Thursday, 31 May 2012

More quilts to show

Below are photos of a few quilts that I quilted before Pendleton retreat.
I know I promised a photo of 2010 Bedford quilt, will do that in another posting, just letting you know I
haven't forgotten, (and Christina, yours is coming too).

Have been busy since the weekend at Pendleton, a few more quilts quilted and a visit yesterday
from the Tea Tree Gully Quilters who are having their retreat at Pendleton Farm this week.
They took time out to visit our 2 local patchwork shops (Hubbards Kaleidescope in Bordertown and Maney's of Mundulla) and visited The Sanctuary and Cornerstone Creations Machine Quilting.
Was good to see you girls, hope you are enjoying your time at Pendleton.

Well, I think its time to get to work, I have had a slack attack this morning and got up late!
Have 2 days to finish a deadline I have set myself and then I intend to take Saturday off from work and continue sewing my project from last weekend. A sewing day for me, at home??
Sounds good doesn't it?

Enjoy your day,
Blessings From Jude
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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Pendleton Retreat Weekend

Friday afternoon and the road led to Pendleton (  and the Gumtree Quilters annual retreat.
This year we were doing the Bedford Mystery Quilt (
and had the assistance of Faye, Deb, Kay and Valda.

Jan, Beth and Jo busily following the instructions.

Valda was kept busy all weekend, did all the pressing for us, so that
we could just keep on sewing. Thankyou Valda, you did a wonderful job.
(Valda brought husband John with her, and he was kept busy chatting to the farm owner and
a barbecue at a neighbouring farm) The farm has a lot of animals, including a camel, and the
city contingent went for a ride on the wagon around the farm to feed the animals on Sunday morning.

Line up for meals, which were delightful, especially as we did not have to cook anything,
 plan any meals, or even do the dishes!!

Faye and Deb, look exhausted after helping us all day, the "quite a bit older" Valda, who is
still hard at work!!

The work area is fantastic, spacious and light, heated by the wood fire.
Plenty of room for us all.

Later in the day, the sewing was helped along with a drink or two!?
Helen and Pat made the most of their weekend and sewed till late at night, and early in the morning.
There is another story about the hours they kept, but I think that what happens at retreat, should stay at
retreat dont you?

Jean and Barb were on a mission to achieve a quilt. This was a first for Barb as a quilter,
and she did a fantastic job. (Maybe we have almost got her hooked??)

Sitting around with a drink by the heater after a day of sewing, chatting and having a joke or two.

Faye loves cats, and this one got plenty of attention from her.

I think this "cow" was a dry one, dont think Faye got any milk!

The Sunday group of Gumtree quilters and the Bedford girls.
(Sorry to the Saturday girls, we forgot to get a photo of you too)
There were another 7 that day)

The lovely Bedford girls, Valda, Faye, Kay, and Deb, who helped us all day, pressed our pieces, did
any reverse stitching for us,showed us how to do each step of the mystery, gave out some prizes and made it a great weekend. THANK YOU.

This was after lunch on Sunday, just a few keen ones making the most of the opportunity
to keep sewing before packing up and heading home. And home was only 1/2 hour away.

Was a great weekend, lots of sharing and laughing and getting to know each other
was happening. As is usual when a group of quilters get together.

And I am pleased to report that I remembered how to start my machine, and spent 2 days just stitching and talking and laughing, with a bit of sleeping in between. I must remember to take time out to do more of that.
But I think I will have a good sleep tonight and be ready for another week of quilting tomorrow.
Sorry we cant show you photos of what we were sewing, as its a mystery and the Bedford girls
still have a few group workshops to do yet.
This week I shall blog a photo of my Bedford Mystery from 2010, which I have quilted this week, and finally finished!!!!!

So, hope you enjoyed your weekend whatever you were doing,
From Jude

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Thursday, 24 May 2012

And the rain came

After my post yesterday bemoaning the lack of rain, today is a different story. Thankyou Lord. It has rained steadily all day and is still coming down. And guess who should have had some gutters cleaned out before this!!

And yes this is another Kelmscott quilt, have lost count of how many I have quilted. Am starting to want one of my own, but alas the time factor won't work! This customer wanted it quilted so that it was still warm and cuddly, as winters are very cold where it is going.
The Quilters Guild of SA have a Kelmscott quilt for their exhibition raffle quilt this year, very generously donated by Michele Hill, and I am wondering just how many raffle tickets I need to buy for a good chance to win the quilt? There are 5,000 tickets, so how many should I get? Any ideas?

I have churned out quite a few edge to edge quilts this week, and today I have even done one of my own. So I can go away for a weekend retreat at Pendleton with a clear conscience and might even get some binding stitched as well. Tomorrow I need to pack some gear and give my sewing machine a good clean out and a new needle, now where did I put it ......?

