Fun in my fabric world....

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Oops! I didn't post again! Part 3 aka The very late and amended edition!

I know this post is super late, but I like to use my blog as a diary. Whilst it was written a few weeks ago, life interfered, but I would like to add it any way.

Well, finally I am back...again a month later!!!! Some of you will be aware of the terrible weather that lashed Newcastle and surrounding areas this week last month, cyclonic conditions, electricity outages for extended periods, damage to property and, most sadly, loss of life.
 We were without power for 60+ hours and regard ourselves as fortunate as our home was safe and snug, I was amazed at how REALLY dark it is without lights!
And the sound of the storm was relentless- it was almost overwhelming towards the end coupled with the harmonics from the power lines, and the suddenly an eerie stillness fell, I cannot imagine how a tornado would sound!
We had a gas cooktop so I was able to cook for us and Mum, and Mum had a thermos of hot water delivered morning and night. She wanted to stay in her own home so we stocked her up with batteries and lamps, she was well cared for! I showered at a neighbours and we managed well. Molly and Aris weathered the storm also, no doubt quietly wondering had their family not paid a bill!
We had neighbours trees resting in our yard, but no real harm done.
A large jacaranda and gum blew down behind us- really sad to see these large trees lost.
Across the road a large tree brought down power lines and then lay suspended over our neighbours car! The car escaped with minor damage. But it was quite spectacular in a weird sort of way.
This weekend has been all about the clean up, our little neighbours donned gumboots and came to help too which was fun.
We were all very pleased to see the electricity emergency crews make it to our street.
Really, it was all about checking on friends, neighbours and even strangers to make sure they are okay.
Many areas were without power for much longer and some communities have struggled post flood. I noted in yesterdays newspapers that our  little suburb was the second hardest hit in our local government area with 3,600 homes (the entire suburb) losing power  and in the whole are over 10,000 trees were lost.
I attended work the next morning during the height of the storm and the destruction was amazing to see.
From it all I think how lucky we are to have good services, disaster planning and strong communities- we managed where many people in other countries are not so fortunate.

Cardygirl xx





Thursday, April 16, 2015

Oops, I didn't post again! Part 2

More Melbourne pics, it was such fun!
We saw all the sights
Walked for miles,
Stopped for coffee,
Admired this beautiful city,
Shopped,
Had more coffee,
Shopped some more,
And just enjoyed mini break!
Part 3 tomorrow!
Cardygirl xx

Oops, I didn't post again! Part 1

Posts have been started and left incomplete....intentions did not lead to posts, and time has gone by so very quickly.

Rather than pontificate on my March and most of April, a few pics may suffice. I headed to Melbourne with dear friends, Loz and FQB aka Janette to see Marg's Sampson George's Quilts in The Barn students exhibition. We had a ball in Melbourne, loving the graffiti, alleys and very cool vibe. I need to go back with my DH and explore! He would also LOVE the cafes, coffee and cake!

The exhibition was fabulous and so well organised by Marg, Jean, Lizzie and Linda- all beautifully supported by a merry band of helpers and husbands. It was an inspiring day and was made even more fun when we met so many virtual friends at long last! 

We then had fun exploring Melbourne. Lots of coffee was sipped, and even a few pastries were sampled! We contemplated walking home at one stage!
As you would expect, visits to L'uccello and Amitie were on our must do list....a girl has to do what a girl has to do! And I even had a private moment with the original Smitten Quilt by Lucy Kingwell...and the Amitie staff did not take their eyes off me!

The "Melbourne girls" very generously held a dinner in our honour on the Saturday night....so much fun! Sweet girls, clever, warm and very funny....great cooks too. It was one of those nights where you realise that we all share a common bond with our stitching, and feel privileged to call these girls friends.

I can't wait to go back, catch up with these girls and perhaps even have a stitching weekend!
I will follow with Part 2!
Cardygirl xx

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Autumn? Really?

The year is progressing at a ridiculous speed. How can it be autumn already when it feels like I have just packed away the Christmas decorations. Or is that just me? But as I walk to work in the mornings I see the signs of cooler days to come...leaves changing colour and littering the footpaths, that tinge of cool in the early morning air...signs that refresh my summer weary self.

February flew by with the celebration of another chronological year, our son returning for his final year of study and the relocation of our dear SIL and daughter to Wagga Wagga. I miss their daily presence in our lives, but love to see them enjoying their lives.
And now I get to visit Wagga Wagga...hope there is a fabric shop!
Last week I spent some time making a Bionic Gear a bag to carry around my sewing essentials...it is great and I envisioned making myself another one for specialised sewing "stuff". Technical business this  sewing!

