Saturday, May 02, 2015

Travel Fun!

It has been so long since I posted, you'd be forgiven for thinking I'd dropped from the face of the earth! Well, it's not that I dropped from it, I just traversed it a little :-)

This Wednesday just gone, I returned from an (almost) three week trip to the USA, it was a big adventure, and I had the most amazing time. Actually, I think it was my favourite trip of all time!!

I'll fill you in on all the details over a little while, as I've over a thousand emails to go through still, bags I need to finish unpacking, and a whole bunch of life to catch up on - as well as adjusting back to this time zone ... but I'll let you know about where I started my journey...

My sweet friend Linda and her husband had a work function to attend in Vegas, and it was organised that I'd meet them there. Jerry wrangled that I'd be able to participate in the work activities, and we had the most amazing time.

We stayed at the Wynn hotel, quite new and absolutely stunning!!

This was the view from our room - I don't remember the number of our floor, but we were quite high up, and could see for miles!

I was mesmerised by the floral displays in the lobby area - this was just one - it reminded me of a parade float. I could have taken pictures for hours!

My arrival was around 12.00 on Friday, and we were whisked away to a wonderful lunch. This was followed by some shopping and exploring the strip. Then after dinner that evening, we were treated to the most amazing thing- the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show. Ohhh, it was mesmerising!!

The next day we did more shopping and ventured further along the strip - we checked out the fountain at the Bellagio, gambled a little, and got ourselves some souvenirs. Then we had to race back to our hotel, as there were more treats in store. Saturday night we were treated to an amazing formal dinner and the best was afterward - a private concert by the band Train! Linda and I were kicking ourselves that we didnt' take our phones down with us, so I'll try and get some pictures from Jerry to share. Let me tell you that Train were amazing, and even though I loved them before, I love them even more now!!

I have a bunch more pictures, but I won't bore you with them - unless you want to see them of course - I'm sure you've all seen a ton of Vegas shots :-)

Sunday we didn't have much time to ourselves, we breakfasted in the hotel cafe before we had to trot on over to the airport to head to San Jose - home for Linda and Jerry, and for me the next step of the journey.

I snapped this pic thru the window - I love the patchwork of fields down below, and knew that Camo would appreciate seeing the engine from the plane ...

Well, that's it for today - I will check back in really soon when I've sorted out my pictures some more and figured out what to do with all my purchases!!

Friday, April 17, 2015


I've been plugging away at my tumblers a bit recently. Don't they look so pretty pinned up on the wall?

I have a bunch of them cut out, so I'll keep going. It's a hand piecing project, that means I won't be done any time soon!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Dargate Border

Do you remember the Dargate border print I recently picked up at Hetties Patch? It's just the prettiest fabric ever, and this week I finally grabbed the border print and my Montmellick quilt top and made the introduction ...

Aren't they just meant to be together? I'm really pleased with the combination now. As soon as I saw the fabric those weeks ago I just had to have some, and now I'm thinking it must have been a premonition. Happy days, I can't wait to get busy sewing!!

Chatter soon xox

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Quickie post ...

Just a quickie post today - I had a number of little triangles left over when I was cutting up the border fabric the other day, so I made a quick spiderweb mat ...

Thinking it was kinda cute, I pressed it into service on my bedside table. It actually works pretty well in here ... happy days! :-)

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Out and about ...

First up, I wanted to share that there is no going back ...

Sounds ominous doesn't it? But it's not so bad ... unless I decide I want to reattach the border print to the Montmellick quilt ... because I've made it into table runners already!

It really does look lovely made into table runners ... and I wasn't thrilled with the fabric on the other project ... if only I could decide what I'd like to do instead! I haven't had many opportunities to think about it though, I've been super busy - each day has been filled to the max with various outings - though only a few have been quilt related - one I'll share with you today ...

On Monday last week, some of my guild buddies and I made a trip to Umbrella Prints. We've been wanting to visit with them since they were visitors at guild last year. They have a fantastic studio space, and they share with Nest Studio which runs art classes for kids.

The Umbrella Prints girls are just darling, and we had a great time with them - I just adore their fabrics which are organic cotton and hemp. I love that being part of guild has expanded my horizons in the quilting world - it wasn't so long ago that I would never have heard of them in my own quilting circles, and though I'm still a vintage girl at heart, I'm already imagining ways I'll be able to use their prints in my own work.

The big heart print you see there is what drew me in when they visited at guild. The shop that was visiting on the same night had a wrap skirt made in this fabric, and I snapped up the pattern immediately. The fabric was not available at the time, but I knew I'd have to make some mine in the future.

Another thing that drew me in, and I just had to take home for the nostalgia value was the wooden mushroom knitting nancy. Do you remember doing tomboy stitch when you were a kid? I made miles of it ... I wonder whatever happened to it all??

