Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Creative Children

This adorably cute little man is E my youngest.
E and his grade 2 class have just finished learning to blanket stitch.
They all stitched a heart for a quilt for their Teacher's wedding.
 Miss Maybury had no idea what they were up to.  We had worked in lunch hours over the last 3 weeks.
 She was stunned
 and surprised, and happy.
 Group Hug.

I am so super proud of the kids.  They all worked really hard and they seemed to enjoy themselves.  Now it is back to my sewing for my deadline.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hello out there..... is anybody still there?

Hello anybody who is left reading this blog.
I have no idea where the last 5 months have gone.  Well I do but it is boring, mundane and possibly linked to joining Facebook.

I have not be idle however, just not posting anything.

This may be random, but it will be posted.  I apologies for sideways photos. They just happened that way.

A name for our home made from wool stencils, horseshoe and a timber slab
 progress on my Springtime Quilt
 Loving it.
 With full borders attached
 and a scrappy backing
 overnight bag
 bag 2
 bag 3
 a new key fob for me
 quilting on my 'cake mix' quilt
 3 key fobs for the school teachers for International Teacher's Day
 a horse key fob (1st for craft fair)
 quilting with the kids at school.  This is my E, it is his class who are quilting
 Brisbane Craft and Quilt Show with my Mum.  A did a fabric dyeing class
 Mum and I at the end of a long day.
 Fabric drying on the line
 Our local quilt show "Showing of the Quilts".  My completed Springtime was on show.
 another overnight bag
 more springtime quilt

And we had a 2 week school holiday trip down south, the usual school 'stuff'.  I will try to fill in some of the blanks soon, but I am still here.

Monday, July 30, 2012

That explains it....

I knew there was a valid reason for my inability to clean.

  If you can't read it properly it says "I can't clean my room because I get distracted by the cool stuff I find"

Now I know the problem.  I need to not have 'cool stuff'.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I did it!!!

Yeah, since my post earlier today, I have added the borders to my  "scattered tiles" quilt.

It is quite cute really.
I will have to take a closer photograph of the borders tomorrow.

I am quite excited.
Thanks for stopping by.


Progress and on my 'design floor'

 Well after craft on Tuesday night, I have made progress on my Layer Cake/Jelly roll Quilt.

I managed to border it and now it is in the 'to be quilted pile."

It nicely fits a Queen size bed and is very gender neutral.
 Even the purple is not too girly
 I love how I was able to use the 'stars' from my stash for the inner diamonds and border.
 I decided to go out to the clothes line for a full length shot - as you can see the wind decided to pick up and take my quilt for a spin.
 On the next lap around the clothes line, I managed to snap a picture of the quilt doing its best sail impersonation.  I have come around to liking this quilt.  It is not a masterpiece, but it is pleasant enough.
And on my 'design floor' is my Scattered Tiles Quilt from the workshop I did in March with Robyn Ginn.  I am determined to have this sewn together this afternoon - and then ponder borders and other embellishments etc.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Progress and a Finish!

I have been a little less constructive lately than normal, but there are some pieces in the works.

A layer cake & jelly roll quilt waiting to be bordered.
 A hexagon made as part of a farewell gift for the lovely Marilyn.
 I was surprised how relaxing I found sewing this hexagon.  We may see more hexagons in my future.
 All of our hexagons together.
 My OPAM finish for May.  Mum's mother's day present. The cute dutch fabric in the middle is from her recent trip Amsterdam.
 The set of 6 place mats and 3 table mats.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pay it Forward....

In January, I signed up to FlutterKat's  Pay it Forward swap... on her blog Mummas time to Create

And last month. I received this adorable sewing pouch and card.

The lovely Kat had made these and posted them on her blog.  I had commented about the cute 'lace zipper' and not thought any more about it.

So you can image how surprised I was to find this cute little package in my mailbox.  Kat said she thought it would be appropriate because of my miniature sewing machine collection.  Thanks Kat.

Now receiving a "Pay it Forward" comes with a condition.

Who would like to pay it forward with me & receive a little handmade gift from me Outback Crafter?

Here's how it works...

**  I will make a little something for the first 3 people who comment on this post and say they want to play. 
**  It will be a surprise and it will arrive when you least expect it.
**  I will have 365 days to do it in. What's the catch? To get a handmade present from me, you have to play too! This means YOU pledge to send a little handmade something to 3 readers of your blog (but remember you will have 365 days to make and send it too). It doesn't have to be quilty - just handmade.
**  You must have a blog. 
**  Once you receive your "little something", you must post about your Pay it Forward on your blog to keep the fun going - be sure to use the Pay It Forward badge.

I will ship internationally and look forward to seeing who joins in.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Today is Queensland Day

June 6 is Queensland Day.
The day we commemorate becoming a State in our own right - the day we separated from NSW and went out on our own.

Celebrate Queensland
 Now in Roma Qld day was celebrated by a very special parade.  Does this photo of the boys and I give you any clues?
 How about this one with Sam Thaiday?
 Yep - the 2012 Qld State of Origin team made a visit to town today and it was great. The town was buzzing with excitement and the kids were delirious with excitement.

Here we are with Mal Meninga (about the only one I actually recognise myself - I am not a huge footy follower) but a very proud QUEENSLANDER!!
June 6 is a special day in our family too.

Today is my Nanna Blakey's Birthday. Nan would have been 92 today.
 Nanna passed away just over 12 months ago and I miss her so much, particularly when I am creating and definitely on 'her' day. 
 Happy Birthday Nan.  I love you.

Hey there Litlte Red Riding Hood

Look who landed in my mail box last week.
Photo from Jodie Carlton - Ric Rac
I was so excited I squealed when I opened the parcel.  My 7 yo son was excited for me and he was very interested in how the little strawberries and carrots in the basket were made.


Little Red was the prize offered by Jodie in a raffle to assist a fundraising effort by her Mum.  You can read abut the fundraising efforts here and of course they will always be willing to take more donations.

I am truly stunned and amazed at the attention to detail and creative design Jodie used for this gorgeous Little Miss Riding Hood.

Thanks again Jodie.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


This was sent to me today by my friend Gayle from Scrap 4 Fun......

Outside my window........it is starting to cool off and the dogs are resting right where you can stand on them as you leave the room..

In the kitchen.....I am waiting for the fairies to wash up.

I am wearing......My work clothes.

I should be.....cooking dinner.

I am creating.......a few more care quilts

I am looking forward to..........our local show this weekend. (The boys and I delivered our entries today.)

Leave a comment (Be fearless and speak now) and tell me what you are up to or do this same little exercise on your blog.
Thanks Gayle.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Now it is not often I post about something other than craft, but today is special.

Today is ANZAC day & I was lucky enough to have Mum & Dad visiting us in Roma.

The boys marched with Dad in the ANZAC Day parade.
Look how proud they are. (Dad is beside E)
 I never thought I'd see the day we would all be in the same place to see Dad march & for the boys to march with him.  

It was awesome & Mum  and I shed a tear or two.
The boys were able to wear the medals of their Great-Great Grandfathers who both fought in WWI and WWII.  E wore GG Grandfather Richer's medals & T wore GG Grandfather Blakey's medals. 

 They were proud and honoured to be permitted to march with these medals.

To all our service people.  THANK YOU!!
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