Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Cleaning Fairy came around yesterday morning and spent three hours with me sorting and packing my clothes and the hall coat cupboard. She's wonderful. She gave the new vacuum cleaner a work-out. It's a powerful sucker, it blows the hep filter out the top of the machine all the time. Not happy. I will be phoning the manufacturer next week.
So, in preparation of our move, the main bedroom is now clean and tidy, I just have to make the bed properly.
No sooner had we finished than Aaron turned up with a truck and loaded the major portion of all his household stuff which has been stored in our garage since he got out of the Army nearly 4 years ago.
Hopefully we will be able to get the carpet shampoo bloke in on tuesday and then I can set up *my* lovely sitting room again.
Yesterday evening I was exhausted, and today I'm sore all over and I suffered sciatica pain in my left leg all night. My back is fecked but I'm full of drugs . . . . . . wonderful drugs . . . . and hopefully I will be recovered enough to wade in again on Sunday when my CF is coming back and we are going to hit the spare room and the two hall cupboards down this end of the house and make a start on my sewing room.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Best wishes to everyone.

Best wishes to everyone, for you and yours during the festive season and here's wishing you all a happy, healthy & prosperous 2012.

   Next time I 'see' you all it will be from Dubbo in the central west of New South Wales. We are in the process of buying a home there and plan to be moving in late January/early February, meanwhile I'm going to be packing (starting today) and presenting this house for sale.
   I don't know when I will be back on line as I'm going to have to find me an obliging 'kid' to hook me up again, but that's OK, we have plenty of NYM (nephews) to call on up there. One of them is bound to be computer savvy.
   I'm going to miss my Bathurst quilty mates. Heather and Christine have been a big part of my life for quite a few years. I hope they will come to visit as I plan to visit them whenever I am back in Bathurst.   
   But I'm looking forward to meeting the Dubbo quilters and the Red Hat Society ladies of Dubbo too. I know some of you will be amongst them. I'll have a beautiful room for my quilting, a garage conversion similar to what I had in Swanbrooke St for those of you who visited there. And there's a double garage down the back yard that I will fit out if the room doesn't work out. I think it will tho - in my mind it does.
    This is a big move for Rod and I. Neither one of us has very much energy these days, and Rod tends to be in a semi-permanent state of panic these days too. I'm worried about him doing too much and he gets cranky when I ask him to slow/calm down. He was born in Dubbo and two of his sisters and quite a few of his old pals still live there so we will not be amongst strangers. I've already got a great-niece (7yrs old) wanting to learn to sew, so I'm all set too.
So, see you all in the new year sometime.
Del Soden.
Still of Bathurst,
but soon to be Dubbo.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Not a 1600 but closer to a 2000 quilt.

Not exactly impressed with the way it's turned out. It was a roll from Spotlight, it had 50 strips in it. I used 48. I took out the 'yellow' strips they had in the roll and substituted some 'blue' strips fro another of thier rolls. The 'colour change' halfway up was totally unexpected and un-planned.
I like the colours, I like the colours together, just not too fussed about the whole effect.
Will probablu remain a top for a while.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


This is the first 1600 quilt video I saw^

This one I've just found. Some of the ladies are doing a variation by putting in a square of a different colour in between the joins of each strip.

I have another variation brewing in  my head, but I an going to make the first 1600 like the top video and then if I don't totally hate the whole procedure, I'll try out my variation.
BTW, mine will be a 2000 Quilt as there are 50 strips in my roll.

Monday, October 31, 2011


Jawj did not like my red gloves. When I had them on, he tried to take them off.

I figured out how to up load a video.
this one has no sound.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


I had a lovely day up at Blackheath yesterday, sewing with a bunch of local
ladies at Patchwork Place. One was ex-SCQuilter Gillian who I think might join
again, and another lady Leah who I think will join too. They both do wonderful
applique. I can see me dragging out the kit I bought in Beechworth and getting
these talented ladies to help me get it started. I managed to get a quick peek
at a black and white quilt that Jenny will be teaching soon and I'm sure she
said there would be a kit available too in the new year. And there's going to be
a Mystery Workshop with Jenny on Friday 25th November that I think I might go up
I managed to get most of the binding sewn down on My Hearts and finished the
rest off last night.

hearts quilt 001

I love the company of quilters, never yet met one I didn't like.

For those of you who live near or in the Blue Mountains, they are bursting with
blossoms right now. Wish I'd taken my camera. Amazing colours in the azaleas and
rhododendrons all over the place. Blackheath has a Rhododendron Festival every
year which finishes on 26th November. There's a few nurseries in the area too so
you might want to buy a few plants to put in at home. We did a few years ago
when we were building this garden and every year my rhododendron's huge bright
pink blossoms are a delight to the eye.
So, go for a drive through the Blue Mountains one day soon. Up thru Katoomba,
lunch in Blackheath, and a bit of SEX then on to Mt Victoria where you can cut
across to Bell's line of Road back to Sydney. Magnificent scenery along that
road too.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Question: How is retirement treating you D?

Well, apart from sleeping most of the time, not too bad. Had a bit of a hiccup with Rod's pension where I went slightly balistic but eventually got it sorted out. Rod just doesn't want me ever going to Centre Link with him again. Apart from that, done a bit of reading, buried a nephew, visiting s-i-l in Syd (his mum) a lot, I did manage to hang the clippers around my neck yesterday which is a sure sign my 'sew-jo' (as in mo-jo) is beginning to work, and got the cutting table clear to cut out some fabric for the binding on My Hearts quilt that I have been hand quilting for a gazillion years. I'm going up to Blackheath on Saturday to check out a new quilting group so I will finish off the binding on that quilt while I'm up there. Plus it will give me something to talk about too. I'll put up a FF photo when I've finished the binding. I love sewing down the binding . . . . . no,  . . . really . . . I do!
Thats it for now.

