WOW or WIPs with Esther 23rd Nov 2017

In 4 weeks my different families will be arriving here for Christmas and it just feels like they were here Christmas 2017!!!!

Last week flew in and out so fast I can not remember what I did and did not do LOL  I did work on my centre of The Secret Garden by Esther Aliu but not much else other than mending.

All leaves and petals appliqué down now the enjoyment of working on the flowers.

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My  borderie  perse flowers finished I love doing the embroidery on them. Edges all buttonhole stitched and rest is done with stemstitch one of my favourite stitches.

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I have placed the same flowers beside the finished flowers so you can see the difference after pencil painting and thread painting them!!!

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Have added my next 3 flowers and have started to thread paint the saffron flower.

In the garden this week and this morning.

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This is a area I have spent many many hrs cleaning up ready for the wet season that starts in Dec.  yes that is a surfboard seatLOL.

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My young raintree I just love her and her roots she is around 30feet tall.

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A large helliconia in full flower which will last month and months then the plant will die.

A stunning flower that the honey birds love

A stunning helliconia flower that the honey birds love

Every day since it start3d to flower 10 years ago my water Lilly gives me a new flower each day

Every day since it start3d to flower 10 years ago my water Lilly gives me a new flower each day

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My herb garden this morning it is so lovely to be able to just pick fresh herbs each day.

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Our sunrises around 5.15am have been so beautiful this week.

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What I woke up to this morning we had heavy rain in the night and the trees are so great full for it, I will not have to water the garden for a week or too now.

 

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I remember my art teacher telling me when I was about 12 that there were more greens in the trees than we could count, looking down on to these trees on Saturday morning with the sun hitting som3 of the I was spell bound by all those different greens?  100s and 100s of them.

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Every year for the last 20 years this bulb sends up these beautiful round red ball flowers that never cease to mazy me, this one is 1/2 open the centre is still to open.

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A insect chewed through the stem of this one so I have the joy of it on my kitchen window sill.

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This lovely piece of art was given to me on Sunday by a local artist, it is a very early pastel drawing of hers and I fell in love with the colours it is of the Kimberley’s in WA  and every time I walk past it I’m stopped by it.

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Just spotted in my pond, a local  striped marsh frog hatching  of eggs.  Below in the close up photo you can see the tiny babies just growing

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Will keep you posted on their development this is a first for us.

Well not much sewing but lots of gardening done this week. Off to link with Esther now. Thank you for stopping by to say hello.  Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s 15th Nov 2017 with Esther Aliu.

Scary only weeks till Christmas and I wanted to finish several UFO quilts this year ???  it has not happened but I have worked on so many so they are closer to been finished.  I plan to keep on working on the same UFO’s in 2018 so may be some will final get finished????

To day is back to school for me, my iMax has crashed for the 3rd time so I’m going to see if I can write my blog and add photos using my iPad???  This is all trial and error for me so let’s see what and how to use my iPad!

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What I was working on last week.  A little more sewn before she gets put away again LOL

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Hearts Desire by Esther Aliu 

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Hearts Desire block by Esther Aliu have to reprint my pattern all 70 odd pages as I have missed placed the pattern!!!!!! Bottom flower will have to be replaced pins have rusted?

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What happens when you put blocks away with pins in here, top pins are ALL rusty and have marked my fabric!

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I need to remake these petals that make up one of the flowers on my block? Rushed upstairs to see if the other blocks still had pins in them but I’d thread have thread basted not used pins thank goodness.  

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Back of a vest I made after doing a knitting course with Kay Fassett in NZ  about 30 years ago???? It  has come back to be remade as front of vest has worn out and top area needs to be redone as well.   !!!!!

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All worked on tapestry fabric then stitched to the back of a commercial made vest.

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ANZ quilt top I’m adding circles to

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I did not realise just how many spools of cotton I would go through???????  Top area almost completed.

lets make a stack and slash block?

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This?  Choose a busy design cut it out around 14inchs square the cut out 9 or 12 identatacal pieces of fabric and stack  them above each other in the same position.   Then use a very sharp large rotary cutter and slash through all these layers of fabric 9 times I cut mine first in to a fan shape then slashed it in to 8 strips I ended up with 8 piles of fabric strips which I then placed out on the table as you see below.

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bottom right we have the original pattern I choose, middle a pile of strips laid out ready to sew together.  Left bottom finished fan made up and appliqué to a 14inch pieces of black fabric.

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lilic strips added and base.

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Orange  fabric folded and then cut on the fold so I do not have a raw edge on the out side of the fan .

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Completed appliqued fan block .  I need to make another 3 up to give me the centre of a new quilt top!!!!

Well my Wednesday so far has been writing up my blog on my iPad now 12 midday and I need a break thanks for reading this far LOL off to try and link from my iPad to Esther’s WOW which I visited befor my iMax crashed this morning so I know it is there?

Happy blogging All Cheers Glenda PS will try taking photos out side in the garden with my iPad and upload this avo.

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Oct 2017 Ufosin2017

Dear Meredithe once again a new month has come in and you have encouraged me to make up a blog on my Ufosin2017 but not sure if I have even worked on one of them!!!!!!  but thank you for helping me work on so many of my UFO’s and some WIP’s this year with out you and Ann many of them  would not have been touched.

Well I started off in great leaps and bounds the first 1/2 of the year then kept getting side tracked with my mystery  BOM and another BOM  this year then with one of them!!!!!!  Then while looking over and over for 4  parts I’d missed placed of my mystery BOM kept finding UFO’s Id forgotten about and spending time on them!!!!!!

SO what have I done in Oct?????

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Spent a lot of time on my Secret Garden centre of the mystery BOM for 2017 by Esther Aliu. Only the stems appliquéd on and I did those by machine the rest will be hand appliquéd. Need to remake the yellow centre.  

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Changed the very centre loved it but it did not work with the rest of the quilt to much orange,  so back to the original yellow but remade it. Why thats a long story but lets just say it felt like rubber and I can not get a hand needle through it LOL.

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My centre flowers looked muddy from a distance so pulled out some paint pencils I’d been given recently and started adding some yellow what a difference it has made to my centre,  the white are no longer look like holes from a distance.

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Ive missed placed 4 of these wee triangle and thats why I’m finding lots of UFO’s I’d forgotten about LOL  I’m still working on these wee triangles they take hrs and hrs to make just one. I sure hope I find my missing 4 and don’t have to remake them?????

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Oct 31st saw the realise of the lay out for  The Secret Garden mystery quilt so I was able to assemble the parts I’d completed I’m very happy  with the way it is turning out it has been such a joy to make this quilt top every stitch I have enjoyed. lots of challengers which I thrive on.

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I filled in another circle!

SO another block finished and only

SO another block finished and only ????? to go LOL

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I had to put these blocks away as we had visitors from France then Brisbane but they are back on the bed since near the end of Oct and I have been working on one of the blocks!

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Came across my Peaceful pathways by Esther Aliu came out over 67 years ago,  this time I managed to sew my centre together and so now I can move on with this delightful quilt top.

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Finally a whole centre I don’t know why I procrastinated over the final seams on this as it went together so well.?????

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My corners are embroidered by hand and I loved making them up.  Ive all ways enjoyed red-work.

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I made another QAYG 1960’s hanky block they are growing and if I’m lucky will have them made by 2018.

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Managed to applqiue down several more circles but boy does it hurt my back doing these circles the constant turning and shoving the top through a narrow throat on my Janomi is a killer.

I’m surprised I did any of this in Oct as we had visitors for 3 weeks  of that month and I did no sewing during the day just late at night. Off to link with Meredithe now.

So thats my Oct for 2017  nothing finished but a little here and there added LOL Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 8th Oct 2018

WOW or WIP’s with Esther today thats why I blog, click on her name to see her blog.

This morning I have been side tracked from every thing when I pulled out a UFO that keeps calling me, I pull it manage to sew a few pieces and for some reason or other I have to store it again this has been going on for several years now!!!!!! It is called Peaceful pathways by Esther

This is the centre of Peaceful Pathways

This is the centre of Peaceful Pathways

This morning this is were I started

Opening the storage bag that has perished over the years!!!!!

Opening the storage bag that has perished over the years!!!!!

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Two halves that have been waiting to be joined and for some reason I kept putting off doing it ????

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This morning I did it and it went together like a piece of cake so happy with it why was I so scared to join those halves?????

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Next I pulled out the lovely sayings!!!!

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One 1/4 of the centre

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Love this design so much.

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The lovely embroidered blocks were made for me by Bunny from Canada who is a moderator on Esther’s BOM group so they are very special

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My corners were hand embroidered and silk hearts but I felt the block was too dark?

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So I added a smaller cherry red heart and what a difference it has made.

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Well I have sewn one seam this time LOL

SO thats what I;ve been doing this morning LOL

My Secret Garden is still with me it is underneath my Peaceful Pathway I’m appliquéing down the petals on the centre piece and playing with my flowers !!!!!!

My Secret Garden is still with me LOL

My Secret Garden is still with me LOL  I have placed the pieces I ahve so far made to get the feel how it is going to look.  

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I felt my flowers were been over shadowed by the terrace colours?  I recently were given some paint colouring in pencils so out came the yellow and my yellow flower was given a face lift!!!!!!! LOL

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Then one of my blue flowers was given the same treatment what a difference a day makes so now I have to paint the others too!!!!! May be this avo they will get done?

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Another QAYG hanky block finished only 4 to go I think?

Dawn was so beautiful yesterday but this morning I slept in and missed it.

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4.45am Dawn

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Will try and find some garden photos this avo to add.

Off to link with Esther now.

Thank you for visiting and I hope one of your UFO’s are been added to as well. Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 25th Oct @ 1st Nov 2017

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Where I was up to last week on Esther’s SG centre !!!!  I have to remake my centre as it like a piece of leather two many layers of fabric and glue, I can not get away with my mistake I made ironing it to the ironing cloth LOL Plus I hate the machine applqiue in the dead centre but it was the only needle that would go through all the thicknesses!!!!!

Ohhhh my gosh it’s the 1st of November Shudder shudder!!!!!!  To close for Christmas for me?

I was not able to blog last week as my computer was down after the storm and I lost a lot of my photo’s but it took my hubby hrs to retrieve them all back I think?????

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I may completely change my centre of this block, will wait till all the blocks and placement are revealed and then decide!!!!!!!  Not using this but tried it????

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Update  Placement of my blocks that I have completed so far 2nd Nov 2017

I lost all my photo’s from 4 months ago when my iMax was updated most of them have been recovered and while searching I came across these ones from when I first started quilting 20 years ago.  Below 7 quilts were made in PNG where I learnt by trial and error no patterns up there just make up what you thought a quilt was meant to be LOL

Start of a challenge of a only black and white quilt top.

Start of   a challenge that was to be  only a black and white quilt top with leaves of 3 countries mine were Canadian maple, Papua New Guinea heart leaves and Australian gum leaves.  It ended up with coloured butterflies coming out from the centre and flying off the sides of the quilt top after the challenge was over.  I love colour LOL  !

 

Has gone to Japan

Finished and has gone to Japan 2007

For a friend in NZ

For a friend in NZ  My advance sample blocks I use to teach?

 

Made for a friend in Japan 2007

Made for a friend in France 2000

A baby quilt I made 20 years ago.

A baby quilt I made 20 years ago.

Made for a friend in Japan in 2002

Made for a friend in Japan in 2002

Quilt top I made for a friend in Vienna

Start of a Quilt top I made for a friend in Vienna who loves very strong colours.

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I was playing with my centre of my centre of Esther’s SG it was a lot of fun but it was to strong!

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I was so sorry it was to strong as the fabric is 100% silk and so beautiful

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Stunning centre but not for here!

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Making more petals and more petals?

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Cut out 36 more wee yellow drops for the petals for my SG triangles this morning!

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For a change I’m making another of my Mother’s 1960’s hanky QAYG blocks I do love making these.

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I have made the background block and now to add a 1930’s reproduction fabric Dresdenplate .

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Back of block made from a very fine linen kimono fabric  81/2 inch blocks.

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Outer edges all quilted down.

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One more completed QAYG hanky block, I’m suing a lovely 100%wool batting in these so they are so light and soft when finished.

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After we went through a 11hr electrical storm the longest we have ever known my little dog for 24 hrs after wanted to be picked up all the time and sit on my lap?????   It was a couple of weeks ago now but they are still cleaning up after it and fixing people landlines and phones.

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Dawn over the river and range How quickly the light changes at dawn here?

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Taken About 2 mins later from the same spot???

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Dawn just breaking at 5.15am this morning.

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Pink Ginger flower heads stunning colours and flower heads.

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Close up they look like they are made of wax but are real!!!!!!

My orchids survived the storm!

My orchids survived the storm!

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Have taken a beating from the storm and lost  a lot of colour, but they will recover quickly.

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Tomatoe plants double in size with all the rain? Lots of vegetation but no tomatoes!!!!!

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Stunning colour and texture.

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He was nearly 6inchs long!

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Found him in my room covered in dust so caught him and put him out side on the tree trunk.

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Found him sitting in side one of the fold up patio chairs after the storm.

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Back in the garden where he belongs.

Thank you for visiting me and my garden as there’s not a lot to see sewing wise. Off to link with Esther now

Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIPs 18th Oct 2017 The Secret Garden by Esther Aliu

Last week I’d started on my 2017 mystery BOM Centre of Esther Aliu’s my goodness is it addictive, every 5 mins I had I would do some thing on it.  I was working on my first corner last Wednesday

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Finished corner all but the stems waiting to be hand appliquéd down, doing all my stems with hand made bias and machine applqiue.

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My mitre bias corners

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I may change my outer circle pieces with this green as the yellow is fading in to the background to much maybe. I will wait till the block is finished to decide.

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Bias stems all machine stitched down, took me 2 hrs plus to just make these bias strips and machine them down.  I’m learning to machine applqiue and with these stems I’ve used 3 different stitch patterns for the applqiue!  Interesting what a different the different stitches give to the look of the fabric edge!   As I these stems are bias strips not raw edge I could play and not think about the raw edges.

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Where I was up to last week playing with the lay out since then I have ironed on a light weight backing to the backing to stop the fabric from shifting its a medium weave 100% woo. Competed one corner on Wednesday.

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Finally made all my bias strips and machine appliquéd them on.

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Starting to make up the leaves and I can see that the green ring around the centre is to strong with them.

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I will go back to my yellow outer ring but change my outer big leaves in the centre ring they are fading in to the back ground fabric to much I need more contrast there.

Where I am up to this morning arou

Where I am up to this morning around 7am with Lucie’s help I made new soft salmon petals to replace the soft green ones in the centre

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Taken in day light colours are very true.    Lots of needle basting still to do then start to applqiue them down.

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Close up of my centre

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What my flowers will look like when appliquéd down. 

 

How I mark the back of my templates.

How I mark the back of my templates.

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Lucie helping change the centre leaves from soft green to soft salmon very early this morning .

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Ready to fly home.

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Time to go home Bye bye Lucie.

 

In the garden this week

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a splash of red’

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8 inchs across magnificent.

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Hoya local wild flower here self planting.

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These tiny flowers would make a stunning applqiue flower !!!!

 

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Note the blue pot plant its flowering

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Here is a close up of the flower head from the blue pot-plant container  a good 1 1/2 metres tall !!!! about to burst in to full flowers

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this tree fern trunk is covered in the Hoya vine and there are masses of blooms the perfume is heavenly.

Passion Flower does not have eat

Passion Flower does not have eatable fruit

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In the garden SO exotic!!!!

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These were just given to me!!!!  Pink ginger flowers

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It looks like wax but is a real flower

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Following my wee dog.

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around the garden

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this morning  before going home.

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My little visitor looking for fish !!!!!

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My goodness she was such a joy to ahve in the house .

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walking in my new crocodile scuffs in Australia at Mamie Glenda’s place!!!!

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Was helping Glenda clean the car!

Cars clean whats next to do??????

Cars clean whats next to do??????

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7min car ride from the wet lush rainforest were I live and you are in dry gumtree land. Much better for ones health but much hotter to LOL

 

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On uncle Jon’s block were there were kangaroos and horses lots of fun things to see and do????

Thank you for dropping in I’m off to link with Esther now and hopefully spend some time late this avo  visiting other links over a long cuppa.

Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIP’s centre of The Secret Garden 11th Oct 2017

Where I'm up to on my SG Cent

Where I’m up to on my SG Centre today.

