Friday, December 3, 2021

Back home again

 Well we have been home nearly a week, the days have zipped by, we have had hot humid days and days with storms, thunder, lightening and rain. Today has been a little cooler thank goodness.

Before we went away last weekend  I briefly joined in with Chooky's zoom gathering. It was lovely to catch up with ladies from near and afar. It is always good to see what people are sewing on the day.
A few days ago I received a lovely tea towel in the mail from Maria, yours is in the mail Maria, thank you.
Last weeks Anthology blocks, prepped before we went away and handstitched by the lake in 28 deg C heat, I had my feet in the water to try and cool down!
and this weeks block, I think they are all the applique blocks, next come the ones with the teeny tiny squares I have been avoiding!!
I did do some hexie sewing while we were away but the quilt is getting bigger now and it was too hot sitting on my knees, so I did more sewing on the cropped diamonds, filled some gaps above, the wavy non ironed sections,

and started another block, I worked out ten cropped diamonds sewn end to end takes me 15 minutes to sew onto another row, so it grows quite quickly, so long as I do not get distracted, which happens easily some days!! The piece above has not been ironed and if not held down curls up.
We have an aviary in the back yard that has been used for storage since we have been here, it is now partially cleaned out and I have put in a watering system ( it needs tweaking especially as hubby helped and changed the design) and am adding plants. I went to the Mill Markets collectables/antiques centre today and found some pots ready to go, some had bromeliads so I got a few and hope to go back another day and get a few more!
Love this potted combination

and this hanging pot
This is a pot of many plants, I love how the bromeliads are all different colours too.
We had some dog sitting duties in the week
Miss Tira not wanting her photo taken, she was in trouble just before this for biting me, she forgets I have old lady skin that breaks and bleeds easily. Once we got her home I wet and rolled face washers and put them in the freezer. Once they were frozen I gave one to Tira and she loved chewing on it.....much better than my hands!

Hank and I went down the beach, he had a run and a paddle and was happy to then come home and snooze in the shade.
The Bellarine Quilters have been busy over the last few months. They committed to make quilts for the Kinship carers as Christmas gifts. Kinship Carers are the grandparents, aunts, uncles, other relations who take on the care of young children as there parents are not able to due to drug or alcohol problems. We have made for the children, but this year decided to make a gift for the adults.
The result is 55 quilts ready to be presented next Monday. Great effort I think. They looked wonderful all laid out on the table.
I think that is enough from me for now, I will go and get some stitching ready for this evening.
Happy stitching.



















19 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Sorry the dog tried to chew you! The finished quilts look fantastic, wow! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

jude's page said...

Love your plant combinations, and what an amazing total of donated quolts, well done!!

Maria said...

Lovely to go on holidays but always nice to be home sleeping in your own bed...
Both your EPP projects are growing and nice Anthology blocks. Good luck with the tiny pieces ones...
Sure isn't good now we have old lady skin when dogs nip, even in play.
Pleased the tea towel arrived...
Such a wonderful idea to gift each carer a quilt. Well done ladies ..

Fiona said...

Looks like you hit the ground running once you got back.... well planned taking the applique with you... there can't be too many more blocks to do. The plants look great... it's nice with those bundles as you get a nice assortment of plants that can divide up later....
Hugz

Karen's Korner said...

What a lovely lot of donation quilts. Well done to all involved. Hank looks like he enjoyed his run on the beach and Miss Tira knows she is in trouble.

Soma @ inkTorrents.com said...

So sorry that Miss Tira got into trouble. She does look offended and cute at the same time. I am very glad you found such a fabulous alternative. Hank of course is always a happy Hank. Well done, all of you with the the quilts. What a great achievement and these quilts will make many smile!

-Soma

marina said...

Love your cropped diamonds-they looks so pretty and scrappy.
Anthology blocks are lovely too. The bromeliads look amazing and your gorgeous furry visitors are lovely even if little miss got a bit bitey. That stage will pass soon enough. Looks like she is growing.
The gift quilts are absolutely amazing, a fantastic effort from you all.

Kim said...

Oh my goodness, 55 quilts!! That is amazing. Gosh all you ladies have worked very hard! How pretty they look tied up with a pretty bow. Love the pretty teatowel with the blue teapots. It sounds lovely and warm there. I am rather loving the hot weather here. =)

Pamela said...

I love seeing the dog pictures! All of your projects are wonderful. Such great quilt gifts. You are amazing.

Lin said...

What an amazing collection of quilts - very well done to your group. Lovely to put your old aviary to good use. xx

Janice said...

A nice newsy post Sue. You were good, getting some stitching done while you were away. The plants will be a great reuse of the aviary. You found a nice selection. That is an awesome effort to prepare the quilts as Christmas gifts.

Ondrea said...

A round of applause to your quilting group. Such a wonderful achievement. Your projects are all coming along nicely. Awwww cute furry friends.

KaHolly said...

I haven’t visited in awhile! Enjoyed your newsy post! I, too, have been busily making quilts for an organization for Xmas! Kept me busy x3!

ButterZ said...

The Bellarine quilters have done an amazing job with all those quilts. Well done.
So what’s the tip about the frozen towel. Sounds like a good idea. Maria’s towel was a great surprise.

Raewyn said...

An amazing pile of quilts to donate - I'm sure they will be treasured and enjoyed! Your aviary garden/shade house(?) is going to look lovely - good idea to set up a watering system. Lots of lovely handstitching - you are making great progress.

Angie said...

Sue - sorry to hear that Miss Tira chomped on you a bit - can I still say that she is adorable? And so impressive to see 55 quilts laid out on that table!

Christine M said...

Your cropped diamonds look great Sue. I love the pose by Tira. Hank looks very happy. All those quilts tied up look wonderful.

dq said...

What a fabulous picture of all those neatly bundled donation quilts!! What a fabulous cause.

Chookyblue...... said...

always wonderful to see you on zoom......
lovely projects your working on and wow what an amazing collection of quilts to donate......just amazing and very generous of your group.......