Sunday, 4 December 2016

Am back again...

Friday was a lovely day out for Pat and I as we travelled up the highway to attend the QGSA Valuation Day which was followed by a pooled lunch. After lunch we visited Tricia's Discount Fabric store, where I was searching for a backing for a customer quilt. It has been a tricky colour to match, and I had nothing in my shelves to suit, so I was pleased to find a good match. It was also a quilt delivery point for the candlewicked quilt I finished last week, and photos will follow soon. Nice to meet up with a customer who I had only spoken to over the phone.
Then we went to another couple of shops nearby for a few more supplies, and then headed home. As we were heading out of the city, and as we were so close to Fullarton Rd, we made a quick decision to check out the "Thread Matters" exhibition by Mary Williams which is on in the Hughes Gallery  at the Fullarton Park Community Centre. This is on between December 2 and 18, and is worth a visit.
I took some photos, but the colours have not come out true, so I am disappointed. I will post some photos, but you really need to check it out yourself to appreciate the work in Mary's display. The stitching in each piece is just amazing. I came away wanting to sit and stitch like this for myself, and also admit to purchasing a small piece of her work.

On the way home, we called into Murray Bridge to see my parents, and deliver a birthday gift to my mum, who will be 85 this week. She is amazing, and today I have been told that she now has her own mobile phone, and learning to use it. She is pretty good with the ipad and facebook these days, now the phone, and I wonder what next? When I sent her a message and asked what next, she replied, "watch this space!" Good on ya mum! Hope you have a great day on Wednesday.

Tis a week of special events, as tomorrow it will be one year since the wedding of DD3, and I know they are celebrating back in the Yarra Valley, where they were married.

I have had a rare weekend at home, and yesterday I gave some overdue attention to the garden. The weeds have got away from me, and the rain has stopped, so watering is happening again. And after church this morning, I have been sorting and clearing out some stuff. There is a long way to go yet, but it feels good to start. The clothes in the wardrobe have taken over, and last year, I took everything out and put it on the bed and commenced my purge. But it is a mammoth task, and I did not get very far before it was time for bed. So everything went back into the wardrobe and stayed put, until today. Try again. But I had a better idea, of putting it all on the spare bed, and not where I need to sleep. That way, I can do it in little bits of time, and don't get overwhelmed. And it can stay there, until I need the bed for a visitor??

That's all for tonight.

Blessings, From Jude

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Since my posting last night, I have received a text message telling me it had indeed been a famine, so while I am waiting to shift the sprinkler in the garden, I will slip in another posting to make her think it is now a feast??

Before I update you on other things, I thought I would post this photo of Miss Bridie which was sent to me this week. I think the expression on her face says it all!! Just let go, shut your eyes and swing high!

Max has been silent today, but I have kept busy with invoicing, shopping, cooking and packing up the quilts ready for a trip up the highway tomorrow. It is Valuation Day again, and as it is December, (shhh, I did not say it too loud), we have a pooled lunch after we have finished the quilts. This meant I had to put on the thinking cap, and work out what I would take for lunch, that is easy to transport, and does not need to be heated. I saw some recipes on facebook this morning, and thought they looked nice. I made 2 things, and one has made the cut, and the other not. These little fruit mince tarts even look like the original photo, and taste very nice as well. I thought about taking the short cut and using a jar of fruit mince, but I following the recipe and made my own.  😃

Now for another quilt show from newsfromjude.

First was made by Sandy, and showcases the black and white fabrics beautifully, and very simply quilted with modern curves. I use this pattern a lot as it does not take over the quilt, and gives it a lovely texture.

This quilt was started by Val's daughter many, many years ago, and never finished. So when Val went to visit her daughter recently, it was on the agenda to be finished. You can see in the second photo that Val used leftover HST blocks in a border. And I can tell you that there are heaps more HST blocks, and these are featuring in another quilt. Stay tuned. This was quilted with an allover pattern called Springthing.

The next 2 quilts were made by Betty. The first is using the Quick Curve Ruler, and called Metro Twist. This was also quilted with Springthing.

