Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Another week of sewing - er, I mean skiing

Well I didn’t make my goal – my sewing goal that is, the one where I was going to put together six flowers of my grandmother’s flower garden quilt.  I did get one more flower ready to add.  This is a pretty one…


And today I managed to make two blocks for my paper piece partner that are long overdue – from before I went to Australia…


Once again I was too busy skiing to do much sewing.  Hubby and I went for a three day ski camping trip over the Easter weekend.  Here’s a photo montage…

On our drive to Atlin, the take off point, we came across a herd of caribou…  My first good picture of caribou…


Our first rest stop…


And our first camp spot…


We had to look at a lot of scenery like this…


Hubby and the dog and I…


A gourmet meal…


A cup of wine to celebrate arriving home….


The snow is quickly melting and the ice is rotting.  The skiing might be done for this year.  I am off to a quilt retreat from Thursday to Sunday so I should have some sewing to show next week.  Smile


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Week of Sewing (Not!)

I am having a heck of a time getting any sewing done.  Maybe it’s because I’m too busy doing other things.  Like working.  Or spending my day off going to the recently reopened coffee shop…the dogs couldn’t understand why they had to wait outside…


And skiing down the lake…  We saw 27 or more of these birds…


Trumpeter swans…  We also saw three otters and two mountain goats but they weren’t close enough for photos.  We straggled home at the end of about four hours out… but we did get a tea break in there. Smile 


Yesterday I did manage to get a bit of hand stitching done by tackling it at every opportunity…  I managed to finish the pathway on one flower for the Grandmother’s Flower Garden and I can now join it onto the three that I have sewn together already…


Don’t you love all the movement in this flower?  I do! 

I have a goal to make the strip be six flowers long by next Monday.  Will I accomplish it?  Tune back in next week for an update.  Smile


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Home from Australia and a sewing post

You may have noticed that I didn’t post anything about sewing while I was in Australia.  That’s because I really didn’t do any sewing.  I took lots of hand stitching projects with me, but we were too busy most of the time for me to pay attention to them.  I’m not sure why I didn’t sew on the plane going to Australia but on the way home it was too rough for me to sew. 

I did get to sit out in the yard a few times, listening to the lilting song of the Australian magpies, watching the parrots swoop around, enjoying the sun and sewing.  I made two sets of hexie flowers for my February and March swap partners in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap.  Interestingly both Michele and Nora asked for 30s/40s reproduction fabric petals and yellow centres.  My LQS doesn’t sell 30s/40s reproduction fabric so I had to find some in my stash.  I think I did okay with these – I really like modern fabrics and haven’t paid a lot of attention to the reproduction ones, so had to sort of guess whether I was using the right fabrics.



When we were on the train travelling from Armidale to Hawkesbury River I added second round hexies to one of my own flowers.  Look at all those dots!


I only made it to one quilt store in Australia, EasySew in Hobart, Tasmania.  I guess sewing was really not at the forefront of my mind. Smile  But I was able to get some Australian print fat quarters, which I’m really happy about.  Animals and aboriginal designs, which I love.  My sister gave me the one with the Eucalyptus leaves for my birthday.


The sewing highlight of the trip however was the opportunity to meet my blogging friend Lynne, from Never Too Hot to Stitch.  Even though they had sold their house and bought a new one and were working on packing their house for the move, Lynne and her husband Mark met us at the ferry docks in Sydney and we had a lovely visit.  They bought us dinner at a lovely restaurant, City Extra and we chatted into the evening.  I fear that we kept them out too late as they had a long trip home and Mark had to be up early for work, but it was so interesting to meet them and learn about their lives in Australia.  And I forgot to get a picture of us…

When I got home my second round hexies from my January swap partner, Celine, were waiting in the mail and I promptly sewed them onto flowers.


I am behind on a few swap items – my February/March paper piecing blocks and my March Canadians Quilt block.  But today I finished up my last piece for the Get Your Hex On swap.  This flower is for Sara in Italy.


That’s all the sewing I’ve done since we got home.  Jet lag, returning to work and all the catching up have kept me busy.  And this weekend I HAD to make Ukrainian eggs with my friend Donna…


The  one on the top right is dyed.  I wrote words all over it with the wax, then dyed it, but unfortunately the dyes aren’t dark enough to be able to read the words.  So I made another one, bottom left, where I dyed the egg a light blue then wrote the words all over it with Sharpie pens.  The other two are dyed.  These are fun to make and always look so pretty.

That’s all for now folks.  I am back in the saddle, have a quilt retreat coming up later in the month and plan to get lots of sewing done in the next while.  And I am going to try and post a little more often to the blog. Open-mouthed smile


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A last post from Australia

We leave tomorrow to go to Dangar Island.  I am spending today tying up loose ends, one of which was having a closer look at koalas.  There is a woman in Uralla who belongs to an organization called WIRES (Australian Wildlife Rescue and Education Service) who keeps animals at her home and lets people come and see them.  She had 7 koalas and 22 wallabys, plus a goat – found as a newborn feral goat – and numerous birds.  Some of the birds are her own that she keeps for pets.  Of the koalas she said she will release four but the other three she won’t, one as it is too domesticated and the other two as they are blind.  The wallabys are all to be released but they are difficult to catch so she has to wait until the parks people can help her and she will give them a bit of sleeping potion on their food.  The goat will eventually go to live somewhere with other goats. 

IMG_7620  Bonnie

IMG_7623 A joey

IMG_7625 Bonnie and I making friends


Wally – he is fully blind and likes to sit on the ground because of that.

IMG_7629 Matilda

My hubby had his first experience of texting yesterday.  He was in the car with our nephew, who was driving, when the nephew’s phone rang for a text coming in.  With detailed instruction from our nephew my hubby was able to read the text to him, which came from a female friend.  The instruction for responding did not get through as well.  Hubby was supposed to say ok and was told to push the m three times for o.  Instead he pushed the m three times and got mmm which he promptly sent off.  He then tried to correct his error but sent a second text which was blank.  At this point my nephew pulled over and sent the ok text.  Moments later there was a phone call from the perplexed young woman who received “mmm”, blank, “ok” and hubby had to explain that he is text – and almost totally cell phone – illiterate.

A few more shots from Armidale.  My niece, who has been home for a few days, hoeing the garden beds


The chooks


Beau, the border collie puppy


and a shot that my sister got of the dolphin in Port MacQuarie



Monday, March 17, 2014


We are back from our week in Tasmania.  It has been like going from a strange land to another strange land!  Charles Darwin opined about Australia that “Surely two distinct Creators must have been at work.”  Our trip started in Hobart, relatively tame but insightful for me as my triple great grandfather was a lieutenant governor there.  We had a private tour of the governor’s mansions public rooms; although my relative didn’t live in this house, he was in the former mansion which no longer exists.



We stayed in the Old Wool Store apartment hotel, quite interesting


and walked through the botanical gardens where my ancestor had a wall built by convicts. 


The next day we went to the MONA, Museum of Old and New Art.  What an eclectic mix!!  Some fantastic modern art…


And equally fascinating old…


Then we were off to Cradle Mountain Natural Park, a whole new world where we saw more interesting animals and astounding vegetation…


An echidna


A pademelon


A poteroo


And a wombat ( he was huge, bigger than I expected anyway.  The size of a small pig)


A skink (about 6 inches long)


A black currawong




And a Huntsman spider (non-venomous – about two inches across when folded up like this)


Sometimes it felt like we were on a different planet…




Now we are back in the relatively tame environs of Armidale.  The moon is full and we are relaxing for a couple of days.