Friday, 31 August 2018

Very quickly.....

Just have to pop by and say this quilt has been finished and received by the new owner - who was very pleased to have received it.... a dear friend in Sydney not doing so well, healthwise.....


That's all for now....no time to chat as I have to be somewhere....special!!

Happy Stitching
Asta

Sunday, 12 August 2018

The Weekend Before This one!

Well.... I really am a bit behind......can't let last weekend go unnoticed - particularly as it was what I call my "birthday" weekend - why not celebrate for the whole weekend when one's birthday falls on a Friday!! 
Lovely flowers were received from both my girls.....
.....and arrived just before I headed off to the Southern Highlands to spend the weekend with my sister and brother-in-law (the flowers came with me!)..... Their front porch and yard still had a Wintry feel and look about it but as always was very warm and welcoming inside!

Saturday morning was enjoyed visiting the Exeter markets....love these country markets! 
Followed by a lovely lunch at Burrawang.... the old general store now serving as a very welcoming and up-market cafe.......and yes!....it was rather cold outside! 

And....what better way to finish off a very tasty lunch but with a pot of tea and a good old-fashioned crushed weetbix and  marshmallow slice! Though no-one I've spoken to remembers such a slice... is that giving away my age!! 
Sunday morning  ..... and Bundanoon was celebrating - the 150th anniversary of their railway station... the small village was the place to be.... with speeches, unveiling a replica of the old gas lamp (with a light bulb!), a parade of vintage cars, and some interesting locals! 
All too soon the weekend came to an end and it was time to leave the Southern Highlands... with the promise of Spring around the corner as sunny daffodils start to appear......
During the previous week presents had been arriving from fellow members of the Fat Quarter Birthday Swap.....and on arriving home after my weekend away I finally opened them.....some lovely fabrics and gifts! Thank you to all.....

This weekend has been rather quiet.... belated birthday lunch out with a dear friend yesterday and today has been spent "pottering" around at home.... no creativity to show this time but am waiting for the quilt to come back from being quilted and then will be busy sewing on the binding..... 

Happy Stitching
Asta




Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Quilt in the Making

Only 1 more month of Winter!! Days may not get warmer too soon but it is nice to know Spring is around the corner....and with the warmer days comes more motivation - at least for me it does!
Meanwhile..... a quick trip to my local patchwork shop last Saturday to buy some batting & backing fabric for a quilt about to be finished soon.....here busy being sewn together....
.....and after lots of sewing last weekend and a couple of late nights sewing after work this week here it it ready to be taken to my "quilting" lady......
Back to last Saturday at the patchwork shop..... Steph's Fabrics also has a coffee bar - right at the front of the shop..... from where you get a lovely view of the whole shop!
.... and of course while sipping on a coffee one can "spy" some other things that just have to come home with you.....such as more wool! And another pattern to add to the "to do" list!
Time has also been spent reading this book ( a new copy).....
which I enjoyed just as much as the first time I read it..... a good number of years ago!! 
Off to tidy up the "sewing area" ready for another project.......

Happy Stitching
Asta

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Sydney Weekend

A family celebration last weekend in Sydney when the family gathered for Mum's birthday......
"Happy Birthday" was sung to the accompaniment of my sister playing her Ukele!
And....just to keep my "blog diary" up to date..... these cottons and fabric......
were finished a few weeks ago to become.......
.....this embroidered "Mandala".... a birthday gift for Megan in England and,  following on from her holiday in Morocco and Portugal just prior to her birthday, I decided to use "Moroccan" colours! 
A book has been read........this was the 3rd in Cormoran Strike novels written by Robert Galbraith (aka KJ Rowlings) ....enjoyed the read but found it a bit more gruesome than the previous two novels..... 
.....Catching up with friends down from Sydney and their (local) neighbours..... over a "bush" barbeque on their lovely (holiday) acreage!
Also.... some fabrics have been taken out for a quilt........
And... a word of advice..... if buying a kit and you don't plan on making it up straight away check your fabrics before putting it away in your stash! I had this kit for some years (!) and when I took it out one of the fabric lengths was short by 20cm! I did find something similar to replace it with and further progress has been made.... but more on that in my next update!!

