Thursday, 14 September 2017

Pink, Pink and more Pink

Just a quick post in the midst of pink preparations. Here is the display of donated pink goodies all ready for some spirited bidding on the weekend. I look forward to lots of fun. THANK YOU so much to all who have been so generous.

 I am making good progress on my "to do" list, attended the week's appointments, and finished some quilts as well. The house is much tidier, and cleaner, the beds are made and the food list under control. There are some lovely angels here today, cutting fabric for donation quilts.

The only down side to my week, is that my home phone is not working, and also the internet on my computer. So if you are needing to contact me, use my mobile number, and I can access emails on my phone also. But I am not sending out any emails. After a lengthy phone call to my provider, they have admitted the error is on their side, and assured me a fix in a few days. So, here's hoping.

Now it is back to action, another quilt is loaded onto Max, and hopefully some binding will be sewn on one of my quilts too. I hear that the binding fairy (s) will be in town for the weekend, and there will be plenty for them to sew!! Back soon with pink news.

Blessings, From Jude

Monday, 11 September 2017

I am still here.......

I am comfortably sitting in my recliner, in the lounge by the wood fire, intending to write a catchup blog post again. The TV is on, and the latest news contains so many stories of earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods, war and droughts. In the light of all this devastation, the newsfromjude really seems a bit mundane and unimportant, and I feel a sense of guilt that life is good. But I need to record the next chapter and so will continue.

Life just seems to be speeding by, and another week has come and gone. It is all systems go in the leadup to the October exhibition, and the quilts continue to come in and go out the door to be finished. I had another day with Miss Bridie on Thursday, which was special. She is growing up so fast, and has now left town and returned home with her mum, and I know DS will be very happy to have his girls back.

I have a few more Miss Bridie photos. I went out to the shed, and found a few things from storage for her to play with. There was a doll, a tea set, and a cane doll's chair. There was a tea party, and notice in the first photo that dolly is in the cane chair.

And, who is in the cane chair now?? Miss Bridie reminds me of Goldilocks and saying this chair is just right!

 Dolly doesn't look so comfortable now.

I had to bring in the container of "pink" things, ready for next weekend's retreat, and she loved the pink hats!

There was a box of blocks, that her aunties and dad used to play with.

This Humpty Dumpty floor puzzle was probably a bit too hard for her yet, but she enjoyed the story of Humpty being "broken".

I was blessed to have DS come one morning and clean my gutters out for me. When Bridie saw daddy on the roof, she said "careful daddy"! But she had no fear when he took her up the ladder to see what he was doing, and she said "I help daddy!" 


There still seems to be a lot of photos in the files, so here are a  few more to show.

First up is made by Sue, who made 2 quilts the same, but with different names appliqued on them. They were quilted allover with a Starburst edge to edge.

 This is Marie's Antelope Canyon quilt, made with her hand dyed fabrics, and called Sea Foam, that has been quilted allover with a Ripples pattern.

Suzanne made 2 matching cot quilts, for twins, and they were quilted allover with a circle pattern called Asti.

Dot was planning a trip to England, and made an Aussie quilt, which was quilted allover with a Gumnut pattern.

 This was Nancye's first quilt, and an edge to edge pattern called Butterflyte.

This was made by Lyn, using all fabrics from her stash. It was finished with simple custom quilting.

This has been a long term hand piecing project by Pauline, and she has finally got this far. A custom quilting job finished this off, and now it is ready for binding.

That's all for now, it's almost time for bed. The week ahead includes a lunch, followed by a meeting tomorrow, a doctor and dentist appointment on Wednesday, angels day on Thursday, and getting organised for the arrival of the Pink retreaters on Friday. I do hope to fit in some quilting in between all of that. I am being kind to myself and planning on substituting some of the home cooked menu ideas with store bought or takeaway?? I wonder what is on the takeaway menu that is PINK??

Blessings, From Jude

Sunday, 3 September 2017

A visit to see my Dad.....

As today was Father's Day, I took a trip to see my Dad. I had told mum I was coming for lunch, but I did get there by mid morning. And it was amazing that with out any planning, 4 of us siblings all were there at the same time! We had a good catch up before the others had to leave.

 My Dad loves fish and chips, so this is what we had for lunch. And it even came wrapped in paper, and not in a cardboard box.

Even though it is September, and spring has arrived, the weather has turned in to winter again. But I was reminded that it is spring with the colour of the yellow canola crops.

And the yellow of the wattle flowers appearing.

This is an area along the highway that was burned over summer a few years ago. It might be about 3 years now, and you can see the regeneration of the mallee trees.

Each time I drive through here I see this bird's nest in the tree. So today I stopped for a photo. I wonder at the tenacity of the bird who built it. It seems so exposed and unprotected. Did it get used, or did the bird decide it was a tad breezy??