And I noticed the blog counter has ticked just over 5,000 page views, I am amazed, thankyou to those who check in on me and welcome if you have just joined up.

Catch you next week,
From Jude

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

On a mission

Most of the trees around here are evergreen, so this one caught my eye a couple of weeks ago. It is by the driveway of The Sanctuary, and at the moment it has lost a lot of those leaves, and today has been very windy, so the neighbours have quite a few in their yards. I spent some time last sunday raking up the ones on the driveway, I normally like to leave the leaves as mulch, but on the driveway they get rather sticky when its wet. But the forecast rain has not eventuated, much to the farmers dismay, as its getting rather dry here and an opening rain is overdue. Another windy day and I wont need to rake any up! All this talk about the weather shows that just because I now live in the town, I do have a bit of "farm" blood in me, having grown up on a farm, and been farming for most of my married life. I guess the whole economy of a rural area relies on the farmers having a good season.

My blog title of On a mission, refers to this week and getting lots of quilting done so that I can have the weekend off. Our local group is going on its annual retreat to Pendleton Farm, a camp site about 30 minutes from here. This year we are doing the Bedford Mystery quilt, ( and the lovely Faye and her assistants are coming from Adelaide for the weekend to help us along and make sure we sew it correctly (isn't that right Faye?!)
Should be a good weekend, although the weather is going to be cold, but there is a wood heater, so it should be cosy.

Well, I think that the last row of the quilt is finished, so its time for bed. Have quite a few quilt photos to show you next week, after I have had a couple of days to sew just for me! Not sure if I can remember how to switch my machine on, it seems like such a long time since I did.
So will catch you again next week, with lots of photos of the weekend.

Enjoy your week,
Blessings from Jude

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Liebster Award

Have been missing from home for most of the week, but was surprised when i came home to find that I had been given a Liebster Award by Judy of
Thankyou Judy, this world of blogging has lots of surprises and things to learn about! It certainly has sent quite a bit of traffic to my site this week.

Liebster Award

The Liebster award (German for Favorite) is usually presented to smaller blogs as a form of recognition and support. 'Smaller blog' is one with 200 followers or less. As a recipient you are to:"

1. Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them.

2. Post the award to your blog.

3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers that you appreciate and value.

4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.


Now I need to give this award to 5 other small blogs, so have been checking out a few of the blogs I visit, and finding the smaller ones. My list is as follows.

Sue, from - I enjoy seeing the variety quilts that are made by their charity group  has an enjoyable blog this week about the confessions of a fabric hoarder, something I can identify with, but would need to add threads also. is not a blog about quilting, more about stamps, scrapping and cards, which I could easily get into if there wasn't a lot more quilts I wanted to make. in another blog I read, I enjoy reading of Marilyns quilting and news of her life. is last but not least of the 5 blogs I am awarding the Liebster award to.

Hope you enjoy my list and find something of interest to you.
It's an amazing world, where we can get a glimspe of people's lives by following their blogs and reading about their activities.

I shall do another update in a separate blog about my other activities this week, thanks to all those who read, I do hope that you find something to interest you in my ramblings.

From Jude

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Happy Mothers Day


Just a quick posting this morning before I walk out the door. A few more quilts done recently.
I would like to wish all mothers a happy day today, hope you are blessed in some way.
I am going to see my mother and most of my children for a family lunch today. Most of my siblings also and some of their children, I think about 30 in all. Should be a good day.
My father will be 80 soon, and he has chosen not to have a party, so I think this will be it too.

Enjoy the coming week, whatever you are doing,
From Jude 
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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Just testing

I have been trying to work out how to add a link to people in this blogging world. This is a test to see if it works. Hope you enjoyed reading about the workshop with Michele last weekend.
I am looking forward to making further progress with my design, so far I am very pleased with the
way it is turning out.

From Jude

Recent Quilting

Just another couple of photos of customer quilts done last week.


Have been in recovery mode today, loading another quilt, and washing, and unpacking my "stuff" from the weekend retreat with Michele.
Enjoy your week, whatever you are doing.
From Jude
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Monday, 7 May 2012

Michele Hill Retreat

We have had a fantastic weekend here at The Sanctuary with Michele and Designing our own quilts.
Amazing to see the results of each persons work, and we even surprised ourselves.

Sorry the photos are not in order, not sure how to change them around.

A demo on the machine on the second day.

A picture of concentration by Jean, she is very happy with her table runner.
Above is a group photo and the progress after lunch on Sunday.

Below is Michele trying out the baby sling she made for her grandson. Was a bit of trial and error until she worked out the pattern, and the "baby" in the sling is actually her large pencil case!
Above is early Saturday morning, and the drawing in progress, everyone concentrating!

End of the first day, some were content to relax, and others spent the time cutting out.

Thankyou girls for coming, thankyou Michele for a great weekend. Cant wait to see the finished quilts.

Time for bed, after a great weekend.
Blessings, From