Friday, 22 September 2017

Meet "Bro"

It's time to tell you about "Bro". This is an ultrasound picture of my 8th grandchild, who is the first child for DD3 and DSIL. It has been an anxious time for them and this is their little miracle. This baby is an IVF baby, and even more special because this is the only surviving embryo. The name "bro" is an abbreviation of embryo.


Being able to have a baby is something that most people take for granted, so it comes as a bit of a shock when sometimes things don't go to plan. It is amazing just how far society has come with advances in medicine, and what specialists can do.

Now it's all systems go for them to prepare their home for the new arrival, and I look forward to actually meeting "bro" next March. Maybe a new quilt will be needed??? And a few more Melbourne trips could be on the agenda too. We are very blessed, and very thankful for this miracle.

Blessings, From Jude


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Today.............


After the school run this morning, I have been kitting up fabrics for this Antelope Canyon quilt, with the Texture Graphics range of fabrics. This is a photo of the cover of the pattern. All the fabrics have been cut into wof strips, and you will only need to do the crosscutting.



This is the range of fabrics, for the pattern, and they really are so well named, as they have fantastic texture.

There are several kits worth of fabric in this pile, and I will package them up individually when I get home, and send out the orders I already have. If you are interested in purchasing this kit, I would love to hear from you. I shall be making up one for myself as soon as I can. This pattern has been very popular.


After school today we went to the nearby town of Tanunda for a special treat. The shop was really cool, and set up like an American diner of the 60's era. Even down to playing the music of Elvis!


All is quiet, the boys are in bed, and I will be heading that way soon, ready for another day tomorrow. It was a lovely spring day, and I even went for a walk in the sunshine this morning. I have another range of fabrics all pressed and ready to kit up, and am meeting up with a special friend for lunch. And after school we hope to catch up with Miss Bridie and her mum and dad.

I have a special blog post scheduled for tomorrow, so stay tuned for that too.

Blessings, From Jude


Another quilt show

While I am having time away from Max, I shall try to catch up with a post of quilt photos, some of which have been in the files for "awhile".

First up was made by Kath, and features panels of flowers in vases. This was quilted allover with Swirls Easy, a new pattern I have from Karen Farnsworth.



This simple, but pretty quilt is called Sugar Garden, after the range of fabric used. It was one of my Pick A Case Mystery quilts, and was made by Mary. It was quilted allover with Hearts'n'Flowers.



Di made this quilt for a friend and is also very pretty with the purple and pink colours. It was quilted allover with a patter called Boxed Pearls, also by Karen Farnsworth.



This star quilt was also made by Kath, and quilted with an edge to edge flower with music notes pattern. The background fabric had a music print on it, as did the backing fabric.




This is my Fractured Circles quilt started in a Lessa Siegele workshop in 2008, and finally finished with custom quilting. I have called this Noughts and Crosses.


Another Bedford quilt, made by Ann, has come out of the UFO pile and quilted allover with a pattern called Peacock.

This curved quilt was made by Lois, after doing a Quick Curve Ruler workshop. This was quilted allover with a leaf design.




Rosie started this quilt in a Pick a Case Mystery retreat, and this is now finished, ready for our groups exhibition next month. It is quilted edge to edge with a pattern called Plush.



A Daisy quilt, made by Sherrel, and quilted allover with a Daisy pattern.



This is Maria's quilt, made in a Quick Curve Ruler workshop, and quilted allover with a circle pattern, called Asti.


Val made the Antelope Canyon quilt, designed by Laurie Shifrin, using her own fabrics, and called it Circling the Wagons .I quilted a wheel pattern in the centre and a quarter of the pattern in each corner, and stippled the background in between.



This is another Pick a Case Mystery quilt, called Carnival Time, made by Dot, and quilted allover with Wind Swirls.




I hope you enjoyed the quilt show for today. That helps to reduce the quilts in the file, although there are still a few left, for another day.

Blessings, From Jude

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

"In the Pink" Report

Sorry it has been a few days since the end of the Pink retreat, but things have been a tad busy since then. The last ladies left on Monday morning, and since then it has been cleanup time, and quilting time. And now I am 3 hours from home doing some Grandma duty for a few days. Consequently my blog report had to wait until I could sit down and concentrate. The little children are in bed, so now is the time. My camera did not come out too often on the weekend, so here is a brief update.

They all came "in the pink", and sorry I don't have more photos, but here is how one lady did it. A flower stitched on the pink jumper,.......


...... and matching flowers stitched onto the slippers.


And some pink socks!


It was not long before the first arrivals were settled into their stitching. Note, only one machine in sight.


I am sorry I did not take any photos of the other table retreaters, or what they were working on. Chris finished an amazing book cover, and Erica almost finished her last Mystery quilt. There were lots of bindings being done. But more importantly there was lots of conversation and catching up with each other's news since they had last met. Our sympathy went out to one of our retreating friends, whose 97 year old mother died on Friday.






There was lots of pink food to eat with a cuppa.


And one creative lady brought a delicious bottle of drink, which looked the part for a pink weekend!!


I had an enquiry about what I was doing about the pink food, so took the following photos. The first is a tuna pasta bake. I did think that the pasta would turn pink, if I added a fresh beetroot to the water in the saucepan when I boiled the pasta. But the pasta remained yellow. I then decided to add a jar of beetroot chutney and the cut up cooked beetroot to the pasta sauce, and you can see that this worked.


 An apple crumble was pink when I added frozen berries to the apples. And it was so yummy, that they wanted the leftovers for dessert the next night, which freed me from cooking another pink dessert!


 We had chicken burgers, with a beetroot/quinoa salad.


 And a banana split with strawberry topping was very simple, but yummy.


I took the easy way out for Saturday night dinner, and bought takeaway pizza, which we enjoyed with a pink drink.


Sunday lunch was cold meat, with salad, including a pink potato salad. And we even made life easier by using paper plates, so there was no washing up!!


I am so glad it was a pink weekend, as I can't even imagine cooking for a blue, or yellow, or even green weekend??

One of the highlights of the weekend is always the auction of all the donated goods, with the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Network Australia. (BCNA). There is usually a raffle quilt as well, but this year has been busier than normal, so it did not get made. There was a good collection of goodies, as shown below.


We had some visitors who came for the auction, which made the bidding more interesting. We raised the grand total of $540, so thankyou to everyone who contributed in any way.


Take note of the 2 pink boxes, which were labelled as mystery parcels. These were bought by 2 ladies from our patchwork group, and had been donated by the lovely Faye.


Marie was the first to open hers, and was very pleased with all the goodies she received.


Michelle was next to open her box, ........ 


and received all the same goodies as Marie, but she found a "bonus" in her box! And if you have been reading my blog for awhile, you might have seen this "bonus" before!! It has been "going around" for awhile now, and somehow, I think it might be passed on again yet!?? But how, and when, is the question!


The weekend concluded with a special afternoon tea, when my grandma's special cups and saucers came out from the cupboard. It is not often that we sit for a cuppa and a chat with each other, and we should do it more often. All too often it's a mug of something swallowed on the run.



 I think it is time for bed, after a busy day, packing up and driving here. Then it was time to do the school pickup, and then one to dance, and one to guitar lesson. While they are at school for the next couple of days, I will be sitting here cutting fabric for quilt kits, and doing some more book work. Next week it will be back to Max again, but until then it will be some time with family, and a few days away. There might even be some more frequent blog posts, with more quilts to show, and a special announcement!

Blessings, From Jude