....ohh and pencils and paper

Sunday, July 22, 2018


Yesterday I had a day all to myself.....the V8 racing was on at Queensland Raceway. So that saw Hubby race out the door to go and watch with No.1 son.....
My goal for the day was to put the finishing touches to my Blessings quilt top.
First job was to stitch on that little missing circle!
And then stars pinned and basted.
They came up a treat even if I say so myself.
I can live with the inaccuracies on the borders now.....I think lol!
I apologise for the crinkly top but I didn't iron it yet!
So.....tada! Blessings is now a flimsy top.

I love this quilt. A beautiful design by Robyn Falloon who is one of my favourite quilt designers.
So UFO CHALLENGE No. 4 is well and truly done!
This months UFO CHALLENGE number is
Which I believe is another Yoko Saito if I can just leave those cute tags alone we may have a chance to get it done.
Enjoy your day lovely folks.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, July 21, 2018


My Friday night stitching was like a bag of mixed lollies....I had a lovely quiet day at home catching up on laundry etc. so inbetween loads I continued on with my hand quilting .
It was easy to pick up and put down between chores and I was quite pleased with the inside of the garland...I wanted it a bit different to the cross hatching.
I put aside my quilting in the evening to get some prep work done for the last bits of Blessings.....4 little stars to match the centres of the circles on the quilt.
Removing papers and basting and centre circles completed.
And importantly that renegade missed circle!
I finished off my evening with a little more stitching on Ruth's Quilt tags.
I have 4 more to add to my little pile.
So all this kept me up quite late whilst watching Sir Elton John's Las Vegas concert....I enjoyed my evening and I hope you did too. It is such a nuturing thing to do.....set aside time for yourself to stitch and knowing other women are doing the same xx
Thank you Wendy for getting us all together. You can visit HERE and visit others who stitched along too.
Have a lovely weekend.

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, July 16, 2018

Back to Stitchy Things

My Mum has always loved Pansies. We were never without a Pansy display in either garden beds or pots of some description.
So when several years ago Pansy themed fabrics were all the go my Mum set about collecting them. My Mum would not say she was a quilter but the fact is she has made a couple over the years. Her collection of Pansy fabrics became a Dresden Plate quilt which is loved by a family member. She was left with lots of Pansy scraps and decided to use them all up in a Sunbonnet Sue type quilt for my Nan.....every scrap was used.
My Nan loved it. Especially as she was a gardener and adored flowers.
When I visited my Mum recently she really wanted me to have it and take it home.
It means a lot to have a quilt my Mum stitched and my Grandmother loved.
It's all been hand quilted and hand appliqued.
It has a scrappy pansy border and all the dollies have lacy trims.

Some lovely memories and as they say "every quilt tells a story" I am very happy to be the custodian of this one.
Not too much stitching has been happening as we have been busy with family but I did take my tags with me and I now have another little few completed.
Looking forward to some hand quilting this evening.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, July 15, 2018

90 Years Young

We had a special family celebration today. My dear Father in law turned 90 years old.
He is a quiet unassuming man that does not like a fuss but it was obvious that he was quietly pleased that we insisted on marking the occassion.
It was nice to spoil him for once as he cared so loving and for so long for his ill wife.
The cake was awesome and as a fellow chocoholic...Dad was thrilled!
It was also a lovely opportunity to make some photo memories too.
Four generations of Ridgway blokes.
A beautiful Granddaughter and Granddad moment.
Child, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren! So special!
His Nephew and his wife.
Wonderful, loving neighbours.....adopted family!
Our small but very strong clan....
It was a very enjoyable day and seeing the little ones interacting so lovingly with their Great Granddad was simply in a word....... beautiful! Handing over handmade cards......the stuff that's life's real treasure.
Happy 90th Granddad.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Quick Trip Part 2

We did a bit of a detour on our way home from Hervey Bay. We were on a fun secret mission. Our destination was here....
More specifically here!
Its a lovely old historic bakery now with a modern twist.
Can you see Mr. R at the counter.....he was here to fulfil our mission.
Which was to surprise our son.....he has been wanting to visit here to try the 1KG jam cream donut....yes I know crazy! It is the size of a loaf of bread!
So as today is his birthday we ordered one as an early birthday surprise!
If you look where Mr. R is you will see many plates on the wall....these are folks who have eaten that donut in one sitting! No. 1 Son now agrees he could not possibly have consumed it like that. He was very chuffed though and it was shared with many and was deliciously wicked!
Happy birthday Son.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Friday, July 13, 2018

Quick Trip Part 1

I have been away visiting my Mum in Hervey Bay. It was a quick trip but we had a nice time with her. I have done this trip so many times since I was a child I could do it blindfolded. A little town we pass through is always feels like it're nearly there!
When I saw this cute place....well I had to have a sticky.
It was so quaint.....these chaps were there to welcome you.
Loved the hanging baskets in bloom.
It is so beautifully renovated and they were still unpacking stock.
I couldn't resist 2 tiny purchases, 1 for me and 1 for a gift.
I also took the opportunity to have a quiet word with Santa while I had the chance.

You just can't let these chances to put in a good word pass you by!
Once in Hervey Bay I popped in to visit my friend of many years Linda from
DEW DROP INN PATCHWORK AND CRAFT Linda's shop is an Aladdins cave of beautiful fabrics, trims and supplies.....
Rows and rows of gorgeousness! Linda has the cutest sales assistant too. His name is Ahh Chee.....he makes sure you see it all.
I was very restrained but could not resist this beautiful fabric with antique scissors and you all know I am a sucker for a spotty, dotty fabric.
So if you are ever in Hervey Bay, go in and say hi to Linda and Ahh Chee and have a drool over all that beautiful fabric.....blatant plug....Main Street, Pialba folks!
So nice to catch up.
On the way home we did a bit of a detour and on a mission but I shall save that for Part 2.
Bit cooler down here too.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, July 9, 2018

Bits and Bobs

Good morning Monday! It is very nice to have the world back  on its axis instead of the tilt its been spinning on. Sniffles still persist but hey can live with that!
My July Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks are finished....beautiful reds!
Four little star points are basted and read to be assembled for Blessings corners.

Speaking of Blessings....thankfully an eagle eyed friend picked up that I have missed one little circle......phew thank goodness for lovely friends! I would not have been best pleased if it had been quilted when I discovered it! Funny how you can stare at something so closely and still miss bits.
And a little secret sewing has seen me fling myself completely out of my comfort zone! In fact I think I may be in another universe haha!
Very nice mail arrived too.....more supplies for my tag stitcheries. I am amazed at how different these look to the others I have. Hardly any of the blue I liked...hmmm!
I think perhaps I shall have to wash them and use some now so I don't have a group of tags looking too different.....mix them up a bit....1st world problem I know!
I have enjoyed a very arty morning.....missed not going last week and now I fancy a cuppa and a honey sandwich!
Yum! Bye for now.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx