Thursday, 26 June 2014

Flimsies be

I've been enjoying some sewing time lately.

I have turned a couple of UFOs into Flimsies, lessening my pile of unfinished stuff before the first block of a new BoM arrives in a couple of weeks.
Do you think a Flimsy is a UFO?
No! Is it just like laundry hanging on the line is "washing" but as soon as you bring it in it becomes "ironing". Once the borders are stitched on, my flimsies go into another pile........now they are waiting to go to the quilter.

"The quilter" may be me, I haven't decided that yet but meanwhile they wait.


I am getting very excited about the new BoM I have signed up for.
"Christmas in Italy"
is beautiful, a little piecing, a little applique, a little stitching and a whole lot of yummy French General fabrics.
Meanwhile I have another few weeks to knock off some more UFOs.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Snatching a little blog time, it's so hard to find much these days. Retirement certainly keeps you busy.
Had a few days near the city with my sister this week. Such a beautiful area near Ellenbrook, lots of Autumn trees, lawned areas and fountains.......this might be my next home. Need to convince the bloke that we need a smaller, more modern house with no mowing or woodchopping needed. My chances of that are excellent.
Popped in to wish our youngest grandie Angus a happy fifth birthday. If we miss the rural lifestyle we could always call in there.

My baby beans and peas are doing well. This is still great garden weather, night time rain and warm clear days.

Still some sewing happening but not for the past week, I really want to make more fish.

And time needs to be spent planning our next big trip.

May is cruise sale time apparently, so many choices, only a few months until departure and much fewer dollars if you fill the unsold cabins. Certainly tempting.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

April was a good month

I came back from my visit to AQC filled with enthusiasm. The family arrived for the Easter break and with so many mouths to feed and people to talk to there was no time to sew......except in the middle of the night! So instead of spending my sleepless time reading or listening to the radio I hopped out to my studio and stitched. 3am is a great time to sew.
Lots of things finished, including some of my AQC class projects, blocks to be done for swaps and older UFOs.
We have the house back to ourselves again and my sewing mojo is still with me. Hooray!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Wanted: extra hours

I need more hours in my day.
AQC started with an introduction meeting at 7.30am, then at 8.30 we could shop at the show or view the amazing quilts, a quick comfort stop and off to class by 10am.
Where i spent a whole day putting 14 blocks on my design wall. Not creative stitched blocks, just 8 and a half inch squares.
Luckily the next day I managed to make the fabric shimmer in "Shimmering Triangles".
It's taking me days to write this blogpost, now i have completed three days at AQC.
Does this make another UFO? I will get this little Pam Holland tree finished.......but not in Melbourne.
Last night was the GALA dinner and award presentations. It was nice to see so many clever people recognised.
I do wonder, how can the judges choose a winner from so many beautiful quilts from so many different genres?
Does the traditional hand stitched delight beat the amazing modern and innovative artwork?
I guess the judges take years learning to define the subtle differences...........
I've filled my few spare moments catching up with friends.
Taking very bad photos of very good speakers and eating!
There is barely enough time to sleep.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

AQC

Tonight was a hoot. My first ever visit to the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. It hasn't even started yet and we have been given a huge bag of goodies, met all the tutors, seen very cute young breakdancers twirling their heels in the air and wined and dined with everyone involved.

Bring on tomorrow.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

I'm in the city again.

Another trip down south this weekend..........Ii delivered DS3 to a job interview and rushed off to buy some stuff for the AQC in Melbourne next month. purple is not one of my favourite colours so of course i had to buy some threads........none in my stash already.

Then my boy and I took his girls to Cottesloe Beach to see this exhibition...."Sculpture by the Sea". Great photo opportunities here.

Then as if my old legs weren't tired enough we went to King's Park to climb the DNA tower four.....yes FOUR times!


Well someone had to stay on the ground to take the photo, right!

Today it's off to celebrate an early St Paddy's Day with my gorgeous Irish friend Marie.


I've got my shoes ready and i've made 50 tiny Irish flags to celebrate the anniversary of Marie's move to Australia. It's going to be a fun party, i can't wait.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

99.........

Thats the number of followers I have on this blog. I'm not sure how long it has been this many, the list is right at the bottom of the page and I don't look at it often.
I wonder if I will ever make it to 100?

I guess if I write more often and try to say something interesting it might help.

Last weekend I went to a workshop with the talented Kerry (Wettenhall) Moore........
I had the choice of three Jelly Roll quilts to make.




I choose this one and made a cool crisp slice of Watermelon.

But there were others to do too so keeping with fruit and veg theme.....
Two table runners to suit my 3 metre long table, i'm calling this one SALSA.


Finally the third quilt hasn't made it the flimsy stage yet.....it's just a pile of blocks.
Still with the Salsa colours but not yet named. Any suggestions?