Friday, March 30, 2007

Small towns are great places to live !!!!!!!!!
After a very busy day cooking for my weekend retreat, cutting lots of orders and generally being run off my feet, Geoffrey and I slipped over to Wallabadbah, just 1/2 hour from home, for an evening at the local Pub. Vicki who is part of the local team entered in the up coming Relay for Life invited us over there to join in with their fund raiser, they were raising money for Cancer. It was a good night , with great music, yummy food and good company, small communties really know how to entertain. I wish I had have taken my camera, a local identity raised over $1000 to shave off his beard, which he has had for 33 years, his children had never seen him without it, so as the crowd sang "Click Goes the Shears" the local hairdresser shaved it off . The night raised over $2000 which will go towards there team effort for the relay, well done to all involved.

My photo today is off 8 books that have arrived in the post over the last couple of weeks, Thanks Leanne for those little words of advise, (just buy the lot), so I did. I have read some of the Elm Creek Quilt books, borrowed from the local library, but now I have my own, they will find pride and place on a shelf or a dresser somewhere in my home, and I will read them all again. If anyone hasn't read them they are great reading.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thursday - lots of little cabins

Today I spent in the company of 10 lovely ladies who now and then join me for a one day workshop, it was great to see you all again, do hope you all enjoyed your visit to the Cottage on the Hill. Our workshop to day was on pleated log cabins, simple quilt as you go blocks using 2 1/2" strips, they all completed 4 blocks, here is a group photo taken with all the blocks laid out together. Well done ladies all your blocks looked great.

I already have tomorrows photo planned - I think???? Thanks for dropping in by


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Wednesday Photo - meeting my challange so far.
This is a photo of the couch companion I completed tonight, the pin cushion has a felt flower on the top, I have actually designed a series of projects with felt flowers on them, the felt is easy to work with,hope to have them finished soon

Good night, off to bed, I have a one day workshop tomorrow so better get some beauty sleep .

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Tuesdays Photo
Today was a fun day in the shop with 9 ladies at our weekly class, today was project day and we all made couch companions. Thanks to Leanne I just about completed 2 of them, so maybe when I finish mine I will use it for one of my photos for the week. I am going to add the other one to a friends birthday present.

This afternoon I decided to walk down to the front gate of our property and take a photo of Geoffrey's oats paddock down towards the river, I love the way paddocks are ploughed up, then sewn, and thanks to the little bits of rain we have had laterly his crop is now a few inches out of the ground. I will keep my fingers crossed that the end of the drought is insight and that his crop continues to grow, so he can use it for cattle feed. A happy farmer makes a much happier husband.

I wander what tomorrow will bring.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Photo a Day
I really must appologise to my gorgeous group of ladies from this weekend, for not taking a group photo of you all with your lovely quilts to post here. I truly am sorry so I hope you all send me a photo of you and your finished quilt, for my 2007 group book. This group were another new group to visit me for a two day retreat, they were all working with some lovely fabrics and most of them completed their quilt tops that all looked great.

So because I was so slack, or should I say busy, and didn't get the camera out I have punished myself and set a task for myself of taking at least one photo a day for the next week and posting it here on my blog.

So todays photo is of one of my roses which is flowering so beautifully at the moment, actually nearly all the roses in my garden are flowering at the moment, porbably their last bloom before winter. This rose is called "Pinkie" it flowers for at least 6 months of the year, it is a not so rampit rambler, one of my favourites.

I have a very busy week ahead, our monthly project tomorrow in the Tuesday class, we are making a couch companion, a one day workshop on Thursday and another retreat next weekend.

I have soooooooooooooooooo much I want to create at the moment just not enough hours in every day, do hope your week is full of happy times, stay posted for tomorrows photo.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Let's try again

Thanks to blogger I've been having trouble posting this post, so I'll keep my fingers crossed it's going to work this time.

