Sunday, 17 April 2016

A summary of my week.....

It was a week ago that I posted, and I can't believe that time is going by so fast. It was a short week, due to the Statler Gathering, which did not finish until Monday afternoon. Half of the contingent went home Monday, and the 3 that came from the other side of Melbourne left early Tuesday morning, so they did not use "retreat" time to travel home.

This is show and tell of a TShirt quilt that Elaine made for her grand daughter. 

The results of a few days at retreat for Alison. Lots of projects completed. And there was another quilt pieced which I showed in the last post.

These blocks were made from a bag of scrap flannel fabrics, and not a lot of scraps are left in the bag now, and lots of blocks to make into a few quilts are the result.

Even some clothes making, most of which I did not photograph.

This was the "last supper", which was lunch on Monday, before some had to leave.

And a final cuppa before departure for these 3, 2 back to Adelaide and one to Eaglehawk, Victoria.

Tuesday it was washing and remaking the beds day, and Number 8 is all ready for the next guests. Wednesday it was back to quilting day. Thursday it was Angels day, and this month we had about 10 "angels" here to sew quilts for others. It was a very productive day, which validates that saying that says, "many hands make light work". Although, sometimes it is "interesting" with many different opinions!!

The girls managed to piece 2 quilts, make bindings, prepare backings, and quilt 3 quilts which was a pleasing effort. It seems that we no sooner get quilts made, that there is a need and out the door they go. We get some lovely letters from people that have received a quilt.

Friday it was back to the quilting machine again, and also to do some shopping. In between all this activity, I have been doing a little bit each day in the garden. After my marathon effort a week or so ago, when I overdid it, I have been doing smaller stints. I am making a new garden bed on the laundry side of the house, where there was previously a tree that was cut down. The roots had spread where they shouldn't, and it had to go. New dirt and manure is being carted in by the barrow load, and a brick edging is being laid. I am making progress slowly, and hope to finish this bit this week, so that I can move onto another job inside that needs my attention. Soon it will be too cold and hopefully wet outside, so I am trying to beat the weather.

Saturday was a sewing day for the girls that have been doing my Embellished Quilt classes. I have not done this for awhile, and am hoping to get back to it. It was a small gathering, but was good to catch up with each other, and get motivated again to finish our quilts.
This is Helen's that is being made for her daughter, and she was surprised just how much had been done.

Julie has not worked on hers for ages either, and has reworked her quilt plan, and now knows where to go forward.

Lyn is working on grey and whites, and the blocks are coming together slowly.

Faces of concentration as they work steadily.

I had intended working on my "Embellished Ladies" quilt, and even got the boxes out, but then decided to finish this bag, that had been started 18 months ago. I had purchased handles for it, and put them away in a "safe" place, and then could not find them. When I got the box out with all the threads and braids etc for my embellished quilt, I found the handles!! Now it is done! I also managed to sew the binding and hanging sleeve on my cross colourwash quilt, and I shall photograph that when it is hanging on the wall, sometime soon.

I think I might have mentioned that DS was coming to finish the drawers and a few other things in the kitchen last weekend, when the Statler gathering was on. Well, he came, and completed a few jobs, but did not get the drawers done, because the backs had been cut the wrong size, AGAIN!! I have to say that today, the owner of the business that supplied the kitchen, came 3 1/2 hours from where he lives to install the drawers. I have finally unpacked the last few boxes into my drawers and can say that it is finished. (Except for the bits which go from the top cupboards to the ceiling, and that might not be done for awhile yet).  But I am very happy with my kitchen.

Today, has been a little bit of lots of things.......I  went to church this morning,.....been in the garden.... mixing soil for potting plants......, laying more bricks,.......little bit of sewing....... buying some plants.......few phonecalls.......and this and that.  A nice relaxing day.

Tomorrow it is back to another quilt on the machine, doing some stock ordering, and I am excited to be looking forward to special visitors in the afternoon. And another week starts again.

Be back soon,
Blessings, From Jude


Sue SA said...

Had a long phone call catch up Sunday so nice to see the photos to go with the conversation! I "wasted" the beautiful gardening weather with jobs inside and starting a new quilt! So going to try and get stuck into the garden some more soon, you have scared me with your predictions of cold weather, lets pray that is accompanied with lots and lots of rain!

Susan Smith said...

Wow, what a week. You've been so busy and here I was taking a leisurely journey home, though with lots of washing etc. once here. Your kitchen is fabulous (I am a teeny envious) and now finished you can enjoy. I also hope for lots of rain as we've had so little "again" this month so far and we really need it. Have a good week and take care.

Alison Bacon said...

Judy, can't believe you manage to fit so much in to your week. Thank you for a great retreat, it was just what I needed - great to catch up with the girls and talk 'shop'. Looking forward to my next visit. Al