Sunday, September 3, 2017

Random things we buy.....

Last weekend I joined some girls for a retreat at Mannum....always fun to get away for a few days and even "funner" if it's to sew all weekend! Of course one must always have a wander up the main street to check out the shops......the sum total (and the reason for the title of this blog post) of my purchases are below:


Yep...you are seeing .....one pair of orange Nepalese felted wool slippers......


...and.......a bowl of fake cherries (with Christmas decorating in mind.....)


So ......random purchases indeed (wouldn't you agree!)

Apart from wandering the street when the shops were open I also went out early on Saturday morning - the town was very quiet...and the light was amazing.....

Early morning pre sunrise overlooking the bowls club to the river .....


steps leading down to the main street......a couple of trips up and down these for my morning cardio workout.....




 Love this house which was perched on the hill just above where we were stitching......


Oh...I did actually get some sewing done.....setting up......


Sewing borders on a Bjorn the Bear block..pattern by Elizabeth Hartman....I bought the fabrics for this on the way to the retreat...the pattern was well written and easy to follow....I think this block will become a pillow.....love it! I used a dress weight linen for the borders so will probably add some interfacing before I make it into a pillow.



Question - How can you tell it's meal time at retreat?  


All too soon it's over and it's time to pack up and head home.......and back to work.......pretty sure weekend time goes twice as fast as weekday time!  I was also sewing blocks from the 2012 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Quilt  (I started on them at the last retreat in Mannum in February....) I was close to finishing these by the end of the weekend, so set up at home on the dining room table and finished them.....now to put them together...no hurry!  Love the way these turned out, and the fabric supplied in each block was ample (just as well for the last one where I didn't employ the old measure twice - cut once rule...or in this case read the directions twice......ooops!


The blossoms on the ornamental plum in the neighbour's yard have come out (seems like just overnight)......and it looks magnificent out my kitchen window.....the "sticks" in front are my plum trees which are only a couple of years old, and a little later to blossom!



The trees in the front yard are turning green with the leaves unfurling and the blossoms disappearing......


even more so this morning after a wet and very windy night which has left the front yard looking a little like it has been snowing.....



That's about it for me for now......'til next time.....Lorraine

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Won't even try to explain......

my absence from this blog......I guess there isn't really any reason anyway.....it's just finding a little time to update it....which is what I am going to try and do now.......

Soooo.....since I was here last I have been busy with work and with family - getting to spend some time on weekends with the kids and grandies.....loving it!  I have also been doing a little stitching but I haven't taken many photos of what I have been doing.... oooops......

When I was away in June I bought a kit for a flannel quilt from Ruby and Kate - it's now finished and being enjoyed by Ezra - who is now five months old.....wow....time does fly by!!  Here he is on the back-side of the quilt......


 Lenny is growing up fast as well....going from baby to toddler in what seems like the blink of an eye......He loves my Primavera quilt....I think it's the bright colours.....these pics were taken a while ago when he had a day with Granny....these pics were also taken before his first haircut.......



Chatting to Rose through the door......


Ezra having enjoying a song from Dad....and finding his feet are interesting as well......


Breakfast with the kids while I was in town a few weeks ago....Lenny waiting to get his hands on his babyccino......



I did get the binding stitched down on Primavera......

....last weekend was Terri's birthday and they were going out on Friday and Sunday nights, so I stayed for the weekend....by coincidence there was a cancellation in a class at Hetties Patch with Kathy Doughty.....so Saturday and part of Sunday I spent there! Perfect!!

Kathy is a fabulous teacher and very giving of her time.....the project we worked on was Love Birds from her book Mixing Quilt Elements - apart from some terrific patterns the book also contains some great tips for cutting/choosing fabrics etc....well worth a place on the bookshelf! or in my case on the table next to my chair in the lounge for easy reference!




Because I was a late inclusion in the class my preparation time was limited so I threw in some fabrics I thought might be useful, packed the car, took Rose to her hotel for the weekend and hit the road!


 Looks like a ghost bird, but merely my way of ensuring I didn't lose any of the pieces I need to make Bird #2....


.....and bird #1......


 I haven't had time this week to carry on with the block.....so hopefully I can make some time next weekend....I did think I may get to it today, but it's been pretty much taken up with household chores ...*yawn*.....I even had a big (and long overdue) clean up/out in the pantry....gosh there were things in there that had been there a long, long time!....it's much better now!  ...and it's always nice going in to the working week with a clean house and an empty wash basket...well I think so anyway!.

Whilst we have had a week of cold wet weather some mornings when I go to the gym have been amazing.......cold, clear and with the moon still up...


Some sunsets have also been amazing....


last weekend while I was away Spring arrived at my house!  the trees were looking like they were ready to burst out in bud when I left, and with some sunshine over the weekend out they came!  These ornamental pear trees always look stunning especially in Spring and Autumn and in summer they provide great shade.

