18 January 2019

Lets Go ~ 2019!

Hi All

Hello from Hot Australia.

Its hard to believe Christmas & New Year is past us now and we are more than 3/4 way into January.

Here We Go Again!!

We are experiencing extraordinary heat these last weeks with temperatures above 40 Degrees Celcius everyday and it seems won't be letting up for a time. 45 yesterday, today's forecast 44. While where I am in Wagga Wagga NSW, we get these temperatures, its not normally for this length of time. I'm fortunate to work indoors (allbeit the airconditioner has crashed today) but I so feel for everyone who works outdoors and in hot jobs and of course all the animals. 

I've being doing a few bits and pieces, I soon hope to share with you Eyton Hall finished which I decided to quilt myself...because Done is Done Right!!

Here are 2 more blocks of Emma Mary, the quilt from Judy Newman. I've got a little pile done now and need to prepare another batch...the fun part! Will share more photo's soon

My little blossom had her cast removed on Christmas Eve and the beach is now open Bless Her. She accessorised herself on this day and definitely has The Look.

Jane MCgrath rose has bloomed again after being frizzled, she is in a pot and now moved to get some shade during the day. My roses planted in the garden are all holding up really well. 

Angus, doing what he does best to cope in the heat

I hope this post finds you well and happy wherever you may be

Til Next Time
Happy Stitching


11 December 2018

Christmas Ready

Hi All
Well here we are almost half way through December - it's crazy isn't it!! 
I spent the weekend getting our home Christmas ready. I myself am not Christmas ready though with shopping still to take care of and food to think about.
Below are decorations I've made with a lot of Pinterest use for inspiration. It looks so pretty with all the lights going and truly helps to get everyone in the Spirit of Christmas.

I've made these table runners as gifts using a Pole Runner pattern. I haven't made myself one but plan on using this design for a non Christmas version. 

this pic is upside down and I can't fix it!!

More Christmas decorations

This year we have a proper tree. It was a big job starting from scratch and deciding how I wanted to decorate, so it kind of evolved. I will continue to add to it each year plus I have some special baubles coming with our names, hoping they arrive soon.

Angus enjoying the cool, under the inside tree

Mimmi & Miller
Last week I had to make an unexpected trip to the coast to help out with my beautiful Granddaughter Miller, she is 2yrs 10months. Dear little poppet broke her left arm, completely snapping both bones which happened during normal play, falling off the lounge.
She has been so brave and has a very heavy full cast up to her underarm which will remain on for 8 weeks in total. Being summer and living near the beach this is going to be a really hard time for them all. 
I am a little excited at the moment as we are making what is a planned trip on the weekend for Christmas so I get to see my girls again. Yay!!

And here is the commencement of a new project - Emma Mary. A Judy Newman design which is hand pieced and consists of 200+ blocks as I'm not doing the centre. 
The pattern is in Judy's book "Quilts for Life Made with Love" which you can find here www.averyfinehouse.com.au
I will keep you posted as she progresses

Well that is all for today and just in case I don't get back, wishing all you lovely readers from around the world, a most Wonderful Christmas shared with those you love.

Peace ~ Joy ~ Love

20 November 2018

Coming Up Roses

Hi Friends

After being on a roll and keeping up with everything, Life as it often does gets in the way. Things have turned around and at the moment, we are on a good path and here's hoping to it continuing.

A few photo's to share; yesterday I completed the centre and final block for Expression of Morris. The second pic shows what the layout will be. I'm going to use the Quilt as You Go method for quilting and it also needs a border fabric. That will wait a little while as I've a new project I want to start and am also trying to get a few Christmas projects done. Christmas... hard to believe isn't it!

Now I've called this post Coming up Roses for a reason! My little garden is blooming nicely, below are a few for your enjoyment. 

 Fairytale Magic is new for this Year; she is exquisite.

 The Lady of Shallot, a David Austin Rose is a pure delight

William Morris... another David Austin does not dissapoint!

Dark Desire; new last year. She is an absolute beauty

 Extase has been a long time favourite; the scent is delicious

My Magnolia Little Gem has such large blooms this year and the busy are absolutely loving it. 
The tree is a mass of buds. 

I recently had a birthday and received these shoes as a gift. Aren't they gorgeous!

I'm blessed to have the most beautiful people in my life

Hope you are well wherever you may be.
Til next time, Happy Stitching

12 September 2018

The Birds

A very quick Hi to share 2 more completed blocks for Expression of Morris. They are Birds - but I see chooks & dragons... but maybe that's just me!!
Just the centre to go now - YAY!!

And just in case you've forgotten;
this is Expression of Morris. Pattern by Katie Friesen at http://houseofcreations.ca/books.htm.
(I'm sorry I don't know who made the quilt in this picture)

I will replace the border with nice "Morris" type print. I bought this as a BOM approx 8 years ago and have only just started it this year. Other blocks in Earlier Posts.

Til next Time, Happy Stitching

5 September 2018

September = Spring

Well September means Spring is upon us here in Australia after a cold, frosty & dry winter. Many parts of the country are in severe drought making it extremely tough on our farmers who are unable to feed stock and struggle to keep going. We need drenching rain and lots of it, soon!

Wattle Blossoms on a recent Lunchtime Walk
I just love our Blue Australian Skies

The Murrumbidgee River here in Wagga Wagga NSW.
Slowly rising after a draining summer.
And not to forget Quilting News.
The Rail-fence quilt I started for my brother's upcoming wedding (in November) is totally finished. I'm extremely happy to tick it off the list and get back to my regular stitching. I used a French General Jellyroll for the top from the Ville Fleurie range. The backing is scrappy, also made  from the same range. I decided as it's a special gift to have it professionally quilted - because that is definitely not my thing.

The progress on these birds (which I call Chooks, but think they kind of look like Dragons) has been slow, but progress none the less. I need to get it finished and onto prepping the final block which is centre for Expression of Morris.
And to finish I had to share a photo of this yummy platter we enjoyed on an outing last week
Thankyou for checking in, make sure to follow us!!
Til next Time

27 August 2018

Eyton Hall Hoorah!

Hi Friends

I'm sew excited to share that I've finished the top of Eyton Hall, the quilt I've designed myself to utilise my favourite toile fabrics. I spent the weekend removing last of the papers and it's ready now for quilting - that will be a task!!

There was also a bit of this on the Weekend
This being the last week of Winter in Australia where we a desperate for rain, I hope this finds you Happy & Healthy.

til next time

1 August 2018

Happy Pfaffing!

Hi All
Time for a quick post of this weeks progress. Can you believe its August already!!
I got on with the Rail Fence Quilt and managed to get the entire top completed. It was a happy Pfaffing weekend! I've also made the backing from the Ville Fleurie range, using up all of a 1/2 yardage package JulieAnn & I shared. I'm very happy not to have to buy more fabric to finish this one off. As this is a wedding gift I've plenty of time now to get the quilting done.

I'm happy with the finished look and will definitely keep this pattern in mind for future
Angus Carrying our Quality Control
And snoozing...its what he does best

Happy Stitching Friends

Til next Time