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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It's a Bit Damp

Old Brisbane town is a bit cool and damp at the moment. The garden is very happy and everything looks washed clean and green. Another little gem flowered for the first time since it was relocated.....made me smile.
Sunday was October's Sunday Stitchers meeting. It was extremely wet but we enjoyed our day......some lovely show and tell from Marilyn....
And two lovely quilts from Allison.

I worked on my clamshells and got a whole row sewn on, so I was very happy that I managed to stitch and chat at the same time lol!
After all the stitching on Gardener's Journal cottage block I chose a couple of smaller ones to work on....
Also in my pretty pouch is some Christmas stitching......
Another Angel Story block has been selected so fabric choices to make. Lots of different projects getting attention these days.
I hope you are enjoying your day. I am off to baste some scallops for the Blessings borders. A nice way to spend a rainy day afternoon. After much sharing of ideas, creativity and knowledge today in my art class, given so freely, I think this little pearl is worth some thought.

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, October 14, 2017


With hubby playing with motorbikes I decided to assemble my Blessings quilt top so I could applique the scallops on the last border.
It has taken me a while to decide that I really didn't like the sashing between the blocks. Truth be told I am not a big fan of sashing....I prefer the floating effects of the blocks in the centre. So I stopped umming and ahhing and joined them all up.
I added the first border with a cornerstone. It is slightly darker than the photo and looks fine.
So scrappy scallops are next!
I'm really pleased with my first Angel block now the stitchery is done.
Blessings of another kind happened recently when kind friends gifted me lovely treasures of different varieties.
My friend Fionna went to the UK to meet her first ever grandie....very exciting! But she surprised me with this gorgeous Wedgewood vase and the sweetest face washer in the cutest box on her return for my birthday.  How incredibly spoilt!
 Friend Liz from Village Quilters has added to my Gingie collection with this sweet little fellow and bought with her a selection of fabrics to add to my clamshells from dear Rosalie from Briar Rose.....
Thankyou  lovely friends xxx
My poor old ailing Jacaranda tree has also blessed me with blanket of purple....some folks find them a messy nuisance but not me....I love October when Brisbane has clouds of pretty purple everywhere.
I didn't think I would get any blooms this year.....such a nice surprise!
Enjoy your weekend.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Special Days

It is such a blessing to be able to be with friends for their special celebrations. Yesterday I travelled to one of my old haunts in fact where I lived in two different abodes and married at the church across the road.
The old Planet picture theatre (attended here often too) now houses a wonderful Antique Centre and Cafe. We chose this venue to celebrate my dear friend Lorel's special birthday.
It was just lovely all being together. It had been a while as several of us had been away on vacation.
Of course you must have cake.....even if it is teeeny!
Lunch was delicious and I am sure the tea tasted better in the Queen Victoria teapot.
Yours truly and the birthday girl. Lorel is my partner in crime in many stitching adventures.
Don't you love those little compartments behind us.....think of the treasures you could stash in there.
Before we settled down to lunch we went for a wander around the centre. We all loved the reference to the centres previous life. The cafe reception is the old ticket office and candy bar.
A star or two is always in vogue!
All the wonderful stands full of  all manner of treasure......
Very cool Barber.....
And old theatre chairs in the waiting area. Elvis couldn"t keep his seat lol!
Of course the china caught my eye straight away.
Funky old spectacle frames....
Is it strange that I wanted to play with all these pretty drawer knobs???
Beautiful pressed tin on the stairwell....
Do you love collections of old bottles? I do!
I also loved the pretty (real) orchids on the tables.....beautiful!
A really happy day with very good friends xxxx
On the stitching front I have another Gardener's Journal block done.....very apt I thought.
"Smell the Roses"
It is not a great photo but in real life the first "Angel Story" block is looking really pretty. I was worried it maybe a bit toooo pretty for me but no, I love using these fabrics.....up to the stitchery on it......
That's me all caught up except to say a huge thank you to you all for your kind wishes for our little Charlie girl. She is doing better, thankfully and we are waiting anxiously for some more tests. So she will be in hospital a little longer. She is such a brave girl and took Nana and all her tubes down to the Starlight Room (Fabulous, wonderful people by the way)for some awesome body and face painting!
Got the whole Princess package lol! Nana had a cool owl but it washed off.
Bye for now!
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lost Cause

Do you ever go to your sewing room and think "I shall just see if I have what I need" for that project you promised yourself you would wait to begin.....and then before you know what has HAVE BEGUN!
As I said I am a lost cause! I also cut out all the backgrounds for all the blocks! Oh dear! I am blaming all that stitching I did on the Cottage block in Gardener's Journal!
I do love it though. But very glad it is done!
Whilst misbehaving in my sewing room I prepared October's block for Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Colour PINK.
Only 2 more blocks to go.....our own choice or assembly time.
I found some little gems in my garden this week.....always a delight considering the untalented gardener that oversees their welfare.

Our little family has had a bit of a tough week....our little Granddaughter is in hospital after a proceedure went awfully wrong.....she is such a brave cherub. She has been in for over a week now.

She is still quite unwell and will be in hospital for a while yet....... we are hoping and praying she gets well soon. To say I am feeling cross is an understatement!
Now I am a person who tries very hard to look for the positives in life but I can tell you folks this Little Miss Sunshine is becoming decidedly tarnished! This little family don't seem to be able to catch a break!
Thank goodness I get to stab things with a needle. Lol! I am so grateful to be able to slip away into my stitching or art when worry comes to call.
I wish you all a wonderful week.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Friday, October 6, 2017

Quilts Part Two

As promised the remainder of the quilt photos I took from the show on Wednesday.
I couldn't resist this gorgeous hand appliqued beauty.....
The colours were beautiful and the work stunning.
These two are on my 'one day' list.
Loved seeing Rachael Daisy's beautiful work up close.....
I am always are fan of those who can upcycle with pananche. An old supper cloth really has a new lease on life now!
I loved the details in the last border, many of which were flowers made from hexies.
This one caught my eye having recently had a close encounter with Brolgas.
These were just pretties that caught my eye.
Hope you enjoyed the ones that caught my eye.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx