Monday, 24 October 2016

A Sunday afternoon drive

A few weeks ago I received a special invitation in the post, to attend the Book Launch of Michele Hill's latest book, Stitching with Beatrix Potter. So after the departure of my cousins yesterday morning, 3 of us from Bordertown went on a lovely Sunday drive. It was held at the home of Lessa Siegele, and it was a lovely afternoon, meeting up with special friends. Michele has reported of the event on her blog, so you can read more about it there. I have a few photos to share below.

And it was special to meet Valerie, who is pictured below with Faye. Valerie apparently reads my blog, and made herself known to me. I can see the numbers of people who read, but don't know who they are, so it is lovely when I meet them. (As I mainly write this for my records, it never ceases to amaze me at the numbers of people, who keep up with the newsfromjude, as I think it is pretty mundane, ordinary, everyday stuff, not exciting travel news etc.)

Lessa made a lovely speech, and Michele has better photos on her blog.

It was also an early celebration of Michele's special birthday which is close to Christmas, so a cake was cut and shared.

This banner was very appropriate for someone with a surname of "Hill"!

These biscuits were almost too special to eat, but they disappeared off the plate.

These thankyou gifts were hand made for us by Michele, when in fact we should be giving her a thankyou for the invitation.

We came home with a bundle of the new books for members of our group who had ordered them. I know Marie and Pat read their's in the car on the way home, but I look forward to checking mine out soon.

Lessa lives very close to the beach, and we drove along the Esplanade on our way home, so that we could say that we had seen the sea!

We arrived home about 8.30pm after a wonderful day. Marie's husband did not quite "get it", that we would drive 3 hours there, and 3 hours back, just for afternoon tea! But, as one lady said, he did not know just how special the people we were having afternoon tea with, were! THANKYOU,  Michele, and Lessa and others (you know I mean you Faye) for a fantastic event.

Now it is time to sort out the book work ready for an appointment with the accountant tomorrow. (Just another thing that has been put off in the recent "busyness" of life!)

Blessings, From Jude

Cousins, cards, car, coffee and more...........

Here we are again, and almost a week has disappeared without a blog update. And once again, I am racking my brains to work out a title for the post. I should just date them, that would be easier. It is like trying to find a name for a quilt, sometimes it just comes easily and others it does not. A lot has happened in the last week, and I need to decide if I will cram it into one post, or do little posts??? If I haven't taken photos, it is sometimes difficult to remember just what the week has been filled with.

Last Tuesday afternoon my cousin Helen and hubby Harold returned to spend the night and I posted a photo of Helen sewing the binding to her quilt. After the binding was sewn on, we spent a fun evening playing cards.

My patient with the bandaged hand joined in, and, (sort of), managed to manipulate her handful of cards. One person, who shall remain nameless, helped her when it was her turn to deal out, or pick up from the pack each round. And during the conversation, we heard a few phrases, such as "do you need a hand?", or "gotta hand it to you"!

A photo of the finished quilt.

They left on Wednesday morning and I headed up the highway to Keith to get my car serviced. It was a bit overdue, and something I had been putting off for awhile. While the car was being done, I enjoyed a coffee with a quilter friend from Keith, and had a great chat. We had a lot to talk about, as both of us had been down the "C" road, (the c standing for cancer.)
While I was in Keith, Pauline was taken to Mount Gambier to see the specialist about her hand. She got a good report, and a new bandage, which is a bit less restrictive, but is still limited in what she can do for awhile yet. (She has now gone home to see how she can manage.)

Thursday was our patchwork group day, and I was hostess, so took morning tea and opened up and set out the coffee, tea and cups etc. While I was there, my car was getting a couple of new tyres, so that's another job ticked off the list! And I spent my morning tracing patterns onto vliesofix for a quilt that has been patiently waiting in the "to do" list for awhile now. I purchased the "Dear William" kit by Michele Hill last year sometime. I have quilted so many of Michele's patterns for other people, that I decided I would like one of my own. It feels good to have finally started, and I managed to trace the patterns for the first 3 months. Lots more tracing and cutting out in my future though!

I had been telling Pauline, that I was expecting my cousins, Chris and Max to visit for the weekend, and I think she thought that they were a couple of guys. But Friday afternoon, Christine and Maxine arrived! It is a long time since we have caught up, and the photo albums came out, and we spent a lot of time reminiscing and catching up on events since we had last met. Our families spent a lot of time together when we were young. I don't think we stopped talking the whole time they were here.

In my house, it is probably no surprise, but I have quite a collection of quilts, that I have made over the years. Not everyone admires, or appreciates a patchwork quilt, but when I meet sometime who does, I have been "offloading" a quilt or two. (I figure it will make things much easier for my children, one day, if there are less to "dispose" of!) And these 2 cousins, were happy to choose something they liked, although they deliberated long and carefully about which ones to pick.

I received an email from Chris, with a photo of her quilt, on the bed at her house, showing how she had changed the room around to suit the quilt. Maxine chose a wall hanging, and a couple of quilts that Chris is holding. I don't think they made much of a dent in my collection, but I am pleased that they have gone to homes where they will be used and not stored away in a cupboard.

