Thursday, July 14, 2016

The boys

It's always a wonderful week when I get to catch up with my boys. And not once, but twice this week we managed to get together! 
Monday night we had dinner in the city. I have always wanted to try Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant. So when James suggested it, I agreed very quickly. It was fabulous. The food was amazing and we really enjoyed ourselves. 
Last night saw us heading into the city again. Jack and I went in with Sandi and her husband as we were all seeing the show "We Will Rock You" 
We had a couple of delicious pizzas, ciders and beers at The Charming Squire before the show. It was so good to catch up again, especially as I'm heading off for a few weeks and James is heading off overseas. 
Jack and I were very keen to see the show and it didn't disappoint. The music was fantastic and the atmosphere was wonderful with everyone singing and clapping along. We just loved it! 
We are still talking about how good it was and what a great night we had. 
Have a great week! 
Teresa xx

Monday, July 11, 2016

Finishes!

This year has managed to be quite the year for finishing UFO's. 
It started with the hexie quilt and now I have two more to boast about. 
Finally "Postcards from Paris" is done and dusted. This quilt almost didn't make it and as much as I grumbled through the whole process and hated it along the way - I am relieved to say I have fallen in love with it again. What a relief to have it finished. 
I have also finished the Christmas tree skirt I was making for Helen (last Christmas!!!!!) 
I backed it with this fabric and bound all the edges in the stripe. So happy to have it finished! 
It was good to finally hand it over to Helen at our Tuesday get together today. 
Teresa xx

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Last week......

Last weeks Tuesday get together was a little different. When we discovered Helen hadn't seen "Finding Nemo" we thought we'd rectify it with a movie day.
Of course that meant movie food and a Dory cup! 
Some happy mail this week was this gorgeous necklace and charms ..."find joy in the journey". I had to get one for my mum who is traveling around Australia. 
Tried a new burger place called "Gourmet" with Jack. I will be back even if it is just for their sweet potato fries! 
I need time to catch up but I did manage another block for the Splendid Sampler. 
I have been working on Helen's Christmas tree skirt and all the appliqué and embroidery is finally finished.
Then it was a trip to the fabric shop for some backing and binding fabric, which squeaky approved of! 
The nights have been lovely and cool and it's perfect soup weather. Good excuse to use my new soup mug with a place for your dunking bread.  I love it! 
A trip out to the factory where my husband has been setting up this quilting machine. It's huge!!! 
Can't wait to see it in action. 
We also got to celebrate my girlfriend, Sandy's, special birthday this week. 
We have been friends for nearly 30 years and I'm so glad we were able to go and have a great night with them. It was held at Reload at Salisbury which is the old ammunition depo and has been beautifully restored and renovated. The food was amazing with tapas and paella and a gorgeous birthday cake. 
We had Mojo playing blues and Cam even got up and played guitar. It was a fabulous night.  
Love these guys so much! 
Hope you're having a great week too! 
Teresa xx

Friday, July 1, 2016

Abbey of the Roses

On the Wednesday we got to share a wonderful experience together in Warwick ... and to celebrate Cheryl's special '0' birthday. 
We had a lovely day at the beautifully restored Abbey of the Roses that was built in 1891. 
We also had a high tea in the dining room.  
It was pretty swish! 
The dining room was full of antiques and memorabilia from the era. There were also lots of pieces found during the restoration work of the Abbey. 
The food was delicious! 
Even Helen was happy with her gluten free version! 
After our lunch we took a tour of the Abbey which I would definitely recommend if you go there! The history of the place is so interesting and the tour was wonderful. 
Beautiful pieces and photo opportunities everywhere you looked. 
The Chapel was beautiful. 
De adding a row to the knitting in the lounge room. 

It was just beautiful, inside and outside. Such a great day and so glad we finally got to visit the Abbey, as I have been wanting to do this for years. 
Teresa. 

Warwick part 2


Of course no trip to Warwick would be complete without a trip to Bryson's. 
Then it was back to the sewing. I made Helen Stubbings clear zipper bag.
I have to admit it wasn't without a fair bit of swearing and frustration. But I got there in the end and now I love it. Now! 
A few of us made some plate bags from teatowels. It was inspired from a bag made by Inca from our Sunday stitching group. The bags are to hold our cutlery and plate for our stitching day lunches. 
I also made a little zippered bag for my mum who fell in love with one of the splendid sampler blocks. 
Some show and tell....
My blocks so far. 
De's Quilt Diva. She is on my to do list! 
My favorite block of Cheryl's quilt. 
 Another Cheryl masterpiece. 
The lovely Marilyn and her long overdue quilt! 
Alison and her gorgeous quilt. 
Helen made these two and they have to be the cutest monkeys I've ever seen. Adorable! 
Maree's beautiful Gossip in the Garden quilt. 
Close up of the incredible sewing and quilting. 
Sandi was in her Halloween element! 
Lots of productivity!