Thursday, 16 February 2017

Seeing Stars V2

In a hurry, in a hurry so a quick post to show you the latest version of the star quilt.

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I had some stars left over from the original star quilt I donated (and instantly grieved over – why did I donate such a lovely quilt??) so I decided to make myself another one. 

Our group had a sewing day on Tuesday and so I managed to get all the borders on, and all the blocks trimmed.

Now I just have to stitch them into rows and then the rows into blocks and it’s done!

Such a quick, easy quilt.   If I have time I might do a tutorial.  We’ll see.

This week has been a much, much cooler one (thank God!), we lost a couple of shrubs in the garden but overall the damage has been minimal.  I still have a tree full of peaches (want some peaches? I have many!) so that’s worked out awesome too. 

Hopefully the worst of the heatwave is over, we were lucky this year that we had a day of rain on the Monday before that wet everything down so bushfires weren’t a risk, at least here in my part of the country.  Other parts haven’t fared so well, but that’s summer in Australia for you!

Have a lovely one, and I’ll see you soon.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Another Flimsy

Can you believe this quilt top has been done for months and months, and all I needed to do was stitch the hearts on.  Can you believe it took two nights and now it’s done?  Can you believe I have so many other projects that just need that little bit of work and they are done? 

 

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I don’t know why I do this – put things away with such a small amount of work to do.

No mind – it’s done now!  Yes it’s a flimsy.  I think this one will be quilted soon though because it cheers me to see it hanging on the wall.  Everything is so gloomy and depressing right now – a bit of bright cheer won’t hurt anyone.

On Monday we had 18 degrees and rain all day.  Tuesday was 33 degrees.  Today is 43 degrees and tomorrow is meant to be 45 degrees.  And over 40 degrees days are scheduled for up to next week.  And no, I’m not talking Fahrenheit.  I  know it’s summer but it’s a little bit ridiculous, and the worst thing of all is my beautiful, luscious peaches run the risk of splitting due to the rain.  First world problems I’m sure (don’t you HATE that saying) but some stability in the weather would be nice.  Choose a temperature, Miss Weather and OWN IT! Mother Nature is certainly high maintenance right now.

I know you in the Northern Hemisphere are snowed in right now – I’m loving seeing your photos.  Snow seems so exciting – I’m sure it has just as many problems as extreme heat so I hope you’re all safe and warm. 

I’m about to pop out (in the hottest part of the day, yay!) to help walk the children to the swimming pool for swimming lessons.  Swimming lessons are part of the school curriculum here in Australia – at least in our part of the world.  It’s not safe to have kids who can’t swim living so close to the river.  I must remember to pack my hat and sunblock!

Have a good day!

Monday, 6 February 2017

double four patch–another flimsy finished

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I’d made a scrap quilt some time ago from purples and greens, and whilst cleaning up I found many, many four patches.

What to do with these leftovers?  I ended up going simple – just alternated them with some larger blocks of matching colour and it’s ended up being quite a nice little lap quilt.

So many flimsies. 

What to do with all of them?

I’ll not worry about that yet.  I’m getting them all to a flimsy stage and then I can start on the quilting.  Systematically crossing things off the UFO list is a very satisfying feeling, and I’ve very nearly caught up on the sewing machine jobs.  Then I have to move on to the hand work jobs, but that means sitting down in front of the TV during the day and feel so GUILTY sitting down during the day.

I’ll have to get over that, won’t I?

See you soon!

Friday, 3 February 2017

Girls’ Art Quilt

Hello lovely readers,

I have another finish to show you.  It’s still only a flimsy but as we know, I don’t mind flimsies.

A year or so ago (my, how quickly time goes!) my youngest daughter’s teacher left to have a baby.  I was recruited into making a quilt for her – all the students drew a block and it was very well received.  You can see that post here.

I loved the concept, and so I decided I’d make my two girls do a few quilt blocks and I’d make them both their own quilt – a perfect snapshot of their ages.

They didn’t really approach it with as much gusto as I hoped.  Turns out drawing loads and loads of pictures just to keep your mother happy isn’t as much fun to little girls as it sounds. 

So I cut my losses and put the two girls’ blocks together, and now I have a precious Mummy momento just for me.

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Already in the time it took me to make this a flimsy I can see how their artwork has changed and how they have matured.  The time is flying past me, my two babies are not babies anymore and it’s very bittersweet.  I know you know what I’m talking about.

I’m hopeless really, I keep everything they ever draw or write to me.  And I’ll keep this one forever too.

Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Sunbonnets all finished up….sort of

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Borders on, girls stitched down.  As good as finished.

She’s actually been done since well before Christmas but it’s taken me this long to photograph her.

I’m pleasantly pleased with the outcome.  Needs quilting, obviously and I could have ironed the top before showing you but c’est la vie.

Hope your day went well!

Friday, 27 January 2017

Australia Day

Australia Day is always an interesting day for me.  It’s my brother’s birthday, and it’s only a day or two away from my eldest’s birthday, so for the most part the actual Australia Day part isn’t really the big deal.  We get a holiday for it, and it’s always on The Day, rather than making a long weekend out of it (which is a great Aussie tradition!).  So this year it was on a Thursday.

It didn’t really matter much to the rest of our family – we are on school holidays still – but my husband had to work either side (poor him!).  We had friends up river camping and they invited us up there, so we took the opportunity to put the boat in and take the girls up for an afternoon/evening and a barbecue tea.

This is what people do in my neck of the woods.  We have the river on our doorstep, and people set up camps alongside it.  It’s a holiday tradition.  We don’t do the whole camping thing (I’m so much more a glamper) but I love to sit by the river so it’s the best of both worlds!  I can stay all day and then come home and have a shower!

I took the opportunity to go for a walk and take some photos so I could share!

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We’ve had a high river (not allowed to call it a flood lest it scare away the tourists), and that’s subsided now, leaving fields of clay that were once covered in water, now slowly drying up.  I caught this photo of kangaroo tracks – there were many signs of kangaroos everywhere.

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Not the main river, just a side creek that hadn’t gone down all the way.  Still very pretty.

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Clay flood banks slowly drying up.  Very interesting pattern – my quilty brain was whirring.

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Don’t know if you can see from the photo above but halfway up the tree is a very subtle colour change – that’s how high the river had gone over the flood plains.

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This tree had fallen over and started to grow upwards again.  Clever tree.

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Do you know what this is? 

Classic Long Drop Loo.  Not for the faint hearted.  I’d rather go behind a bush to be honest.

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Not the main river, just another creek.  Filled with ducks, though you can’t see them here.  Everything is THRIVING at the moment.  It’s great to see.

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And that was my stroll.  I hope you enjoyed it!