Saturday, December 31, 2011

Slack blogger......again

Oh dear - it has been over a month since I did a blog post! But life has been good, work is very busy which means I don't accomplish much in my down time LOL
But I have done some sewing unfortunately not all of it has been photographed! I did remember to take a pic of this cute wall hanging I made for Diana for a swap
and I made another one of these tablerunners (same colours) also for Diana

Our little sewing group also went out for lunch  for the end of the year and Laurel brought with her her first finished quilt for her first grandchild due early next year. Very cute colours and with owls!
I had a lovely Christmas at home, just a quiet one with my family and my parents. Craig had to work in the morning but was home just after 2pm so that wasn't too bad. We usually have a traditional Roast Turkey dinner but I made these delicious treats for dessert. 
Berry trifle:

and a Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Cheesecake:

Very indulgent!!!! - only a veeerrry small slice needed!

After Christmas we went down to Canberra to visit my brother and his family for a few days. It is not often that most of my family is together so it was nice. Tim came with us and my parents were there and my aunty & uncle from the Gold Coast popped in for a night as well.
We had a great time together, eating, drinking coffee, shopping, eating, drinking coffee, shopping, drinking get the idea!!
We also did a bit of sight seeing.....

And now, here it is, the end of another year. 
It is New Years Eve here and I am sitting watching a good partying for me tonight. 
I hope you all have a safe new year and that you all have a fantastic year in 2012!!!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Road Trip!!!

Last Saturday Sandy & I headed off to Bathurst to do some shopping and meet some bloggers.
Where else to shop in Bathurst but Anni Down's shop - The Home Patch!!
Where else to meet up with fellow quilting bloggers - The Home Patch!!
 Me with Alison (non blogger), Chookyblue and Kate-Show & Tell

And one with Sandy - Patchwork Angel

 Deb & Khris were doing a Punchneedle class with Anni so we gatecrashed the classroom to say hello!

The Home Patch is  such a beautiful shop - with so much fabric and other goodies in every nook and cranny - I am sure you can't take it all in in one visit!

And outside is just as lovely - it is a really old building that has such character..

After some serious shopping by us all we headed into town to Crepes Royale - for an extremely delicious lunch!
 Funny......I didn't get any pics of the main course..........just dessert LOL

Now, for those who know me, know that i have said I will not start doing Hexagons/ Paper Piecing. Don't get me wrong, it is not that I don't like it, it is because it is just another thing that I don't want to start and not finish LOL
When I was in Brisbane for the retreat last month one of the patchwork shops gave us a sample pack of hexagons in our bags. So I took this to show Chookyblue, for a joke as she introduced me to Sue Daley (queen of paper piecing) at the Craft show as someone who refuse to do hexies LOL so of course she had to show me how to put them together. 
So everyone, here is the proof - Anita doing Hexies!!

But just so you know - I haven't been "sucked into the hexie vortex"...........well not yet anyway hehe!!

If you want to see some more pics of our fantastic day go visit the other girl's blogs...........they of course had their posts up on their blogs within a day or 2 of going. Me - well it took me almost a week !!
Thanks girls for a great day - it is amazing how the internet brings us all together. I was so glad we got to meet, love how we meet for the first time and we get on like old friends, like we have known each other for ever. Can't wait until next time!!!!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sewing day...

Last Friday we had sewing group again and here is what we were working on...

Glenda was making this beautiful quilt for a gift...

Mum was working on another block from the FQ shop block of the month ( from a couple of years ago LOL)

And I stitched the binding on my Jely Roll Quilt from retreat...

And played with this cute stitchery..

I love these Fridays.........the 4 hours a fortnight I get to do what I enjoy..........this little stitchery says it all!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

More from retreat....

Of course at retreat there is lots of eating.....

Some random pics...

 Sharon and her new toy!

Lois's beautiful Jelly Roll quilt..
After we left Mount Alford we spent a night in Ipswich and spent some time patchwork shop shopping!!

 I had such a great time this week with all my internet friends. Some I have met before, others it was the first time meeting but I count all these girls as  close friends, despite the physical distance of where we live. 
Back - Lois, Khristina, Sharon, Diana & SharonNZ
Middle - me and Amanda
Front - Lynda and Floss
Thanks girls for a great week!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Catching up....

Catching up on an overdue blog post! 2 weeks after returning from Hawaii I headed off to Brisbane with Lois to meet up with our great friends from our yahoo group - CRAFT.
After meeting up in Ipswich we headed out to Mount Alford Conference Centre  for a fabulous 4 days. If ever you are after somewhere 2 hours from Brisbane for a retreat or even a family get together or get away - this place is fantastic!

There was lots of sewing......

 Some of us made some tablerunners....
Lois made this one.....




 Here are all the tablerunners.....

Khris, mine & Diana's Jelly Roll Quilts
( Bliss, Kansas Wildflowers & Martinique)

More to come!!!!