Thursday, November 26, 2009

At least it is cooler this week!

There have been a few days of late that have been rather disgusting heat wise to say the least. However, we manage to plod on to another day. Last weekend was the bi-annual Snobs & Slobs weekend away - and how fab it was!!! We were all hanging out to have some time-out from our usual humdrum of life. Of course we managed to fit a couple of quilt and fabric shops in - wouldn't be right if we didn't!!! Ate some chocolate (which we weren't going to do but couldn't help ourselves!) (but it wasn't the amount that was consumed 6 months ago on our last trip) The wine was also reserved this trip too. However, the comments from some of the group were as bad as ever. I really wished I had started taking down notes in the early days of our trips - could of written a book by now!! Most of the time I spend laughing at the innocence of them all and if this blog was X-rated I could probably share some with you .... but will just have to let your imagination go with the flow. But one I can share and did laugh at for a while "it was shrump up and felted"!! Now this was said with a clean mind, so how you read it - it is up to you!!!Us at Mick Shea's at Hackam, lovely place for food and drink.Some of the projects done over the weekend.Sunset on Thursday night - it was magnificent.Just to prove that we did eat healthy this time round.Theres a knob in every group - and I am afraid in this group its me!!! Looking for a wedding outfit!Us!!!!
This week saw the Secret Santa Swap get posted to its new home:) The Inchie Ornament swap also went off along with the PIF from earlier in the year. So nearly all my UFO's are done and dusted (those that I can find that is!!!!)

Monday, November 16, 2009

How I feel old!!!!

Last night Quilty gal, her daughter, a few other friends and myself went to see Sweet at one of our locals. There was a 70's/80's DJ on first so being as that was our 'era', we hit the dance floor (and today it feels like I definitely 'HIT' the floor) then on came a good reggae band, so we stayed on the floor. By the time Sweet came on tho, we left the floor, body not the same as it used to be!!! Nor are the eardrums!!! But a great time was had by all, and its nice to know that we still 'have it' to get up and have a move around.
I don't have any pics to post today - mainly cos I haven't taken any this last week!!! But the coming weekend is our bi-annual Snobs and Slobs weekend away at Carrakalinga, so I would say there might be few in the offing!! I am sorry in advance to disappoint anyone, but there wont be much (if any) chocolate there this time. Some of us have had the winter catch up with our girths, so fruit will be the order of the weekend!!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Before any one says I should get a life.....

...I do have one!!! In between visits to various medical facilities I do manage to get some work done, even though some might say "is that really work?" To prove it, here is my little bucket of Inchie Ornaments ready to be put together :)I must say that I have really enjoyed doing these little "quilts" and look forward to sending them to the appropriate recipients!!!
I also managed to finish of a few UFO's this week. This is "My Renaissance" by Michelle Hill. I hand appliqued all the pieces on with lovely matching rayon threads. Thanks Michelle for another lovely pattern to make up!These two quilts were started some time ago, but finally got quilted and bound!

This week I also received another birthday present! Aren't I the lucky one??? They are a pair of stones painted in 3d of cats - the pictures don't do them much justice. They fit beautifully in with all my other cat things - thank you Bev and Cliff (aka my adopted parents!) Today some of the Snobs and Slobs and one ring-in went to the Adelaide Craft and Quilt Show. I would like to say thanks to all the people who had a quilt on display - it was a good show and I feel rather inspired for another year!!! I believe if you go to the following link you will be able to view some of the quilts on show.
However, I can show you what I bought today....was rather restrained this year (mainly cos the Snobs and Slobs are off on our bi-annual trip to the coast in two weeks so am saving some spending for then!) I was quite happy with my purchases, and of course there had to be something to do with cats there....hopefully I wont take too long to make up the fabric with them on - cos its Christmas stuff!!!!I thought it might be nice to let you see what is growing in my garden at the moment (yes!!! growing!!!) (not a green thumb!!!)This is my fernery and I am very pleased with how it is coming along - lovely to look out on from my stitching room too.The yellow rose is a beautiful one - dont ask me the name of it cos I dont know - and my pot of naked ladies has made a great show this year. So I have to enjoy them the best I can before the heat gets too much and they start wilting.

Monday, November 2, 2009

And I thought I was doing well!

Here we are at the beginning of November and I am half way through my Inchie Secret Swap, thought this was pretty good for me! Then mine secret swap arrived last Friday!!!!!! Lovely package from Alesandra from Italy. Thank you very much Alesandra (if I have spelt your name wrong let me know :) ) Since my last post, many of the ladies at the craft group have finished off their quilts that we started at the beginning of the year, some have gone on and started and finished other small projects. They are now waiting next year to come with a little bit of anticipation. I have decided that we are going to do a mystery quilt!! These ladies are quite new to quilting for the most part and most have not experienced doing a mystery quilt, so the outcome should be quite interesting (the journey through the year should be interesting too, with the questions that will be asked no doubt!) So here is Ella with her beautiful Christmas Stitchery quilt. Then we have Margaret with her lovely pink and green (don't they go together well?) stitchery quilt.Lorraine has finished her quilt and moved to doing a cushion with candlewicking. Margaret 2 also did a lovely little cushion in candlewicking.My mum finished her Christmas stitchery quilt also - great job mum!!!I had made this quilt for a friends birthday but Jessie decided that she might claim it as her work :)School holidays were here a couple of weeks ago so our craft group close for the holidays, so I decided to have the ladies over to my place for the day. There is always lots of food, laughter and chatter to see us through (not a lot of sewing gets done tho!) So the world got righted again till the next holidays!!!!The next photo is of a wedding cake that belonged to a friends daughter in Western Australia. Couldn't resist taking a photo of the photo of the cake - just reminded me of a patchwork quilt. What a great idea tho for a cake - saves on cutting it up later for the guests!And last but not least for today, a pic of the lovely Pigs Face plant at my parents house. The plant puts on a lovely show every summer and looks so bright and cheery and certainly says the weather is getting better here!
Well, I better get off and do some Inchie things and get my other Christmas swaps done and sent off!!