Also about to look lovely is the weeping acacia ......


Of course the blossoms attract a lot of these little guys, busy buzzing around collecting pollen......

plenty of blossoms waiting in the wings...like miniature bouquets.....




Speaking of mornings at the gym I snapped this on my phone the other morning as we left....my gym buddy couldn't resist getting in there....well her water bottle at least.......


I am loving the gym - whilst I don't usually love getting up early I love the feeling I have once we have finished the session.......with warmer weather on the way I sure getting up early will get easier.......well, that's what I keep telling myself.

Nights this week will be spent finishing the hand quilting on this flannel play quilt for Lenny.....it's a nice bright alphabet panel and is easy stitching - also keeps my legs warm while I stitch :)


Time to go.....'til next time...................Lorraine

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wow...another post! A road trip...

Last weekend was a long weekend to celebrate the Queen's birthday...a little belatedly since her birthday is actually in April....anyhoo....a long weekend is a long weekend!  I took an extra couple of days before the weekend and drove over to visit my Mum and my sister who live on the Eyre Peninsula....my niece has also recently moved there so there are more family members to catch up with, making the trip even more worthwhile.  Add to family a couple of excellent quilt shops and driving is the way to go - no weight/space restrictions in the car as opposed to flying!  Rose comes with me and settles in and sleeps most of the way with a couple of stops for rest and relief!  It's about 7 hours all up.....I visit the library before I leave and  pick up an audio book or two for the drive and they are excellent for relieving the boredom - Rose isn't a very talkative passenger!

As always it's great to see the family and I am always a bit sad to hit the road home again after the weekend.....

A few pics from the trip.......

I travel through the mid-north on the first part of the trip - it was a cold start with 0C when I left at 7.30am and only a couple of degrees warmer as I travelled through this area......most areas of the State have had little rainfall so cropping has been delayed....this paddock of green was a rare sight.......


There are always plenty of these to share the road with.....(stopping for the train was a good chance to catch one of these in their natural habitat......well apart from caravan parks I think a good number of them are on the road at any one time so it seems like their natural habitat!)

So that was how I spent Thursday......Friday was a tiny road trip - to Port Lincoln to visit first The Patchwork Pear.......




Then it was on to Ruby and Kate.....


This flannel quilt kit may have come home with me......


..along with some stencils and fabric ink to play with....


while I was packing sewing stuff to take with me (why do I always think I will have time to finish loads of projects over a weekend?) I threw in a layer cake - 2016 Regent Street Florals...bought earlier this year from Alex - Alize Fabrics and was inspired by a kit in Ruby and Kate to get the Featherweight out when we got home from shopping - the really good thing about your sister being a quilter is that you only need to take fabric/kits/sewing machine and basic sewing paraphernalia as she has all the other stuff you may need...


the top came together quickly - once we had spent quite a while rearranging the blocks on Marilyn's amazingly huge design wall....very, very handy and better than anything I have here....so here is the finished top bringing a bit of colour to my front garden this morning....


I also finished this scarf - a kit from Judy Newman.....


Of course a visit to Tumby Bay is not complete without walks on the beach with Rose.....sunrise is my favourite time of day, especially at the beach.....






Mind you, other times of the day aren't bad either......









And my super patient girl......who is happy to sit with me watching the sky, sea and birds....especially the birds... 


what........did you say birds??? 


So it was back to work on Tuesday after a lovely long weekend.....

during the week I received some happy mail from Sharon at Patchwork on Parade.... my Primavera quilt was back......this is a pattern from Christine Vlasic - Yarra Designs - you can find Christine on Instagram @cvlasic and her patterns are available from several patchwork shops - I also bought the templates for this quilt by  Meredithe Clark  who has also designed quite a few other template sets ..very handy!!


I am really pleased with this quilt - I used a Tula Pink wideback for the backing and it has given the quilt a lovely soft finish.


Friday morning before work I wrangled the quilt under the Bernina and sewed on a scrappy binding made from leftover strips of fabric used in the quilt (truth be known I could probably make another one of these quilts given that I got a little (maybe even a lot ? ) carried away with buying fabric for it.....starting off with a  lovely selection of florals and shot cottons from Emma at Treehouse Textiles on a visit with Alison and Cathy  - this quilt is a wonderful reminder of a fabulous time with these girls.


The quilt is now waiting for me to finish this blog post and start stitching the binding down....perfect afternoon for it after a foggy start to the day......


tiny droplets of water turning webs into decorative garlands.....



Another weekend almost over ....gosh they go quickly!  Enjoyed a visit from the kids along with Lenny and Ezra after the football yesterday.....love spending time with them all! 

'til next time..............Lorraine