Sunday, November 27, 2022

This Week

 has been a slow week, lots of resting, a little gardening, while trying to avoid the mossies, and a little sewing.

This week another Anthology block was done
The piano keys border was put onto the string quilt, and has been moved to the to be quilted pile.

I went to see Adam and Beth yesterday and had to take a photo to Tira, she is so cute

and Hank with his chewey in his mouth.

a little sleepy bear.

this poppy has survived the heavy winds and rain in the garden, I think because it has grown up into the tree and is supported

signs of more flowers to come

we had a rain shower last night followed by a double rainbow, the colours were beautiful

I found some Christmas fabric so made two mug rugs.
That is all from me this week
Happy stitching.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Time to catch up again

 Since my last post I went to Gisborne on retreat, on the way Carleen and I stopped to find some geocaches

I had found this one before so had an idea of where it was

Carleen spotted it

The cache, the log was in the plastic container in the plane cockpit. This cache is on the road into the Bacchus Marsh airport. Very appropriate we thought.
I think this block was made before going on the retreat. One more for the Anthology collection.

At the end of the last retreat we were each given a bag of green strips from Kates collection of fabric and asked to make some blocks to go into a scrappy quilt, here is progress so far.

I did some green blocks and some joining and the worked on a horse quilt for Belinda

The star blocks have boots and cowboys in the centres.
We went down to the Botanic Gardens in Gisborne for a walk one morning and to find an Adventure Lab
I used to walk the dog here all the time when we lived in Gisborne, and really like these gardens as the plants are all from New Zealand
In the front you can see NZ flax and right up the back is a kowhai tree in flower. In NZ they attract the tui bird for the nectar in the flowers.

There are tadpoles happily living in the puddles here, goes to show how much rain we have had when the tadpoles are thriving!!

We came  home from the retreat Thursday afternoon, Friday I was on duty at the Geelong Show, the Bellarine Quilters had a table there
Despite my gloomy face I was happy to be there, was tired though. The quilt with the red border was the group raffle quilt that was raffled at the quilt show the following weekend.

We had ladies making clothing to go overseas opposite us

a repurposed jacket 

This section always gives me a giggle, the decorated bras

and this cake was stunning.
Saturday was an eventful day although I do not remember any of it, David called an ambulance in the afternoon as he couldn't get any sense out of me, they took me to Geelong Hospital and then I was taken to the Royal Melbourne, where I was operated on for a brain aneurysm and kept in hospital for a week. I had a Level 1 bleed, lowest on the scale and fixable thank goodness. The week I came home David was going to Adelaide for a wargaming gathering so I stayed with Adam and Beth, they were wonderful and waited on me hand and foot - I had lots of company
Beth is keeping well and the baby is growing

Tira was keeping an eye on everything

Hank found his favourite squeaky toy, this one has lasted for ever! Usually he bites the squeaker out but for some reason, not this one.
After a week I went back home.
I have had a few walks up the back yard since coming home - I am one more week to go before I am allowed to ride my bike and go walking, we have had so much rain the garden is growing like mad and everything looks so good.

I was given some poppy seeds and scattered them around the garden - I was told this one is the heroin poppy and to pull it out before it seeds...I thought I was doing well getting it to grow! I had another one here but it got damaged in the last bout of bad weather

the flowers are inside and are slowly opening,  it is a beautiful flower.

Sorry for the bad photo, I started another wasgij

and today I have finally put borders on a panel Jenny gave me about 4 years ago now to get it quilted.

and Jill very kindly put the border on the horse quilt for me, I think I used up all my brownie points there. It is always hard to take over someone else's project especially when there is no pattern and just and idea of using up pieces cut and not used in the quilt. Jill did an amazing job and I am very grateful. This also is ready to go to the quilters.
ok that is me up to date.
I think I need a snooze now!
Happy stitching.

Sunday, October 9, 2022

A Bit of this and that

 This last week has been a week of trying to cut fabric for a new quilt (not too successfully) and adding borders to existing quilt tops that have been waiting for a long time

This quilt top was given to me for Oncology, it has now been quilted and moved to the binding pile.
This quilt was made from left over charm packs, it has had a border added and is now in the to be quilted pile

This top was donated for Oncology, it has been trimmed and borders added, it is also in the quilting pile.
My piles are moving from one to the other slowly.
These blocks were given to me, they were left over from a quilt, it is now a flimsy but needs borders. Love the purple batiks in this one.
I have been asked to make a cowboy/horse theme quilt, I have some horse panels to use and am making blocks to add to the quilt

Some cowboy boot blocks, I need to make lots more.
This weeks Anthology block, some of the points do not meet up well, but I feel I am slowly getting better at the one and a half inch half square triangles.
Tomorrow I am off on retreat for part of the week, so I need to be cutting fabric for blocks and packing.
Happy stitching.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

One Day Late

 I am one day late with my Churn dash SAL organised by Chooky, somehow it is October already.

I spent Thursday sewing away , quite a lot of unsewing happened too as I had trouble getting the triangle pieces going the right way. I finally finished after dinner and am very happy with the flimsy.

Now to get it quilted.
Two more Anthology blocks have been made

I think I have about 40 to go - seems a bit more obtainable now.
We have had some nice days for beach walks

This galah was watching a fissure in a tree where a rainbow lorikeet was nesting, maybe there is competition for homes here!

Ths galah was sitting on the perch watching what was going on.

I love this time of the year when I can go to the bush by the beach and pick a huge handful of freesias, they grow wild down there. I had some in each room of the house and the smell was wonderful.
The Aussie Hero Quilt is finished and in the mail, the request was for Aussie flowers and birds, plus the Rising Sun and Infantry badge.
The back was all flowers
This was an unfinished photo, I can't find a finished one!!
I spent one afternoon this making green blocks - the retreat ladies were given green strips from Kates stash and were asked to make blocks we can put together next retreat into a quilt. I added some extra green fabrics I had here.
I think that is me all caught up for now, I am off to sew some backing pieces together.
Happy stitching.