Friday, 4 November 2022

First Christmas TableRunner

I had a lot of Annie Downs Christmas prints so what should I do ?? Make a table runner of course. It's finished and has pride of place on my Nana's old singer sewing machine. Decorated with a little Christams sewing machine decoration I couldn't resist. You must know I'm Christmas crazy by now. I will post more photos about that later. We are having our sewing group's Christmas party tomorrow as it is our last meeting for the year. It's always fun. Im sitting writing this smelling my contribution for tomorrow's lunch - roast chicken in the oven . Now I am hungry..

Tuesday, 25 October 2022

 During the last school holidays we went on a trip to Gulgong and Hills End in NSW. Both places are very historic and we found some treasures. 

Many of these old pubs were the beginning of some townships and some of them still remain today as the heart and sole of almost deserted townships 

Hills End Royal Hotel

This was a nice find in the little museum in the town.

When patch work was just that made of whatever they could find. Sorry I didn't get that date
Hills End 

This little treasure shop in Gulgong was a find, well hubby thought so he found a very old "old timers" pocket knife

I think its a long time since it cost $10 but the accommodation was quite ok and very central to everything


 I had the best weekend with these two recently. I just love going to the beach with them.

Saturday, 17 September 2022

Christmas Quilt Flimsy Done

 I was determined to have a Christmas quilt finished for Christmas this year. I'm almost there the top is done. I decided to do this one using blanket stitch applique because it's just a lot faster for me. Some was done while travelling in the car so don't look too hard. Now I have to be determined enough to quilt it myself before Christmas .

It's  a Michelle Ridgeway design called " A Holly Cottage Christmas" with one block changed to add a Santa.

On my design wall waiting to be quilted 

I added a bit of poetic license here and added a Santa instead of a bird I think.

May have left a few flowers off the cottage as well . I think I was going back to do it and got too excited about piecing it. Oh well I can still do it.


Wednesday, 31 August 2022

When I entered the churn dash challenge I just knew I could not do a quilt so being practical I went for a table runner for my kitchen island. I also matched it with a quilt I have in the lounge which is visible from the kitchen. I used some of the same fabric as in the quilt for the block  centres.  I'm pleased with the results.  This is my churn dash journey.

I've also put up a picture of my "macadamia nut"  harvest . The only thing is they are very hard to crack , I really don't know how the cockatoos break them open. 

A little rustic quilting around the edges

Matches my flowers perfectly

My quilt 

The macadamia nut harvest . They have 2 shells a firm leathery one and then that cracks open to reveal a rock hard shell. I just have to crack them now 

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

A Tour Around my Area of the World

Last weekend we had a visit from my husbands brother and his wife . They live in North Queensland about 1800 Km from us. Near the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef for our overseas readers  so a drive around the west was on the agenda.  A short drive  approximately two and half hours west , south west of Goondiwindi you will experience some small country towns that have a lot to offer. We drove from Goondiwindi to Mungindi where you will find a town split in two by the Queensland/ NSW border which is the Barwon River. We drove from Goondiwinid to Mungindi to Thallon to St George then Nindy Gully To Talwood and then home.  Nindy Gully is at the join in the road North of Weengallon.

Cameron's 1 Ton Survey Post is a timber post 2.7 metres (8 ft 10 in) high and roughly square in section and is shaped into a pyramid at the top. It is carved with "J. CAMERON GS"  Basically if you look at the Queensland New South Wales border this post marks the end of the straight line . They say he chose a one ton post because he didnt want it to get "Lost" over time.
The river looking from the survey post 

This is a dam built to hold the irrigation water they use for cotton farming ,commonly
known as a ring tank.

The northern hairy-nosed wombat is one of the most endangered species of the Australian marsupials. These animals are so endangered that they’re now restricted to a three-kilometre range inside the Epping Forest National Park in Queensland, Australia. 

Facing the threat of wild dogs, the wombats population had reduced to slightly over 100 in 2003. As a result, the Queensland government built a 20-kilometre predator-proof fence around the area inhabited by wombats at the Epping Forest National Park to protect them from extinction.

The Thallon Silos 

St George and the Balonne River . Looking so good after the long drought 

The jetty on the Balonne River 
We stayed over night at The Nindy Gully Pub ,one of Queensland's oldest pubs. They say this hotel holds the oldest continuous hotel licence in Queensland .est. 1864 as a Cob and Co Stage Coach stop over point. The Pub is on the Moonie River.
Enjoying a fire , dinner and drinks at the Nindy Gully Hotel
Nindy Gully was the setting for the movie "Paper Back Hero",
Yes a very young Hugh Jackman was the star.

This is an interesting spot of cultural significance, "The Weengallon Rock Wells."  It's so close to home but still sort of in the middle of nowhere so I haven't stopped here before now. 
 I'm glad I did though it was really interesting and educational.

These are sharpening marks, who knows how many years old.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour.

Monday, 11 July 2022

Churn Dash Started

 Last weekend we had another zoom day. I love catching up with everyone. It's so cool how you can never have met some people in person but live on zoom its almost the same. You actually are face to face so there are no questions  like when you just write, just genuine friends.  Love it, it's like another sewing group to go to.

I've started our churn dash challenge using some fabric from a quilt I have made in the past. I love the native flowers. I'm going to make a table runner this time.