Monday, April 14, 2014

Eye, Aye, Nothing to see here.......

As January started with surgery so did April - not so invasive this time but it was my eye so there has been no stitching or reading and very limited time on computer/iPad - I had to take more time off work as most of my day is spent in front of a computer screen so I feel quite disconnected with everything :( 

The surgery was to remove a pterygium which has been there for several years but had started to impact on the sight in that eye so it needed to come off......suffice to say I hope I don't have to do this again any time soon - actually ever!! 

Gradually getting better and I will post later on my visit to Melbourne for AQC.

'Til next time................Lorraine

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

An auction "find"

Cheryl came to visit last weekend....and bought with her some quilts she purchased recently at an auction....these hand stitched beauties have no batting, but plain backings - they were advertised in the auction as "bed covers".  I wonder how these wound up in an auction...were no family members wanting to keep them? They have found a good home with Cheryl though!

I took some pics - although it was hard to do these giants justice as they were not only large, but really heavy so it was hard to get good pics........

Having said they were large, this one was the exception and was a small cot/baby quilt in the softest of flannels......



I think these were made from the early 80's with the most recent date n one of the quilts being 2005 ........


 the types of fabric were many and varied....





Fussy cutting.......




I think you will agree that these were a pretty amazing find.....and Rose thought so too as she had a quick nap on them while we were having a cuppa!


'Til next time............Lorraine

Saturday, March 29, 2014

500 and counting......

Just realised this is my 500th post! It's taken a while and I have weathered a few storms since March 2008 but here I am  alive and loving life......Gosh I have met some fantastic people through blogging and enjoyed some great times at retreats/workshops and traveling with friends........good times....happy days!! Not sure where the years have gone!!

I belong to a great online group and we have just had our first swap for the year.....the "theme" was any Gail Pan design.  I sent to Peg and not sure where my head was when I sent the parcel off....no pics!  duh!  My parcel from Jenny arrived during the week and I was very good and didn't open it until the designated opening night, last night.  Jenny chose perfect colours for me and I love this wallhanging.....
 






Speaking of swaps - you might remember some sneak peeks of black and white a while ago....

.....this was for a swap for the group - this time it was a birthday swap and I made for Teresa - the theme was a black and white bag with embellishment....and something in it......this was the bag.....a Leanne's House pattern I have had for a long time.......

the front.......
 ...and the back....



Inside the bag I put some Barossa goodies and this little spools mini from Bonnie and Camille ...

I loved making this mini and want to get started on one for me.......

This morning began with some general cleaning and house work which then became some changing around and playing with things in the house......the quilt the girls in my online group made for me when I was recovering from surgery has found a home on the wall in the living room......love this quilt.....


.....of course Madam Rose has to get in on the act as well!........

A few weeks ago I saw a post on Linda's blog on these rulers for domestic machine quilting.....Linda was offering a set of the rulers as a give away and whilst I entered, I am also impatient (and realistic in my chances of winning the rulers) so went on line and ordered two rulers ( one straight line and one curved)......they arrived in no time and I have had fun playing with them.....if you are like me and like to free motion you will know how hard (well, I think it's hard anyway...) to free motion a straight or curved line....these rulers are fantastic and the little time I have had to play with them I have found them really easy to use and with practice I am sure they will become even more fun! There are several different sizes for each ruler but for now I will stick with the two I have until I become more proficient ....


That's about it for me for now......a friend had an amazing "find" at an auction recently but that deserves a post of it's own!

'til next time............................Lorraine



Saturday, March 22, 2014

I do love to be beside the seaside......

While I was at Port Campbell I took some walks and also visited the (slightly less than) Twelve Apostles.....here are a few pics I took along the way.


......it was blowing a gale and minutes after I took these pics the rain bucketed down which spoilt the party for sightseers including a couple of bridal parties.





Early morning in Port Campbell with just the seagulls for company.....well one anyway.......


Kelp and other things.......flotsam?


Going up.....




...and coming down.....



My little walking buddy striding out.....



On patrol......



and on the drive home as I left the coast behind.....farmland......and these curious cows.......



'Til next time...................Lorraine

Thursday, March 20, 2014

.....and back again.....

Time really flies when you are having fun - this time last week I was on my way to Port Campbell for a stitching weekend - the weekend came and went in the blink of an eye it seems and by Monday night I was home again.  The days since have been spent unpacking, doing laundry and catching up on boring household chores.....and in the garden getting rid of the weeds that just seem to spring up overnight!  I am not a gardener, but it is satisfying to see the results of a few hours spent in the garden.  That will do me now for a while!

Linda really knows how to throw a stitching retreat!  everything one could wish for for a weekend of stitching.....food, shopping, great company - and the view from the venue (Port Campbell SLC) was just amazing......


Lunch day one.....roast turkey (or beef) with roast vegies and a choice of three desserts! Just perfect!


As there were no tutors everyone bought along their own projects to work on .......


...and those projects were many and varied.....

Jeanette working on her Rosalie Quinlan BOM.....


Sharon's stitchery and applique .....


Sue was working on these dolls for her grand daughter......


Shelby finished this top on Saturday and went on to the Gail Pan stitchery project on Sunday.....she was a machine......and she is 12!! (btw the bag the stitchery was made for was finished by Sunday afternoon.....)
 


Laraine was working on some exquisite embroidery.....


Me?  I worked on some Natalie Bird stitcheries......and socialised!


The view changed with the weather....which was sunny then showery then back to sunny....I love the sea - and since I live nowhere near it I can never get enough of it when I visit....


Surf lessons  for juniors on Sunday morning......the water was freezing so I was impressed they were so keen......

 
Prudence paid us a visit on Sunday........I never tire of seeing this masterpiece......
 
 
Linda also bought along her current hexagon work of art.......which is going to be just as amazing as it's cousin!  this is a section of the BACK of the work.....I won't show it in it's entirety as it isn't my story to tell, suffice to say I am looking forward to the big reveal when it's finished! 


 Always plenty to tempt in the pop-up shop..... gotta love Jodie's patterns....



..and yummy wool....


That's about it for now.......only a few days of my holidays left before I go back to work so some time in the sewing room is called for I think.

'til next time....................Lorraine