Sunday, October 31, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
This song speaks of ties that bind us together in fellowship of kindred minds. It speaks of sharing our burdens with sympathising tears. Though we are apart we are joined in heart and hope to meet again.
While this song is about Christian fellowship through Christ our Lord, I draw the comparison to our shared interest in all things quilty and crafty. When I began this blog two years ago, it was a way to pass a bit of time while recovering from major surgery. It has become so much more to me since then.
I have met some really nice people (and sometimes not so nice, thankfully very rare), gained amazing knowledge of quilty things, won some amazing prizes, given prizes away, learned more about the world and more about myself. It's been a wonderful ride, one I hope to continue.
So to celebrate I will be having a quiet little giveaway for my regular visitors. No jumping through hoops to enter. A comment on any post between 1st October to 31st October is sufficient for entry. Names will go in to a hat. One entry per person (but feel free to comment more often if you have something to say). Up for grabs is a mini quilt (which I have yet to quilt), a Moda pre-cut and maybe some other little things. I will have two winners (for two years blogging of course).Winners will be announced Tuesday, Nov 2 (Melbourne Cup Day - may your favourite horse win/US election day - get out and vote! and may your candidate win).
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday we went south to the country town of Bruswick for their annual agricultural show. All the usual suspects were there.
Wine tasting... interesting how wine and quilts seem to go together...
There was a lot of other stuff, but I didn't take photos. The cows were awesome...
The trip home... could be anywhere, huh?
PS I did the photos in Picasa for the first time, but did not re-size them so apologies if my blog takes too long to load. Still learning...
Thursday, October 21, 2010
They really are rough and ready... perfect for hard use by two little boys (ages 1 and 2 ish). I'm going to do some simple, straight-line quilting. Here is the cute backing fabric, cheap from Textile Traders. Hope you are getting some sewing time!
PS Isn't it great that we have a new quilter in the family!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
That's me on the left in the purple cardigan with the red scarf. It was a wee bit nippy but oh so much fun!
I'm still working on binding a quilt. And my niece Louise (no blog) needs my help for a couple of quick blankets for her boys (ages 1 and 2). And of course there's work and family stuff and housework and laundry and a teddy bear that should get a few stitches. Not to mention working on my SSCS. I'm really having fun with that... too bad I can't show you until after Christmas!!!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
So I did actually sew at the Retreat. The first night I played around with some scrap strips and made sweet little four patches. No photos of those right now. That was just for warm up while I shed 'civilian' life and got in to the Retreat mode. The bulk of my time was spent with my curve master foot and these greens and black and whites. I've laid out a few blocks to give you an idea.
And of course no Retreat is complete without a little Retail Therapy... I was very restrained though. The bag has a story. One of the ladies was making items to sell at the church fete. When she completed this bag I knew it would be for sale at the fete so I asked her if I could by it. When she said yes, I got the money in to her hand before she could change her mind. Sometimes it's just nice to buy something finished... and this bag is just too gorgeous... a little fabric, a new kind of thread to try and some sweet buttons.
And everyone received a sweet little gift of some sort. I was lucky and got this lovely needle case. I know the lady who made it - thank you Prue! I'm so happy I got one!!