Friday, April 30, 2010


Well, I finally have a stitching/quilting FF to share with you all. It’s been a long time.
Remember that needlecase I showed you a few weeks ago,  - - - the Annie Downs one, - - - well I made a few more of them. One with one of her stitcheries on it and two with machine embroidery on them, - - - well I enjoyed those little projects so much that I decided to embark on something a bit bigger.
I like to have something to hand sew while I am at work on the night shift. I had bought a quilt kit for myself with applique and piecing while I was on hols in February, but couldn’t start it when I wanted too because there was a bit of a delay in me receiving the pattern/instruction book.
So, I had to find something else to do.
I had bought Annie Downs’ ‘A Gardeners Journal’ book so I could use a couple of her little stitcheries on some more needlecases and while I was looking through it, I thought “ this quilt is really nice.  I think I might give this a go.” This also gives me a chance to use a chockie tin full of embroidery threads one of my work mates gave me. His wife died a couple of years ago and when he was going thru the cupboards he found a whole lot of her sewing gear which he passed on to me. I’m using threads from this chockie tin instead of Annie’s thread colour recommendations. Don’t know what fabric I’ll end up with for the pieced part of the quilt. Will work that out when I get to it.
Here’s a picture of those I have finished so far.
April Sts 005
I have decided that all the ladies in the stitcheries will have red of-some-colour hats.


The Southern Cross Quilters 2010 Retreat is on here in Bathurst on the Mother’s Day weekend. About 150 internet quilters from Australia and New Zealand are coming to town. Now THAT is going to be a lot of fun!

The country side is looking great as there has been a bit of rain around this past month and providing we don’t have a cyclone through here, the trees are going to look gorgeous too. 

Here’s a sneak preview of part of a project I have been working on for the retreat and some tree photos I took today.



Check out the graph!!!!!
I’m so close now to my next goal which is to get below 100kg.
And here’s some photos of me in my SIZE 20 shirt and my SIZE 20 trousers, both bought from the
CARE Australia shop for $2 each. I have never been able to buy clothes from St Vinnies/Salvos/Care as
they don’t often have my style of things in my size. So I was very happy about this. And notice
how ‘fitting’ the style of the shirt is too!
BTW, the trousers are a bit big on me!!!!!!  - - - - now there’s a first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Doing a big happy dance here!

Anyone got those Zumba discs I see advertised on TV?
Would like a personal review on them please.
Am thinking of buying them.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning . . .
We will remember them. . . . . .
Lest we forget.


We will remember them. . . . . .
Lest we forget.
Those are my dad's World War 2 medals (New Zealand) on the top and my youngest son's Iraq medals below, sitting on a quilt made from recycled Australian Army shirts that Aaron took to Iraq with him.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Now You Can Look

NOW you can look at my weight graph!

I am doing a happy dance.

Not quite Zumba but happy happy happy!!!!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010



I am not happy.

Friday, April 9, 2010

It's a - - - - -

One of the QDUers, Rosemary S, sent me the answer withing 5 mins.
Ya gotta get up early to beat 'em?

it's a  - - - - - - do you think I would make it that easy????

Go have a look.


What is it????
And what does it do?



Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Friday Flaunt – Three more Needle Cases

I finally sewed the ribbon fastener onto the 4th needle case last night (wed). I forgot to put the button loop into the seam when I was stitching the outside & inside together and since I have hand stitched these NCs entirely I didn’t want to snip the seam and slip it in. So I used ribbon. I think it looks good. The only machine work is the cotton reel and word embroidery on 2 of them. Any opportunity for a play with the embroidery machine.
I really thought my embroidery days were in the past but helping Liz with her ongoing NZ postcards quilt project in Feb when I was visiting her, seems to have rekindled my interest. And I’m rather taken with these Anni Downes stitcheries and have started on the embroidered panels/block for her ‘garden’ quilt. I have no idea what fabric I will use for the rest of the quilt top as that is waaaaay down the track as yet. It will give me an excuse to visit her shop again and again while I decide. I like the idea that this talented woman has her shop “The Home Patch” in my town.
Here’s the photos.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Jasmine Came To Town

Jasmine McDonald and her Sweetie came to Bathurst this Easter weekend to race a Porche up on Mt Panorama in a Light Car Clubs’ get-together.
They stayed at Christine’s place on Saturday night and I popped up for what I thought would be a quick visit as  I’m a bit under the weather lately as I have managed to pick up a bit of a chest cold,  but but turned into a great few hours. I love meeting axe murderers, ummm, I mean SCQuilters.
It was great to finally meet Jas. We have been ‘chatting’ for more than 10 years on the internet but have never met before. It was one of those de ja vue moments for me. It was as if we had picked up where we left off last time we were together.