Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekend get-away and who you meet...

We escaped for a long weekend this past weekend to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary.
 It doesn't seem like that many years ago, I was lucky enough to marry this lovely man.

 We went to lunch at The Spirit House restaurant in Yandina on the Sunshine Coast. This not-so-little fellow joined us.

 It was an experience not just eating a quick meal - delicious Thai food in beautifully landscaped tropical gardens. We were here 3 years ago at their cooking school and always wanted to come back to the restaurant. Now I want to go back at night. There were candles and lights set up throughout the gardens. It would look magical.

On our way back to our accommodation, we tried unsuccessfully to find Lynette Anderson's shop, The Little Quilt Shop.

My darling DH bought it up again on Saturday. A quick check on the internet and a quick drive had us there not long before closing time.
I walked in the door and who do I see, but Dawnie of Itching for Stitching. - the people you meet far from home. We had a laugh and a photo op,  then she was back on her mission, selecting fabric for a beautiful bag. (I won't tell the world that it was her second visit, one on the way north and this one on the way south.)

 She's on a dare. The bag will be in Nundle next year. I was a bit slow to specify finished, and not in pieces. Both our darling DHs were patiently waiting outside. Good blokes.
I blame you, Dawnie for the below purchase.
The shop, The Patchwork Tree at Alderley, is closing down and having a sale. I went the week before last for a look. I bought a few things.  I had this in my hands, while walking around. I eventually put it back on the shelf. I told myself I have other similar patterns or books at home. I didn't need to add it to my impossibly long list of things to do.
But...I had seen and loved this quilt when it was released....I talked myself out of signing up.... Dawnie has made this quilt....I've seen it on her blog.....I told her I loved her quilt....she said it was wonderful to do and she had so looked forward to each month's it's your fault, I went back to the shop today to see if it was still was and now it's home with me.  Oh, dear, I can't help myself.

I wonder if there is a support group for those with no self control when shopping in a patchwork shop.

Take care,

SSCS 2013

 Wrapped and posted and...

....hopefully winging its way to.......hmmm, I wonder who?

Thanks to Chookyblue and her apprentice Googy Girl for all their hard work.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Best Afternoon...

Yesterday, I had the best afternoon. It was our Christmas break-up party for our group, Stitchers Inc.
This time we met in the community room attached to the Mt Gravatt library.

 Here is our valiant organiser, Maree, about to deliver Santa's presents.

 This is the aftermath. Everyone unwrapping, looking and admiring and checking out all the gifts.
The presents were beautiful.
We still had show and tell. Below is De's 'Aiming for Accuracy' quilt top.
 Marilyn had some gorgeous embroidery to show.
 I was a very lucky girl. I won the lucky door prize. It will be perfect over the arm of my recliner.

 Maree was my Secret Santa and this is what she made for me. The standard of my Christmas table just went up a notch or 2. I also got a beautiful mug covered in strawberries and chocolates.

 There were caramels in here to. Yeah, yeah, eaten.
 And chocolates here. Yeah, yeah eaten.
Sandi made us beautiful bon bons, with a hat, joke, snap, fabric and (I've just realised I missed putting them in the photo) 2 wine glass charms. Although some, who shall remain nameless thought they made great earrings. De made the woven star and Susan the embroidered angel. Perfect for our new Christmas tree.
We are all looking forward to next year. We will have a new name -Sunday Stitchers, and a new venue - the Community Hall at Ormeau. I certainly won't miss the struggle to find a car park at Garden City, made worse by their major renovation which is also the reason we were evicted from their community room.
Thank you to everyone for making a very enjoyable afternoon. See you all in 2014.
 I'm not showing what I made just yet. I made a similar one for another Christmas swap I'm in and I don't want to give too much away.
Take care everyone,

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Finally a crafty post....

 We have another beautiful grand-niece, Miss C. No cuddles yet. I'll have to plan a visit and take my parents, her great grandparents with me.
So another baby quilt is needed. I've had this pattern and honey bun set aside for awhile. The fabric is 'Fresh' by Deb Strain. I used a Thimble Blossoms pattern, with a couple of changes.
The biggest thing about this project had been my new design wall.
I saw these Fons and Porter's products when I went on retreat to Glenrose in July. It was so much better to see your quilt's layout on a wall and not struggling to see it on the floor.
I don't have a wall free at the moment.

So I'm using these magnetic clips on the front of my 2 metal cupboards.

 I don't have too much room to step back for a look, but it's okay for the moment. My sewing machine was next to it.
It was great sewing the blocks together. Just push back on my wheeled chair, pick them off the wall and turn back to the machine.
When I worked off the floor, no matter how careful I was, I always seemed to turn a block the wrong way.
I was really pleased with this quilt. I was sick of doing pink ones. This range, although an old one now, is bright and as its name says fresh.

I finished the quilting this afternoon. I want to get the binding on tomorrow.

The other sewing I've been doing is secret Christmas swap stuff. So no photos yet.

See you later,
Cheryl (aka Kayly)