Monday, December 29, 2008

Hexagon Fright

It's all very well to have these bright ideas and to design a quilt - or part thereof - around them, but if you don't have the tools (in this case, a 60 degree ruler or perhaps more importantly, the math gene) it can all end up being a bit of a challenge.
Read a brilliant way to make hexagons from 2.5" strips or Jelly Rolls, on someone's blog, but as I was never going to make a hexagon quilt why would I bookmark the page? ..... and I couldn't even remember if it was a regular site I visit or if it was one I just stumbled upon.............oh dear, took days to re-discover the blogger, May Britt's blog 'Abyquilt'. This link takes you to her tutorial, she makes is seem so simple.

As I couldn't locate a ruler, (got one on backorder from iddybiddy, a lovely aussie online store.
I decided that a hexagon template measuring 4" from flat side to flat side and a little fudging would be the go, well no, to order templates you need to know the side measurements.

So while faffing around drawing up a hexagon to measure the sides, and then deciding that a smaller hexagon would be prettier, I manufactured this little beauty from templastic. Hexagon templates not needed, VBG, use that money for more important (quilty) stuff.
I found that a little quilt basting spray schmeered on the rough side of the templastic helped to hold the templates in place when positioning the ruler to cut. It's a 90 degree ruler, no idea what I bought it for, why couldn't I have chosed a 60 degree?
I have now got myself a fine little stack of half hexagons and they are sewing together beautifully, however I can't wait for the 60 degree ruler to arrive because placing the templastic onto the fabric and then lining up the ruler around the edges to cut really is a bit of a pip.
But it all means that I will (well possibly, maybe, with a bit of luck) have my row done for the Row by Row swap due at the end of January next year, sounds so far off doesn't it?, next year, well it's only hours away. Eeeeek! I was going to achieve so much in 2008, well never mind, I'm sure that 2009 will be a great year for achieving.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Some serious examinations.........

Unfortunately the Friday night pressie opening didn't happen, so took my Angel parcel down to the Grandies on Sunday night, I let them open the box telling them that my Angel had said that there might be something in there for them, well that box was jam packed with goodies, and they all got some serious examination,

The rotary cutter was recognised, but the guard stumped him, "how can you cut with that?" he wanted to know, while the youngest was rather taken with the "pink measuring thing",

Hmm... a "cup for girls", and the lint roller got the comment of "why is this brush flat, Grandma?", "it's too pick up threads sweetie", "oh yeah, to get them of Yogi". What does that say about my sewing room floor?
Their visitor helped the youngest open the tin of buttons, "I could put some of those shirt things on my shirt"
"Yay, Grandma I have always, for a long time, wanted one of these" he knew straight off what it was and fixed his brother up right off the bat with a glass of water.

The youngest kept giggling and dribbling, little drips of water was all over the floor,
Some very artistic poses went with showing off the 'travellers toothbrush'

Two very pretty, flat beaded stars, the eldest looked them over for a very long time and then asked for one for his bedroom. - We will see about that -

And at the end of it all the youngest made off with the fabric, this little man just loves to fondle fabric, happy as a sandboy when left to poke around one of the scraps drawers, must be a little quilter in the making. He was a bit miffed when I packed up the box, sans their pressies, to go home.

Thank you to a wonderful Angel, you have made this swap a delight. The Grandies really enjoyed opening the parcel and looking at all the wonderful goodies.

Friday, December 5, 2008

The excitement builds......

....received an e-mail from my Angel Maddie (not her real name, she's a tricky angel this one), saying she had sent a parcel and to have the Grandies around when it is opened, well, this is one humungus parcel and I just want to tear into the box, but a call to the Support Team and they have agreed to pop up this arvo with the Grandies ......ooooh just about can't wait.

The brown parcel is from friends and it jingles when shaken, bet it got a few extra shakes and handlings on it's journey here. Will leave it for the Grandies to open as well.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Fair at the Craft Cottage

The annual Craft Cottage Christmas Fair was held this weekend, its always a big affair with the Lions club also holding their Christmas Fair in conjunction with us.

Looking out over the lawn towards the Libary and Memorial Hall from the Cottage tea & coffee area.
Some of the hard working Ladies from the Kitchen.

Peter from Painters Group showing one of his works.

Lyn displays a silk scarf from the Fabric Artists Group

Cherie from the Silversmith Group with some of her work.

More Silver Jewelry, this time from George.

Patchwork Leader, Sheila in her Christmas Frock with Val and Patricia on the sales desk.

