Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Australasian Quilt Convention and some stitching ....

Finally back home from AQC in Melbourne .... and I had a fantastic time catching up with friends, working hard, a few lovely lovely meals and then some more catching up with blogging friends and stitching friends ....  AQC was held in the Royal Convention Building in Carlton and what a beautiful building it is ....  you will note there is beautiful blue sky in this photo .... it only came out on the 4th day I was there ... that's when I took the photo !! 

Looking up into the roof dome is stunning .... inspiration for a stitchery perhaps !!

From upstairs where the workshops were held and looking down onto the hall where all the stands and quilts were .... just beautiful ....

I was down there to help out the lovely Jane Macdonald on her Be Be Bold stand ... here are Jane, myself and Cally, her ever ready and willing assistants !!   It was great to see lots of familiar faces and lots of lovely ladies came up and said hello including some of my students from the Needlework Cruise so that was fun !!    Busy but fun !! 

I also helped out on Helen Stubbings stand "Hugs n Kisses" and here is Helen's daughter Tess with Helen in the background serving .... it was also great to spend time with these girls too !

And Helen's stunning quilt was hanging in the quilt display also .... absolutely gorgeous !!

I managed to catch up with some stitching and blogging friends ..... grabbed a coffee with Clare, Gail Pan and Lorraine - Granny Loz ....  lots of laughs here ...

A Lygon Street Italian dinner was lots of fun with all these ladies ....

Cathy and Leanne flew over from Tasmania and came to visit me while I was working ... so nice to see you ladies wandering around the AQC with Gail ...

And a farewell at the end of the AQC with Gail, Rose,Helen and myself ....  these ladies are such fun and we all had a great time !

We had a fantastic meal when some of the tutors from the Needlework Cruise all got together on Saturday night ...  Lisa, Judy, Rose, Christine, Jane, Gail and myself ...  some of our cruise buddies were missing (Wendy, Daisy, Sylvia and Chrissie) but we did manage a cheers for you all !! 

I have done a little bit of stitching .... this was part of a Gail Pan swap for our Friends in Stitching Group which I sent off to Sandi finally ....

I have also been finishing off my projects for our STITCHING ON THE LAKE days in Canberra on next Saturday 26th April and the following Saturday 3rd May 2014 !   I'll share photos of those projects after the Easter Weekend.    But I will share yet another cute photo of Jed !

Some lovely photos coming through from the New York couple ... Sam and Nadia strolling over the Brooklyn Bridge on a SUNNY day in New York !  Thank goodness its warming up a bit over there for them ! 

And at the end of the day .... it's the amount of smiles you've enjoyed that make it all worthwhile !!    We bought these little red overalls in Paris last year not knowing what Ash and Tim were expecting, but even though they are a bit large on him .... they still look cute !! 

Monday, April 7, 2014


This is just a reminder for anyone who wants to attend our "Stitching on the Lake" days on either Saturday 26th April 2014 or Saturday 3rd May 2014 that we need final numbers for catering purposes by the end of this week!      If you want more details please email me.    Or if you haven't yet replied to our earlier emails, please let me know if you are planning on coming so I can keep our lovely caterer Lynne happy!!    You might just like to sit and stitch for the day .... here is a glimpse of last years Stitching on the Lake set up ....

You might enjoy chatting with friends and doing a few stitches on one of the projects on offer, or simply enjoy delicious tempting treats ...

Some projects previously completed by some of the ladies ....

Its not too late to email me before the end of this week .... and maybe we'll see you there!! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Home Again .... and heading off again soon .......

Finally I have arrived back home late last night after what seems like forever in Sydney .... I was a bit sorry to be leaving this gorgeous little man though ....  it has been lovely to spend time with Ash, Tim and Jed and have lots of lovely cuddles with Jed ....

Ash wanted to make something for a friend who is having a baby so we visited Cottage Quiltworks at Warriewood on Sydney's northern beaches .... and what a lovely find it was !!   And Jed peacefully slept through the whole visit ....

It was lovely to receive my Friends in Stitching swap from Teresa .... we had a Gail Pan pattern swap and Teresa made me this beautiful thread holder for my Cottage Garden Threads and also included some beautiful little buttons .... I love it !! 

Opening a big pile of mail this morning and the current "Inspiring Country Threads" has another of my projects inside ....

The rest of the Chateau Rouge Sewing Set to accompany the Chateau Rouge Sewing Bag which was featured in the last issue ....   not a whole lot of stitching has been happening in the last few weeks but now things have settled down a bit I will get back into it and hopefully have some projects to share over the coming week.....

