Friday, 23 March 2018

The quilt show

Earlier in the week I seem to remember promising that I would be back in a day or two with some more quilt photos. Well, it seems like I should have said a day or three, as here we are at the end of another week!!

 I have been trying to finish a quilt that has been on the machine all week, and it's not that it is a huge, intense job, but that I have had a lot of interruptions this week, with appointments, meetings, a trip up the highway, and lots of time spent online. Tonight I have finally finished the quilt, so thought I would take the time to post the quilt photos, as my weekend is going to be spent with piles of fabric, and the computer again.

 I need to make an attempt this week to clear that industrious mess in my busy workplace! I thank you for your comments, to make me feel better. But it needs to be cleared, well sort of cleared, or at least more organised, to make room for the Easter retreaters who will arrive at the end of the week.

Meanwhile, on with the show......

First up is a simple little quilt, made by Jenny, with a piece of Toile in the centre, and with simple custom quilting.

A scrappy quilt, also made by Jenny, and I quilted this with a simple block pattern in each "square'.

This is a great way to make an I Spy quilt, with plain fabric borders, and sashed with more picture squares. It must have used up a lot of I spy fabrics.

Mary made this quilt to be used as a raffle quilt for an organisation, and it was custom quilted. I hope it raises lots of funds for a worthy cause.

Helen made this strippy quilt for a friend's birthday, using lots of Australian fabrics. I quilted it with gum leaves in each row, and crosshatched the border.

A week before her granddaughter turned one, Marie realised she did not have a gift organised, so decided on the spur of the moment to make a quilt. It was intended to be a doll's quilt, but she made an error in the measurements of the pattern, and the blocks turned out a bit larger than intended, so it turned into a design opportunity and a little girl's quilt instead. The printed fabric had owls on it, and I had an allover pattern with owls, which suited it well.

One of Prue's daughters has the nickname of Mouse, and Prue found some fabric with cute mice on it, so decided to make her a quilt.

I did not have any allover patterns with mice on them, but there was one called paws. They look a bit large for mice feet, but we decided that maybe they could belong to a cat, who was trying to catch the mice on the quilt!

There are still more quilt photos, but I think they can wait for another day. While I have been writing this post, I became conscious of a background noise, and thought it was the hum of the computer, and then realised as it became louder that it was the sound of rain on the pergola roof!! Shock, and amazement and no wonder I did not work it out sooner. It has been so long since I heard that sound. This is the first time in many years, that we have not had a decent rain over our summer. The country is so dry. So on that note, I will sign off, and head to bed to listen to the rain on the roof, before it stops.

Good night,
Blessings, From Jude

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Messy or not?!

I posted the photo yesterday of my lists, and my table of mystery quilt progress. Pat was in today to help me make some decisions, about border fabrics, and colour choices etc. This resulted in a few more bolts of fabrics being pulled off the shelves, and laid out on all the work surfaces. I did mention that I had another table behind the one in yesterday's photo, so I took another photo today, showing that as well. I said to Pat, that it was a big mess, and looked terrible. But she told me it wasn't a mess, it looked industrious?? What do you think, a mess, or industrious?

And there is another lot on the cutting table, and this photo shows the whole room from the entrance door. If you were a new customer, bringing your quilt, would you be reassured, or dismayed by what you could see? I don't always work in such disarray, but when I am working on the designs, I have a few going at once, and it looks like this. I can't put things away while I am working on the designs, and still making choices. (Should I tell you that there is another room just off this one, with more stuff on the table?) I have another weekend ahead to work on these, and then I will have to tidy it all, and get ready for the Easter retreaters. I am looking forward to catching up with the girls again.

Well, there you have my confession for today, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Do you work like this, or are you one of those who can manage for everything to look tidy, and still achieve?

Max has been switched off for the night, and tomorrow I head up the highway to the city again for another appointment, and some travel stuff shopping.

I promised a quilt show, so will be back in a day or so with that. It was lovely this morning to receive a video call from DD3 so that I could see Miss Billie having "tummy time" on the round play mat that I made. This is the good side of modern technology, as I have also had "talk" time with Miss Bridie this week as well.

Blessings, From Jude.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Miss Bridie sings

Not sure if this will work????

