Wednesday, 29 June 2011

New look..

I've had this little table top ironing board for ages now. Mum gave it to me last year and as you can see, she got good use out of it. I think they had it in the caravan back in the day..! Anyway, there was no padding, just a really thin piece of foam and the blue cover that's been on there forever I think. It's really handy to sit on the top of the table near my machine but I've been wanting to recover it since I've had it....





I was doing a little 'secret' sewing yesterday, just a friendship block really but I can't show you as it's a ...well, secret..!! But I was using some jelly roll strips of Fresh Flowers by Deb Strain for Moda. Bright and cheery, which was what was called for and as I was pressing the block I thought how 'bright and cheery' would my little board be covered in flowers.....





..so I did..cover it that is. Quick and simple, honestly, I don't know why I didn't do it ages ago. I want to leave it on the table now it's so happy looking, reminds me of summer too which is always good in the middle of winter..!!


This is a photo of our verandah way back a couple of years ago I think, yep, April 2009.





Well it hasn't changed much over the last two years.....until yesterday..!!





I have to laugh because Miss Martha has only moved a few steps in two years.... !! She does love to 'survey her kingdom'..
Anyway, the Railway Man took everything off yesterday afternoon and this morning he's starting to open up the wall where the doors will go. Which is staight ahead on the wall next to the small window. The glass doors you can see on the right are the ones coming out and being replaced with a window...
Messy, dirty, dusty and a bit cold in here today BUT I'm loving it...!! I can't wait for those ugly doors to be gone....
Stayed tuned for the next episode.....
xxx

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

From my window...

...this morning..





...heavy wet mist which made for awesome photo's of this..





..and this..





It's clear now, deceptively sunny and cold.


The Railway Man has just rung to say he's picked up our new doors, the one's we won on ebay on Sunday, they really are lovely and we think that the doors are around 100 years old, the screens are obviously a new addition..





..heres the photo from ebay, I'll update it when we start to put them in this week. I'm really excited to be finally getting rid of the horrible aliminium and glass sliding door that was here when we moved in nine years ago. Because we're on acres we never ever actually use our 'front' door and the glass doors at the back lead straight into the lounge room. It's going to be fabulous to have a small hallway area with the doors to the verandah, all those cold (and hot) winds won't blow straight into the room anymore...awesome...

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Just a chat...

Somebody recently described me as a 'chatty' blogger..! It's not the first time I've been labeled as such and I have to tell you that I'm good with that description..
I guess I am really, I love blogging, love my blogs and the time I spend flitting around the globe visiting you all. The Railway Man is very tolerant, if he's looking for me he looks in my sewing/computer area first, he knows that housework comes a distant fourth or fifth to other, more interesting and creative pursuits..
I've even been known to forget all about cooking a meal because I've been wrapped up in something, phew, thank goodness I have a very well stocked freezer full of home made meals. That really comes about because of the hours he works and the fact that I've never got over cooking for a family of six!! You know I take meals down to Mum and Dad every week, so I do 'tend to put the extra leftovers in containers, pop it in the freezer and Bob's your uncle (well, my brother actually) but you know what I mean..!
Anyway, I thought I'd just pop in for a chat today. The Railway Man is outside pulling weeds, he's on holidays for the next four weeks so the garden should be just about weed free when he's finished. We're not going anywhere, just maybe a couple of day trips with the puppies, visit some markets and country towns perhaps. There's some work we (I use we as in the 'royal we' of course, I will supervise :o) want to do in the house. Put a new front door in and take out the sliding glass doors, we're waiting for an ebay auction to finish this afternoon for some beautiful French style farmhouse doors, keep your fingers crossed for me 'cos I really want/crave/need/love them...!We want to create a little hallway, close in part of the verandah so that it's usable for most of the year, a couple of trees have to come out in the gardens, etc, etc....
So today the sun is pouring in through my window, it's really windy out though and the weather channel says the temp is 8 but the chill factor here is -3, so the best place for me is here talking to you...
(oh don't worry about the Railway Man, he's well wrapped up and there's hot soup on the stove)





I've been stitching my random blocks, I really like the one above and I might put some embellishment on this one, we'll see..





