Monday, 21 January 2013

Aussie Hero Sewing Bee

Another inspirational day at the sewing bee for Aussi Hero Quilt.  If you don't know about them you can read about what they do here.  There were 5 of us plus Jan-Maree, the co-ordinator.

So we pieced backings, pinned quilts, and trimmed the blocks that people have sent in as part of the Block of the Month.  And gossiped and ate lunch, and gossiped some more, then went back and did it all again!  So much gets done in such a short time when you get a group together like that.

Jan-Maree told us stories of the service men & women she has gleaned from emails which go back and forth, and read out some thank yous from the troops.  Just so much makes me want to do some more!

Yesterday afternoon, DH took me to see Skyfall (at last!) at El Paradiso in Ettalong and then to La Fiamma for dinner.  What an amazing place.  It is all art deco and Italianate decor which sounds awful, but works very well.  There is a motel, cinema complex and quirky little alleyways and courtyards, which would be lovely on a warm summer evening.  Sadly it was quite cool and drizzly.  Not that I am complaining after the heat of the last week.

Gotta choof off and do a bit of sewing.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Playing with blogging

Such a hot day today that I really didn't feel like doing anything.  However I revved myself up and finished quilting a quilt for my charity group this afternoon and after dinner I put on the binding.  The binding still needs to be stitched down by hand, but I'll do that while watching TV in the next few days.

The quilt is a gorgeous green and black one made by one of the members of the charity group Stitching Hearts, to which I belong.  Cheryl used a very simple block, but the colour choices in this quilt are stunning!  And I think the lime green backing is a perfect choice.

I had big ideas of doing some spiffy quilting on it, but in the end I decided simple stitching in the ditch would be enough.  Anything else would detract from the simplicity of the quilt itself and spoil it.  After much deliberation, I decided to create a strippy, scrappy binding in various greens.  Plain black looked flat, and one fabric in any shade of green looked boring.  I am happy with the end result.  The quilt will be going back to Stitching Hearts on Thursday.

Now that took me about half an hour to work out how to insert this photo.  Clicked all the buttons at the header, with no luck, read the help text (that is desperation), even watched the video.  All to no avail.  I had totally given up on ever getting that done, when I clicked on the only button I hadn't tried - the html button.  Bingo!  The load image icon there prompted me to load a photo from my computer. 

So it looks like I have a new blog, and have managed to create a post for it.  That's enough for one night for a techno challenged wrinkly.  Until next time.