Sunday, October 11, 2015

Come with me to the post office.

"I'm putting on my bow ties, brushing off my top hat..."
That's the song I was humming as I sewed bow tie blocks for a swap organised by Barb of Fun with Barb.
Barb has organised 81 quilters ( that's a lot of quilters!!) from all around the world to make bow tie blocks. We send them to her and she sorts them out so that everyone gets a mix of blocks. It's a great way to get a variety of fabrics in a number of blocks, but mostly it's about being part of something fun in the quilting community.

Silly me forgot to take photos before I packaged the finished blocks up to send. To make up for my scatterbrain lapse I decided to take you along with me on the scenic route to the post office. When my fellow swappers get their blocks they'll know their blocks from me were carried along a green leafy path, under the trees in the land down under.

Okay, off we go, down to the bottom of the garden where there's a path edged by rocks.

It seems as though there are a zillion stairs leading down into the lush green valley.

If I need to stop to catch my breath, I can lose it again looking at the breath taking view. Every time I walk this way I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful area.

We keep following the stairs, 
step by step
down and down. 
You can see the bridge in the distance.

And here we are at the bridge. We haven't had much rain lately so the creek is just a trickle. It's amazing how quickly it starts flowing again with a shower or two.

Once on the other side the leafy path leads along the creek, through the ferns and under the gum trees.

There are always things to stop and look at, I hadn't noticed this fallen tree before. I loved the beauty in its decay.

When I reach this point where I have to duck beneath the crooked tree growing over the path I know I'm halfway to the shops.

I say hello to the Cousin It grass tree as I pass by.

Photos don't capture the sounds that can be heard on our journey. You'll just have to imagine big noisy Aussie birds yelling and squawking, while others twitter and chatter as though they are telling me the latest gossip.
Unseen frogs croak and make wood block sounds. One day I hope to see one of those shy amphibious fellows.
In the tree tops branches creak and their leaves whisper shhhhhh.
The creek trickles and there's a point the watery splashes get louder as I pass by a waterfall. My heart smiles because Mr Daisy and I had some of our wedding photos taken on the rocks there.
My boots stomp as I walk with heavy steps to let the snakes know I'm coming through and to get off the path.
Occasionally there's a rustle in the bushes but I scurry on, I have no desire to meet a bunyip, and I have important mail to send!!

Before too long the path escorts us upwards

 and onwards.

Soon we're on a road...

that leads to the town car park.

From there it's just a hop skip and a jump to the post office.

Hello posties!! I did plan to get a photo of the parcel as it was being sent but my mail lady was super efficient and whisked it away before I had time to say goodbye. Knowing my parcel was in good hands and on it's way I continued on...

to the newsagents where I bought myself a copy of Down Under Quilts...

because on page 74 and 79 are my quilts in a show and tell article about the 2015 Australian Modern Quilt Show.

The featured blogger in this edition is my blog friend Karen of Pieces of Contentment. It's always a pleasure to visit her blog for her beautiful photos of daily life and nature, and read her thoughtful posts about her sewing, especially as she explores organic fabrics, threads and batting.

So there you are, now you know what my walk into town looks like. Thanks for coming along and keeping me company. When I get my package of bow tie blocks back from the swap I promise I'll share a myriad of photos of them. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Blooming Doilies

It's about time I did a proper show and tell of my Blooming Doilies quilt. I'll probably waffle on a bit because I want to jot down all the details so I don't forget them but you can always just scroll through and look at the photos if you find my ramblings too wordy. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wattle Day and a few links

This here's the wattle, It's the emblem of our land
you can stick it in a bottle, you can hold it in your hand.
Monty Python

Not only is it the first day of spring in Australia but the first of September is also Wattle Day.
Wouldn't you agree that wattle is the perfect flower to welcome spring with it's flowers that look like sunshine.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Things that add colour to my days

My international jet setting cover quilt arrived home today. 

A photo shoot seemed to be the right way to welcome it home. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Here, there and everywhere.

Thanks for being patient with me while I've been absent, I could give you a zillion excuses but they don't really matter. Today is a new day. The sun is shining through the trees, The birds are happily chirping, and here I sit writing a blog post.
Could it be that my mojo dry spell has broken and I’m back in the world of blogging??? Gosh, I hope so.
It’s funny how real life just takes over sometimes.

I love blogging, I really do...

Thursday, July 30, 2015

YoYos a la Mode in print.

Hi everyone - 
We've kidnapped Rachaeldaisy and have been chasing butterflies and following rainbows. Now we've taken her on a picnic in the woods so we'll be away a little bit longer.
She asked us to say a big thank you to all those have checked in on her to make sure she's alright. It's nice to know she's missed. Be assured it won't be long until she's back to her regular blogging.

In the meantime you can check out the current issue of Quilters Companion #74 ...

where on page 76...

you'll find the pattern for her Yo-yo's a la Mode quilt.

Beautiful styling as always. Quilters Companion always manage to find the right place to photograph their featured quilts. 

Quilters Companion is an Australian publication so although it's easy to find in our local newsagents I'm not sure about the availability of the magazine overseas but you can download copies digitally here at Zinio.  

You can read more about this quilt and how it won second place in the Modern Traditionalism category at the Australian Modern Quilt Show in a past post here

Thanks for being patient and see you soon for lots of blogging fun!! 


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