Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Catch up 2

The last two days have been at the Caroline Sharkey class, Freedom and Nature Scapes.
lots of little pieces of fabric, wool, sequins and some sparkly bits

the girls working away

 now there are angelina fibres

the girls are hard at work

The piece has been covered with wash away stabiliser and quilted over with tiny quilting

once that is washed out and dried it goes on the background fabric and we start adding other bits, this is Tracee's work

and Margaret's.

Other class peoples work

Love the colours in Sue's piece

this is Shirleys

here is where I was at the end of the day, butterflies and bees and ferns appliqued on...homework is all the free motion stitching to fill the empty spaces.

one happy student and teacher

and the class at the end of the day.
it was a wonderful class and Caroline is a great teacher.
We had two days of much learning and playing with fabric. Love how everyone has created something different.
Happy sewing.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Catch up 1

Life has been a bit hectic for the last week, this afternoon is catch up time!
I took the Supervisor for a walk the other day, we had some rain and the corellas were out playing on the power lines
Off we go

these corellas were swinging around in circles having a wonderful time!

The Supervisor had a paddle!
I did some gardening when we got home and came in looking like a beetroot!!
Need to work on the selfie photo!!
Saturday was Guild day and we were shown some of the quilts that members have made for the Children's Hospital
sorry for the photo quality, I had to get between peoples heads!

I like this scrappy one

this is cute

love the colours on this one

this is one of three quilts a Guild member gave Judy, the lady on the left. The owner had fallen out of love with it, so Judy cut it up and remade it into three quilts for the hospital. Looks great.

This was one of two blankets made by Margaret's sister Jenny in WA. They were both beautifully made and I am sure will be loved.

Our speaker for the meeting was Caroline Sharkey,. one busy talented lady!

This is one of her mini quilts, lots of layers of fabric and thread...

and another, there were many quilts to look at and ooh and aah over!!

this is fabric she us experimenting with, taking photos of small parts of her quilts and having them reproduced ...they looked amazing.

These very luck ladies won the special raffle prizes, a wall hanging of Byron Lighthouse and framed textile art.

You can see the crowd wanting a close look at Caroline's quilts after the talk.
Tomorrow (which actually was yesterday) I am off to do a workshop with Caroline , looking forward to that.
Happy sewing.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday already

This week has flown past, I was up in Gisborne Wednesday for hairdressing and also took a friend up to see some of her friends...they have known each other for 30 years so enjoyed a good catch up.
Yesterday I had some happy mail
Unfortunately blogger has decided to put it sideways, but they are 5 minute and 10 minute blocks I am going to have a go at making.
Also in the latest Down Under quilts magazing there is an article about the last Guild Quilt In
It is great to see the article, lots of names I know on the hexie quilt, but also my rotation block, #16 at the top of the page, pretty exciting for me!! Lol!!
I have been painting the Christmas swap blocks
Two to finish off and then the quilting begins.
The past President of the guild asked the committee to make her a block for a quilt to remember her years as President, the theme was the poem I love a Sunburnt Country
Again this is sideways I am sorry, I have painted and quilted the block, I hope Margaret likes it.
The dolls coverlet and the doorway are completed and ready to go to Guild tomorrow.
I had better get organised and take the supervisor for a walk, the whinging is getting louder!!
Happy sewing.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Today I have been over to Seachange for sit and sew, I managed to get two stars made
EPP is such a great take and go project. I am linking up with Anthea over at Hibiscus Stitches for her EPP link up.

After sewing I had a walk along the beach at Ocean Grove, the water was freezing, but people were in swimming, it was such a beautiful day. A paddle was enough for me!
Happy sewing.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Home again

The internet stopped working for me yesterday at the campground so no blog updating happened. But I had a good morning out and about, I wanted to find a few caches so was dropped off near the market and then walked along the path around Lake Burley Griffin, to the National Art Gallery. I was aiming for the sculpture garden
On the way I could hear a Christmas carol playing at the Corrilion, over and over and over again!!!  Shame they didn't have more than one song playing.
I found the sculpture garden and had a look around and found the cache I was looking for

Luckily this was a big one and marked with some pieces of wood to help the cacher like me!!

More sculptures 

These heads in the pond gave me a start

This sculpture is on the top of a drum used in the Tiwi Islands, one of my favourites 
Maybe this one dropped in from space

I just happened to glance up and see this hanging outside the Gallery

Walking around for another cache I came across one of my favourite views in Canberra 

The I went past the old Parliament House, I walked thru the rose gardens, the perfume in the air was beautiful.
We drove home today and all went well until we got just past Seymour on the Hume Highway, there was road works up ahead and the queue went forever. Several classic cars were on the side of the road, hoods up, letting the engines cool, obviously the slow queuing was not good for them.  
I got a lot of knitting done in the car today,  the head, body, two ears and a foot for a little rabbit.

Three more little stars have been added to the collection too, they were made yesterday evening.
Happy to be back home again and to hear the waves on the beach below.
Happy sewing.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

On the road again

Yesterday we drove from home to Canberra..I have to say I was happy to get out of the car when we got here!! I did get some knitting done on the way and finished a star last night
Part of a beanie under way
We saw these beautiful cars at a petrol station

Love this one!

And followed some up the freeway.

We stopped at the Dog on the Tucker Box at Gundagai lots of people were having their photo taken by the dog, so I went for the koala instead!! Got to have a tourist photo now and then. We did stop for lunch at a truck stop with a cache, the cache was called Gravel Rash and was aptly named as I have the gravel rash on my fingers and elbow after sliding back down the incline from the cache site, it was like walking on marbles!! But we found the cache so all is good. All fixed with antiseptic cream and a plaster.
Today I have done some painting on the Christmas blocks
Two snowmen nearly done

I have been down the road to the show, no craft sadly but lots of horses and sideshows and these weight lifters, they could sure lift some heavy weights, men and women.

I got back to the camping ground just as a storm was coming by, lots of thunder and lightening and some rain...good to stay inside and do some more painting!!
Happy sewing.