Wednesday, June 28, 2017

my week .... so far....

 new nail colours on Friday...
 24 blocks done now...need lots more!
start of something new!
trying to stash bust the scrap basket from all those scrappy quilts last year!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

catch up time!

 small ant infectation!
not happy.
 love winter meals in the slow cooker...
 chainpiecing...
 pressing and putting together
 lots of prep work done for the next round
9 completed blocks...
love them all together.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

weekly catchup....

 aren't these cute mugs?
at one of the many local cafes where 2 of my girlies took me for lunch.
 a bit of online shopping arrived...shhhhh don't tell!
 the wall of colour at another local cafe and gerbera farm...
 my favourite place to walk
 around the other side
 some bird life on the lake
last one...it was a beautiful morning!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

wrap up.....

 with the last days of Autumn we have had some gorgeous sunsets
 somebody loves sleeping in the leaves ....
 our family kookaburras are constantly in the garden....
 a new scrap busting project...
 lots of prepping of 4 1/2" squares...
and some lovely cherry red nails!
Julz

Tuesday, May 23, 2017




gorgeous sky tonight from the carpark at work...
looking back towards Mt Riddell
(usually seen when taken on my regular walks, different angle tonight)
the clouds and colours were just beautiful!

Monday, May 22, 2017

surprise for a special person

 made this from lots of leftovers from The Splendid Sampler and my stash
for a special friend
  and the back...
her favourite owls on it...
she was totally overwhelmed as she wasn't expecting this..
love this pattern, so easy to do and looks different every time you make it

Sunday, May 14, 2017

autumn colours!

love this tree I pass on my walk from the down the street

 some of the colours in my garden
 gorgeous sunny mornings for walks
 chilly foggy mornings for walks
somebody turned 22!

 some pruning in the garden, hubby style
why use a hedge trimmer when  you have a chainsaw?
before 
after...
in action!
Julz

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

red and white swap on FB


three lovely sets of red and white squares have arrived so far, 
2 more to come...
and add my own 4 to the mix...
think this will be a lovely Christmas runner/topper! 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

a surprise .....

well the top is all together, 
now to quilt it!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Autumn beauties

aren't these just glorious?
red nerines...
they are putting on a spectacular display this year
the computer monitor just doesn't show their true colours...so bright!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Anzac day

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taking time to remember....

Friday, April 21, 2017

help needed

seriously thinking about changing this...
taking that bottom row off, resewing it and putting up one side of the quilt.
the quilt will then be 11x11
instead of 10x12.
I think this will fit the bed better once borders are added. 
what do you think?

Monday, April 17, 2017

it's done!

 well this part of the journey is finished....it's taken just over a year. #splendidsampler
And what a year....as I sit here finishing off the last seam to sew this together from two halves to a whole, my feelings are mixed. There have been changes and decisions made over the past year, some good some not so good....
 As I have sewn the rows together, I glimpsed favourite fabrics, some just tiny scraps, others there is some bits left over for another project, lots that were from other projects which brings back the memories of making those. 
Each block evocks memories, sometimes of what I was doing at the time I was making it, others of things happening at home, or abroad. Some blocks I really enjoyed doing, others I didn't, some blocks will be made again one day, others won't (once was enough!). 
I learnt so much from this journey, lots of new techniques, some that will be used frequently, others once is enough....I found that paper piecing is my friend when other techniques won't work...it was something I really didn't enjoy, but found myself comtemplating using it on blocks that wouldn't go together any other way, (for me). Some blocks, like the paper pieced ones were left for a few days as I was scared to do them....they looked hard! but thanks to the wonderful designers and their brilliant instructions, they weren't, they went together beautifully in most cases.
So this part of the journey is done, the next step is the quilting. Do I attempt machine quilting it myself? Do I send it to my brilliant quilting buddy to do for me? Do I hand quilt it? Well I think it will sit upon this bed for a while until I make that decision.
This journey also bought many new online friends into my world, I thank them for every encouraging comment they gave, the inspiration to continue when I felt like giving up, or couldn't make a decision of how to do my version of a block. You all made this journey an adventure we all shared.
Thank you to Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson for putting this journey together along with all the designers...again some I loved their designs before this quilt, others I have come to love their designs because of this quilt, some I had never come across before. You are all such an inspiration.
Julz

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017