Sunday, March 22, 2009

Jessica Grace Clarke 17 March 2009

Here she is the new addition to our family.

Miss Jessica Grace Clarke born 10.30am Tuesday 17 March 2009.

Now that's got to be lucky, St Patrick's Day...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Finished Project for March

Yay, just in time to go to hospital and have a baby. I have finished Sam's quilt that I have been working on since late last year.

Here are some pictures of the quilt and it's owner with his very photogenic poses.

I had a Jelly Roll that I purchased specifically for making his quilt and it is a simple Log Cabin type block that I put sashing around. It wasn't quite big enough to drape over the edges of a single bed so I added quite a large navy border and I was worried about how it would looke especially when I had to make the border wider on the top than the sides but after quilting and binding I think it looks great.

For the quilting I did a simple stitch in the ditch around each square and did some free motion waves around the whole border. It was only my 2nd attempt at freemotion and I am in love with it, I have got my machine all worked out and will be doing much more of it in the future.
I am also really happy with the fact that I had enough Jelly Roll left over to use as the binding, you can't see it much in the pictures but boy it really finishes the quilt off.

Friday, March 13, 2009


OK well maybe not pouring... but it did for a while. We have had 20mm of rain in the last 24hrs.

Some people that stumble across this blog may ask why all the fuss over a bit of rain. Well just take a look at the ground in the background of the pictures and you may see why.

We have been in a drought pretty much for the past 7 years. There has been the occasional good fall of rain in either Spring or Autumn, BUT, there has not been a good spring AND autumn for a long long time.

Now, I haven't even lived here that long but my lovely husband can remember when it started and for so long now the ground has been getting drier, the undergrounds springs have been running less and less and the Dams just don't get full when it rains.

So what's the big deal about 20ml you ask. I am not sure but it is still raining and it has probably been about 6 months since we saw that much rain in one go so I think I am allowed to get a bit excited. As you can see from the photo's it rained so hard at one stage that the creek out the back of our house is almost a raging torrent (sorry bit of exaggeration there but it's about a foot deep now and I haven't seen it run like that for a couple of years.

Now all that needs to happen is it needs to keep raining for a day or so nice and gently as it is now and we will be very happy.

We had a massive storm last night and more rain, all up we have had 41mm of rain. Woo hoo.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I am a very lucky girl

I have been very remiss in not blogging this before today but things have been getting on top of me as I try to prepare for this new baby this is about to arrive.

Back on about the 6 Feb I was notified that I was the lucky winner of a giveaway at
Selina's Blog. Selina was generous enough to take part in "The Great Stash Busting Giveaway" organised by I'm a Ginger Monkdy. I couldn't believe my luck when I got an e-mail from Selina saying I had won her giveaway. I was a totally random winner but that makes it all the more lucky because as you can see from the picture below I am now the proud owner of some lovely vintage Chenille and some cute flannel and cupcake fabric. If I have a baby girl it will be used for her, otherwise maybe for me???

Then, would you believe it, I get an e-mail from Kristen at Sewmammasew saying I had won one of their fabric packs. I don't even remember entering any of the competitions there but I must have because they arrived today. I couldn't believe it that I have won a green FQ pack. Green is my favourite colour and they will make a lovely quilt when I can find the perfect project. I have never made myself a quilt, everyone else has one but I think these fabrics will be just right for one for me.

So I have lots of lovely fabric just waiting to be used. A huge thank you to Selina and the Sewmamasew crew for my lovely prizes.
I am now officially on a fabric ban. My poor husband just looks in the spare room and shakes his head. I don't have as much as some people but our spare room is not very big and I really have to get it organised this month before my mum comes to stay.