I started this one the other night, it's only 6" square and it's from Sue Spargo's 'Flowerbed' pattern, very cute..


Some friends and I went to the Creswick Woollen Mills on Wednesday, we had a great day out, lovely lunch, then ended up at Gails Patchwork in Sebastapol. I've never been before, even though it's not far away. What a fabulous shop, full of fabric, trims, ribbons and heaps more....
I'm on a diet, did you know that? Noooo, not a food diet, I couldn't do that, but a fabric diet..! I'm trying really hard to not buy anymore fabric until after the end of this year...sigh!! I did buy some little things, not fabric, but some ribbons and wool thread..



I've been wrapping my ribbons and bits of cotton lace on bobbins so I added the new velvet trims I bought. I'm going to run out of bobbin room soon I think..





I've been sorting all my hand/home dyed recycled wool into containers too. I've still got another blanket out in the laundry waiting to be dyed too. Hmmm, I might have to look at selling some so that I can make room for some more.. :o)





I want to use some of this lovely linen in these quilts too, there's a red too, I wonder where that is? Told you I couldn't food diet didn't I, mini Oreos, yum mm!
Oh yes, knew I had something else to tell you! Go and visit my niece Kylie here, she's a new quilter this year and she's already finished a couple of lovely quilts. I'm sure she'd love to have some more encouragement, we can all remember starting (well I can't, I'm getting old you know) to quilt, and especially looking out for comments so that you know you're not talking to yourself when you start blogging..tell her I sent you, thanks :o)


I'd better go and look enthusiastic about the weeds hadn't I..? 
Make some lunch for the worker..?

Thursday, 23 June 2011

It's GOing to be a great birthday month...

I got an email this morning, right out of the blue, totally unexpected and I had to read it three times before I decided that it wasn't spam or a joke....! It was from Carolyn at Accuquilt telling me that my blog (me, moi, myself) had been chosen to receive one of these....









....I know, I know, big time exciting, I can hardly believe it myself, really how lucky can a person be. It's my birthday next week, do you think the girls at Accuquilt knew? What a fabulous birthday surprise!! I've seen them around blogland, who hasn't, and I've entered giveaways to win one. I even had a look at the Accuquilt stand at AQC back in April and now I get to own and use one.... WooHoo!!




I got to choose three dies with it and I decided that I would go for the circles first, I use a lot of circles in my applique so this is going to make them so easy to cut out and I chose two others that are tricky cutting shapes, apple core and a small drunkards path block. Great for scrappy quilts!! But wait, there's more...!! Isn't that what they always say on the telly, well this time there is more....
The best bit is that I get to give one away. Yep. Giveaway a GO! Baby Cutter, oh gosh I'm so excited, did I say that already. As soon as the GO! Baby Cutter arrives (how awesome does that sound) I get to try it out and show you all how it works, scrappy quilt coming up I think!! Then we'll have a giveaway and the fabulous people at Accuquilt will give one to the lucky winner. How easy is that, how exciting is that, how generous are they?? It's definitely a 'pinch me' day for me.....




Stay tuned 'cos you know how excited I get......





Monday, 20 June 2011

Woolly Weekend...

I've spent the weekend playing with wool...





...and fabric too of course....





..I'm not quite sure what these are all going to end up like..





...I do know that there will be a Christmas theme running through...





...but I don't really want it to be 'obviously' Christmas and nothing else!
I told you that youngest daughter was desperate to have my Crimson Tweed? Well, no, she's not having it (not until I'm out of here feet first so to speak!) so I thought that I would just potter around with some wool and fabric and see what comes out of it in the end. I do have to make enough blocks to make several (four actually) woolly Christmas quilts, so I thought I would make blocks until I have enough for four wall quilts, then put them together...somehow! That way I won't get to the finish of two and really not want to do anymore, plus all four will have some of the same fabric running through, a connection that somehow will link them all together even though they don't all see one another or all speak to one another for that matter! I'm using some of the bits of left over fabric from my Crimson Tweed as well so there will be a connection back to my quilt too, does that make sense??


