Thursday, March 31, 2011

Seeing Red!

Early this morning (9.30am)  I visited my local quilt store to get the red fabrics for my latest project.  Lucky for me, they were having a sale and I picked up some lovely fabrics.

I also bought my darned quilt in to show and Brigette offered to hang it on display in the shop.  Yeah!
Then, at 10.15am  it was off to Ikea to buy some more yummy Ikea meatballs.  I was so pleased to have achieved two things all before morning tea time.  Oh how I wish more shops would open early in Singapore!

This afternoon I finished my very first fabric postcard.  Not the most exciting but for my first one I thought it was a reasonable effort.  Something makes me think that this postcard thing could get rather addictive!

April is birthday month in our household.  Celine is having her birthday on Saturday, hubby next Wednesday and Brooke on the 17th.  That is not including all the brother inlaws and sisters, sister in laws and nieces that are also having birthdays in the month of April.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The green is complete

Yesterday, I finished the green part of my new project. 

Now for the blue and the red parts and lucky for me my local quilt shop has just announced a sale!  Watch this space!

Also yesterday, one of my friends at the ANZA quilt group had a book about fabric postcards.  It was really cool and the mind just boggles with possiblities.........Hmmm I feel a new project coming up!

Happy Quilting

Monday, March 28, 2011

So much to tell.....

Last week was an incredibly busy week.  We had friends Ron and Wendy come from New Zealand to visit (for Wendys 40th birthday) and the kids had a week school holidays.

On Monday my husband, son Luke and daughter Celine and I  finally went and visited Universal studios here in Singapore on Sentosa Island.  The weather was perfect as it was not too hot.  We went on a couple of the rides but we all gave the huge rollercoasters a miss.  Brooke was at home busy making a gezillion cupcakes for a school fundraiser.

We sent Brooke off shopping with Wendy on Thursday and I went to the water treatment plant with Ron as that is his line of work.  It was really interesting and seeing I'm not much of a shopper (except for fabric) it was a good solution. During the week we ate at a couple of local hawker centers which is much much cheaper than any of the hotels.  (and pretty yummy too) Friday we all chilled out at the beach on Sentosa.  Misty came along too and is really getting the hang of swimming in the sea.

Misty at least was smart enough NOT to get sunburned....unlike the rest of us.

Friday night, Ron and Wendy took us out for dessert and drinks at the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands.  The view was spectucular although it was VERY VERY high.  Dessert was yummy and even more yummy was the Cloudy Bay Dessert wine that was given to us by the staff.

We sat way up at the top!

Today everything was back to normal. (what's normal?!) I started off the morning with a long walk to get rid of all those extra kilos that I accumulated last week.  Then it was back into the sewing room to work on my new project (not yet finished).  This is a project from Gloria Loughmans book. I am hoping to also do a version in red and in blue.

Well I think we are all up to date again.....happy quilting!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nearly finished

This week I have been busy working on a "modesty cover" for the lecturn in our old church in Wellington and it is nearly finished. 
I had originally bought the larger gold trim (in top right hand corner) but this was so damaged by lying in the shop that I was not able to use it.  No amount of retwisting or ironing could fix the damage.  Why dont they just store it better!!! This new trim I was lucky enough to find a brand new roll (plastic still on it) and as soon as I had bought it I rolled it nicely onto a piece of folded up paper I had in the car.

The trim just needs to be attached and it is finished and can hopefully go back to NZ with our guests that are coming on Friday. It is made from thick velvet which was harder to sew than I thought. 

This is the last of the "must do" projects and then I want to start on a new project....problem is ....too many ideas....which one to do first?

The kids have a weeks holiday next week for spring break so it will be busy.

Today though, I am off to the ANZA quilt group and get to show off my darned quilt.  Yeah!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's been a while.....!

Wow has it really been more than a month since my last post!  My how time flies!  Since my last post there has been a major earthquake in New Zealand.  This has taken a lot of my time and attention and our hearts and prayers go out to all those in Christchurch.  Its things like this that make me feel very far from home!

Oma has gone back to Holland and I have also finished Luke's quilt.  He has happily been sleeping under it and Im hoping he might discard the old quilt which is falling apart.  (a sign of being well loved!)

Luke's New Quilt


Luke's Baby Quilt
This week I have been trying to finish all those things that just never seemed to  get finished.  Yesterday I finished the dress I was making....Hmm I knew there was a reason why never sewed my own clothes!  Maybe I should just stick to quilting!

Today I FINALLY finsihed the darned circles quilt.


Darned Quilt
The only thing left to finish is the repairs to our bedspread.  It had handquilting on the top but over the years the stitiching has come loose.  Oma and I already repaired most of it and I just need to finish two more rows.

Then I need to make a modesty cover (the piece of fabric that hangs from the lecturn) for the pulpit for our old church in Wellington.  I already have the fabric ready to go and it will need to be made in the next two weeks so that it can travel home with our guests that are coming soon. 

sigh!  Then and only then can I move on to new and more exciting things!!!!