Well, I loaded that bag up last weekend and headed to Denman to have a much awaited weekend with my Upper Hunter sewing friends. I miss these dear sewing sisters since I moved to the Big Smoke...we had stitched together for twenty years, shared laughs and tears, saw our children grow up. So it was wonderful to have a weekend with them.
I played around with a few projects...rediscovering my mojo I suppose. It was fun watching the girls create, especially Lea who was making a cute Sew Together bag. What a surprise when she gave this bag to me! Gorgeous and perfect for my EPP! 
It is already loaded and ready to go! Love it!
Cardygirl xx

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Now, that is hard to believe!

The Scene: I have realised that I am going to the Hunter Valley with sewing friends.

The Dilemma: What do I take??????

I really love my DWR, but I take it to each retreat, and it is deflating my mojo just thinking about doing it again. So many little pieces! Whilst I am keen to finish it, I need to do something small, achievable and fun.


But what???

Everything I am doing at present is hand stitching....oh the agony!
Maybe the Smitten Quilt blocks will come along for the ride?

What do you like to sew when going away?

Cardygirl xx

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Scraps.

Scraps.
What do you do with yours?
Do you like sewing with scraps or do you like working within a range?
Scraps.
I seem to have lots of them.
Varying in size and shape.
Some are tiny but they are still cherished.
This year is very much a finishing off year.
Encouraged by my friend Kate, we are cheering each other on to a few finishes.
Some big, some a bit smaller, and some which have me scratching my head as to why, when the finish was so close, it was put aside. I bet you are nodding!
So this week saw me appliqué the last six circles on my circle game quilt, which I actually thought I had done.
And add binding to this simple quilt. It was intended to look like an old and much loved eiderdown...I am happy with it.
And I have been playing in my scrap bins.
Some fabric is always purchased, no point in lying, but it is to fill known gaps as I really want to use the fabrics that I have purchased and still love.
So I continue with my Smitten quilt and am diving into my scraps...it all looks a bit scrappy, but that is the point.
It will document the journey fabric has taken me on, and show where I am going.
Must finish this beauty too...

Cardygirl xx


Sunday, January 18, 2015

January. A Reflection.

This morning I realised that next weekend is the Australia Day long weekend.
That meant a few different things to me.
Firstly, is it really only eleven months until Christmas?
Secondly, that is great as then I get a long weekend...woohoo! Now that I am once again working full time that is VERY important to me!
Thirdly, I have not blogged THIS year....oops!

In a brief summary, we returned from our Barossa expedition just before the terrible heat and fires around Adelaide. Whilst we were glad to be getting out in the nick of time, it was sad to leave dear Loz, and we were worried about her melting without us.
We had the best time with Loz. Whilst we were busy giving her pseudo TripAdvisor ratings for food, accommodation, tour narration...we had a lovely few days seeing her corner of the world. She was miles better than any tour leader I have had before, not even yelling at me once for spoiling her holiday by wanting to clamber through another old graveyard. That was a blessing!
Returning home I found that time had been sneaky and I was needed back at work. Blah!
I have returned to my former position but this time with permanency and far too many hours. I am hopeful of cutting back at some stage, but it is okay for the moment. I am enjoying working with a fabulous team and fun/interesting client group. Sadly I have now realised I am the oldest person in my workplace, so they have removed all sharp implements from my desk and enforced the wearing of my name tag in case I wander off. I feel a bit like an aging Paddington Bear...damn,  even my face gets fuzzy!
But it has left minimal time to stitch, and I am fretting a little about that. I cannot seem to focus for long as I am thinking of all the other things I need to do. Sounds familiar?
But I found time to make a large cushion for DS...to his specifications.
And I am smitten with the Smitten Quilt by Lucy Kingwell. I am using my stash (it is feeling a bit loaves and fishes at present....undiminished!), and loving my blocks.
I love hand piecing, I am not using papers.
I am trying to keep a sense of serenity in them...
 As I tend to verge on loud....can you believe that?
There are lots of blocks to make, so it will slowly progress...too many other projects needing attention.
This week also saw our DD and her husband move to Wagga Wagga, as he takes up a position there. They are very excited, she looks to have work too, and they will only be six hours away for visits. Sad that they won't be physically in our daily lives, but we are so excited to see them loving their shared journey.
I will leave you with a pic I love from the wedding day. I am still worried that I looked a bit like scary spice, but I love the colours!
Hope all is well wherever you may be!

Cardygirl xx