Summer days...


I seem to have lots of random fun photos to share, probably enough for a few posts but I'm going throw them all in together and see how it goes.

The next few photos are from our trip to visit family over Christmas.

Yes it's chocolate!! A big yummy scrummy chocolate pizza. As much as I was tempted I didn't eat it. We got it as a gift for my brother's family. I thought it was great that my niece's comment when she saw it was " I want to make one!". Yay! she's a maker!

This is where we found it. The Corowa Chocolate Factory. Corowa is a pretty town near the NSW/VIC border. 



I didn't take many photos over Christmas. There was a point where I brushed Mr Daisy off because I was checking my phone but then I realised that I wasn't being present in the moment. I mean really, it was Christmas and our first family Christmas in 10 years! I put my phone away and didn't bring it out very often. 

I did have to take a photo of this rice and salmon slice that Mr D and his mum made. It was just so Christmassy! 

We found this cute dog at the Botanical Gardens in Ballarat.

Across the road we visited the black swans at Lake Wendouree. These birds were such a big part of my childhood. I always think of them when I would hear the fairytale of The Ugly Duckling.

And I strongly believed fairies would paint their beaks red at night time.


From one lake to another. 
On our trip home we did a detour to Canberra,  What a great city! For a big capital city of Australia it's amazingly green and full of parks with Lake Burley Griffin in the center. 

We had a wonderful day visiting the National Gallery of Australia where we saw an exhibition of treasures from Versailles and lots of wonderful art of all types. 
This photo is of one of the tapestries from Versailles. 

By now you can see I take photos of very random things.  Like this cow spotted in on a wall Gundagai.

and a luscious green tree near by.

Back at home...
One morning I was drinking my tea and noticed my cup matched my table cloth. I guess I like blue daisies.

Another food photo. A delicious dish prepared by Mr Daisy. I'm so lucky that he's an amazing cook. He says he cooks me yummy things to lure me out of my sewing room. It works!

A pretty parrot came to visit us in our mountains home one day. We never feed the birds because we live on the edge of the bush which is like a giant supermarket for birds. But still, they like to visit and chatter at us as though they're telling us their news. 

Another homey photo... I have quite a collection of vases from my florist days. I've run out of shelves and cupboards to store them so one day I put the glass ones on a window sill. I love the way the light shines through them like a 3D stained glass window. 

Now for some photos by someone else - Thank you to Jennifer Wood for taking these wonderful photos of me when I was doing my trunk show of quilts for the Illawarra Quilters, last November.

I know I've said it before but I love the Illawarra Quilters. They are just the most wonderful group of friendly and enthusiastic quilters.





And now to my sewing...


I've been making more folded point block quilts. I've got a few on the go. I think it'll be great to show people who take my classes different styles and different settings for the blocks. Plus they're fun to make. 
If you're interested in joining in the classes at Material Obsession I think there are a couple of spots left. The days are every second Tuesday of the month or every fourth Friday, 10am - 1pm . Call Material Obsession on 9819 6455 or visit their website here or email me for more information.

I made this block for the Quilt NSW hoop display. I kick myself a bit when I look at this photo because this block has a mistake that I didn't notice until it was finished. Arrgghh!! Don't you hate it when that happens!! In my defence I made it on a day that reached 47/117 degrees so I'll blame it on heat stroke. Can you see it? 

I always like to leave you with a smile... so until I'm back with more random photos here's a lovely summery happy mango smile.

Summer days...

38 comments

  1. NO!!! I can't see the mistake....I always remember you telling me, "If you can't see it from a horse galloping by...!!!" It's beautiful and the mistakes just says that only God is perfect! We are both lucky to have partners who cook for us, aren't we?! And that mango makes me smile!

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  2. Cannot see the mistake, looks beautiful, thanks for sharing all those beautiful pictures.

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  3. Don't worry, I didn't see the mistake ! I just saw a beautiful block !
    Australia is a wonderful country and I'm happy for you for the precious moments you spent with your family at Christmas.
    Have a wonderful Weekend !!

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  4. Well, I'm blowed if I can find the mistake. I'm sure if you pointed it out there'd be an "Oh, yeah" moment, but if you don't tell anyone they won't notice. Your trip away sounded wonderful and Mr D is definitely a keeper, creating such yummy meals. Thanks for a fun cheery post.

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  5. What a great post Rachael...full of all the best things! Food, patchwork, chocolate, holidays, a touch of France and red beaks painted by Faeries...just fabulous!

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  6. Nor can I see the mistake and I am not going to sit here glued to the computer screen searching for it - the block looks amazing - that is all that matters!! A lovely post with beautiful photos!

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  7. I love your random post! I had to take a closer look at the pic of you in front of the barn(or metal wall! lol!)...the way those colors changed in the light...neat picture! I even tried squinting my eyes, but still couldn't spot the alleged mistake! Such fun to see you "in action"! xo!

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  8. What a lucky guild....getting to see your quilts up close and personal! And nope....no mistake! Sorry, but you're wrong! Ha!

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  9. Love all of your photos.It is great to see how someone else sees life. Your quilts are gorgeous. Color is so much a part of your world. It is beautiful.

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  10. Rachael, you always post such amazing pictures. I love the random ones. I do that too. I just see something interesting, gross, or amazingly simple and must take a picture. I will have to figure out where to post mine someday. Too busy right now. I love that you have the parrot visitors. The only place we see them here is in a pet shop with a vastly huge price tag.I think I need to make a quilt with a huge cow/bull face in the middle. How fun!! What a great wall to put up a barn(?) quilt. Well, time to get the boys started on school. Thanks for the Joy. Hugs!

