Monday, 30 July 2012

preparing to trek

I've been a little lost and not visited blog-land lately.
I have been working on several sewing projects though, boring stuff like making costumes for the local theatrical society....For the musical, Oliver.
But also fun stuff, making some quilts for a raffle and auction for the Starlight Children's Foundation.

The Boy and I are heading off in 2 weeks on the Trek 4 Kidz. We have a bash car... (see picture below) and are traveling through Cessnock, Orange, Cobar, Tibooburra, Arkaroola, Wentworth and finish in Griffith one week later! if you are on route..pop out and say Hi!
As part of the Trek we raise money for the Starlight Foundation..which is a great cause... supporting seriously ill children.  (If anyone would like to donate you can do so at the Trek4kidz website.)

I have put together a little raffle and this quilt is 1st prize.  I'm holding a morning tea/ lunch /stitching day on the 10th Aug if anyone would like to'd be welcome.

 My raffle 1st prize... a snowball quilt in Ruby

 The Bash virgins and car 57....( on a practice run)
the finished quilt from the Nundle retreat...  It will be auctioned on Trek!
Wish me luck.....We could end up totally lost! ....(do you think I can stitch and navigate at the same time?)
till next time...floss

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Adventures in Nundle

This weekend I enjoyed a retreat in Nundle with good company, wine, food, laughs and of course lots of stitching. Unfortunately cardy couldn't be there but she was there in spirit!

 The front gate to Cottage on the Hill

The project
Cardy at the machine
A little drink helps with free motion quilting!
quilting as you go
Cardy and her purchases
A visit to the local cabinet maker / antique shop
wildlife of Nundle
a chandelier and king parrot in a willow tree (?)

Sunday, 15 July 2012


Have you ever paid $40 for a dozen eggs??
My sister-in-law and I did.... at the Mudgee field days on Saturday.

We are very egg cited about our purchase and have left them in the hands of an eggxpert who is going to incubate them (surrogate mother hen) for us...... (Maybe Trish would like to look after them!)

Hopefully we will have a family of little chicks soon.
(I don't think 'the boy' is going to rush in and build a chicken tractor yet!)

These very special little eggs were treated like gold on the way home, even wrapped in baby bibs I was putting some applique on.
The babies are supposed to be, 'silver-laced wyandotte' when they hatch.
(I hope this doesn't make Chooky clucky!)

our new babies

farmyard friends

eggs wrapped in baby bibs

precious cargo

the eggs surrogate mother hen - the electric incubator

they go in here!

the trays the eggs will sit in
silver-laced wyandotte -what our babies will look like when they grow up!

Fingers x'ed... I'll keep you posted
till next time

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Max and Ned

Meet Max and Ned my twin, great godchildren (if there is such a thing). 
Well my Goddaughter said I was a.... GREAT Godmother!
Of course I had to make them monster quilts... not that they are monsters!!
 They are the dearest little boys and will certainly keep their parents on their toes!

don't ask which one is which!---I can't tell them apart!

The pattern I adapted from a quilt designed by Kellie Wulfsohn in a Homespun magazine 
Vol. 10 No. 12 Issue 79

Tuesday, 10 July 2012


 A UFO completed! (When does a work-in-progress (WIP) become a UFO?)
this is Bella---helping with block placement

Kim McLean's  Lollypop Trees!!!..It started as a BOM from Material Obsession.
It was fun doing all the needle turn applique and I love the Kaffe fabrics, but now I don't know where I'll put this quilt. If it goes on a bed I'll have to repaint the room. Oh well- just add it to the list!!
till next time

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Here goes

Welcome to my very first post. 
I feel very humbled that 35 people came to visit me and no-one was home. 
So here goes...

I've managed to get a heading together (after many attempts and much frustration--how DO you move the lettering so its not across the top of the picture?) with the help of a computer literate friend.

The stitchery of the prince and princess is my 1st UFO (and not the last) started approx. 46 years ago! I will never finish it.. but hopefully my stitching has improved since then.
I wonder just how many UFO's there are out there. I"m planning an archeological dig in my sewing room. A MAJOR effort will be required... but I'm all inspired by Cardy....her sewing room is amazing!! 

till next time