Friday, 28 November 2014

Bits and pieces

Some time ago I made this quilt. It's called Red and White Delight from one of the first editions of Quilters Companion magazine.

I had lots of lovely little bits of fabric left over from the flying geese...

I knew that one day I would find a project to use up these tiny little lovelies.

A long time ago I also bought this pattern with pre printed foundation piecing squares. I think I have had it for about 15 years! When I bought it I had no idea about how to do foundation piecing, nor did I have until fairly recently after going to classes with Chris Jurd.

A few weeks ago I had a lightbulb moment and put them all together and this is what they look like.

They are so cute! Only 3 inches square. There are 16 altogether. I think they look like sparkling glass jewels.

There are 20 pieces in each block so lots of little seams but they are lots of fun. Sewing them onto fabric instead of paper works well with the tiny pieces as you dont have to remove the backing. It gives them a bit of stability too. I'm half way there, only 8 more to go!!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Natural Beauty

Just a quick post to show some pics of beautiful Shoal Bay which has become a favourite place of ours. We spent three nights there and enjoyed some beautiful weather.

Sunset at Shoal Bay Beach
It was so hot on Saturday, 35 degrees, that we were moved to venture into the water. It was freezing! Absolutely freezing! It was so hot on the beach and so cold in the water, there was no inbetween. However, we did it twice! Invigorating, that's the word I was looking for!

We visited Box Beach yesterday, which is not far away from the town beach on the ocean. Its only small but completely unspoiled and beautiful.

We also visited Newcastle for lunch on Sunday taking the short ferry trip from Stockton over to Newcastle. It only takes a couple of minutes across the harbour. When we returned to Stockton this huge ship came through the heads. It really was enormous. These sized ships come and go all the time from Newcastle.
Hope you had a great weekend too!