Friday, December 21, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Anyway, what I am showing is my effort from the Bernina workshop. I always try to do the Bernina workshops, because I usually pick up something interesting or get reminded of something I had forgotten. Also there is always something neat to take home. Last year it was a Bernina bag which we had worked with the BSR and done freehand embroidery on. This year we did a Scissors Fob. The flower at the top is felted and came in the kit - there just isn't enough time to try out all the techniques. The front is stitched using the BSR and the bow is sewn on using the button stitch. Now I have never sewn on a button using a sewing machine (and am probably not about to start either) so I had never though to use the stitch to sew other things on securely. So that is a new thing I learnt from this activity. And it is always nice to get ideas of how to use the machine. I have had my 440 now for over a year and I have hardly tried anything more than just straight sewing.
And it is always great to view the quilt show which is held in conjunction as well. There is just so much beautiful work out there. You can see the winner's quilts here.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Sometimes just looking at a smaller collection of quilts prevents overloading and I have to say that my appreciation was great. It was only held for two hours because it was really just for sharing, so I am glad that I could make it.
It certainly is also inspiring because these are local quilters and it proves once again that beautiful quilts are being made everywhere. What a feast for the eyes!
Friday, October 12, 2007
I decided I would just start from today and as I go I will put a few photos and happenings from the past few weeks in between, and catch up. I just have to get the photos from the camera to the computer and then I'm in business. Talk to you soon....
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Let me explain a bit more - the night before last my computer got into a temper tantrum because it had a hiccup while shutting down. Now this error meant that I thought that I would have to reinstall Windows and all the grief that goes with that - like losing the photos and email addresses that I hadn't backed up etc. I am fairly good at backing things up ( I put things onto DVD, I don't know if it is the best method but it works for me at the moment.) But of course I wasn't up to date. We do have another computer and I could get onto the internet to search for things so I had a bit of information about the problem. I had been working on it but not really getting anywhere when a unexpected visitor came and helped. Between the two of us we managed to get Windows repaired and I haven't lost any files. *huge sigh of relief*
The first thing I did was back up everything I wanted. So far I can find a few things that are different. For some reason my computer has gone back to IE6 and I can't get into blogger using IE. I need to sort out my virus protection program as well. These are all small things considering what I could have been having to do with a complete reinstall.
Now the point of all this - do you have things on your computer that you need to back up? If so , do it now, in whatever method you use. The first day of the month is a good date to set to do this, and hopefully I can heed my own words and keep things up to date.
On a quilty note - I've hit a slump and don't even feel like starting anything new. But I have some borders to put on a few quilts so I am going to just plug on with that and hopefully the satisfaction of finishing a top or two will give me the motivation to get back into things.
The photo is another one of the sunsets I see from my back deck, from a few weeks ago. ( and it is backed up onto disk, I assure you)
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Last weekend I had a quick visit to Sydney. I was babysitting baby Iris while her parents went to a party. Best baby sitting job I've had in a long time, especially considering my husband was at home babysitting the other two grandchildren as well as our own trouble makers. We didn't have a lot of time but I did get so buy some fabric at one place and we also visited the Lindor Chocolate Cafe ( in Martin Place) That was toooooooo yummy....I had waffles with white chocolate icecream and a great hot chocolate. We went for a little walk in Hyde Park and I took these photos from the Anzac Memorial.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
A year or so ago this child would not have anything to do with photographs. He would cry when he saw them. Once I had to carry him from a shop sobbing when he saw himself on closed circuit television. Through a long process we have moved to this stage where he has become a camera hog as well as wanting to take photos everytime he can get hold of the camera. I know which I prefer.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Here's Colly about to add the tray for the machine...
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Here's Uncle Colly and baby Iris - I am not sure how impressed she is with the whole thing.
The past week has been just busy with little things. There's been mending (teenage boys are rough on their clothes) and some pleasurable work by hand. The table runner is quilted and waiting for binding. I have three projects almost at the finished stage.
We've had welcome rain and back to blue skies again but now it is cold - after all it is winter here.
My nearly 18 year old son ( birthday on the 13th June) went to Australia Zoo (of Steve Irwin fame) yesterday and borrowed my camera. So I thought it was fair game to borrow his photographs. Obviously there are crocodiles there and Australian animals. But two other features are tigers and elephants. The elephants are retired circus elephants, and I think I heard that their handler is also their circus handler who retired with them. So just some random photos ...
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Byron Bay is the most easterly point of mainland Australia. I seem to remember that it was very busy at sunrise on the first day of the new Millenium. People just wanted to be the first to see the sun I guess. Still any sunrise there is beautiful. Here's Panda with the photo taken looking east and then a shot taken the other way towards the lighthouse. As I have often seen before, there was a group of dolphins playing in the waves below. That's a sight I love to see but although I took shots the zoom on my camera just isn't good enough.
We stayed in cabins on the outskirts and this is what I saw one evening.
It was a nice week - the festival was good although there was quite a bit of rain. It is a shame that it didn't travel just two to three hours north to my garden and Queensland which desperately needs it.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
I am also messing about looking for a suitable hand project to do as I am going away for a few days. I have lots of things started but I want to do something that doesn't require a lot of thought, maybe some hand quilting or some redwork where I don't have to change the colours. Hopefully I will have something to show when I get back. I'm off to Byron Bay - which is the most easterly point in Australia and where the Blues and Roots Festival is being held. It has already been on for three days but there are still two days left. My husband and one son are already there. On Monday I'll get to see an old favourite of mine, Bonnie Raitt as well as lots of other acts. Then we are going to stay on for a few days.
And this is a totally silly photo showing an event which clocked up (literally) recently. We reached 100,000 kilometres in our Tarago.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I plan ! I buy! I sew! I fini.......!
Hmm, it is a good thing this is from a friend or I might be offended. (never) On the other hand she must know me well because it is true. Although the real truth is that at the moment I am not even sewing, and buying very little. However I have lots of plans - old ladies like me need to keep their minds active.
Thanks so much, Cheryl.