Friday, March 29, 2013

Where Am I Up To?

Has it only been two weeks since I last blogged?

I have finished the centre for Hertfordshire and it sits flat!!!!  I am extremely happy with how good it looks and I amazed that the stripes line up on the mitred corners.

Since my last post, I've had a couple of day trips to Melbourne.  First trip was to the Crow Gathering at Quilts in the Barn.  What a fantastic day we had!  Leonie & Deidre kept us entertained all day, they are so much fun!  Linda and her helpers did an amazing job, as usual, keeping us fed and watered.  And on top of all that, I got to catch up with friends, old and new.

Here is Jan, Michelle and Helen hard at work stitching their projects.

Left to Right - Kim, Elyte, Marina, Linda and me in front.

Sorry I didn't take more photos, I was too busy talking etc but if you hit the links above you will see more from the day, especially The Crows's beautiful quilts.

After leaving Linda's, we called into Needles & Pins, a quilt shop in Warrandyte.  My Saturday sewing group has a challenge this year to make a quilt in 1930's fabrics.  I had the perfect pattern but not one scrap of 1930's anywhere.  This is what I came home with.  They look so gorgeous stacked together like that,, I may have to just start collecting them......

So as if there wasn't enough excitement in the day, look who came into the shop to see her new book for the first time, none other than Di Ford! 

AND GUESS WHO ALSO GOT TO SEE THE BOOK!  We did!!!  As Molly Meldrum would say, "Do yourselves a favour and go out and get it".  It is a beautiful book and I can't wait to get my signed copy from Threadbear in a couple of weeks.

Notice the quilt in the background.  It is called the Unknown Quilt and is a Max & Louise design.  Its gorgeous and now another one I want to make someday.

Next up is Buddy, just after arriving home from a day at the beauty parlour.  We tried out a new groomer and he will be defiinately going back there.  Don't you love the little blue bow!  If my boys saw it they would say it is far too sissy for him but I think baby blue is his colour!

The very next day we celebrated Jan's birthday.  She'll probably kill me for putting a photo up but I think its a nice one.  We all put in and bought her a beautiful leather wallet.

Floral Beauty blocks

So then my other trip to Melbourne.  My darling little brother, who will be 50 this year, crashed his bike in a motorcross race last Sunday and had to be airlifted to hospital.  He suffered a compound fracture of the Fema (I saw a photo and it is something I would not wish on anyone) and they also discovered a fracture in his spine at T1.  It now turns out that the T1 fracture is an older injury and the surgeons have decided that it is stable enough not to warrant a fusion.  He is so lucky to not have a spinal injury.  His leg is not too good and I think there is going to be a lot of work to be done to get it alright again.

Waiting to be picked up from Rose after I got home was this quilt.  It still has to have the binding on and then I will have something for Show & Tell at Castlemaine.

Lastly, I am babysitting my Grand Doggy Lucy over Easter.  We were watching the football last night together and couldn't resist taking a photo with my scarf.  Christopher is a Hawthorn supporter so I can't wait till they play each other and I can send him this photo ha ha ha.

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter - hope the Easter Bunny brings you lots of chocolate!!!!

Sue-Anne xxx


Lurline said...

Love your new quilt medallion and love Buddy too!
Hugs - Lurline!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Sue-Ann what a beautiful post....love it all...the day with the Crows sounds so much fun..Hope the Bunny leaves lots of chocolate for you xoxo

Susan In Texas said...

Hi Sue-Anne,

Your Hertfordshire is amazing. I cannot get over how perfect your stripes are. You rock! I love the 30s fabrics. I think I have at least half of the ones in your stack. lol

What is the name of that awesome quilt hanging in the shop behind Di Ford? It really caught my eye; it is so stunning.

I think blue is definitely Buddy's color. Give him a big hug for me.

Happy Easter,
Susan in Texas

PS Hope your baby bro heals quickly and well.

yvonne said...

Wauwwww!! wat een mooi blok is dat geworden !!
groetjes yvonne

Miriam said...

Best wishes for swift healing for your brother. Sounds very nasty!!!
Congratulations on your beautiful work on the centre of Hertfordshire. I really love that bird fabric too.
I can't wait to see Di's book!!!!!
A belated Happy Birthday to Jan!
Happy Easter to you and your family.

Ohhh..and Go Hawks!!!!!

Susan said...

So much loveliness in one post......where to start?? Your Hertfordshire centre is gorgeous, perfection where those stripes meet. Not a fan of 1930's personally, but I'm sure you will make them into something I want to make too. Love the Unknown Quilt, thinking about that one too. Buddy looks very cute with his hair done. Floral Beauty blocks looking great, every time I see yours I think I should have done mine all in reds too. Best wishes for your brothers recovery. And I hope you get lots of stitching time over the long weekend.

