Saturday, April 19, 2014

HAPPY EASTER to you all.

Hello everyone,
Just seen on here that this is my 100th post. I guess it may be some sort of  milestone  achievement !!
Here in New South Wales Australia we have school holidays so have been busy with a few extra jobs with my adorable grandchildren.
Before the school holidays we managed to get away for a few days leaving the city life and the east coast for the country visiting beautiful  Nundle a   lovely tranquil valley for a few days to just absorb the scenery and surrounding acres of beautiful farmland. It is so lush and green at the moment. The trees are starting to loose their leaves and changeing colours  for our Autumn is with us .They are so pretty with their amber and gold colours .It was lovely to stay a while in the quietness of the country.
We left Nundle and headed for Tamworth ."Australia's Country Music Capital". Here we stayed  to visit my son and daughter inlaw and other 4 grandchildren and attended Grandparents day and the Easter Hat Parade at their school. The little ones just get so excited when we visit. I just had to have another Country Music CD while there. It was all very restful as we had a busy Easter break comeing up with lots of visitors when we got home.

On the road to Nundle. Around 400klms from my home.
Entering Nundle

Cabins on the Peel river Nundle where we stayed.

Another reason I love Nundle is they have a great Woolen Mill which I visit when there to add to my stash.

 The working Mill.

Some of the beautiful wools they have.You can really be bad in there!!

I felt I was very disciplined with my purchase this time.
Also Nundle have a great Patchwork shop ."The Cottage on the Hill"  which unfortunately was shut when I was there. I have been there before and was disappointed it being closed.  I knew I was going to Tamworth and that a very big Patchwork shop "Stitches between the bridges." was waiting for me there. haha

Two Moda  fabric Layer Cakes and Border fabrics I couldn't resist.

I have been sewing and knitting and have some near finishes. A quilt top for my grandaughter needs to be backed and quilted .

I only have the sleeves to finish on this baby jacket and I have on a ladies cardigan one side band to finish knitting.

Happy Easter to you all
.I hope you manage to enjoy being in  the sewing room this Easter break.
Jen x

Friday, April 4, 2014

Looking foreward to Whale season.

Dear friends,Hello!
Here in Australia we are enjoying lovely weather on the east coast for our Autumn and through the week have had warm days to be able to go to the beach  and also we had a lovely lunch by the lake.
 Inland Australia  has been hot 36C and on the coast where I am 28C. I must say while I am posting this we are haveing storms and it is thunder and pouring rain, which we really need.

 Our lunch spot on beautiful Lake Macquarie in amongst the gum trees listening to the birds and a relaxing walk along the path after lunch at the lakes edge.

 Lake Macquarie is a huge lake and this place is a few minutes from where I live.
Newcastle beach is 20  minutes away though we have many beaches closer to us.
Soon we will be whale watching around the beaches from May to late November .Whales travel thousands of  kilometres  for the winter breeding, comeing from the Antarctic waters in the south and move up north in their hundreds  to around the equator passing Sydney and Newcastle. We have lots of chances to see these lovable mammals. Looking foreward to the season starting.

My sewing progress is going well and have now added borders to my grandaughters quilt around the square blocks  and it is waiting to be quilted. Also a UFO I have had sitting at the end of my table a flannelette quilt top is now finished waiting to be quilted. 
The sewing class ladies  this week Kay and Lynne have made a delightful Fairy Mushroom embelished with beads and a pretty embroidery .

 Glenda has her quilt finished and the fabrics are so colourful and vibrant and is ready for the binding.

 One baby jumper knitting project is finished and I am working on finishing a knitted cardigan only the bands to do, So hopefully this weekend will see it finished .I have some knitting projects I would like to start but I am being strong waiting till I finish what is on the needles. I love to knit and enjoy the knitting rythm of the needles.
I am happy as long as their is a new project on the horizon.
Stay beautiful and unique.
Happy sewing weekend.
Jen x