Thursday, March 29, 2012

Nundle 2012

I can't believe it has already been a week since we left on our drive to Nundle and this year's GDITC.
Blogger does not want to let me rearrange the photos. They are out of order, so please bear with me.
Above is the annual blogger photo. It's getting bigger every year.

Here we are in the hall on Saturday. This year it was heads down tails up, as we needed to concentrate on the project.

We did this on both Friday and Saturday - drinks on the lawn with show and tell. I must admit this is one of the best parts of the weekend - meeting new people, catching up with others and admiring all the things we have seen on each others' blogs.

Sue Daley , our guest tutor, held evening trunk shows. Friday night's show was packed. This quilt was my favourite. It is in Sue's new book.

I told you these photos were out of order. Friday lunch on the pub's side verandah has become a tradition. That's our 'group' at all the tables along this side, not just the one with Sue.

These are the 2 projects we could work on.
A pair of regular attendees were missing and sorely missed. They were represented in spirit as a pair of chooks - look for them in the group photo. Currently they are 'on tour' with a group of ladies who drove a round trip of over 2,000 kilometres to attend and I thought our 1,321 km was pretty good.

The countdown for next year has already started.

Take care,

Friday, March 23, 2012


We made it safe and sound. Here's L looking out over the Peel River from the verandah of our cabin.
We had a great afternoon catching up with the other bloggers.
sent from my Telstra NEXTG™ handset

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Do I hear you say...

...another one?
Yes another beautiful grand-niece has arrived.

Here she is being carefully held by her Great-Uncle.

Of course, she is entitled to her own quilt.

If it looks familiar, it is because I used the 'Square Dance ' pattern by Bits 'n' Pieces again. I do love this pattern - fairly quick with a great overall look. Yes, I also used 'Spring Fever' by Me & My Sister again, but different FQs. I love that range and have enough for another.

The pattern is sitting on the fabric I used for the back.

As much as I love all the new arrivals and giving them their quilts, I have a long list of other things I want to do. First up on that list is attending GDITC in Nundle this weekend. I have made my pincushion for the swap, dug out an old name tag (no time to make a fancy new one) and I am in the middle of packing, as we leave tomorrow.

Better get back to it or I'll never be ready to leave.
Take care,

Friday, March 9, 2012

Widlife and an Experiment

These two ladies - Maria and Wendy - have been showing the avian wildlife in their parts of Queensland.
I had a go at taking this very rough video below with my little Ixus Canon camera. Taking the video and uploading it is the 'experiment' part of the blog title. It's that learning curve thing again.
These Rainbow Lorikeets are feasting on the Umbrella tree in my neighbour's yard. Because I live on a small block of land and it is a very large tree, these flower heads are not far from my back stairs. The noise the birds make can be quite deafening at times as they fight over the best flowers.
To see these colourful birds when I was a child, you had to go to the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary on the Gold Coast. Feeding time was a world famous show. The tourists would be able to hold out plates of food - a watery mix of bread and honey, I think. The birds knew the feeding times and would fly in en masse, landing on heads, arms and plates. It was a very special treat to go the the sanctuary - to be covered in heavy little birds and be pooped on.

Now to see if it worked.
Take care,

Finally a "D".

I have been falling behind on my 'Some Kind of Wonderful' quilt. I have only just finished what was needed for the December deadline. Ah, well, sometimes life just gets in the way.
Still I am pleased with how it is coming along if not with the speed.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

An 'Us' Weekend

My husband has been working away from home lately and he is off again next week, so this weekend was declared an 'Us' weekend.
I've been complaining that my togs (Queensland speak for bathers, cossie, swimmers, or swimming costume) have not seen water this summer. We've been too busy, or too tired, and the weather too wet or too cool.
So on the 3rd day of autumn, we finally got to go swimming. Up early, a quick 1 hour drive north, slap on the sunscreen and an oh-so-sexy-not sun shirt, then a very refreshing and longed for swim. I really do have lovely togs under that shirt, but they are only seen at night or in a shady pool. Look at that body - Jennifer Hawkins eat you heart out!
We had coffee, gooey cakes and delicious pies at nearby bakery before coming home.

In the afternoon we delivered the latest baby quilt. I took my camera but forgot to photograph our newest arrival on her quilt! Rats!!! I'll have to tie that camera around my neck. We got lots of cuddles and I had a lovely play with her 17 months old big sister.

I did manage to sneak in a little sewing. I must learn to read the instructions better. For this SKoW quilt I had to cut 1 and 1/2 inch squares, lots of them but less than what I ended up cutting. Der! Then I had to sew them in pairs and fours. Read carefully - 54 pairs makes 27 quads not make 54 quads. Another der! LOL. Another thing I didn't realize was how many spotty fabrics I had picked out for this quilt. Still I like how it is turning out.
Today was just a lazy one with hubby cooking a Thai green chicken curry for tea. Yummo.
A good week coming up, hopefully with a bit of craft time.
Take care everyone, particularly those in flooded areas down south.