Thursday, December 17, 2009

Club Quilt Christmas Party

Last night Club Quilt Narromine held it's Christmas party. We had a delicious meal and then exchanged hand made gifts. This is what I received, made by Pat. It is beautiful, thankyou Pat.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

SSCS decoration

This is the decoration I received from Dianah as part of the Secret Santa Christmas Swap organised by chookyblue. It goes perfectly with the silver and gold decorations I have on my tree. I am opening the gift I received from Dianah on Christmas day.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Final football quilt

I have finshed the three football supporter quilts that I was aked to make. This is number 3. I will have to pack them up and get them to their new owners.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Secret Stitchers Angel

These are the three gifts I sent to my secret stitcher angel swap partner. I made a pin cushion, needle case and a fold up sewing companion.
I sent them to Krisztina, she lives in Budapest.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mathilda's Quilt

I have made this quilt for a friends daughter who turns 1 next month.The embroidery is from a pattern by Leanne Beasley and the fabric is simplicity.
I have stippled the quilt.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Weekend Retreat

On the weekend 8 of us were invited to Carols farm just out of town for a retreat. Carol holds these wonderful weekends about twice a year and we have a great time sewing, eating, drinking, talking and laughing. I made these two rugby league supporter quilts for friends sons, using a flag for the centre.
Sorry the photos are blurred, I have a problem with my camera.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Stiching Angel Gifts

These are two of the gifts made for me by Berni Shell my stitching angel. Thankyou so much Bernie I really appreciate these lovely hand made gifts. Bernie also sent me a laundry bag,steam a seam, which you use to stick applique on with, some chocolate (which I have eaten) a postcard and badge from Seattle where she lives. Bernie also made and sent a lavender bag, but unfortunately we have very strict laws about bringing plant material into Australia so the package was opened by custome and the lavender bag removed. They sent me a note saying I could have the lavender bag "gamma irradiated" at the cost of $42.50, but Bernie and I decided the money could be better spent. Thanks once again.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Spring has sprung

Just couldn't resist sharing some of the lovely spring flowers with you.So far it is too warm for this time of the year and we desperately need rain, but this is some of what is happening at my place.
Apologies to all those in the Northern hemisphere heading into Winter.

Scrappy Quilt

I found this fabric on super special at Quilters biz in the US and couldn't resist it. I am visiting my family in Sydney this weekend and I thought I would give my daughter in law a choice between the two shaggies I have made. Or she can have both if she wants to.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Shaggy Quilt

I finished the shaggy quilt for my daughter in law Michelle last night. I put a small border on it to finish it off.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

More Cottage on the Hill

I purchased these beautiful fabrics on our weekend at the Cottage on the Hill. They are Japanese and are called Daiwabo selection for EE Schenck Co. Not sure how I will use them yet. Any suggestions? I have 11 half meters.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Golf Championships

For the past week Narromine have been playing their championships. This is played over four rounds of 18 holes on two Tuesdays and two Wednesdays. I am a pretty average golfer but on the first Tuesday I had the round of my life playing 11 under my handicap(84) which was 26. I lost 5 shots to bring me back to 21 handicap. The next day I played 1 below my new handicap (89)much to my amazement.
I was leading the handicap. Yesterday I did it again playing right to my handicap (90)and today was the final round and I managed to hold it all together to play 1 over my handicap(91). I won the A grade handicap event.Our golf course is all taken care of by volunteers, so we are really lucky to have it in such great condition. As you can see we don't have grass greens, we putt on a mixture of fine sand mixed with oil. We have to smooth out the sand with a special rake everytime we putt.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Trip to Cottage on the Hill

On the weekend five of us visited Kerry Swain at the Cottage on the Hill for our annual retreat. The journey was great (4.5 hours)a big thankyou to Peg for driving, the accomodation was fantastic, the scenery is majestic, the town of Nundle is quaint and the patchwork shop divine. This is what I made, double wedding ring with Swanky fabric. Can't wait to finish it.Thanks to Kerry for making it all so special.

Shaggy Quilt

This is how far I have progressed with the shaggy quilt for my daughter in law. I need to cut the edges and wash and dry it.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Road Trip to Cobar

On the 8th August Carol organised a trip to Cobar which is approx 250 kilometers west of Narromine.The Cobar Quilt Shop is well worth a visit with a huge range of fabrics in stock. I thought I could use this ruler as I have been wanting to make a quilt using diamond shapes.
My daughter in law has requested a shaggy quilt. The fabric is Cosmic cricket, I hope she likes it.

