Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter fun.....

I am currently enjoying a few days home that isn't sick leave!!  Yay!!!  The weather over Easter was beautiful, cool mornings, sunny days and mild temps......perfect! 

Now that the eye is better (amazing what taking the stitches out did to improve it!) I have even been able to get back to some stitching (of the fun kind!) which I am loving!

Easter was quiet - my decorating was minimal and not an Easter egg, bunny or bilby was consumed - or even purchased.  I didn't even make hot cross buns this year!  I did buy a packet  of six and put  them in the freezer (out of sight out of mind.... and my mouth!) ...and there are still four left! 
 
Last year there were eggs........
 

this year there were none.... :(
 

so what have I been up to?  caught up with friends and family over Easter.....Claire and Shay came to spend the day on Monday - Shay even bought her new umbrella (which stopped the rain when it was purchased on a recent weekend in Melbourne  - so it hasn't been used yet) ....bearing in mind it was 28C on Monday with no rain in sight, so it wasn't really needed here either......but since she hadn't yet opened it we were keen to see what it was like since it had a cute frilly "bottom".......a little like a parasol maybe.....



Modelled beautifully! 

There was stitching going on in between sun breaks.........

Shay picked this hexagon beauty up from Val on Saturday and finished sewing the binding down on Monday......



Most of the NTFW girls had a hand in this quilt as we helped remove the papers following some over zealous glue application from Mrs P.....not one to do anything by halves :) 

Claire was working on hand quilting a Gail Pan design......


and also did some modelling....*sigh* there is always one isn't there? 


Rose enjoyed having the girls here......she also enjoyed some time on Shay's quilt while we ate lunch.....


....and after lunch when Shay resumed stitching........even though there was a lot less of the quilt for her to use! 


I even managed a bit of stitching - slowly but surely working my way through the stitcheries in this Natalie Bird book....


I am not sure if I have showed this finish from a few weeks ago.......another Gail Pan design......


That's about it from me for now...... I did spend some time in the sewing room yesterday, but got totally overwhelmed so sat and did some hand stitching instead......I will get back in there today though!

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

Friday, April 18, 2014

All the better to see you with......and AQC

Another visit to the eye specialist yesterday - the stitches were removed  which has removed the irritation from the eye so it is feeling much better today - all the better to see you with..................

Last weekend Claire and I flew away to Melbourne - no, not on our broomsticks it was much easier to use a commercial airline.....it's getting a bit chilly for the broomsticks now with the Autumn weather.  The reason for our trip was to go to AQC but I think it was more about catching up with people than the actual show....

I didn't take many photos - too busy gasbagging I think!  the weather was amazing, blue skies and warm days - the venue for AQC is fabulous - and the gardens around the Royal Exhibition Centre are beautiful......a few pics from our walk to the show....
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The pics of the actual Royal Exhibition Building are hilarious, as the light was quite bright and I had "the eye" I could only point and shoot without really looking up at the sky - or seeing what I was taking a pic of.....so I got some part pics if you like!......I guess I could say I was trying for some sort of arty shots, but I would be lying......




It was great to catch up with Gail who just happened to have a few pieces of her new fabric range, Baskets in Bloom, in her bag.......can't wait until these fabrics hit the shops...there are quite a few I "need"!  (go to Gail's blog for more pics of the fabric.....)


I also caught up with Fiona who is in the online stitching group I belong to...


....we did move from that table eventually......but not before I had afternoon tea.....a flourless lemon cake.....which was delicious!


Friday night we headed up to Lygon Street for dinner.....and the group expanded even more.....(thanks to Fiona for the last two pics which she graciously said I could "steal' from her blog) the woman behind me with the dark hair was the restaurant owner who insisted on being in the pic....and then there are the photo bombers coming out the door.....


Saturday we spent a couple of hours wandering in the Queen Victoria Market.....



...a brisk walk to the mall for some window shopping then back to the hotel for a nanna nap before dinner......which was again on Lygon Street but a different restaurant - you are spoiled for choice really.....this one came with it's own Elvis! ......


It was lovely to catch up with Jan, Cathy and Leanne as well on Saturday night....Cathy has some pics on her blog.....

So what did I buy at the show?  Not a lot.......this is it....


I took this with me, but the eye was too painful to even think about stitching so it came home without a stitch being sewn......maybe tonight!


So that's it from me on this Easter long weekend.....not a chocolate egg or bunny in sight - I do have some hot cross buns though so that solves what to have for dinner!

Happy Easter.........................Lorraine

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