Sunday, 30 January 2011

GJ block H & shopping...........

I have pieced another block for Gardener's Journal.............block H
this was the last stitchery I need to stitch for this block...........the others were done quite awhile ago.........
while on hols I did find a patchwork shop.............
some plans for these.............
someone made this bag.............i just had to get the pattern............I have been thinking about it for awhile...........and as soon as I saw it i had to buy it............
this charm pack table runner pattern.................

Nice day here today............max 34...........36-38deg for the rest of the week............
Catch you later..............
Chookyblue

.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue.........

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Holiday snaps......

During the last week we managed to get a few days at the beach.............it's a big drive but was nice for a few days away.........
Thanks goodness the day we had to go to the beach I "HAD" to meet up with "Dawnie"
We had a lovely coffee and chat..........thanks so much for meeting up Dawnie.........and also to Suzie for coming along oh and for morning tea.............it was lovely to see both of you.........Dawnie brought her Gardener's Journal Quilt and it is coming along well .........all the Dawniefications are great.......can't wait to see it finished next time we catch up.........I did send her home to sew......lol..........we get to catch up again in a few months...........why is it so when you meet up with blog friends it is always so nice and easy chatting..........precious..........thanks for picking me up too Dawnie..........
thank goodness we got a little carried away and chatting for a bit longer as I MISSED some of the beach time.............THANK GOD.........I did have to spend about 30 mins on the beach but that was all............
can't you tell I just LOVE the beach............NOT...........anyway the family do and they spent some more time here............
these are random pics in no order from the few days away.............
the waterfalls on the way were flowing well............
oh course I am always looking out for flowers to take pics of.........this one was full of ants...........
Leanne you will be impressed I found a jetty and i think this may nearly be the first one I have wandered out on..............it is a beautiful walk...........and NO sand............
a bit of rainforest along the way............
more jetty...........
a glimpse of the ocean...........
close encounters of the CRAZY kind.............this distance was OK - FANTASTIC even............
a black headed python..........
this I was FREAKING OUT.............
not sure why I love my kids.............they would not let me avoid this.............
little treasures aren't they...........
trick may be not to tell the snake man you HATE snakes............
A very pleasant 33-34 here today...........36 to 39's forecast for the next week...........
Catch you later..............
Chookyblue

Thursday, 27 January 2011

hot hot hot...........

Just walked in and it is HOT.............42.2 deg (108F).............
the air con can't work fast enough to cool us down.................
see Dawnie 32 is NOT HOT...........lol

Cool change for tomorrow............37deg.............lol..........at least it is cooler then 42.2
.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue.........
edit added
to make matters worse I just wanted to have a cold shower and the cold water isn't even COLD.............BUGGER...........

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Australia Day............

Happy Australia Day everyone..............hope you have a fantastic day..............
I am spending a few day at the coast with family...........
44 is forecast at home today............thank goodness we will miss it but I will be home tomorrow for the 43..............OMG that is hot...........hope my garden survives.........
the house baby sitter is on watering duties..........but he is not a gardener...........

Off to the beach - (yuck) for most off the day..........the family love it
have a great one where ever you are...........looks like a pretty hot AustraliaDay in Oz..........
hoping to have coffee with a blogger this morning too..........yippee........

.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue........

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Gardener's Journal Progress

I popped these on the SAL blog last week but haven't shared them on my blog............
Block D
the corn cobs nearly were my down fall............as much as I love corn I HATE these cobs............lol.........
And block E.........the orchard.....
5 blocks joined...........another one is done but can't be joined yet..........3 more to go..........
the end is in sight............

Summer sure is here............this week is going to be a corker...........
Catch you later..............
Chookyblue

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Friends Flood Auctions.......

Here are a few links for friends flood auctions
Kerry has 2 auctions

Carole has a Civil Wars Chronicle Kits for auction

Christine has 3 quilts......

Toni

Joy

Wendy 

Julia has

Four Wise Monkeys

Ric Rac

Sarah

I haven't got anything to auction so I have been bidding and entering some raffles on a few things around the blogs the 
is on Make it Perfect and some auctions are being added daily so keep checking back.

If you can only donate a small amount some of the girls have raffles so look around and see what you can find..........there are all sorts of goodies............

AUCTIONS close on the 24th and I think the raffles will close on the 26th  but all the girls have the details on their blog posts.

.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue.........

Monday, 17 January 2011

Flood relief...........

