reading and am off to sit back on the couch!!
Happy stitching.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Home again

Am back from the retreat now and preparing for the Guild Quilt in tomorrow, it is set up this afternoon. But first some photos of projects from the retreat to share
Tracy is working on these beautiful batik blocks

Barb is making a four patch edging for her foundation pieced quilt

Judy had put together some beautiful cross stitch pieces to make a wall hanging to go above a bed. They were made by the mother of the owner of these pieces and they had been wrapped up in a towel for 25 years. 

Judy then went on to make these lovely blocks from Japanses fabric her sister brought back from Japan for her.

A close up of the beautiful batiks.
The retreat has many beautiful quilts around the house

This one appealed to me, although the colour was darker in real life, great free motion circles holding the circles in place.
Loved this one hanging on the end of the bed

This one was rolled up in the lounge room

And this one was in a basket in the this pattern.
This is a quilt top Linda is working on, it is a pattern by Irene Blanck,

Beautiful stitching 

Linda's work is just beautiful.
The tablet battery is nearly flat so I had better finish up for now, the Supervisor is whinging for a walk...better get my skates on. Will catch up with blog reading later today.
Happy sewing.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Retreat next day

Everyone had been busy sewing away here
Ladies busy at work.

Maxine is busy making owls , how cute are they.

Maria has made this beautiful quilt with raw seams

Lyn is hand stitching away with her hexie quilt

And for afternoon tea Judy made scones,  so jam, cream and scones were for afternoon tea. How special is that!!!
I finished this quilt bag, it was from a kit I bought one time at Guild...but there wasn't en I ugh fabric to make the bag as the pattern said, and I had to sew three joins in the wadding to get the pieces I needed, so it was a bit of a challenge.  But it's done now, nothjng like the pattern but it is no longer a ufo.
Off to do some more sewing. 
Happy days.