Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Waverley Patchwork Exhibition

On Sunday John was kind enough to drive me to the Waverley Patchworkers Exhibition...I think the promise of a Devonshire Tea was part of the attraction.
I always think catching up with friends is one of the best things about a quilt show and I caught up with so many of my favourite people.
Here's John meeting delightful Ramona
The quilts were wonderful and inspiring and very beautiful too. 
Hard to pick which photos to share, there were so many beauties.

Such a wonderful exhibition.
Today's link is to a delightful accessory case shared at Kokka Fabric.
It was designed by Mioki Sugino and you can find the pattern by following this LINK.  Many many thanks to everyone involved.

Hope you have a wonderful day

Monday, May 30, 2016

The most fabulous day

On Saturday John and I had the most fabulous day with Sam, Henry and about 70 of Sam's friends for his 30th birthday celebration. Sammy had his own engine pull a train from Maldon to Castlemaine and back with some stops for photos along the way.  It was a brilliant day, every aspect perfect.
One of the most thrilling aspects for me was travelling in the engine from Muckleford Station to Maldon as the sun was setting.

It was toasty warm in the engine and the views very beautiful as the sun set.
Of course dear little Henry was there too.
Enormous thanks to my dear Sammy and his fabulous friends for making the day so special.

A brilliant project today.
Please follow this LINK to fabulous Charise Creates and you can make a gorgeous bag just like this. Enormous thanks to wonderful Chaise for sharing it with us.
Hope you have a wonderful day

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Saturday Shopping...The Quilt Shop

As many of you know I adore English paper pieced hexies.

find these little acrylic temples invaluable especially when fussy cutting.  
I always buy my hexie papers and templates from my local quilt store, The Quilt Shop in Eltham.  They are really good quality and the cheapest price I have seen.  If you are not anywhere nearby they have online shopping too.
A:  2/38 Bridge Street, Eltham
T:  03 8418 6770
E:  sales@thequiltshop.com.au
H: Mon-Thur 9.30am - 5.00pm
     Fri 9.30am - 3.30pm
     Sat 9.30am - 1.00pm

I am having a love affair with Liberty fabrics at the moment, so I could not resist sharing this charming pattern which was very generously shared HERE at delightful Arabesque Scissors.  
Many thanks to Ali for sharing it with us.

Have a wonderful day

Friday, May 27, 2016

Stitching the days of the week + Looking for Yoko

My lovely friend Jenny of Elefantz released her new Stitchery Club patterns last week and as soon as I saw them I knew they belonged in my hoop.  Because I have been working with such brightly coloured wool felt in my Wendy Williams Round the Garden quilt (and loving it) I felt like a change and used beautiful, soft and pretty Larkspur from Cottage Garden threads to stitch Monday.
Today I'm linking up with the  'Patchwork with Stitchery' sew-a-long hosted by Martina at Sunshine Quilting. Thanks to Martina for the chance to share.
I have a lovely bloggy friend who also lives in Melbourne...Melbourne Florida. Kelly is searching for the Yoko Saito houses pattern that was printed in Quiltmania a couple of years ago.  It was also released as a pattern.
If you have the pattern and have finished the quilt or have changed your mind please get in touch with me and I'll put you in touch with Kelly.  It would be fabulous if we could help in her search.
Many, many thanks to wonderful, super talented mother daughter team, Lisa and Sarah from A Spoonful of Sugar for sharing the pattern for this delightful Liberty Pencil Case.
Please follow this LINK.

Have a wonderful day
I'm saving my energy for an exciting adventure to celebrate Sam's birthday tomorrow.
PS A huge Happy Birthday to my lovely son, Jack,   27 today...hooray

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A complex case and blogs and podcasts

Sorry I've not posted for a couple of days.  I spent yesterday afternoon with yet another specialist, this time a respiratory specialist, being told I was a very complex case. He expressed amazement that I am still functioning so well considering how much damage there is to my brain due to my MS.  I suppose I should feel depressed by the state of my brain...but I don't. I feel triumphant that I am fighting back against evil MS and I am not going to let it get me.

One of the ways I battle MS is by trying to keep my brain active and challenged.  I like to read books that are not necessarily an easy read for me.  I have a dear friend with severe dyslexia and so I am interested in this condition.  This lead me to Maryanne Wolf's Proust and The Squid: The story and Science of the Reading Brain.  I am finding it incredibly interesting and highly recommend it to anyone with this very debilitating condition.  Obviously if you have problems with text you might prefer the audio book version which is available at Audible.

Another joy at the moment is the podcast library from the 2016 Sydney Writers Festival.  It is wonderful to get a deeper insight into the minds of some of the most wonderful writers.  As their blurb says it is a celebration of literature, stories and ideas.  Please go HERE to listen, I'm sure if you are enjoy reading they will bring much happiness into your day and lead you on the way to new books.

Listening to my absolute podcast favourites ( Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales - Chat 10 Looks 3) talk at the event I discovered the book Community, Arthur Street Kitchen by Hetty McKinnon

This led me on to the blog Arthur Street Kitchen.  Not only is it filled to the brim with delicious sounding salad recipes, it is so beautifully written.  The blurbs before each recipe are sublime, captivating and transport me to into the life of an Aussie in New York.  I cannot give it as much praise as it deserves, I have fallen in love with another blog...and found a kindred spirit who also loves brussel sprouts.
I will be back tomorrow with a stitching themed post but today we will have to be content with a stitching link.
Anyone who reads this blog knows I love cute things and I think this project is the ultimate example of cuteness.  Designed and shared by lovely Natalie of Cinderberry Stitches you can find the pattern by following this LINK.  Huge thanks to Natalie for sharing it with us.
Hope you have a wonderful day

Monday, May 23, 2016

Henry and Uncle Toby's Oats + Pets on Quilts

Last week we received a free sample of yummy Uncle Toby's oats + a little packet of oat seeds to grow at home.  As Henry came to stay for a couple of days I saved them for him to plant.  He really enjoyed the experience.
Thank you Uncle Tobys' and Homegrown Oats.
One of my favourite events in blogworld is Pets on Quilts.  
It happens every year over at delightful Lily Pad Quilting. Many thanks to Snoodles (Jacque) for organising it for us.  Last year my lovely friend Christine over at MacDonalds'Patch entered her dear little dog, Molly and she won a prize which was fabulous.
Of course I voted for Molly.  This year I may even enter my own dear pups.
I spent yesterday preparing a couple more pages of my Round the Garden Quilt (designed by wonderful, super talented Wendy Williams) so I can sew it this week.  I'll show you my progress tomorrow but here are a couple of pics of Wendy's sample...no wonder I feel so inspired.

Today is my darling Sammy's birthday - 30 years old today.  We are all going on a big train adventure next weekend to celebrate.

Happy Birthday Sammy, I'm so lucky to have you in my life.  

I just can't resist bunting.  And this mini bunting is particularly cute.

It features a fabric range called Backyard Roses and I think it is really charming.  The designer of this lovely range of fabric designed the bunting for us and you can download the pattern HERE at fabulous Riley Blake Designs.  The Riley Blake BLOG is always a great place to visit.

Hope you have a great start to your week,


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