Saturday, 28 January 2012

2011 Too Little Time - A New Year Begins

My Blogging has been non existent and there have been so many other things going on I haven't been
doing much but can't believe the time passing so quickly.... Another battle with the BIG C - just
when I thought I had gone through Breast Cancer, Chemo and looking good, the little nasty came along under the breast and another operation late last year which really threw me so not much craft, althoughlittle bits to save my sanity.  Without my sewing and craft being my 'pick me up' and just calming and just doing little projects have kept me sane, while the house and garden went backwards.

A long long list to catch up on this year and I am determined to try very hard to get the UFO's finished.

1. My Babushka Quilt has been sitting around and I was not happy with the plain white border,
    so finally found 'a spot' which I liked and finished that off.  Now to think about getting it quilted or
    maybe just get it 'tacked' and I can do some hand quilting (not much good at that actually)
    I thought just to outline the dolls and then on the plain blocks???
    More thought in the middle of the nite.

A few Xmas gifts that were good to do

Felt Kit from Australia on a Old Fashioned Wooden Cotton Reel.

Oops A Daisy Jelly Roll Strip Quilt - this was good to do after watching a tutorial on Utube and
finding the Jelly Roll in the cupboard!!! Not a stunning lap quilt but will spray baste and
just do straight lines I think - maybe hand quilt with running stitch in bright cottons. Thinking again.

 This was for a girlfriend and I put yummy christmas caramels in the Bon Bon.  I was stitching it
when she came to visit and wanted to know who was getting it for Xmas - little did she know....

These little cuties were in a tin - heavens knows what I will do with them - of course I just had to have them and make them up.
I purchased these months ago on the internet and had put them away.... now they're out and being used. I just love the three pieces.  Makes me happy when I use them...I guess that's the pleasure we
get when sewing/patchwork and any craft.

I can't have George Clooney but I bought myself a Nespresso Machine which George has been
advertising on your TV Channels for months.  At least I can imagine having coffee with him.
Yummy coffee and lot's of froth. You just put the coffee capsule in the top and it heats up the milk and water at the back.  Press a button to decide which of four styles you want and Voila.

Lastly my Life is Beautiful Quilt is coming along after 18 months... Only 4 more centres to hand sew

onto the blocks.  I have taken the back circles off to lie flat - being terrified I would cut through into the front - not a good job to do after a full working day. This was a pattern from Helen Stubbings a wonderful craftsperson from Australia.  You can either Quilt as you Go or the usual with Borders
and quilt after the 3 layers are put together.  mmmmm not sure on this either.

Here are a few photos of Trinity Beach - about 15 minutes drive from Cairns in Qld.  A girl friend
and I went up there for R & R after Christmas and had a beautiful 2 bedroom unit opposite the beach.
Lots of restaurants to walk to within 5-10 minutes and we just sat and read books, walked along the

beach- very rejuvenating.  It's a beautiful area with Port Douglas about 1/2 drive - bit upmarket and
usually for overseas visitors along with the prices... Trinity Beach is very laid back and good for
families too. Cairns was pretty and walking along the ocean with grassy areas make it very relaxing
and an enormous amount of restaurants and cafes across the road. Hot and steamy in Dec/Jan but would be a lovely area to visit in the spring and autumn months.
A train trip up to the tablelands at Kuranda for the day which was delightful.  Lunch overlooking the rain forest and a collection of market stalls - mainly for tourists but pleasant to wander through.  A full day and the train back down the mountain.  For a extra amount you can sit in the old fashioned lounge and be
served soft drinks, champagne, wine or beer. Along with a 3 tiered tray with cheese, crackers and dried fruit.  HOW CIVILISED.  And we were picked up by our driver and taken back to our unit!!!