The big work in progress has been finding and purchasing a town house in St. Lucia which is close to the city and the University.  My expectations regarding price were not realistic and after weeks of viewing town houses and apartments I came to the conclusion that I would have to spend more money.  Even then I kept getting beaten by other contenders to the property that I would have liked to have purchase.  But now, with a bit more money on the table, I have finally bought a town house, which my daughter will live in whilst she is completing her Phd. and I will be able to use when I need to stay in town.   Now perhaps I can get back to siitching.

To keep my mind relaxed I have been working on Kogin designs for my Xmas cards.  This design is stitched on a Lugano 28 count fabric.  The Xmas tree is DMC white stranded cotton and the rest of the design is stitched in 2 strands of silk thread.

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I have taken quite a few liberties with this design but I think it works.


Life is busy

I don't know why I am so busy at the moment.  Put it down to spring being in the air.  Last week I attended a musical evening at a neighbors home.  It was only a couple of hours between 4 and 6pm but I did enjoy myself.



a group of local musicians led the singing and we all sat in the breeze way.


Everyone one came with plates of food and wine.


Jane's chickens got in on the act as well.


Then the kookaburras arrived I'm not sure if it was the music or the food that had attracted them.


They sat on the lattice behind the musicians and leaned in as thought they were listening.


They even gave us a cackle or two.



They were so amusing that they were rewarded with some food.



It was delightful sitting in that space listening to the music.



Both that of the humans and the birds.  I like this poem that Jane has on the wall in her kitchen.


As we left I looked in the window to find that some of the children had found the pianola and it was playing out some old tune. 


Simple pleasure are often the best ones.

I missed the 10 year celebration!

On the 25th August 2007 I wrote my first blog post.  Just where did those 10 years go?  My friends then are still my friends now and in a couple of months time I will meet up with them again in Houston at the Quilt Festival.

Wish I looked the same as this now.  My dark hair has changed colour and I have a few more wrinkles.  Pam still lives in the same place and jets around the world, Di has found love again and remarried after being a widow for a number of years and really grown her business and I have moved to Coochiemudlo Island and here I am still writing this blog.  Ten years seem to have just gone by in an instant.  Thank goodness for good friends and textiles.

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I was just going to finish the letters this week BUT got carried away and finished the whole embroidery to avoid that cleaning.   So here is September's piece finished at the beginning of the month well in advance.


I used 2 strands of silk thread for the letters and the sprig of leaves and one stand of the same thread do do the blanket stitch around the applique.


The sprig  of leaves were stitched in fly stitch and the stem in checkerboard stitch and then I added a few seed beads just because I could.

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Then on my walk I saw these wild flowers that had escaped into the bush so picked a few because I loved the colour.  It must be my age I never liked purple/pink before, now I love it.







I think I am procrastinating.  Any thing to put off facing cleaning out this room.  I managed to get the pencil marks out of old Bruno and after doing that realised that of the 20 or 30 red work embroideries I have completed I have given them all away, barring old Bruno.  So, he is a keeper.  A reminder of how I can become obsessed about things. 

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I didn't have the right materials on hand to make the straps so I used what I did have.  These were too light in weight so I sewed the lengths together to overcome this problem.  I rushed to make the back panel yesterday, again, anything to put off the cleaning, and today I cross hatched it with a bit of quilting.

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I used a synthetic fabric for the lining.

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I still had plenty of time to clean so I stitched another card.

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Then I got a text from my niece telling me that my grand-nephew Leon, who is turning 7 soon, liked his quilt.

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Next I will do my Spanish lesson and then I will clean.