Wednesday, July 27, 2011

quilt retreat...

I'm going to a quilt retreat tomorrow...
And these strips are for what we will be making.
I should have 6 made...but I only managed 2!
I'm using French General fabrics and others.
43 fat quarters of different fabric is required...

This is what we will make called Strippy Rainbow
from a past magazine...the quilt is made by
Bridget Giblin...always liked her quilts!

And then there's the food...I was assigned a desert....
so this is what I have been busy cooking today!!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

more photos of french general quilt...

...more photos of the French general quilt!!
I'm so happy with how it turned out...

...and on a bed!
I'm not sure that it is a bed quilt though... thing leads to another!
While I was out the back to take the photos... lead to wandering around and looking at the plants...which lead to weeding and watering!
This is probably a peach tree...shows spring isn't too far away!

...then it lead to trying to find something to pick for a vase!

...most of the plants here are tropical. 
 Which will be great in summer
but now there just isn't any flowers to pick!  
Only found these cordyline leaves...and 
bromliad flowers!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

finished the top...

...just sharing a quick picture of the finished quilt!
I really should have ironed it and cut off the loose threads...will do that 
and take some more pics!!!

...lots of cheering this afternoon in our back yard!!!

...we back onto the soccer field!
The local team is in red and black...must be winning from all the cheering!  Our two sons wore red and black stripes
when they were little but didn't keep playing soccer as teens...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

some sewing today...

...curtains finally arrived!
The curtain man called in at 4.30pm yesterday...said he would be back Sat morning to put them up...he had to take back one set as they were made into two separate curtains 
and I only wanted one on the sliding he will be back tomorrow!! maybe

I found some sewing time this afternoon...
and some progress on the French General, 
Reines des Abeilles quilt!

...the hexagons go together by machine quiet quickly...
once in the flow of them!

...tomorrow I need to cut and sew the final border!
..and the top is finished!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

waiting...and waiting for new curtains!!

I have been waiting all day for the curtain man to arrive with our 
new curtains...he was going to be here at 8am, than 11am than rang and said after lunch.
There was a more pressing awning job to do, now that it is raining.
3.30pm and still not here...

...will be new curtains in the dining room

new curtains in the lounge room...

....and here where there has never been curtains! curtains and blind for the family room! job is to get the TV aerial moved to the other side of the lounge room! ...we have been waiting for the electrician to fit
this job in all week...maybe next week!!

...while I was waiting I cut out the borders for my french general quilt
the aim to finish the top by next week...back soon with pics!

Monday, July 11, 2011

at home...

frangipane and lemon tart
from Donna Hay's new book
a cook's guide

I was so pleased with how it turned out
...our son was home for the weekend
and he enjoyed some before heading back north

 a cook's guide
...this vine was on the front of the looked so nice,
but it had to go as it was beginning to grow between the bricks
and the woodwork

still organising my sewing room and fabric!
My sewing room isn't very big so I have to use the cupboard 
in the laundry for storage...the laundry was designed to be
a laundry/sewing room...but I prefer to use the separate room for sewing.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


...we had a busy morning!
These trees were removed...

..and the umbrella tree

into the mulcher...

...and now the view is of these beautiful palms and tree ferns!

than we had delivered 3/4 cubic metre of river stones for the driveway!

...and the 84 yr old neighbor came with his shovel and rake to help.
And in no time we had them spread over the beginning of the driveway.
it was a fun morning...

Saturday, July 2, 2011

a giveaway at...

The Paris bag pattern is a giveaway at Circle Retreat Quilter...
a new blog.. and Stacey runs an exciting place for  a quilt group retreat!

...still busy organising our new home.