13 September 2016

Happy Pfaffing No 2

Hello Friends

Hoping you are all keeping safe & well wherever you may be. Due to a very wet winter with much greater rainfall than normal locally & in catchments we have local flooding again. Thankfully, at this stage, it is categorized as minor flooding without loss to houses. My work backs onto the Murrumbidgee River so we watch what is going on very closely. Yesterday afternoon not long after I sat outside for lunch we had an unexpected visitor in the form of a Brown Snake  - a very healthy, very large one, on his way to find dryer ground. We do get them here, its just much earlier than expected!

One good thing about the weather; I managed to sit and sew on the weekend after a happy coffee outing with my Man. To be honest, I couldn't be happier!!

 Work in Progress; the Pfaff ready to roll.
Two quilts required borders & I was determined they were both going to be "Done".

 Firstly, Valley Forge a Somerset Patchwork design by Karen Styles.
I decided it needed a small border to finish off. This one now needs quilting for my boy.

Next onto Irish Circles - a Karen Cunningham Design
I started this one about 5-6 years ago, it was packed away (and not in my possession) for quite a lengthy period. This year I finished all the blocks and got it together - with some ME Modifications. I decided not to continue with appliqued borders - I needed it DONE!
I am however somewhat disappointed with the outer border.
After taking the quilt into a shop, choosing a beautiful fabric, allowing the professional shop assistant to measure the quilt & then using her guidance on how much fabric to purchase - not only did I not have enough to miter the corners - but there wasn't even enough for the length.
The only way around it was to join; my hope is quilting will disguise them 

Irish Circles
Hello from Angus; my Fluffy Boy

JulieAnn & I are counting sleeps, we are heading off to our Tumut hideaway for a weekend of sewing and relaxation. Exciting!! We will update with pictures soon

Sew til next time, happy stitching.
Linda xx

19 August 2016

Florence is Finished

Something about Florence is on my bed at long last. She is SOOO Big!! A beautiful design by Susan Smith incorporating needle-turn & paper piecing, the borders helped her grow. I had her machine quilted by Sarah Lennon who did an amazing job.   

Stitching the final section of Binding.

Angus "helping" with Irish Circles (next on the agenda for borders to complete)

~Heaven Has A New Angel ~

A Week ago today I farewelled my friend of 29 years. Margaret was the most amazing, loving, inspirational, courageous, brave Woman I have ever known...I believe anyone who had the privilege of meeting her would tell you the same. 12 Years ago Margaret defied the odds surviving breast cancer, battling through treatment & numerous complications - I always said she was a blessing as she wasn't meant to be here. She came back brighter than ever with a zest for life that was infectious. Last year in November, a few days after my 50th Birthday Margaret was given the news she had 30 brain tumours...not just one - 30!! And breast cancer had also returned. Marg knew she wouldn't beat this one - but oh my gosh - she gave it one almighty nudge, cramming as much as physically possible in for much longer than expected. The last month of Margaret's life was spent in Palliative Care - each and every day 24 hours round the clock a group of Margaret's friends (myself included) spent time with her, many of us had never met each other before. She was never alone. We are all connected now forever because of one very special Angel.

A coming together of Friends to light over 400 candles to be given out at Margaret's farewell;
  all lit from her World Peace Candle 
~ "I'm going to make everything around me more Beautiful. That will be my Life" ~
Elise de Wolfe
Take care Friends

19 July 2016

Happy Pfaffing

Its a very quick hello today as the Blog is not playing nice & won't allow me to upload photo's properly

I've progressed on "Valley Forge" a Karen Styles design from Somerset Patchwork and have it all together only needing a saw-tooth border to complete. Hopefully there will be some free time on the weekend.

Its been fun to get back on the Pfaff; I'm eager to get this finished & finally have a quilt suitable for my boy Sam (he's 23)

Til next time
Happy Stitching & stay warm (or cool, depending where you are in this glorious world)


8 July 2016

Girls' Weekends

Recently JulieAnn and I ventured to Tumut in NSW for a weekend away sewing, relaxing & much needed Reviving of the Soul(s).

Tumut is a lovely little town on the northern foothills of the Snowy Mountains just an hour from me & a little longer for JulieAnn. And didn't we feel it with it snowing not too far away! Lucky for us we were kept warm & cozy in our Cabin at Riverglade Caravan Park; we even got electric blankets on our beds!! The facilities allowed for the cooking of Pumpkin Soup which really hit the spot (LOVE pumpkin soup) & did us for lunch as well. Plus an extra late checkout on Sunday meant more sewing & no rushing. It really was perfection. We are planning (or trying to) for our next getaway hopefully soon.

Our View out to the Tumut River on a Frosty Morning: so serene & peaceful.
 Our hideout; can you feel our sadness as we had to leave??

 And to prove JulieAnn was there & stitching: here are some photos!
Little Prince (Susan Smith design at Patchwork on Stonleigh) got his Stripes
And YES!! Sitting at her Bernina is JulieAnn

Trimming Chapman Quilt - Also a design by Susan Smith
This is such a beautiful quilt - all Hand Pieced!!

Also getting a trim for binding is Something About Florence (Another by Susan Smith)

I also got the machine out & gave the Pfaff a good work out. A new-old project Valley Forge a design by Karen Styles at Somerset Patchwork using Judy Rothermel fabric range Indigo Pewter & Honey. This has been packed away, cut, organised & ready to piece for several years. I'm happy to say it still has the appeal when I first chose the fabrics; my plan is for it to be a Sam Quilt. Since the weekend I'm ready to piece it all together (that will be next show & tell)

And Because We Can: We Do & We Did!
We are the Quilt & Wine Enthusiasts

Til Next Time
Happy Stitching

21 June 2016

Holidays & Home

Hello Friends
I decided as half the year is about done an update was in order.

Its winter here and while the real icy weather hasn't quite hit we are getting more rain than is normal making the days rather bleak...perfect for quilting if one wasn't at work!

Firstly; I recently holidayed on Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday region of The Great Barrier Reef. I instantly fell in love with this idyllic paradise; Whitehaven Beach is truly magnificent, the water really is that blue and the sand the purest white! I am extremely thankful I enjoyed it above by helicopter and by the sea; with both options being essential on a trip to this region. The weather, the food, the people; everything was perfect.

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays


I also made sure I saw the sunrise
A Room With a View At the ReefView Hotel

Some of the locals

A Dink or Two

 Not in time for Cuddles The Wildlife
Park but a very close view: Love our Koala's.
So beautiful to see them "at Home"
A Potoroo (so small and very cute)
And a 4.5metre (14 feet 7 inches) Saltwater Croc called this Park home

Back at home a few projects closer to completion and underway:

Irish Circles a pattern by Karen Cunningham needs its borders

The centre ring got a personal touch
Little Sparrow started many years ago now is back on the agenda; a Susan Smith design

This is Susan's Quilt; I have a long way to go!
Most recently I visited my Granddaughter Miller; she is now 4 months old & the most beautiful little treasure. She fills my heart & her Uncle Sam is pretty smitten too   
Miller 4 Months
With Uncle Sam
And Mim & Uncle Sam

And what would a post be without Angus XXX

A Bunny to Finish: I seem to have a liking for them at the moment; they are breeding :0)
Well that's it for now, hopefully next post will have some of JulieAnn's work: we are off on a weekend away stitching. Stay Posted!!
Until then
Happy Stitching
Linda xxx