Friday, October 20, 2017

Retreat day 4

It is the last day today....we had a bag ladies photo taken
Maxine, Barbara and I all very happy to have the bag completed!! This is the second one Maxine has made, Barb is now thinking she might make another one, I am thinking I will definitely not make another one!! 😆😆
A change in the weather came in the morning

Lyn made these blocks, she was getting used to her machine and did a great job.

Love the wall decorations here.

This beautiful quilt decorates one of the couches in the house.

I did some more on the row by row challenge and have the hearts and applique row done, alos the houses. I didn't cut enough fabric to finish the square in a square.
We had a left overs lunch of sausage rolls, salad, bread rolls, slices, buscuits and cheese, followed by the last of the lemon tart and chocloate cheese cake. No one went hungry this week!!  Heading home this afternoon.
Happy sewing.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Retreat day 3

Success!!!! The bag is finished!!! Took ages but I am happy to have it done.
Now I am working on two rows for the row by row quilt

Judy is creating lovely square in a square blocks

and Maxine is putting some hearts onto a table runner.

Linda is making these hexie stars

and Tracy has finished her charm square quilt top.
All in all a very productive day. 

We are all a bit tired now!! 
Happy sewing.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Retreat day 2

Today I have spent most of the day wrestling with the bag I am making, some of the seams are so thick I had to put the machine on to free motion and drag the fabric through. .not good for the machine I am sure!!
I need to  put binding on the raw seams, but it will have to be hand sewn on, there is no way I can get it back into the machine.
Today Carleen and I started the day with some geocaching, we found two in Gisborne
This was the view over the town from the second cache site.

My wonky houses are finished and joined together.

Tracy has been working on a little quilt this afternoon.

Here is the room we are in and everyone working away.
Barbs bag is still being made
Maxine is getting her binding on
Love how Maxine has used the selvedge pieces.
Am off now to try and out a facing on the door mini quilt.
Happy sewing.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Retreat day 1

It has been a great day today, the drive to Gisborne was good, not too much traffic. All the ladies are here except for one who has the flu. I have been working away on the bag pieces
The pieces are coming along ok although I now have to do some unsewing.

This is Lindas quilt, she eas working on this last year,  it is all hand sewn, is just beautiful.
We have been spoilt with dinner,  the desert was amazing
My favourite

Here is Barbs desert!! 
Now after a big dinner I shall go and start that unsewing.
Happy sewing.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fun and happiness

Yesterday I drove up to Bullengarook for lunch and a sit and sew catch up at Tracee's place. The City Girls were heading over too. We had a wonderful day of fun and chatting and much laughter. Marina suggested a bit over a month ago that we make blocks for Tracee and she would put them into a quilt. Well we did make blocks and Marina worked her magic with help from the other City Girls and  Donna and a beautiful memory quilt was created.
Some of us made two blocks, some made one and helped with the binding and quilting. I know this was quilt made with a huge amount of love, to give Tracee and her hubby comforting hugs for many years to come.
I have to confess that not one stitch was sewn, time just disappeared with eating, Tracee made a sensational lunch!, chatting and laughing...heaps of the latter.
It took several attempts to get a group photo because there was so much chatting and laughter happening
Such a great bunch of women! We had the best day, I floated home on a cloud of happiness, still giggling at some of the comments made during the afternoon, but some comments must remain at sewing days, so I can't share sorry!!
Today has been a beautiful day, I have been preparing for a retreat this coming week and sitting in the sun! Multi tasking!! Lol!!
The supervisor has been keeping an eye on me!!

cutting out applique shapes in the sun!
I had two happy mail deliveries this week, one I gave the mailman a shock as he delivered the envelope to the door and I had been lying in bed reading!! Poor man!! Confronted by bed hair and panda eyes!!

This beautiful book is full of amazing paper pieced patterns created by a Scottish woman who lives in NZ and quilted by Leeanne of Quiltmekiwi, who does the most beautiful quilting. Leeanne is currently doing blog posts of the various patterns/animals from the book.

and the other special arrival was this book, cute crochet dolls with many changes of clothes. Another one day project!!
I had better head off and get things organised for tomorrow.
Happy sewing.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


the weather changed and we were straight back to winter! Cold wind, rain and even some hail
some fearless fishermen were out on the jetty in the rain and the wind!!

Sunday we had a storm pass over, very heavy rain and strong wind and then at the end this amazing rainbow! It lasted for quite a while.
The Aussie hero Quilt is done and in the post

my helper kept popping over the top of the quilt, makes it hard to take a photo!!
I did some baking today

paleo biscuits which tasted sensational, none left now!!

paleo banana loaf which tasted horrible...needs some serious help!!!

a few more stars have joined the family

the quilting is done on the doorway wall quilt, now to figure out how to do facings..

pieces are cut for three rows of the row by row quilt

and I have started to trace off the kookaburra for the next Aussie Hero quilt.
It has been very noisy here today, tree loppers have been next door all day, they arrived at 7.30 this morning and worked until 4pm. One big gum tree is gone but the machinery is still here.....I know they can drop branches and can be dangerous, but I feel for the galahs who have made their home there.
I had better go and rescue dinner, two hours is probably long enough to cook the spag bol sauce!
Happy sewing.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

It has

Been a beautiful day today, I was out this morning, did some retail therapy on the way home
Tracys Discount Fabrics in Geelong have a new shipment of batiks many to choose from!! These are for an Aussie Hero quilt.
I sat out on the back deck this afternoon when  I got home, it was too nice to be inside
We all had a cuppa and sit in the sun!! (Some of us prefer the shade!!)

Perfect today.
A little sewing happened this morning
One hexie finished and another started.
I also used the gocutter today and cut some hearts for the row by row quilt
I think I have more than I need but the year can be used for other things.
Happy sewing.