I arrived home about 5pm, and soon had the fire burning, and decided that I would spend the rest of the day sitting with my feet up. I enjoyed my day, and the drive up the highway. I have to say though, when travelling on my own, that too much thinking and going back happens. I see the sheep and cattle in the paddocks, the crops growing and remember our farming days.

But, it's time to get back to Max tomorrow, and he needs a spa treatment before I load the quilt in the photo below. I can see lots of diagonal SID in my future.

I did load one of my own quilts yesterday, but it is not finished, so will be unzipped until next weekend. Tomorrow is our local group's patchwork day, followed by a general meeting tomorrow night. Have a great week whatever you have planned, and I shall catch you again later.

Blessings, From Jude

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Another week

I am having a slow start this morning, and still in my dressing gown. I told myself that it is Saturday, and the start of another weekend. My, how the weeks are flying by so fast.

 I was woken by the sound of birds singing outside my window this morning, and am reminded that yesterday was the first day of spring. And we saw the sunshine, and for the first time in ages, I was not cold. The rain has returned today, and the temperature is expected to plummet again tomorrow. But we did get a brief glimpse of spring for one day.

It has been another busy week, and my monthly total of quilts quilted, has been one of the highest totals ever. I am about to start some rather large intense customs, so September will not be as high.
I am on target to complete members quilts for our exhibition, so I am pleased about that.

My week did include a rather sad journey to attend the funeral of a friend's grandson. My heart and prayers go out to the family, of a life ended far too young. Sometimes there are no easy answers.

I had another day of doing Grandma duty yesterday. Miss Bridie is a very busy young lady, and enjoyed the visits by friends. She is not shy at all. And once again she had her day time sleep on Grandma's knee. We ventured out into the sun for a walk around the block and a visit to a friend.

And here is another glimpse of spring. Those pretty yellow flowers are popping up allover in my garden. It's just a bit sad that they are weeds.

Tomorrow it is Father's Day in Australia, and I am planning to drive the 2 hour trip to see my Dad for lunch. Today I plan to load one of my quilts onto Max. The garden and the weeds will just have to wait a bit longer.

Time to head for the shower, and start my day now that I have updated you with the newsfromjude for this week. I still have lots of quilts in the file to show, but that will wait for another day.

Blessings, From Jude

Saturday, 26 August 2017

A Catching up Post......

I am sitting in the recliner by the fire, with the laptop on my knee, and preparing to update the newsfromjude. I have spent the day with Max, and he is now switched off, although another quilt is loaded ready for another day. As there is a few things to post, I have divided this post with sub headings.


The "In the Pink" retreat is coming up in September, and we usually hold mini auctions of donated items. This is always a lot of fun, and also a fundraiser for the BCNA, and one way that I can say thankyou for the help I received when I had my treatment for Breast Cancer a few years ago. 

I am very thankful to some very generous people, who have donated items for this retreat. Recent deliveries include the following. Thankyou so much to all who have donated, to this worthy cause.

Looking forward to another fun weekend retreat, and I will be back to report on the results in due course.


I was blessed again this week to spend another day with Miss Bridie. Their was not much work happening, and it was lovely to spend time in the recliner with her on my knee when she had her day sleep. (Grandma might have had some shut eye time too!?)

When walking out to their car at the end of the day, their was a puddle in the driveway. She stopped,looked at her mum, and was very happy when mum said Yes, you can step in the puddle!!

Bridie and her mum are still in town for another 2 weeks, so I will see her some more yet. Bridie's dad has come for the weekend, and she has not seen him for 2 weeks. Needless to say, she is not letting him out of her sight, and clinging tight.


One afternoon this week I had to walk around the block to a neighbours house, and on my return, I realised that the sun was out, and a few plants were blooming. I took the following photos. 

I know that around the back, and down the side the gardens, will not be showing much this spring. I have hardly been outside all winter, and need to give these areas some attention.


Once again I notice the buildup of quilt photos to show on the blog. Here are some of those in the files.

This Bedford quilt has been finished by Jocelyn, and quilt allover with Modern Eccentric.

This is Sherrel's recent Mystery quilt, and was quilted allover with  Modern Snails.

Pat commenced this quilt in May and it is now waiting for binding and it will be in our October exhibition. It was quilted allover with a pattern called Zebu.

Another Bedford quilt, this time made by Ann and quilted with an allover pattern. There is nothing like a forthcoming quilt show to bring out lots of ufo's!

A lovely green and white quilt made by Maree, and quilted allover with a pattern called Tracery.

This hexagon quilt made with Kaffe fabrics was quilted allover with Modern Maze.

This is the back view, which shows the pattern better.

 This hexagon quilt was made by Cheryl and was custom quilted. Lots of hand piecing in this quilt.

And another Bedford quilt, made by Ann and quilted allover with Belalie.

This is one of the Pick a Case Mystery quilts made by Raylene, and quilted allover with Exploding Stars.

That's all for now, as the battery of my laptop is running low. Quilt show will be continued later.

Blessings, From Jude