I did something other than Sewing!

I did something other than Sewing!

On Friday afternoons at work the conversation usually turns to our plans for the weekend. My fellow florists get up to all sorts of different things whereas my reply is usually " Oh you know me... I'll be sewing". This week I had something different to say!!  My reply was " Mr Daisy and I going on a a twilight trip on a vintage steam train through the Blue Mountains!!"  And that's what we did.  On Saturday at precisely 4.48pm the train arrived in clouds of steam and smoke.  The sound was thunderous!! Really, really, really loud!!! We were in economy but it seemed luxurious compared to modern trains.  We settled in nicely and were soon on our way. I didn't capture it in a photo but at lots of points along the tracks people were lined up to wave as we flew by. Of course we had fun waving back!! The views were picturesque,  the Blue Mountains are always beautiful.  Travelling with the windows wide o

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A Trio of Quilts

A Trio of Quilts

Each year the Quilter's Guild of NSW holds a challenge for it's members to make a mini quilt with a set theme. Some examples of past challenges include Hexagon Hype, Purple and Yellow, Spot the Spot. The only limits are the size of 40cm x 40cm (16inches x16inches) and that the piece be 3 layers. The quilts then become a travelling suitcase exhibition and will tour for a year or two.  I've been a member of the guild for a few years now but somehow each year would fly by before I'd get something made. Ha, no more excuses - this year I finally jumped in early and got sewing.  The theme for the 2014 Suitcase Challenge was "Mini Modern". Just to make sure I was on the right track I looked up What is a Modern Quilt? and found the answer on the Modern Quilt Guild's blog "Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. T

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Where have I been?

Where have I been?

Crikey! It's nearly been 2 weeks since I last did a post!!  Where does the time go??    My excuse is that I've been working extra shifts at my day job while a couple of my colleagues have been away. It's kept me busy, but included lots of laughing times with flowers and foliage flying everywhere.  But now things will be settling down and returning to normal.  I must say, I'm looking forward to catching my breath... and spending more time in my neglected sewing room. I did add to my big box of scrappy yo-yos when I had a spare moments here and there... and got a few rows of big stitch quilting done. Nice and easy when I'm just following the dots.  I'll have more time for blogging too!! My show and tell is piling up.  In my next post I'll not only share one finished quilt but three!!  I promise I won't wait 2 weeks this time :) Until then, I hope your days are as colourful as a rainbow balloon flowe

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Double Denim Wedding Ring Quilt is going on tour

Double Denim Wedding Ring Quilt is going on tour

Woo Hoo - Exciting News!! I'm very pleased to say that my  Double Denim Wedding Ring  quilt   has been chosen to be part of a Double Wedding Ring Quilt exhibition. The group of quilts, curated by Victoria Findlay Wolfe will be on display at Original Sewing and Quilting Expos all around the US. I can only wish that the exhibition would come to Australia too, I'll keep my fingers crossed, you never know what can happen... In the meantime I'm doing happy dances at the thought of my quilt travelling around and being part of a wonderful group of quilts. Yippee!!   The tour kicks off this weekend in Atlanta!! No doubt all the quilters there are already planning to go. Who can resist seeing those wonderful quilts, sewing workshops and maybe doing a bit of shopping too.  Here's a list of all the dates for Original Sewing and Quilting Expos around the US so you can see when the Expo will be nearby and you can pop the dates in your diary.  Atlant

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Hello Spring!!

Hello Spring!!

Dear Spring,  It's that time of year when the leaves begin to pop out from branched buds to wave a welcome as you approach. Shy bulb flowers start to show their faces.  I love the way you arrive in a cloud of blossom, bearing armfuls of colourful flowers and a warm sunny smile.  Your friends, the birds and butterflies, are always close on your heels and soon it's one big happy party complete with lively bird song and heavenly scented breezes.  Even the sun stays up later and later to join in the fun.  Dear Spring, I'm so happy that you've come to visit us again.  Happy flowers to everyone!

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