Betty made these pretty purple and green embroidered blocks on her embroidery machine and this was quilted in an allover pattern, with trim. Max stopped  just before it stitched over the embroidery, and moved across to resume the pattern. I did SID on the blocks after.

June made this quilt in blues and yellows, and it was quilted allover with a pattern called Merrily.

Kath welcomed a new grandchild into the family this year, and made this fun quilt, Toytime Circus for him. This was custom quilted.

I will be back soon with another quilt show from the files.

We had our last KYB Bible Study for the year this afternoon, and also shared in afternoon tea. It was another great term, studying 5 women of the Bible. The study on Martha and Mary was very challenging for me, as I try to balance the busyness with the being. We are in recess now until the new year.

It must be time to switch the water off now, and get some sleep ready for an early start when the alarm will go off at 5am. Although it rarely goes off because I wake up before it does. Pat will be here by 6am when we leave for the city. Will be back tomorrow night sometime. And then it is another weekend again, I think?

Blessings, From Jude

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Catching up once again....

It seems to be either feast or famine here with my blog postings. It might be days, or over a week, or sometimes daily, but never fear, I come back eventually! I just don't know where the days are going, and tomorrow the calendar ticks over to a new month. And we know what that month means, don't we? (Shhhh, don't say it!)

Since I came home from Melbourne, which was in the middle of a week, I have lost track of what day it actually is. I have managed to finish the 2 custom quilts that I needed to get done, and also fitted in a sewing weekend for my cousin and her daughter. It turned out to be bigger than planned, as we were joined by Julie and Pat, who came to work on their projects as well. Sorry I did not have the camera out on Saturday, but did take a few on Sunday.

Helen and Kristy came here back in July, when Helen learned to make her first quilt. Since then she decided to buy herself a nice, new sewing machine and has had a few lessons on how to use it. They thought they would like another weekend in Bordertown, and as she has now finished the binding on her quilt, it was decided to do some applique cushion covers. She thought roses would be nice, and took some photographs of the roses blooming in her garden. My job was to teach her how to do this.

We thought it would be nice to piece the background for the applique, and a log cabin design in various creams and whites was planned. Strips were cut, and the sewing machine was unpacked. Last time it was used was learning about the walking foot, and when we took the walking foot off to attach the 1/4" foot, we found out that the shank? elbow? (whatchmacallit?) was missing. So Helen, who had been looking forward to learning to do applique on her new machine was very disappointed and had to use one of my other machines. 😢😢

This is the photo of a rosebud in the garden, which was the basis for her pattern.

This photo looks as though I am telling her something she needs to know ??

And here is Helen, very proudly displaying 2 blocks ready for stitching when she can finally use her machine. She did a great job drawing up the pattern and learning about the "overs and unders" and using vliesofix. I am tipping that these blocks don't make it into cushion covers, and will be the start of a quilt instead??

Back in July Kristy had made a quilt for her daughter, which I photographed back then. This time she came ready to learn how to quilt it, and had the 3 layers all basted and ready to go. But when she had it under her machine, she realised how big a job it would be, turning the quilt etc. It's probably a job you should learn on a smaller project. Because she had done such a good job basting, I was able to load it onto Max, who quilted the centre part for her. Then she finished it by quilting straight lines around the outer border, and was very happy to get it finished before she went home.

When they were packing up ready to go home, I suggested to Helen that she could use a pizza box to put her blocks in, so that they would not get creased. I had some, and cleared one out for her to use. And they departed, on the 3 hour trip for home. Later that evening they texted me that the thingamajig for her machine, was in the walking foot box at home!! That was great, as now she could get onto sewing her roses.
But, next morning I received another text message...... I can't find my pizza box, did I leave it there??
Whoopsie, after they left, I cleared the table and put things away.....including Helen's box with her blocks inside!!! Which means, she still can't sew her blocks. 😁

In between the quilting, and the telling someone what to do, I managed to finish my annual customer Christmas card and annual newsletter mailout, and it is not even December!!!! That is a miracle.

I was going to post some more quilt photos as there is still quite a few in the waiting to be blogged queue. But I have decided it is too late, and well past my bed time. Tomorrow is another day, so I will be back soon.

