....ohh and pencils and paper

Sunday, September 25, 2016

2 More Blocks

I  think after all these little pieces in Splendid Sampler I will need to  applique something really BIG!  Anyway 2 more to pop in the box....
I seem to have very messy edges with these two...but at least they came out the right size..
As the blocks mount up I am finding it harder to find combos with the fabric I have left. But! I am determined only to use what's in my French General stash.....fingers crossed!
Saturday  I was gifted by my friend Robyn an orchid she was splitting beautiful!
I  have placed it in it's new home....really hoping it thrives.
Namaste and Blessings
Michelle xxx

Happy Birthday Diane

Yesterday I joined my stitching friends to celebrate a special birthday for our lovely friend Diane. Hey Diane....warning photo heavy! Hahaha!
We had a very nice afternoon tea with of course cake (a Theresa special yum!) and loads of other lo-cal treats.
We each made a block or two like this...
and made our beautiful friend a quilt...
Another lovely friend Robyn hosted the afternoon tea and also was responsible for turning our blocks into that gorgeous quilt....clever girl!
This is one of those "herding cats" type photo....laughs and good fun.
We had such a nice afternoon......people say "nice" is a bland word but for me it means......comfortable, at ease, sharing, laughing, affection, friendship, hot coffee and cake.....and letting a friend know she holds a special place in your heart.
I'll take "nice" any day! Happy birthday Diane xx
Thanks so much Robyn P. For your hospitality and generosity.....also missed you Monica, Robyn M and Sue.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, September 22, 2016

L'il Aussie Christmas Decos

A pattern is now available for them.
The cost is $14.50 AUD + P&H for overseas customers. I am only taking orders up until the 3rd October and I won't be available until November for further orders.
Paypal is my preferred payment option.
I hope you enjoy stitching them as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Two little Splendid Sampler blocks to share....
Fee Ransleys sweet little stitchery block.  Block 60. I so enjoyed this one.
Block 63....Icing on the Cake!
September Rainbow Scrap Challenge block is ready to be stitched on to its background block.
I have also been working on my teeny hexie flowers. They are now a pretty little mini quilt and await some quilting. Love them! I see a French General one in my future!
A few secret sewing things happening too.
Art is happening as this one. It was inspired by a late afternoon wander near Lake Hume to photograph a gnarled tree root in the water. A little Willy Wagtail decided to photobomb my shot. I had always wanted to draw it but the photo wasn't great. So I  have  used a little artistic license to recreate the memory.
I used my beautiful coloured pencils and also had a play with Pan Pastels for the background.
I awoke this morning with a rotten headache......but it eased enough for me to get the instructions done for L'il Aussie Christmas Decos. So the pattern will be ready tomorrow people.
Ok. I have earned a curl up in my chair on this showery old afternoon.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Quick Trip

We took a quick trip to visit family up on the Fraser Coast....a beautiful place.
I never miss an opportunity to go out to my cousins farm for a cuppa and a chat....we have been great mates since childhood (partner in crime lol)
He grows delicious mangoes, avocados, lychees and another exotic fruit.
Came home with juicy oranges picked right off the tree.
This is Queensland sunshine....we picked up on the drive home.
Mr R. and I always love a walk along the historic jetty 868 meteres long....used to be over 1,000 meteres long...
Lovely view of the bay from the end...
It was a glorious day. Even the gulls took time out to take in the view...
I love the foreshore. I have seen so many changes here since childhood.
The bay is a safe harbour for the giants of the sea, to give birth and rest in the warm waters before their long arduous journey south. I adore the sculptural tributes here to these gentle giants...
So not a stitch was done.....but I  loved our impromptu trip!
This gorgeous boy was the vicious watch dog we encountered! Don't you love that smile! Ok I am going to try and smile about the unpacking and laundry lol!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sewing and Things

Yesterday I  cosied down in my sewing cave to address a couple of the machine pieced Splendid Sampler blocks. I am sorry that I don't have their block numbers because they are randomly done....but I do say big thanks to the designers.
I thought this one wuld be really hard but just goes to show...ya should read the destructions! Went together really easily.
I even managed to get yesterday's block done too.
I have traced out our lovely Fee's block already for stitching.
This little bloke....
Has joined all his mates.....
A lot of you very nice folks want a pattern so I  shall do one up next week for the set of 7 for you. So glad you liked them.
I decided recently to get several of my drawings made into greeting cards. They arrived yesterday and I am quite chuffed with them.
What do you think?
Off to give my new plants a drink.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, September 12, 2016

Stitching, Visitors and Gardening

Happy Monday all! I am a very tired but happy old soul this beautiful morning.
Saturday I went a stitchin' at my friend Robyns home with other friends Diane and Theresa. We had a lovely day.
But we also had a special visitor. Helen from Helens Patchwork Passion took a detour on her way north for a holiday to come and spend the morning with us.
It was so very nice to finally meet Helen....oh and to see in real time one of her gorgeous quilts that she is hand quilting. So beautiful! Thanks for coming to visit us Helen. I think I may have done some stitching amid the chatting as I got this little chappie finished. Lol!
I have put the frames on a couple to see if I liked them.....
And I am quite happy so far.....need a good press yet.
Friday and Sunday were spent doing some long overdue work in our front garden. Still need our tree man back but overall we are quite pleased with our efforts....every muscle and some we didn't know we had aches but all good.
May not look like much to you but lots of replacing dead plants...
We sowed some shady grass seeds and laid what Mr. R.calls the path to nowhere!
Saves my tootsies getting damp and mucky when I water in the mornings. imagination these blokes!
I really hope these beauties like me and decide to thrive...
Still have these to plant in our pool area which also needs lots of work after the big palms were removed.
I don't know what it is about the humble geranium but I just love them! They always seem such a happy plant and bloom away often in neglect.
Well thats me done. I am off to wrangle another Splendid Sampler block in my sewing cave...thought I better do some sewing!
I wish you a day of simple joys.

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx