wedding…

We came to Canberra for our nieces wedding…Elle and Michael.

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…the tables were set with flowers in jars and candles.

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…everyone had a wonderful time.

in canberra…

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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.

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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.

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And the view from Parliament house.

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.

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Then onto our friends place where another one lived…

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

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And she loves to create little vignettes in her garden…

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And some quilts…

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And then there was lunch…

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…we had a wonderful day with lots of chatting!

stitching and spring

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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And these pretty note cards…

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And the bag Jeanette made…

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And handmade card…

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Thanks Jeanette, they are lovely and pretty together…

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

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

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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

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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.

 

 

rainy weekend…

Today, was a nicer, sunny day after a few days of heavy rain.

There was a trip to spotlight, I was looking for rayon seam binding but they didn’t have any.  Very disappointing or is it frustrating when shops don’t carry what your looking for and the staff don’t even know what the product is.

Anyway I still found something there, the material obsession quilt book and a couple of fat quarters.

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This morning after all the rain last night, we found a bandicoot trapped in the bottom of our empty pool.  (the pool is being painted if it ever stops raining).  He was happy to be rescued…

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drive in the countryside…

We went for a drive to in the countryside to Patches of Kyogle, as they had this fabric called Emma Louise pale coffee.   I have been seeing on blogs the Stonefields quilt and decided to join in the fun.  so now I have the background and can begin tomorrow.DSCN0609

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Then we had a wander down the main street and lunch in a cafe.

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And decided to take a big loop home, past grazing cattle.

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And through a little town by the river.

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Along a dirt road towards a rainbow.

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And back past another twist of the river.

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It turned out to be a much longer day out than first planned, but it was a nice drive in the country and I have the background fabric I need to begin the quilt.

 

BOM…bring me flowers

Having a very unproductive day, though I had a blood test early this morning then got my hair cut. Sometimes it’s good to go slow.

The last part of bring me flowers BOM arrived today. I have not kept up with making them each month, because other quilts became more important to work on. So I still have this quilt to look forward to stitching.

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It’s so cold today, so the fire is just starting, hoping it will warm the house, some.
I’m writing this post from the wordpress app on my ipad, not sure how the photo will look like.