Thursday, September 17, 2015

2015 Warwick Retreat......So Late ....

This post is so late that it's not funny. I've written it in my head and I really thought I had published it. I'm still going to do it as I want to keep on record  this year's retreat.

Same venue -Glenrose Patchwork B&Bs  at Warwick - why change perfection.
Same week - end of June/start of July.
Same people - well almost - One was unable to come, but we made sure she was there in spirit and didn't miss out.
Same lack of photos - the others do it so much better.

The photos will tell the story.

It's always my birthday on retreat. This year I enlisted DH's help to make a little present for everyone. Thread holders made from Silver Ash and Kewila.

 Here was our missing friend - Helen. We made sure she had her spot. Stick Helen came with us to lunch at the Warwick Garden Centre for my birthday. Here I am explaining the menu to her.

 I worked on a project that I had cut out on our first retreat 2 years previously.

Here it is minus the sashings which were put on before I left. It's 'Off Track' by Cluck Cluck Sew.

 De worked very hard to get this Natalie Bird wall hanging finished.

Sandy sped through Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage book. Fast worker that one!

 Teresa dug out a project to keep Stick Helen happy.

 Foxy ladies!

The girls even replenished the fruit bowl.


A lucky daughter is getting this Marilyn design.

Sorry Lynda, Alison and Maree. Your work for the week was also fabulous just not recorded properly by this slack photographer.
I didn't think I would be able to go next year as 2016 is a very significant birthday for me and I want to celebrate it with hubby and parents. But! It's a leap year so it moves the the end of the week. I might just be able to go still. Insert smiley face here.

Take care,


Living with our son has been 'interesting' over the years. On the eve of his birthday in July, he gave us a present....a three and half year old granddaughter!
I won't go into all the details here. Let's just say it was a bit of a shock.
Miss C comes with a 15 month old brother, who, although not ours biologically, we will also regard as our grandchild. 
We got to meet them recently when they came for a few days with their mum. I think all were nervous at first, but by the end we had relaxed. I loved playing with them. I had shopped for toys, books and games. So it was bubbles and stories and watering the garden and kickball all round.
Out of respect to mum's wishes, I won't be showing their faces. I will be altering my profile so show grandmother status and this post is to explain that sudden change.

I've already 'knocked the socks' off some friends.
We hope to be able to continue to have a relationship with them and enjoy watching them grow up.
Take care,
New Grandmother.

Monday, August 31, 2015

What do you reckon?

Fair swap?

 I took up this quilting hobby quite awhile ago. It seems like everyone else has a quilt and not my darling husband. I have finally remedied that.  Here is his Twister quilt.

 I gave it to him, then took it straight back. I felt a bit mean, but it is also my entry for display in the Queensland Quilters show this October.
It was made with a layer cake of  'Comma' by Zen Chic for Moda and I used the largest Twister ruler, by CS Designs.

But look what he made me!

I've always liked the quirky Adirondack chairs. Can't decide if it's going in the garden or on the patio.
I've since found out there is a matching footstool. If anyone knows where to get that pattern/plan, let me know. DH T has said he would make one.

I think we both got something we liked.

Take care,

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Finished Projects

I have had a few finishes as well as the mini shown in the last post.
I finished and gave away the quilt for my youngest brother-in-law.  I could kick myself as I didn't get a photo of him with it.

Also finished the little bag from our Natlie Bird workshop in February.
I'm going to use it as a travelling jewellery bag.

At the moment, I am quilting my husband's twister quilt. Photos of that later.

Still more blogging to catch up on, but that is enough for tonight.

Take care,

Sunday Stitchers


 I enjoy our monthly Sunday Stitchers meetings very much. Our other members are far better bloggers than I am. They report on our meetings more thoroughly and regularly than I do.
Having said that... I was the birthday girl in June and the lucky recipient of all these FQs.
Thank you, ladies.

 (For them - to explain the request for red and white)
This is the first book I bought when I started my patchwork obsession hobby. As soon as I saw this quilt, it went on my 'to do one day' list. Maybe now I have all these new FQs, it will come off the 'one day' list.


 Our recent swap was a mini.  This is the one I made for Teresa. It's called the housewife block and I made it using Paris Flea Market fabric.

 The fabric range contains a stylised map of Paris. I had to use it as Teresa is very much a Francophile.

 Here are the ones swapped on the day. We are holding the ones we received. Mine came from Susan.
Thank you, Susan. It went on my new hanger as soon as I got home.

 We always have Show & Tell.
This is Alison, who's a worse blogger than I am. Let see if she reads this and goes crook at me. LOL

 Some of our group are hand sewing Trip Around the World.  They are looking great but I'm glad it's them and not me.

We received our names for the Christmas swap. So more snooping and thinking is in order.

Take care,

A Bit More of Straddie

I was going through my camera's SD card and found some video.
Another thing I had not seen until our stay on North Stradbroke Island was a school of bait fish. I've seen reports on the evening news but not in person.
We watched the sea birds feasting on the bait fish for ages.
The black  patch in the water is the fish.



Hope this doesn't look quite right in preview. I think I made it better.

Take care,

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Stradbroke Island Get Away

Still playing catch-up. I probably always will be, but I know I'm not alone in struggling to keep up-to-date with my blog.
So, what about Straddie..... Last year, DH and I spent Easter on the Fraser Coast where we went for a day trip to Fraser Island - the largest sand island in the world.
Back home in Brisbane, we realised we have neglected the two very large sand islands just off our own city -  Moreton and Stradbroke Islands. Neither of us has been to Moreton and we will get there one day. I've been to Straddie in my early teens but only for just one day.
So a three day weekend getaway was proposed. We'll ignore the fact that this weekend was in May and that I'm very late blogging about it.
There is no bridge and that, I think is a good thing. It means a trip on the car ferry. We were first there for our time slot. We weren't just keen, we didn't want to miss it.

 That little, when compared to the trucks, green car top right is ours. There is a lot of sand mining on the island and the trucks belong to that industry. The sand mining is a controversial issue.

 We played tourist, visiting Blue Lake (above) and Brown Lake (below).

Resting Pelicans

 We managed some very long walks. So much for a relaxing weekend sojourn, my Fitbit registered over 18,000 steps each day. I'm the one with the stumpy legs on the left! Things you inherit from grandmother.

We sat here for awhile, watching  what I think is a White-bellied Sea-Eagle.
Click on the photo below and you can see it hunting low over the surf.

 One very high highlight was seeing a pair of dugong (probably mum and bub) grazing very close to shore. According to the locals, this was a very rare sight.  None of the photos in the above sequence are zoomed. The first one shows the little groyne they were in, eating sea grasses (the dark patch in the water). In the other 3, you can just make out the dugong coming up for air. Seeing them was a first for me.

 We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the island. I wouldn't mind returning.

Take care,