I'm heading to Melbourne on Wednesday to help out Jane MacDonald at the BeBe Bold stand at the Australasian Quilt Convention from Thursday to Sunday in Melbourne ....  please come and say hello if you are visiting !!   I will also be giving Helen Stubbings of Hugs n Kisses a hand on Thursday morning for a little while .... so I'm looking forward to that too !!   Hope to see you there !! 

APRIL 10-13 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014


We have been in Sydney for the past week celebrating all being together with baby Jed and enjoying final farewells for Sam who heads off to New York for 2 years for work ...  Here is our little man Jed .... One month old yesterday ! 

We have all had fun getting to know Jed .... Sam and Elliott, the proud parents, gorgeous aunty Chelsea and a fabulous lunch enjoyed by us all at Ripples at Whale Beach on Sunday!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Handmade and a Beautiful Quilt

The newest issue of Handmade is out and there is a great article about our Needlework Group ....

Some nice pictures and a lovely story about the ladies who I am lucky to stitch with each week ...

We had a weekend in Sydney with our gorgeous new grandson Jed  and here he is on the quilt made by the Tuesday night Needlework ladies .... cute as a button !!

Ash and Jed at the "Smile Like Drake" paddle out on Sunday at Shelley Beach in Sydney .... it was a year since Ash and Tim lost one of their best friends, Chris Drake, and the "Smile Like Drake" Foundation had a paddle out to commemorate his life and raise funds for surf awareness ... a great tribute to his life!

A Sashiko Shoulder Bag I have put together for our Needlework ladies to stitch in the coming weeks !

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chateau Rouge Quilt

Jenny has finished off her gorgeous Chateau Rouge Quilt which was one of our projects designed by Sylvia and myself for our Stitching in the Hills Retreat last August in the hills outside of Canberra!   Doesn't it look absolutely fantastic ?   Using the gorgeous Chateau Rouge range of French General fabrics and a few extras thrown in, she has made her quilt much bigger and it is just amazing ... looks beautiful Jenny ... well done!    Our Annual Retreat is on again this year on the first weekend in August .... if you are interested, please email me and I will provide details.

Elaine bought along some beautifully finished purses to Needlework on Wednesday too ... a larger one and a smaller one ... both with zippers ... such a gorgeous gift !

I was very fortunate on the Needlework Cruise to meet and spend some fantastic times with the gorgeous Judy Newman from "A Very Fine House" ... and I was very very lucky to come home with one of her beautifully created liberty print bags - lots of hexagons and beautifully put together .... filled with a little sewing project I'm working on ... I love it and it is a gorgeous reminder of a special new friend and a lovely working trip on the Cruise !

Another new and lovely friend is the lovely Jane MacDonald from Be Be Bold !!   I fell in love with her little purse design she was teaching on the cruise so got to it (in my spare time) and had fun stitching together this cute purse ....    before it was put together it looked like this ....

And now it's finished, complete with zip and my name on it ... so I guess I'll have to keep it !!  Very cute little stitching project ... thanks Jane!   And I'm lucky to be helping Jane out on her stand "Be Be Bold" at the Australasian Quilt Convention  in Melbourne on the 10th to 13th April .... so come and say hello if you are visiting !   I'm sure these little patterns and kits will be available !! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Beautiful Baby Quilt

I was absolutely bowled over last night when my Tuesday night Needlework ladies presented me (and David - as grandparents) with a beautiful quilt for our grandchildren to use!   They had secretly worked on the quilt while I was away teaching on the Needlework Cruise recently and it is absolutely beautiful ... here are some of the Tuesday night ladies who contributed to making such a beautiful gift!

Helen (who planted the seed) and an overwhelmed me with the beautiful quilt ...

And our gorgeous new grandson Jed who will be the first grandchild to enjoy this beautiful creation ...

And after all that excitement .... Shirley bought along her finished "My Favourite Things" quilt which she has now finished off ... this is an Anni Downs design and is absolutely gorgeous !  Well done Shirley !

Some very productive ladies in my Needlework group .... Tracey has finished off lots of projects and is well prepared for this coming Christmas ... not one, not two, but three Christmas Buntings, four little Mill Hill beaded Christmas decorations, and some stitched designs as well ... WOW !!!   Well done Tracey !

How beautiful are these gorgeous decorations?

And not to be outdone , Tracey's sister Dale produced lots of finished off pieces from way way back ... I think the oldest UFO in this picture is from 1998 ... you can't rush these things ... and lots of lovely finishes here by Dale ... gorgeous work girls !! 

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