I'm off to Avalon tomorrow and really must not visit Blogland before I go!
I'll leave you for a few days with a couple of thoughts!
Dear grandson, Byron, said to me this afternoon, "Nanny, how come you are going away again - you have just been to Thailand with me?" That's him in the middle - as John Lennon would sing "Beautiful Boy"!
"It was by chance we met, by choice we became friends!"
Stay safe - hugs!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I'm off to Avalon tomorrow and really must not visit Blogland before I go!
Posted by Lurline at 9:08 PM
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I don't know if you remember, there a little while back, I posted about our Australian flora showing you pics of our wonderful Blackboy Trees - they are very prolific here in Western Australia.
Yesterday, as I was walking the puppies around my lake (not really MY lake, just the one very close by in suburbia!), I came across these glorious specimens - those very tall whitish things reaching up from the top of the leaves are their flowers - isn't nature just amazing? I will say, simple things make me happy, and I am easily pleased - these certainly do - just love them!
I don't usually walk everywhere with my camera, but yesterday I knew there was a beautiful pelican swimming about and I had hope to get a nice pic of him!
Posted by Lurline at 2:37 PM
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Peg from Happy In Quilting wants to know if I have a shopping problem or an addiction - work out what you can, because I really don't know (lol)! I do know I had a lovely day yesterday sewing.
Homespun Workshops visited our patchwork group on Thursday and had a lovely bag pattern so I popped in Friday to their shop to pick up this pattern, and, of course, a wee bit more fabric! I'm so happy with the way this bag turned out - lovely shopping bag size! A really neat pattern, nice pockets and all and I'm very into these lovely happy, modern fabrics at the moment - I think the feature fabric here is Summer in the City! Hope to get some more fat-quarters through the week.
Posted by Lurline at 5:35 PM
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I wasn't going to Post today - I was going to be really serious about sewing! Seeing I had to go out to lunch and am now waiting on a storm to pass to walk the puppies, I decided the sewing will wait until tomorrow!
Here's my 'goodies' - Aunt Millie's Garden applique pattern - I have been chasing it for quite a while! Another 3 patterns, a bag, a cushion and cute little clowns and caterpillar designs done with yo-yos. In the middle, just glorious fabric I couldn't resist - maybe a cushion top for Ronald McDonald House and plenty left over, because I just love it! Then on the right, fabric for a new bag as per pattern, Perle threads and into the lower middle a Liberty hankie for a Christmas gift for someone!
Posted by Lurline at 2:51 PM
Friday, November 21, 2008
Oooh - I am so lucky! Look at this beautiful little Dolly Quilt - I just love it!! I received this in the mail yesterday and it came from Charlotte in Mishawaka. I have yet to make contact with Charlotte as I don't have her email or blogspot address - will certainly be trying hard to track her down. Charlotte, if you are watching, please contact me!
This little quilt is so me and there is a lovely quote on the label "Your work is to discover & then, with all your heart, give yourself to it. Buddha" - how beautiful! Charlotte has certainly put a lot of time and love into this little quilt - again - thank you!
Posted by Lurline at 8:58 AM
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Little Smarty Pants here was wrong - we didn't win any prizes for our WAQA party theme - Countries! Oh, well, nice for somebody else to win for a change (lol)! Above here we have the ladies representing China - they won a prize for Best Decorated Table and certainly well deserved.
Posted by Lurline at 8:01 AM
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Well here it is - I have been telling you about the gorgeous fabrics I bought from Kerri and Julie at Provincial Patch!
What a weekend I had sewing - lots and lots of interruptions! Initially, I had 9 fat-quarters and border fabric - had to add another 2 fat-quarters to make finished quilt something like 60" x 53" including a 4" border. Fortunately I had the extra fat-quarters on hand and they all play beautifully!
I cut my squares 6 1/2". Easy-peasy to sew - not so easy randomly placing blocks, which I wanted to do! Usually I throw blocks down - look good - okay - let's go! Blues couldn't sit against border then the red blocks that madly "pop-out" had to be strategically placed. You see, I want to hand-quilt in big stitches with Perle thread using a stand-out design with cream thread on the red blocks.
So far, I'm very happy with the results - let's hope it looks as nice as I envisage when quilting is done!
Off to our state guild's Christmas Bash today - the theme is "Other Countries" - we are representing Canada - we are a cheeky lot and have been known to win best display a couple of times - here's hoping! We'll certainly stand out dressed in red and white - all decorations in red and white! I've just taken a leek and asparagus tart out of the oven - 9 eggs I used, the recipe by well known Australian chef said 14 - the tart shell I made would not have taken that many!
Hugs and best wishes for a happy day!
