Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Miss Bridie.......

is home again after almost a week in the Children's Hospital in Adelaide. It was a worrying week for us all, but especially for her mum and dad. There was all sorts of tests and scans, followed by a knee operation to drain fluid from her knee. This is one of those times to be thankful for modern technology, as I was kept up to date with photos, videos, and messages about what was happening. We have a successful outcome, but there are many children that do not.

This photo was taken today at home, during a visit by her Aunty.

I have just received some more videos of Miss Bridie walking, and running around and back to her usual cheeky self, so tonight I am very thankful.

While I have been writing this post, my cousin is sewing the binding to her quilt, that she made back in July, and I finally quilted this week.

And the patient is in the kitchen, with her computer. A trip back to the surgeon tomorrow will tell us how things are mending.

That's all the newsfromjude for tonight. Be back soon.

Blessings, From Jude

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Summary of my week, and more quilts.....

(I started this report on Saturday evening, but did not finish, so now it's Sunday).....
I am not sure where another week has gone, but here it is Saturday Sunday evening, and I am thinking back a few days, to work out just where it went!? It seems like a month since we were in Adelaide for the presentation, but it is only just a week.

Just a brief overview of this week's happenings........ finishing some more quilts.............a visit from my cousin and her husband overnight, on their way to Melbourne.............the monthly Gumnut Angels day here on Thursday................. attending a local Pink Ribbon morning tea event...........and even an evening out at the local cinema. I also admit that I came to a halt, and I sat in the recliner by the fire mid week, and slept the whole morning away. And I admit to another "loss of time" on Friday afternoon also.  It was a much needed catchup.

And this weekend GD2 was one of those chosen to perform in the musical "Hairspray" at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, so she was "over the moon", and I have heard that it was a great show. She is very passionate about dancing, and I "borrowed" this photo from facebook, of her in her costume.

Also this week a friend decided she would make salmon patties, but her plans went awry when the tin lid slipped and she cut a tendon on her hand. After surgery to repair things, she is out of action for some time, and as she lives alone, she needs someone to do up buttons, cut her food, etc etc. We joke that this is the "halfway" house, as there was a previous stay after a back injury. (LOL).

Yesterday was more quilting, and some time in the garden. The weather was very windy and warm, and I still have some plants in pots, waiting to be planted out. There is still some work to be done on the garden bed out the laundry side, and I made a bit of progress before calling it a day.
Today is a big contrast, with a drop in the temperature from 28, to 12 today, and more rain is falling. So this afternoon I have spent doing book work instead of more gardening. And the fire is burning again. Very unusual for mid October!

Now for an update on quilt photos, that go back a few weeks.

First is one by Jenny, made with 30's toys fabrics and quilted allover with a pattern called Dick and Jane. Maybe you can see the toys in the quilting.

Another little one by Jenny, of heart blocks and quilted allover with Dancing Hearts.

This was made by Erica at one of the Mystery Retreats, and called "High Tea in the Garden" after the fabric used and was quilted with a coffee cups pattern.

Jeanne made a baby quilt for her expected great grandchild, and this was quilted simply with hearts allover.

Another small quilt by Jenny, using leftover fabrics from another quilt. This was simply custom quilted with crosshatching and CC's.

This quilt in very pretty colours, was made by Kaye as a gift for a friend and quilted allover with a butterfly pattern.

Another one by Jenny which was started in a Susan Murphy workshop years ago. Simply custom quilting finished this off finally. Jenny has been on a mission to finish things, as their group have a quilt exhibition in Kaniva next weekend. 

It is after 5pm on Sunday afternoon, so I think I shall finish up in the work room, and go put my feet up by the fire and listen to the rain. This week there will be more quilts to be done, and also getting the paper work ready for an accountant appointment next week. My cousin and her hubby will return to stay on Tuesday evening. The car is well overdue for a service, which is booked for Wednesday. It is our groups patchwork day on Thursday, and Friday I will welcome 2 more cousins who are coming to visit for the weekend, and by then it will be the end of another week!!

