Bob in a bag

Bob in a bag

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Welcome Matisse and Goodbye Bob

I have had an incredibly happy and sad week.  At the beginning of the week we had the joy of our first grand child Matisse

and the heart bracking sadness of Bob dying suddenly yesterday.

For those of you who did not know Bob he became my constant companion when I came home from hospital after brain surgery.  He was always on my shoulder or into mischief. 

He would hide in the quilts I was making, put buttons in my cup of coffee and harass my husband for his breakfast.  His favourite was toast and jam.  He would hide down my shirt and grab my knitting needles causing stitches to fall off.  He sat on the shower rose while I showered and rubbed his head against my cheek when sitting on my shoulder . Run pigeon-toed along the bench to pinch cornflakes from our bowl.  Magazines were not safe he would chew them while you were reading and put the paper into his feathers to make a nest.  Bob was with me when I started my blog, sitting on my shoulder head butting me for attention. He would climb into my hand for a head rub if I was typing too long. We had a special bond and I will miss him.  It will be a while until I blog again. Here are photos of some of his antics.

Cheers to you all and happy blogging

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Busy Busy Busy and still waitng

Wow never a dull moment.  

I have been busy cutting fabric for a group I have started on Facebook, giving Australian quilters a chance to sell off unwanted quilting items.  So far we have over 200 members and lots of for sale items.  All very exciting 

If you want to find us just log into Facebook,  copy and past -  Quilters De-Stash. ( No Retail Outlets)  - into the Facebook search and hopefully we will pop up.

If you see this photo then you know you have found us

Here are some fat quarters I have for sale

I am glad I have been busy setting up the group because we are still waiting for our granddaughter to arrive.  She is 3 days late but then the saying is all good things come to those who wait.  Not sure her mum wants to wait much longer.  

Happy Crafting

Monday, 8 June 2015

A Quick Bob and another Facebook Group

For those of you who have been following for a while know Bob and know he can be a little mischievous.  One of his favourite this is hiding and to find him involves a lot of calling and him answering.  The other day I came home and let him out of his cage, within minutes he had disappeared and the game began.  After a lot of calling and looking in the usual places i was getting a little concerned.  Eventually I looked in the bag I had taken to Mah jong and found his hiding place lol.

Last time I posted I wrote about the FaceBook groups I joined, here are the last two fabric postcards made for the swap group Aussie Fabric Postcard Swap

The themes were the letter L and silhouette

The other group I have joined is Aussie Patchwork Fabric and UFO Destash Group. 
Members of the group are helpful and if you are looking for advise or a piece of fabric to finish a project they will search their stash to help you out.  I was lucky to get some bright fabric scraps to combine with a vintage style embroidery.  This is the finished quilt / wrap for a baby

When I first joined the group it was made up of crafters wanting to destash some of their fabrics but over time it has become like ebay with stores joining the site.  There is some bargains to be had but with the added postage some are more than you would pay for an item at spotlight or in stores.  Lots of scrap bundles and inexpensive patterns to be found It is just a matter of sifting through the for sale posts.

Keep well and happy crafting

Monday, 30 March 2015

Out of touch

Wow it is sooo long since I last blogged.  (now that sounds like a Sunday Confession lol) 

I have visited you all and looked at your creations So many beautiful things and so many talented people.

I have been crafting 

  •  Quilt  started and finished, 
  • Button bouquet and flowers made. 
  • Three embroideries for my etsy store
  • Button ball decorations made
  • Craft room cleaned and garage sale held
  • New facebook groups joined.
  • A UFO re-purposed 
I am a member of the Quilt Club Australia Group via facebook.  What a great group, lots of eye candy to look at, lots of information and a very  supportive group willing to share hints and tips. 

I was a member of a yahoo group for making fabric postcard and enjoyed making and swapping cards.  Sadly Yahoo made changes and the group was very hard to access.  Recently I found an Australian group on facebook, Aussie Fabric Post Card Swap .  This month I am taking part in my first swap, the theme is the letter L hmmmm. Lace, lollies, lavender or maybe lipstick I am yet to decide.  It is always exciting to see what your partner has made. Aussie fabric Postcard 

One of my completed embroideries.  He is so sweet, I enjoyed making this

I have used this one as the centre for a baby quilt

Until next time stay safe

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Sewing Room Renovations

While I have been out of action the Reverse Quilter took the time to replace the floor in my sewing room.  Yes the house  had new carpets when we purchased it but every day use has highlighted the damaged floorboards under the new carpet.  

The renovations gave us a day out, the nearest big hardware store is 2 hours away. We travelled through the beautiful Brisbane hinterland through Malaney, visited Morayfield and ended up in Coloundra.  Perhaps not  the most direct route but certainly a lovely drive.  We managed to get all we needed at Bunnings and moved everything out of my sewing room into the kitchen and other rooms.  ( Christmas lunch was eaten from trays on our laps)

The reverse Quilter painted and replace the flooring, I helped to drill in screws while sitting on a desk chair and managed not to hurt my knee.  I think the end result are well worth the disruption to my kitchen and having to dodge computers, sewing machines and other craft bits to cook Christmas lunch.

I wanted new curtains but the only fabric I had was intended for the guest room.  This is what I came up with.  I think it looks OK and suits a sewing room.

I think hubby has done a great job. 

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Cuppa Time and welcome

After a visit to the specialist I am still not allowed to put pressure on my knee and no climbing stairs. Started exercises with the physiotherapist  yesterday. to do them twice a day and the back to the specialist in a month.  Not being able to use my machine has given me time to make lots of Hexagons and sew them together.  

Welcome to Maree from
Maree has been busy making hexie flowers.

Karin over at The Quilt Yarn has posted photos of all her amazing 2014 finishes.  Well done to Karin

Tracy has a new niece and has made the sweetest little elephant for her.

Mina has set her goals for 2015 and has posted photos of her 2014 projects.  I wish I had achieve half as much as Mina has

Jo has made three truly sweet baby quilts and tried a new quilting design

I love grabbing a cuppa and visiting great blogs.  There is so much inspiration to fin and a connection with others

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Lunches

Yes it is that time of year,

We have had our lunch for Monday's Mah-jong group. A very pleasant meal at historical Ringsfield House, one of the first homes in Nanango and and the first hospital in the area.   Lunch consisted of chicken with cashew sauce, lots of salads followed by cheese cake and cream.

Last Saturday Thelga and I travelled to Maidenwell  a small town with a population of about 500. On the third Saturday of the month we get together with a group of about 20 crafters. They are a great bunch of ladies who are more than willing to share ideas and teach each other new skills.

Playing games before lunch.
To get our gifts  we played pass the parcel with a twist.
Dawn told a story about Mr Jones who saw Mrs Right go Left.  The story continued and each time we heard left or right we passed the present left or right.  At the end of the story you kept the one in front of you.

After lots of fun we finally got to open our gifts

Thelga opening her gift
After opening our gifts were over we wondered over to the Maidenwell cafe to enjoy a wonderful lunch of baked ham, cold chicken and salads including a delicious mango one.  The lunch was followed by plum pudding and custard, YUM

We decided we would buy a charm pack as our gifts this year

This is my pack (minus Bob)

I love getting together with like minded folk