If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time-Billy Joel

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Projects completed and reflection

I am very remiss in not updating the blog page but many of you know that I do more frequent Facebook updates these days.

Last Friday I had my second 3 month check up following my surgery for uterine cancer back in June. I am pleased to say that I passed the check with flying colours and so it is onwards and upwards until the next one in April. 

The week leading up to these checks is always one filled with apprehension and sleepless nights so I was very pleased when Bonnie Hunter released the final installment of her mystery quilt on New Year's Day and I was able to finish it off. Called En Provence I changed the colour palette I was using to the blues, beiges and browns and that I used in the 13th Anniversary BOM I also completed at the end of last year. One of the quilts will be for me bed and other for a spare bed. I have made new curtains/ drapes for those rooms and the quilts were made with those rooms in mind.You can view other En Provence Mystery Quilts from Bonnie's link up HERE
En Provence Mystery Quilt

If you haven't received all of the instructions for the BFC 13th Anniversary BOM you can email me and I will send you a link to download them.

BFC 13th Anniversary BOM

As many of you know for 6 months of the year we do penguin guiding and for the past few months we have been captivated by the many baby penguins that we see being hatched and leave the colony.
Little penguins at Lillico


Our Tasmanian hospitals were restocked at the end of last year with my Bridie's Blossoms packages and just getting started on making a new supply of them. Each new package now also has keepsake key fobs in them.
Bridie's Blossoms packages competed and items made during 2016
I have one more unit to complete in the Diploma of Family History that I have been studying through the University of Tasmania and that should be finished by mid year which means I will once more get to attend graduation nearly 40 years since I received by Bachelor of Science and Diploma of Education back in the late 1970's.

Pat Sloan is hosting a 182 Day Solstice Challenge where she provides instructions to make a quilt block every Wednesday for 6 months. I am going to participate in this challenge but I am a bit slow getting started with this one. 

Friday, 25 November 2016

BOM underway and things to share

The BOM using the 13th Anniversary designs from BFC Creations is well and truly underway. Blocks 1-3 have been sent out to those who have signed up to receive them.
BFC 13th Anniversary BOM Block 1

BFC 13th Anniversary BOM Block 2

BFC 13th Anniversary BOM Block 1

Choon has sent in some photos of some small quilts she has made using he Bridie's Blossoms One Metre Wonder patterns. The links to these patterns can be found under the Free Pattern/Free Project Tab at the top of the page.

My friend Lexie has finished quilting her beautiful BFC 10 000 member BOM quilt.
Lexie's BFC 10 000 member BOM quilt
Sandy's blue colouway BFC 12th Anniversay BOM quilt just sings to you from the page.
I have been making some penguin key fobs to give to visitors when they come to see the penguins on a Saturday night. We have some beautiful baby penguins growing like weeds.

Lilly The Penguin Key Fobs

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

New BOM is underway

The new BOM using the free 13th anniversary designs from BFC is underway. Block 1 instructions as well as the requirement list have both been sent out via email. If you are on Comcast or AOl those providers may have blocked my emails. There is till time to sign up for this BOM but you must download the free designs as they come up. I am using the Grace set of fabrics from Connecting Threads in this quilt. The Rose patterned fabric will be the outer border.
BFC 13th Anniversary Block 1
Urban Threads have a cute freebie just in time for Christmas Stitching
Don't forget to visit  Creative Machine Embroidery and download their latest freebies.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Heads up and new BOM

Suz from has once generously offered another free set for her BFC 13th Anniversary. I will be doing a BOM with this set but it may be a longer time frame than usual. Suz only has each new design up for 2 days so you must download them, If you miss any they will be available for sale and she is having a 70% off sale right now while the set is being released. You will find each new design on the BFC Creations Home Page or New arrivals page.
I have sent an email to all of those who participated in the 12th anniversary BOM. If you wish to participate and have not received you can reach me HERE.

Whilst we were in Canberra we were once again visited by many birds. The magpie who visits often came back as well as these two glorious king parrots.
Male king parrot

Female king parrot


Monday, 14 November 2016

Pictures from my visit to Canberra

We visited out daughter in Canberra during September. I caught up with some sewing pals and went out to lunch with them.

 We also visited the garden spectacular that was Floriade.

These swamp hens and their gorgeous chicks nesting in the lake  kept everyone entertained at Floriade.
Swamp Hen chick

Swamp hens with their chicks
Darlene has sent in some photos of her pole twist table runners
Darlene's Pole Twist Table runners
This is a quick and easy table runner and looks great in Christmas fabrics. The link to download the tutorial is HERE

Last night we had a few glimpses of the supermoon. With all of our rain recently  we were lucky to get any.
Supermoon November 14

Supermoon November 14

Sunday, 13 November 2016

It has definitely been a while

It has definitely been  awhile since I last posted on here. I am pleased to say that things are starting to gt back to normal. I had to have an unscheduled check up at the beginning of October due to some concerns but that went well and I have my next check up early January. The only ongoing treatment am having is physio for lymphedema.

However, I have not been idle since my last blog post. I have now completed 5 units of my Diploma of Family History through he University of Tasmania and currently working on units 6 and 7. The final unit will be in early 2017 and hopefully I will graduate in August 2017.

We have just been to Hobart to spend some time with my husband's family. This was to celebrate our 60th birthdays but that was postponed from July when I was unwell. We spent some time visiting friends, doing family history research and went to the cinema to watch The Light Between Oceans which is set in Stanley Tasmania. Beautiful scenery an dour nephew was one of the stand in townsfolk. We visited St Matthews Church in Glenorchy and found the headstone of one of my gggg grandmothers, Susannah Mortimer. We were thrilled to find some of her history showcased in artwork on a nearby wall. Susannah was one of the very early settlers to Tasmania. 

Susannah Mortimer O'Brien

We also visited a salt pan lagoon at Tunbridge in the midlands. I lived at Tunbridge with my family until I was 10 years of age. In years gone by people would harvest the salt left in this salt pan when all of the water dried up in summer. The day we visited was extremely windy as you can hear in the video.

I have made a baby quilt for the new niece of my daughter's housemate. It is stitched using the new Baby Elephant Applique set from Hatched in Africa. I have written a tutorial for this quilt and it can be downloaded from HERE.
Baby Elephant Quilt
Bridie's Blossoms packages were also delivered to our Hobart Hospitals whilst we were visiting last week. I also made some key fobs for the very hard working midwives.
Bridie's Blossoms Packages.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Checking In

I spent most of the weekend sending out almost 80 emails to people requesting the Floral dance BOM. To date I have had replies from 3 people to say that they received the link to download the files. I am just checking with people to make sure that the emails did get to everyone on my list. I did send them in a few goes so hope that I did not make any errors.

I received very good news last week. It appears that the wonderful oncology surgeon  removed all of the cancerous tumour and I do not need any follow treatment at this stage.  I am recovering well from the surgery and should be back t my old self before too long. 

Although we have had some dreadful dreary weather we had some beautiful sunrises last week.