Blessings, From Jude

Monday, 10 October 2016

Another fun weekend.....

I thought I had better report on the weekend's activities, before another full week takes over. I tried to do this last night, while sitting in the lounge by the fire, but, before I was finished, the battery on my laptop told me it was very low. (And it was cold in the other room where this computer is!) 
We had a lovely sunny day on Saturday, but the winds and low temperatures, with a bit of rain came back yesterday. But I have to say that, if we had not had the blinds open, no one inside would have known what the weather was doing! It was busy, busy, busy as the girls were all on a mission to get as much of their quilts done as possible. There were 4 that finished, and even one finished by Saturday evening.

The first finish was from Alison who has made her first ever quilt, so she had a big smile on her face all weekend. Her mind is already working on more projects. She came to the retreat with her mother, who has attended weekends here before. And it is lucky that her mother is a quilter, as she has now "inherited" a sewing machine! 

Alison's quilt, in Indigo colours, was a very simple pattern, and easily achieved for a first timer. 

These 2 ladies were sewing into the evening trying to get more done after the others had "called it a day".

Val diligently made all the half square triangle units in bag number 1, and looked forward to a change in bag 2, and found out if was more of the same, only a different colour!! And more of the same in bag 3 and also 4!!

All four coloured half square triangle are done, and one block of "Owls in a spin" is made!

This is Val's progress before she left Sunday afternoon. One border is on, and the other 3 waiting until another day.

Margaret was making "Symphony Rose", which is named after the range of fabric that I used. She had sewn all these half rectangle pieces onto the white triangles, and even pressed them all, only to find that she sewed them on the wrong side!! A little unpicking was then the order of the day.

Here we are, sewing them on correctly.

And then, some more unpicking, when putting the blocks together, although it was only one this time.

And the centre of the quilt is together, and a photo with the border laid out to see how it would look, before Margaret had to leave us.

A mother and daughter photo for their album.

Once again, Erica was in the corner, so I missed a lot of photos of her progress. This quilt, called Billet-doux, (also a the name of the fabric range), is a bit more complicated but will be lovely when it is finished.There a lots of triangles to be sewn in this one.

And a lot of trimming, of the hourglass blocks, which are in different colourways. 

Some of the blocks coming together, and Erica's progress before they left.

The first blocks on Karen's quilt, called "Dutch Cottage", are finished.

Now she is onto the more complicated triangle units.

One row is together!

And the finished quilt with borders. I might get the sack from this job, as there were a few missing squares in one bag. Fortunately, I was able to locate some more fabric!! The girls all know that they are my testers for the patterns. After they are finished, and all went well, if there is more fabric, I sometimes cut another kit and sell them.

Sherrel's quilt, called "Sweethearts", after the range of 30's fabrics was fairly simple, and not a triangle in sight.

Time to lay the blocks out, and everyone was offering an opinion on how to arrange the blocks!!

And a finish, which is now waiting in the queue for the quilter! There will be a blue binding to finish the quilt.

Marie is working on a red version of the Shades of Grey quilt that was recently made by Pat. This quilt will be all half square triangles, (360 of them!!), which she has made, and now needs to trim. The quilt is called "Red Squared".

A few were laid out on the table to see the effect, before Marie had to go home. You can see the diagram in the background of how the quilt will look.

Pat was working on "Licorice Allsorts". Lots of 4 patches, and turnstyle blocks needed to be made.

..............Finished one block!

And the finished quilt!

And of course the group photo, trying to get a nice smile on all the faces, and this was the best of about 6 photos.

That's a wrap up of our weekend, which was again lots of fun. Even though they were all busy, there was still lots of conversations, and laughter, and a few good stories, which won't be told on the blog.
Friendships were renewed and new ones made.

Time to head for the shower, and start my day. I have a quilt on the machine that needs to be finished soon, some washing to be done, and so a new week begins.

Catch ya again soon,

Blessings, From Jude