Don't worry if your not close to Toowoomba contact Marion and she will be able to let you know how you can help - information about the Quilt Drive is here.
Please help if you can.
Every little bit helps.
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Also Toni should have the massive list up now of all the auctions for the Queensland flood appeal.


Also thinking of all the people affected in Victoria by the floods.
Also more remote communities  in New South Wales who are starting to be affected by the Queensland flood waters - it will take weeks to pass thru.
And the north east corner cleaning up from last weeks floods.
So many areas affected.

.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue.........

Saturday, 15 January 2011

friendship is precious..............

I had some visitors for a few days this week.................even better when I managed to get her to stay a little longer.........it is just so nice to have Maree and the little farmyards come to visit..............they are so easy to have and my kids are a great help too in keeping an eye on them and entertaining them.........
I have always loved this block since Maree started it..............part of a BOM in one of the mags Homespun i think - she decided to turn it into a cushion.............and guess where it lives at now - my house...............I was so excited when I opened the parcel.........I have loved this from when Maree first started making it..............
EDIT added Homespun # 68 vol 10 no 1. The block is Breast of Friends BOM Block One by Leanne's House.
this describes our friendship so well...............
gorgeous stitching..........
wandering around the garden I took this one too.............
crepe myrtles........
a hardy wonderful shrub..........
We had some fun making key fobs...........
mine on the left...........another friend called in and made one too..........and Maree's on the right........
 
I got a little carried away later and made these other key fobs............heaps of fun
Here's the table runner I made with the candy bar I had of Breakfast at Tiffany's.........added the cream blocks.........

thanks to Maree for the brown spot I used on the binding............
the idea came from Maree so check hers out here......
.....a little delayed in posting as I was a little blah after Maree left...........we were having such a nice time I was a little sad once she went home...........and I also had to finish the binding............
Take care.................Chookyblue

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

floods and fires.........

I hope all my friends in Australia are safe and sound.
With terrible floods on the eastern side of Australia and fires on the Western side of Australia there is so much devastation.
I am safe and well with no worries of either where I am.
But my thoughts are with those seriously affected by either disasters.
Mother nature can be cruel............. 
I have been stitching and watching the news all day..........

.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue.........

Saturday, 8 January 2011

SSCS poll...........

See the sidebar and please tell me what you think. 
Any different other suggestions leave a comment here.  
I'll leave it up for 6 days.
.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue.........

Friday, 7 January 2011

hhuummmm........

feeling a little ho hummm..................i'm just going to kick back and relax............I have several things to show you I made for xmas presents but I don't have the pics organised and posts written..........so i'll just wait til I get the motivation................which could come soon or could take days................
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I am so happy your love all the gifts the girls made in the SSCS..........I am so happy and proud of all the girls who have done beautiful gifts for the partners............2 parcels arrived last week and one yesterday so we have 4 naughty parcels that need to arrive fast..............I have not given up on them yet.............they haven't run away from home completely they are just taking the scenic route.............
BUT
I am definitely NOT taking names for 2011 now.............sorry 
(a nasty thistles gorgeous flower)
I feel a little overwhelmed with a barrage of new swaps,  UFO's, challenges and lists for so many different things...............all so very exciting for most  - but I am feeling a little over whelmed..........I have one or 2 to join but for the most will sit back and watch.............
Catch you later..............
Chookyblue

Thursday, 6 January 2011

SSCS Presents 81-102..........

More outstanding presents
Argentina for NZ NickyW
Aust Alison for Nor Anne Heidi
Aust Annette for Sweden Marica
Aust Bec for USA Carole
Aust Carol for USA Nancy
Aust Chookyblue for Neth Anita
Aust Christine for NZ Deb
Aust Dale for USA Sharon
Aust Dawn for USA Paula
Aust Dawnie for Croatia for Simona
Aust Fiona (FLY) for Sweden Ulla
Aust FionaH for USA Tami
Aust FionaR for USA Melinda 
Aust Gaizie for USA Sara
Aust Illene for UK Trash
Aust Jan for USA Linda
Aust Janice for USA Terry
Aust Jenny for USA Lynn
Aust Jewells for Neth Simone
Aust Jo for Argentina Maricarmen
USA Ruth for Aust Joy
Austria Sabine for Aust Lizzie
the ornie USA Ruth made for Aust Joy
Aust Lurlines ornie for Now LailaLS

Neth Caroline for Aust Jewells
Catch you later..............
Chookyblue