Doing a fair few Mother's day things at our craft day on Wednesday, do you have a good saying about Mother's, friends, women in general from fridge magnets, cards or quilts you have seen? Sharing them in the comments would be most appreciated, Thank you!
Monday, April 30, 2007
Posted by Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum at 7:55 PM
A huge Saturday night....not perhaps like some of those in the long distant past but a big Saturday night nonetheless. I actually went to bed at 8.30 pm, read a little bit of 'The master Quilter' (in an attempt to tell myself that it wasn't a good 2 hours too soon to be going to bed) and then had a few hours sleep before getting up for the supposed 11.30 pm start to the cricket. Of course it had to rain in Barbados and the game didn't start until 2.15 am! Except they couldn't tell me that until 2 am so I just had to stay up and wait. I stitched a few sock sacks for the fete, gave myself a facial, pinned and tied my pink floral skirt quilt and drank a few coffees and a lot of hot chocolate...and twisties...and mettwust...and leftover easter eggs!
Most of the game was well worth the staying up for, slightly dodgy end courtesy of more wet weather and a few decisions by the organizers. One part of the second innings was a real first for me, it was the first time I have ever seen cricket continue in the rain. Cricket is a little precious about bad light and rain, but I suppose if someone was throwing a hard ball at me at 100 miles and hour I would prefer to be able to see it as well! Anyway, my boys won and I watched us win in the night 4 years ago and 8 years ago so I have seen the cricketing hat-trick.
The big winners.
For the 100th post comment competion; Thanks to all entrants! The winners were chookyblue, anne quiltoholic and doodlebug gail. We will get in contact.
Posted by Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum at 8:58 AM
Saturday, April 28, 2007
I finished Sandra Dallas' Persian Pickle club the other day, it is now being devoured by my friend Robyn. I am well into the first Elm Creek quilts book and really enjoying it.
I love this quote, "Time, space and lots of friends-that's what you need to be a successful quilter." p.118. So true I reckon,but also often hard to achieve, you need space to think big! The time factor is also important...in 2 weeks I will have plenty (well that is the theory!) But the friends thing is really the most important, it's not much fun making quilts if you have no-one to see them and no-one to talk about them with. The internet is great for those of us who can't always catch up with other quilters weekly. YAY and gratitudes for the 'net!....and friends here and not here ....and cricket....and sewing spots no matter how big......and crazy kids...and caring husbands....and a drop of something alcoholic on occasion ...and even half an inch of rain. Have a great day!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
100th post...and I spent the egg money!!
A nice, organisational and congratulatory moment here. As some regular readers will know, I save my egg money and I had let slip a few months ago that it had amassed the grand total of $299! Well, with recent chook sales I finally reached the milestone that allowed me to buy the side table I wanted in order to get my bedroom on track and here it is! (complete with one drawer out I just notice!) I haven't quite filled all the drawers yet but by the stuff that still needs a home on the floor it will not take long! (better a hoarder than a borrower be! Isn't that how it goes?)
DH still thinks I am crazy that I didn't just go out and buy it 18 months ago when I wanted it, but then I wouldn't love it like this and be quite proud of it, it would just be furniture.
Tidied up the "book floor" as well after this came, borrowed some of the wooden shelving cubes and solved the problem of keeping all the stuff I like nice and close. See the magazines next to the pen and little sticky notes so I can mark the good quilt articles so they are easy to find for later. I have not yet come to the point where I rip and file the good bits but with my growing mag. collection I may get to that. I also love the chook. He plays the chicken dance until you put your hands around his neck then he makes a choking sound. Depends on your idea of humour... my daughter's class gave it to me for my birthday for doing storytime!
Now, back to being my 100th post. What fun that has been. My posting started at about the same time as my daughter got sick with her giardia and associated tummy problems and the blofgging interaction has been lovely for some added contact and to keep me motivated to record my quilting. As a result, and as a Thank you, I am going to borrow from Darlene's idea and everyone who comments prior to my next post will go into the draw for a prize or two......
Have a great day, Tracey
Sunday, April 22, 2007
A quiet weekend.
Just a quick post to say a big thank you for all the comments and emails about my little family drama. DS has been great and is lapping up all the attention and checking I've told everyone about his head while DD only smiled a day and a half later when my sister bought her kids up for a visit and wont let anyone mention the blood.
We are off for a Paeds check-up with her tomorrow and a hectic few weeks leading up to this School market so the posts may be a little light on, as will the quilting time.
Photo today is of a "quilt for a cure" quilt our group made a few years ago. We all made blocks for a "Quilter's companion" challenge and then offered to put one of the quilts together. This is our blocks and a few others they sent back. You can't see the detail but Robyn and Chris handquilted the cancer ribbon shape in the big cream blocks.