Something else I purchased and neglected to take pictures of was a couple of packages of their 'Trimmings' - they're running a competition on their website so go and check it out. You make something with your trimmings, submit a picture of your creation and you'll be in the running to win some lovely prizes. I hope to be able to give it a go - I've had a few ideas, it's just time that I'm running short of :-)

And lastly from that outing, I just thought I'd share some painting tips that were on the blackboard in the art studio - hints that are relevant for quilting too, don't you think??

The last picture for today is one that I had to snap while I was doing chores the other day ...

Holly is hiding under my quilt which is hanging in the dining room ... I'm sure she thinks she's completely invisible!!

And for the absolute final thing ... when you have a chance, do pop on over to Sue Garman's blog, In addition to the fabulous eye candy that she always shares, this month Sue has also shared an excellent tutorial on binding your quilt. She binds the same way I do, but also takes some extra steps to make the binding super professional looking. Definitely worth checking out.

Chatter soon! xox

Monday, March 23, 2015

Scrapping ...

One of my favourite things to do with small projects is to make up scrappy backings for them. It helps me to feel like I'll get through all my scraps someday ...

In the big scheme of things, I don't really use up all that much ... but some of them are fabrics I probably wouldn't have used otherwise. And when I use up my scraps of batting too, it feels really virtuous :-)

And because I'm sure you were just dying to know ...

Yesterday's pavlova was a success. And when it was time for dessert ... it was demolished completely! To make it marginally healthier than normal, I used yoghurt instead of cream - the tang of the yoghurt worked really nicely with the sweet meringue. I think I'll be doing it again.

Back to the sewing machine now ... I have lots of quilting to get done! xox

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Stitching Day

Today I had the most lovely day stitching with my lovely Guild buddy Roz at her home. My new friend Yvonne was there also, and Camo came for the day to hang out with Roz's little people - they had a great day too!

Whenever we spend time together, we always laugh, chatter, snack and generally have a really fun time, and the day just disappears way too fast. I did get some sewing (and unsewing) done that's been nagging me for a little while:

The Montmellick mystery has been calling to me, and I just haven't been interested in working on it. I finally acknowledged what has been in the back of my mind. I really just didn't like the border I'd chosen for this quilt. It's not that I didn't like the fabric - I love it, but I didn't feel it was perfect for this project - and I needed to do something about it.

But first, I sewed a few more of the little stars to put in place on the second last border. I got the four done in the picture above, so there are only eight left to go now. And after I was done with the fun stuff, I got busy unpicking and removed the outer border. I need to do more investigating to see what I'd like to use instead.

Maybe it'll be this lovely print I picked up at Hetties last week? I haven't put the top and the fabric together yet to see if they play nicely, but it's a contender :-)

The border print that I removed won't go to waste - I know it'll make lovely table runners, and it won't take long to whip them up as it's already cut into strips.

Last of all, Amy and I went to Ikea on Friday night (surprising I know!). Amy needed some bits and pieces for her room, and I wanted to pick something up that I've coveted for a while:

I pinned this trolley on Pinterest a while ago thinking it'd be great to put my hand stitching in. I thought I could have it by me while I'm in the lounge or the family room, and when I'm done wheel it back into the sewing room and everything stays tidy. I didn't buy it straight away as I didn't want it to be just a whim and turn into clutter - but after passing over it a couple of times while I was in Ikea and many months down the track, I still wanted it, so I gave in and bought it. And I'm super happy that I did! Now I just need to get busy filling it with my favourite bits and pieces.

Tomorrow we have a dinner to go to, and I'm planning to bring a pavolva for dessert - I thought I'd get started tonight, but it's getting late, so that'll be a job for tomorrow. Instead I'll spend a little time at the sewing machine.

Well, that's it from me - chatter soon! xox

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tap, tap, tap ...

Is this thing on?? I know I've been such a slacker not checking in and posting ... and my dear sweet friend Faye gave me a gentle nudge last Saturday when I bumped into her at the Guild's Country Forum day. Now that I know you're checking in Faye, I'll be sure to post a little more often :-) ... Hahaha, famous last words!!

Just a quick happy snap today, some things you've seen, and one or two that you haven't:

In the baggie there at the back, is a charity project that I quilted for the guild, I worked hard to get it ready on time, but silly me I forgot to take it to the meeting. Never mind, I'll be able to drop it off to the next one and soon someone will be able to enjoy it.

One of the runners has been quilted and bound - that's it on the left there, and I've quilted the spiderweb mats that you've already seen (but yet to bind them) and I've made a while lot more. I really love working thru my stash in this way - but I always seem to replenish it - I picked up the cutest fabric last week at Hetties - I'll share that one next time.

And I shared a little while back that I was starting soon with the Ladies Doubles team on Wednesday mornings - well this was my first week with them. They're all just delightful, and I had a great time - I played three sets - one with each of the three ladies on my team. We won the first two sets 6-3 and 6-0, and the third we lost in a tiebreaker. Still a great result, and I learned later that my team won the day and it was their first win for the season. I'm entirely thrilled!! I cannot wait for next week.

Well, that's it for today - I promise to be back much sooner next time!!


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