Sunday, 30 December 2012

Quilts and Christmas


It was my intention to blog just before Christmas and wish all my readers a blessed day, but the best of intentions sometimes go astray. So I will concentrate on wishing you all a blessed and peaceful (pieceful?) year for 2013. I can’t believe that 2012 went so fast. Must be that saying, that time flies when you are having fun!! I has certainly been a busy year, and I can’t imagine ever being bored.

Below a few photos of quilts done just before Christmas. I am starting back onto the custom quilting now.


This was made by Lyn with a few scraps from her stash.


Marcia made this for her sister who loves cats, quilted with paws allover.


Julie’s farm quilt made for her son and quilted with stars and loops.


The Grinch Christmas quilt, quilted with Christmas trees and stars.


A Jelly Roll quilt made be Val, quilted with Asti.


Made by Susie for her MIL for Christmas.

And below a couple of photos from Christmas. I forgot to take many photos, the first is 2 of my excited Grandsons, the day before Christmas. We had our family dinner on Christmas Eve, and you can see the tree before the paper went all over the floor!


Tomorrow I am having a visit by these 2 little ones, so looking forward to that. The older one is coming with his Dad on the train, so he’s excited. I told him that he could buy food and drinks on the train, and he was pleased to tell his Dad, there is a shop on the train! (Dad did not think I needed to tell him that!!)

I am just on the last part of a custom quilt tonight, and then will turn the machine off for a couple of days until 2013!

Do hope you all enjoy your New Year’s Eve, and catch ya next year.

From Jude

Friday, 21 December 2012

Birthday lunch

In my last post I showed you a bag supposedly made for my niece for Christmas, but I actually made it for Michele, whose birthday it was this week.( )   Had a lovely catchup at lunch before my specialist appt. Good to see you Michele, and Larry and darling little Beau, and of course Faye and Brian and Jean, who took me to Adelaide. We had a great day, fitted lots of shopping in to the day, and arrived home about 9.30pm.
Not much quilting has been happening this week, a bit of Christmas preparation, cooking, some gardening, and some visiting. And this weekend I need to make another bag for my niece.
Will be back to the quilting in the New Year.
Got a good report from the specialist and I can now add a little bit of crunch to the mush, slowly over the next few months. And after years of medication for reflux, I am now tablet and reflux free!!
Think it must be time to wrap some Christmas pressies, so better get to the shop for some paper.

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Monday, 17 December 2012

My weekend

I have just had the best weekend, stayed home, and sewed. It seems so long since I played with my machine, too long. For Christmas, our family put the names in the hat thing, and I have to buy for my niece this year, and trying to decide what I should get, I decided that maybe I should put some of this fabric stash to use and make her a bag! So the second photo down you can see the bag (the handles are hanging at the back).
Then decided that maybe I should make a journal cover to match, so I did.
By this time the mind is ticking over, and maybe I shall make more journal covers. This Wednesday, our Bible Study group are having a breakfast together. So you can see these in the first photo. I have had my sewing machine for quite a number of years, and never touched the alphabet, and now I have. The girls names are on the front and on the spine I have sewn MY JOURNAL.

And the photo below is what my sewing area looks like at the moment. I changed the layout of the tables and had everything close by. I love to fiddle around with different threads and embellishing. And a good chance to try out all those fancy stitches on the machine. Guess you have worked out by now that I enjoyed myself.

I have a really long list of projects not finished after doing lots of workshops in the last few years, and have been wanting to get some of these done, and when I had some time, what did I do, not these projects, but started something new!! But I will definitely be sitting at that chair again very soon. Just what the doctor ordered!?
And speaking of doctors, I am off to the specialist tomorrow for my 4 week check since surgery.
Am being driven to Adelaide by some good friends and while there we will be having lunch with some more good friends, one of which has a birthday tomorrow. Can't wait for that either.
Will check in again after my trip.
I have been doing some edge to edge quilts, photos to come. My time out from work has gone so quick and I only have crossed half the jobs off that I wanted to do.
Time for bed, an early start in the morning, but was reminded today about no blog post for over a week, so thought I better make this a priority. ( also needed new batteries for my camera!).
Enjoy your time, whatever you are up to.
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Friday, 7 December 2012

Recent quilting

Found a few photos that I had not blogged, so that was great. Bit hard finding things to show when I have not been doing very much. Except bookwork and writing my Christmas newsletter and cards for customers. Finally posted them this morning, so was a good job out the way.
Have finished a couple of small e-e quilts, but could not take a photo as the camera needed new batteries.
Below is a candlewicked quilt, that Kathy only wanted lightly quilted.

This is Merridys, quilted with an allover clamshell design and trimmed out the picture blocks.

And below is a panel with border, which has been outlined in the centre and a pattern in the outside squares. 

And this is Jenny's jungle animals quilt, hard to see the quilting as the fabric is so busy.

Well, thats another posting before I get calls to make sure I am ok.
Just over 2 weeks since surgery and things are going along ok. Just getting back into easy jobs again, and taking it quiet.
Good friends gave me a ride to the postoffice and bank and supermarket this morning, so have been out and about today. Will be pleased when I can drive again.

As the weather has warmed up quite a lot today, must be time to go and turn the sprinklers on, glad I have got bore water at The Sanctuary.
Hope you enjoy your weekend, what ever you have planned,
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Sunday, 2 December 2012


I have not been too worried about doing a blog posting this week, for one thing I did not have any quilting to show, and had not taken any photos of my daughter while she was here.
This weekend I have had 3 people comment that there had been no update, and wondered if things were ok. And when I said that I had no photos to show, the gorgeous Faye said to photograph the mush!
Susanne spent 9 days with me, and left for Melbourne on the Overland Train on Friday. Bet she will be glad for a rest, as she worked hard while here!   Below is the stockpile in my freezer of mush to last me a long while.

And this is for you Faye, a photo of my lunch, Zuchinni, Basil and Parmesan Soup. It tastes much better than it looks, sorry for the blurry photo.

And below is the most used appliance in this house at the moment.
Its amazing how creative you can be to make mushy food. I must say though, that I am missing the crunch!

And just a shot of my cupboards after the big declutter! Amazing how much room there is now, and I can actually see everything. Shall we see just how long it lasts?

I have spent the week quietly doing admin stuff, sorting out papers that needed throwing out, we have filled the bins this week. Feels good to offload, but still a lot needs doing yet.
Part of the week was rather hot, temps up to 42deg on Thursday, so good to stay indoors.
Recovery is going well, and might get back to a little bit of easy quilting this week. If I did not have the computerized machine, I would not even contemplate it.
At this time of the year, when everyone seems to be rushing here and there, and attending end of year functions, and I am usually trying to finish quilts before Christmas, it is quite nice to be taking it quieter. As I am not driving yet, it's a good excuse to stay home.

That's all from me, do hope you have a good week, whatever you will be doing.

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