Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Another busy week buzzes by, and I'm guessing it will be full steam ahead to the "x" time! I don't like to say that word until I simply can't avoid it!!

Was a busy bee yesterday. I attended the meeting of the Mountain Quilters Inc at Peachester a very pretty little village west of Brisbane. The girls made me feel very welcome and I had a lovely day. Members of the Mountain Quilters have been sewing for the Sunshine Linus group, and I wanted to say a big thankyou to everyone who has helped us thus far.

Lillian, Leone (birthday girls) and Glenys admiring the quilt tops.

Here are Anne and Lillian.  Lillian holds one of the many quilt tops she has made for Sunshine Linus and Anne holds a beautiful touchy Feely quilt that has been made for Senile Dementia patients.  Well done girls!


Elaine was very excited to show us her very first quilt, which she has made for her grandaughter. Most of the patterns have come from colouring in books. Well done Elaine.

Barb made a beauiful art quilt of a Sea Horse and was busting to show us the award it received recently.  I was most diserved - a beautiful piece, very well executed.

Here is a very proud Barb with her beautiful creation.

A close up of the beautiful beading on the
A beautiful Sea Horse by Barb - and it's a winner.

Of course I didn't come away empty handed.  I received 40 xray bags, some touchy feely quilts and some quilt tops.  Thankyou to Anne and Lillian, Glenda, Bonnie, Leone, Gladys, Elaine and Lorraine and all those other wonderful quilters who have contributed to the work we do at Sunshine Linus.  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Samford Quilt Show

Preparing to enter the fray!!

We had a great day on Saturday at the Samford Quilt Show.  One of our Sunshine Linus members is also a member at Samford, so we organised for 20 of our SL members to bus down to Brisbane, attend the show and then raid the biggest patchwork shop in Brisbane - Sewco. 

My friend Gay made this one - isn't it a beauty!

Loved this one - lots of boring old plaids, but sooooooo effective!
It was a glorious spring day and perfect for a quilt show.  The girls at Samford put on a splendid display and the quilts were simply fabulous.

Cute Bus, seeking shade

We had lots of time, so we enjoyed a sit and chat and a cuppa and of course some retail therapy.

We headed over to Mt Gravatt for a shop-up and boy we weren't disappointed.  Some great bargains and the staff were very friendly and helpful - even gave us a few demonstrations on the run! 

A fabulous day for all, Judie was a little tuckered out by it all, and slept like a baby that night. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Welcome to When Life Hands you Scraps.....

Hi everyone, welcome to my new blog.  A special welcome to all my newsletter subscribers who receive a weekly newsletter from me every Wednesday (or there abouts).  I've decided to commence this blog so that I can show you what's happening in my neck of the woods, instead of just talking about it.

So my first post will be a BIG thank you from Cadbury my darling grand-doggie.  Cadbury got into some trouble a few weeks ago with rat poison and it was a very worrying time.  I wrote about it in the newsletter and received so many lovely responses and advice.  Thank you from me and Cadbury for caring so much.  I thought you might like a photo of my darling boy.

I have finally finished the two baby quilts I've been making for my GP.  They have two doctors who are having babies in the next few months and so I've been busy creating some special quilts for them. We know the sex of one (a boy) so I had to be careful with my choice of colours.

I made the quilts using the I Spy genre.  Here's the quilt for a boy/girl. I chose this paper pieced star pattern and  was very happy with the outcome.  Some I Spy fabrics in the centre of the stars and lots of lots of I Spy around the outside border.  Here's a close up of one block:

The other quilt is for a boy, so I was able to let my head go with the fabrics.  I chose an I Spy quilt idea that I've used before.

  Each block is 9" and consists of 1 x 6" square, 1 x 3" square, and 6 x 2" x 3" rectangles.  You make the blocks and then just put them together at random, with the 6" square in different positions.    Here's a block:

So, that's my first post for you.  I hope you enjoy seeing the photos I have for you.  If you're new to Bellaonline Quilting site, perhaps you'd like to subscribe to the weekly newsletter.  Here's the link: Cheerio for now.