Friday, 21 October 2016

Retirement and OH my what a busy year.

Oh my! where has the year disappeared to!. I have not posted since my quilting retreat and Mothers Day.  I have been so caught up in what's been happening on the home and work front, time has got away from me.
Sometime balancing work, home and what life throws at you, can at times be overwhelming and it can be hard, to get an even balance in life.
As usual I have been very busy creating my own little masterpieces and finishing off a few hand sewn quilts as well as a few little projects along the way.

2016 has been a year of finishing off quilts that were started by hand the previous year.

My 365 challenge has been put on hold, it has been very hard to catch up after being on 7 weeks holidays. I will complete this quilt but not in 2016.

My version of Lorene Uriate, Opal Essence, is completed, I called my quilt, "Tumbles" all paper pieced, took 18months to finish and will be a Xmas gift to my son and his partner.

I also made myself a jacket from my leftover Frida fabrics.

DH requested a Doctor Who quilt for his birthday, so this is what I came up within a week, now quilted bound, and being used, I must say hubby was thrilled with it completion.

My first whole cloth quilt, fully appilqued and hand stitched, custom quilted by Rigebell Quilting and a Lynne Alchin design. This quilt was a small one for me, very pleased with the result.

My version of Kathy Dougherty's Garden Party, I have called this quilt "Blooms and as you can see it is another large quilt. Hand and machined pieced. I commenced this quilt in 2015, doing all the background, then putting it away for a number of months, then slowly worked on hand piecing the dresdens, wheels and star flowers. My design evolved with adding birds and critters to my design,  this is the end result.

Onto making more lace journal covers, a great use of doilies and lace.

I made a variety of items to take in August to a camp in Lake Burrendong at Ridgecrest Christian centre, a fun time had by all.
A new group is f friends made and fun had by all. The camp was in August and very cold.
My project commenced was a stacked log cabin, still not completed.

I als commenced my La Passcaglia quilt this year, my progress so far, I just love fussy cutting fabric and getting some wonderful designs from my fabric selection.

On our way to Lake Burrendong we stopped at Hatched and Patched, I bought this turtle kit, pleased with my end result.
I will finish off this post, so much more to write about, loss of dear friends and my retirement will be covered in my next post

Friday, 3 June 2016

Mothers Day and quilting Retreat

On arrival home after holidays, another Mother's Day dawned, the children had arranged for me to see Fiddler on the Roof at the Capitol theatre, an amazing performance, then a week later Cara and I saw Georgie Girl, all about The Seekers, another great show. Jetlag persisted for a couple of weeks, so pleased to have some R &R at home.
So pleased to be home and enjoy this little charmer, my grandson Logan
I made a recipe folder for my son's partner, Sarah for her first Mother's Day with enclosed family recipes.

Time to get back into my 365 challenge, being 6 weeks behind, need to catch up.
Half way through the year and finishing off three quilts.
I am calling this one "Blooms"
"Frida" which I have hand quilted using pearl thread and I loved doing this, this quilt is not as large as I usually make them, so easy to mange.
We all had fun at the our quilting retreat in Ferndale, I felt very decandent eat, sleep and quilt, very impressed with two older ladies and the quilting they do.
Isobel Lancaster and Alma, gorgeous souls and great quilters.

A big thank you to Lynne Alchin, a great person and teacher, who we all had the pleasure to have her  company on our retreat.

Ferndale a great spot for a quite getaway. I commenced this post a few months ago, but forgot to post, have been very busy with life, so will post very soon, what I have been up to, until next time.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Chicago and that's a wrap.

After 5 fabulous day in Paducah, we caught our flight back to Chicago. The flight was only 1 hour from Paducah to Chicago. Monday we booked the river architectural tour, which departs at 12md and usually lasts for 90 mins. It was a glorious day, 85 Fahrenheit. A pity as I did not dress for the weather and was very hot. The cruise was interesting and until you do this cruise, you do not notice the differences in the designs of the buildings which are not evident until it is pointed out. 
The docent was very informative.
Our ferry.