Friday afternoon saw the arrival of my ladies for their weekend retreat, pictured is a photo of Suzanne, Rebecca, Val, Cathy, Jill, Renee, Sandra, Maureen, Marilyn all from Newcastle area plus Carol and Dianne who both live within a couple of hours drive.
The ladies from Newcastle joined me for the first time last October, they couldn't wait 12 months so they booked in to come back sooner. I am sure from all the laughs, they had another great time. Well done to Renee and Marilyn on completing their quilt tops, this was their first visit to me, and I know it is a bit overwhelming, both of you must be very pleased with your achievements. Everyone did very well, I look forward to seeing some photos of the finished quilts. Maureen your quilt looks great in the photo.

This years Paper Bag Quilt was due to start last week, there are 12 ladies in the group and they were all ready, I think, except myself. I just couldn't decide what quilt I wanted everyone to work on for me. Yesterday was the day, I finally made my decision and started on my journal, here is a photo of the journal cover - big thanks to Leanne Beasley for the idea, straight from Leannes DVD that came out last year. I am really pleased with the cover, just have to finish off the inside ready to pass on. I have called my quilt "Friends from Mistletoe Manor", I am using fabrics from 3 Sisters called Mistletoe Manor and have decided to let the ladies choose a friendship stitchery block of their choice,so I look forward to receiving my bag back in 11 months time to work out how I am going to put the whole thing together.

Onto the footy tipping - if anyone joined the online tipping could you please let me know so I can make sure you are in our competition. Great win the the Sharks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until next time, thanks for dropping by and have a great week were ever you may be.


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Pin Cushions, Pin Cushions, don't forget your Pin Cushion

Over yesterday and today I had my first mid week retreat for the year, and slack me forgot to take a photo of my lovely group, so instead I decided to take a photo of the pin cushions they have made to be part of my annual friendship swap. How cute are they, I would love to receive any of these. If you would like to part of my annual swap, just send in a pin cushion along with a short letter about yourself and a pre paid 500gram postal sachet and I will add you to the swap, no need to panic they don't need to be with me until October, Robyn, Lyn and Noelene are just very organised. If there is a few of you in a group, who wish to be involved you can post them all together and I will post your swapped ones back all together.

I better get back to the kitchen, busy cooking up so yummy treats for my ladies in my retreat this weekend.

Have a great weekend

PS thr NRL (Rugby league comp) starts tomorrow, if anyone would like to join my footy tipping comp contact me before about 5pm tomorrow afternoon. Go the Sharks

Thursday, March 08, 2007

I nearly made the dead line

As I mentioned previously I had a project to finish off, well last year I was part of a group of ladies who participated in a paper bag quilt or Friendship quilt, there were 8 of us and I set a dead line that our quilt tops had to be finished by march 1st 2007. I know everyone has tryed hard to complete their quilt tops and I was a little late but managed to finish mine off on Tuesday evening this week which was the 6th March, how about that not even a week over due.

Here is a photo of my quilt top, all the Kimono ladies are made from fabrics I purchased a few years back on one of my trips to Japan, they are all foundation pieced which was a challenge for some of the ladies, but they all did a great job, I just had to make one more block so decided to make the back view of a lady. I am thrilled with the way it has turned out and I have decided to hand quilt it using a Japanese fan design, maybe in navy thread.

A big thank you to those involved with our group, look forward to receiving a photo from you all, of your finished quilt tops to add to my journal. I will post one off to everone next week.

Until I post again, stay safe


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

from the coast to the country/ footy season

Over the weekend I had another new group of ladies join me for a 2 day retreat, these great bunch of ladies travelled from the coast to spend the weekend in my shop, sewing, laughing and most of all sharing a common interest. I do hope they all enjoyed themselves and were happy with their quilts, they were all looking fantastic. Sorry the quilts aren't in the photo, but they had the cars all packed ready for home before I remembered to bring the camera out, they have promised me that they will all send me a photo when the quilts are completed.

Also there is only 10 days before the NRL comp starts for this year, (Go the Sharks) last year I was part of an online footy tipping comp, so this year I have decided to start one of my own, if anyone would like to be part just let me know in the next week. It is so easy you just have to go online once a week and put on your tips for that weekend, there is no cost involved and I will put up a prize at the end of the comp for the winning tipper.

I still haven't finished the quilt I had to have finished by last Thursday but maybe I will find time today to get back to it, then I will post about it.

Have a great day and thanks for dropping by