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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Swan Lake, Klosjes & My Favourite Annual Visitors




I have been working this week on Swan Lake and finally, after a major hiccup due to me not reading my class notes properly, I have the borders joined together - Yay!!!!




I have also been making some more hexagons for the 2nd border and the one above is my favourite for this week.



Due to my monumental stuff up, I have only completed two Klosjes this week.  This brings my total to 69 and I am going to make at least one more tonight so I reach 70!





The Currawongs have arrived this week.  I think they are a little bit early but I am thankful that they have returned.  There was a mob of them in the trees around our home and I love hearing them call each other in the mornings.  They are fascinating to watch and they seem to perform a relay amongst the trees with each other.  I think the one drinking out of the bird feeder is a young one because he is a lot greyer than the others.

The weather has finally turned and we have had lots of rain in the last 24 hours,, which our garden desperately needs, and it is perfect for spending the rest of the weekend inside stitching.  Wherever you are I hope you are having a lovely weekend too.

Sue-Anne xxx

37 comments:

Michele said...

Oh, pretty, pretty! I did think for a moment that you were going to applique the hexies to a pre quilted top..........Duh. Time to go back to bed. Are you getting excited about clamshells? I figure one a day would amount to 30 a month, anybody can do one a day, right? Since I have not got a plan for using them yet, I plan to just get them stitched to the papers, and applique them together when I come up with a plan. How about you?

Cubby House Crafts said...

Beautiful! One day I shall have a go at hexies...each time I see yours I get so very tempted! I love the Currawong at the birdbath...great pic.
Lisa

Shirley said...

Swan lake blends in beautifully with the colours of your floor tiles. That is going to be such a wonderful quilt. Every klosje is one step nearer to a quilt. Like your birds, not heard of them before.
Shirley.x

Tineke said...

Your quilt will be wonderful!
hey, 2 klosjes AND all the other stuff you have been doing is a great achievement. Can't wait to see the quilt finished.

Your birdpictures are very nice...are these a kind of crows?

Bye for now,
Tineke

Linda C said...

Your swan lake is looking lovely, and your hexies are divine. l made my first flower last week, l am using Jo Morton fabrics.
l didn't realize the currawongs are annual visitors. l heard a bird call the other day that was not too familiar, maybe its them. Must keep an eye out for them.
Thanks for sharing.
Linda.

Julie said...

hi sue-anne,

your work is gorgeous!
and aren't the currawongs such beautiful birds? i was so amazed to watch them eat the fruit from my chilli tree! and i'm talking red hot little things. LOL. i was a bit worried, but they kept returning.

julie x

Marieke said...

Your hexagon is beautiful and so are your klosjes! And I just love the border on your Swan Lake. Beautiful! Enjoy your weekend of stitching!

Terry said...

Swan Lake is coming along well. Wow all thoes Dancing Dollies finished.
Hexies are pretty and interesting.
Raining here too.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend

Diane H said...

Wonderful progress, Sue-Anne. Love your dancing ladies and may you have a creative weekend.

Karen said...

Hope you don't have any more hiccups on Swan Lake. There is too much work to have major ones with it. Looking good.

Quilt Hollow said...

So darned pretty!!

Chartreuse Moose said...

Wonderful blog! I so admire the border ladies on Swan Lake...are they from a specific pattern book??? Darling! Would love to add them to one of my creations if they aren't a private design!

Sue said...

Just love the fabrics in your hexagons! Oh so lovely and you do such nice work!

wilma said...

Love your ladies!! The fabrics of your hexagons are very beatifull...
Like your birds, not heard of them before. Are they a kind of crows??

Have a nice weekend!!
:o)

Joke said...

You made two lovely klosjes and I really love your hexagons!

Joke

katrien said...

Very nice your swan lake.Like the fabrics you use.
Lovely klosjes.
HAve a nice time.

Annemieke said...

The ladies at the border are beautiful and much bigger than I thought they would be. Your fabric choices for your second row hexagons are also very beautiful.
the birds look clever to me! We don't have them here.
Groetjes
Annemieke

retdairyqueen said...

quilt is looking good Shame about your major stuff up but you will feel better that it is fixed
We are having plenty of rain too and this morning it is blowing like crazy
I will be staying indoors too

Julia said...

Your Swan Lake is looking lovely, and your hexies are beautiful....Shame about the hiccup, but I'm sure it will be all good from now on..
Julia ♥

Maree: said...

Lovely Post...Loving Swan Lake...Gorgeous Hexies..
cheers

Kathie said...

your hexies and dollies look wonderful. I just love this quilt.
thanks for sharing and I am glad it finally worked out!
It was well worth the effort.

Janet said...

I remember the first time I heard a Currawong, they make amazing noises. We have quite a few living around us. The Hexes and your border looks fantastic, cheering you on here.

Marjan said...

Hi Sue-Anne,
They are all so beautiful: your Swan Lake, your klosjes and your hexaflowers... Love them all! Gorgeous fabrics!
And impressive birds...

Helen said...

Beautiful quilt-in-progress!

Yes, the currawongs are here in Brisbane too!! Lovely calls, especially late in the afternoon. I'm waiting for the yellowtail black cockatoos, I know when they are here as I can hear them stripping the bark from the trees!! They have a horrible call - they all sound like they have severe laryngitis!!

Happy Sewing!

Sweet Cinnamon Stitches said...

There's just something about hexagons...I haven't tried them yet, but they look very addictive & lovely. What size are the klosjes blocks?...I call them cotton reel blocks 'cause I can never remember their proper name...LOL.

broderie said...

love the dancing dollies and your lovely soft colours

Notjustnat said...

I love this quilt. I saw a little bit of it when I met Deb at the exhibition. You are a terrific quilter Sue-Anne. I like the dollies border too.
Hugs
Nat

Karen said...

What a beautiful bird! Swan Lake is coming along nicely Sue-Anne and I love the new batch of hexagons. You made three more klosjes then I did this week. :(

Suedio said...

Hi Sue-Anne, Swan Lake is looking really good - I love the Dancing Dollies. Very nice with the fussy cutting (or at least strategic placement) with the hexagons. The colours are really lovely. Keep up the good work :)

Regards, Sue

Leanne said...

We don't get Carrawongs here - I found them fascinating last year when we went to the Grampians. The cafe owners where I sat and watched them didn't. They are very cheeky stealing food of the plates. Your Swan Lake is very nice lots of work there.

clare's craftroom said...

What a lovely post , thanks so much ! I love the currawongs music too .

deb said...

I love the birds you have there, when I was in Sydney we saw a funny bird, and as I recall it had a funny name but I cant remember it now...

Siobhan said...

I enjoyed seeing the currawong! I've never seen one before but they're beautiful!

Your Swan Lake is coming along so nicely. Love the hexies, and the klosjes are fantastic!

Valentina said...

Sue-Anne, I am in awe, Swan lake is turning out to be a work of art. I am sorry about the hiccups, but I am sure the results are worth it, right?
That hexie is sooooooo cute! wow, I don't know how you do it, your fabric combo's are spectacular. Congrats on 70 Klosjes! They are coming along! Yeay!
and thanks for the birdy pix. They look full of personality and a bit of attitude, too! I like that!
:) How I missed coming to see you, my friend!
xox
V.

Lea said...

I really really LOVE your Swan lake!! Wow, it's true beauty. Thank you for the inspiration!

yvonne said...

Prachtig,die bloemen en de quilt is heel mooi van kleur .geweldig!!!!!!

Joan said...

Sorry to be late :) Your Swan Lake is looking great...as do the Currawongs. Its all looking good with those fantastic hexagons... your colours are very special.