Friday, May 6, 2016

A Drive in the Country ...

Yesterday I drove out to a little country town, Gatton  about 1 1/2 hours from home to meet Fiona from BubzRugz. You see it's about halfway for us both.
Another friend Robyn just happened to be close by too....so she joined us too! It was lovely!
We met at the Lockyer Valley Cultural centre.
We had a very nice coffee and lunch at the Staging Post Cafe.
It overlooked a large lake with lots of birdlife.
We visted their Art Gallery and interesting cultural installations.....Fiona checking out the Lockyer Legends.
As usual time just flew by all too quickly.....time with good friends always does. Could have been all that intense conversation lol!
Fiona handed over to me a special parcel. Part of the catch up reason but she and I never need an excuse to spend time together lol! It features her extraordinary talent....can only show you a teeny tease......I am all set with my binding now though!
Oh it is gorgeous!  I  am thrilled out off my little sandals! Sorry but you will have to wait a wee while for a full reveal..... I know such a meanie!
We thought perhaps next time we visit here we might take a picnic, easy chairs and a spot of stitching down by the lake ....not to mention my camera for the beautiful birdlife.
Definitely a "diamond" day! Thank you girls!
I must away...the larder must be filled! Then it's home to work on Splendid Sampler blocks and Blessings. Number 5 Blessings block is now under the needle.
See I am trying to be good before I launch into the new projects.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, May 2, 2016

Show & Tell

Today I am sharing some show and tell from my last weeks stitching evening with my friends I thought I was crazy but Theresa is sewing these teeny 3 1/2 inch blocks....now that's crazy!
.Can you see the 20c piece.....amazing!
They are a border around this quilt. I have unfortunately forgotten the name.....sorry!
The colourway is just beautiful....navy, beige and reds. Such gorgeous perfectly formed little blocks.
Theresa and Diane are working on this quilt also. I sooo love it but I am ignoring it!
Some of Diane's blocks...
and Theresa's...
both so different and both so lovely. I think it is one of the things I love most about quilting. You can make it your very own simply by your colour choices. Thanks for sharing girls x
After lots of garden work I have been taking it a bit easy today. I finally settled on the medallion fabrics for Brinton Hall. This using one's stash can be a bit challenging at times but I am pleased with my final choices.....well I think I am....depends what else I uncover in the cupboard!
I have also finished another recommended read....
Can't say I loved it....but an interesting read.....anyone else read it? What did you think?
Ok folks,warning! Nana indulgence! Look away now if you need to! My dear Daughter loves taking photos particularly of children and her own plus her niece and nephew are often subjects. My Granddaughter and her niece celebrated her recent birthday with her cousin and her friends in a Peppa Pig Princess party lol! I love these photos she snapped of the birthday girl and my other Granddaughter enjoying the pretty patty cake.
The Princess of the day..
Peppa Pig patty cakes..
Big job blowing out that big candle.
Nearly there!
and then the best bit...
Cousin thought so too...
Loved these photos.
"Spread a little sparkle wherever you go"
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xx

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Splendid Sampler

I am almost up to date with my blocks for Splendid Sampler. These latest 4 are completed now.
I made a bit of a pigs ear of the tape measure one but it's done finally.
I really enjoyed Vicki Tucek's block....embroidery,  now there's a surprise lol! It is a beautiful design.
The next block is lovely too....but another paper pieced block. So I need to gather courage to attempt it...which I will but until I do I am taking refuge in Blessings..ahhh!
Oh how a little needleturn soothes the nerves.
Off to the garden now or what's left of it. We are dismantling one I had purposely let go to accommodate our new wheels. Lots of heaving dead things into the ute etc. And Mr. R. wielding his trusty chain saw. It will be nice when its all done and I can make a smaller one behind the new slab.
Have a lovely day.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Friday, April 29, 2016

Quirky Quilts Qld Class

Yesterday I taught my first class at my LQS Quirky Quilts here in Springwood.  It was a stitchery class for the stitchery on my Sweet Cupcake tote bag design.
I had a lovely group of ladies and I enjoyed their company.....
They all went away happy so that was very nice and hopefully I imparted some knowledge as well. Thank you ladies and QuirkyQuilts.
Sewing wise I am still working on Vicki Tucek's embroidery block for Splendid Sampler. It is such a pretty block and I am enjoying not rushing it.
I have also managed to decide on my Dutch Treat top fabric....
I am using my French General reds and some of their friends for the underneath fabric. Love red and cream quilts!
Hopefully it will work even though I am using a variety of different fabrics.
Sorry the photos are not better...bit of a yuk day here.
I have some lovely show and tell blocks from the Wednesday night girls but I will save them for next post....you think I'm crazy! Lol! Wait until you see these blocks.
Ok! I am off out the door....enjoy your weekend.
If it doesn't nourish your soul ... let it go!

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Crazy!

Is it a full moon? Because sometimes I really feel like I need seeing to! You see I have friends who lovingly encourage me into lunacy....you know the type? Show you something gorgeous that you know you can't resist....
Firstly, I am joing my friend Fiona from BubzRugz in this long-term project.
My book has arrived. 196 blocks folks...4 1/2 inch blocks of recessed applique!  Like I said self imposed lunacy!  Already putting aside lovely fabrics....so there is no hope for me. I am going to do mine in red and a cream top.
Secondly some "friends" at art encouraged me to try Scratchboard. ...another lunatic step....this little giraffe is taking me forever and don't even mention the shrubbery aarrghh!
You will love it! They said!  Now I  am hooked!  Do you have friends who lead you astray too? Well the upside is I am never bored lol!
Lastly we have a new holiday mode of transportation coming to live with us in a few weeks time and we are really excited about it. So much to do before it gets here. It will be wonderful to have a teeny bit of luxury after our years of traveling with our camper which we loved. Thankfully it's not going far....can't wait!


Have a great day all....I am  really  going to try and stay out of trouble!

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Blocks and a Birthday

My little Dresdens have their centres and that means that the project top is done! That means I get to visit my wonderful quilting Faerie very soon....woohoo!
My Splendid Sampler blocks are in various states of completion as I had gotten a little behind....also art class led me astray yesterday....however!
Stitching this one...
Traced this one and prepped the rest of it.....by our very own Vicki Tucek! Looking forward to the embroidery. ..
Prepped the bonus block....had to do it...celebrating Happy Earth Day!
AND ...actually got the latest Block called "Sweet Candy" done!
A special day today because one of our wee girls is having a birthday....big 3.
Peppa Pig is a big hit lol!
and a girl has to have a bit of  bling on her cake.....nailed those candles in one go.
Happy birthday gorgeous girl xxx
Goodnight all.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, April 25, 2016

Lest We Forget

I always like to commemorate Anzac Day by embracing the life I enjoy thanks to the sacrifice of the brave people who defended our way of life and still keep us safe today. Making sure that I don't ever take for granted this country and it's freedom that they loved and for many never came home to.
So an Anzac bikkie or two will be consumed.
From a favourite tin...
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx