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.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Finished Just in Time



I have finally finished my project from "Girls day in The Country "2014.  I think I have done something wrong. The pocket is too big but that's OK more room for more sewing things. 
It is called Hexagon Sewing Bag by Lynette Anderson.



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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Stitch Along Finish

I have just finished a table runner using a free Christmas pattern by Anni Downs. Yes I know Christmas is over, but think how prepared I will be for next Christmas.

 I am in a Stitch A Long and it was the first project.  I used some  Lynette Anderson Christmas fabric to finish the project.  When cleaning up my sewing room I found some star templates. These inspired me in my design for my project.

I thought I would show you my cute button boxes I found.










Friday, 30 January 2015

Two Done Two to Go.



I have completed the second item in my quilt group challenge. I have decided to make a "school set" , 2 fat quarters used, two to go. I covered this pencil case with laminate, hopefully it will keep the outside a bit cleaner.



                              I am not sure you can really see it. This plastic coating just irons onto the fabric.
                          The little fish zip pull is handy to find the zip when there is a zip flap. 
                              I found the zip pull in Charleville, South West Queensland. 
                              A Cute little shop there has some sewing and patchwork shop needs.


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Quilt Group Challenge and my New Sewing Machine

My lovely husband gave me a wonderful Christmas present. A new sewing machine. A Janome  Horizon MC 8900 QCP.

I have been busting to try it. Yesterday I finally cleared all the house from the new carpet being laid and found time to make a small project. 

Our quilt group had a quilt challenge and as usual I am running late but I will have it done by our Feb meeting. I received some cute  colourful fabric so I am going to do a fun set with  it.  All my school needs. Started with a glasses case. 



The fabric I drew from the basket ( 4 fat quarters in a bundle and wrapped) and then I can  use one metre of a fabric of my choice.



My inspiration -  an  Anni Downs project



Ta da !!!  First little project .. Love those spring openings.   







My new sewing machine ...so lucky to have a beautiful husband who knows I love sewing and loves me.





My sewing room also received a makeover during my carpet renew I dedicated a new cupboard to the sewing room .. heaps more storage...might keep me organised ..LOL...









Finally Some Sewing

While travelling I was able to get up to date with my block of the month I am doing with Kerry at "Cottage on the Hill". The wool was easy to work with while covering the many Kilometres we did over the Christmas holidays.




These are a few of my favourites, Uluru and gum nuts were my additions to make it a little more memorable for me.





I still have to do three more  squares to finish the 3 rows.

The appliqu├ęs are whip stitched and all is done  wool. The pattern is by " Wooden Spool Designs"


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Large Lunches









If  you ever have lunch at "the Long Track," in a little place called Jugiong  between Young and Harden in NSW only order one meal for two of you.  A doggy bag was definitely needed. The food was fresh and delicious. It never ceases to amaze me where these little gourmet treasures turn up when you are traveling. It was a popular spot, lots of customers.

I should tell you about the horse sculpture. It was in memory of a policeman ,Sergeant Edmund Parry who was killed trying to protect people from the bushrangers. In is case " Ben Hall". It was made of steel and from a distance very realistic and close up very interesting.





Friday, 9 January 2015

Beautiful Shops

Gail's Patchwork Emporium at Ballarat an amazing

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Linda's Gum Valley Patchwork  in Victoria  is in the Great Ocean Road area near Timboon.  She has the most amazing quilt made of tiny hexies. Her big blue shop in the hills is lovely. 

Needless to say I bought some goodies at each shop I will post about later.