Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday's Treasures

Back on August 32st, Janice did her Tuesday Treasure on a brooch, dug up by her Dad. It reminded me of this ring.
About 74 years ago, my Dad , as a 5 year old, found this ring in the dirt at his home in Newmarket, Brisbane. It didn't belong to his mother or the aunts who lived either side. They had all built their homes about 1920 on what was then a new estate.
He was allowed to keep it. It was one of his boyhood treasures, and he gave it to me in my early 20s. It's not gold, probably brass, as it can make my finger green. It does polish up very nicely and I should have done that for this photo. On the band inside the ring is 'M 08' or at least that's what it looks like.
I assume the stone is glass, but secretly hope it is a ruby or garnet. Dad and I have thought is might be a jeweller's sample, made to showcase a design. It was worn at some time as it does have slight wear marks or maybe that was caused by sitting in dirt for an unknown number of years.
I have always been too embarrassed to take it to a jeweller. So if anyone out there can shed any light on it, I would be interested to hear from you.
Have a look at the other treasures on show this week at Clare's Craftroom.
Take care everyone,

Monday, October 25, 2010

Back on the 'Crafting' Deck!

Hubbie delivered this quilt to his latest grandniece, with lots of cuddles. He has one more parcel to deliver to the latest grandnephew. I showed that little quilt last month. I used the disappearing 9 patch pattern for both, but arranged the blocks differently. This one is made of 'Spring Fever' by My Sister & Me. The other one was from the blues and browns of their 'Birdie' range.
I adore these 2 ranges and have bought some more to put in the stash.
I have the ordering part of my little job under control now. So I have been able to get back to some stitching for the Gardener's Journal quilt. The end of the year is fast approaching and I still have a bit to do. Still love doing it though and I'm looking forward to seeing it finished.
Last week, our small 'kitchen table' quilt group went to the Brisbane Craft & Quilt Show. We were there at the start and went out the door at the finish. We certainly make the most of our day. So much to see, so much inspiration!
Tomorrow we are off to play with a new Janome Horizon - one of our group has a new toy.
I am also hoping not to forget a post about Tuesday's Treasures. Been a bit slack on that front.

Take care everyone,

Friday, October 8, 2010

No craft work! Boo Hoo!

No craft work for me for the last 3 days or for the next few days either. I may have already told you that I've taken on the job of Bookshop Convenor at our local high school.
I've just got to one of the busy bits - ordering. I keep saying to myself that next year will be easier, as I will have done it once at least. At the moment I'm trying to find my way through what seems like a maze. Thank heavens the previous Convenor made great notes.
I think we will end up with either a glut or famine of items. What that's saying - it'll be alright on the night! I hope it applies to school bookshops.
Apologies for my slack replying to the lovely people who have left comments lately.
Take care everyone,

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

They finally arrived!

The photos are out of order, so you'll have to bear with me. I had hope to do a running commentary on our day, but that didn't work out. The reason was that I was the only one to turn up without my strata done. I was behind from the start.

You can see from below we had a good set up. We certainly spread ourselves around - my dining room, lounge and our 'outdoor' room - the outside room you have when hubbie hates mosquitoes.
The top photo is D's quilt waiting for decisions to be made about its borders.
Then Heavens to Bettsy is holding her quilt. It just needs its outer border.
Then its R's quilt, also trialling a possible border.
Where's mine? Well it's still to have the inner 9 blocks sewn together. I promise it will be finished and shown.

We had a great day with morning tea and lunch as well. No afternoon tea stop - too busy.
I think we all give the x-block ruler and book by Quilt Queen Designs the thumbs up.

Hopefully I'll be able to show all the finished quilts soon. A bit more whip cracking I think, of me, of course!

Take care,

Today's Tuesday's Treasure.

I'm waiting for today's treasures to arrive. Today my treasure is the friendships I have - old and new.
We are getting together today. (If they ever arrive! I'm already, well almost.) We are going to have a go at making the above quilt. I have the ruler and book. We have had fun trying to only use stash. Well 3 of us have. One's a good girl, only buying as she needs and is only relatively new to patchwork. Don't worry shops. we're working on her.
I hope to post more photos as we progress.
Pop over to Clare's for her Tuesday Treasure. It is a beaut!