Hopeless Hettie

My visit to Ma Kettle was a busy, lovely time, but I came home with a liiiiittle more than I went with.  One of the prizes was this vase which belonged to my Gran (Pa Kettle’s mother), and comes complete with a frog.  I couldn’t leave it behind and doesn’t it look so lovely with these beautiful roses?  They stand up so well with the aid of the frog.I’m a happy girl…..don’t know where it’s going to live when it’s not in use, as the vase cupboard is full, but……I’m a happy girl!Do you have prize possession that you’ve picked up from your parents/relatives, or indeed something you couldn’t resist from a market/shop?

Meredithe x

(Hopeless Hettie is a family saying for a situation where you just can’t help yourself!)

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AQC goodies

I had arranged to meet a couple of friends at AQC on Friday and had a delightful morning wandering around with them.  Well, not so much wandering; I had several stands I had to visit, as did my friends, and a special person to meet, and as we were all on a limited time frame this strategy worked very well.  Women on a mission!

There are all kinds of signs up about photos, so I’m sorry I can’t share any quilts with you, but I can show you what I purchased.  I’ve been saving up for this show for quite a while, and you know me – can’t resist especially gorgeous quilty-things!!

I’d seen on Cutting Cloth‘s social media pages a beautiful new quilt that Kelly has designed, and I knew she was taking kits to the show, so that was our first port of call and luckily there were 3 “Ruby May” kits left – it’s proven very popular – and I’m so pleased I was able to get my hands on one.Treehouse Textiles was the next visit where Emma had kits of the gorgeous embroideries she’s been designing and makingThen Maze and Vale to pick up some fabrics and one of Leslie’s extra special limited Drop Cloth pieces…..and I may have picked up a kit for a little “freeform” quilt too!and the last was purely impulse buying, although I did have Sackville and Lane on the list to visit, just for a peruse, I was totally taken in by this embroidery by Mrs Sew and SoDo you think there’s a theme happening here??  I seem to be traveling to The Embroidery Side!  Can’t wait to get started……but which one??

And the special person I had to meet?  Well, that was the absolutely delightful Rachael Daisy, who is just as sweet in person as I knew she would be.  If you don’t already follow her blog and Instagram, you really should check it out.  And if you’re lucky enough to live in Sydney, Rachael is now teaching at Material Obsession and I imagine her classes are fun, inspiring and very informative.  Rachael is such a talented quilter, with a fabulously innovative approach to her work; individual, eclectic and charming.  We’ve been exchanging comments and emails for some time now, so it was wonderful to finally meet her in person.

So that was my quick visit to AQC.  It made me want to come home and sew……..

Meredithe x

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Lest We Forget

(photo courtesy of http://www.ridetheg.com.au)

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Class show and tell


Jo has two more completed blocksand we chose some more combo’s and centresCarole was adding in more backgrounds as she gets two rows completedCarylin is cutting thousands (literally) of these background hexies – so good to do such a boring job to do in company!Denise cut out and had a lesson in how to make yo-yo’swe haven’t been able to convince Beth to do 16 blocks – she’s stickin’ with her 12!  and they’re nearly done!Afternoon

Fernanda stayed all day and she progressed well with her woolly bits cushion, learning some embroidery stitches on the wayTineke was also doing some woolly bits and embroideryHelen started appliquéing a block onto her quilt topand Frances started stitching the borders onto her quiltMeredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted

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Textiles and quilts

I spent my extended Easter break with Ma Kettle, and on Monday we went to Bendigo as we’d heard there was something fabric-y/quilty happening.  And indeed there was.

All at the one complex, we first visited Lots of clever, different ways of using such a variety of textiles.  I’ll let you browse the photosand in keeping with Easter and this one is for Anne 

Then we went to the hall next door for the Strathdale Quilters Exhibition; again I’ll let you browse the photos – I did only have my phone with me and light and crowds sometimes made photography difficult, but I’m sure you’ll excuse me for that.

There was a section of small quilts/items too 

This is also for you Anne 

We’d come in the back way, and out the front we spied thisOf course there were lots more than I’ve shown, these were just some of my favs.  Hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as Ma and I did.

Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

I’m back!  I had an extended break over Easter, and now there’s lots to catch you up on.  The first is the class before Easter……..


And as it was just before Easter we had hot cross buns (raspberry and white chocolate!)and Denise made delicious apricot and almond biscuits (biscotti?)I helped Sue choose her backgrounds/bordersand she stitched more centres into her blocksBeth cut some of her background piecesCarole worked on more blocksas did Denise…….who did a little shopping too!Afternoon

Linda stayed all day, and she chose a backing for her cot quilt, which has the start of the final borders on ittogether we chose the “joiners” for this version of DWR and Linda tried them outand she worked on more of her “Welsh Quilt” blocksFernanda finished putting on the final borders for her quiltand started a woolly bits cushionHelen and I laid out her blocks onto her background fabric and she started appliqueing the pieces onto itand Jane almost has another row of her DWR ready to go onoh yes, we had Easter eggs too, in anticipation of Easter Sunday.

Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted

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Here and now | April 

Sunday and Monday the weather looked like this

At stages the rain was horizontal and I believe it was freezing cold, so I (wisely!) stayed inside both days and stitched and relaxed.

By Wednesday it was like this


Loving //the colour of the Autumn leaves on the slowly turning trees

Eating //a high fat / low carb diet and am losing weight!  (Not suitable for everyone – get a doctor’s check/ok before starting)

Drinking //cups of licorice (herbal) tea – smells divine and tastes as good (not that my friends think so!!)

Feeling //happy that the hot weather is over and cooler nights are bringing restful sleeps

Making //inroads into my next project for 17ufosin2017

Thinking //that I really should clear out my sewing room and reorganise it

Dreaming //of the result of the above!  It looks so nice in my dream vision (just, where do I put all the extraneous “stuff”??!!)

Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter, dear Peeps!

Linking up with Sarah for Here and Now.  Are you?

Meredithe x

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