Monday, 26 November 2012

On the road again

I'm having a few technical problems here...therefore my lack of blog posts.
laptop has died...iPad didn't have wireless access here.
Can't get the photos off my camera..
oh this techno world is getting all a little too much for my old brain.

I joined in on a fabulous day in Bathurst on Saturday...meeting up with 12 bloggers and one little chicken who likes to invade someone else's blog and do amusing posts about the frenzy of women shopping at Hatched and Patched. (With the reporter Mat Terial reporting from the scene)

We took over a room at a lovely cafe..Chai Wallah, and had a beautiful lunch with lots of chatter, laughter, show and tell, and a little stitching.
Even a 'make it, bake it, fake it swap' which was fun. I received a lovely little pouch from Kate wrapped beautifully in patchwork paper and ric rac.

thanks to Chooky and Khrissy for their organisation was such a fun day and so nice to meet my online friends....such a lovely group.

I took lots of pickies but unfortunately can't get them from my camera till I get only have these 2

baby chicken so cute!

I'm still on the road...staying at Cowra at present. Just finishing painting and tiding up my parents house to finally sell. ...and it's been hot! (the weather)!

Today I'm doing a road trip to Temora with my brother to visit my dear Uncle Ken. He is in his 90's an as sharp as a tack!

Not much stitching getting done...but I did finish the secret Santa and it is on its way to whoever it is going to.....

Till next time

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Back to reality

 I'm now back in the real world...washing, cleaning, mowing etc....did I ever go away?... Was it all a dream?
A BIG Thanks to Kerry for all her organisation and hard work in planning a very successful trip.....even the timing of the hurricane was perfect...I had a great time!

I didn't think I'd bought much...
But.. while unpacking my bags...I found lots of little stitching goodies I bought along the way..... I wonder if I will actually do them?

Some New York fabric...A Bag, Quilt or Skirt?

 A beautiful book..French Inspirations for Artful Hands by Bonnie Sullivan & Kathy Schmitz...two lovely ladies we did a class with in Portland, Oregon.
Also Kathy's stitchery pattern 'the greatest joy' ....a must have since it has a picture of a squirrel on it......Cardy and I were in Kathy's car when we saw our 1st Squirrel....we  squealed loudly and poor Kathy nearly ran off the road! (you just had to be there!)

 A quilt pattern from Primitive Gatherings...inspired by an antique quilt...using 1"half square triangles in scrappy blues and Tan many little triangles...could be fun!
Also a pattern from the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum..A diamond sampler quilt called 'family and friends'..the quilt is believed to have been made around 1860....should be more fun!

A miniature x-stitch...on 40 count silk gauze...Oh the eyesight....What was I thinking?

To use up my stash of fabrics that I will Never use....A Rag Rug!
A small quilt to frame by Lori Smith - I hope!

 Of course the recipe book and scoop to make whoopie pies...after our cooking class at Intercourse in the heart of Amish country.
Some vintage pot holders from the Antique shop in Portland. At least they didn't take up as much room as an antique quilt!
It's just a pity I don't have an oven at the moment ....

A tea towel from New you think I have kitchens on my mind?

 Some fabric from Intercourse, Pennsylvania to make my own Amish quilt 
.....will it ever get done?

I'd better go and play now.....I have to finish some secret sewing before I can start on anything else.
till next time

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Homeward bound

We started with 12 ladies nearly 3weeks ago and now we are just 3...Cardy, Loz, and I are sitting at LA airport waiting to fly home.
This morning we woke up at the Diamond Bar Ranch in Arizona. ..
Then the most amazing flight in a helicopter through the grand canyon back to Las Vegas.
Another flight to Los Angeles waiting to fly to Sydney.

- dinner with the singing cowboy

Toasting marshmallows by the campfire

The best views of the canyon with our pilot Mike

Flying back over Vegas

Mario ..Mr Las Vegas...wanted a photo with me...for a tip!

Gotta go....Till next time...Floss

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Location:LAX airport

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Houston we have a problem...

The problem is...our trip is nearly over!...tonight is the last night for most of us...but an adventurous 3 are going on to Vagas to recoup some of the funds spent on vintage quilts!
Loz and I spent the day at was awesome to see the real mission control...and real apollo 17 module...

And some Real rocks from the moon...

It was great reliving 1969 when man first set foot on the moon....I remember it so 1st year high school...crammed into the school canteen area, watching a small telli.....


I didn't find a squirrel to get a photo today!
Goodbye Texas...bring on Vagas

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Thursday, 1 November 2012

Everything's Big in Texas

Houston Texas, International quilt festival a mecca for quilt lovers world wide.
The planes arrived full of women .....60,000 of them are expected to visit over the next 3 days.
So many like minded people in one place is awesome!

Convention centre is Huge

Mad Aussie women

We survived Halloween ...saw a lot of strange sights...thinking, do they really dress like that?....or.. Are they dressed up?


staying at the Magnolia Hotel..(not the exotic Marigold) with a fabulous view over the city...that goes on for miles...Houston is the 4th largest city in the USA.

A room with a view

Some bought old quilts .....a beautiful crazy patch for Jen

A 1930 / 1940 feed sack ..improved 9 patch ..for Lea

A pickle dish...

Some lovely old quilts...all looking for homes..

To finish with today's squirrel picture....

Cheers Floss

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