Posted by Lurline at 6:53 AM
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Someone recently showed some donkey blocks - sorry! forget who - and they jogged my memory of a UFO! Something else jogged my memory again this morning, so decided to drag these out to show you!
Makes me feel a bit sad and sorry - I put so much thought into the design and the choice of every little piece of fabric and there it is half-finished! Maybe in the New Year, to finish it will become a priority. Somewhere ... there are tiny foundation pieced log cabin blocks and also quite a few Japanese Dollies blocks. I could probably put it together in no time, once I find the missing blocks
A few years ago, our Creative Threads group (now Girlfriends!) decided to do a Recipe Quilt - some of the ingredients being applique, flowers, curved piecing, stars. I think the three circles grouped as they are represent stars in Japanese. Very few of the girls finished their quilts and those who did, the quilts were stunning!
Oh, well, move on Girl! ... off to finish piecing Split 9-Patch quilt - will show you soon - seems to be coming along okay.
Posted by Lurline at 8:53 AM
Friday, November 14, 2008
It's Friday again! Yesterday, the girls at the Rockingham Patchwork Group were so enthusiastic about a mini-workshop on Pink Penguin's tutorial, just look what they achieved - nineteen little baskets were made in a couple of hours! They had their fabrics pre-cut and ready, brought their sewing machines along and with a little help and guidance from Robin and this Little Black Duck they came up with Baskets Galore! Wendy had almost completed her second before we left! I'm sure lots of Christmas gifts will come in little baskets!
Posted by Lurline at 12:28 PM
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
My goodness! This Post is so skew-wiff! I'm having a technically bad day - firstly my camera is on a blind? setting, but still working! Maybe you should read the latter first - anyhow! above is a bathmat I made over the weekend - I'm sure Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville would be so proud of me - I made this bathmat using an old towel as the 'batting', lovely black and white striped ticking for top and backing and a few fun fabrics 'backed' with flannelette. then shaggy-snipped! Of course, then thrown into the washing machine and dryer. I'm sure it will be beautifully absorbent and will be used for years to come - after all, we are all very clean after we get out of the shower or bath!
Posted by Lurline at 5:45 PM
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Retail Therapy has overcome me - also lovely UFO's!
Let me first tell you Christine of Once Upon a Quilt ... is having a Give-away - it doesn't close until the end of the month, I think - thank goodness that is a long way off!
Next - last week's shopping trip to Materialise and Calico and Ivy - how is that strawberry fabric! I just love it, but won't be using it in the near future - too many other ideas, not to mention quilts to make.
Posted by Lurline at 4:03 PM
Friday, November 7, 2008
Oooh - a little chilly here this morning and we are well into spring!
Look at the cutest little fabric baskets - tutorial from the Pink Penguin! I have been looking at them on other girls' blogs and thought they may be too fiddly for me - well, they are really nifty and easy once you have done the first one. Thank you so much to the Pink Penguin!
I made four on Wednesday and took them along to show the girls at one of my sewing groups yesterday for Show and Tell - a lot of them are very enthusiastic about making them for Christmas gifts, so we are having a little sew-and-sew next Thursday. It will be interesting to see the little baskets created by a group - I will post a piccie!
DD, Angela, will be over after dropping the kids at school - she's a hairdresser, so time for a little trim and blow-dry, then I'm off to meet friends for a little retail therapy, then lunch. Guess where the retail therapy will happen!
Have a good weekend everyone!
Posted by Lurline at 8:08 AM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Nearly 4 years ago I moved from Brisbane/Queensland to Perth/Western Australia to be with our children and grandchildren! Brisbane is sort-of my hometown and when I returned there in 1994 and found the pleasure of quilting, one of the first girls I met was Christine. We spent many fun times together and formed a great friendship culminating in wonderful times with our cottage group Birds of a Feather.
Christine is a wonderful quilter - if you haven't visited please do - Once Upon a Quilt .... - you will find some interesting reading and see some beautiful quilts. The quilt above won Retaining the Tradition and Viewers' Choice at the recent Queensland Quilt Show ! Isn't it just gorgeous?
Posted by Lurline at 9:15 AM
Monday, November 3, 2008
I wasn't at all happy with the way my former attempt on the little quilt for Doll Quilt Swap 5 was turning out, so I started again and decided to do a Split 9-Patch. It's very interesting how something so simple turns out so interesting!
I cut my 9-patch squares 3 1/2" and the little quilt is approximately 16" x 20" completed.
Then I decided to hand-quilt with Perle thread (yes, again!) and the more I quilt with big stitches the more I am enjoying it - just adds that little something to a quilt!
Posted by Lurline at 9:55 AM