I posted this video from my phone, and looks like it did work. This is Miss Bridie, just out of the bath, in her jamas, hair not done, "helping" daddy decorate mummy's birthday cake, and singing. Hope it works for you.

Blessings, From Jude

Yikes, 4 weeks to go!

It was a scary thought this morning when I realised that in 4 weeks time, we will be winging away across the oceans, to the other side of the world! When I decided to do this trip, it was "next year", and that was ages away. Suddenly it is this year, and now in less than a month. There has been no quilting today, although there is one ready to load for the morning.

This is my desk top and all the papers and lists I am sorting through. I spent quite a bit of time this morning on the computer and the phone.

And this is the desk at right angles to the other one, where I am working on Mystery case quilts, in preparation for 2 retreats in June. I am hoping to make good progress on these before I leave the country. Another pile of fabrics are on the other desk behind this one.

This afternoon I have been to the dentist, again, and now there is only one visit left before I go. And they have saved the worst filling for last! 😩

This week I also have a GP visit, and another blood check with the specialist in the city. So that list is getting things crossed off!! I have ordered a flue clean and a load of wood, to keep my housesitter (s) warm while I am away. Organisation plus, has not happened like this in a long time. I am gradually putting clothes on the bed in the spare room, and sorting luggage. (I might have to shift it all back to my room before the Easter retreat girls arrive though).

That's enough for tonight, better head to the kitchen for some food, but the mouth is still a bit numb, so will need to be careful what I eat. Maybe a poached egg?

Will be back soon with a few quilt photos, just so you know I am still doing some work!

Blessings, From Jude

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Baby competition winners

Sorry I have taken so long to get around to doing this little task. It has been a week of ticking things off the list, and I feel like I am making progress. Of course, it does help to stay home and not gad about the countryside. The quilting queue has been considerably reduced, mainly of allover quilts, but that has enabled me to do admin stuff while Max has been earning his keep!? I have sorted names for retreats, made lots of phonecalls, emails to overseas contacts, ordered a load of wood and booked the flue cleaner for the heater. Started looking at luggage options, and ordered travel money cards, so things are happening around here.

There were 4 parts to the baby competition, so there are 4 winners, and I have 4 cases of goodies ready to send out. Thanks to all who entered.

 Only one lady guessed the correct date, of the 5th of March, so congratulations to Jean McGee.

The weight of the baby was 3.525, and some of the entries were in pounds and oz, so I had to do a bit of Google search and convert them back. And the closest guess for this was Sue SA, who said 3.5kg. (for us older mums, this translates to just over 7lb 12 oz.)

There were 3 entries with a correct middle name, (which was Carmen), and the name drawn "out of the hat" was Alison Bacon!

7 entries guess that the baby would be a girl, and these names were also put into a draw, and the winner for this was Jean J.

I will be sending these prizes out next week.

This is part of my week's work, all ready for collection. (Some had already gone). Photos of these will be posted soon.

That's it for another day, and right now sleep feels like a good idea. There is a small custom quilt on Max for the morning and then a larger custom to load.

Blessings, from Jude

Monday, 12 March 2018

Happy Birthday

March is a rather busy time in our family for birthdays, and this little man has one 8 days after his sister. And then his cousin was born on the 5th. Later in the month his auntie and uncle have birthdays too. We can add to all those, one of my brother's, and 2 nieces and a nephew's birthday.

This guy is my 5th grandchild, and his birth came 6 weeks before his due date. As a result he spent a lot of his early life attached to an oxygen tube. 

And you can see that he has come a long way, and today is 8 years old. Hope you have a great birthday, and it was lovely to have an afternoon treat with you on Friday.

Be back soon, with another post to announce the winners of the competition.

Blessings, From Jude

Sunday, 11 March 2018

1 Year ago........

One year ago today we were celebrating the marriage of these 2 special people, DS and his bride. The year has certainly gone quickly and lots has happened in our family in that year.
Congratulations to you both, and wishing you many more years together.

This is just a quick post tonight, and I shall be back soon with birthday wishes for a special little man, and I will soon announce the winners of the baby competition.

Today has been another quiet day, and after arriving home from church, I have been working on the bookwork, and am pleased to say I am up to date. Another task on my "to do" list is to prepare another lot of Mystery Cases for the next Pick a Case retreat.

Be back soon,

Blessings, From Jude