Monday, November 30, 2015

Quilts in the Barn

Quilts in the Barn is one of my absolute favourite events of the year and always calls for an outing with Christine. 
We got there bright and early on Saturday morning and happily spent a couple of hours looking at the glorious quilts,
catching up with friends,
 eating a delicious morning tea and generally having a wonderful time.  

There were beautiful things to buy

Every year we grab a photo with fabulous Linda.  She and her team do a brilliant job.  Thank you so much to everyone involved and Linda in particular.
I'll share some of my favourite quilts later this week.
Today's LINK is to this beautiful table runner.

It is very kindly shared at Addy Lou.  Enormous thanks to fabulous Ruth for sharing this lovely project with us.
Have a wonderful day

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday Sleep In

Sunday mornings are for sleeping in at our place.  We are all night owls but during the week we get up early, so Sunday mornings it's lovely to lie in bed and catch up with lost sleep.  It's also my excuse to post a picture of a super cute little sleeping animal.
Have a wonderful day

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A day in town...

...with my lovely bloggy friends.  Fiona of Bubz Rugz is spending some time in Melbourne to see her gorgeous grandkids and so of course it called for a get together with some of her bloggy friends. Huge thanks to Marina for organising this for us.
The meeting place was under the Flinders Street Station clocks,
and of course, no trip to the city of Melbourne is complete without a trip to lovely Luccellos.
We had lunch in an Irish themed pub, although Marina was the only one who had a Guinness.
There was lots of laughing, chatting and general frivolity
All in all a wonderful way to spend the day.
Have you started your Christmas decorating yet?  I don't begin until December 1st so there is still time for me to make some of these adorable little felt trees. They are so sweet.
If you would like to make some too, please stop by HERE at fabulous Allsorts.  Enormous thanks to gorgeous Jenny, who is such a star and has the most inspiring blog
Hope you enjoy a joy filled day 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

I'm feeling so lucky

I spent another afternoon with my absolute favourite, gorgeous Di Ford Hall.  We are so lucky to have her here in Melbourne.  I know when she taught in the USA in the last few weeks there were 25 to 30 people in each class.  There were 6 of us in her class today so we got so much of her lovely company and she,so willingly, shares her wealth of knowledge and creativity with us all.

Today she helped me with my fussy cutting and I was thrilled with the results.  I'll show you when my little stars are completed/

If you would like to do a class with her please ring
Needles and Pins in Warrandyte

Phone: 03 9844 1720

Sewn and Quilted in Blackburn
Telephone: (03) 9877 1664

Another LINK to an absolute beauty.
And where did I find it?  Why at wonderful Wild Olive.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to fabulous Mollie

Have a wonderful day
I know I will because our gorgeous little Henry is here for the day

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A lovely fabric range

When I was at my LQS, The Quilt Store in Eltham I spotted a fabric range which stole my heart.  Isn't it gorgeous?

I foresee a quilt in this range coming to my place next year.
Another wonderful pincushion pattern can be found by following this LINK.
It is very kindly shared at Crafts Beautiful.  Many many thanks to all involved.

I've got another lesson with lovely Di Ford Hall today so I know I'll have fun
Hope you have a fun day too.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

An afternoon at The Quilt Shop

I spent yesterday at my LQS, The Quilt Shop in Eltham.  The highlight of the afternoon was meeting marvellous Sonja Martin in person.
As well as being a fun and charming person (and a Facebook Friend of mine) Sonja is a really inspiring human being.  She is very involved in an important charity and one which I am starting to support by making up Share the Dignity handbags. It is an easy and inexpensive way to make a difference to another woman's life.  I've dug out a couple of my old handbags and am going to buy one or two little items each week to add to the bags.  As well as doing something really worthwhile, I think it will be a lot of fun seeking out bits and pieces for the bags.
Here's some more information.
Wonderfully The Quilt Shop in Eltham is a new drop off point.  

This is a really gorgeous little bag.
If you would like to make one you can find a fabulous tutorial HERE at wonderful Skip to my Lou.  Enormous thanks to Cindy for sharing it with us
Have a wonderful day

Monday, November 23, 2015

Schramm's Cottage

It was a beautiful mild day in Melbourne yesterday so we took Henry to a fabulous adventure playground in Doncaster.  There is the cutest vintage caravan at the playground on the weekend and I thought I'd share a couple of pictures so you can share in its charm. They even pop a vintage quilt on the grass in case you'd like to sit on the lawn.  The berry sorbet is the yummiest I've ever eaten.
We then visited Schramm's Cottage which is just across the road.  It is the home of the Doncaster Templestowe Historical Society and is comprised of a complex of houses, schoolrooms and orchard equipment and outbuildings.  There are lots of beautiful textiles on display, in both Schramm's Cottage and Atkins Orchard Cottage.

A very poignant reminder of the past is the cemetery which is the burial place of many many infants and babies...a tragic reminder of the high mortality rates of children a hundred or so years ago.  It is also noteworthy that many of the graves were vandalised during the second world war, as it is a German Lutheran graveyard.

You can view an extremely useful tutorial if you follow this LINK.
Enormous thanks to fabulous Kelsey of Vanilla Joy for showing us her method of binding quilts by machine.  She based her tutorial on one featured on the brilliant blog, Cluck, Cluck, Sew.
Hope you have a super fun day.  I'm off to The Quilt Shop to stitch with friends so I know I'll have fun too.

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