Have a great day, Tracey
Friday, April 20, 2007
I am having a Biblical moment today, want to hear why?
At 8.30 am this morning I was very happy with life, after having children home or things on all day, every day for weeks, I had a free day-no obligations, no cooking, house was almost clean, just have my coffee, make a few organisational calls, read my emails and life was my own.........and then the phone rings.....and just like that man in the Bible who planned for the great life he was going to have after building his bigger barn, I got my rude awakening that reminded me my plans are not my own.
Ds had managed to damage himself BEFORE EVEN GETTING TO SCHOOL! He hit his head on a metal part of the School bus, had bled majorly, vomitted, and was at School now miserable. No shower, pull on presentable clothes and off I go. After an hour in Emergency his over half inch hole in his head was superglued back together so we went back to School for Show and Tell. There discovered his sister was a little more than upset, it was more like shock; pale, shivering, teary with a headache, she felt he was going to die and there was so much blood and he only wanted her....and needless to say they are both lying on my couch watching Wonder woman right now and therein went the day! You have to laugh I suppose, so I am including these 2 little fellows to finish up and off to watch him for concussion!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Justifying my existence here at present, with a little cooking for the shearers. Well, they aren't really shearing just cleaning up the sheep prior to lambing. I thought their real title may put you off, are you ready, promise not to laugh....they are crutching! And don't worry if you are saying "What the!" even, local town girls think that job sounds rather odd. Very necessary however, as you would appreciate if you were a little lamb who wanted to be able to instantly located some nice, clean, easily accessible warm milk after birth.
Are we up with how this is done, because they are back again Monday and I could steal some photos. Shearing is a far bigger operation and I cook for 10 -14 . This is only four, but it's 9.30 am hot morning tea, midday, 2 course hot meal and 3 pm sandwiches, cake and biscuits. The short breaks are called "smoko" from the old days when that was the chance for the shearers to get a smoke.
Needless to say between that and everything else I am only getting 15 minute increments in my studio so the bigger projects are on hold. Here are a few of the little things that I have finished.
Little purses from the Moda plastic-coated fabric. These are gifts but i am trying to decide what price I could put on them for stalls, they are lined but not top-stitched this time. Top stitching the plastic stuff with a zip gives me a headache!
The little bag was another play, I make these up in a few minutes with scraps and my op shop pre-quilted bedspreads for the lining. If anyone isn't sure how to do these and wants info. just drop a line. They go to all the little girls I know and will be on our market stall for School. Hard to price them as well.
Speaking of bags, I thought you may like to see some of the ones I have made for DD. Actually, I lie, she made the gingham stripy one when her and a few friends hed a sewing lesson day.
The little one at the front was part of last year's birthday present. My own design, it is round, quilted again with the pre-quilted bedspreads and opens out completely flat with pockets and elastic sections inside for storing Polly Pocket dolls and all their associated belongings. (Guess who got sick of finding bits of Polly pocket stuff everywhere!) being a bag girl myself I would secretly like one of these! But isn't that pretty much how it works with our daughters?-we try to give them everything that we want..and then have to learn to deal with the fact that they have their own needs/wants and lives. Our favourite book will not always be theirs, they will not always want to sew...........
I can now here calves and chooks calling for their brunch-does it ever end! Have a great day, Tracey
Monday, April 16, 2007
The second way to do it only requres good points on two sides and may be more appealing.
I love these blocks so much and have carted them around everywhere showing everyone the decorated blocks and the range of colours. I am hoping to have it up and hanging in my studio very soon.
ps, you will notice I am 4 blocks short, these are my own that were returned (I didn't put them in the pic) and I am happy to swap if anyone is interested. Connie is very keen to come in on this and see Cynthia's blog as well for details. (Post addition-I have just tried to use this link to Cynthia and it does all the right things but wont display her blog, is that the same for everyone? What have I done wrong? Cynthia http://aussiequilter.blogspot.com/
Last photo is of the babies convincing me that they are too cute to be put in the cubby to sleep!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
A taste of farm life.
We only get this great autumn light shining up our tree tunnel-like driveway for 2 weeks a year. My children know I love this light and come screaming in to tell me. We were almost too late tonight but I managed to snap a few photos of the more willing models.
DN and DD at the cattle pit.DN playing in the dust.
I have received my blocks from the Siggy swap-it only takes one day when you are in the same state as the sended. They are fantastic. I had hoped to put them together this wekend but it isn't going to happen....
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Thinking blogger nominations take some thought.
Okay, it is a few days since Anne at Quiltoholicker nominated me for the Thinking Blogger award and it is now my turn to nominate five more. (Of course Anne knows she is inspirational so doesn't need more accolades.)
What a difficult task for someone who wont even put her favourite links in her sidebar! (But very pleased to be tagged none the less.)
