Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mothers Day Magic

How quickly the week has gone and now the cooler weather is beginning to make itself felt. Noticeably, the afternoons are getting shorter whilst the beautiful mornings have a touch of chill in the air. We just love this time of the year and we set off for walks in jeans and t shirt and a jacket, just in case.... Thunderstorms were about today, but oddly they bypassed us whilst the rain hammered down only a few kilometers away!

Kite surfers enjoying water and waves at Caloundra

Mothers Day was glorious - definitely a day to be out and about, as we were! Firstly down to the Caloundra Markets where I sampled a long spirally deep fried potato - not too good. Then down to the beach to watch the kite surfers, waves and families enjoying good food and sunshine

It was our turn for food a little later when we wandered down to Mooloolaba for coffee and cake!

Truly, this was the largest bread and butter pudding/cake that I have ever, ever tried to consume!!!! I manfully did my duty as best as possible but I have to confess that it was next to impossible to eat it all! It was most delicious!!!!

Once again the beaches were packed and the BBQ's were operating in full swing. The yachties were flying along as I snapped away on a picture perfect day. The building on the foreshore is commonly known as 'The Loo With A View! Decking on top allows for visitors and party goers alike to sit on the benches to enjoy the view. The you know whats are located underneath and presumably don't have such a wonderful vista! When it was first built the Council came in for much disapproval for it cost a packet, but actually at the time it helped to put Mooloolaba on the map!

Another photo of the ocean at Mooloolaba.
In the background is the Spit, one of our
favourite destinations for walking. This
day was an exception as the bread and
butter pudding cake was sitting somewhat heavily within my interior! We sat and watched and enjoyed the view and eventually headed home

Very little sewing achieved this week but did manage an afternoon working on the next few inklingo blocks - am getting used to the method now that I have worked out the order of preparation. Tilly was on hand to ensure that I didn't get any fabric jams in the printer although a little confused as to where it was going!

Tilly on duty

On Wednesday, Margret arrived at patchwork with her newly quilted french braid quilt - she had chosen really bright bali fabrics and the results were stunning. We all gathered around and ooohed and ahhhed and admired the quilting also, which looked as great on the back as the front!
I should think that by now she will have the binding compelted and it will be hanging near the front door of her new home!

It's beautiful, Margret!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Maleny Craft and Quilt Fair

From our deck on the weekend

Spent a pleasant Sunday out and about in the hinterland. We had lunch at a little bakery in Maleny and then wandered down to the Quilt and Craft Fair. Husband declined invitation to come in - said he would wait and read his book! When I emerged I found him fast asleep as he had left his book at home!!


Caught up with Ann Fergusion of Quiltopia Designs and met her mum, Joyce. Couldn't avoid her really - she snagged the best spot in the hall - right at the entrance! I enjoyed getting my hands on some of her 'stuff' as she kept busy with other customers

Just loved this quilt - obligingly Joyce got roped in to take the photo as Ann and Annie enjoyed showing it off! I'm seriously contemplating making this one with Ann possibly later in the year. It's hexagon circles and I can just see it in some Kaffe Fassett fabrics!

So - with hubby napping in the car I made the most of my free time. It was nice to wander around without huge crowds and I spent some time admiring the quilts. Spent a few moments chatting with Margaret from Gympie Patchwork and then after one last wander and a cheerio to Ann & Joyce, headed back out to the car and home for a nice cuppa!

View from our verandah at sun up

I'm always surprised at the changing view from the deck overlooking the valley! On this particular day there had been a marked change in the weather, with cooler nights and beautiful crispy early mornings. The low cloud gives an impression of a lake but underneath are the old canefields, unplanted now with the demise of the Nambour Cane Mill.

It has been a quiet week for me with very little sewing done! Did get to the Wednesday patchwork group and was able to offload a tub of 1" hexagons that were surplus to my requirements! Part of my downsizing. Some of the girls have caught the hexagon bug with about four or five quilts in the pipeline! I must confess I was very happy to visualise their quilts with a little bit of me included and it gives me an opportunity to move along with my many other bits and pieces! My diamond hexagon quilt is patiently awaiting another burst of activity, and when the cream muslin arrives it will be full speed ahead to prepare and add the surrounding pieces. Well, perhaps not to much of the full speed ..........

Some of the hexagon diamonds ready to be joined. The table is not big enough to lay all of them out - in the process of negotiating with MDH for a design wall but it's a bit tricky with our downsizing plans!

Thursday was Mahjong Day! Held weekly at the groups' homes it is obvious that socialising is as important as the game itself! This week we were at Barbara's place on the river and I must confess it was difficult to pull up from the afternoon tea table and get back to the game. Food, company and view made for a relaxing interlude and the half hour break whizzed by!

It's always difficult to tear ourselves away from the game when afternoon tea time rolls around. Thank you Joan, I'll have just a small piece .....

Would you ever get tired of sitting on the deck with the river about two meters away?