Monday, November 28, 2011

Brissie Blog Meet

Here we all are enjoying coffee and a chat.

Michelle of  Rag Tag Stitchin' Designs and me.
Yesterday I joined some like-minded quilters at The Grandview Hotel Cleveland for a blog meet.  Joy of JoyPatch and Maree of On My Verandah arranged this as a follow up to one they had earlier this year which I couldn't attend. Thank-you Joy & Maree.  I had a wonderful day meeting new people and also catching up with Michelle who I knew many many years ago. We both attended a Studio Ceramics Course at TAFE back in the late eighties.  Michelle and I  have both moved on from our pottery obsession since then only to follow a similar one in stitching and quilting.  Funny how small the world is sometimes.
This morning I have been checking out the blogs of the ladies I met. It's nice to put a face to the name.
Well, my quilting room awaits, till next time........

Sunday, November 20, 2011

SSCS, Birthday Celebrations & Quilting Stuff

Here's a little snowman who's looking forward to a bit of travel this week.  I have finished my SSCS swap gifts and in the process of  wrapping them ready to post tomorrow.  I have enjoyed being in this swap and hope the recipient of my parcel will like the things I have made as much as I do.  Now all that needs to happen is that it will arrive in time to be opened Christmas Day.  Thanks to Chookyblue (aka The Elf) for all her time and effort in running this swap. 

This is my family, taken at my son Todd's 40 th Birthday barbie last week.  With my boys now both in their forties, I'm starting to feel a bit old.  Need to stop the days passing so quickly.  Any suggestions on how to do that?  Just two of my grand-children missing from this photo.  Hope to get everyone together at Xmas.  
 Remember I said in my last post we were going to have cake.  Well here it is and it was delicious.  Strawberry and cream sponge cake from the Cheesecake Shop.  Well worth breaking the diet for.
We had a lovely party.  Congratulations Todd.
Last week at quilting, a few of the ladies were busy trying their hand at making earrings.  They ended up having a bit of a production line going making the process look very easy and this is what they ended up with.

Lots of Christmas Tree earrings in reds, multicolour and greens.  They look great on and will make a lovely gift or a stocking stuffer.  Well done everyone. 

A few years ago, I made this for my sister's birthday.  A couple of weeks ago, she asked me if there was a way she could hang it on the wall instead of using it in the centre of the table so I have added a hanging sleeve for her.  I really like this pattern and would like to make another one but first I have to remember where I filed the pattern. Must do some organization in the pattern area one of these days.  

Well must go...........Be back soon with more finishes I hope...........

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Race Day & a Birthday

Here is a photo from last weeks outing to Eagle Farm Racecourse for Melbourne Cup Day.  Back row from left is Deb, my DIL, me, Todd and Scott, my sons and in the front are friends, Wayne and Michelle.  We all had a great day with some of our group backing the winner of the cup but unfortunately it was not me.
My son Todd turns 40 tomorrow, the 10 th,  and this was part of his celebrations although we are having a get together on Saturday so we can have cake and sing Happy Birthday.  Isn't a birthday without cake, is it?

I have been busy in my sewing room with several things on the go.  I am also part of Chookyblue's SSCS (Secret Santa Christmas Swap) this year and need to have my handmade gifts ready to post next week.  No photos of these until they have been received by my swap recipient though.

Well , till next time.............Happy Quilting.