Update 4pm Wednesday avo

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This avo I had 2 1/2 hrs where I could sew so made up some bias strips and machine appliquéd them on to one corner so the first of many pieces appliquéd on to my centre of SG  I need to needle baste those 6 petals and 6 yellow drops before I can hand applqiue them down but first I will add all the bias stems.   I had fun trying out different machine stitches to applique the stems down.  

 

Very little sewing or quilting done this week for my link to Esther’s WOW or WIP’s , house full of friends and family for two weeks. First I ahve to apologise for not replying to you all last week, I did try several times but when every I had 5 mins and would sit down at the computer a wee sweetie nearly 2 would bring her book and say Please!!!!!!  End of computing, but she is only here for 2 weeks from France so every moment she wants to spend with Mummy Glenda is special.

I did start my Centre though at 10pm each night LOL

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First I choose my centre flowers similar to what i had used in my vase blocks.First I choose my centre flowers similar to what i had used in my vase blocks.  I needed to join to pieces of my background fabric  to get my 20inch block it’s only 20 3/4 inch one way and 22inches the other but I’ll make it work LOL

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I have added iron-on fussing to my flowers I have shaped  pink flowers  ready to iron on to backing.

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Printed m pattern and made it up for my draft pattern and started to play.

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My template pinned to my backing fabric ready for marking. I first stitched all the stems on this template by machine using a very tight straight stitch

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All my stems tightly machine stitched

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It was then easy to pull the paper apart mark the stem lines on to my fabric. I do retape the pattern as I go.

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Remove paper and all my stems are very accurately marked. I call these my fish corners LOL

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I placed my background fabric in the centre of the first border we made these wee 4 1/2inch blocks earlier in the year My corner petals are the same fabric as I used in my triangle blocks we also made earlier.

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I’m making my centre petals from some silk on washaway freezer paper and needle  turning my edges under, my centre circle and bands are cut from one piece of fabric and will be fussed on.

 

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my pink flower is also iron-on fussing with the centre cut out to show the yellow of the outer centre.

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This is a Daylight photo true to colour but I work around 10pm so no day light then LOL

Adding leaves is always fun, making these up with washaway freezer paper also.

Adding leaves is always fun, making these up with washaway freezer paper also.

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Where I was up to late last night but took this photo early this morning in daylight!  4  of green leaves turned under 12 more to make and 32 petals to make up to with washawayfreezer paper good thing I rally like making leaf shapes LOL  and lots of bias to make up for my stems.

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My yellow centre I fussed on to my heavy cotton iron cover that now has a hole in it LOL

In my garden very early this morning

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We have colour every were at present it so nice.

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Chyrstal gave me a new colour to add to my collection; you can see why I use strong colours as I’m surrounded with strong colours.

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Chrystal’s mum gave me my first Lilly just hope the turkeys don’t dig the bulbs out they love them.  I have put a cast iron fry pan next to it and heavy stones so hope this stops them?????

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Hubby gave me two flower orchids for the patio this week they grow so well out side here.

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What a colour.

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These are often called moth orchids as they dance in the breeze like moths.

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Incredibly beautiful

Off to link up with Esther on her Wednesday WOW or WIP’s

Thanks for visiting and I hope I have time in two weeks to visit you again to Cheers Glenda

 

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UFOsin2017 and WOP or WIPs this week 1st and 4th Oct 2017

I have family arriving from France in 3 hrs time so cheating this week and using my UFOsin2017 I did on the 1st Oct and I will add photo’s Ive just taken in my garden and a delightful find I had yesterday

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This amazing yo yo’s jerkin was at the opp shop yesterday WHAT a find?

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Think of the hrs of work to make them all then sew them together it fits me and I LOVE the colours.

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How luck was I these are not quiet an inch across!!!!!

 

Well I’ve completely gone off the tracks with my 3 weekly working on a new one of my 17 quilts I choose in Jan!!!!!!!  I set my self a goal I may have been able to keep if I did not do any thing else!!! what did I do in Feb start not 1 but 2 new big BOM’s for 2107.   I kept on track till 1/2 way through the year then it was all over as far as only working on one quilt for 3 weeks.  Where am I up to now?  Lets see what I did this month.

I have a wee friend nearly 3 years old coming to meet me from France on Wednesday and I have been working on her Quilt most of this month.

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The start of Lucie’s quilt. These blocks were made in a swap group 9 years ago, and I decided to make them in to a quilt for Lucie and have called it Lucie’s friends having a party.

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I had a lot of fun adding all these strings and balloons  I hand sewed all the bias ribbons by hand one side and machine appliquéd the other side down.

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I couldn’t find a nice piece of soft fabric for the backing in my pile of fabrics so took a soft piece of calico spray painted it with some dyes I had from Japan then turned the hose on it all while it was hanging on the clothes line LOL

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Close up of Lucie’s friends, I have sashiko quilted Lucie’s quilt it was quick and fun to do.

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Back Of Lucie’s quilt I have all most finished quilting it now.

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Close up of the sashiko quilting but difficult to take a photo that will show it clearly.

An all most completed quilt

An all most completed quilt I have 2 days to finish the quilting.

I did get side tracked during the month my concentration span is not so good LOL

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I started this quilt years ago made from a lovely old linen table cloth that was my grandmothers.  It was badly stained and I could not get it out, I was able to get this many squares from the good areas.  I love circles so here are some more, I came across these while looking for some miss placed triangles for my Secret Garden BOM I’m doing this year!!!!!!

SO another block finished and only

SO another block finished and only 9 to go now LOL

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I have also been working on these wee triangles for my Mystery BOM for 2017 of Esther Aliu’s Secret Garden  I have missed placed 4 of these so may have to remake them if I don’t find them soon !!!!!!

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I also pulled my Hearts Desire quilt top by Esther Aliu that I started 9 years ago and have it lying on my spare double bed, have not doing any thing to it but it’s lovely to see it there waiting for me LOL. I had to put it away again as visitors are arriving and need the bed LOL

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I also bought some more black fabric for this piece so it has grown by adding the black corners.

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I did finish the last panel of my crazy 1930 panels in Aug.

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Plus I did more joining of these quilt as you go blocks!!!!

So when I see it all here I have achieved some thing after all!!!!!!

Thank you SO much Meredith if it was not for you I would not have achieved any of these!!!!

Happy stitching to you all and hope you are doing better than I on your 17 items you choose in Jan!!!!

Taken in my garden this morning early!!!!!

A misty morning which means a sunny day

A misty morning which means a sunny day

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A very calm river as we have not had rain for a long time in the tablelands.

This has just burst in to flower the last 2 days

This has just burst in to flower the last 2 days

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Such a beautiful colour

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Wouldn’t Esther love these for one of her flower quilts????

A new little water lilly opens each morning such a wee treasure.

A new little water lilly opens each morning such a wee treasure.

Glorious.

Glorious.

Planted 4 weeks ago and I have 2inch long beans all ready LOL

Planted 4 weeks ago and I have 2inch long beans all ready LOL

splash of colour in my very over green garden.

splash of colour in my very over green garden.

Vanilla flower the vine is covered this year.

Vanilla flower the vine is covered this year.

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Patio were we have our meals in the summer time with family and friends.

Got to fly visitors arrive in a couple of hrs Happy sewing every one and thanks for visiting.

Off to link with Esther not sure how I did this LOL Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 20th Sept 2017

We are over 1/2 way in Sept which means it’s almost Oct and 3/4 of the way through 2017 and I have not done 1/2 the quilt work I wanted to this year!!!!!

This week I have been baby sitting and having visitors so not a lot done but my garden is looking nice LOL

I started these blocks so long ago Ive forgotten when pulled them yesterday when looking for some thing else LOL

I started these blocks so long ago Ive forgotten when pulled them yesterday when looking for some thing else LOL I showed you these last week well I did fill in one using the pattern block of part 7 of The Secret Garden by Esther Aliu’s 2017 BOM!!!!!

SO another block finished and only

SO another block finished and only 9 to go LOL

 

Still plodding along on my part7 tirangle

Still plodding along on my part7 triangle, not sure what it is about these wee blocks but I get so much enjoyment out of making them which is just as well as its been a couple of months that I have worked on them at night time.  I still have not found the first 4 I made????

Bottom 1/2 of Lucies

Bottom 1/2 of Lucie’s quilt top waiting to be appliquéd by hand and machine I only have 14 days left!!!!!!

