Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sue's crazy bag...................

Dearest Mom

Sue popped in to show me her very cute bag she made in a crazy class at the Patchwork Angel. She was very pleased with herself - and so she should be!

Sue used a pattern from this lovely book to get the shape for the bag.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Crazy quilting at the Patchwork Angel.....

Dearest Mom,
Some more crazy a the Patchwork Angel - this time it's Cheryl's work - you met her when you visited us. She is so funny in a class. It takes her two trips to the car to get all her "stuff". Then she takes a while to set it all up - another 15 minutes to make everyone a cup of tea. Only then does Cheryl settle down to do her work. This is her first attempt at Crazy - and she just LOVES it. It is lovely having her in a class - she is very generous, happy and positive.




Thursday, October 28, 2010

Gareth and Ella - a gift way overdue...............

Dearest Mom

Here is your grandson holding a doll. But its all good - I made it for Ava - a friend of Gareth's baby - Ava is 10 months old now - so the gift is a tad late....................!!!!

Gareth and the ELLA DOLL - I changed her face slightly and added a fish - Ava's dad is a mad fisherman.



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Crazy quilting at the Patchwork Angel.....

Dearest Mom
Thought I would show you what the girls are up to at The Patchwork Angel.
Lets start with Debbie - work in progress.

I think I need to improve on my photographic skills. Debbie enjoys doing very, very intricate work - beading is her speciality- unfortunatley the photos do not do her work justice. Enjoy!



Saturday, October 23, 2010

Valentino, pugs, Marilyn and Button....

Dearest Mom

Button and I spent the day in Brisbane today- why do I look like a hobbit in this foto?? We went to the Valentino exhibition - saw some amazing dresses - the workmanship was quite incredible.

BUT then on our way to have lunch we came across a fashion show in the park - with pugs as the models !! What is the connection between pugs and Valentino you may well ask. Well, he has 5 of them. Who knew? The pugs were dressed in red - the winner was a 12 year old cross dresser wearing a long red train !!! He was very good for his age. So darn cute.

We then went to the Douglas Kirkland photograph exhibition - and while Button and I did appreciate the Valentino dresses - we enjoyed the photographs way more. What a career this man has had - on the sets of movies from "The sound of music" to the present day. His photographs of Marilyn Monroe were astounding. He has had the privilage of photographing the most famous people of our time.

Lastly, yes Penny, we did stop and have a glass of French Champagne. By that stage Button was over me taking photographs of her!!!


We had a lovely day, but it would have been perfect if you could have shared it with us......

Thursday, October 21, 2010

In the laundry...........

Dearest Mom

The weather has cleared and it is a beautiful day on the Sunshine Coast. I stitched the binding on the latest of my mini quilt collection that I have hanging in the laundry. Unfortunately, the photos aren't all that great........

And yes..... I did have to move the pile of ironing off the bench to take this photo!!!



Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Dearest Mom
Remember the big bag of 1" hexagons that you bought all the way from South Africa? You said that you would never finish the quilt, and that I should offer it to someone so that they can complete it for themselves?

Well, I told Jane about it and she suggested that I finish it for you. I did get the impression from you at the time that you did not want the quilt.......but anyway, I appliqued the hexie flowers onto a 7" square of spotted fabric and then stitched 2 1/2" squares diagonally across the corners....and VOILA ......... I hope you like it - it is very different to what you had in mind because you had covered HUNDREDS of cream hexagons!!!!!!!!!

When I took the papers out of the back of your hexies I noticed that they were the same papers that I had used for this quilt I made years ago. It got me thinking, (as I am VERY bad about dating my quilts), when you would have started yours, I know I made my grandmother's flower garden quilt a year before you started yours. I handquilted my quilt after our immigration to Autralia nearly 9 years ago. Give it a think and let me know.

Anyway, back to your new quilt - I will handquilt it and then decide if it's worth the risk of posting it to South Africa? Or maybe I should wait until my next visit to you ...............

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sewing instructions!!!!

Dear Mom
Cathy (owner of a cute lilac house and maker of beautiful quilts) sent this to me via an email.

Sewing advice form a Singer Sewing Manual - 1949

"Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do.... Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates. Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing......When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingersat intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on... (If) you are constanly fearfull that a vistor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should......"


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My first post............

Well, here we go. Mom, this is my first post. I will be able to share all my news with you and Dad on this blog. I will let family and friends know about it so there may be others reading along with you. I have chosen the name Juniper Berrie - for obvious reasons!!!!
These fotos were taken at Gareth's rugby dinner a few weeks ago.
This first post is a trial run, I am learning how to upload fotos, links etc etc. I could not have done all this without the help and patience of Natalie, Gareth's girlfriend. Thanks Nat!!