Ireland n Dubai Holiday 3

Blaney Castle outside of Cork is famous.  But this is the house (still lived in), which is just as beautiful and you can go inside.  We didnt kiss the Blarney stone - I already have the gift of the gab!
View from top of Blarney Castle.  The grounds are large and very beautiful.
Not sure if they were yarn bombing Blarney Castle or just trying experimenting with curtains?
Everywhere in England and Ireland you would see the old stone watering trough's filled with summer annuals.  
My kind of pet!  I guess you could call him a wire haired breed ;)
Dubai, view from Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world). Dubai was a really good stop over for two days to break the jet lag.  But honestly my opinion is "been there, done that" and never going back. I am a country girl at heart and this joint was a modern city with all the trappings that don't interest me!  
That was my second trip to Ireland (first for hubby) and he got some good information on the family tree, that enabled him to crack some of the mystery when we got home.  I have promised him we will go back one day, because it is such a beautiful place and there was lots we didn't get to see.  
Happy quilting Sue.

Ireland Holiday 2

Ireland was green and quiet after being in the UK.  
The castles were plentiful and fascinating.  We got very used to walking up tight spiral staircases that were very narrow.  You had to be patient and walk up them slowly, because there was always a crowd in front of you - definitely not suitable for those who suffer claustrophobia.
Bunratty Castle, Limerick.
The gardens were spectacular.
I hanker for a pleached walkway in my own garden....one day!
Walled garden at Bunratty Folk Park.
The River Shannon.  It felt very romantic.  I don't think that I have every felt that about a river before, but there was something very special and mystic about walking its banks.  
Intricate wood carving on the walls in a preserved home at Bunratty Folk Park.
Quilt patterns where ever I look.
Happy quilting, Sue.

UK trip 1

There are hundreds of photos of our recent holiday on my phone.  Sorting, editing and getting them onto the blog is time consuming and to be honest, not my first priority in life!
We sent the first ten days in London and at a friends farm in England.  London was great, doing all the tourist hot spots, but I let our boys (10 and 12) set the agenda and No 1 Son wanted to go to the Natural History Museum.  As a quilter, you tend to see the world a little differently LOL!
Honestly I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did....these are the mosaic floors.  But the ceilings, walls, exterior....I could go on and on!  It is the most beautiful building and the displays were fantastic.  Possibly my favorite was the moving display (with sound effects) simulating being in a shop building during an earthquake!  It was fun and scary....way better then a carnival ride!
And the afternoon tea was divine.  My oldest son has been a sucker for scones, jam and cream since he was 2 and ate my afternoon tea when I was in hospital having our second son.  So scones, jam and cream was the afternoon or morning tea treat he had, every chance he got!
We cruised the Thames river, walked the streets of London, hopped on and off buses and the train - both above and underground.  Oh and yes we saw it all from the sky in the London Eye!
These are door hinges in a gate at Windsor Castle.  The Queen was home, but she had a cold so missed her official duties.  Honestly, I read this in the paper!
This is a post box, built into the building wall in the grounds of Windsor Castle. It was worth seeing Windsor as the buildings are so beautiful. Hubby hadn't been so keen (as we made the trek once already to go to Legoland) but as you pull into the Windsor station you can see the castle, and he changed his mind, as it is so impressive...and did not involve getting on the local bus - which was unreliable!  Legoland was great - perfect time to take the kids, as any older and they would have been too old to enjoy it I think...however I enjoyed it immensely as well!
I visited Kensington Palace and saw the display for Lady Di's frocks, which was fantastic.  And the sunken gardens next door was beautiful.  We also toured Lords Cricket Club, Wimbledon tennis museum (courts were closed as they were setting up), Science Museum and saw the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.  
Then we escaped London to enjoy the rolling hills of Nottinghamshire to stay on my friend Jim's family farm.  I stayed with the family 20 years ago and it was very special to come back,  
The rest of the family live in village, and the farm sheds are there too, but they were in the process of converting barns into houses, so his parents didn't have to deal with stairs.  This is Jim's house up on the hill, the other side of the farm.  In Australia the farm houses are isolated like this also, so its interesting to see the farm buildings in the little villages.  The crops were only weeks off being harvested and it was lovely to see England in the summer time, especially as the weather was so good/warm!  
The only quilt I saw, through the window of a Royal railway carriage at the York Train Museum. This was the queens bed (not the current queen, think her mother or grandmother's) and the beautiful quilting would have been nice to see in its entirety....but it was a train museum!  There was/is a quilt museum in York, so dreadfully frustrating to not be able to go...they only open a couple of weekends a year and I had missed out by weeks.  Next time I will check their schedule before I book our flights!
Happy quilting Sue.

Is it Christmas?

It feels like Christmas when I get packages in the mail!
No just my lucky day!  First my internet order of Aurfil thread arrived....anyone who knows me, knows I don't usually shop online, but this was too tempting for words.  Totally justifying, for my hand applique!
But best of all..
Ta da, my prize from Quilt Bee, 
a Lemoyne Star ruler!  
The ruler makes stars from 3 to 12 inches, all without Y seams,  so no excuse now, will have to start making some star blocks.
Thanks Marie at Quilt Bee Blog
Happy quilting Sue.

60 degree triangle blocks

 I dont really remember why I started this quilt. But I have alot of strings, especially in blue and green.Not so much in yellow and orange which is why they are combined.
   I also have a 60 degree ruler that was a gift from my mother and I have never used!  So I decided to string piece the strings and then cut out triangles.  Which all sat in a box for a long time since!
 I liked the idea of diamonds, but there is not enough in one colour way for a diamond. 
And of course when I went looking for more strings I got distracted!  Distracted by the colours of Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  
All good, better then the strings and blocks sitting idle in a box, I now have a clear idea of what I want to do with them!
Happy Quilting Sue

Kids quilt top

I have had a meter of dinosaur fabric in my stash for many years.  I found some coordinating brights in my stash and cut them into large half square triangles.  
I auditioned them like this.
But decided I liked this simple layout best.  I have since sewn them together and the top is now waiting for a backing.  
Happy quilting Sue.

Exercise in lights v dark

I needed a quiet distract from the worry of life.  I found some solace in the quiet hours of the early morning reading my quilt magazines.  In the October 2017 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine I found a pattern by Christia Watson for this simple block.
I hate not matching fabrics colours into some sort of theme. 
I really feel uncomfortable with "lights" that are not white or cream.
I love nine patches.  I love scrap quilts....just prefer they coordinate!  

This ugly duckling block looks so much better when you join it with three friends.
I am still cringing over the clashing combination of ugly fabrics used.  But I could not bring myself to throw the unloved 2.5" squares out, so decided they could live here.
These blocks will be leaders and enders and slowly grow over time.  And all that scrap and collection of fat quarters that I have fallen out of love with....its going to find a new home here.
Happy quilting, Sue.

Ireland n Dubai Holiday 3

Blaney Castle outside of Cork is famous.  But this is the house (still lived in), which is just as beautiful and you can go inside.  We...