Monday, July 31, 2006

Monday {my day off} LOL

The last week has been extremely hectic here on the hill, I haven't found any time to sit with my machine and sew or anything else very personal, but I did have 12 very lovely ladies here for the weekend. Forgot to take my camera out to the shop so once again no group photo. There were two groups, Gillian,Donna,Bev,Bronwyn,Janet and Fiona who joined me from Coonamble/Dubbo and also Jeannie, Dianna, Jenny, Ma, Tanya and Louise from the Hunter Valley/Central coast. They all had a great weekend and bonded well together they made lots of wonderful creations/heirlooms. Donna's version of English Rose, in all greens and blues looked great, and I can't wait to see Jenny's {1st quilt} version of Floral Bouquet, it was looking fantastic in the rich burgundy/greens. Also there were 3 completely different quilts made using my So Pink pattern, I am sure the 3 ladies are very pleased with them. Looking forward to seeing everyones finished quilts on your return next year. Thanks for a fun weekend, do hope you all enjoyed it.

This is the fabric Jenny used in the Floral Bouquet Quilt.

Also a big thank you to Janelle who kindly said she would work all the stitcheries on the Polka Dot Girl quilt which we are running as a block of the month, {not sure she realised just how much work is involved} but I do really appreciate it. This is block 4 which Janelle has completed the embroidery. So looking forward to seeing them all finished. There are still available places in this block of the month.

Anyway better get a little more book work done, can you believe it's the last day of July already, it feels like those cold August winds are right on time.

The Farrer 1st are off to Sydney to play down at Campbelltown Stadium tomorrow night, Good luck boys. Play hard Sebastian.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A win to the Farrer 1st 13

Just a short post to say how proud I am of all the boys ( especially Sebastian) in the Farrer First 13's, they won there match today in the Arrive Alive Cup 24/16, it was a very hard match, Sebastian scored the first try for the home team and ended up flat on his back after a head high tackle just before full time. He is OK ,( I hope)
They will be off to Sydney probably for the next match which will be a quarter final match in the next week or so.
Well done the Green and Gold.

Just a quick note if any one is waiting on chenille there should be a large shipment arriving next week, in lots of colours, along with matching pom poms and ric racs.
I have heaps of ideas for these, just need some time to sew.

good night

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

More Santa's

My weekly Tuesday class continued the Chrissy in July theme today and made another very cute Santa, he is dressed in Red Chenille with red Pom Poms around his waist and the bottom of his pants. Ros managed to complete hers, Narelle, Judy and Vicki weren't too far behind.

The pattern is one of Rosalie Quinlins and I have made up kits that are avaiable in the shop.

Both Maryanne and Helen were busy stitching away on block one of the Polka Dot Girls - block of the month quilt. They are looking great.

Talking of Christmas the lastest Christmas range of fabrics by Nancy Halvorsten have arrived in store , they are call Peppermint & Hollyberries and are just gorgeous, the book by the same name will be in soon. I am just loving working on some Christmas projects, its always nice to have new decorations for the festive season. (Which will come around very soon)

Do hope all the Gunnedah ladies enjoyed their day in Nundle yesterday, have fun making up all your quilts, also hope your Chrissy in July went off well today.

Off to watch Sebastian and the Farrer first 13's play league tomorrow - go the green and gold.

Until we meet again, happy sewing

Friday, July 21, 2006

Chrissy in July

Well each year I organise a Chrissy in July workshop which has proved to be heaps of fun and this year was no exception. After lots of preparation all the kits were cut, food was ready and I was so looking forward to catching up with all the ladies for a gret weekend.
Classes started Friday evening with everyone sitting around the tables hand stitching a couple of felt Christmas decorations, catching up on the last 12 months news and sharing lots of fun and laughter.

These are the decorations we made

Saturday I rose early to start the pot belly fire in the shop (barn), the weather was very cold and wet great for sewing. I was teaching today and the ladies all made these very gorgeous 2 foot tall santa's. With lots of jokes and laughter the barn was filled with a wonderful atmosphere, a dozen kindred spirits enjoying each others company and making these Santa's as a bonus.

Eleven Santa's all in a row- Oh Oh Oh

Saturday evening we cleared the sewing away and set the tables up to seat 18 around, decorated with real holly and novel chrissy place mats. Christmas dinner was prepared by my darling daughter Nicole, we had roast turkey, yummy marinated ham, lots of vegetables and to finish up mini sticky date puddings with caramel sauce.

Yum Yum, Nicole certainly worked hard in the kitchen all day, well done.
The evening was very enjoyable, Janelles family as well as mine joined us all for dinner which made the evening very special. We all participated in a secret Santa swap as well as show and tell.

Sunday saw a little brighter day weather wise, Janelle was teaching today and she had designed a Table Runner just for the weekend, all the ladies enjoyed making this and learning a few new tricks along the way, well done to everyone, you all acheived so much in the two days.
I didn't find time to sew on Sunday but after everyone left I sat down with Leanne by my side and stitched the table runner together in no time, just have to finish off the applique.
Janelle with her table runner - Janelle has also posted photo's of the weekend on her Blog

What a great weekend for all involved, the friendships made are ones we will all cherish, looking forward to seeing everyone back next year, I certainly won't be packing my new christmas goodies away, they will be on display from now until Christmas.

Thanks for dropping by, until next time have a great weekend


Thursday, July 06, 2006

Just a very quick post

Well I am pleased to say I completed cutting block ones of the new block of the month, "Polka Dot Girls" today they will be in the post tomorrow for all those ladies eagerly awaiting there arrival. Have fun with the stitcheries they are so cute, I love Bronwyns designs.
I have just completed another online scrap booking class and this is the lay out - tonights topic was "Whats in a name" once again I worked with a photo of Nicole, when she was 4 years old, she is nearly 21.
How time flys, I have another retreat this weekend so will try and remember to take a photo or two of this group.
Bye for now
Life has been Hectic on the Hill

Hi everyone,
I just haven't found time to sit down and enter a post here laterly. The shop has kept me very busy, this is always my busy period now until the end of September, will really keep me hopping. I haven't had time to do much sewing, too busy cutting block of the months, cutting up orders and running retreats. But I can't complain I love it.
Sorry to my last retreat I forgot to take a photo of the ladies to post here, all there quilts looked great and they all returned home very happy.

Last Thursday was my mothers 70th Birthday, after the big party we had for her and Dad for their 50th wedding anniversary in April, Mum didn't want a party so Nicole, Sebastian and I slipped over to the coast to surprise her the afternoon before. We had a very enjoyable over night visit, eating out at a great restaurant over looking the lake at Forster. Mum was so happy that we surprised her, its only 3 & 1/2 hours drive from here so well worth the effort.

Nicole is home on 4 weeks uni holidays, Sebastian has 2 weeks off school. I love having them around, Nicole is a great help around the house and Sebastian always works hard with his father. Although this week he is down training with the Sharks at Cronulla.

Yesterday I took an extra long lunch break and did an online scrap booking class with Kim Archer, this is a picture of the layout I completed in the class, I am very happy with it, the photo was taken in January 1989, Nicole was only 4 years old. She is the one in Pink.
Hope you like it.

Anyway until I manage to post again, thanks for dropping bye