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i do intend to post more this year…but things come up and I just don’t get around to sitting down and deciding what to write.  So, this is a quick post while I have a  cup of tea and toast for breakfast on our verandah.  Sunday, was our first quilt group day, and we had a lovely day catching up with what everyone has been working on.  The last few days have been really hot and humid which only makes me want to stay inside where the air con is on and not in the sewing room.  I finished the quilt top I got for xmas, I need to take some pictures and the plan was to have it quilted before the group day, but that didn’t happen.

My plans for this year is to spend a lot of time sewing and quilting…finish some quilts and generally relax and enjoy days!  And keep my garden more maintained.   While we were away, the house was painted outside and it was so nice to come home to a freshly painted house.

What I wanted to post a picture of today, is the galahs that have arrived at the bird feeder. This is what happens, when the seed I bought is large bird seed, instead of the usual small bird seed.  We usually only feed a couple of rosellas but with big bird seed the galah’s have arrived.



These are baby galah’s…I’ve never seen so many young galah’s as there is around here this year.   And they are so funny…they even sound like babies.  The one on the right, in the picture below is very young.



We really need to replace the brush panel on the fence, possums run up it at night which is breaking pieces off it.

We realy

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Happy new year..

Happy New Year, all my friends! We once again went to our little towns fireworks on New Year’s Eve…which finishes by 10 pm…as it’s a family new year eve event, with rides and fun for kids. My fireworks pics didn’t go as planned so I will show a pic of one of the rides instead.


And today we had a quiet day at home…our son was home for a week over Christmas, and he went back to Cairns on Tuesday. So now it’s time to put away the Christmas decorations….

Yesterday, I started the quilt kit I got for Xmas. It will go together quickly as it’s mainly borders. I am making it for my lounge room quilt, to snuggle under in winter! I would like to finish it by the time the quilt group meets in a few weeks so I have something to show!


The centre of the quilt…

Border added…

I love french general fabric…while I was away on our trip to Canberra in early December, all the fabric I bought was French General!

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in canberra…


Early morning view from where we are staying in Canberra.  We arrived in Canberra on Wednesday after spending a few days on the NSW south coast.  My grand mother came from the Milton, Berry area of the south coast, her family moved to the far nth coast of NSW when she was about 14. So we spent a few days visiting places that she talked about all her life…she never went back there for a visit.


Yesterday, we went to Parliament House for question time, it was the last day of parliament for the year.  We had lunch in the cafe there and wandered around the corridors for a while. This xmas tree was the the foyer.


And the view from Parliament house.

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group day out…

The quilt group had a nice day on Wednesday, for one of our friends birthday,  with a trip up the coast for the day.

First stop was a coffee half way, where we came across this lizard sunning himself and hoping for food, though we only had coffee so he missed out.


Then onto our friends place where another one lived…



Our friend lives in a wonderful location with a view across a lake…


And she loves to create little vignettes in her garden…

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And some quilts…



And then there was lunch…


…we had a wonderful day with lots of chatting!

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stitching and spring

I was in a quilting mood, until I ran out of white cotton and the car has a problem.


I’m still learning how to machine quilt on my sweet sixteen machine.  Sometimes my lines are a little crooked, but I keep going, hoping they will improve with practice.


I had this quilting template for a lot of years, and it fitted perfectly into the double wedding ring circle.  Though it is a hand quilting template which means I have to go over, already stitched lines.


Anyway, I was having fun stitching this, until I ran out of cotton.

Hope the car is fixed today.  To buy cotton I have to go to the next town, our little village doesn’t have a shop that sells cotton.  So today I will have to work on one of my many other projects.

On Monday, now spring has arrived and the days are so wonderful, I did some furniture rearranging.  After moving four pieces of furniture to different rooms, I am happy with the new arrangement.  We have lived here for 3 years now and I still haven’t got things totally organised.

These draws came from the family room to the kitchen…and I like their colour in this location.


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September Swap…

The September swap (Lets Stitch Together Swap) arrived today.  My swap partner was Jeanette from jeanettespatch.

The swap was to make a bag and fill it with pampering things…and Jeanette sent these lovely perfumed surprises, filling the bag made with beautiful hydrangea fabric.


Inside was a collection of lovely soap and body wash, tea and tim tams, plus more!


And these pretty note cards…


And the bag Jeanette made…


And handmade card…


Thanks Jeanette, they are lovely and pretty together…

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fabric shopping…

The week has flown by…must be having fun! The days are a little warmer now spring has arrived, so I have done a little bit of work in the garden, this week.

Last week was such terrible weather, and our quilt group had planned a trip to the quilt shop up the coast. We decided to go no matter what the weather, but as we travelled north the bad weather cleared and the sun was out all day…though it was still very windy.
Anyway, we had a nice day visiting quilt/fabric shops…and did some buying!!
After a quick tea break, at one friend’s place, who lives a little north, we continued on and first stop was Fifi’s Fabricology

Fifi’s has lots of wonderful fabrics and a sale room, with 30% off or 40% off if you buy whats left on the roll._DSC0216

 These fabrics, I bought for a workshop I will be doing at the end of September.


These fabrics were from the sale room.  Love the green fabric, it is a basic grey fabric and I bought all that was on the roll, 2 metres.  And stripes, everyone wondered what I would do with the big red stripe, but I kept going back to it, so I bought a metre.  It’s a cabbage and roses fabric.


Then we headed for Eastcoast fabrics at Burleigh…and I bought a metre of this spot for $3.95 and some linen to make table runner.

Then the next stop was Fantasia at Tweed Heads… I only bought a marking pen there.

After Fifi’s we stopped for lunch at The Wood Box at West Burleigh.  The food was wonderful, and the cafe has such a wonderful atmosphere.  


Then last weekend, our local craft weekend was on…so there was some more fabric shopping. A lovely piece of linen and a packet of reproduction pieces.  I had the pink fabric before and loved it, so this packet had some in it.


And some more french general fabrics, from Rainbow Patchwork…intended to use for the workshop.


So I had a fun week with fabric.  And I love these John James needles, bought from Fifi’s. I have been hand quilting with one, and they are so smooth and the eye end doesn’t stick into your finger.  I think they will be all I will use in future.