Who is patricia saying "No" to?

Heart Colourwash in soft colours from Fay.

I managed to take literally hundereds of pics, so easy to do with the fantastic array of quality goods for sale, and some of them have been loaded onto the blog
I hope you enjoy them.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Christmas Bikkies - not Cookies

Had a lovely afternoon with the Youngest Grandie and his Mum, they came to visit with Christmas Biscuits all ready to be iced and prepared dough to make lots more bikkies.
While we were in the middle of icing I got a call from an excited Alicia, my SCSS, the last parcel and identity clue arrived today. It has been a fun 6 months.

A picture of concentration

 worms..........maybe tasty?

ooooeeeee yummie

Mum then lends a helping hand

Bikkies iced by Mum

More Bikkes, one iced by the youngest with guidance by mum

Hey, icing solo,doing a good job, especially of cleaning up the spill overs, more yummy for the tummy.

The Eldest arrived in time to sprinkle some sugar on an angels skirt

And so home to make dinner and tell Dad all about it and let him choose just one bikkie for dessert.

Beautiful Raffle Quilts and Storm

Talented ladies from the Buderim Craft Cottage Patchwork Group have made these two stunning hexagon quilts with paper pieced hexagons donated by Judy W., one of the long time members of the group.
The quilts were displayed at yesterdays meeting, and will be raffled, guess who will be buying lots of tickets.
The Grandma's Garden is first prize and the purple and green strip is second prize. Hard to pick which one it would be preferable to win.
We had a bit of a storm the Friday before last, just the edges of the nasty one that hit Brisbane and did so much damage, but it was scarry enough as we were on top of a resort in Mooloolaba, cooking up a B.B.Q.

The storm was breaking directly overhead as we hurriedly piled the food onto platters to dash back to the unit, everyone put on a bit of extra speed for the final pack up when a group of old enough to know better, adult sillies decided to have a glass of wine in the spa & watch the storm.

When we finally pulled into the driveway at home, what was there to greet us, the poor crippled Butcher bird, he was water logged and exhausted, but still managed to give the Darling a bit of a nip. Wrapped him in towels, made a little nest on the back deck and next morning he was gone, returning that afternoon looking quite chipper for a feed of mince but I'm afraid we haven't seen him since.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Homework - make an instrument

The eldest Grandie had a project for school, make an instrument, and an instrument that plays into the bargain.
Here he is giving Dad detailed instructions, some of those nails were a bit long and needed to be ground off.
What a wonderful project, he designed it all himself, drew the shape on the wood, sourced the struts and bands and only let Dad use the power saw to cut the timbers. Oh yes, and hold the nails to start the hammering. And there were no hammered fingers. Job very well done indeed.

Playing the Guitar...............

Early Breakfast at Olivers and a play in the Park

Another delicious breakfast at Olivers in Mooloolaba

After another sleep over (gee I'm starting to loose count, couldn't wait for that to happen ) We took ourselves off to Olivers in Mooloolaba for a hearty breakfast, the eldest and Grandad had the fried eggs while I had the scramble with the youngest opting for pancakes, the wait lass put the biggest jug of syrup on the table early in the piece and he just couldn't keep his darling little paws off the jug, those taste buds were working overtime in anticipation.
This little
face says
it all.
Up too late,
Up too early,
and my fave
syrup just
waiting for
a tast test.

That belch of utter repleation seams to have startled another diner.

I done Grandma.

And so off to a walk down the Mooloolaba esplanade to the parks, where a couple of young men can have a great "run around" while Grandad keeps an eye out.
Just running up the down

A little teasing took place.

Hey Mum, you like my Dolphin?, mine Dad will like my red fish thing, cause it squeeks.
Climbing up and gonna go sliding down
Much fun was had climbing up to the platform and using the speaking tube to the ground level, fun trying to get someone down there to listen, they all want to talk
And so off home to play, cuddle dogs, not eat lunch and generally have a good time.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sleepovers - just love 'em

The eldest Grandie has recently discovered the joys of Leggo, so just to help fill in an already packed day, we zoomed off to purchase a pack each, it was mainly to introduce Lego to the youngest Grandie, he is only 4 so it is a bit of a challenge just keeping all those tiny bits together. He managed it for about 30 mins then we were back to the kit stage. The first few moments, he was thrilled, assembled for him by his big brother, half an hour later it was just a platform with wheels and lots of spare parts.

Concentration needed to assemble this one, bigger kit and for an older age group.
Finally all done.