On Saturday, Christine went to the Open Gardens in and around Bordertown, and Maxine and I went to Kaniva to their Quilt exhibition. I took a few photos, mainly of ones I had quilted for members. It is always good to see them again, as when they leave here, they don't have bindings yet. The following quilts were all made in "Pick a case" Mystery retreat, that some of their members have attended here.

And the following photos are of others that I had quilted.

The next 3 are quilts made with the Quick Curve Ruler. Our group are doing this workshop on Saturday, so I will finally be able to try out the ruler, that I bought a few years ago. (I wonder if I might find some fabric in my stash somewhere?!)

This quilt was made by Lyn, I have not blogged it yet, and can now do this. I was pleased to get the distance photo, as on my bed it was just too close. The label below tells about the quilt. Lots of little pieces went into the blocks of this quilt.

After Maxine and I had visited Kaniva, I did the tourist thing and showed her around Bordertown. She learnt about the White Kangaroos that Bordertown is famous for, and we drove to the lake, around town, and then out to Poocher Swamp, which is full of water this year. The cousins left early Sunday morning, where the early morning temperature had been 1 degree with a frost on the lawn.

I think I will end my post here and tell you about my Sunday drive in another posting.

Be back soon,

Blessings, From Jude

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Miss Bridie.......

is home again after almost a week in the Children's Hospital in Adelaide. It was a worrying week for us all, but especially for her mum and dad. There was all sorts of tests and scans, followed by a knee operation to drain fluid from her knee. This is one of those times to be thankful for modern technology, as I was kept up to date with photos, videos, and messages about what was happening. We have a successful outcome, but there are many children that do not.

This photo was taken today at home, during a visit by her Aunty.

I have just received some more videos of Miss Bridie walking, and running around and back to her usual cheeky self, so tonight I am very thankful.

While I have been writing this post, my cousin is sewing the binding to her quilt, that she made back in July, and I finally quilted this week.

And the patient is in the kitchen, with her computer. A trip back to the surgeon tomorrow will tell us how things are mending.

That's all the newsfromjude for tonight. Be back soon.

Blessings, From Jude

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Summary of my week, and more quilts.....

(I started this report on Saturday evening, but did not finish, so now it's Sunday).....
I am not sure where another week has gone, but here it is Saturday Sunday evening, and I am thinking back a few days, to work out just where it went!? It seems like a month since we were in Adelaide for the presentation, but it is only just a week.

Just a brief overview of this week's happenings........ finishing some more quilts.............a visit from my cousin and her husband overnight, on their way to Melbourne.............the monthly Gumnut Angels day here on Thursday................. attending a local Pink Ribbon morning tea event...........and even an evening out at the local cinema. I also admit that I came to a halt, and I sat in the recliner by the fire mid week, and slept the whole morning away. And I admit to another "loss of time" on Friday afternoon also.  It was a much needed catchup.

And this weekend GD2 was one of those chosen to perform in the musical "Hairspray" at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, so she was "over the moon", and I have heard that it was a great show. She is very passionate about dancing, and I "borrowed" this photo from facebook, of her in her costume.

Also this week a friend decided she would make salmon patties, but her plans went awry when the tin lid slipped and she cut a tendon on her hand. After surgery to repair things, she is out of action for some time, and as she lives alone, she needs someone to do up buttons, cut her food, etc etc. We joke that this is the "halfway" house, as there was a previous stay after a back injury. (LOL).

Yesterday was more quilting, and some time in the garden. The weather was very windy and warm, and I still have some plants in pots, waiting to be planted out. There is still some work to be done on the garden bed out the laundry side, and I made a bit of progress before calling it a day.
Today is a big contrast, with a drop in the temperature from 28, to 12 today, and more rain is falling. So this afternoon I have spent doing book work instead of more gardening. And the fire is burning again. Very unusual for mid October!

Now for an update on quilt photos, that go back a few weeks.

First is one by Jenny, made with 30's toys fabrics and quilted allover with a pattern called Dick and Jane. Maybe you can see the toys in the quilting.

Another little one by Jenny, of heart blocks and quilted allover with Dancing Hearts.

This was made by Erica at one of the Mystery Retreats, and called "High Tea in the Garden" after the fabric used and was quilted with a coffee cups pattern.

Jeanne made a baby quilt for her expected great grandchild, and this was quilted simply with hearts allover.

Another small quilt by Jenny, using leftover fabrics from another quilt. This was simply custom quilted with crosshatching and CC's.

This quilt in very pretty colours, was made by Kaye as a gift for a friend and quilted allover with a butterfly pattern.

Another one by Jenny which was started in a Susan Murphy workshop years ago. Simply custom quilting finished this off finally. Jenny has been on a mission to finish things, as their group have a quilt exhibition in Kaniva next weekend. 

It is after 5pm on Sunday afternoon, so I think I shall finish up in the work room, and go put my feet up by the fire and listen to the rain. This week there will be more quilts to be done, and also getting the paper work ready for an accountant appointment next week. My cousin and her hubby will return to stay on Tuesday evening. The car is well overdue for a service, which is booked for Wednesday. It is our groups patchwork day on Thursday, and Friday I will welcome 2 more cousins who are coming to visit for the weekend, and by then it will be the end of another week!!

Blessings, From Jude