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  11. It's fun to see your summer Christmas in Australia. Lucky quilters, getting to see your works up close! You are really taking the "folded points" quilts to new heights! I love seeing your creativity and the fun you have seeing and making.

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  12. Great post, full of colour! And your quilts continue to inspire me! I recall making ONE folded star many years ago, but would love to have a tutorial sometime on those folded point blocks, the way you mix up all the colours is wonderful!

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  13. Is it there?.......nope! Is it?.....nope.....Is it? ........nope, nope, nope.........Rachael..........tell meeeeeee, Is it there? ....nope.....tell me, tell me, tell me....tell me.....tell me...........( picture me slumped on the floor drumming my heels and whinging....telllllll meeeeeeeee! )
    Because like a good "spot the panda" meme.......for the life of me I cannot see any glaring error, but if you would be so kind as to point out said glaring error, I can get on with my life....until then I will be in this corner having a tanty and pouting because I cannot pick it out. 😩😂.
    Glad you had a wonderful Christmas with family, the food looked like great, and Mr D obviously has some food talent there too....lucky girl!

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  14. Family Christmases are sooo much fun in warm weather. Ballart as I remember has beautiful green parks .
    the quick photos of you quilts are delightful. Tell Mr D. He is welcome to cook for me anytime. Just. The photo m@kes me hungry and it's only breakfast time.

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  15. All of these photos are lovely! Inspiration from the best parts of life--Nature, food and fabric. What else do we need. Nothing! Thanks for sharing all of these.

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  16. Your posts are always filled with wonderful treats for the eyes.

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  17. Your posts are always filled with wonderful treats for the eyes.

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  18. Gorgeous pics, thank you for sharing your trip.
    Btw there is no mistake is there .... you are such a tease!

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  19. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos....loved them all. Your glass vases look so pretty with the light shining through them....so cheery! Wonderful quilts xxx

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  20. I have been sitting staring at the screen for ages - bottom of the circle as the folded points move along up the right hand side, is there something amiss with the checks under or overlapping the reds?
    I shall now be seeing circles for the next half an hour.
    Well, you certainly had a lovely Christmas trip and lovely food, and thanks for sharing the photos of your
    trunk show - lovely quilts!

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  21. After staring at the block for a while I can't see the mistake :) I like photos of random things, I think it is more interesting. Love the photo you standing in front of the corrugated iron, it would make a great backdrop for a quilt photo. The rice and salmon slice looks like a great sushi alternative.

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  22. I love your random photos! It's a great cross section of your comings and goings...looks like a lot of fun!
    We have a lot of birds on our property but none as pretty as the ones you have down there. I would love it if the birds would come and tell me the tales of their days!

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  23. what an action packed post! I loved seeing your quilt photos. I"m glad to see you out and talking to groups and inspiring quilters - great outfit!
    OH MY the food photos are so so yummy looking. That cake is unreal.
    If I saw a parrot land on my railing I'd faint. I just can't believe they are just flying around by you. They seem so exotic to me!

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  24. Love and more love...lifted me up again says my finger with empty hole...xxoo

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  25. I like the random photos! Your folded point blocks are amazing - shame you are on the wrong side of the world for me.

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  26. Hon Rachael,wow what a wonderful Xmas you had,boy that pizza looks amazing.
    Wow your sewing is amazing,great pics my friend xx

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  27. I've enjoyed looking at your colourful and happy pictures ! Is there really a mistake in your block ?!

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  28. So much pretty eye candy! I love your happy colorful posts. I sure could use some 'summer' right now. I am not enjoying winter at all. It's my least favorite of all the seasons, so thanks for sharing a bit of summer for those of us craving it right now. :)

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  29. What a fun packed post Rachael! I am thrilled to see you presenting. That means there is hope for us to see some of those quilts at some point here.. Keeping my fingers crossed! xo

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  30. Nope, don't see the mistake at all.:) Love all your fun filled photos!

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  31. Such a lovely collection of photos, thank you. How wonderful to be tempted out of the sewing room with such fab food! Love, love, love the new quilt and so wish I was closer to take a class with you. Amazing vase collection and the colours on the parrot are fabulous. Hugs

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  32. Lots of wonderful photos!! It looks like Christmas was a lovely trip down memory lane for you. And a great way to enjoy having family together. I am pleased you were able to sown some extra activities when travelling there and back. Such a great opportunity. Love all the random pictures as well. The bottles in the light are fun.
    Your trunk show looks amazing! And I love all the blocks you are making for the classes.

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  33. well, Mrs. Daisy, I had the best time looking through your photos! So much color, and so fun! Someday I hope to visit Australia. That bird is just amazing!!! nothing like that in Calif!! And I can't figure out what you said was a mistake in your quilt block.... it looks fine to me! :-) I'd love to take that quilt class: but the commute would be murder! ;-) Have a wonderful week!! Hugs, H

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  34. What fun! So happy to hear your Christmas Holiday was a fun one. So timely that you should have pictures of those beautiful swans. We stayed at the Black Swan Inn in NH over the weekend and had a fantastic time. Your quilts a color sense are always an inspiration!

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  35. Summer Christmas, bright colors, food... You are in an amazing country!

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  36. So much gorgeous colour - food, glass, your quilting, birds ...

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  37. love your random photos and of course I can't for the life of me see anything wrong with that block !! that mango smiley is so cute and I bet it was yummy too !!

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