Monday, November 16, 2015

Dungog Show Wins

First time ever...
I won a Champion ribbon for something I made:
 This quilt was made up of 12 embroidered squares, then joined together to make one HUGE quilt.
I made the embroidered squares (a few years ago) in a workshop on learning how to master my Bernina Artista embroidery machine.
They sat in my cupboard for a while before I worked out how I wanted to join them I embroidered them all "on point".
Now that it is finished, it is rolled up and again stowed away in a cupboard.
This is one quilt that I am keeping for "me".

I received 3 other "Firsts" at the show:
This is one of the table runners I will have at my sale next month, but the jam & the pickles are now in my fridge for us to eat.

I am one happy little Vegemite with my wins!

Until nest post...

Friday, November 6, 2015

I learnt something new

On Wednesday, I was invited to spend a one on one lesson with a lovely lady in a town nearby.  She had perfected a crazy patchwork quilt using cut up denim jeans.
She uses all of the jeans...zippers, pockets, labels, and the legs are mainly used as the borders in between each rectangle.
Here is my first 15" x 17" rectangle:
 Then she got me to use an actual pocket:
I was half way thru making one with a fly, but the day got away from me and I had to come home.

It is a bit like quilt as you go, but you work on a piece of fabric instead of wadding.

Not enough hours in a day to keep doing it at the moment, but I will defineately get back to it as soon as possible.

Until next post...

Saturday, October 24, 2015

2 Quilts Finished _ Tractor & Chickens

Another 2 quilts finished by "Mum & Me".
Both are for my Quilt & Craft Sale in December.

In between customer's quilts, I managed to quilt & bind the "Girl Feeding the Chickens" quilt Mum sewed together last week.
Then we got together and made this "Tractor" quilt from a kit I bought at the Newcastle Quilt Show.
My "hubby" said..right colour, wrong tractor".  He owns a McCormick tractor.
Wish they made fabric with this image on it!

Until next post...

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Feeding the Chickens

Another "Mum and Me" quilt.

This kit was a VERY simple quilt to make.  I bought the kit & gifted it to my sister, as she loves her chooks...she is actually known as "The Chook Lady" in her small town.
Well, she has moved her love of quilting to loving Scrap-booking & Card-making, so she asked me to sell all of her kits & patterns on eBay.

Well, seeing I gave this kit to her, I kept it to make up myself!... well Mum & I to make it up.
I quilted it with a leaf pattern..

My Quilt & Craft Sale is coming up (5th Dec), so Mum & I are busy making those last minite things to go into it.

Yes, this quilt will be in the sale.

Until next post...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Another Quilt Finished

"Flip's Flower Garden"..just complete by Mum & Me..
 This kit was gifted to me by a friend in America. 
 She knows I am a sucker for cute things and bought this for me.
So, as usual, I cut, Mum sewed, and I ironed, quilted & bound it.

I thought it would be a fairly quick quilt to make... but I was wrong!... there were LOTS of sewing, cutting, matching & more sewing to this quilt.

The quilting stitch I used was a "Buzzing Bee" to compliment the bees around Flip and also on some of the border fabric (hard to see).
At the moment, Mum is busy with applique on her September installment of a block of the month and I am quilting customer's quilts, as well as making nighties for my sister, as she asked for me to make her some.

Until next post...

Sunday, September 27, 2015


My lemon tree is groaning with so much fruit.
So today I have made:
Lemon Curd/Butter
 and Lemon Hand Scrub
 This was the first batch
The lemon tree doesn't even look like it has been touched!
I had better make some more...
....hopefully, the Bingo ladies will buy lots off me tomorrow!

I have also been busy quilting customer's quilts in between batches!

Until next post...

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Out with the old & in with the new!

Yesterday, Stew, Casserole & T-Bone (we have owned them for 2 years) were sold at the Dungog Cattle Sales and they brought in the highest price for the day...even beating the top price paid for a cow & calf... we were happy with that!
It was the first time I have been to a cattle sale...interesting!
I went to the pen where they were being held before the sale, to see them and when they heard my voice, they turned around and looked at me, as if they were saying "what are we doing here?"
Then again, when they were being sold, I was in the front row (so I could hear & see what was going on) and they saw me and kept looking at me.
I wasn't sad about seeing them go, as in the last few weeks they have been pushing & shoving each other, and that was upsetting I asked Bruce (my "husband"!) when it was time to sell them...he said that it was time and he was afraid to mention it to me, as he thought it would upset me. 
So off they went to the next market. Sirloin, Mince, Fillet & Rump... they arrived yesterday morning and will be keeping us company for about 2 years.
I had forgotten how small they are when we first get them!
 Now I have to train them to come when I call.
Until next post...