Wilma Kuin said...

Oh Sue-Ann what a beautiful post!!
Buddy looks very cute with his hair done!!

Hope the Bunny leaves lots of chocolate,...

Greetings from Holland,..

katrien said...

Lovely project you are working on.
Love thoose 30er's fabrics.
Happy Easter weekend.

Dorothy said...

No wonder the poor dog is looking so sad. He knows he supports the best team and it's not the Tigers!
Have a good Easter.

Kali said...

What an amazing post Sue-Anne..so much news. Your quilt centre is fabulous and Buddy is absolutely gorgeous...keep a hold on that groomer. I hope your brother heals well.

Every Stitch said...

Your "show and tell" quilt looks lovely - can't wait to see the whole thing! And your Hertfordshire block is wonderful - such nice fabric choices.
Happy Easter too :)

Guusje, said...

Wouw what a beautifull block youve made and what a beautifull fabrics, blocks and quilt I see. I also hope the book of Di Ford comes out very soon I'm such a fan of her.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

That first block is stunning! So impressed that you got it flat and the stripes matched up! wow!

Hope your brother makes a quick recovery...sounds ever so painful!

Janet said...

What a wonderful post, so much to see. The medalion with linen is looking gorgeous. I need Di's new book! Love the photo of Buddy and I do hope your brother makes a good recovery, poor thing.

Mayleen said...

Hi Sue-Anne, All the quilts/blocks are beautiful! I'm especially admiring the Hertfordshire block. You've done a wonderful job on it.

Barb said...

what a fun post! Your center is amazing and I love the color pallet. How fun to visit the Quilts in the Barn! What inspiration.
The red flower blocks are wonderful.
Your grand dog looks like a sweetie
Happy Easter!!

Karendianne said...

What a great post. Congratulations on your beautiful centre for Hertfordshire. The Unknown Quilt really caught my eye. Stunning. Y'all really know how to design spectacular quilts there. Buddy so sweet in that photo. Floral Beauty blocks - yum!!! My best to your brother. Ouchie!

Deb said...

What a wonderful post. I love your Hertfordshire block and thank you so much for identifying that quilt behind Di. I love coming to your blog for all the inspiration. And well wishes to your brother that he recovers quickly.

Brandie said...

The center to the Hertfordshire is wonderful! I'm looking forward to seeing this one grow.
Buddy looks so handsome! Why a good boy!

Julia said...

Lovely post Sue-Anne.
Congratulations on your beautiful centre for Hertfordshire...it's going to be a stunning quilt.
How cute is Buddy...blue bow and all.
All the best for your brother's quick recovery..
Happy Easter.
Julia ♥

Chookyblue...... said...

always love to see what your making...........would love to go to that shop...........

Joan said...

Wonderful post of your quilting and friends. I do hope you brother improves and doesn't have too long a return to health!

Lou said...

I love the Hartfordfhire block. It's truly stunning.
I got such a thrill seeing my Unknown Quilt behind Di.
Di's book is gorgeous, it's beautifully set out. Quiltmania have done a wonderful job.
Hope your brothers recovery is steady and that his dealings with TAC don't cause him undue stress.

Terry said...

A great bit of eye candy. Love the Hereferdshire center. Better than choclate.
30's fabric is so cheerful really like your choices.
Have a Happy Easter and prayers for your brother.

Sharon said...

Love your sweet doggy. So cute.
Looks like you've been having some fun.
I hope you have a Happy Easter.

Shirley said...

Happy Easter Sue-Anne. I love your centrepiece to Hertfordshire. You are working very well on it. I am still no further on with mine. Lots of quilts goodness and little Buddy certainly does suit baby blue. Hope your brother is on the mend that kind of fracture is a very nasty one. Can't wait to see what you have in mind for your 30's fabrics.x

Elyte said...

Good to see you back in circulation again with your beautiful work.
Belated birthday wishes to Jan and hope your brother is on the mend.
Well done with those stripes.

Megan Carroll said...

please please please bring some show and tell to our castlemaine applique group next week. In fact, I think I recognise that quilt..... looking forward to seeing it and you. And your book is here waiting for you. x

marina said...

your centre block looks gorgeous and how perfect to match the stripes too.
love your 30's stash and buddy looks very happy with his new do. Best hide that pic of Lucy a dog could get sent to the pound for betraying her master's football team.
hope for a speedy recovery for your brother

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