Friday, 2 December 2016

Xmas folded stars

At our workshop night this month we made folded Christmas Stars. Once you got your head around how to start them they went together quickly. I think it only took about 20 minutes to make the second one...
These folded stars are just gorgeous...

Then on to some more Splendid Sampler blocks. I love how this block has turned out. I added the tea bag because I am into drinking peppermint tea now. So it goes together well with the beautiful green..

Splendid Sampler block no...76
Any one for a cup of tea.

Block no... 51
Bee happy 

Block no. 69
I love the rich gold colours

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Val's Quilting Studio

I've been following Val's blog for a few years now. I look forward to the link ups that she has.
It is great to grab a cuppa and sit back every week to read the blog posts that have linked up. You see so many ideas that you want to make, so many stories and so many wonderful quilts.
Over the years we have emailed quite a bit and shared a few stories.

I feel honoured to be featured on Vals blog this week.

So go on over and enjoy looking through Vals blog and hopefully link up on Tuesdays with the theme of the week.

Thanks Val....

Wednesday, 30 November 2016


I have looked on these the last few years. Well, this year I'm joining in.... It all began on October 27 with the fabrics and quantities.
Look at these beautiful colours. I have enough of these in my stash.

Then on November 25th for the PART 1.
Here is my progress.
Scraps of neutrals cut into strips ready for sewing together.

I had to add some florals and of course sewing words.
can you see the kitchen fabric, cute spots and text fabrics.

All my scraps and strips are sewn and ironed ready for cutting again

My strips are all cross cut ready to be made into 4 patches. 

All the 4 patches are sewn ready to iron.  
All my 4 patches are sewn and ironed with the seams turned.
I'm ready for the next step 

the page with all the info
Now on Monday there is the first linky party. When I was preparing this post there were over 100 link ups. Go for a look and some fun reads it, fabrics and ideas...

Monday, 28 November 2016

An overdue post

this post is a month over due...
My daughter came for a visit last month. We had a great time and I finally got to meet the boyfriend.
We went out for lunch, did the tourist things, had a laugh, enjoyed the grandsons and all had fun together....
Kristy went to the speedway with her boyfriend, Damien and Nicholas. Xavier stayed home and we made chocolate mousse. We enjoyed it together.

We also all went on a river cruise together. Yep, on an old Paddle steamer. On board the MELBOURNE... It was fun...

It's hard getting a good photo with the boys.
Nicholas enjoying the ride
The granny kiss
Kristy and Damien

A nice lunch at the cafe

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Good bye to my dear friend

Today is such a sad day.
It is th 4th anniversary of my son passing away. It has been extremely hard getting by and learning to cope with him not being here.

I woke to the sad news that my dear friends mum has passed away this morning. Del was such a beautiful, fun, caring lady. So sweet. I am so sorry for this loss and I know my friend is going to struggle with moving on.
Jo & Del



Saturday, 26 November 2016

Our shed is on its way...

When we moved we knew we wanted a shed to be built. The cars, tools and gardening stuff, Xmas decorations and everything else that is stored for a rainy day needs a home. It wouldn't fit into our garage so we needed a shed. We took a month to decide and get it organised....  Then we had to wait....
But wait no more... Or so we thought....
We got the call to start digging..
Good bye grass

The digger is at work

The box work started for the concrete slab.
Working hard in mid 30deg

The framing is ready for the slab

The dirt is level

Then it was too hot, then too wet... Then one day it was just right.
We got the slab laid.....

Then we will have a shed going up.....
We will have a shed.
Now we have to move all our stuff. Get gravel for the rest of the yard. Finish the garden edge. Tidy up the rockery. Bed and mortar in the edging and we will be done.......  when that happens I'll show a photo.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

What have I been doing...

After cleaning out my storeroom and knowing what's in there I have been sewing. Only a little bit but it is still catching up. Yes, that's right. I'm trying to catch up with the Splendid Sampler blocks. I have completed 3 and prepared quite a few more..
Here are the ones I have completed. I have started with the current ones. They just happened to be fairly easy too...
This reminds me of so many cups of coffee/tea in a garden. So relaxing...
Splendid Sampler... block no... 77

Splendid Sampler...... block no....73

Splendid Sampler block no... 74

I also have made another sew along bag. I think 1 will be for a gift and one will be for me to use.. it is completed now... I used thicker wadding and double stiffener in the pockets...

Sew along bag