Friday, August 29, 2014

Little ones

It seems ages since I posted some pictures of Benny, Sammy and Alice. The boys are so busy now that it is hard for Pa to get good pictures of them. I love these ones of the 3 of them recently at home. We weren't there but so lovely to see them all together and to compare their sizes! Don't the boys look huge? They are getting heavy to carry now too!

 The little men have been sick this last week and it is so sad to see them under the weather. They came to visit on a sunny morning and enjoyed being outside.

 Little Alice is 11 weeks now and is so gorgeous.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some stitching and crochet

I have been stitching a bit these last few weeks. Hurrah....I have finally fused a centre block for the My Town quilt that was in the Homespun years ago. I have decided to make the centre the same size as the other blocks so my quilt (when it ever gets finished) will be smaller than the original.
 I have appliqued and stitched block 2 of the Yoko Saito Mystery quilt. I love working with these Japanese fabrics. I just have to do the patchwork on the lower edge.
 A bit of canvas work was fun to do when we went away a few weeks ago. This is the lovely scissor fob that Fiona designed for our retreat.
 I have also been having some fun crocheting these flowers with some very cheap thread I bought in the Japanese 100 yen shop when we were away. Wish I had bought more balls!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Quilt Show

Lyndal, Alice and I headed to the Craft show in Canberra last Friday. I think Alice enjoyed the show as she pretty much slept most of the time there! I must admit that I didn't buy much this time as I had just been in Sydney last month and I really didn't NEED anything. I only bought some wool to make little Alice a cardigan next year. It was still fun to go, to catch up with some friends and to have a nice day out. It was good to see the quilts too. Here are just a few of them.






It was wonderful to see Michele Hill's beautiful quilt on display!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quick trip to the Hunter and some show and tell

We headed up to Sydney last Saturday to visit Ma and Pa and then on Sunday we went up for a night at the Hunter. We were very fortunate with the weather on Sunday as it cleared up and we were able to have lunch outside and then check out some of the sights.


 On Monday we did a tour of Tyrrells winery and it was so interesting. This vineyard has been in the care of the same family since the 1850's.
 Today it was lovely to see this beautiful bag that Deanna has made using a Monica Poole pattern. We all want one, Deanna!
 Paddy and I had our Chateau Hexagon quilts to show and tell today.
 Colleen has been busy and has finished her dresden plate decoration.
 Roni started this little pin cushion and thread catcher last week and here it is all finished. Beautifully done, Roni.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lovely Show and tell

So nice to catch up with the stitching and class girls yesterday and to see all their wonderful stitching! It is very motivating. Doreen has been doing some lovely canvas work and has made up this union jack tapestry on 18 count canvas and then has used it on this lovely bag for her mum.

 Roni brought in her Scandinavian Christmas quilt to show us. It looks so good!
 Roni changed the angel to this sleigh with gifts. It works very well.
 Even her label is  lovely.
 Roni has also finished her canvas work from the retreat.
 Colleen has been busy too and has made up the stocking that she started last week. She will be ready for Christmas.
 Jayne is hooked on paper piecing and has made 5 dresden plate decorations! Don't they look terrific?
 In the evening, Margaret brought in this quilt top to show us and then needed to choose some backing for it. It is a lovely Lynette Anderson range of fabrics.

 Anita brought these "Babushka" Santas in to show us. Check out how tiny the littlest one is next to a pin.

 I have been stitching too and have finished quilting and binding my Chateau Hexagon quilt! I am pleased with it.
 I am now stitching a label.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Some stitching

After a few busy weeks getting ready for the retreat, it has been nice to do little stitching of my own. I started this block a little while ago and have now completed the embroidery. I am very happy with it even though it was lots of work!
 I had cut out this little felt robot and stitched it up this week for Alice. It is from Anni Downs' Boys book.

 I also thought I would show you a close up of my projects for the retreat. They were fun to make.

 At Hobbysew this week, Najelle had finished this gorgeous beanie for her daughter! The wool is so lovely and she has done such a good job! We now have some wool and lots of needles at the shop.
 I forgot to show you this great quilt that Colleen had just finished. She used recycled shirts for the patches! What a great quilt for a man.