I finished two more of my online Bee blocks before the weekend and I'm really, really happy with these two. This is for my Flickr group and Sue wanted everyone to make her 'snowglobes', she sent the hand dyed background fabric and the fabric for the snow globe bases and asked everyone to develop their artistic side and put something novel in the globes...!
These are mine...





I don't have any novelty fabric so I decided to applique something that was relevant to me in the globes. I was happy that I found the snowflake fabric hiding in my stash, I think it works and Sue is happy with them so that's all that matters. Going to be an awesome quilt Sue...

Cold wind blowing today and I'd like to stay home but I've got my computer lesson to teach this afternoon, I've made the dinner already, Shepherds Pie ready to pop in the oven when I get home at seven tonight, will just need warming and the cheese on top melting...yum!

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Ta Da...................




Finished, except for the label and hanging sleeve. I'm so excited to have this finished and I just love and adore it.
I backed it with Maison de Garance by French General and bound it with Rural Jardin also by French General. I love the traditional colours of Christmas so this seemed appropriate and it seemed to hold all those amazing colours of wool together.
Thank you Sue for a fabulous pattern, I want to make another now (I might just have to as youngest daughter is desparate to have it...!!) but I need to do something else for a little while.
Just think, if I hadn't tried to chop off my leg a few weeks ago, I wouldn't have had an enforced 'sit down' period and I probably wouldn't have it finished yet...good things do come from diversity after all...!!


I sandwiched and basted my Japanese quilt at patchwork today so I'll start quilting that tonight I guess, gotta keep those fingers busy......
xxx

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Playing catch up...

This girl has been here for the long weekend...





..and as you can see, we spent a fair bit of it baking and cooking, as you do..! Cakes and choc chip cookies to take home for school treats for the rest of the week. We also made lots of soup so she's taken some of that back too, lovely and warming after school, especially when it's just in the 'fridge ready to go..!!
We also did quite a bit of this...





..her Mum wanted some new pot holders so Sam decided that she would make them. She's made a couple of things before when she's been here but this was the first time she had to line up seams. Her first attempt turned out like this....





!!!! I told her once how to butt them together and off she went, she just 'got it' the first time, I can tell you that I was rather impressed...





..so was she when they were finished obviously! I did do the binding for her, didn't think we should spoil the euphoria by trying binding too..!!
We (read me) made woolly wrist warmers for her and one of her sisters, plus cut out another pair for Caitlin which I'll finish ready to give to her on Friday, forgot the photo's but they are just plain navy felted wool (black for Caitlin and green for Eden). They had to be plain and in school colours so that they could actually wear them to school. The mornings are cold and wet, if not frosty too, so they need them first thing, they like the 'armies' or wrist warmers as they leave their fingers and thumbs totally free. Got to be able to text you know...!!!
So anyway, her Mum and Matthew (and the other three kids) came up yesterday to pick her up. They were all impressed with her potholders and of course very impressed with the cookies and cake, the soup was just 'so so' according to the kids. Sarah was happy to have a couple of meals that she doesn't have to cook anyway..


After they left yesterday I built the fires up, parked myself on the lounge with my feet up on the footstool. Turned on the TV to Lifestyle Food and spent the afternoon quilting my Crimson Tweed (big news coming later this week.....eeeekkk!!) and watched The Little Chocolatiers for four hours, sigh, I had a really huge craving for chocolate when it finished...!
So, catch up?? Today I decided that I just had to catch up with all my bee blocks. I've been so bad lately, so today was it...



This one and ....



this one, which really isn't an insipid washed out colour, are for Emma from my Flickr group bee. She sent some yellow fabrics and asked us to add some of our own for two random blocks, they really are lovely yellows, today's such a crappy day for photo's (I'm blaming the volcano in Chile, everybody else is).


These are for Melina, her month on The Bee Balm was May. She asked us to make her double Ohio stars in greens...





..and yes, they're lovely greens too! I had a layer cake of I think 'Love Me'? Anyway, the ones' with the trees and cupcakes and it just worked out that the colours were right for both lots of blocks..





I've still got Kate's block to make for June and Sue's fabric should be here this week too, so I feel that I'm back on track 'cos it's still June (isn't it?) and I've only got those to go...phew!! So I can go back to the TV, the fire and Crimson Tweed. Soup's made for tea (I think we've got enough for a week) so I don't need to do anything else but sit and sew......sigh! Are you jealous?
xxx

Thursday, 9 June 2011

We've got mail Jill..