Last week I showed you two quilt tops that had been made by women in a workshop and they were given to me to finish???????

These are the two quilts that need to be finished this one is a double or King size almost.

These are the two quilts that need to be finished this one is a double or King size almost.

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Number 2 quilt top single or small double quilt top.

I need to come up with a solution to finish these two quilt tops with out any costs?????? or very little!  On Sunday two new duvet covers were handed in to the shop single and double?

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Here we have the very large quilt top and the double duvet cover that was handed in to the shop ?  It will be perfect to back the double quilt if I unpick it, slightly smaller than the quilt top BUT the back can be used for the single quilt and the left over can be added to front green.  I will make them covette’s so no batting required my solution is solved bar time and I will just have to fit that in some how.

Do you remember the the first thing you ever quilted??????

I went to a class on how to learn Hawaiian quilting?  On Tonga Island about 20 years ago and this lovely women from Hawaii spent a morning with 12 of us teaching us the rocking stitch that the Hawaiian women use .   Before she started she said if you are not prepared to sit here for 4 hrs while I teach you then another 4 hrs at home you will be wasting my time and yours because thats how long it will take you to learn this way and never forget it!!!!!!!  It was true it took me just over 7 hrs that day and to be honest I threw the towel in at one stage and cried on my bed with frustration as I so wanted to learn.

My piece of fabric I started to learn the rocking motion for Hawaiian quilting. It was just a piece of blank calico but I tooth brush painted it after I'd finished quilting it all

My piece of fabric was a 30inch square of plain calico when I started to learn the rocking motion for Hawaiian quilting. It was just a piece of blank calico but I tooth brush painted it after I’d finished quilting it all. I learnt to do this before I started to do patchwork.

Close up of those small stitches I had to learn?????

Close up of those small stitches I had to learn?????  I drew this simple design as I wanted to learn to do very straight lines and curves in the one lesson LOL

Last week a lovely piece of fabric w

Last week a lovely piece of synthetic silk fabric was handed in to the shop  when we opened it we found it had either been left in the sun or some thing had been spilt on it. Been silk like  it is very difficult to photograph.

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This is the other 1/2 of the fabric .  I brought it home as I will cut out the flowers so it does not matter that it is bleached in parts those flowers will still be OK to use.

Back of fabric see all thsoe lovely rainbow colours they used in the warp.

Back of fabric see all those lovely rainbow colours they used in the weft of this piece of fabric..

these flowers will be so lovely to use in Broderie Perse

these flowers will be so lovely to use in Broderie Perse

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Garden is smelling so fresh after a full day of rain it’s been 7 weeks of no rain which I’m so happy about but not the trees LOL

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I spent a day cleaning up this area last week.

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Even the back of tropical leaves are fascinating.

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and dead leaves even fascinate me.

Off to join up with Esther on her blog now. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to read my blog.  I will enjoy visiting you if you leave you name and blog.  . Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIP”s with Esther 13th Sept 2017

Were oh were did last week go to? I have very very little sewing done but had great plans to do so much!!!!!!   So not much to share with Esther this week.

All Ive really managed to do is iron on the ballon strings to the bottom 1/2 of my Golly top.

All Ive really managed to do sewing wise is work on my triangles of part 7 and then unpicking them!!!!! and   iron on the bias srtips for the ballon strings to the bottom 1/2 of my Golly top.

Found Mumma Golly last week amongst some quilts!!!!!! I wi

Found Mumma Golly last week amongst some quilts!!!!!! I will make her in to a wee pillow case with straps so Lucie can carry her quilt home inside it on the plane.  I again have spent time searching for the designer of these sweet Gollies and I think it may be  Lynn Hyland.  Ive seen her quilt top finished and shown in many places but not once has she been given credit which is very sad.  I think I bought the pattern around 2017?????

 

DGD brought this wee dress up to be mended on my sewing machine but have decided to let her do it her self next Friday that way she will learn to mend her own clothes.

DGD brought this wee dress up to be mended on my sewing machine but have decided to let her do it her self next Friday that way she will learn to mend her own clothes.

I started these blocks so long ago Ive forgotten when pulled them yesterday when looking for some thing else LOL

I started these blocks so long ago Ive forgotten when pulled them yesterday when looking for some thing else LOL Ive all ways loved making circles I think many of my quilts have them some were LOL

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The white fabric is from a very very old linen table cloth that had some bad brown stains, but the fabric was so lovely I rescued it to make up this quilt top to be.  May be I will added some more flowers to those centres or may be I won’t be fore putting  it away again!!!!! LOL

Sashiko quilting not only in Japan but some thing very very similar is still been done in Mongolia.

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How beautiful are this old mans hands tying a rope around his firewood he has collected made from camel hair in Mongolia. But notice the beautiful white stitches on his sleeves. very very similar to sashiko stitching in Japan 

I saw these sleeves

I saw these sleeves with sashiko type stitches on a Mongolian mans sleeves in a documentary I was watching!!!! 

We were given 2 quilt tops made by people in a workshop locally yesterday both need to made in to quilts to be of any use.

This has made a lovely st

This quilt top is very striking and deserves to be made in to a quilt and raffled to help a charity in need.  But I just honestly don’t have the time.  I hope I find a quilting group who will finish it and pass it on to some one in need.

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This one does not appeal to my eyes but some one else may love it!!!!!!!

Wandering in my garden this morning early.

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My DGS helped me plant out these Broms 2 years ago as pups now some of the giant ones are nearly as tall as me!!!!

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Close up of one of the Brom’s flowering all ready

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Looking down to the river from my sewing area this morning not sunny but not raining thank goodness.

My hanging baskets I repotted last week are very very happy with fresh soil full of minerals and have doubled in size.

My hanging baskets I repotted last week are very very happy with fresh soil full of minerals and have doubled in size.

love the colour of these flowes, such a lovely splash of colour in a very green green tropical garden!!!!

love the colour of these flowes, such a lovely splash of colour in a very green green tropical garden!!!!

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My tiny patch of lawn,  which takes a lot of time a water to keep alive in the dry season!!!!

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Yes it’s swimming pool season again

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Plants in my valse wall area are thriving there.

This is a baby birds

This is a baby birds nest fern about 12inchs wide and high

This still a young birds-nest fern around 2 years old and about 1 1/2 meters wide and tall.

This still a young birds-nest fern around 2 years old and about 1 1/2 meters wide and tall.

An extremmely hardy

An extremely hardy plant has survived all the dry and wet seasons we have been through. stunning leaves and very few insects will eat the leaves.  Great cut flower leaf.

 

Off to link up with Esther now on her WOW or WIP’s  If it was not for Esther’s weekly link up I would not know a week had gone past LOL  Thanks for visiting and I hope to have some thing new to share next week.  Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIP’s mostly garden this week!!!!

WOW OR WIP’S this week with Esther.

This was such a frustrating blog to write Id think it was saved and then I’d go to upload more photos and the ones I thought were saved were not there I must have uploaded every photo 3 or 4 times my connection I realise now is almost zero. But Ive made it and still have my computer its not over the cliff LOL.

Every day I plan to work on my Golly quilt top but every evening it looks the same I get caught up in the garden there is so much that needs to be done before the next wet starts,

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But it still looks the same !!!  But when looking for my miss placed triangles I found 12 round cut out shapes for my balloons here so thats a plus!!!!!

Then come night time I need to sit down as I’m to tired to stand and cut and sew!!!!!  Only sewing that has been done is each night I have worked on appliquéing my wee triangles for part 7 of The Secret Garden how I love making these wee blocks just love the colours.

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Still have 8 to finish all triangles cut out and applique in different stages !!!!!

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I made 4 about two months ago and when we did so alterations I put things away quickly and now still looking for them very very frustrating.

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These were my first 4!!!!! miss placed some where!!!!!

My 4 sewing space has been very empty this week !!!!

I sit here at night time the only space I have sat in this week.

I sit here at night time the only space I have sat in this week.

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Sewing machine cover has not been off for weeks!!!!

nothings been cut for weeks

Nothings been cut for weeks except bias strips for my part 7 of SG

I have to be honest and say I have read 3 books the last week!!!!!!

I have to be honest and say I have read 3 books the last week!!!!!!

 

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My days are just NOT long enough my Hearts Desirer languishes on my spare guests bed but will have to be removed by next month for guests LOL  I will just have to stop reading!!!!!

