Monday, January 31, 2011

End of the first month........ astounding!

I can't believe that Christmas was more than 5 weeks ago and yet so much has happened in that time and it seems like Mother Nature isn't done with our wonderful country yet!
Today is my sister's 30th Wedding Anniversary and their third grandson was born in Darwin - guess noone will forget the date now.
On the homefront, I have been sewing and practising with the Embroidery machine - loving that! Here are a few of the things I have been doing lately -

9 blocks from the FIS block of the month
I am using the other 3 blocks to make something else - trust me, I don't need another large quilt at the moment! Here's these 9 trammed and with two borders - one to go yet.
I couldn't get the border fabric in yardage, so have to join fat quarters to get what I need. Annoying!!!!!!!!
I have already posted photos of the red beret that I made earlier in the month - that number is now 2 + 2 matching scarves. Wanted to make DIL a beret set as well, but chose a cable pattern for her
I've been impressed by the wonderful journal covers some of the clever blogging ladies have made over the time. Here are my efforts - used some cute little embroideries to jazz them up.

These are photos of Jeannie's knitting folder cover - she does beautiful work and buys most of her knitting patterns from designers and downloads them - the folder is to keep the patterns in so she knows where they are!

This folder is for a student of mine who is continuing with her French in year 11 this year - Bonne chance, Lauren! Her favourite colour is purple, so this is what I came up with.

I've also made 3 aprons - mum size, child size and dolly size. Unfortunately, the photograph does NOT want to play nicely, so I'll take a new one tomorrow and upload it again.
On a different note, DH and I had a wonderful weekend in Victoria in the middle of January. We stayed in Geelong and on the Friday evening, took a train trip to Melbourne to see Mary Poppins which was unbelievable! Yes, Lynda, now I understand the almost perfect comment :)
On the Saturday, we drove via Queenscliffe and Barwon Heads, to Torquay to Apollo Bay. We'd never been along the Great Ocean Road before and found the scenery amazing. But this is what blew me away!

People and beach shelters EVERYWHERE! It's a bit hard to take in after Tassie beaches, let me tell you!
I'll add some photos of our visit to Ballarat tomorrow! 


De said...

Busy, busy, busy Vix

Chookyblue...... said...

looks good......should see what i can work out with what blocks i have done......

Christine said...

Gee, you have been busy. I like the FIS blocks with the green sashing. Good choice. The journals look good too .. I think Lauren's Eiffel Tower one is my favourite. See you tomorrow.

Annie said...

Gosh Vicki - you have been busy.....I've been wanting to do folders/journal covers and have the bits and pieces.....will have to have a lesson from you on measuring up etc. They look lovely. Glad you have caught up with your friends...and yes, the panels are gorgeous!

Farmyard Crafts said...

Well done on the blocks! They look great!! And yes, that's pretty painful to have to join fabrics for borders... but at least you are able to use one you like I guess! You've been really busy! Especially love the special French gift!

Lynda said...

Your quilt top looks lovely Vicki. The Great Ocean Road is a fabulous drive - we went along there in 1978 on a motorbike - there were more Apostles then. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the show.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Your blocks look great Vic...and I do like how you have done the journal covers, they are very addictive....

Sarah said...

Your blocks look great Vix!
Take Peg's word.... she should know roflao
x sarah

Bec said...

The journal covers look fantastic! and i love what you have done with your FIS blocks!