Blessings, From Jude

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Back to work.....

Just a quick post before I get back to the machine to work on the quilt that you can see in the photo. It is 56 blocks, of beautiful candlewicking, so I might be awhile. And then the quilt that you can see hanging behind is up next, and hopefully both of them will be ready to take when I head up the highway again next week. So you might not hear from me much in the next week. 😊

Over and out,

Blessings, From Jude

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

On the tram

The special surprise that DD3 and DSIL had planned for me turned out to be trip on The Melbourne Restaurant Tram. We had planned to do this on a previous trip, but the tram was booked out. It is a very popular tourist thing to do. So our trip was booked before I arrived. 
The first 2 photos were taken while we were waiting at the tram stop, and shows the high rise of Melbourne city. Not too sure how I would enjoy living so high up. Makes me very thankful for my space in the country.

The tram that we went on.

We enjoyed a 3 course dinner, while travelling around the streets of South Melbourne and St Kilda, and back again to the city.

Yesterday was spent sorting all the stuff, and cutting fabric for fat quarter packs, and we achieved a lot by the end of the day. The weather was rather warm, and overnight there was a storm, with lots of wind and rain. Today is about 20deg cooler, so is a relief.
I am on the train now, on my way home, after a lovely few days of time out.

Tomorrow it will be back to quilting with Max again, for a few days before my cousin comes back for another sewing weekend.

Blessings, From Jude

Monday, 21 November 2016

Anyone needing ribbons???

Some of my time in Melbourne has been taken up with helping DD3 sort through some of the shop stock that she bought almost 2 years ago from Val at Maney's of Mundulla. She has been selling fabrics and some things on her Ebay store, Kiki Fabrics which has a link on the sidebar of my blog.
Her work situation is changing for 2017, and some changes need to be made. So we are sorting boxes and boxes of "stuff". Today's task is the ribbon boxes, of which there are many.

If any readers might be interested in ribbons of any description, we would welcome your enquiry. There are lots of good quality ribbons in different colours, and varying widths. Some will be staying here, some are for sale, and some will be coming back to Bordertown when I can organise transport.

 And after sorting the above lot, we found out there were 2 more boxes in another place, so the sorting continues.

There is assorted dress fabrics, patchwork fabrics, braids, laces, ribbons, buttons, zips, threads, sewing machine parts and lots of other "stuff".

If you are interested in any of the above contact me.

Time to get back to the sorting. I will be back later to report on yesterdays special event.

Blessings, From Jude

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Quilting update

It must be time for another posting of quilt photos. I still have quite a few that I have not shown yet. 

First up is one made by Margaret, and it was so cute, with panels all relating to quilting. This was quilted allover with a pattern called Popcorn.

 I love this one with the lady hanging all her quilts on the line.

I am not too sure about all those pins in her mouth. Hope she doesn't cough, and swallow them.

This is a quilt made by Di, using different T Shirts, for a friend who is into music, so was quilted allover with a pattern called Jazz.

Another quilt made by Di, originally called Macca's Farm, but renamed with their own surname.

This quilt is a disappearing 9patch quilt, with sashing, that was made by Maria, and quilted allover with a Rose pattern.

Made by Prue for her grand daughter of school house blocks, with stars in the sashing cornerstones, and quilted allover with a Meander pattern.

The next 3 quilts are all made in the same class using the Quick Curve Ruler, and it was a challenge to quilt them all differently as I knew they would all be hanging in the same exhibition together.

This is the Metro Hoops quilt, in bright greens and pinks, made by Erica, and custom quilted with a geometric pattern in the large circle and curved lines in the rings.

Jenny's Metro Hoops quilt, made in Oriental fabrics, and quilted with a Cherry Blossom pattern in the big circles.

I will add this photo again,(as I know I posted this quilt earlier), just so you can compare the 3 together. This is Sherrels Metro Hoops which was custom quilted with feathers.

That's all for today, although there are still more quilts to post yet. But it's time to go and get ready for today's special event. This morning we have spent going through a lot of the fabrics, and braids, and laces etc of Kiki Fabrics and sorting it into piles. I will have more information about this in due course.

Blessings, From Jude