My find this week two lov

My find this week two lovely hand towels made of heavy linen and lovingly embroidered by hand.

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Such lovely soft colours pink, blue and green.  Ive just washed them and they ahve come up like new now to iron them.

But my garden is slowly recovering from the long wet and we are doing heavy prunning and clearing before the next wet.

My hoya is in full flower again such a beautifyl flower yo have in any garden and it grows wild here.

My hoya is in full flower again such a beautifyl flower yo have in any garden and it grows wild here.

close up of one of the flower heads.

close up of one of the flower heads.

My herb stand is over flowing with herbs now and its so lovely to go and pick some of them each evening for dinner.

My herb stand is over flowing with herbs now and its so lovely to go and pick some of them each evening for dinner.

My PNG plant keeps growing and flowering and brings me so my joy.

My PNG plant keeps growing and flowering and brings me so much joy.

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Beans that Hubby brought home to plant out last Friday are tripled in size and I will have to add another row of string to support them as they grow I just hope I don’t just get stalks and no beans LOL  which does happen if it gets to hot here in the tropics but I keep been hopeful LOL

Some other tomatoes planted out at the same time they also have tripled in size in 5 days!!!!

Some other tomatoes planted out at the same time they also have tripled in size in 5 days!!!!

These are air-ferns will keep growing long after every other fern has died, they grow in to HUGE ferns around a tree trunk 2 metres deep and 1 metre wide and are locally called birds nests when they do this.

These are air-ferns will keep growing long after every other fern has died, they grow in to HUGE ferns around a tree trunk 2 metres deep and 1 metre wide and are locally called birds nests when they do this.

miniture native cymbidian orchid it flowers every year for me some time one stem some times 6 !!!

miniture native cymbidian orchid it flowers every year for me some time one stem some times 6 !!!

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My area in the garden I made last week looks like it has all ways been here even the ground iris’s have flowered for me in this area.

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Stunning colours these are wild iris and are like weeds in my garden.

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What a colour combination?????

UP date 1.30pm now Ive been repotting my hanging baskets

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Having fun in the sun playing with potting mix while the sun dries my clothes using my sundeck patio table for my potting table I did put some news paper down first!!!!!  LOL

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Repotting my last hanging basket I could almost hear the roots saying thank you to the new soil LOL

Well thats it for this wednesday time to get back in tot he garden and repot some hanging baskets before they die.

thanks for dropping in and reading this far LOL Off to link with

Esther Aliu now on her Weekly WOW or WIP’s Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 30th Aug 2017

Another Wednesday with Esther but the last for August I can not believe we are 3/4 of the way through the year!!!!!!

I woke to a beautiful sunny if chilly for us morning around 14C now 10am its around 25C.

7am this morning.

7am this morning.

Now we are bathered in sunlight

Now we are bathed in sunlight and a stunning blue sky 12midday.  

My internet keeps dropping out very very frustrating when you are trying to write a blog!!!!!! Specially when you loose photo’s and the writing below the photos!!!!

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Working on my wee triangles for TSG I still have 8 more to make!!!!

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I sew my bias stems down first they make me laugh as they look like science fiction aliens to me LOL

I have my Gollywog quilt blocks out on my table again hopefully will be back sewing the last 6 blocks together soon. Love love these wee blocks they are so happy.

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Playing again with my cone flowers finally have some new black to add, this will become a square not sure what will happen after I add the black??????

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Love how the outside black pops my centre right out.

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Clenaing out a draw two weeks ago and found these wee treasures amongst a lot of things I no longer need.

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This was my mothers and she called it a fanny hoop?????  You slide the kidney shape between your legs and under your bottom and then you don’t have to hold the hoop!!!!!! My hands are so sore now I’m going to try it!!!! Will let you know the out come!

I’ve been working the last 2 days in cleaning and restoring an area in the garden just wish I’d taken a before photo!!!!!

A clean side fence finally till the end of the next wet?

Behind my new false fence!

Yesterday I added this piece of plywood and the wooden gate on the side boundary as my neighbour has been clearing so much from her garden we had lost our privacy around the swimming pool area. We also lost a HUGE tree form this area so left a big exposed area.

Monday I added this large piece of plywood, a mirror,  and the wooden gate on the side boundary as my neighbour has been clearing so much from her garden we had lost our privacy around the swimming pool area as we also lost a HUGE tree from this area that left a big exposed area.  It use to be so private you did not realise there was a neighbour so I’ve added this false wall to give us the illusion again of been lost in the rainforest!!!!

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Yesterday while at the shop some one had dropped off 6 steel very very rusty frames that they were going in to the tip, I grabbed them and brought them home thinking to clean them up and paint them to use for climbing frames for plants, when I looked closely at them they were made with pull down hoops attached for pot plants so yesterday I screwed them to my false wall as is all rustic which softened the gate and huge piece of plywood. When you are in the swimming pool area the mirror reflects the pool area and gives the illusion there is another pool area!!!!!

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We need to keep this ground area clear all the time as a lot of water rushes down here in the wet.

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Now with false wall in the back ground.

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Before !!!!

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At last the concrete path is safe to walk on as the mould has finally died.

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New tomatoes’ and beans waiting to be planted out today, DH brought them home last night.

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My herbs just love this planter box that DH gave me in June.

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A few orchid flowers there should be clumps of around 20 or more but it’s been so wet!!!!!!

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Even my red and yellow poinciana’s  are struggling as its far far to wet for them.

Today I'm digging up a soak hole, i

Today I’m digging up a soak hole area as it’s become clogged with palm seeds, I have removed the stones now need to dig out all the seeds and small stones then replace stones for the next wet, this is one of the runoffs in front of the house.

Time to stop and link with Esther.  Not sure how many times I tried to downloaded these photo’s then lost them with the internet dropping out before they were downloaded .

Thanks so much for dropping in, I do enjoy travelling to your homes in return to see what you are doing.  Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 23rd Aug 2017

I have never known a month go so quickly as this one has.

I spent last night making the big bloom from the 1st part of Esther’s new BOM There Are Flowers in my Window it reminds me of old fashion roses I use to grow in NZ .  I’m not making this BOM but helping a new quilter to applqiue, some times it is easier to see how to do some thing than just read how to????????

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My Rose in full bloom!!!!

This is like the old fashion roses that I use to grow.

This is like the old fashion roses that I use to grow.

This is how I would build it if I was going to machine appliqué it using iron on fussing

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My box of fabric that all ready has the  fussing ironed on, I keep it all in one box.

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Ive pulled some colours

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pretty close need more contrast.

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Needed some more pieces so ironed on the fussing to them.

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That piece of deep mauve is far to dark.

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Have made up some templates out of an old Xmas card to draw around on the back of the fabrics.

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I start from the out side using my printed pattern to get a feel.

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Start adding more pieces then eliminate the fabrics that don’t jell for me.

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That fabric with what looks like an arrow in the middle of it will have to go!!!!!

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Gone much better.

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No I don’t like the colours in the centre trial and error LOL

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Daylight much closer to the true colours.  Nearly there I would add yellow and green bullion stitches in the very centre of these roses.  That’s  how I would and did  make the flower .

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While on my week away I sat and worked on me 6th panel of my 1920 30 crazy quilt completed all the herringbone around every patch but still need to add two new patches after about 9 years all the panels are restored and stitched around all the patches.  Im very happy.

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I need to add a pice of velvet here.

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and a pice of velvet here. Then its on to joining them all together in to a quilt top finally after around 90 years in a draw some where in the USA

For Anne Marieke

For Anne Marieke

There is the most beautiful walk along the rocks at the head of Nossa I could walk that walk every day and never get tide of it.

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Every time the water is incredible weather it be sunny or wild weather.

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It is all ways moody and beautiful.

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Every now and then you come across a beautiful wee bay full of golden sand .

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Look how clear the water is even with it rough.

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Stunning paper bark trees every where.

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River mouth look at that colour!!!!

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Sunsets and dawns are the best time to visit the beach or sea.

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SO much beauty

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love these colours.

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Sea is rushing in to the mouth of the river at high tide.

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Stunning colours.

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So beautiful.

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Rod is standing on the above terrace reaching out to cut off the dead fronds from our giant palms there were 9 of them hanging down blocking  our view

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here you can see the saw the palm is so tall now it is a very hard and difficult job to do.

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All the dead fronds one would not want to be hit by a falling one it could kill you.

