Sunday, 25 January 2015


Oh what beautiful weather we have been having the past 2 days. It feels like a gentle summer but makes me wonder whether we are in for some super hot days in February. I do remember a very hot summer 31 years ago when I was 9 months pregnant and gave birth to my first daughter. I am so happy to see the kookaburras and lorikeets back after many years of banishment since the flora was all bulldozed to make way for the marina opposite us. When I returned home from shopping the other day I found a kooka sitting on the fence, then he flew over to the clothes line where 2 others were .


I have been busy stitching the borders onto on of my little quilts, still have the borders to cut and stitch on another and then I am ready to cut the backings and sandwich them ready to hand quilt. Meanwhile, I have completed 3 blocks for my latest little Civil War quilt. I was intrigued with these blocks as they look like wheels. I am constantly amazed how shapes come together in so many ways to create wonderful illusions.
Yesterday I went on the annual Fabric Frolic with one of my patchwork groups. It is always an exhausting but fantastic day. We started at 7.30am and returned around 6-00pm after visiting 8 shops.  We had morning tea at the lovely Patchwork Teahouse in Warburton , lunch at Lilydale and the rest of the time was spent hopping in and out of the bus at all the other shops.  Needless to say I came home with a wonderful bag of goodies. I took the opportunity to find fat 1/4s for my Birthday Club girls and also found some lovely things for a special friend's birthday coming up in a couple of months. So pics of these shall not be shown . However, here are some pics of a gorgeous cat fabric I fell in love with. I thought I'd make a table runner with it. So, I chose 2 more fabrics for the borders.
I found some more 1800's repros. They are now washed and dried ready to iron.
Then I was drawn to these soft greys with coordinating colours and a couple of blues.
Ofcourse, with the large range of Cottage Garden Threads displayed at the Patchwork Teahouse
I couldn't resist purchasing 3 more to add to my collection and I also found a cute little applique/stitchery to do.
I went a bit dotty too.
Ah well, that's the end of show and tell. I best get back to cleaning the shower and other domestic delights. I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. It is soooooooo busy down here with all the tourists and I am itching to do some stitching.
Angel Blessings.  


  1. It is always special when our native bird life come to visit in our backyards isn't it. Wow!! What a great day you had out shop hopping!! Have fun with all those purchases - after the domestic goddess work finishes of course!!!

  2. What fun it would have been going on the fabric frolic-- lovely idea. The native birds are gorgeous aren't they? We have the kookas here-- they always call at about 3.30am! Thankfully, not for long. We had 2 babies here this year-- really cute when they try to fly-- rather clumsily.

  3. Hi Ondrea,we have lots of kookas at our place,they are lovely to watch,i love all your new purchases,looks like you had a wonderful day my friend xx

  4. oh lots of yummy goodies there Ondrea... what a great day out... and yay for the kookas, the sound of birds always makes my heart happy

  5. Looking forward to seeing what you do with all those gorgeous fabrics.

  6. Your blocks are lovely, Ondrea. Lovely purchases too!

  7. We have snow here !!! Funny !
    It would be wonderful to have such a fabric trip here but we don't have so many shops !!!

  8. How nice to have a visit from the Kookas! Lovely stitching and your fabric purchases are great x

  9. The kooka's are so fun to have visiting.... wonderful they are coming back to your garden.... lots of lovely fabrics there... sounds like a good day was had... and those blocks are really lovely...

  10. Some gorgeous purchases there Ondrea:) We have kookas here and one likes to sit just above the roof calling; gives me a fright if I haven't seen it landing!

  11. very cute blocks!
    what handsome visitors to your garden.
    great goodies from your shop hop!

  12. We sometimes have kookas visiting here..usually in the spring they come to the bird feeder and if I don't go out with mince they come and look in the window!!! That can be a bit unnerving!! Looks like you had a great day out, wonderful fabrics.

  13. Lovely to see the Kookas. Some sweet purchases. Stunning threads. Love the colrs