Monday, January 16, 2017

Stepping into the new year

Mr Daisy and I enjoy walking when we can. Nothing too monumental. A half an hour brisk walk in the early morning before the working day begins or a more lengthy stroll in the long luxurious summer evenings that make it feel as though there are extra hours in the day. On weekends we venture further afield to find new vistas.

Recently on the way to the supermarket we thought we'd do a quick explore of a track 5 minutes away from the shops. Caught up in it's beauty we postponed the shopping and took our time following the full track.  

I took photos along the way to share.

The flower fairy in me jumped with delight when I saw these beautiful Flannel Flowers along the path. They are native to the Sydney region of Australia and get their name from the texture of their petals and leaves which do indeed feel like flannel. 

From velvet softness to big tough spiky banksias. I know I'm biased but I love Australian flowers!

How could we resist following a pretty path like this. 

It led us to a blue gum forest

Beautiful pale trunks reaching for the sky.

Down below, little pops of colour catch my eye.

You wouldn't believe this pretty flower is known as a Mountain Devil. It gets it's nickname from the seed pod that has two little spikes like devil's horns.

I'm always impressed see where some plants decide to make their home.

I stop to admire leaves

and logs

and calm neutral tones of moss and lichen.

Happy heart!

As we walk we chat - quite often about how lucky we are to be walking the tracks of the Blue Mountains. Each path has it's own character. Sometimes we're led into valleys, or along ridges to breathtaking views. We like to identify the birds whose calls, sqwarks and twitterings we hear. I point out and name the flowers, Mr Daisy enjoys recognising the different trees. 

Another day we did a walk that had a winding path that led us up and down valleys to see not just 1 but four different waterfalls!  That was the day my camera wasn't charged so I only have one photo to share.

We even sometimes walk in the rain.

Or simply wander around our garden.

Okay, okay... Enough talking of walking, I know you're wondering... "Has Rachael been sewing?!?"
I'm happy to say "Yes I have!!"
I've been working on more Whizz Bang! style quilts.

But I'll leave those photos until the next post...
There's no rush, sometimes it's good to take one step at a time. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Merry Christmas from Downunder

Christmas is on its way!

and I'd just like to say...

I hope you have a hoppy time,

with colourful friends

and friendly family.

May you laugh like a kookaburra,

sing like a lyrebird,

 chatter like a dolphin.

and be as cute as a platypus.

I hope your tables are full of tasty treats

and yummy foods that remind you of home.

May your days be filled with beauty,

big smiles,

relaxing times,

and much happiness.

Wishing you lots of sunshine from downunder 

and a very, very, merry, merry Christmas!!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

A little thank you giveaway!

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my last post. It means a lot that you take the time to comment and I really do treasure your lovely words. 

As I've mentioned 2017 is shaping up to be an action packed year for me. I've got some other teaching dates to look forward to, In March I'll be heading up north to Coffs Harbour to do Whizz Bang! workshops at Nesting Needles.  The shop looks gorgeous, full of fabulous fabrics and Lisa stocks lots of ric rac and trims. I'm so looking forward to spending time with Lisa and the Coffs Harbour quilters. If you're interested in joining in the fun give the shop a call. Check out the Nesting Needles website here.

Here's a bit of Christmas fun to share with you. 
Many years ago, well 11 years ago I made this Christmas stocking for my friend LeoniePeony. It's when we were florists so of course I had to go with a flowery theme. 

I love seeing it on this fabulous Christmas hexagon quilt Leonie made. 

The flowers are meant to be 3D. It's fun to think I was playing with felt all those years ago. 

Here is the stocking Leonie made me. A wonderful crazy pieced, colourful stocking. She's incorporated some pieces of silk I brought back from a trip in India and finished it off with wonderful big chinese tassels. I love it so much I have it hanging all year.

And now it's time for a little Thank You Giveaway. 

I've been so thankful to all of the wonderful comments I received about my exciting news of teaching classes next year. And for all the congratulations on received on my awards for my Fair and Square yo-yo quilt. With these two things in mind I've decided to have a giveaway of a Quilters Companion 2017 Diary, that just happens to have my modern yo-yo quilt on the front.

It's such a great diary! I love the ring binder so it lays open or can be flipped around,  There's lots of room for writing notes, or jotting down quilt ideas. Each week has a quilt photo with a double page spread at the beginning of each month.
My Charming Smiles quilt is Miss March
I'm using mine for all my important dates next year but I was thinking it would also be a good sewing room diary, for writing down notes of what projects you're sewing, a reminder of fabrics used or particular measurements, thoughts about techniques, quilt deadlines etc. Even just to flip through and look at all of the fabulous quilts is inspiring. 

This Giveaway is now closed - A Huge thank you to all who entered - I loved reading all of your wonderful comments. The winner is Cindy Maki. I've emailed her so hopefully she'll be doing a happy dance when she finds out she's getting a wonderful quilt diary. 

To be in the giveaway leave a comment on this post. I'll use the random selector, or pull a name out of a hat next Saturday 17th December at 6pm, Blue Mountains, Australia time. Everyone is welcome to enter. I'm more than happy to ship worldwide.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

More Exciting News!

Yes, you read the heading correctly.
Can you believe I have more exciting news!?!?

This has really been the most amazing year with one wonderful thing after another.
Well...  I guess you could say this latest bit of exciting news is really about next year.

Because in 2017 I'll be teaching classes at Material Obsession!! 

The class is called Whizz Bang and Beyond,  inspired by my Best in Show quilt Whizz Bang! I'll share my techniques for making different types of folded point blocks. No doubt there'll be fun with all my favourite things - yoyos, ricrac, trims, buttons and all things colourful.  

I've been busy sewing blocks as teaching samples and have lots of ideas for different ways of using the blocks. You know what I'm like when I start thinking of ideas,  my imagination can lead to all sorts of colourful places. If you join the class we can go on the adventure together. 

 Read more about all the great classes offered by Material Obsession on the classes page of their website here.

And for a real life event Material Obsession is celebrating their annual Swap day as a Swap and Sale night next Tuesday 13th December.  They'll be open until 9pm so you can browse with a glass of bubbles and snap up lots of specials. What a great way to spend a summer's eve. Check out the Material Obsession blog for more details.

For all my lovely followers who don't live in Sydney and can't make it to the classes, the upside is I'll have lots of wonderful photos to share with you.

It looks as though 2017 is shaping up to being another amazing year!


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