December 5, 2017

On Ringo Lake - Clue Two.

This week we were asked to Pull out our Coral/Sunrise Fabric.

So, I asked the resident Colour Expert (DS#2) for some help with choosing these.

Many wonderful discussions ensued about what Colours actually make up an Australian Sunrise. We got SO sidetracked, but eventually my Pallet was chosen.

And the instructions said to make Flying Geese.
Lots and Lots of Flying Geese. Many more blocks than we made last week.

I have not made all that are required for the project, but there are enough for this week's photo.

There are many ways to construct this well known block, But how to do them efficiently and accurately AND with no waste OR drawing lines across the fabric?

 Foundation Piecing! and I was able to String sew them as well!!

I would much rather sit watching the Cricket and pull paper out than draw lines on fabric any day! Or I may just leave them in until I know how they are going to be used in the quilt.

And This Week's distraction was - RAIN, and lots of it!

I live in the Northern Parts of Melbourne and are fortunate to have TWO Lakes Close by - and This week they were Far from Tranquil!
And with the rain came cooler weather
- To sew or To Bake?
Ah, decisions decisions.....

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It is never to late to join in the Mystery - 
The Clues can be found at Bonny Hunter's Blog
And to see what Other Folks are doing? Head over to the Link-up Party!

December 2, 2017

'Tis the Season to ...

Share a Meal

Celebrate the Year Past

Enjoy Company of Others
you have worked beside

and ....
      Learn Stuff!

Today was the
Cake Decorators Association of Victoria
Christmas Celebration and Demonstration

Today we didn't DO
We Watched and Learnt how to make
"Missy Mince Pie"

Isn't she a Cutie?
Looking forward to making her!

November 29, 2017

On Ringo Lake - Part One

This year I have decided to (try and) keep up with Bonny Hunter's latest Mystery.

There has been a lot of sidetracks,
distractions and....
unmovable obstacles
which have kept me from getting started on this new project.

And when I finally sat down to sew,
I found I had to blow the Dust Bunnies out of my 'old faithful' Pfaff Synchrotronic 1229, and give her a much needed Service.

When I need "Little Miss Reliable" this is the one I go to.

NO fancy Computer programming, I can turn her off - go have a cuppa
and when I come back - She is ready to roll!

So today, with the temperature outside hitting 37C (That's 98F), the errands done and Spike hiding in the coolest part of the house,  I buckled down and got the first clues completed.

All the Nine Patch Blocks - DONE!

Looking forward to Part 2.

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Click HERE to Go to Bonny's Monday Mystery Link up
 to see what others are doing
On Ringo Lake!

November 27, 2017

It's beginning to feel like Christmas . . .

Strasbourg Christmas Market 2017

For many, Christmas Time starts when the decorations come into the stores

Or the Christmas Markets Open

Or when the Christmas Tree

Soaring above the Plaza

Lights up the Night Sky for the first time.

But for our Family the cry of Christmas is Coming happens when we see the First Blossoms burst from the Jacaranda Trees.

A Vision of Purple and Green on the Horizon.

Today I saw the first Colours of Christmas -
Time to Decorate!

November 24, 2017

Getting back into the Groove. .

Cricket on the Telly
a new Mystery on the Cutting Table 

Happy days!

Now - Will I be able to keep up
Bonny Hunter's 
On Ringo Lake

Happy Thanksgiving

For all my Friends and Readers in the USA
I hope you have had a very Happy Day.

When I look at this piece of fabric, 
a remnant of the first ever Quilt material I've bought.
 I am thankful that it took me into a Fellowship that spans the Globe.  
One that cuts through the barriers of Race and Colour and Language
 of Age and Experience.  

And I am thankful for the friends I have made.

October 24, 2017

Where else did you Go - and you did WHAT ?

Continuing on from my last Post with a Photo a Day . . . .


Famous for it's connection to the 'Sound of Music' movie it is somewhere you can have a Beautiful Day out.

But be Warned -
Make Sure you stand on Dry Ground
because Otherwise you WILL get Wet.

Hellbrunn Palace is also known for it's Trick Fountains that spurt water on the unwary!

That Circular hole in the side of the Mountain is the Opening to The Biggest Ice Cave in the World!

We climbed for 45 minutes to get there and then 70 minutes INSIDE.

700 steps in to explore just 1 km of the 40 km Cave then 800 steps out again! - AWESOME.

After testing my Stamina and Phobias in The Ice Cave, our next day was much more restful.

Five and a Half Hours in a Train.
Travelling from Salzburg to Zurich
The next day it was back on the train.
This time a trip to BRUNNEN and Home to the Swiss Army Knife.

I love the Ominous Mountain Peak behind the Victorinox Factory.

Another Day -
Another Mountain

And a Cable Car ride to FELSENEGG Lookout
and Chocolate Cake - Yum !

Exploring Zurich

Inside BEYER Watch and Jewellery Store is a Clock Museum.

From Stone water jars to the latest Wrist watch for a Racing Driver.

And this beautiful Crystal and Gold Pocket watch made in 1855.

We wandered though even more Museums and marvelled at intricate work done without modern equipment.

And then, It is always a "Special Moment" when you see something you actually own!

A little Thumbelina Doll at the Toy Museum which in itself is quite small, but packed with 300 years of Toy History.

Back to Strasbourg

Our time away is almost at an end - so it is back to Strasbourg to have one last weekend with our DD and fulfilling a Promise to see
the Astronomical Clock.

A marvel of Modern technology?

NO - Built in 1574 and renovated in 1669 it is still precisely accurate today!

Just one more excursion left -
DD wanted to take us to BASEL Switzerland
Where she showed us places she had 'discovered' when she had visited on her own.

But her Ulterior Motive became known when she challenged us to Climb the Church Tower!
This is a feat for those of .. Slim build and no Fear of enclosed spaces.

That is no Gargoyle on the rooftop- It is Our DD and she ended up INSIDE the Spire!

As they say...
All Good Things Must come to an End
and so it is time to head home.

Just How far away is it?
Well, according to the signpost, Sydney is just 14,000 km and Melbourne is a few Clicks further on
By Air it will take us 24 hours to get home.

And with that we leave our DD to finish her work in Strasbourg and wait for her to return home -

This year, I can't wait for Christmas!