Off to bed my day has run away with me Happy sewing every one and thank you for visiting.  Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 9th Aug 2017

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Block from hearts Desire by Esther Aliu her designs are incredible.  All ways challenging, different, and beautiful.

My week has been more of buying fabrics, fixing sewing machines, buying sewing machine parts,  hunting down good fine sewing machine needles for my machine appliqué than any physical sewing!!!!  But I have made slow progress on my wee triangle blocks for part 7 of The Secret Garden quilt by Esther.

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My first attempt,  I felt the bias stems were to wide making them look heavy and I don’t have enough of this fabric for all 16 blocks.

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I found a fabric that I had enough of for all 14 blocks and thought if I machine appliqué them it would be so much quicker and just hand  the petals!!!!! so I did one but was disappointed with the look it was to flat and harsh it needs a much much finer edging and as I’m very new to machine appliqué it is back to hand appliquéing those stems down for now.  I have to learn how to adjust my machine stiches so will spend some time looking at internet videos.

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These stems are appliquéd down by hand a much soft look.

I also don’t have enough fabric of the two purples for all 14 blocks so decided to use two different other purples as well then played around and decided tow add two more shades of a different colour but in the same tones and lots more fun!!!!

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these two blocks have different fabrics but are very close in value

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Happy with the new colour I’m adding.

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Plus my other purple block colours.

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Slowlyyyyy  getting there.

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Where I’m up to this morning One little triangle on the right with its pieces almost all appliquéd on, just 6 wee yellow drops to do.

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Love how the pieces of fabric pop and roll like real shapes when I pull the basting threads out after Iv’e appliquéd the shapes on.

My DGD and I made up a wee quilt for her to cuddle under while watching a movie or TV but she loves it so much she was trying to sleep under it at night time but her feet stuck out the other end but still she wanted to sleep under it right or wrong so last week she went home with one of my bed quilts she really likes now her feet dont stick out LOL

Friendship quilt hanging out for some fresh air, Im about 1/2 way with the quilting.

Quilt that went home with my DGD 4 1/2 last week. I’m so so happy she has it as it was one SHE wanted not one I just gave her.This  friendship quilt swap was made with 32 other quilters in PNG

Centre almost finished quilting. I used tags to sandwich this quilt and it stood up to the pulling out and putting away over several years but I did notice a few we pull tension holes in the fabric. I still like basting my quilts with thread there is NO tension on them with thread.

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Iv’e been side tracked this morning!!!!!!   machine appliquéing one of my Secret Garden blocks, a little frustrated as I can not shorten the bite in so not as happy with my appliqué as I would like to be.

this fern grows all around me it is a native fern and it influenced me when i made my leaves for block 3 of SG

This fern grows all around me it is a native fern and it influenced me when I made my leaves for block 3 of SG

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Here you can see those leaves in my SG block I’m machine appliquéing those leaves down today

Update 4pm

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Just finished machine appliquéing all the leaves down, now need to finish the stems and the cat, will do the cats eyes and the flower heads by hand applique.

In the garden today it is wet and miserable.

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Wet and miserable day! Glad I can stay inside and sew.  16C out side.

This is what it was like yesterd

This is what it was like yesterday a picture perfect day 22C !

cuttings my DGD and I planted out two months ago!

cuttings my DGD and I planted out two months ago!

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Scraggly  poinsettias we have jus thad to much rain for them this year.

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I counted 7 different ferns on this stump all local self seeded ferns.

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My quiet budda

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How red is that?

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Shhhhhh

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Those bare branches belong to the fig tree in 2 days it will be covered in soft new leaves.

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My fish pond but it is becoming the frog pond LOL Have spent the last week raking up leaves every day around it from the fig tree.  Leaves can make the water sick for the fish if to many fall in to it.

Off to link up with others on Esther’s blog to day. Thanks for dropping in to say hello.

Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIP’s 2nd August 2017 with Esther.

I have made another blog this week for my group I’m in called Ufosin2107  so I’ve run out of computer time this week!!!!,  I hate spending extra time on the computer when I could be sewing but I also like to keep a record of what I do each week and my Wednesdays I like to keep for that time and catch up with you all and see what you have been doing.  This week was spent mostly on pulling out my Hearts Desirer by Esther that was a mystery BOM in 2011 and was never completed for family reasons.  But 3 days ago Ellie decided to make Hearts Desire after seeing Jenny’s beautiful completed Hearts Desire then Anne Marieke said she would pull hers out and I said I’d join them and pulled mine!

Last night I pulled out another UFO and I don't think this is on my list either LOL

Sunday I pulled out another UFO from 2011 to join in with Ellie who is starting this design of Esther’s called Hearts Desire. Anne Marieke said she might pull hers and keep Ellie company and I thought that was a good idea too.  These are all my blocks and some borders nothing is joined it is all just spread out on the bed not even placed in the right places I’ve just noticed LOL

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My challenge when I started this quilt top was it was to be made mostly in black and white!!!!!

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I nearly always add some yellow to my quilt tops so here is the main splash of yellow in the vase.  Those wee pieces of yellow in a S were a real challenge and a 1/2 to make in to wee appliqué pieces!!!!!

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I LOVE this block I changed my wee bird to look more like a Birdofparadise after living in PNG for 6 years and seeing so many up there and having one here were I live now.

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Found these wee pieces for the border today!  but need about 50 or 60 more LOL

One the 31st of July Esther released part 7 of The Secret Garden and last night i was up to well past midnight  making all the wee pieces in needle basting to make a block ready to be appliquéd down.

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Part 7 of Esther’s mystery BOM for 2017 The Secret Garden.  1 down 15 to go LOL

I also pulled another of my 1930 quilts I’ve been restoring, its a crazy quilt.

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I brought these panels from the USA around 12 years or more ago and have been replacing all the silk patches as they had all disintegrated even though these blocks have never been used.  Just age and the dies I guess.  Some would be around 80 or 90 years old.

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All but one panel I’ve repaired and done herringbone stitch around all the patches.  this is the last panel to do.

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Ive used silks from Japan and some lovely old velvets sent to me by another lovely lady quilter in the USA so I could keep the old look.  But Iv’e taken licence here and there like this Peter Rabbit patch LOL

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and this daisy from and old hanky.

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On Monday night I sat doing herringbone all night and managed to 1/2 a block, each panel is made up of 7 1/2 blocks.

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Lots of satin fabric and rayon were used so thats why it is so bright.

On Saturday I found a draw I’d forgotten about and a big draw to full of sewing gear!!!!

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Look at all those wonderful threads from silks to a full box of red and pink DMC threads all wound on to cardboard they were my mums. Even a lovely old hand made lace hanky?  A box of hexagons I was sure i had made but could not find for my 1930 Grandmothers Flowergarden quilt I’m finishing of for an unknown quilter.  I made another pile of about 120 so I have a pile for some thing else now LOL

Two mini round robyn's I was in around 9 years ago!!!!

Two mini round robyn’s I was in around 9 years ago!!!!

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Centre of the pink Round Robyn these were a postage Round Robyn

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Centre of the green using a Ginny Beyer fabric making 6 wee triangles I had no idea what I was doing way back then about 15  years ago but I was having fun>

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There was a tiny bag of around 24 4 1/2 inch blocks and I’d only embroidered 7 of them but they are to be all hearts I just draw them as I go no pattern.

So its been a exciting week for me sewing wise.

Off to link with Esther Aliu now thanks for dropping in and reaching the end, it is night time now so no garden photo’s may add some tomorrow if I have time. Cheers Glenda

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Ufosin2017 with Meredithe July 2017

Once again the month of July has flown in and out so fast I can not keep track of what I’m doing or have done so I have to look at my blogs to remember?

First a big thank you Meredithe for setting up Ufosin2017  it’s keeping me motivated to work on my UFo’s sadly I’m not sticking to my list I made in January but still working on UFO’s  as I have such a huge pile LOL.  I’m guilty of starting two new BOM quilt tops this year and they are taking up far more of my time than I thought they would?