The Michigan Mile, looks lovely with all the tulips in bloom.
The gates to the bridge, on the Michigan Mile.
We walked the mile, did not do any shopping, as my bags were already overweight.
The modern, Trump Tower.
The Art Deco buildings, This was the Nathan Hale building.
The echo deco, this building was apparently made famous by The Blues Brother film,
Great skyline.
After our cruise we walked down to the navy pier, lots of entertainment for children and numerous eating places, you certainly would not starve in Chicago, it is inundated with places to eat.
The next couple of days in Chicago was quite cold, 40 Fahrenheit, so out with the winter woollies.
The cloud gate, aptly,  nicknamed the bean is located in the Millenium park.
We walked around the park, visited the art gallery and also the Crown Fountain, which only operates in summer, as a fountain, the faces still change, but no water spurts from the mouth.
This whole area is usually under water in the summer.
We visited the war memorial we visited on Anzac Day 
Robert Morris, George Washinton and Hahm Solomon.
Maybe Chicago Fire, I did not see Kelly or Jessie, LOL
Chicago Bulls !
Is this the biggest Golden Arches you have ever seen.!
When we were sightseeing in Chicago we came upon a funny sight, is this what you call bumper to bumper parking LOL.
That ends our tour of Chicago, a very active 5 days. It is now time to go home to the land of Oz. 
We did manage to try Chicagos famous pie pizza as well as some whoopie pies, until next time, USA
Flight home was 19hrs flying time, 4 1/2 hrs from Chicago to San Francisco, then 14 1/2 hrs from San Francisco to Sydney. 
Time for some R & R before our next adventure.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Relaxation after some heavy retail therapy and a dedication.

After some very involved retail therapy for a couple of days, it was time to relax a little, Tony and Elva were very keen to take us on an expedition into the lakes district and countryside. DH and I were eager to participate in this little adventure as well. On Saturday we all set off for the Land between the lakes, after a visit to Walmart, as my youngest son Alex requested Jiffs peanut butter and some butterfingers we went o Walmart to stock up. Little did I realise that Walmart stocked fabric, so a quick shop turned into a couple of hours, my fault!
 A lot of goodies purchased, as well as some fabric.
A little delay, but off we set for the lake, Tony and Elva took us the long way round to the lake as they were being the perfect hosts and wanted to show us as much of the countryside as they could, it would normally take 25 mins to drive to the lake, but as we had a couple of stops on the way, we arrived 2 1/2hrs later.
One of our first stops was the Grand River quilt show.
Whilst Elva and I looked at the quilts, the boys went antique shopping, on a quest for our daughter in law- no luck.
Some nice quilts on display
This was interesting, quilt below
War times certainly does have some great stories.
This was my viewers choice.
A close up of the embroidery.
There was a miniature house / home challenge as well.
First prize.
After the quilt show we visited a Sanctuary for Bison and Elk, we were fortunate enough to see both as well as wild turkey. Thank you Tony for your perfect photos.
Wild turkey
A herd of Bison
Even a number of babies
Another stop on the way, don't you just love American decorating styles.
I found some little treasures in here.
On the way to the land between the lakes we stopped to get some lunch at Belews, this was quite a novelty, you do not get out of your car, it is curb side service and I must say, it sold the best southern fried chicken.
We finally arrived at the lake, AHHHH ! the serenity, we had lunch, and set up chairs to enjoy the scenery.
Had some visitors as well.
A very enjoyable day, was had by all.
Sunday, was our quite day and time to pack and see what overall damage that I had done with excess luggage.
My fabric stash and some extras
Walmart even had goop and the glue that I use, happy days
More fabric off course and some minature resin antlers.
Embroidery bits
Stencils, all in all a great time was had by me....
Let me share this morsel, with you, bought by Elva,for us said to be the best apple fritter that you can try, and I must say it was good, but you only need a small amount, very sweet and very moorish.

This ends our time in Paducah and I must say DH and I, had the most amazing time, we felt that we were blessed with our host's Tony and Elva, when we first met it was like we had been friends for years and we all just clicked. Our accomadation felt like home and we were very grateful for the extras tagged onto our stay, my every whim was catered too, transportation provided and a debt of gratitude to Elva for taking time away from work, to be available for us, a couple of Aussies a long way from home. Thank you for introducing your family and friends to us, we were made to feel so welcome and all that you did, was very much appreciated. Distance may divide us, but enduring friendship will prevail, this post is dedicated to you both, a heartfelt thank you and God bless.