About Me- Bird on the Border

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I am so blessed to be a wife,mum and a grandma. Our wonderful son and his lovely wife have just had a daughter. My little family complete. My husband and I both work full time. We enjoy travelling, going in our caravan, dining out and spending time with friends and visiting our children whenever we can. Oh shouldn't forget "Tess" the spoilt black kelpie. I love anything country and Shabby Chic and I love patchwork and stitching and getting together with like minded ladies who love to do the same. Just wish I had time to do more. I love catching up with friends over a cup of coffee , and the smell of biscuits cooking in the oven on a rainy day. I enjoy keeping in touch with the many friends I have met through blogging and sharing our sewing and our lives on our blogs. I love going off on stitching retreats and quilting weekends with my quilting buddy and friends. And of course I love the birds in my garden. I also write the blog for our local quilt group Macintyre Quilters which you find on the side bar.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Mother Nature


Today I took time to appreciate mother nature , as I walked into the school gate I took this picture with my phone... Yes It is my work place.  How often can we say our place of work is truly beautiful .  I remember when I was a kid I would sit and thread the flowers onto the sticks that fell from the tree. I wonder if the kids do it now????




Monday, 27 October 2014

Nundle Fun

Well I am not sure I even remember how to blog about sewing it's been so long.
On the weekend 7 of us from our quilt group went to "Cottage on the Hill" for our annual retreat. We did all the good things, checked out the little gift stores and patchwork stores on the way. 

We stayed in the new cabins especially designed for retreat ladies.... very nice we all loved it.

I made a fun, bright flannel quilt for the girls in the family.  Then I tried my hand at a fancy bird pin cushion by "Wooden Spool Designs"(Deborah Busby) called A little Birdie Told me.

The girls were getting into the sewing 

Jo - Just looking 

My fabrics all cut up and ready to go thanks to Kerry.

The talented Jo showing off her dresden

Sheena getting a lesson in the mitred corner

Peg's amazing quilt. The border really made it.



This border fabric is beautiful


This is mine.  Flannel, simple and colourful just for Evelyn to snuggle in when she visits Grandma  and Poppy in winter. The photo isn't great the colours are prettier than they look.

A little birdie told me....I really enjoyed making this.

Di's with the same fabrics as mine ...so colourful

 I had the best time thanks to Kerry and the girls. Our group was joined by Fiona it was lovely to meet her.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Spring Butterflies and Shopping

 I have not been in my sewing room for so long. Life has been getting in the way, in a good way of course. I have been to see my granddaughter and I have been  on a trip with Mr Bird  west to Quilpie, Cunnamulla and Charleville,  so many  miles have been travelled this past school break.

On our western trip we stopped in a little place  west of Cunnamulla called Eeulo there was a cute shop there called   "Paroo Patch".  The lady there runs  a little patchwork group  and her husband does amazing leatherwork. 

I bought a lovely soft red hand made kangaroo leather bag, it was lined with floral patchwork fabric and I couldn't resist the red leather plaited belt. I thought the work was quality and the prices reasonable for such lovely hand made items.  Of course a couple of fat quarters went into the basket as well.








Some other little things collected along the way.



 Butterflies and Spring go together so I was tempted today to get in and finish this little project tin.   This project was one from GDITC  a couple of years ago when Sue Daley was the tutor.




I thought the inside of the tin needed decoration also. So its all done and ready to go do some English Paper Piecing.  

Thursday, 28 August 2014

A Special Birthday

A very special little one in our life is one today. I cannot believe I have been a grandmother for a year. What a wonderful privilege. 




From this amazing moment


To loving to play outside 


To going out with my mum

To being ONE

Happy Birthday little one.




Sunday, 17 August 2014

August Retreat

Sorry to be a bit late with this post.  I had the best time on that weekend with some lovely ladies. Getting away,shopping, chatting, lunching and sewing at the lovely Cottage On the Hill . We stayed in the  new cabins at the Fossikers Tourist Park......very nice.

Good fun group of ladies 

"janimary" doing her stretches after a day of quilting .. LOL
 "shiraleestitches" working with Grey and pink.


Guess who sewing 


Some funny Jokes.....

and finished her bag on the comfy couch 

Chooky getting organised 



Started with this." little black Dress" by Moda 



Lots of diagonal strips and no the Union Jack is not mine ....lovely though!

Building a graduated quilt- more black to go yet....





Wonderful Big Weekend at home




My niece had a baby shower, the kids were home and we just loved it. All the family come to visit ......Oh and it poured raining.




Nappy cakes 






Real cakes/ white chocolate mud cakes with raffaelos and musk.    



What else do you do early morning when it's raining but have cuddles with your granddaughter


Poppy's turn then they both slept again....nice



Poppy's girl





Sunday, 10 August 2014

Retreat


Testing my new blog app . Thanks Googy Girl.....Had the best time with some special friends on the weekend . Thanks everyone I just loved it. Hope everyone arrived home safe. I got home about 8.15 to a lovely cooked dinner.....do love my hubby. My fabric and ready to start . More photos of progress later