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These logcabin blocks I rescued from a local Opp shop several years ago they must have been made by as new quilter as the strips were not cut perfectly and the seams were very irregular, they were made up quilt as you go and each block ended up a different size, I’m guessing the new quilt was so disappointed she never finished making them in to a quilt top.  I unpicked many of them and redid them on the machine added the final dark fabric and another dark pink to be able to cut them all one size blocks.  I pulled these out again  and have been joining them in to panels and now sewing those panels together, have one join and working on the next then I will ahve two left and the top is complete as far as the logcabins go, I’m thinking of a black and pink wide border rather abstract!!!!! to finish it off.  No quilting to do as its a quilt as you go quilt top.  Loves these as when you finish the top its quilted!.

Ive yet again been sided tracked!!!!

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This gigantic throw came in to the shop in need of a lot of repair work, many squares are badly damaged, they were going to sell it as is as a dog blanket!!!!!  Well it would ahve had to be a gigantic  dog to use it LOL  any way I brought it home and decided to make it in to two throws so it could be washed at least..

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One throw gigantic throw becomes two big throws!!!  now to find time to do some of the repairs !!!!!

Not sure if this was on my list of 17  UFO’s for 2017!!!!   Pulled out to work on restoring the last panel of my crazy panels I bought of eBay in America around 2000 Many of the patches had disintegrated completely these were mostly silks they had not stood up to the passage of time.  I have repaired 5 of the panels and done herringbone stitch in any coloured DMC thread I felt like using at the time, I have one panel to do, it is repaired but not had the herringbone done yet. I’m doing these stitches through the patches and the backing calico that has been used to build the patches on to stop the top and backing from floating from each other.

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3rd panel from the left is the one I need to finish all the others have been repaired and had herringbone stitched around every patchThere are 6 panels here none are sewn together, this is how I bought them from the USA around 10 years ago from eBay there were many completely disintegrated patches so its been a long slow progress restoring these panels.  These fabrics are a real mixture from cottons , silks, velvets, and lots of rayon and a few polyesters.  I love all the bright colours and all though there is no rhyme nor reason how they go together they all just look great in this one big what will be a quilt top one day!!!!!!

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No herringbone Stitches added to any of these blocks yet.

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I’ve repaired mainly with velvets, silks, some rayons, and even a cotton Peter Rabbit!!!!  Many of the velvets and rayons were sent to me by a wonderful lady in the USA to help me keep the antique look.

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Taken licence again and added some embroidered daises from an old cotton handkerchief!

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These need the herringbone to be complete.

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Will start on this missing panel tonight while watch a movie I wonder how many hrs this will take me!!!!!   All these panels are uneven so I may add a black strip to join them rather than cut back the original panels as some I’d have to cut to much off to make them even seams.

Another distraction was working on DGD’s quilt we have been quilting together!!!!

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My DGD has been learning about speed control using the foot treadle on my machine,  she pressed the treadle foot and I guided the quilt through  the machine. finally last week it was finished and she had her afternoon nap under it and took it home with her she was SOOOO happy and proud of it.

Not a UFO YET!!!!  But what I have been working on.

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Just completed hand appliquéing down the flowers and some of the leaves. Great to have a finish on this lovely block of The Secret Garden by Esther Aliu .

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I completed making these wee 4 1/2 inch blocks part of The Secret Garden 2017 BOM

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Plus Completed this little 6 1/2 inch  block for The Secret Garden 3 more to go before the end of the month which is in 3 days time LOL  you are right I will not get them finished by then.  they are very time consuming but oh they are sure worth the time and effort.

Last Wednesday avo I recieved a wee parcel for Prue with over 5o wee scraps of green fabrics to help me finsih making up my leaves for my wee square blocks for Secret Garden quilt how wonderful to ahve these lovely clean bright colours to give some more verity to those dear wee blocks

Last month I received a wee parcel for Prue with over 5o wee scraps of green fabrics to help me finish making up my leaves for my wee square blocks for Secret Garden quilt how wonderful to have these lovely clean bright colours to give some more verity to those dear wee blocks, I had lots left over so the last week Iv’e been making up 126 more leaves for Diamond Hill  by Esther I’m 1/2 way there on those.

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Another finish but this time machine appliqué.  I ahve arthritis in my thumbs and it is getting worse so decided I needed to learn machine appliqué so that when the day comes and I can not hold a hand needle I will still be able to make quilts so I’ve been learning how to sew a straight line and curves on my machine by making Esther Aliu free BOM this year.

Last night I pulled out another UFO and I don't think this is on my list either LOL

Last night I pulled out another UFO and I don’t think this is on my list either LOL This was a mystery BOM by Esther Aliu about 6 years ago!!!!!!!  I’m a great starter but life gets in the way often!   One of our Sons and their family returned from over seas and stayed for several months with us so all my sewing was put away and this one never came out till last night?

We all like treasures and surprises on Sunday 30th of July I pulled open a draw I’d forgotten about for a couple of years!!!!  Oh the surprises that were in there, some of them I’d been looking for some Id forgotten about.

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Look at all those wonderful threads from silks to DMC box of threads that had been my mums!!!!!  Those hexagons I’ve been looking for as I was sure I’d made them to finish my 1930’s antique hexagon quilt.  an antique hand made hanky, thimbles, pincushions, and a wee pile of diamond english pieced blocks waiting to be basted LOL

Also these two mini round robyn;s were in the draw!!!!!

Two mini round robyn's I was in around 9 years ago!!!!

Two mini Round Robyn’s I was in around 10 years ago!!!!  They are so pretty I must make them up in to mini quilts .

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Centre of the pink mini. My first mini Round Robyn we had to start with a different log-cabin, even back then I was adding embroidery to my quilts LOL

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Centre of green Round Robyn using Ginny Beyers fabrics to make my fussy cut centre, I had no idea what I was doing but I was having fun back then in 2007.

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There was also a small bag of 6 1/2 inch calico blocks with some hearts I’d embroidered!!!!  I was just making these heart blocks up as I went, its a lot of fun.  Using  8 ply pearl cottons.

Well thats it for July once again Meredithe Thank YOU for a wonderful opportunity to join in your Ufosin2017 it sure is motivating me and keeping me on track working on my endless pile of UFO’s LOL

I’m linking up with other Ufosin2017 today 31st July happy sewing every one who is trying to finish your UFO’s too. LOL

Cheers ALL Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther Aliu 26th July 2017

Will be just a short blog as my computer is been backed up and is on snail download!!!!!  I only blog to keep in touch with friends and join in to Esther’s WOW or WIP’s each week

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I saved this from the rubbish bin a few years ago it is a HUGE throw and so I decided to make it in to 2 large throws before repairing the damaged crotched square which there are many.

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I unpicked this week. Now there are two big throws !!!!!

 

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I finished appliquéing this flower down and embroidering inside it during the week but it looked odd to me with out any base leaves !

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SO I found some leaves added so iron on fussing to the back of them.

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Much better it looks like a happy flower now.

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Finally completed block 1 of TheSecret Garden this week!!!

 

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Close up of completed flower and leaves block 1 of SG.

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Close up of blue flower from SG block 1.

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I added the last machine appliqué 2 a block for Diamond Hill last night 2 down and 2 to go!!!!

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I rescued these blocks from the rubbish in 2015  as I loved the colours. I unpicked 50% of them and resewed them adding the dark  final panel and a extra pink to make the blocks all the same size as all the blocks were different sizes.  These are all made quilt as you go blocks, I made up the centre two panel but I made a mistake and must have lost interest LOL   On the weekend I unpicked my mistake and sewed theses wee blocks all together in to 4 panels. Two panels I’ve joined and the other two are ready to sew together then I just have the centre seam to do.  I will make up a pink and black wide border abstract may be!!!! But not today LOL  There were 2 more blocks but impossible to fix to fit with these blocks as they had been cut 1/4inch  shorter on all the strips .

In the garden today

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Indi and I planted these cutting around a month ago and they are now flowering!!!!!

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A little old fashion flower till the wild turkey rips it out!!!!

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Just saw this termites nest they grow so quickly will have to get rid of this quickly now.

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Wee new foot stool I’ve just rescued and restored.

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On Monday it was cleaning the front Patio of the mould from the last wet it was very bad this year.  We need to clean the paves like this every year.

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When I got this far I ran out of steam so will have to do the rest of the paves another day , this was another day I did no sewing LOL

Off to link with Esther over on her WOW or WIP’s today .

Thank you for dropping in to see what Ive been up to this week.

Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s 12th July 2017

I’ve been fighting a nasty cold the last week not enough to keep me in bed all day but enough to stop me from sewing. Plus my Janomie that has the appliqué stitch for appliquéing top tension keeps jamming and Im spending more time unpicking than sewing, a cold and this problem is not the right combination for trying to sew.  I did manage to sew up 7 more wee SG blocks so I could hand sew on some small leaves but have only managed to sew 11 leaves so far LOL

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I have managed to make 2 more wee 4 1/2 inch blocks for The Secret Garden Mystery BOM now I only have 11 more left to make!!!!!  I need 40 of these !!!!

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My first Completed little 8 1/2 inch block for The Secret Garden 3 more to go.  One has to be very very careful on cutting out the templates every thing has to be very precise but what a lovely lovely block . I cut just inside the lines on my templates I draw on my washaway freezer paper to allow for the wrapping of the fabric around each template.   Some of these fabrics are silk like the centre leaves which is a fine silk so the washaway freezer paper gives it body.  Lime green is a heavy silk, and the outer rings is a fine silk and wool fabric same weight as my background fabric of the vase blocks.

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My DGS has a wee kangaroo called Roo, well Roo developed a hole in his tummy and could Nanna fix him please, Roo has become Kanga as she now has a pouch to cover the hole?????

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This Giant throw came in to the shop looking very bedraggled and may have even been used as a dog blanket, after several washes it now has a lovely soft feel to it, but needs lots of repairs, Ive decided to make it in to two throws and they will still be big but more practical.

Cleaning and repairing an old woven and brass box I found, it will finally be a sewing basket>

Cleaning and repairing an old woven and brass box I found, it will finally be a sewing basket> I have added some vanilla  bean pods inside and been leaving the box in the sun to try and remove the heavy mouldy smell inside it.

close up of the basket weaving and brass butterfly.

close up of the basket weaving and brass butterfly.  There is a lot of rust and old age stains but Im sure it’s repairable.

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I’ve removed the first layer of grime with soapy water and elbow grease!!!!!

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This is another box Ive rescued, it is a hand beaten stainless steel box from India that had a lot of rust on the top and underneath,  I used a lot of fine abrasive cleaner and elbow grease to remove the rust, it has left a grey shadow but looks a lovely wee box again.

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To cover the stains inside I could not remove Iv’e lined the box with soft wool felt.

 

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Quilters see designs in every thing!!!!  I picked this leaf of the driveway this morning, sadly I can not capture the lovely green colours in this leaf and the stunning bacteria rings but in real life it is so beautiful and I can see a quilt top here

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Back of leaf you can see the bacteria spots are killing the leaf .

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All though we dont get winter as most people around the world do any thnig below 20C is cold to us here in the tropics of Northern QLD  my usually cotton cane furniture is now winter decked LOL  two quilt tops, a crochet throw,  sheep skin for my wee dog to sleep on at night and even a big thick hand knitted pure wool sweaterLOL

Some spots where I sew!!!!!

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This is where I do my machine appliqué.

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I do my pieced sewing work here

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My evening hand sewing area.

Well thats it from me to you this week nothing exciting, hope your week was much more successful.  Thanks for dropping in.  Off to link with Esther and enjoy visiting and travelling with some of you. Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 5th July 2017

This week went by so quickly and I have been obsessed with the new block that was release of the Secret Garden part 6  of Esther’s  It is such a lovely lovely wee block I just love every thing about it, it has been a challenge but I have learnt so much from making it, one down and 3 more to go. I’ve had no time to do any thing else LOL

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Finally a sunny morning to wake up too!!!!!!

Part 6 of The Secret Garden and how I made my block.

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First I cut my Clam shell shapes and made up one 1/4 of the pattern to see if my colours were OK

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stage 2 was adding more pieces. Yes I’m happy with it!!!!

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I need to amke up 4 of these blocks for stage 6 of The Secret Garden pattern.

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Needle basted all the clamshell pieces and one rose bud.

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this is my clamshell pieces laid on the pattern for placement.

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two rose buds its getting there basted ready for appliquéing down.

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Deciding on my background fabric????

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These wee 8 1/2″ blocks have to work with my 24  4 1/2″ tiny wee blocks??????\

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I cut out the flower shape from my pattern and laid it on my background fabric and worked over that.

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Close up of the petals appliquéd to the clam shell.

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4 completed clamshells been appliquéd to the background fabric.

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close up of rosbuds from the abck so you can see where I cut away the pink so I would not have so much bulk when I wrapped the green leaves at the bottom of the rosebud.

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Back of rosebuds when needle basted.

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Ready for appliquéing to the back ground.

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So far so good???

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All most completed

All most completed

Completed little block

Completed little block!!!!! 

In the garden this morning, as we have had rain for the last 7 months the flowers have suffered so are not showing up in all there usual glory.

We have had this tiny waterlilly for around 5 years now and it throws me a new flower every day it is a wee blessing in the garden.

We have had this tiny waterlilly for around 5 years now and it throws me a new flower every day it is a wee blessing in the garden.

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My herb garden is thriving though!!!!

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skimpy looking Poinciana’s Yellow one is doing better than my red!!!!

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Indi’s cutting s are growing well to.

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Lovely bougainvillaea.

I’m going to show  several canopy photo’s of the rain-tree’s beside our house to give you a little idea of the trees around us.  Most are as tall as a 6 story building!!!!!

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I’m linking with Esther Aliu’s WOW or WIP’s today .

Thank you so much for staying till you reached the bottom of todays blog not so interesting for any one not making The Secret Garden like I am LOL but I’m throughly enjoying these wee blocks.  Cheers Glenda

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Ufosin2017 June 2017

I did not complete any of my Ufosin2017 but have worked on some of my earlier ones here and there, my time has been spent on two BOM’s I should not have started this year but did LOL  Hopefully as I’m keeping up with these two monthly releases they wont become UFO’s too !!!!!!!

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I ahve been doing more to my ANZ quilt that I

I ahve been doing more to my ANZ quilt so making progress on it.

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Pulled out this 1930’s quilt top to may be baste and start quilting it but put it away again I’m so over committed LOL

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1930 quilt Have put it away till next month and hopefully manage to do more hand quilting on it.

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A wee get well art quilt for a very very dear friend who has been very ill

Back of Cotrina's quilt

Back of Cotrina’s quilt

Finally I have made my 24 little squares for The Secret Garden Bsquares for the centre of it.

Finally I have made my 24 little squares for The Secret Garden squares for the centre of it.  This is one of the BOM’s I’m working on this year and I’m on track with this at the moment.

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Some thing else that has side tracked me!!!!!!

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Making 100’s of these to make squares in a squares for Diamond Hill borders

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one block of 4 of Diamond Hill by Esther Aliu’s it is her free BOM for 2017

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A finish and gone to its owner!!!!

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My arthritis in my hands is getting bad so have decided to teach my self to machine appliqué and to do this I’m machine sewing and appliquéing Diamond Hill free BOM by Esther Aliu this year,  my goodness there is so much to learn but by going very very slow on the peddle I’m learning!!!!! plus I keep my seam ripper close by LOL

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DGD 4 saw this in one of my boxes and loved it, played eye spy with it, so we are turning it in to a wee cuddly quilt for her, she has learnt how to use pins when we sandwiched it, then she has been learning to use the peddle on the machine she is very quick at picking things up.

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Next time she comes up may be it will be finished so she can take it home.

I had a birthday this month and Hubby gave me a wooden planter plus all the new herbs such a wonderful gift

I had a birthday this month and Hubby gave me a wooden planter plus all the new herbs such a wonderful gift

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Hopefully the bush turkeys don’t dig them out from Here!!!!!

These wee chappies have moved in to our pond area, tonight I nearly stood on them there were about 20 of them all sitting looking up waiting for food to fly past LOL

These wee chappies have moved in to our pond area, tonight I nearly stood on them there were about 20 of them all sitting looking up waiting for food to fly past LOL

Beautiful bush fungi

Beautiful bush fungi this is how wet it still is and we should be in our dry season?????

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Where our frogs hang out!!!!!

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Block 4 of The Secret garden by Esther.

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Learning to thread paint oh it is sooooooo slow LOL

Ants are in heaven getting all the nectar.

Ants are in heaven getting all the nectar.

So thats me for this month achieving a lot but not on my 17 Ufosin2017!!!!!!!

Hopefully July will see some of my Ufosin2017 worked on!!!!!!!

Thank you Meredith for trying to keep us on track LOL  Cheers Glenda

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