Monday, June 30, 2014


Just about to head off on retreat at Warwick. Do you think I have enough stuff?
PS Grethe , I have not forgot to send that recipe. Will do when I get back.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sunday Stitchers

We have a bloggers group that gathers once a month for fun, laughter, food and even a bit of stitching. I've been slack. I don't think I've blogged about any meeting except the special one for Tatyana. I even forgot my camera last Sunday. Check out these girls. They have done wonderful posts about the day. Sandy, Susan, Teresa, Noela, Maria.
PS, Girls - I love how none of you photo shopped that uncontrolled hair of mine!

I have taken a photo of all the lovely FQs I received last Sunday as I was the Birthday Girl. Lovely to be spoilt.
Just to prove I am still working on 'Gossip in the Garden', here's my second block.  I hate quarter square triangle blocks. There is still the possibility that the block in the lower right corner maybe replaced.

 I had a bit of a setback prepping the large middle block. I did all the tracing and applied my staflex (very light interfacing) to the back of the background piece the same way I have always done. I scorched the back in several places. Unfortunately it was too obvious to ignore. Start again! Don't need holdups like this, not with everyone racing ahead of me!

Only 51 weeks late! I gave my birds glasses. At least that's what I'm saying now. I'm not unpicking the too dark thread. Especially seeing I already unpicked it after not sewing' right sides together'.
Sorry everyone. Helen knows what it is about.

Retreat is a week away. So looking forward to it. Maybe real winter weather this year? Never know.

Better get off to do some preparations.

Take care,

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Last Stitches

By my calculations, I am about 15 months late with this top. Sue Daley said it took her 6 weeks to do. Show Off!  ;-)  LOL. So I'm slow!!!!....There were other things to do.....n
o, I AM just slow.

Here are the last stitches in the applique part of Square Dance by Sue.

 I have now finished the 4 corner circles, the 9 centre circles and the 4 border strips. I still have to cut them back to size and sew together. To do that, it will be a case of measure, measure, mark, measure again, hold breath, cut and then exhale. One can only hope I don't stuff it up.
I have been giving the quilting some thought. It might end up being done by hand. My only experience with hand quilting is on small projects.

This is the cake I made for our patchwork group this week. It is a Apple and Vanilla Custard Tea Cake. I was rather pleased with how it turned out, considerting I thought I had really mucked it up when putting it together in the tin.
Well, Sunday Stitchers is on again  next week, so I had better be off to catch up on 'Gossip' blocks, or I will have a permanent seat in the naughty corner!

Take care,

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Late May Round-Up

Trust me, I've been blogging in my head, just not getting it in the computer and out there. May disappeared in a blur and it looks like June is doing the same.
I have achieved some things, though.

 I finished my first block for Anni Downs's Gossip in the Garden quilt, and started on the next block.

I went on a fun day out with Lynda, Deb, Alison and De to 3 shops on the Sunshine Coast. I think the only other photos taken were of Deb and the famous 'Hugo' of Lynette Anderson fame. I was laughing too much to get one of them playing.

 I worked on our group quilt for Tatyana. It was presented to her along with a baby basket and a nappy cake at our May Sunday Stitchers meet. I hope the smile means she liked her presents.

DH and I went for a drive to Peachester for the Mountain Quilters' 2014 Show.

The hall was decorated beautifully. DH is getting quite knowledgeable about quilts now. He carefully picked his Viewer's Choice entry.
There was also the Queensland Quilters Annual Picnic. So it was a busy month.

Take care,