24 March 2016

Quilt Fest = Inspiration Overload

Recently JulieAnn and myself had a road trip to Castlemaine in Victoria to enjoy some girl time & view the bi-annual Castlemaine Applique Group Quilt Exhibition.

The whole weekend was well worth the what seemed like a never ending journey. The quilts were absolutely amazing, the majority being "our style" of quilting. Truly soul reviving & inspiration in bounds.

We also enjoyed some gorgeous food; I was in in gluten-free heaven. I even got fish & chips and waffles (they were to die for, I had them for both breakfasts). And of course what would a weekend away be without a wine or two.

We ventured into many beautiful shops, just too many delights!! The Renovators Barn was fabulous, requiring more time and a visit in cooler weather.

There will definitely be a return trip, maybe with our men, maybe not! Lots more to discover in this historic region of our country.

I hope you enjoy the little sampling of photos

  
A snippet of purchases

 Castlemaine Quilt Exhibition 2016

 
 
 
 
  
 
A Little More Detail
 
 
 


 

 
 
Always time for a Wine

Those Waffles!!

And the Most Special News of All

2 days following my last post I became a Grandmother for the first time
This most beautiful little treasure has stolen my heart
Sadly we are a 4 1/2 hour drive away....so cuddles are not often enough
 

Perfection
 
And Angus being helpful?!? Love my fluffy boy

Easter

 
Where-ever you are, what ever you are doing
Have a Safe & Peaceful Easter with those you Love
 
 
til Next Time
Happy Stitching
Linda xx

 

4 February 2016

Home = Happy Place

 
 
Hello Friends
Two days before Christmas I moved into what will be my family home for many years to come with my Partner, my 23 year old Son and the fluffy one; Angus.
The process of making it our home has brought so much joy & peace to my heart.
And how wonderful it feels to have Me back & inspired to sew again




Quilts on Display
 
                                                             
Angus has made himself very much at home, here on Breast of Friends
and here on Simply Red
 
I've had Baskets for You (Sue Daly) quilted & now awaits for binding & a label.
I plan for this to go in the Master Bedroom 

The Prince Quilt (Susan Smith) has also been to the quilters & is all finished.
I love this quilt so much

(and so does Angus)
The Prince's backing; he needed something special

Showing off on the spare bed

And my happiest place......
 
Will try to update QWE a little more frequently this year (and must get JA back on to share her accomplishments). Stitching continues on Irish Circles (Karen Cunningham), more pictures to share next time
 
Until then
Happy Stitching
Linda xx

4 December 2015

Another Year Almost Gone..

Hello Friends

Where has time gone, it's hard to believe that here we are nearly at the end of 2015.

Life is just too busy for everyone; days roll into weeks, weeks into months & bang, 12 months is done - again.

2015 has been another big year in my books, I'm looking forward to 2016 being more settled, a year of new beginnings, new life & happier days (and a lot more stitching!!)

Some pictures to finish:
 
The Prince
A Susan Smith Design

A few of the blocks
Final Flower to be Stitched
Time to Join

All together  & ready for quilting (next year)
I really REALLY love this quilt, its a favourite.

I also love Lilies
And grew these 

After quite a time apart; Irish Circles is back on the agenda

Hello from Angus, who for the first time in 11 years was extremely ill.
Very happy to have my fluffy boy home

Also reporting I am to be a Grandmother (Mim) early 2016; this is the cake I had made for my daughters baby shower.
 
This is Mim's Quilt: A wallhanging made using Michele Hill's design
It took great precedence in recent months
 

And I saw in the big 5-0
Its been a huge year
 
 

So to all of you
Have a wonderful rest of the year, and
Wishing you a Christmas filled with Love & Peace
 
til next year
Happy Stitching
 
Linda
xxxx

14 May 2015

Florence is Dressed

A very quick photo update of my latest work: meet Something About Florence,
a beautiful design by Susan Smith

A big Girl - Florence has her final border on & is now completely dressed

A little detail - final flowers done

Angus thought he would interrupt progress

In Australia we celebrated Mothers Day on Sunday.
This is my Mum, a very special lady
 
 
 
Til next time, which will hopefully be soon
Happy Stitching
 
Linda
XX




3 February 2015

A New Year

Hello Friends

Here we are in February - good grief!! Time to make an update before another month goes by.

Last year I had a couple of finishes which now that they've been gifted I can share.

Firstly, French Mosaic a Karen Cunningham design started in 2012 as Summer School was completed & given to my sister for her 60th Birthday in January. I used predominantly French General fabrics and changed the design layout (slightly). The label is a doiley made by my Grandmother on my dad's side who I never knew, but my sister has fond memories of her so thought she'd appreciate its use on her quilt.



 


The special man in my life has quite a liking to the Confederate Flag. On finding a pattern for making such a thing I ventured into making something completely different. Lots of measuring, cutting, stitching, cutting, stitching & so on. However I was extremely dissapointed & needless to say angry that there was a major error in the pattern which couldn't been rectified as only appeared at end completion.


JA had been talking about making a "Frozen" quilt for her grand-daughter and on a trip away had managed to find a panel & some fabrics. A very good friend's daughter loves Frozen so much I decided to do the same. She was thrilled & wraps herself in it every night, even though in Australia it is Summer!

 


                               

Now they are out the way I'm currently working on Something About Florence a design by  Susan Smith. JulieAnn is also making this one, we are both very excited to be attending Susan's workshop in March for The Prince. Nothing beats a new project!!


To finish a picture taken at Southwest Rocks on the northern NSW coast while visiting my sister for her birthday. A beautiful little part of our country not yet over commercialised and hopefully stays that way.


And of course Angus has to have an appearance, this being his Christmas shot.

Til next time, happy stitching

Linda
XX