This range is Cider Mill Road by Nancy Halverson, I bought a layer cake.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Help is needed

Sorry I have been missing from blogland, school holidays is my only excuse. I need some help with the scrappy quilt I am making. When I have sewn the blocks they have to be trimmed back to 4.5 inches. Does anyone have advice on how to do this so I end up with the triangles of the dark fabrics the same size. Look forward to hearing from you.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Birthday Quilt

It was Club Quilt Sunday yesterday and I started making a quilt top using my birthday fat quaters. The block is 4.5 inches so it will take me a while. This is what I acheived yesterday.Once again thankyou to all those who sent me a gift.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Well here they all are. Thankyou for all your birthday wishes and the fabric,Kerry, June, Helen, Fiona,Donna,Bec,Maree,Aunty Alison, Peg,Gai,Jo Jo,Karri, Alison,Lynda, Anita and Jenny.I have an idea for a quilt.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Birthday fat quarters

In my last post I explained about the birthday fat quarter swap. This has come in the mail during the last week. I still have another seven to receive. I am opening them all on my birthday the 14th. Will show you the contents then.

Monday, June 8, 2009

10am til 10pm

It was Club Quilt Sunday this week and we decided to have a 10am til 10pm day as Monday is a public holiday. It took me all day to make the extra blocks I needed to complete this scrappy top. I have sewn the borders on today.
I am in two birthday fabric swaps. I joined in one organised by Maree (On my Verandah),there are seven of us in this swap.Whilst we were at Nundle for "The girls day in the country", 19 of us decided to do a fabric swap for our birthdays. Chooky Blue did all the organising(thanks Donna). It is my birthday on the 14th and I have already received 5 packages. I am keeping them all until the day . I will be posting pictures of the contents. It is sooooo exciting, can't wait.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


This is the other project I worked on at Ridgecrest.BOM made with Peace on earth fabrics. I have another 3 blocks to add then there will be a red spoy border and a green border all the way round.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


We have just returned from a weekend retreat at Ridgecrest. This is one of the spectacular views. It is not far from Wellington in NSW and overlooks Burrendong dam.Ridgecrest is run by the Baptist church but allows anyone to hire their facilities. We stay in "the Lodge".Eight of us went and we had a great time.

I made this scrappy quilt top, but I am planning to add more.Thanks to Peg who did all the organising but couldn't go, we all missed you heaps.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Weekend away

Where does time go? I can't believe that it is a month since I have done a post.I have been to Sydney for Easter, and have had 4 grandchildren and a friend to visit for a week.Then we had a weekend at Carol's farm. Six of us slept for two nights with two more visiting in the day time. It was organised for us to stay in pyjamas for the whole weekend.(We did shower and put fresh ones on each day). It was great.

This is some of what I did over our pyjama party weekend. It doesn't quite grab me. It needs to stand out more. I might make a tble topper out of it. Peg suggested I put the plain white in and it does look better.Still deciding what to do.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Going Away again!

Not much sewing has been happening this week. I have started a black and white project, this is how the blocks look, but as it is school holidays we are going to see our grandsons and bringing some of them back to Narromine for a holiday.

This is the label put on the quilt from the last post. I will be delivering the quilt whilst we are in Sydney. Hope everyone had a great Easter.Golf is in full swing and I have had one round that was almost golf, the rest have been very ordinary.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Finished quilt

After finishing the top on Sunday, I decided to quilt it on Monday. I have stippled the small squares in the centre and have quilted straight lines both ways on the outer squares.

5 hours both days. The close up of the quilting doesn't show up in my photos.

Just the label to do.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Finished quilt top

It was Club Quilt Narromine get together today, we had 10 ladies turn up for a great day. Shiela,an old friend visited us , it was lovely to see her again. I completed the quilt I am making as a gift for Kalan, who turned one last December. The top is complete, I will quilt it this week.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Girls Day in the Country

I am back from a great weekend spent in Nundle at The Girls Day in the Country. Rosalie Quinlan and Leanne Beasley were the guest tutors and it was all organised by Kerry Swain from Cottage on the Hill. What a wonderful time we had. This is the project I am trying to achieve. It is punch needle and designed by Rosalie, hers is the front of a bag. I am going to make mine into a wall hanging.

This is as far as I have got, it takes a lot of work. The grass looks a bit dodgy, its verigated thread.The golfing season starts tomorrow, we begin with 9 holes and a delicious lunch so I am, going to help organise that this afternoon, will keep you posted on how I went.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Baby Quilt

It was Club Quilt Narromine sewing Sunday yesterday, although we were few in number we had a good day. This is a quilt I am making for a friends baby. It is to celebrate his first birthday and christening. I have used wildflower serenade fabric. It will be finished soon.

This is the centre.The pattern is a freebie it is called Canterbury (

Friday, March 13, 2009

The traveller returns.

Having had the most relaxing holiday, I am back to my wonderful life.Here are just a few photos to view until I have some sewing project to display.Sydney was our first port of call.

Coffs Harbour,on the mid North coast of NSW. NSW has some of the best beaches and scenery I have ever seen, it is just beautiful.

Waterfalls at Dorrigo.

The beach at our resort at Coffs Harbour. The day after we arrived in Narromine, we were comandeered to help clean an old rental property, owned by our son. This took us the best part of ten days!!! I have got my sewing machine out and have started on a project. Looking forward to seeing all those going to GDITC at Nundle.

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