Happy Stitching
Asta

Sunday, 1 July 2018

What Happened to June!

Well, what did happen to June! The weeks have just flown by and with each passing week the weather has become colder and colder!!
I didn't get up to a lot over the past month - hence a lack of posts since my last time here.....
A few days, though, were spent in Sydney - spending time with mum & dad......
On the way up - over the June long weekend - I stopped off to see the Milton Quilters Exhibition.....a few of the many lovely quilts on display....
All hexagons 

.......a splash of colour....

....a lovely Bargello....

....and one inspired by William Morris designs
While in Sydney I popped into Cottage Quiltworks - an inspiring quilt shop with beautiful materials - never disappoints and hard to just buy what I went there for.... a few of Jenny Kingwell's latest range - "Beach Road" - also came away with a some Liberty print rolls and just 1 extra fat quarter! 

Also made my way to this embroidery shop.... Stitch......a couple of pieces of handkerchief linen, X-stitch Aida band and embroidery hoop made their way home from there! 
 And, with time to relax, a stitchery was worked on while away.....
........though now finished it will have to wait for next time I write for "show and tell" as it is a gift not yet received! 
June finished with Megan's birthday - turning 30!..... As she said such an "adult age"!! She is back working in England having "hung up her backpack for a while"... a parcel is on it's way and a birthday greeting has been sent.......
Let's see what July brings - maybe the promise of warmer weather? I think not, but the days will be getting longer - just by a minute or so......and a new stitching project will have to get started..... which one? 

Happy Stitching
Asta

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Winter is Here!

A week into Winter..... the much cooler weather and rain showers have arrived! But each day I drive to work I pass this beautiful big tree.... still holding onto its colourful Autumn coat........just! 
Meanwhile - after much deliberation over colours another embroidery project is about to be started......
.... a bit of time has been spent reading - finishing this book bought from an op-shop as I wasn't too sure I was a Ruth Rendell fan but must admit I did enjoy this one.....
And.... some very slow progress on this crochet blanket.... perhaps ready for next Winter??
......while Megan's Moroccan travels included a camel trek to the Sahara Desert!
That's about all from here for now..... off to do some stitching before retiring with a book....ummm let's see - which book next?? 

Happy Stitching
Asta

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Last Weekend....

Don't know what happened to last week but here I am a week later with an update on our Mother's Day celebrations in Sydney - postponed from the week before last weekend - due to inclement weather!!
We had  lovely day - with an "at home" high tea.... including a glass of champagne!
A secret sewing project from the past few weeks was a book bag for my mum - she is an avid reader so can store her current book in this......
(A Marg Lowe pattern)
And.... what a coincidence - the Northbridge Quilters had their exhibition the same weekend - just around the corner from Mum & Dad's...... there were some beautiful quilts - some you just wanted to wrap yourself in! The exhibition included many quilts made over the 35 years the group has been together.... here are just a few - including some from the garden.....
And a raffle quilt which - sadly - I did not come home with......
While still on the topic of this year's Mother's Day once again Megan sent me a message from overseas - as she has for the past 3 Mother's Days she hasn't been here for......
This year it was from a "Glen of Bluebells" in Canterbury, Kent.
Megan has still been busy travelling - while not working in England - wedding plans have not progressed very far.... I think she is enjoying her travels and seeing new countries too much (while James stays working back in England)....recently she added Bosnia and Serbia to her list of countries visited (I think that was country number 40 and 41?) and currently is in Morocco which will be followed by Portugal ...then back to work in England again.....
And... this week DD1 Hayley and her partner are off for a short holiday to Thailand..... My turn must be coming around again soon! 
Meanwhile..... the last week has seen me take out this project again......
....Here I am trying to work out where exactly I was up to when I put it aside over a year ago...... back on track again.... but rows seem to take forever and it's growing ever so slowly (Pattern is from Attic 24)....... also these socks were finished the other day....to be gifted soon to a friend with a Winter birthday! 
And that's about it for now from me....

Happy Stitching
Asta