Sue's place in the sun

Sunday, May 24, 2015

lets try this again

It has been a while, life has been one huge roller coaster ride of emotions over the last 5 months. Things happen in life that no matter who you are or what you do they hit you in the gut and wind you.

Put simply it has been something that I never expected to happen but shit happens and it has robbed me mostly of my sewing mojo. I haven't been to a North of the Yarra Quilt guild meeting or sew day since Christmas, I miss the time out to sew but other stuff keeps getting in the way and it has been easier to just not go than try to explain what has been happening.

I've done some sewing and deliberately signed up to swaps to make me sew. I have also gone to Langwarrin and Lee's studio to do a group FMQ class with ladies from the Victorian QCA facebook page. It was great fun and has got me sewing because you have homework and it has to be done and I really am enjoying using my big fancy Pfaff Grand quilter.

Looking through my photos from the last couple of months I joined Samelias mum, Anorina over on instagram #needlecase swap mine went to the USA and has arrived so I can show you what I made. I used a Aussie flora print scraps from 20 years ago, you know you never throw anything out.

needlecase and pincushion

Working backwards May is Sports Chaplaincy Australia (SCA) National Champions dinner at the MCG. Former Wallaby Captain Nick Farr-Jones was our special guest. Glenn Ridge hosted the night and a good night was had by all

MCG members dining room looking out to the field
Two nights later and we were there again with friends down from Sydney who are SCG members. This time for the AFL game between Collingwood and Geelong. Needless to say Steve's team Collingwood lost to Geelong as did my Penrith Panthers playing against the Brisbane Broncos 8-5 in the final 30 seconds of the game. I was following along on my phone on the NRL app.

before the game Collingwood huddle
That week was a hell of week. This is what a kangaroo does to your car at 110 km per hour down the Calder Highway at 12.30am. It should be back in my garage tomorrow or Tuesday, there was no damage done to the engine or frame but we do have 1 of 400 Outlanders that were specials made in 2010 so spare parts are new parts.

not pretty but we were all ok

April we went to Sydney for work and as we were planning the meeting realised that Easter was the following week. We decided to stay and spend some time with our Sydney kids and catch up with some friends. One day Steve had a meeting at Homebush at the NSW SCA desk at Sports House. Kate, Violet and I went shopping including a patchwork shop at Rydalmere, while there Violet picked out fabric for grandma to make a dress for her birthday, she picked the most expensive fabric I bought that day. Auntie Jaclyn made her a cardigan to go with it and I added a couple of long sleeve t-shirts to wear under it.

dress and cardi

We also went to the Royal Easter Show which we had not been to for a few years. The day was overcast and we had a few showers but seats in the grandstand gave us somewhere to sit and watch the fireworks that night as well as other attractions in the main ring like grand parade.

grand parade from my seat 
If you have go this far thanks for reading an I will do another post tomorrow to show you the quilts that talked to me at the Australian Quilt Convention at Carlton Gardens also in April. 

If you really want to know what's happening email me and I can let you know but at the moment we are taking each day as it comes and the next 6 months are going to be interesting.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Melbourne Zoo

Violet, Lily and Kate walking ahead of me

sitting on the elephant at the entrance to the exhibits

butterfly house


through the crowd to see the elephants

dinner, baths and reading before bed after a big day

Monday I spent the day at Melbourne Zoo with my girls, Kate has shared photos here. While we went to Mildura they visited Werribee Open Range Zoo, as well. 
We were very glad on Tuesday that we had gone to the zoo on Monday as we all got wet getting back to the car after visiting GJ's Fabrics in Brunswick East, so instead of heading to DFO Essendon we drove into South Wharf for lunch and spot of outlet shopping.
We picked Steve up from work and drove home where we organised a baked dinner with Elizabeth and Jared joining us and saying goodbye to the girls before they headed home on Wednesday

Can you tell I'm tired

Christmas seems to have been happening for the last 3 weeks, first Josh Jaclyn and Charlotte arrived on 18th December before they headed to the Blue Mountains to have Christmas with Jac's family. We had Christmas with Josh Jac and Charlotte, Elizabeth and Jared and exchanged presents on 22nd December.

the tree was ready

Charlotte in one of the dresses I made her

Christmas day Elizabeth and Jared were here for lunch. After lunch Lego was built.


sorting out our Lego collection

New Years Day Chris arrived and visited for a week as the firm he works for closed until 7th January, then last Thursday Kate, Lily and Violet surprised me by driving down from Sydney (Steve knew they were coming). They went home Wednesday morning and yesterday we cleaned up and today I have been organising my sewing area which hasn't been touched in weeks.


dresses sent to Sydney for Lily and Violet

What have we been up to with all those visitors, a trip to Anglesea to feed Jared's beach mission team. On the way home we stopped at Torquay where Steve watched a wind surfer.





While in Sydney Jac's nana died on 31st December, the funeral was last Thursday, we offered her if she flew to Melbourne we would drive her and Charlotte back to Mildura. Josh had decided on the day they were due to go home (30th) that he needed to be back home for Frankie the cat who was being cared for by friends.
Last Friday we picked up Jaclyn and Charlie at the airport and drove straight out to Mildura, spent Saturday doing stuff with them and then headed back to the surprise visitors at our place. I finally finished hand quilting Charlotte's quilt and gave it to her.


Charlie and her quilt

Saturday, December 27, 2014

SSCS

my gifts from Raewyn

Stitcher's stocking and the goodies that were inside

tree decoration

All the lovely presents that I received from Raewyn.  Raewyn did it from memory and made me two wonderful gifts, the table topper will go on the table when Steve has finished sorting Lego and the stitcher's stocking and the lovely things in it will find a place in my sewing space.



mini quilt sent to Florence

tree decoration

These are the gifts I sent Florence in France, I haven't seen the main present on her blog but do know she received her parcel. I wrapped it in a metre of Annie Downs 12 Days of Christmas fabric.

Thanks chookyblue for organising this fabulous swap again.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Secret Santa Christmas Swap


Parcel sent to Florence in France as part of Chookyblue's SSCS, you can go see the inside on her blog.
Chooky has been a great swap mumma again and all these wonderful parcels are winging there way around the globe. 
Parcel heading to France

Parcel arrived from New Zealand
Parcel arrived from Raewyn in New Zealand
heart decoration sent to France

tree decoration from New Zealand
The rest of the parcel is under the tree to be opened on Christmas Day

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wedding quilt

I finally got photos of the quilt I made Elizabeth and Jared, Elizabeth clearly didn't want to be in the photos

front of quilt

back of quilt

I need to be more........

Today I have been to Millrose Cottage for a Christmas bloggers get together Mill Rose Friends. We had a Christmas themed swap, something to wear, Christmas decoration and something sweet. I forgot to take a photo of what I made, my parcel consisted of an apron, cadbury chocolates and handmade Christmas tree earrings. What I received and what I bought home are two entirely different parcels, I swapped but then Shez decided to up the anti, she made everyone pass their parcel 2 places to the right which is why I have a completely different parcel.


Reversible apron, lolly tree and santa decoration

extra goodies handed out by people

with special guest Chez


Shez played bad santa

Chez with what she received only for Shez to up the anti

The beautiful stitchery by Rosalie Quinlan - "Be a Blessing" is headed to is new owner this week as part of Chookyblues SSCS 2014
I have signed up to another swap, Christmas pouch swap over at Sew Delicious sew this is the next thing to be sewn, then there is NOTYQ mortal angel swap Christmas parcels to be ready for the Christmas party on 20th December. Also need to make some family Christmas presents.

SSCS 2014

decoration for the tree