Tuesday, 19 August 2014

wanted........

someone to 
 - get me back on track with my EPP quilt......
- bind 3 quilts......
- find my motivation.........
- slow down time as it's going to fast...........
Applicant must be available for immediate start and will need to work very hard!!!!!

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

Sunday, 17 August 2014

OMG what a day....:)

What I thought was going to be a failure of a day turned out to be SOOOOO much fun..........the weather effects everything you do.......even socialising out here...........so I thought when it was raining today it was not going to happen............but as we are in the "drier" area a few friends still came.............
it was long.............lunch turned into tea.....there certainly was not a drought in the drinks..........
we have discussed so much........
  • laughed heaps
  • farm accidents
  • international wars
  • how much us girls love HATE desilting with our husbands
  • laughed lots
  • the fact that we have been able to desilt dams for about 10 months or more as it's got to be bad when you can desilt dams
  • what we would do with the $70million Powerball draw if we won - we'd probably still be farming
  • how we could make money - farm stay/bush experiences of course our personalities would win everyone over....one of the friends has a house we could use for this.....would anyone ever come
  • adopt a wild kangaroo program
  • better still dump all the kangaroos in your back yard to see what it is like when they eat your food and income..........then maybe you would adopt our roos to keep them away from you
  • the city country divide - how far do city people like to drive - basically we have friends and family who don't like to travel this far west so what could we do to get others to drive out here
  • we have laughed and laughed and laughed
  • dreamed how we would treat ourselves if when we won the $70million in Powerball
  • how some schemes waste so much money buying perfectly good houses and renovating them as they have an endless bucket of money
  • laughing some more
  • cured all the problems of the world
  • wished for peace and are so thankfully we live where we live
  • how we needed a secretary to write all the letters we wanted to write
  • how do we put the farming story/life out there to educate the town/city
  • how our dirt roads are bad
  • so many funny stories............so much fun
oh and 15mls 22mls (late night downpour) of rain so far.............definitely not drought breaking but it will help.......too late for many crops..........
but as friends we keep each other going...........
.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue.........

PS decided it was best not to post this late Sat night so posted early Sunday morning

Friday, 15 August 2014

retreat weekend...............

It's such a great weekend at Nundle............everyone busy busy sewing on there quilts...........

This quilt will be Calico Wedges

Hard at work.............
Kerry cutting for us...........she is in this spot most of the time..............
Saturday morning the delivery truck arrived..............

Look at these gorgeous Buggy Barn flannels............Kerry started a quilt on Saturday night...........

you can see what she played with on her blog...........it's going to be gorgeous.............

Jenny @ Bird on the Border worked on this quilt............

Sandy @ Shiralee Stitches was making this one with mainly French General fabrics I think...........up to the border stage now...........

More dresdans..........

This is Janice @Jannimary's pile of drunkards path blocks............









This is Googy Girls quilt she made last year.............it looks great...........inspired by the quilt she slept under at my place last year............she knew that is what she wanted to make at retreat last year..............

Just the best fun with these girls...............

Laying out Janice's quilt on Saturday night...............different to Lea's below

While waiting for Lea to google drunkard path layouts on the computer Janice and I did this one.....which is what she liked.........
Everyone giving there opinions.............both Lea and Janice's quilts are much prettier in real life..........the big drunkard path blocks look great...........very easy when you have the templates to cut them out.............

busy busy trying to get quilt tops together...............
Finally a  nice surprise...........Googy Girl ran a nine patch swap last year..........This is Kerry's quilt.........I can't remember what she called it but it had Baltimore in the name..........I love what she has done with the blocks.......I still have not had a chance to do anything with my blocks............but I had been thinking of something in the centre..............
So thats the end of the wonderful weekend.........so much fun, inspiration, relaxing......
Catch you later
Chookyblue

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Chookypink??????

Doesn't have quiet the same ring to it as Chookyblue.......lol....
I love going to Cottage on the Hill at Nundle................this is my 11th retreat weekend........It's always a wonderful relaxing weekend.............Kerry cuts all your fabric.......you can just switch off and she keeps you on track with what ever quilt your making...............
This year was a little different...............wandering around the shop I couldn't decide what fabrics or quilt to make..............I had spoken to Kerry about the desire to make a diamond quilt.......
I was at a loss of what to do until I spotted a pile of fabrics to the side.........I asked what she was doing with those (to see if I had missed where they were on the shelf).........well there not on the shelf as they are new range coming out later this month or early September.........a new range called Raspberry Parlour by Sue Daley an Australian designer........distributed by Riley Blake (added: found this link too the pics a better) 
the pics on the website don't do it justice I had to look close to see it was the same thing...........anyway back to the fabrics.....(I was in love).........Kerry still had not decided what she wanted to make up as a shop sample with the range..........she had 20 fabrics to play with.......was I allowed to play with them????......with my diamond idea????......a bit of working out more on Kerry's behalf then mine........I knew what I wanted but remember my brain is worn and not working at this stage.......but some working out and yes we could get so many out of the fabric.............yes it would work............YES she was letting me play with these new fabrics..............I was SOOOOOOOO excited...............
This is my pile of fabrics to start placing and sewing with on Saturday morning.........only a rough idea how far down and across we needed to go.........
so a pink quilt it is..........just the nicest pinks this fabric is going to go well for the shops who stock it.......
and I was working on a pink table too..........
Look who's in the road just when I wanted to take a pic............LOL
I was struggling by the end laying it out.....space wise........I was taking up Sandy's quilt space...........lol........I should have taken it back to the cabins on Saturday night and put it on the floor.............BUT we are making the most of the great prints in the new fabrics........
At the end of the day when I finished up most of the rows ready & some were joined and I folded it all up...
Kerry is keeping it and she will join the remainder of the rows and Betty will quilt it.............it will be available as a kit in the shop as soon as the range arrives.....which is late August/early September.....
My quilt will be hanging in the shop for sometime now..........i'll probably pick it up at GDITC next year......
it's going to end up being about 80 X 80 inches so a great size.......and not an expensive kit either.........
If you would like a kit or like to inquire about a kit email Kerry as she is off to America at the end of the week.........and I am sure she will contact you as soon as she gets back.......
Better think of a name for my quilt..........I usually have this worked out by the time I am finished...........
how do you pick a name............sometimes it's come out of a combination of things like the fabric ranges  name (if I use a range), the colours or the pattern, maybe it reminds me of something....where I made it........who I was with etc sometimes even a twist on the original name but since this is an original quilt I better think about this quick.............see if Kerry has any ideas..............
maybe  "Pink Diamonds"........or  "Champagne and Diamonds"
Catch you later
Chookyblue

Geeze Louise.........

It must be cold this morning.............we have frozen pipes.............in the many many years I have been here this has happened about twice that I can remember...........I need to have a shower to go to work..............this could be a challenge..........
.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue.........