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Summer has arrived!

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Adelaide hasn't had any really hot days so far this summer, but then we had 42C yesterday and 43C today,  with a balmy overnight low of 28C, so we are all looking forward to the "cool" tomorrow, a much anticipated 35C!  DS2 refused a sleep on Saturday, despite my efforts all afternoon, hence I didn't get to the shops.  Lucky for me my local patchwork shop is open on Sundays (Tricia's Discount Fabrics, Edwardstown) but unluckily for the credit card, as I blew off some steam at finally getting out of the house child free!  Its a good thing that I didn't try to make any new year promises about not buying fabric, as I brought home four metres of background fabric (tone on tones in creams/beige) for that all important reason, "just because"!

The three sewing kits I made to send to Qld are finished and kitted out with scissors, threads, tape measures and needles. 



 This pattern was from the book Quilt a Gift by Barri Sue Gaudet, that DH brought me last ye…

What a week!

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What a week, DH has been in NZ for work and while he was there he experienced two small earthquakes in Christchurch.  I thought he might have some interesting photos of the big earthquake they had last year, but instead the camera was loaded with pictures of weeds and agricultural products suffering disease... work stuff!   

So while DH was away the kids and I were going to Horsham, until the waters started rising in Victoria.  So we stayed home, watched the TV reports and rang my parents daily to check they were OK.  Then after the river peaked (Tuesday) and the water only got up to the driveway of my parents home, we all let out a big sign of relief.  After my change of plans I had agreed to host a morning of cutting fabric for the charity quilting group I belong to, so my parents travelled over to see us instead.  It was great to have a visit and lots of productivity occurred, but not much sewing.  I am still waiting to hear from some of our friends in the Wimmera as I suspect tha…

Queensland Floods

I have been watching the news over the last two days, as the Queensland floods unfold into the largest natural flood disaster Australia has ever seen.  Some towns have been flooded more then once and some have been cut off for days and weeks in some cases.  So far it has been reported that 12 people have lost their lives and fears are held for the safety of many many more. 

So what to do?  When in doubt... sew!  Check out this blog by Gum tree designers
http://www.gumtree-designers.com/2011/01/we-need-your-help.html and start
1.stitching (scissor keepers, pin cushion and needle books)
2. collecting up those extra fat quarters, needles, scissors and threads we all have, and
3.donating money for the flood relief appeal and the cost of posting your sewing goodies

I hope your family and friends are safe and dry tonight, happy quilting Sue.

Harvest in progress

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For those of you that are interested here are some action shots from my family farm, while harvest was in progress.  The abundant rainfalls in Western Victoria produced bumper crops in the spring.  However continued rain over Spring and into harvest (and the locust plague) has reduced the potential of many farmers crops and in some cases they were simply washed out.   
 My oldest brother (with DH and DS1 hitching a ride) was harvesting canola, and is just emptying the grain into a field bin in the paddock here.  The field bins are used as temporary storage until the truck driver arrives.  You cannot see them, but there are locusts flying all around me as I took this shot.  The  front of the car was covered in them and we hit a couple of small swarms as we drove over to Victoria.
 
This is "our" truckie, Vinny - who has a patchworking mum!  It was a nice surprise to see him and his "new" truck, which DS 1 & 2 loved!  He filled up the truck and trailer (with ca…

New Years Resolutions

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Last year I decided that I would set myself a New Years Resolution to start a blog and to finish some of my UFO's.  I didn't set myself a goal of how many  I wanted to finish, just to whittle the total down.  And overall I am very pleased with the outcome of my NYR, as I have kept my blog going and finished six UFO's.  In total I made 4 quilts (large lap or single bed sized), 9 cot quilts, 2 wall hangings, 2 table runners and 7 bags, plus numerous small items such as nappy wallets and make up purses. 

SO what to do for 2011?  Let me ponder that a bit longer while I show you even MORE photos that should have been posted in 2010.
 These cute owls are a from a free pattern I got off the Internet, I slightly amended it and made 16 for the ladies in my patchwork group.  I think they make great Christmas tree decorations and so did DS1 who pestered me for a red one.  I made some more Gingerbread men (apologies the picture was saved the right way up but now will not behave!)  for…

Belated Happy New Year

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 OK so it has taken me twelve months to get this photo, but it was on my mothers camera/pc so it required an extended visit to unearth it!  I made this cot quilt top for Phoebe (last Christmas/Jan), a very special first grandchild for my mothers school friend.  All the fabric was brought from Periwinkle Patchwork (Dennington Victoria) and I really love the fresh crisp colours.  I cannot get away from the simple beauty of 1 patch + 4 patch combo, particularly with such gorgeous prints.  The pattern was from Ursula Reikes ABC Easy Baby quilts book, I have taken the title from memory, so not exact, but it is the best book for simple and fast designs.  
My mother then quilted Phoebe's quilt and delivered it to her grandmother in May (2010) at their school reunion.  My Mum felt the quilt deserved some special quilting, which I think she delivered very nicely.  Her free motion quilting skills are far better then mine, but this did prompt me to take some lessons and practise, pract…