Sorry, no quilting photos this time. Here's another picture from my 'Well It Put A Smile On My Dial ' collection.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Monday, October 17, 2011

Swaping blocks

One of the quilting groups I belong to is 'chatting' about swapping blocks.
People who are new to quilting really should consider going in a few block swaps. You must pay very close attention to measurements which we tend to 'fudge' when only sewing for ourselves. It will also make you think about colour
combinations that maybe you would never choose for yourself. Swaps are a good learning curve for beginners.

I love Nine Patch and would be happy to participate in a group swapping them,
  but I probably wouldn't swap every month, just the colours/themes that appeal to me.
Likewise for Cobblestones.
I used to swap both over at SCQers a few years ago.
Both are extremly useful blocks and I still delve into my collection to add them to quilts or base a whole quilt around a collection of either.

I think Pinwheels would be a good swap too as they are also very useful, but
  keep in mind it's hard to keep them consistent in size (as there are so many different ways of making them), as I found out when collecting pinwheels for a
raffle quilt.

Maybe plain old Half Square Triangles could be considered as they are another
  block I find a lot of use for, and they can be trimmed easily if the size is not what you want.

I THINK I would like to go in a Round Robin again next year.
(2012) I have only ever been in one and altho it was nerve wracking (because I was working on other people's quilts) it pushed me beyond my comfort zone and I thoroughly enjoyed it and the quilt I received back is one of my favorites.

and NO, I am not volunteering to run one.
I'm good at thinking up ideas but not so good at the organising side of things.

 Above ^ pinwheels collected for a raffle quilt.

 Above^. Hole in Shed (Barn) Door collected from around the world. I sent a center patch to everyone in the swap and they added the rest.

Above^. The result of a 'brights and black' draw at a Bathurst Bun Fight one year.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Yippee, the day is near when I will be retired!

The department made me an offer I couldn’t refuse and I finish up on 30th September 2011.

Big happy dance here.

Stand by for more regular blog entries.




Friday, July 15, 2011


For those of you who would like to know, this is how Hoogerland (sp??) ended up looking after he went upside down into a barbed wire fence on day ten of the Tour De France this year. He was involved in a terrible accident that was caused by a french television car accompanying the race. The car was at fault.
Hoogerland got back on his bike and finished the race, taking out the red polkadot shirt for that day.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Joy Project

I've joined the Joy Project and purchased the book.
Hopefully it will help me.
Depression is taking over again and I don't want to sink so very low again. I don't think I'd make it thru another bad down.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Name This Quilt.

I'm going to make a quilt out of these 20 or so FQs. They were NOT picked for their beauty.
What would you call a quilt made from this selection?
And you don't have to be nice either.
I have told Ruth Allsop what I have in mind, let's see if any of you come close.
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 Well, here's the first pairing. Am using HST paper sheets I bought a loooooong time ago from The Quilter's Barn in Vic (I think) I get a set of 3s and a set of 1.5s from a pair of FQs. Haven't pulled the papers off yet. And have discovered I don't like pressing 1.5" HST open.
You can see the other FQs paired up on the left of the photo. They were picked up as they came off the line up on the table, no shuffling, they stay as they are wether they play nice together or not.

PS: I ended up giving this project away as a UFO. It just didn't want to play nicely with me. I'm sure Heather H will tame it.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Nathan, #2 son at the Winter Magic in Katoomba 2011.
without the mask on.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Variety Club Youth Choir Flash Mob 'I am Australian'

I'm sharing this cause it gives me goose bumps every time I hear it

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Weighty matters

Got on the scales at work last night. I don't think they are super accurate so I did an average of three. I was in uniform which has got a rather heavy belt but I did take my boots off.  Came to 108.5 kg. Not good eh. But this is what I will be dressed in every time I get on the scales so I just have to grin and bear it this time. 
I am going to have to start 'walking the yard' again. Why is it always hot weather when I'm walking. And the bloody flies drive me nuts! And with all the rain we've had recently the mozzies are Lancaster bomber sized and vicious too. And the bastard plovers haven't left 'home' this year at all. They seem to be 'nesting' all the time . . . surely it's not the same pair ???  (how many kids do they want??? Is there a baby bonus in the plover world???) All four eggs hatch and survive because they are so protected there, and the males return with a lady friend to where they are hatched to nest so it's already getting a bit crowded. Had them bluffed a couple of years ago when I first started walking the yard at work and one would just sit on the nest while the other followed me around the circuit, but this lot just don't want me there and are in attack mode all the time.  .

Saturday, January 1, 2011


A bit about Frank, a man from the land.
Frank Myers:  Born and Bred at Duramana, via Bathurst.  Brought up on a farm.  Was a shearer from an early age. Was instrumental in introducing wide combs into Australia.  Was part of New Zealander Shearing Contractor Rob White's team who took on the Australian Workers Union to be able to use wide combs.  Family was subjected to death threats and threats of violence.  Court case ensued.  Frank was black listed by the union and was therefore unable to ply his trade.  They actually did him a favour - it saved his back!  He and Libby purchased land at Yetholme where they built a magnificent stone house by hand and with the help of many friends. He has always been involved in some sort of farm work, or contracting.  Now retired and after selling their "homestead", Pindari,  he and his wife Libby are now travelling the Long Paddock or hitting the frog and toad in their Fifth Wheeler.