Friday, 5 October 2012

Home Grown Olympians

Our little town is so proud of our home grown
Gold Medal Olympians in the Yachting 49er class regatta
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen.
The town decked out in Green and Gold and celebrated with a
Welcome Home Parade
I was proud to have a picture taken with them.

This is a picture of 96 year old Lorna who
proudly donned the Green and Gold,
made a teddy and decorated her walker.
She was very excited to go to the parade.

Hooray for Spring!

I am glad to see the end of winter and the beauty of spring.

                                        I get to look at these pretties outside my sewing room

Background Fill

I have been making some practise blocks to improve
my quilting skills.
This is my first attempt at Paisley.

                                                   I love the texture it gives to the block

What I've been doing

These are some quilts I have worked on recently

Clam Shells

Edge to Edge Meander

The back of the quilt above.
A lovely Edge to Edge Floral

The border around this oriental quilt was purple
and gold. It is beautiful. I love purple.
Quilted with a free motion edge to edge Meander.

Where have I been?

I can't believe it has been so long since I posted on my blog! My life seems to have become very busy.
I will endeavour to post on a more regular basis.

My grand daughter Tilley is now four months old. She is adorable.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Shirt quilt

This quilt top was made from men's shirts all
in the same toning with white added to join
the fabrics.

It was quilted with a medium free motion stipple.

Pretty quilt for a young lady

This quilt was fun and bright and was made
for a teenager. What a lucky girl.
It was backed with red fleecy and quilted with
a big stipple to keep it soft and cuddly.

It's a girl!

My first grandchild, Tilley Ann was born on the 22nd May 2012
She weighed 6 1/2 pounds and 18" long.
She is the first child to my son Lee and his wife Shelley.
 We are very proud and excited!

Great Grandmother Dorothy 

2nd Cousin Rachel

Auntie Leanne who couldn't be happier as Tilley
was born on her birthday.

Uncle Sean

Auntie Tara
Mum Shelley with Tilley and dad Lee
blowing out the candles on his 30th
birthday cake.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

On The Move top

The top is now finished for On The Move for the second time.

The first time I found the quilt to be smaller than I wanted.

It would have been perfect for a pram quilt but
I needed it to be at least cot size, so I unpicked it and made all the sections bigger.
When I joined the outside border of cars and trucks fabric it didn't do justice
to the striped sashing they were too busy side by side.

I added and row of red sashing between them and then it was perfect.

It now has to wait it's turn to be quilted.
I have two quilts to quilt first and I need to get moving
as my new grandchild is due in little over three weeks.
We don't know whether it's a boy or girl. I have already
made a baby girl's quilt so now this quilt is for a baby boy.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

My backyard

I love our backyard.
I love having a reserve behind us.
I love the view of the lake.
I love not having houses behind us.
Hubby and I have been talking about
looking for another house that is on
one level and with an internal access garage and
larger living areas to accommodate our growing family.
I would love to take my view me!
Anyway, It's only a thought at this stage.

 Sea mist rolled in later this morning.
It wasn't there when we got up.
It seemed to move off just as quickly as it came.

Noah's Ark Quilt

How cute is this quilt!
I didn't make it.
It is backed with fleecy fabric and I was asked
to quilt it with a large stipple to make the quilt
stay soft and cuddly.
The smaller the pattern you do the firmer
the quilt will be.
The choice of colours is amazing, they work so
well together

The back

It will be a lucky little boy or girl who gets to
cuddle up in this quilt.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Trip to Sydney

After mentioning on my blog that I have never been to the Opera House
my daughter-in-law Gillian bought me a ticket to see Macbeth at the
Opera House for my birthday.
I was going with Gillian and her mum Wendy who's birthday is
the day before mine, and my daughter Tara.
Just before we were leaving to head down to Sydney
Gillian was notified that the show was cancelled as the cast
were sick.
We decided to go down anyway.
We had a fabulous night!
Started with a wine tasting and sculpture viewing at The Block
which had a great view of the harbour bridge and across to Luna Park
Colleen and Tara

Tara, Wendy, Gillian, Colleen

We walked to the rocks where we had a lovely dinner.
Then we walked right around to the Opera House.
The view of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge
and the Opera House at night was spectacular!

We were staying at Pyrmont for the night so went home
via The Star (previously known as Star City Casino)
The sign at the front is a popular place for photographs
for those who are young and flexible enough.



Puttin' on the Ritz

This fabric is a Puttin' on the Ritz Jelly Roll
which is a Bunny Hill Design for Moda.
The project has to remain a secret as it is to
be a present for someone who reads my blog!
It is shades of grey and the finished item looks great.

Rag Quilt

I made this quilt for my husband.
It has three layers of flannelette and two layers of cotton.
The flannelette was dyed by a local lady and the colours
are fantastic, they are very vibrant.
To get the quilt to have the ragged look you make cuts
about 1/4 inch apart then you wash the quilt.
You put it in the dryer with some tennis balls which helps
 scruff up all the cut edges.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

I love this

My daughter-in-law Gillian bought this little container
for me at Christmas. It is about the size of a small bucket
and is made from vinyl.
It is really handy and I love it!
I use it when hand sewing to put my left over threads in.
Just sit it on the chair next to me.
When cutting out fused applique I put all the waste
fabric in it.


It is made by now that's GORGEOUS!
and can be found at the Olive Tree Markets at Newcastle.