Saturday, December 31, 2011

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year!

I did intend to do a post before Christmas day wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, but the madness of pre-christmas set in and I forgot completely.  So ..... Merry Christmas!

My brother and his family came and stayed this year and it was really nice seeing and sharing my niece and nephew's excitement Christmas morning.

Christmas lunch is always a roast dinner with all the trimmings.  This year we had 14 for lunch.

Tea on the other hand, is leftovers and salads plus far too many desserts!

Big and little cousins keeping each other amused playing X Box.

Poor little Buddy trying to have a rest after such a big day entertaining the visitors.

This is the beautiful big bunch of Kangaroo Paws that my girlfriend gave me from her garden.  They are magnificent and I think the perfect floral arrangement for an Aussie Christmas.

I decided to take advantage of Nic being home and took off to Melbourne for a couple of days this week.  I stayed with my girlfriend and we had a great time time shopping, dining out and catching up with a few other friends.   I discovered a "new to me" shop called Zetta Florence.  I wish I had money to burn as I could have spent a fortune, but I was good and came home with only a couple of things.  I am in love with all the stationery and the whole atmosphere of the shop.

I want to wish all my fellow bloggers, followers and friends and very Happy New Year and a wonderful 2012.

Sue-Anne xxx

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Decorating

No sewing today.  I love seeing how everyone is decorating their homes for Christmas and thought I would show you a couple of pictures of our home.

 Our main Christmas tree in the Loungeroom.

Some snowmen - always dreaming of a White Christmas (which is NEVER going to happen in the middle of Summer).

Rag balls and a couple of dolls.

Blue and green Christmas sparkle.

One of my treasured wool cones made by Michelle.

Michelle and I have been collecting Blossum Bucket snowmen for a few years now.  Here is the tinsel tree where they live at Christmas time

And our pool table that I have managed to keep clear since March - can you tell my soldier boy is home for Christmas???

Sue-Anne xxx

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Irish Circles & Xmas Lunch

I have finally finished the centre for Irish Circles.

I have fallen in love with these baby circles.  They are only 3 inches in diameter.

Here it is all joined together.  It's not very big for all that work!  I still have a couple of borders to go though.....

We had our Friday Girls Christmas luncheon this week.  It was Marg's turn to be hostess and she did a lovely job.  The table looked so pretty (and the strawberry cider was pretty nice too).  We ate and laughed way too much and had a great day.

We exchange gifts each year and here is what I received.  There was also a home made pudding but it has already been cut up and sampled.  We all agree it is the best day of the year for us and this year did not disappoint.

Sue-Anne xxx

Monday, November 21, 2011

"I'm Not Going Overseas"

Two of our sewing group friends were lucky enough to travel overseas during the month of October, leaving the rest of us green with envy and missing their company each week.  We decided to make a "I'm Not  Going Overseas" doll quilt as a bit of fun and have something to show them when they returned.  We chose the "Shoo Fly Doll quilt" from the Civil War Sewing Circle book by Kathleen Tracy.  This is mine pictured above all quilted and bound.  I love how it turned out.

Here is a group photo.  Back row left is Marg's,  then mine.  Front row left is Jan's, then Nicole's.  We had so much fun making them, we decided to make another one from the same book.

"One-Patch Doll Quilt"

Back row left is Jan's, then mine.  Front row is Marg's.

I am still working on Irish Circles.  I am beginning to wonder if I will ever finish this quilt.  Above is the last of the circles and two of the corner blocks.

Another of the corner blocks and some of the little circles that go in the centre.

My mother and father's wedding day 7.1.1956

I had the pleasure of going on a road trip with the girls a few weeks ago.  We headed off to Bendigo to visit the V & A Wedding Dress exhibition.  I was only going along for the ride and was surprised at how much I really enjoyed it.  There were wedding dresses from the 1700's to modern day.  The detail and work on the dresses were stunning and it is really quite amazing to think they are in such good condition after all this time. 

After Bendigo, it was onto Castlemaine, the home of Corliss and Threadbear patchwork shop.  I love their stand at the quilt shows in Melbourne but had never had the opportunity to visit them.  I was not disappointed.  Their shop is amazing and I wish it was closer and easier to get to from here. 

Another outing of a different kind on Friday night.  The Cold Chisel concert.  We were very lucky to have it in our town and they played to an audience of 12,500 people.  It was a fantastic night!  The weather was great (just as well as it was outside).  I know its not much of a photo but there's Barnesy in the white.

Buddy Boy

I have been such a bad blogger lately.  I have been "lurking" at everyone but being really lazy and not leaving any comments.  I'm sorry  and hopefully can get back into some sort of routine.  I don't know where my head has been lately!

Sue-Anne xxx

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I got to spend four days last week with my youngest son, Nicholas.  We attended his March Out parade at Singleton.  He is now a part of the Australian Infantry and as such was presented with his "Skippy" badge (pictured above).  There is some significance to this badge - the Kangaroo symbolises always going forward, never going backwards and the Boomerang is symbolic for every soldier to return home.  It was a great day and I am a very proud mother.  We got to spend the weekend with him in Sydney, before he started the next phase of his training on Tuesday.

Here he is with his grandfather and myself.  I think they are feeding him ok.  I feel like a dwarf standing beside him!

Nicholas and his friends on the ferry at Circular Quay.

Sunday was spent at Freshwater beach before leaving to come home.  I am starting to fall in love with Sydney.  It is a beautiful city and that's saying something from someone who was born and bred in Melbourne.

I have had a finish on the sewing front.  This is what I made out of the little four patches I showed in my last post.  It is a quilt from the book, Jingle All The Way by Renee Plains of Liberty Star.

A couple more circles have been made for Irish Circles.

We are well and truly into Spring here in the southern hemisphere and I couldn't help admiring my roses late yesterday afternoon.  They are all starting to bloom.

This is the Clematis that grows beside my front door.  The flowers are beautiful this year.  It's amazing what some decent rain does for the garden.

Have a lovely week everyone.

Sue-Anne xxx

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Some more circles at various stages of completion,

Another project started,

and another project started.....

Washington Sidewalks top finished,

(Carolyn, the Proprietor)

A roadtrip with the girls to a new quilt shop, Veronica Violet's in Rutherglen.

And below, a beautiful old antique quilt top that was brought to Saturday sewing.  I thought you might be interested in seeing how small pieces were joined together and  odd pieces were included to make up some of the blocks.

Sue-Anne xxx