I will start by saying that I find everything about this blogging inspirational. It has meant that I can stay constantly motivated to produce quilts, improve my techniques and generally stay on task in many more ways than just those involving patchwork. I also see it as being like a diary entry that the fairies have written feedback on in magical pen when you wake and check it in the morning-and who didn't ever hope that would happen? Writing about the things you do when no-one ever sees is rather flat to me. This is great - and to all of you who regularly receive comments from this elf at the bottom of the World , rather than the garden, you constantly inspire me!
So...onto nominations and some of these may have already been tagged, that doesn't change my intentions.
Dawn, who was the first main blog I began to read and I was so desperate to comment on her fabulous work i had to join blogger-these posts all come from there. Your work, detail and techniques all ispire me to sew.
Dawn in Korea, a great read from a fabulously upbeat, enthusiastic and fun Mum and quilter who lives a life as an army wife that is so far from my realm. Her quirky Korean pictures to share are always just what I want to see.
Tonya, who thinks way ouside the box with her quilting and inspires me to try completely different techniques. I also like the way she handles setbacks-marvellous.
Finn, who makes me excited about the prospect that my future years can be just as full and wonderful as the life I am living now.
Patty, who is so full of project lists and organized stash that i am driven to my studio in a fit of re-organizing after almost every read. I also like that she makes lists and gets things done-all while watching sport.
Apologies to everyone else, especially Libby, who always makes me think the joys of a simple life.
And I will close with my joys, hugging their new joys-Isabelle and Fluffy General. And I promise the cat lovers that they will not be going outside. (We found poor little Tabitha and think it was a snake.....) I also promise a cuter close up. Cheers, Tracey
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Love these red floral stripes, look great for bags. I also am very short of blacks and think they can add so much to brights so I stocked up on the polka dots as well.
My Angel of Faithfulness guards these choices. -bet you can't figure out why she had to come here!
The stripe and floral closest are from Heather Bailey and I saw a link on Quilting in Cornfields to her site. Looks great real, I don't think it's around over here yet. the rest are all on sale stash builders. I love the harvest vegies. (Ooh, I linked and it worked!!!Well done to Kim who gives good instructions as well as apple recipes!)
Some cute little fabrics for the boy who thinks he is a rodeo rider and is hooked on Marty Robbins' Gunfighter ballads!And last but not least, an ebay purchase, 475+ strips of a 30's kids range. All pre-cut to 5 inches by 1.5 inches. Cost me about $15 Australian and for not having to cut it was worth it.
Any details on the fabric just drop me a line
Posted by Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum at 4:06 PM
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
And..the "Book of my year" award goes to:
-The Time traveller's wife.
Actually, probably the best read for the last few years if I am truthful. I did get a little sick of reading about abuse, heartbreak etc, etc a few years ago so I have stuck to good, known safe reads: the kind of reads that make me feel good at the finish rather than traumatised.
But I loved this book that I had seen on people's profiles and in book memes.
I was faced with my usual quandary over a good book. Do I just read and read until it is done, like devouring a pizza when you are starving...or do I lengthen out the joy, make it into a 3 course meal... with oysters kilpatrick or a big serve of Tapas to start? Decided to make it a 3 course meal as I wanted it to last but it's also a library book and even though I intend buying it to reread at my leisure-I really did need to get through it so there were a few post midnight sittings.
I read Harry Potter as the pizza because I am desperate to know what happens next. I then reread and enjoy it slowly but after any amount of years in between I am starving for the new course! Please don't let us lose another old friend Miss Rowling, I prefer my tears to be of joy!
I am thinking tonight about being tagged by Anne at Quiltoholic for blog of the day awards, I need to now choose another 5 which I am finding difficult as I'm not good at singling out. Thank you very much for the honour though, Anne and thanks to those who are teaching me to link, I need time at the computer to play which may come when the kids go back to school.
I will go now and sleep on my 5, Tracey
Monday, April 09, 2007
How do I enlarge a completed quilt?
I had a little think about using something like this nice pre-quilted gold and just cutting the bindings off Dad's and finish it in the gold but I really have very little idea about how to go about it when it is already backed and tied. I am going to leave this open until about Friday the 13th so feel free to give suggestions until then.
Finally, while waiting for the cricket to come on I finished last weeks quilt that I made from playing with blocks. It has turned out very brightly.
Happy Quilting, Tracey
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Worked on the pink floral quilt for an entire hour today, I would have finished but I sewed two rows together wrong and am now about to unpick.(Not rip!) So I suppose I had better stop putting it off. Adios, Tracey
Friday, April 06, 2007
An Easter post
I think the only card missing is the one from German, apparently that didn't get home or perhaps that is the only one they are managing to keep secret for Easter Sunday!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007