Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Out and About

Now that the sting has hopefully gone out of the weather there are lots of local events.  Late February through to early May sees multiple events every weekend, and of course, we like to get out and about and join in the fun.

On the last weekend in February we hopped in the car and drove out to the Sofala Show.  This is always a great little show, but we haven't had the opportunity to go and visit for over ten years.  The weather was forecast to be wet in the afternoon, so we headed out mid morning.

Here's a bit of what was on offer.

We had seen this much when we had a short sharp shower.  A good time to check out the pavilions.

The rain cleared for us to sit outside and have our lunch.

It was a nice warm day, without being too hot, so ice creams were on the menu.

It was just after this that the skies really opened up.  The show has very strong horse events, but we didn't get to have a look as it was too wet. Time to go home.

The sky was rather dramatic.  We heard from friends that it continued to rain for most of the afternoon, which was very welcome.  We had about half an inch in town.

In summary, the show was still a good little country show.  I think exhibits were down on our previous visit, but that is the trend across the board.  People we spoke to said there were less stalls, but a good crowd of visitors.  The weather forecast may have kept some away and we did feel for the stall holders, as the rain was very heavy.  Hopefully it won't be ten years till we visit again.

Last Sunday we hopped in the car nice and early and headed out to Oberon.

It was a glorious morning, with mist in the valleys and on top of the hills.........which included Oberon.  It wasn't long before the fog cleared to reveal a glorious day.

Our destination was the Oberon Swap Meet.  This is a lovely little swap meet.  It isn't huge, but you still find some interesting bits and pieces....and free range eggs.

This Model T Ford runabout was rather tasty.  Apparently it was imported from the USA about 10 years ago.

I had thought about having a stall, but Mick has been starting work at stupid o'clock each morning lately, so an extra early start on the Sunday was abandoned.  It was still nice to go out for the drive and catch up with lots of our friends that had the same idea.

We'll have to see what other outings we can fit in over the next couple of months.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

March RSC Blocks Completed

The colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for March was light green.  This time I did have plenty of fabric options.

I'm continuing to make blocks from the Squared Away Sampler organised by The Academic Quilter.

The block this month was called "Red Cross", the same name as January's block, although quite different.  They came together rather easily, especially as I chose to just use one fabric in each block.

It's nice to see the blocks together and to see the size of the project growing.  It will be quite a decent sized quilt when it is all done.

I'm linking up with So Scrappy here, where you can see what some others have been creating.  

I'm really quite enjoying this process.

Friday, 9 March 2018

They're Settled

The footy season must have started last night.

The tele has hardly been on since the cricket finished, but now the two of them are settled for the season.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

One Monthly Goal for March

Now that March is here it is time to select a UFO to finish for March OMG hosted by Elm Street Quilts.

I've decided to finish up a couple of place mats I started several years ago - like 2013.  I really don't know why I didn't finish them back then, as they will be lovely, but we will remedy that now.

I received a couple of mini charm packs with a magazine subscription, one being this lovely French General range.  That provides the exact amount to make a two place mats and two coasters.  I took my inspiration from a photo I found on Pinterest and am just winging it.  All I need to do is sew the half hexies to the ends of the rows of hexies and then applique them to the base fabric, quilt and bind. Then I just need to applique a single hexy onto two coasters.  It should be a very achievable goal for the month, which will be somewhat busy.

It's great to have the encouragement to get things finished by being a part of OMG and OPAM.  Thanks girls.

I'm sad to say that I have to shop for some fabric today. Can you believe that I can't find any cream homespun in my sewing room?  Any number of patterned cream fabrics, but nothing plain. Blast!! I had been hoping to keep on my fabric diet much longer. Now I just have to make sure that I don't get distracted by any pretties and buy something else.  Of course, you know that I will find some once I buy it, don't you. I'll just buy a fat quarter. 

I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Ta Da - The Modern HST Sampler is Finished - At Last

I did well for quite a while and then life got in the way and the wheels fell off......until November 2017, when I got started again.

I was determined to get it finished.  I had the top completed early last month and my OMG goal for February was to get the binding on.

Ta Da!!  I did it.  Happy dance!

The backing is primarily the light blue floral, but with a pieced strip from offcuts down the centre.  My friend Val did the quilting.  It  is a nice, soft design.

I had to do the bed test.  Yep, that test passed as well.  I am always amazed at how a different quilt on the bed changes the whole look of the room.  I think this will be a summer quilt, as it looks quite cool.

I'm happy to say that my February OMG was completed on time, I have ticked off another UFO from my list, I improved my HST block skills and that all the fabric in the quilt was from stash.  You have to be happy with that.

I'm linking with Elm Street Quilts.