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Monday, March 5, 2012

Of droughts and Flooding Rains........




Well what a week we have had in my small part of the world.  Our town had a rain total of 256mm for the week, with over 100mm  in one day.  Above are a couple of pics from the golf course behind my street.  The fairway was like a river and the carpark was completely cut off and under water.  Thankfully the water has all dissipated and run off to wherever it is supposed to go but please spare a thought for our quilting friends in Wagga Wagga and surrounding towns as they brace for some seriously major flooding.  My thoughts are with you all.






I have had a testing time with Irish Circles.  I originally chose the pink fabric as the separating border.  I stitched it all down, added the next appliqued tongue border (with mitred corners) and then laid it all out to see how it would look with the next border and YUK!  The pink looked flourescent and totally took away from the blue centre of the quilt.  As you can see from the above pictures, the fabric isn't that bright or solid, I just needed something really soft.    Anyway, all the unpicking and resewing is done so now, I am onto piecing the final border and I will be very happy to have this one finished.


Nic was home for a couple of days so of course, I had to make another pavlova (I promise this will be the last photo for a little while).  I decorated this one with passionfruit and we have all decided that this is the best topping.


We had some Show & Tell last Friday at sewing.  This gorgeous quilt was made with lots of reproduction fabrics that have been collected through a fabric club.


Jan is making a quilt from blocks like this one.   The blocks are really big and this block looks fantastic.

There is less than two weeks to go until the Gathering in the Barn and I am starting to get really excited.  Jan and I also made the trip down to Castlemaine a few weeks ago to the Castlemaine Applique Group meeting.  We had a fantastic day catching up with quilting friends and making lots of new friends.  I am definately looking forward to the next meeting.

I haven't done a lot of blogging lately as we have had some computer issues at home.  Hopefully things are back on track now.  It amazes me on how dependant we have become on computers. 

Sue-Anne xxx

27 comments:

Susan said...

Your Irish Circles is one of my favourite quilts in blogland! You are doing a beautiful job on it. Glad you are managing to stay dry.

Béa said...

So soft & beautiful, I love your Irish Circles !
Like you I'm totally dependant on computer & internet...

Shirley said...

Oh CRUEL woman. The pavlova looks so yummy and I have to lose some weight. Have thought about you as we have had the weather reports on our tv here in England. Love your quilt and can't wait to see it finished.

Sue said...

Love your Irish Circles and glad you changed to the soft blue it looks lovely.

Rain stopped play on the golf course then?

Kathie said...

oh the Irish Circles is just sooo beautiful.
good move changing to the blue it is perfect.
that dessert looks amazing
Kathie

katrien said...

What a lovely quilt.
Today we have also a lot of rain and wind.

Quiltendewilma said...

Your Irish Circles is one of my favourite quilts!!

Michelle said...

She sure got it right with that poem.
Love your Irish Circles , but I've said that before....

Siobhán said...

Your Irish Circles are so beautiful! I can't believe all the rain. My husband--an avid golfer--would cry over all that rain on the course.

Elyte said...

Hope you are staying safe and dry. Hope you can still get to the Gathering. You are nearing the end of your Irish Circle project. Looking very very nice. Those pavs are longer better and better.

Mayleen said...

Your Irish Circles quilt top is beautiful in the soft colors! Wish I could make something pastel but everything ends up bright, kind of like the pink border.

The Pavlova looks delicious. What kind of topping is that?

Doniene said...

Sue-Anne, your quilts continue to amaze (and inspire) me!! Such lovely fabrics and stunning handwork!!!

The pavlova looks good enough to jump right in the picture!!

Have a great week!

Diane H said...

It's always a pleasure to stop by your blog, Sue-Anne. Your quilts are breath taking. Ahhh, your sweet kitty looks like my beloved, Boots from many years ago. Pass the Pavlova! Hugs to Buddy.

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

Your kitty looks like the two I adopted a few weeks ago.

Chookyblue...... said...

there sure has been some rain around.........I feel so sorry for the people flooded...........your quilt is beautiful.........

Deb said...

I just love your Irish Circles. I can't look at it enough.

I've heard about all the rain that you're getting and I hope that it stops and you can dry out there!

Julia said...

We have been watching the news, Sue-Anne, so much water! Glad that your safe.
Love your quilt...beautiful soft colurs..

Karen said...

The blue fabric border is just what the quilt needed. Beautiful.

We could use a little bit of the rain you had. It has been a dry winter here. Flooding is not good. How far from you is that?

Cardygirl said...

Love the Irish Circles...looking forward to seeing what you have done with it. Glad you are safe in the flooding.

Josie said...

Your Irish Circle quilt takes my breath away... I love it so much. That Pavlova looks really scrummy too.

Janet said...

Your quilt is looking so beautiful. The pav is one this kiwi would be proud of, lol. I hope the flood waters subside soon.

Suedio said...

Hi Sue-Anne

Love it, love it, love it. Such a beautiful quilt. You've got a real eye for fabric selection . . .

The pav looks pretty good!!!

Regards, Sue

Barb said...

Your Irish circle project is looking great!!
OH MY! sorry to hear about the flooding!

Ann-Mari said...

Love your quilt. You have inspired me to start on this quilt my self.

Miriam said...

Glad you are safe from all the flood waters.
Your Irish Cirlces quilt is beautiful. I love the soft colours you have chosen.
Passionfruit is my favourite with pav!! Yum!!!!
Love Jan's block!

Have lots of fun at Gathering in the Barn. Looking forward to hearing all about it.
Hope your compute keeps behaving itself.

Daniëlle said...

So glad you are safe! We have seen the images on TV here in Holland and the thought of having to leave your home, brrrrr! Love the Irish circles quilt, great with the soft toned blue!!! And your FFF2012 is absolutely great!! Happy sewing, hugs, Daniëlle

Nanci said...

So much work! Such a beautiful quilt when you finish it.
Do people build some of their homes on stilts to avoid the flooding?

That was a lot of rain!