Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Having trouble with Blogger.

Well I finally got the new post page up after many tries. For some reason it would only flick on the screen and flick off .
Hello Everyone,
I hope you all had a great weekend and are happy and well.
Not a lot of sewing happening this last week being busy with the school holidays and other things that needed my attention.
It has been cold (17 C) and cloudy today.We are in the middle of winter here in Australia and the snow season is well underway, down south from me (6 hours drive ) and have had heavy snowfalls for the skiers .A busy snow season, my grandchildren are down there now for a week in the snow. The 4 of them ski and snow board.
I love the summer and the beach .
It is also when the cotton grows in our hot summer sun. In August -September is when the farmers start the soil preparation.September to November the planting happens. March -May the cotton picking and transporting starts. During our hot summer November to February the seeds split open showing lovely white fluffy cotton . It just feels like balls of cotton wool.

Mechanical pickers drive along rows pulling the cotton from the bush and goes by truck to a cotton "Gin" and put through a big machine and pressed into bales

 The bales are transported in big trucks and all Australias cotton is packed in shipping containers and sent overseas to be made into the beautiful fabrics that we love . Aust is one of the largest exporters of raw cotton.

I love this quilt Winding Ways by EverythingQuilts.com .

Sondra at quilting class made this lovely runner. I like the size for a dining table.

I have added to my stash of wool and fabric.

I have projects lined up for these.  .I need more hours in the day !!! Who doesn't.
On the weekend I did some baking.With my big teenage grandchildren they didn't last long.

Anzac biscuits (left)  and rock cakes. Two old fashioned recipes.
The Anzac biscuit is popular in Australia and New Zealand and have long been associated with the Australian New Zealand Army Corps  (ANZAC) in World War 1 . These biscuits were made and sent by wives to the soldiers abroad as the ingredients kept well during Naval transportation. The term Anzacs is protected by law in Australia and are only to be known as biscuits and never cookies.  Google    Anzac Biscuit  Recipe .  Very easy to make.

Bye for now.
Happy sewing
Jen x


Anonymous said...

Hi Jen ,good to have you back ,thankyou for the information on the cotton picking,I found it interesting.Lovely purchases there also,enjoy.xx

J said...

That was a fun visit! I enjoyed seeing a source of our finest quilt fabrics.
I love the same choices you made on the mini quilt show you added! They always get me motivated.
And what fun to bake with grandkids. Even with little ones cookies don't last very long!

Cheryll said...

That was interesting... thanks!
Love the "cake missing" at the end of your post...toooo funny! :)

margaret said...

those cotton balls look so white and lovely. Winding ways quilt amazing, cannot do a block like that, tried but gave up in the end

Dianne said...

Hi Jen, You are keeping the cotton industry going by purchasing some lovely quilting cottons! Love the winding ways quilt. It looks quite spectacular in the batiks. Good weather for eating yummy home made biscuits!!

Jo said...

Oh those biscuits look so yummy

wish2stitch said...

Farms are always such busy places. It's always interesting learning about the different industries in Australia . Thanks

Karen said...

Snow season you say! I will try not to think about that as I enjoy this almost perfect summer. Cotton balls are a beautiful thing and I LOVE your new stash. Seeing that the cookie jar is empty, I will try some Anzac biscuits.

Aaron said...

It's great!It looks very, very nice! Thanks

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