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 a beautiful little girl. 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. 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, 11 October 2015

The Grass is Always Greener.

This little family lives on the other side of the fence.  ( the back of the caravan park)

Just reminded me of the old saying 
" the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" in this case it actually was thanks to my washing machine run off.

We have many families of wild wood ducks visiting at the moment. Even had an echidna dig up my garden in a few places the other night.

Nature's Journey Quilt Top Done

I am so happy my quilt top is done!  I have put a full weekend in sewing to get it done. 

This is my first fully completed Anni Downs quilt. Thank you Chooky  for the "StitchAlong"(SAL)  and Susan for helping.  

I know it would not have been done unless I had deadlines to meet. 

It's also good to know you are not doing it on your own.  

I am not sure when it will be quilted soon..... I hope.

Some pictures of my journey....

Just the quilting to go.

The beginning
Preparing  the blocks
Making use of my 1  1/2
inch squares
More blocks

Love this block
The centre panel base
What will it look like 

Sign its name 

The centre panel
All those squares on point stitched on.
Looking out my window..

Putting it together

Really happy with the result ..still to decide on colour of the vase.

Ready for the final border
Last border on ..chose grey for the vase.......IT'S   FIINISHED

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Lots of little Squares

I am still working on my "Natures Journey"  quilt by Anni Downs.  I have to sew 46  squares on point with needle turn. Done a third of it so far.....I am off to find a good movie...

Our little Darling is growing up so fast, different every day. She is 2 now.

 Always the actor.

 Loves camping and hot dogs.

She just loves swimming .  And she is so like her dad at the same age in this photo.

She also loves holidays at Frazer Island QLD.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

A nice restful day glamping "Caravanning in style" on the Granite Belt" Lots of wineries, restaurants and stitching . I finished my Stitchery by Bronwyn Hayes "Red Brolly". Ready to sew when I get home after a lovely weekend away.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Stitchers Dream Day Out

Last weekend myself, Gail, Jo and Margie S went to "Stitchers Dream day Out at High Fields"  in Toowoomba.

Quilters Angel  Patchwork store runs this event every year. I love it ..lots of friendly ladies all there to stitch . A little like Nundle people from everywhere. Michelle and Jan have shared our table before . Michelle is from Mt Isa.  Jan  her mum. was from Brisbane. I met two ladies from Atherton Nth Queensland who knew my brother in law, small world. The other two ladies at our table actually lived in our area... amazing... thats what I love about stitchers and patchworkers we all seem to have so much in common.

Susan  http://susans-sewing-space.blogspot.com.au/  and  Marilyn were there too it was a great day. the designers were Bronwyn Hayes from "Red Brolly" and Julie Lovell from "Calico Farm". the projects were lovely.  

The store gives the designers some fabric and the designers have to make a new project  or as many projects as they like using the fabric provided.  The designers then release the patterns following the stitching day.

These are who and what we had to work with ...

Bronwyn and Julie

by Julie

by Julie

by Bronwyn

By Bronwyn.. This is the one I got

getting some tuition from Bronwyn

Guess who I met up with.

A christmas project I bought the pattern for 

10 years of Stitchers Dream Day Out.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

A little of the Past

Hi Everyone. I have't blogged for so long , the sewing mojo has  been a bit slow lately life is in the way..  again. 

But hopefully it's regained and I will post some things next week.  I have been stitching some Lucy Boston blocks ( EPP by Shiralee stitches) .

But today a little reminiscing about a past pin cushion day.

A while back we shared all of our pincushions. By far the oldest and most interesting was this little gem belonging  to Christine's grandmother.  So cute and in such good condition. 

Do you have one or may pin cushions? 

Do you collect them or make them to give away?

Do you rather big ones or small ones?

Sunday, 19 July 2015

A magical weekend

A weekend away on retreat with friends is always great but add a touch of snow and it's magical. 

A weekend at Kerry Swain's cottage on the Hill. 

 I chose some  beautiful Kaffe Fassett fabrics to make a more modern quilt than what is usual for me but I enjoyed it a lot.

Courtesy of some kids earlier in the morning ... cute 

Barb , myself and Jules

The biggest kid.. Donna 

Lea racing ahead 

Lea " Fairy floss Stitches"

These next two from "Cottage on The Hill "  Nundle 

Kaffe Fassett fabrics ... 

How much have you done Miss Kate ??

Our blog mentor and quilt Diva  .. Chooky

Just got to be quilted now 

What a wonderful bunch of ladies to spend a weekend sewing with. Thanks again Kerry for a great weekend.

back row -Bron, Jenny, Chooky, Lea, Jules, Kate
front row- Ainsley, Barb, Marie, Sue