Jill is a bricks and mortar friend here in the our little village and about 10 days ago we ordered some 'stuff' together and today it arrived....





...sigh! It's beautiful. Thank you Erica for your excellent and quick service. Jill hasn't worked with wool before, I sort of helped move her along in that direction :o) just very gently of course..LOL!
Anyway, we ordered this bundle of wool in half yard cuts, now we'll cut it in half so we'll each have a quarter yard (except for the natural, we've got a half yard each of that). We shared the cost and the postage and it worked out really reasonable..





We're excited......!!
I shall keep you up to date with what we eventually do with it of course, but I know that I'm going to be doing some folding, fondling and just plain loving for a little while...
xxx

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

From my window this morning....




Cold, early morning winter sunshine on the trees and can you see, snow on the hilltop...
It's not a great quality photo I'm afraid, Railway Son borrowed my big bad 300mm zoom lens, so all I'm left with is a little extension zoom thingy..!! Hmm, I think he's in Mt Isa (North Queensland) today so he'd better get some good pics is all I can say..!
I thought we might have had some snow on the ground this morning, it snowed yesterday and I know it snowed on and off overnight, but obviously the ground just wasn't cold enough for it to settle yet..
I think I have to get The Railway Man to cut that little Pussy Willow back to the ground again, we do it every couple of years as we don't want to lose the view of the hill. It's a willow so it just grows back and we treat it as a shrub. He'll pop the cut branches in the ground along the boundary fence and eventually we'll have a hedge of pussy willow trees right around the 4 acres..!!


I'm making great progress on my Crimson Tweed, do you want to see, hang on and I'll go take a little pic....






..or two..





...or three..



I'm loving quilting this, you can see that I chose to go with the Perle thread in a slightly icy blue colour. It blends well with all the different greys...


Brr, I had to come back in quick smart as it's still only zero degrees out there and I'm still in PJ's..! The sun is lovely coming through the Birch trees though so I couldn't resist just snapping this....





Diamonds of light sparkling in the Birch tree...sigh! Winter just has so much beauty of it's own..


OK, so my feet are cold 'cos they got wet out there so I'm off to warm up..
xxx





Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Another top finished..

I seem to be firing on all cylinders this week. I finished my Japanese top today, I think I told you that three of us are making this at my Thursday patchwork group....





..the colour is really terrible I'm afraid, it's gone 5 in the afternoon and nearly dark so I had to use a flash. I'll try and get a better shot tomorrow at the community house, the lighting is certainly better than here...
Did you spot the little Miss curled up on the chair? This is my hand sewing/quilting corner of my sewing room and last night it looked like this...





...ooohhh, I do love that quilt but boy, oh boy it's going to be hard to hand quilt. I don't know whether it would have been better to cut away behind the applique..? But doing that would have taken away the lovely built up effect that the layers of wool achieved..! I decided to go with the Perle thread and I'm glad now that I did.


The girls had a bit of a spat today, the first time they've actually done that, over a couple of bones of course! Miss Martha thought that she should have both of them and stood over Miss Molly, intimidating her, after she was told off and the offending bones disposed of she retreated to here...





..it was almost a 'so there' thing. You know, I can't have what I want so I'll take something of yours..!!


Are you tired of seeing outside my window yet? I took this late this afternoon...





...another glorious day, well it was the first day of winter, freezing this morning at well below zero but the sun shone all day and this was just as it was setting behind our hill. A deep golden colour with the haze of smoke from the chimney's, I'd just put wood on the fires and it was drifting past my window....


So, I'm off to put dinner out. Big bowls of soup, potato and leek for me, zucchini and vegetable for the Railway Man who's been home for the week after a close call on the train on Saturday night. People that decide to stand on railway tracks and wait for the next train to hit them have no idea what they are doing to the person who might be behind the controls!!
XXX

ps. he (the railway man) is fine and no, he didn't hit her, he managed to stop the train just short of her, which I guess didn't make her day, but hey....tough luck!!

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