Friday, May 28, 2010

I Love Retreats !!

I am so lucky to belong to a group Of fabulous friends that sew together each week. We decided this year to have our own retreat, so here we are at Hastings Point, Which is on the NSW coast about 20 mins from Tweed Heads. We have rented a house On the Beach The view is fantastic.IMG_0646

Its a big house, There are ten of us here and there is heaps of room and It's only cost us $200 each for 7 nights and that includes $50.00 for the kitty, We all brought one meal and our own breakfaIMG_0666

The House, The top floor Is where the owner lives . We have the bottom two levels. Big verandah's 2 living area's 5 bedrooms Its really nice .


IMG_0648I have walked up to The end of this beachevry morning, ..I think its Cabarita .

We have been sewing too, IMG_0671 Do you like our Aprons  from the left

Ann, Tess Trish, Leanne,Jeanette, Sharron, and Pam .....

IMG_0673 This is the Tandem Tote by Copy Cat Designs,  Two Zip's and a bit fiddly, and I can't read patterns , but Jen had made it before so showed us how to do it. Mine is the Pink and red linen one on the left .!

IMG_0675 More Bags. !

Sunday, May 16, 2010

My New Sewing Table

I had been complaining about the finish on my Sewing table for a while, and my D H said he would make me a new one, so after some measuring and telling him what I wanted I waited and waited, then he said It was finished and what sort of legs did I want. I decided to visit Ikea and bought adjustable legs for a table I already had, then I could just add another unit to  the one from  that for the new table top to sit on.


To the right is the table I have made high enough to cut on, with the adjustable legs.


This is my beautiful new sewing, quilting  table, lots of room on the left for a quilt and room on the right for pins, scissors etc


This is the underneath part that holds the machine up so it is flat in the table.   I can't believe how great it is , I have used it too, I'm almost scared to in case I scratch it !   if you click on these pictures you will get a closer look. !

I also received On Friday my May Secret Pal D j Pressie The cutest little Mary Engelbreit Pin Cushion, a lovely fat 1/4  and a nifty little snap and store a bit like a glasses case but you can put your scissors etc in to it when doing classes, so thanks Secret Pal. !


So cute, I am getting quite a collection of Pin Cushions now.  Maybe another blog entry there . !

Friday, May 7, 2010

More Candied Hexagons


I took these with me To New Zealand and am really pleased with how they are turning out, these are just placedtogether, I have stitched each hexagon,  I started using Bottom Line thread, It is very fine and strong It has made a big difference In my stitching, I am loving the colours and found a few more fabrics on a shopping trip to Sew Co  the other day. I gave my sewing room a clean today as I am getting a nice new sewing table ,  made by my Husband It should be nice and slippery for quilting . It has 3 coats of high gloss varnish, He has made it so the machine will be set down as a flat bed and it is longer on the left hand side so plenty of room to take the weight of a quilt. I do most of my quilts on a frame but still like to do arty stuff and smaller quilts sitting at the machine, I can't wait for it to be finished , so pictures next time .!


I have  done about 5 of these since i got home, I mostly only do them at night, They are quite addictive.....

Friday Again...

I haven't posted for a few weeks, We have been on Holiday to new Zealand to see my Mum, She lives in Paeroa, so after a quick trip from the airport to Devonport, On the North Shore to pick up His Golf Clubs , It was down to Paeroa.IMG_0541

The Auckland Tower


This Is Grandmothers Garden Patchwork Shop at Gordonton, about 45 mins drive from my Mother's, I managed to leave a few dollars there.


A really lovely shop and plenty to choose from, with the dollar so high  the prices were good for me too.!



This is a view over Lake Karapiro, When we were first married , We used to race Power Boats there, It is also used for rowing. I also found a lovely patchwork Shop in Cambridge .


My Mother spoilt Chris and this was one of his breakfasts.!


And this was dessert.! 

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